A Message from the City Manager

Greetings -

December is one of the busiest months for most Americans. It is also one of the busiest times at Temecula City Hall as we prepare for numerous Temecula Chilled holiday events! News is getting around that Temecula is among the most enchanting places to be in California and I'd say, arguably, the nation. If you aren't able to participate in any of the scheduled holiday events, we hope that you can find a moment to stroll through the festively decorated streets of Old Town, where brilliantly lit snow flakes adorn the lamp posts, and an oversized decorated Christmas tree beautifies the scenery in Town Square Park where the City's annual outdoor skating rink will soon be placed (December 15). As you enter through the arches of Old Town, you will hear the chimes from City Hall's Clock Tower that echo throughout downtown with familiar holiday music. We are blessed to live and work in this vibrant City.

We also recognize that holidays can be difficult for some families and individuals who are less fortunate in any number of ways. Whether it is sickness, finances, loss of a loved one, the feeling of loneliness, or otherwise, our local charitable nonprofit organizations have diverse programs for residents of Temecula. A few weeks ago, the City awarded over $1.1 million dollars to 49 different nonprofit programs in community-centric grants in order to exclusively support those who live in Temecula. We call it Community Service Funding-Reinvestment in Temecula. If any of these programs are useful to you, please reach out to the respective nonprofit organization. Alternatively, for those who may want to help, volunteer opportunities may be available through these nonprofit organizations, or those listed here. For questions, feel free to contact [email protected].

May you have a safe holiday season filled with peace and joy.

-Aaron Adams, City Manager

Nicolas Road

Lane and Shoulder Closures

Sat., Dec. 3rd, 7am-4:30pm

In preparation for the Nicolas Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project, crews will begin concrete repair work of driveways, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and ADA ramps. This will result in shoulder and lane closures on Nicolas Road, between Winchester Road and North General Kearney Road. Please drive carefully and reduce your speed in the work zone.

Temecula Welcome Center

Hours of Operation:

Sun.-Thurs.: 8am-6pm*

Fri. & Sat.: 8am-8pm*

28690 Mercedes Street #A (by City Hall)

We have some exciting news to share -- the City now has a Temecula Welcome Center! Come and register for classes, get information about programs and services, find out about upcoming events, and more!

*Hours of Operation subject to change.

Santa's Electric Light Parade

Tomorrow! Fri., Dec. 2nd, 7pm

Old Town Temecula

Rain or Shine! Bring your chairs and blankets to our annual Santa's Electric Light Parade tomorrow! The parade route starts at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Del Rio Road, and travels along Old Town Front Street through Old Town, ending at Santiago Road. Free public parking is available in the Old Town Parking Garage, 6th Street parking lot and the dirt lot located at Santiago/Ynez Roads. Handicap parking is available on 6th Street.

Street Closures for Santa's Electric Light Parade

Due to the parade, Old Town Temecula and surrounding areas will experience road closures.

Detailed street closures can be found at TemeculaCA.gov/ParadeMap.

Other info, such as event lineup and restroom locations can be found at TemeculaCA.gov/SantaParade.

Second Saturday

Christmas Around the World

Sat., Dec. 10th, 11am-1pm

Temecula Valley Museum

(28314 Mercedes Street)

Celebrate the holiday season with our special Second Saturday Cultural program, Christmas Around the World, featuring each culture celebrated throughout the Second Saturday events in 2022. Celebrate, explore, and experience a mix of rich culture, samples of food, music, creative art activities, and enjoy a complimentary art lesson. 

For more information visit the Temecula Valley Museum.

Holiday Bike Tour

Sat., Dec. 10th, 7pm

Harveston Community Park

(28582 Harveston Drive)

Light up the night and take in some local holiday light displays!

Bring your bike and warmest holiday sweater as we ride around Harveston for the annual Holiday Bike Tour at Harveston Community Park.

For other holiday fun check out our website at TemeculaCA.gov/Holidays.

Temecula on Ice

Dec. 15th - Jan. 8th

Sun.-Thurs.: 10am - 9:30pm

Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11pm*

Christmas: 12-9pm

New Years Eve: 10pm-12:30am

Town Square Park

(41000 Main Street)

Temecula On Ice is back! Enjoy ice skating in Old Town Temecula!

Visit TemeculaCA.gov/TemeculaOnIce for prices and more information.

NYE Grape Drop

Sat., Dec. 31st, 6pm - 12:30am

Grape Drops: 9pm & Midnight

City Hall Quad

(41000 Main Street)

Ring in the new year Temecula style with the infamous Grape Drop.

Celebrate 2023 twice with an East Coast (9pm) and West Coast (midnight) countdown. The New Year’s Eve Grape Drop will include live music, food vendors, and kid’s activities. Free Fun Zone will be open from 6-10pm. For more information about this event, visit TemeculaCA.gov/Holidays.

For more information click here.

Winter/Spring 2023 Guide to Leisure Activities

community partners

Blood Drive

Friday, December 9*

(other dates available too)


City Conference Center

(41000 Main Street)


The City of Temecula has partnered with the American Red Cross to host this blood drive. 

Participants must make an appointment before donating. Click here to schedule your blood donation.

*Other dates are available over the next few months.

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