Games, music and holiday fun for shoppers

ESCONDIDO — Get in the spirit of the season with a steady schedule of music and activities at the Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway.All month long, the mall will be filled with strolling entertainers, including:

— Dec. 15, San Pasqual High School band boosters strolling performance

— Dec. 21, A caroling hand-bell quartet, noon to 4 p.m.

— Dec. 21, Pomerado Brass Quintet performance, 6 to 7 p.m.

— Dec. 22, San Pasqual High School band boosters strolling performance

— Dec. 22, A caroling hand-bell quartet, 4 to 7 p.m.

— Dec. 23, San Pasqual High School band boosters strolling performance

— Dec. 23, The Rockin’ Cranberries, 2 to 6 p.m.

— Dec. 23, The Full Measure Carolers strolling performance, 3 to 6 p.m.

Youngsters can be part of an interactive Santa Experience incorporated into the new holiday decor. While waiting in line to visit Santa, guests can explore custom digital interactive experiences, including a touch-screen game for youngsters, and a digital photo booth that allows shoppers to create and send holiday e-cards to friends and family.

The Chabad of Poway and Westfield North County are hosting a Hanukkah Menorah Lighting event. The Chabad lit the first candle on the menorah Dec. 8 and will continue lighting the candles through Dec. 15 in Center Court, Level 2.

On Saturdays and Sundays, one lucky child will be picked to ring the special jingle bells that welcome Santa to Westfield North County. Be there before the big guy arrives and your child could experience this magical moment and receive a special gift from Santa himself. Shoppers, who ride the trackless train and show their used tickets at Concierge, will receive a free jingle bell necklace, while supplies last.

To avoid having to wait in long lines for Santa Photos, the mall will offer a Santa Photos FastPass program. To sign up, visit

Westfield North County has also teamed up with 12 San Diego County Girl Scout troops for a Festival of Trees. You can vote by filling out a ballot at the mall, Level 3 on BridgesLevel 3 on Bridges.

Shoppers can share their holiday spirit at the Salvation Army Angel Tree

in front of Sears, near the Playspace. Help make a child’s Christmas a little brighter with a contribution through Dec. 24.

Through Dec. 24, take part in a holiday season scavenger hunt. Find the holiday helpers and get a free giveaway:

1) Find five holiday characters on storefronts throughout the mall.

2) Snap a photo of each one you see

3) Collect photos or locations of all five – Santa, Snowman, Nutcracker, Elf and Rudolph.

4) Show your photos or list to Westfield Concierge for a limited edition holiday ornament. See Concierge for details, Level 1.