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Santa Stops, Holiday Home Decorating Contest & More: Murrieta's 2013 Holiday Magic Calendar of Events

Read on for information on the city's Holiday Home Decorating Contest, Santa’s nightly stops at Murrieta neighborhood stars, a citywide food and toy drive and letters to children from Santa Claus himself.

Santa stops at a Murrieta neighborhood star. (Patch file photo)
Santa stops at a Murrieta neighborhood star. (Patch file photo)

Following the City of Murrieta’s grandest-ever Holiday Magic kick-off Saturday, Nov. 30 at Town Square Park, more festivities are planned.

These include a Holiday Home Decorating Contest, Santa’s nightly visits to Murrieta neighborhoods, a citywide food and toy drive and letters to children from Santa Claus himself, according to a brochure sent by Laura Frasso, special events coordinator for the City of Murrieta.

Read on for the full calendar of events, such as when Santa and friends will be visiting your neighborhood. For any additional information, call the Community Services Department at 951-304-7275.

Murrieta Holiday Home Decorating Contest

This year, the public will get to vote on the winners. Residents within Murrieta city limits who wish to enter their home or blocks into the contest must do so by midnight Dec. 8 at http://www.murrieta.org/services/cs/events/holidaymagic/lights.asp.

Maps of homes will be available on the website by 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Online voting will begin Dec. 9 and run through Dec. 18. Winners will be announced Dec. 20. Entries must be within the city limits of Murrieta.

Toy and Food Drive

Donations of nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys and gift cards to assist local families in need this holiday season. In addition to Santa picking up the food at the Santa Stops (stars), residents may drop off donations to any of the following locations from Dec. 2 - 20:
  • Murrieta Community Center: 41810 Juniper Street
  • Murrieta Senior Center: 5 Town Square
  • Any of the Five Murrieta Fire Stations
  • Murrieta Police Department: 2 Town Square
  • Murrieta City Hall: 1 Town Square (Closed Fridays)

Letters from Santa

Children can receive a letter from Santa himself. Parents just need to visit http://www.murrieta.org/services/cs/events/holidaymagic/letters.asp and fill out the form.

“Sit back and watch your child’s reaction when the mail comes and there is a letter from Santa for your child to read,” the city says.

Addresses must be in the city limits of Murrieta to receive a letter—no exceptions. Santa’s elves will be mailing the letters daily between Dec. 2 - 20.

Santa Stops at Neighborhood Stars

“Rumor has it that Santa Claus will be seen throughout the City of Murrieta!” city officials said.

Between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 9 through Dec. 18, Santa and his crew will be traveling down the major streets of various tracts in the city.

"Here Comes Santa Claus” will be played before his arrival in each neighborhood. When residents hear that song, they should hurry to the nearest white star painted on the street.

Santa will be accompanied by a holiday choir, Rudolph, and a jolly elf. Canned goods and new, unwrapped toys will be collected at each stop for local families in need.

Here is a schedule of when Santa will be visiting each neighborhood, but after that he needs to hurry back to the North Pole.  In the event of inclement weather, go to the city’s website at www.murrieta.org to check on cancellations and/or rescheduled dates.

Night #1

Monday, December 9, 2013

Montanya Pl. near Chantory St. under streetlamp

Vineyard Knoll Dr. & Rancho Peak Pl.

Holly Dr. & Trail Blaze Pass (Bear Valley Park)

Bending Oak Ct. & Beeman Dr.

Oak Bluff near Calle Cipress (at Park site)

Silverwood between Copperwood St. & Sherwood St.

Murrieta Creek Dr. & Pine Creek Pl./Willow Ct.

Antelope Hills Elementary School at Murrieta Oaks Ave. & Carlton Oaks St.

Sweetspire Terrace Pl. near Clove Current (at park)

Murrieta Oaks Ave. near Chitamwood Pl.

Club House on Greer Ranch Rd.

Abelia St. & Chive St. (at park)

Darcy between Wickman & Wilcox Ln.

Sonata Dr. & Cortona Ct.

Via Madrid @ Via Segovia

Clubhouse on Via La Paloma

Via Del Largo

Clearbrook Dr. & Ganodolf Ct./Woodfall Dr.

Masters Dr. & High Pointe Ln.

Pebble Beach Dr. & Shadow Creek Dr.

Augusta Dr. North of Willowick Dr.

Glenbrook Wy. & Royal Troon

Eagle Glen Apt. on Winchester Rd. & Murrieta Hot Springs Rd.


Night #2

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mountain Song Loop & Yukon Ct.

Sycamore Creek between Cedar Ct. & Kathryn Ct.

Pepperleaf St. & Woodleaf St.

Via Alisol in front of Cole Canyon El.

Oxford Dr. & Via Alisol at Oak Tree Park

Silver Hawk Wy. & Deep Wood Dr./Huckaby

Shooting Star Dr. & Jerome Ln./Bunchberry

Spring Meadow Dr. & Wild Rose Ln./Santa Rosa Glen

The Colony

California Oaks Apartments

Parking lot on Washington Ave. across from Jerry Allen

Via Madrid & Via Segovia (NE crossing)

Via Mira Mosa just south of Via Espada

Via Espada/Wrangler Dr. in front of open space

Calle Andras & Quintana Dr. (at Mira Mosa Park)

Carson Park at Cresta Del Reyo near Rossiter Rd.

