8 Festive Holiday Events Within Minutes of Millenia!

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This season is always more fun when you live in a community that gets involved in the festivities.

Residents of Millenia are right on the doorstep of Otay Ranch Town Center, where the holiday season is kicking off with a range of fun events to get you in the spirit. Otay Ranch Town Center is incredibly convenient when you live at Millenia because it’s right across the street. A 10-minute walk or a drive of just a few minutes puts you in the center of the holiday action.

But Otay Ranch Town Center isn’t the only place where festive fun abounds! Check out all the options open to you. From festive markets to parades and visits with Santa, you’re sure to find something every member of the family will enjoy!

1. Weekly Farmers Market & Family Festival

When & Where

Tuesdays – 4 PM to 8 PM

Otay Ranch Town Center, Main Street
2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

This weekly event is a combined smorgasbord and farmers market, with both fresh produce and a wide range of specialty foods for sale. Take them home, or snack while you shop. Add in dining and live entertainment, and you’ve got everything you need for a fun evening out.

2. A Visit & Photos with Santa

When & Where

Monday through Saturday – 12 PM to 8 PM
Sundays – 12 PM to 6 PM

Otay Ranch Town Center, Library Porch
2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

Santa is taking time out of his busy holiday schedule to meet local children at Otay Ranch Town Center this year! You’ll find him every day on the porch of the library. You can always wait in line to see Santa, but he’s a popular man! If you’d rather skip the wait, reserve a time to visit the Man in Red.

Visiting with Santa is free, but you can also purchase a timeless souvenir and get a picture with him. Book your visit Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday to receive a $5 discount on photos (until December 9 only).

Make reservations online here.

Additional Hours

  • From December 15 to 23 – 10 AM to 9 PM
  • December 17 – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Christmas Eve – 10 AM to 6 PM (Santa will be take a break from 1 to 2 PM!)

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3. Pet Photos with Santa

When & Where

Mondays (November 20 through December 11) – 5 PM to 8 PM

Otay Ranch Town Center, Library Center
2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

Not only humans love Santa. Many pets do too! Create a fun memory for the whole family when you take Fido to get his picture taken with the jolly guy. Perfect for sending holiday greetings or just sharing on Facebook, this adorable photo op is sure to get great reactions.

Santa is popular with all species, so reserve your spot to snag a photo! Make your reservation online here.

4. Ugly Sweater Night with Santa

When & Where

December 1 – 5 PM to 8 PM

Otay Ranch Town Center, Library Porch
2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

Love ‘em or cringe at ‘em, ugly sweaters are now a holiday tradition, and this year, Santa wants to see yours! Put on your ugliest holiday-themed sweater—the more cringe-inducing the better—and enjoy an evening with Santa and other ugly sweater aficionados.

Make reservations online here to make sure you don’t miss out on your photo with Santa.

5. The Children’s Faire, Featuring Frosty’s Snow Hill

When & Where

December 2 – 2 PM to 7 PM

Memorial Park
Chula Vista

Head into the historic district of Chula Vista for a free family event with tons of holiday cheer. What will be waiting for you?

  • Snowball catapults
  • Santa’s hat ring toss
  • Children’s train
  • Gingerbread bounce house
  • Ornament craft booth
  • Craft Faire
  • Snacks like tamales, wood-fired pizza, and roasted corn
  • And so much more!

Maybe best of all is Frosty’s Snow Hill. From 2 to 5, the kids will lose themselves in the fun of playing in snow! In Chula Vista! It’s an experience they won’t forget.

And don’t miss the Starlight Parade at 6 PM!

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6. Giant Snow Globe

When & Where

December 3, 10, and 11 – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Village Walk at EastLake
Miller Dr., Chula Vista

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be inside a snow globe? You’ll have your chance this holiday season. “Magic” glasses that turn the snow into rainbow colors makes the experience even more memorable for the kids!

7. Holiday PJ Night with Santa

When & Where

December 8 – 5 PM to 8 PM

Otay Ranch Town Center, Library Porch
2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

For a night of silly, festive fun, put on your PJs, and take to the streets! Dress up in your favorite holiday PJ set, and take the quick walk to visit Santa at the Otay Ranch Public Library. Take a photo to share with friends and create the ultimate holiday memory.

Reserve your slot for a photo with Santa here.

8. Caroling Night

When & Where

December 16 – 5 PM to 8 PM

Otay Ranch Town Center, Library Porch
2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista

Christmas carols are just the thing to fill you up with holiday cheer, and there’s no better way to hear these traditional and modern Christmas songs than performed lived by carolers. Enjoy the melodies and the festive atmosphere, and have your photo taken with Santa to create a lasting reminder!

Reserve a time slot for a photo with Santa here.

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The community spirit at Millenia is alive and well all year round, but the holiday season is extra special! It doesn’t get much better than the festive fun at Otay Ranch Town Center, East Lake Village, and downtown Chula Vista. When it’s practically in your own backyard—within easy walking distance—taking part in community activities is the best way to enjoy the holiday season, get to know your neighbors, and create some fantastic memories!