CARLSBAD — Blending holiday spirit with a bit of Western history, the city of Carlsbad will celebrate the season at its Holiday at the Rancho event from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying L.C. Lane.
Take part in the tree-lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, face painting and pony rides. Write your own letter to Santa and create wooden gift tags, ornaments and more. Get some holiday shopping done at the craft boutique or tour the Hacienda. From 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food and beverages. Tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m.
The evening will feature a very special visit by Santa to light the 14-foot tree. Bring a blanket and a chair and finish the evening at 6 p.m. gathered around the giant outdoor movie screen for the family film, “Elf.” The Carlsbad teen program, L.I.T.E. will sell food and popcorn for the movie. Presale tickets are $5 per person and available at all city of Carlsbad community centers through Dec. 6. Tickets are $8 at the door. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are also available online at carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec.