Del Mar Highlands Town Center kicks off holidays Dec. 2

Del Mar Highlands Town Center’s holiday celebration will return from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, to ring in the start of the holiday season.

The eighth annual event will feature live entertainment from students of all ages, recognize the dedication of local teachers, police and fire personnel, and provide attendees with the opportunity to donate toys to children who may not otherwise receive holiday gifts. After the program, attendees will be treated to a musical light show, a visit with Santa Claus, and cookies and hot chocolate.

“This event is a favorite of ours,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president of operations and development for Donahue Schreiber, owner and operator of Del Mar Highlands Town Center. “We love seeing the community join together to celebrate the holidays and support their neighbors.”

More than $20,000 in donations will be presented to 17 local schools, the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Funds provided to the police department will support the K9 law enforcement program, while the fire department will use the funds to purchase safety equipment for Station 24 crew members.

“We are thrilled to once again participate in the event,” said Wendy Robinson, executive director of San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. “Del Mar Highlands Town Center is extremely generous in their donations, which help to enhance our programs and safety of the communities we serve.”

The program will also feature performances by 12 elementary, middle and high schools, including choral groups, violinists, bands, dancing and live painting. Representatives from Toys for Tots will be on hand to collect toys that are distributed as holiday gifts to children in the community.