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“Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s Winterfest 2013-2014 Top 10 is made for sharing the season’s holiday experiences.

From festive dining, corporate and family celebrations; music, concerts, theater; Santa Claus, Electric Light Parade, real-snow-to-play-in; holiday shopping, and twinkling lights. To the great outdoors; Temecula-on-Ice; New Year’s Eve; January’s California Restaurant Month; and February’s 28-days-of-Valentine-Romance,” announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO.

“To enjoy hotels-and-resorts’ special Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) nightly room rates, arrive days before events and stay days after.” Welcoming 2 million visitors each year and located 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs; 1½ hours from Los Angeles and Hollywood, casual, picturesque Temecula Valley’s quality experiences include Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail.

1-Temecula Valley Winterfest Dining, Corporate/Family Celebrations
Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Creek Inn are ideal for holiday celebrations. Groups enjoy Baily’s, The Bank, Temecula Olive Oil’s Welty Room, The MERC; Bel Vino, Callaway, Europa, Falkner, Keyways, Leoness, Lorimar, Maurice Car’rie, Monte de Oro, Mount Palomar, Ponte, South Coast, Wiens, Wilson Creek wineries; Pechanga’s Eagle’s View, Grand Ballroom, Journey’s End-Clubhouse; Temecula Creek’s Stone House, Yula Ballroom. Celebration restaurants (call ahead) include Baily’s, Front Street, Gambling Cowboy, Palumbo’s, Sweet Lumpy’s; Carol’s, Café Champagne, Creekside Grille, Meritage, Shorty’s, Pinnacle, Ponte Restaurant, Vineyard Rose; Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s; Farm House Kitchen.

Many busy-modern families connect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s; and stay-over. Holiday dining options (call/check websites) include Baily’s, Gambling Cowboy, Palumbo’s, Parea, Sweet Lumpy’s, Texas Lil’s, The Bank; Café Champagne, Carol’s, Meritage, Pinnacle, Ponte Restaurant, Shorty’s, Vineyard Rose; Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Journey’s End, Bamboo, Pechanga Buffet; Farm House Kitchen.

2-Temecula Valley Winterfest Holiday Music: Concerts/Theater/Dance
November music-to-share includes Pechanga Theater’s “Paris by Night”; Lorimar Winery Menorah Lighting, November-27. South Coast Winery hosts strolling carolers with Christmas Tree Lighting, November-29, Fridays/Saturdays through December-21. “Nutcracker Ballet” graces Old Town Temecula Theater, November-29-30, December 1-and-16-through-23. Lorimar Winery Tree Lighting is December-1. Old Town Temecula Theater’s “A Christmas Carol: Musical” is December 5-7-8, 11-through-15. Sleigh bells accompany Keyways Winery horse-drawn carriage rides (December Saturdays); “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” is at Pechanga Theater; “Lorimar Winery Christmas Movie in the Vines” (“Christmas Vacation”) is December 23.

3-Old Town Temecula Winterfest:
Santa Claus, Electric Light Parade, Real-Snow-To-Play-In
With holiday entertainment, weekends November-29 through December-22, Old Town stores and restaurants radiate holiday cheer. Santa Claus’ horse-drawn carriage arrival is November-29; Santa’s Electric Light Parade, December 6; real-snow-to-play-in (Pennypickle’s), December 13.

4-Temecula Valley Holiday Shopping
For corporate/personal gifts, celebrated shopping destinations include Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, and Promenade Temecula.

5-Temecula Valley Holiday Lights and Décor
Along Old Town Front Street, 20,000 twinkling lights glow. More beautiful each year, Wine Country wineries and vineyards include Thornton, Europa, Lorimar, Ponte, South Coast, Keyways. Pechanga Resort & Casino shines from luminous hotel tower to festive, porte-cochere.

6-The Great Temecula Valley Winterfest Outdoors
December-January-February, 68o F/20o C average daytime, high temperature is welcoming. Take flight in Grape Escape, California Dreamin’, D&D, Magical Adventures hot air balloon. Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail includes Journey at Pechanga, Temecula Creek, Cross Creek, RedHawk, Legends, Rancho California, Pala Mesa. With 40-mile/64-kilometer trail-system, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve harbors rare California landscapes.

7-Temecula-on-Ice: Skating Rink in Old Town
Glide on the ice at Town Square (December 13-January 5). The rink is state-of-the-art; rental ice-skates, contemporary, comfortable.

8-Temecula Valley New Year’s Eve
Old Town’s Temecula Town Square has live music; Great Temecula Grape Drop. Temecula Valley winery, New Year’s Eve celebrations include South Coast, Wiens, Wilson Creek. With more than 75,000 people expected, Pechanga’s multiple mega-celebrations rival Las Vegas.

9-January 2014: California Restaurant Month in Temecula Valley
Savor Temecula Valley chefs’ creativity; special prix fixe/fixed price menus are at participating restaurants.

10-February 2014: 28 Days of Valentine Romance in Temecula Valley
Stay, experience, and embrace romance with tempting hotel-resort nightly room rates/packages, romantic dining, spa indulgences, wine tasting, live music, exploring Old Town, Pechanga Casino.

*Information is believed accurate but subject to change.

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