What’s Happening in Parks & Rec
December 4 | Tree Lighting
December 4 | Breakfast With Santa
December 4 | San Marcos Hike
December 8 | Craft Fair at SAC
December 12 | Star Walk
December 14 | Pop-Up Rec
December 15 | Family Night Pick-up
December 23 | Holiday Gala at SAC
Tree Lighting Featuring Vendor Market
Bring your whole family for a whole day of holiday fun! There will be free festive crafts & cookie decorating for children, along with a vendor market featuring handcrafted one-of-a-kind gifts. Get your picture taken with Santa, and stay for the faux snow after the tree lighting.
San Marcos Civic Center
Saturday, December 4 | 1-7 p.m.
Photos with Santa | 1-4 p.m.
Tree Lighting | 5:35 p.m.
Breakfast With Santa
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa and craft making. Photo with Santa included with breakfast admission. Tickets can be purchased online at the link below, or at the door.
San Marcos Community Center Saturday, December 4 | 7:30-11 a.m.$5 per person
Register your child here.
San Marcos Hike
Join us for the San Elijo Hills Park, Denk Mountain, Copper Creek. This strenuous 7-mile hike will go south from San Elijo Hills Park and up Denning Road to the top of Denk Mountain. Hikers will pass Denk Tank and explore the trail connections to Carlsbad. Hikers will return via Copper Creek and Copper Canyon.
Meeting Location: San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos 92078.
Saturday, December. 4 | Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. hike beginning at 9am
Join The Parks & Rec Esports League
Everyone is welcome to compete and win prizes in our all ages recreational esports league. Players will compete in the comfort of their home against other locals in the community. To find out more information and register for a league, click on the link below.
Register for an esports league.
Sign up for the esports newsletter so you don’t miss out on important registration and league start dates.
Sign up for the esports newsletter.
Craft Fair at the SAC
Unique handmade items for sale. Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of registration.
Tables are $10 non refundable fee, and can be purchased at the Senior Activity Center Front desk or online at this link.
Senior Activity Center | 111 Richmar Avenue Wednesday, December 8 | 9 a.m.-2p.m.
Star Walk XIV
Enjoy a night under the stars and learn basic astronomy concepts at a beginner’s level. Locate and understand featured celestial/astronomical events. Locate and identify common Constellations and Asterisms.
Beginner Astronomy concepts; A Celestial Triangle, the Moon and the Planets; Autumn constellations; Draconid and Orionid Meteor Showers.
Recommended Equipment: LED flashlight with red filter or red lens cover, Binoculars, Warm clothes, Blanket and/or ground cloth. Sunday, December. 12, 5–6:30p.m. | Free
Mahnita Boyden-Wofford Amphitheater
Double Peak Park, 910 Double Peak Drive, 92078
Swim, or walk laps for an intense full body workout or easy fitness. The pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment.
Las Posas Pool | 1387 W. Borden Rd.Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday | 6:30-10 a.m.$4 per class, or included with annual Splash Pass
Buy your Splash Pass here.
Start planning your summer job now by keeping an eye out for our upcoming lifeguard prep, lifeguard training, and water safety instructor courses.
Pop-Up Rec – Holiday Card
Bring your holiday spirit and join us in designing holiday cards that resemble gingerbread houses.
You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need!
Hollandia Park | 12 Mission Hills Court
Tuesday, December 14 | 3 p.m. | Free
Family Night Pick-up
Family Night activities bring families together while participating in arts & crafts and assorted projects. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each $5 Snowman Ornament On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. If multiple children would like to participate, parents must pre-register each child individually.
San Marcos Community Center
Wednesday, December 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Register your child here.
Holiday Gala at SAC
You are cordially invited to our annual black tie holiday affair, featuring live music by The Happy Makers. Pre-lunch activities include mixing and mingling with friends old and new, hor d’ oeuvres, opportunity drawings, and photo booth starting at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served promptly at 11 a.m. followed by dancing, dessert, a holiday surprise and more!
Pre-registration and reservations are required by calling 760-744-5535, ext. 3607. Guests 60+ $4 suggested contribution. $5 cost for guests 59 years & younger.
Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Avenue Thursday, December 23. | 10:30 a.m.
San Marcos Recreation Guide
If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of our San Marcos Recreation Guide, we encourage you to take a peek and see all the fun happenings from San Marcos Parks & Recreation!
Scholarships Available Now! The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $5,000 this year for recreation scholarships! These scholarships are available through the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and are contingent upon meeting certain financial eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply visitwww.san-marcos.net/recpolicies.
Park Shelter Reservations Available
The City has 22 designated reservable park picnic shelters at 13 different City parks that may be reserved to host your next celebration. A reservation must be made for groups of 25 people or more and groups who wish to have a inflatable or pony/petting zoo. Groups under 25 people can still make a reservation or choose to use the park on a first come first serve basis. Reservable park picnic shelters can be reserved online a minimum of 8 days in advance and at the Parks and Recreation office 4 days in advance of your desired date. Reservations are paid in full at the time of booking. For more information, please visitwww.san-marcos.net/reserveaparkor call the office at 760-744-9000.
San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069