Shady Maple Rd. & Newcastle Rd. (at Shady Maple Park)

Via Mira Mosa south of Maxmillian Ave. (at park)

Pictor Ave. between Ski Ranch St./Maxmillian Ave.


Night #3

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Magnolia St. & Sweet William Ln.

Patri Cir. & Constantine Dr.

Huntridge Dr. & Valor Dr. at Montifino Park

Grandview Dr. & Hillcrest Ct./Brookside Ct

Mandra St. & Ballestros Rd.

Dahlia Wy. & Camelia Ln./Everwood St.

Trinity River Wy. & Mountain Breeze Dr.

Contignac Dr. & Castellane Dr./Grimaud

Saint Raphael Dr. & D’Artanian Pl.

Bladen near Revington Place

Saradella Ct. & Calicia Ct.

Jacarte and Pantera at Avaxat School Gate

Manresa Ct. & Medina Ct.

Pablo Apiz Wy. & Five Tribes Tr.

Golden Pheasant Ln. & Tanager Tr.

Morning Dove Wy. & Western Jay Wy./Wild Canary Ln. (at Valley Vista Park)

La Salle between Cartier & Marco Polo (Rec Center Entrance)

Jonah Wy. between Ariel Hope Wy./ Jacob Wy.

School House Wy. & Princeton/Vanderbilt Ave.

Willowcrest Dr. & Bahama Wy.

Bonaire Wy. & Winchester Creek Ave.

Tamarisk St. & Willowcrest

Mid-block on Monte Carlo Dr.


Night #4

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jerry Allen Wy. near Field Crest Ln.

Oregon Tr.& Sante Fe Tr.

Across from Creekside High School on Hayes near Sherry Lane

Thoroughbred Ln. & Calle Estancia/Corte Aldalano

Thoroughbred Ln. & Boothill Ln.

Wild Mustang Rd. & Corte Descanso

Second Avenue & C St.

Adams Ave & Leila Vierde St

Via Diamante & Via De Gema Linda (north crossing)

Farnham & Crystal Aire Ct

Spinning Wheel Dr. & Gingerbread Dr.

Gingerbread Dr. & Tinderbox Wy.

Mid-block on Lafayette Dr.

Saint Raphael Dr. & Ashland St.

Spindle Wy. & Copper Craft Dr./Heathstone

Weston Hills Dr. & Pearwood Ln.

Kingwood Rd. & Tennyson Rd. (Vintage Reserve Park)

Lares Ln. between Miklich Dr. & Banyon St.

Kim St./Sugarberry & Arboretum Wy.

Rosewood St. & Shadyglen St.

Glen Ivy St. & Woodland Cir.

Palm Tree Ln. & Savanna Wy.


Night #5

Monday, December 16, 2013

Chaco Canyon Rd. & Colmar Ln./Chatenay Ln.

Hyacinth Dr. & Hibiscus Ct./Cardinal Flower

Mountain Pride Dr. & Sweet Pea Ct.

Via Cedro & Sierra Oak Dr.

Englemann Oak St. & Morning Glory Dr.

Mid-block on Elizabeth Ln. near Oak Creek Rd.

Eden Springs & Saratoga Springs/Brigin Pl.

Silverado Apts

Shoshonee Dr. & Locata Ct.

Amanda Park

Via Primero/Via Sonoro & Via Navarre

Corte Jaramillo & Corte Campeon

Symphony Park Ln. & Angelica Dr.

Malbec St. & Chianti Cir.

Shadescale Dr./Madrone Dr. & Noling Ct.

Nottinghill Rd. & Trowbridge Ct.

Highbury Dr. & Glenwood Ct.

Daphne Dr. & Pisa Ave.

Cedarwood Dr. & Woodside Cir.

Ridgeplume Dr. & Boxelder Ct. (east crossing)

Daphne Dr. & St. Kitts Ct.

Firethorn Ct. & Kucera Ct.

The Villas Apt. Complex


Night #6

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ridgewood Rd. & Gitano Dr.

Buckwood Wy. & Fairwood Cir./Milkwood Ln.

Via Espana between Coliseum Way & Gibraltar Dr.

Parkcrest Dr. & Ravenwood Dr.

New Haven Dr. & Vista Verde Dr.

Foxfire Dr. & Tuscola Cir.

Grouse Ln. & Osprey Rd.

Mapleton Park

Ranchwood Dr. & Birchtree Dr.

Blackthorne Dr. & Ridgedale Dr.

Copperleaf Ct. & Foxglove Cir.

Wild Flower Dr. & Country Walk Ln.

Via Temprano & Via Dominique (south crossing)

Via Montero & Via Monserate (north crossing)

Cliffrose Dr and Blackthorne Dr


Night #7

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Waterstone Apt. Complex

Fire Falls Dr. & Seven Oaks Dr.

Via Las Sintras & Camino Meridiana

Camino Vasco & Via Las Junitas/Via Briones

Bolina Dr. & Garin Dr.

Calle san Vicente & Via Galletas at Grass area

Sunrose & Hollyleaf

Avenida Miguel Oeste & Corte Pico

Avenida Sombra & Corte Aztec

Ashwood Ln. in front of Neighborhood Park

Fallsgrove and Busman

Longbranch Ave. between Starfall Wy. & Tamarick Wy.

Ranch House and Longbranch Ave

Willowbend Dr. & Lacebark Dr./Avenida Palazada

Corte Anacapa & Via Zargoza/Via Sonrisa



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