Special Events

We believe community involvement is so important, we made it our mission. As the Community Services Department, it is our duty, and also a privilege, to serve our community. Being involved with our community is all about building relationships: with the community, with business leaders, with area businesses, and most importantly, with the citizens of those communities.

Please contact the Special Events Coordinator, Melissa Veliz at 951-674-3124, ext. 292 for more information about any of the community events listed, or to inquire about an application to host your own event visit this page.

Volunteers are an important part of many events; if you would like to volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 951-674-3124, ext. 290. Teens, ages 15 years or older, may volunteer for Special Events earning community service hours required for graduation.


December 2, 2023, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Historic Main Street.

Embrace the magic of the season at Winterfest, our enchanting holiday kickoff event! Gather your family and friends for a day filled with joy and excitement. The festivities begin with a bustling marketplace featuring vendors, delightful entertainment, and amusements tailored for all ages. The highlight of the evening, our Night of Lights Parade, will commence at 5:30 PM, starting at the corner of Langstaff and Graham and winding its way down Main Street to Sumner. Get ready to be dazzled as this year's parade theme, "Christmas Movie Magic," comes to life in a spectacular display of lights, colors, and creativity. 

Road Closures

Before the Parade I After the Parade

Event Layout

Schedule of Events:

Event (Gediman Square): 3:00 to 8:00 PM

Photos with Santa (Gediman Square): 3:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Sled Runs (Heald & Main): 3:00 to 8:00 PM

Tree Lighting (Gediman Square): 7:00 PM

 Share your photos with us! #LEWinterfest2023

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Breakfast with Santa 

December 9 and December 16, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
Fire Station 97, 41725 Rosetta Canyon Drive.

Breakfast with Santa is back for double the fun! For just $6 per person per event, you will get a delightful morning filled with a delicious breakfast, crafts, a meet & greet with local firefighters, and a free take-home photo with Santa! 

Children under two years old do not need a ticket.
Both events are SOLD OUT.

For more information email sstuckey@lake-elsinore.org