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Calendar >  San Marcos Park & Rec December Events

San Marcos Park & Rec December Events

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What’s Happening in Parks & Rec


  • Sat. 03 • San Marcos Hike
  • Sat. 03 • Annual Tree Lighting & Vendor Market
  • Thu. 08 • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Wed. 07 • Pop-Up Rec
  • Sun. 11 • Star Walk
  • Wed. 14 • Family Night Pickup
  • Wed. 14 • SAC Craft Fair
  • Thu. 22 • SAC Holiday Gala
  • …and more!


San Marcos Hike

Join us for the San Elijo Hills south tour hike. A Moderate 5-6 mile hike will start at San Elijo Hills Park and take in a circle tour of the San Elijo Hills area. Trails to be explored will include the Canyon, Copper Creek, Wild Canyon and Make–A–Wish trails.

Saturday, December 3 • Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with hike beginning at 9 a.m. • FREE

San Elijo Hills Park • 1105 Elfin Forest Road

Tree Lighting & Vendor Market

  • Free Photo with Santa • 1–4:30 p.m.
  • Craft & Food Vendors • 1–7 p.m.
  • Free Children’s Crafts • 1–7 p.m.
  • Tree Lighting • 5:35 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3 • 1-7 p.m.

San Marcos Civic Center • 1 Civic Center Drive

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed.

Register to donate here.

Thursday, December 8 • 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Valley of Discovery Room • 1 Civic Center Drive

Join the Parks & Rec

Esports League – Registration for our winter league is now open! Compete in games like Madden, Mario Kart 8, Fortnite, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Follow the link below to find out how to register for a league.

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.

Pop-Up Rec – Holiday Card – Bring your holiday spirit and join us in creating a holiday card that looks like a gingerbread house. You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need! While supplies last.

Wednesday, December 7 • 3 p.m. • FREE – Mulberry Park • 751 Mulberry Drive

Star Walk XX

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.

What is the Winter Solstice; Where are the Moon and the Planets; Autumn and Winter Constellations;

Geminids and Ursid Meteor Showers.

Recommended Equipment:

LED flashlight with red filter or red lens cover, Binoculars,Warm clothes,Blanket and/or ground cloth.

Sunday, December 11 • 5–6:30 p.m. • Free

Mahnita Boyden-Wofford Amphitheater Double Peak Park • 910 Double Peak Drive

Family Night Pick-up

Felt Wreaths – Create a seasonal wreath. Supplies include green felt, ribbon, and foam wreath.

Family Night activities bring families together. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. Adjust quantity when registering for each child participating.

Register your child here.

Wednesday, December 14 • 3:30-4:30 p.m. • $5 – Community Center • 3 Civic Center Drive

Craft Fair -Vendors will sell handmade crafts and gifts.

$10 non–refundable vendor fee. Visit or call the Senior Activity Center Front Desk to reserve your table. (760) 744-5535

Wednesday, December 14 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

Holiday Gala

You are cordially invited to our annual holiday affair featuring live music by The Buckleys . Activities will 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 11:30 a.m. followed by dessert and dancing. Visit the Senior Center Lunch Desk or call (760) 744-5535 x3607 to make your reservation.

Thursday, December 22 • 10:30 a.m. Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

San Marcos Aquatics

Open Recreation Swim -Open Recreation Swim is for individuals or families to enjoy the pool and swim. Please visit www.san-marcos.net/watersafety for a list of pool rules.

Please note: if the projected high temperature for the day is blow 65°F Open Rec Swim will be cancelled that day.

Swim Lessons -Swimming lessons save lives! Please click the registration link below for the most up to date listing of available classes. Swim lessons are subject to change. Please check the website for up-to-date times www.san-marcos.net/aquatics

Register For Swim Lessons

Lap Swim -Purchase a Splash Pass membership for year-round access, or pay a drop-in fee for an intense or easy workout. Pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment.

Splash Pass Membership

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! MORE INFORMATION

Recreation Scholarships Available! – The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $10,000 this 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 visit


Park Shelter Reservations Available – The City has 21 designated reservable park picnic shelters at 12 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 visit www.san-marcos.net/reserveapark or call the office at 760-744-9000.

San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069


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