A scene from last year’s Winter Festival, which drew more than 700 people. This year’s ninth annual event is scheduled for Dec. 9. Courtesy photo
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Classic Chariots prepares for Winter Festival

VISTA — Classic Chariots in Vista is once again rallying businesses to take part in its ninth annual Winter Festival to help make holiday wishes come true for kids and families. The holiday event is slated for Dec. 9.

When businesses commit to bringing three to five raffle gifts, such as quality toys for children and restaurant gift certificates for adults, they will have a vendor booth at the event.

Raffle tickets are free to all who attend. Families also receive a complimentary meal and soft drink tickets.   

Last year, the Winter Festival gave away hundreds of gifts and more than 40 Christmas trees.

“We actually have had people tell us that if it weren’t for us, they would not have had a Christmas tree this year,” said John Fontanini of Classic Chariots. “It’s important for all of us to get involved because it is a good way to meet and take care of our neighbors.”

According to Fontanini, more than 700 people were in attendance last year. Because of the growing event popularity, Classic Chariots is inviting other business to take part in the special event.

“The goal is to get as many businesses involved as possible so we can give away more gifts than ever before,” he said.

In 2016, 20 businesses stepped forward to help. This year, Classic Chariots is aiming for 30 since they are anticipating nearly 1,000 in attendance.

While businesses are showing support for their local community and each other, people can learn about their services.

Mehdi Chitgari, CEO and president of Classic Chariots, said the networking opportunities with other businesses at the event are sensational.

“Networking is so important, and that’s why we are opening this up to everyone who wants to support this community,” he said, adding that businesses supply their own tables and promo gifts for visitors. “Businesses get to participate in this event by bringing gifts and hopefully they will pick up some new customers, too.”

The Winter Festival is a win for everyone involved. 

Chitgari stressed how important it is for Classic Chariots to give back to the community. He said his company doesn’t lose sight of the fact that it’s their customers that have made their business thrive.

Classic Chariots is known in the community for helping local schools in Vista with supplies as well as helping the military stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Chitgari said he hopes that businesses step up for this great opportunity that will benefit kids and families during the most giving time of the year.

“If local businesses provide these gifts, we will have a spot for them at the festival,” Chitgari said.

Businesses interested in learning how to secure a vendor spot for the Classic Chariots ninth annual Winter Festival on Dec. 9, can call Susie at (760) 295-6237.