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November 27, 2023 | Week 48

Vista Chamber Updates

65th Annual Vista Christmas Parade this Saturday!

The Vista Christmas Parade is back this year for the 65th year in Downtown Vista!

The theme this year is ‘Viva Vista’ and we’re excited to see all the creative ways participants display this theme on their floats.

When: Saturday, December 2 | 1:00pm start time

Where: Historic Downtown Vista | See route below

The Christmas Parade will start at the Wave Waterpark, go through Main Street, turn right on Citrus, right on Broadway, left on S Santa Fe and finish at the roundabout on Pala Vista.

Grand Marshal!

Our Grand Marshal is Danny Villaseñor and Family from Peppertree Frosty!

Peppertree Frosty is now a Vista staple (turning 70 this year!) where generations of families have gathered together to enjoy a delicious treat or a burger at lunchtime.

We invite former employees of Peppertree Frosty to join us to show their appreciation to Danny and his family by walking behind them at the Christmas Parade. Join us at the parking lot behind Cinepolis at 12:30, right before the start of the parade.

Vista Chamber CEO Rachel Beld and Member & Community Engagement Director Kent Leithold go over some key points for the Christmas Parade and tell us more about our Grand Marshal!

Pictures with Santa!

Santa will be in Downtown Vista after the parade to take pictures with all the kids that have been good this year! Find Santa at the Gazebo in Downtown (corner Main Street and Indiana) + photo ops to take picture with the whole family.

This experience is sponsored by Children’s Paradise

Long-Time Friends Begin and End the Parade-

Danny Villaseñor will be the Grand Marshal at this year’s Christmas Parade but do you know about his family’s history in Vista?

Learn more about Danny and his special connection to our amazing Santa Claus in the Winter issue of Vista Magazine. Read now here.

Thank You Sponsors!

Rising Star Students of the Month

From left to right:

  • Jazmine Hernandez – Guajome Park Academy
  • Donovan Fanella – Mission Vista High School
  • Taj Drelleshak – Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Jayson Rodriguez – Vista Visions Academy
  • Brandon Jaimes – Alta Vista High School
  • Dulce Mercado – Vista High School

We’re Hiring!

The Vista Chamber of Commerce is looking for a Workforce Development Specialist to support our workforce programs.

This position is made possible through a partnership between Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), AmeriCorps, and the Vista Chamber of Commerce. Learn more and start your application here.

Heroes of Vista 2024 – Nominations Now Open!

Now is the time to celebrate our Vista Businesses!

Please nominate a business, organization, or person who is doing great things for our community. Winners will be announced at the Heroes of Vista Gala on March 22, 2024. Submit your nominations here.

Self-nominations welcome and encouraged! Deadline to submit nominations is December 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Vista Chamber Events

Education Committee – November 29

Join us for our Monthly Education Committee meeting as we discuss issues and resources available in the world of Education and Workforce Development    

Email ceo@vistachamber.org to be added to the distribution list.

Register for this week’s meeting here.

Business & Community Resources

$10,000 Grant Applications Close Soon

To unlock this grant application, you must have an account on Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and virtual community events (e.g., one course and one coaching event, one course and one virtual community event, two courses, or two events) between July 1, 2023, and December 20, 2023, and submit a grant application by December 20, 2023. Learn more and the grant here and start the application process here.

Vista Unified School District Career Fair

The Vista Unified School District will host a same day hiring event with possible sign-on bonuses. Apply, test, interview, complete physical and fingerprint tests all in the same day.

When: Friday, December 1 | 8:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Vista Adult School | 510 Sunset Ave

Find more information here.

Community Events

Made in USA

When: Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 3 | Times vary

Where: Vista’s Broadway Theater | 340 E Broadway, Suite B

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Holiday Lights at the AGSEM

When: Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 | 5:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum | 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Learn more here.

Vista Farmers Market

When: Every Saturday | 8:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Vista Courthouse Parking Lot | 345 S Melrose Drive

Cuddle Hour with Santa and the Rescue Cats

When: Sunday, December 3 | 12:00 – 5:00pm

Where: LYFF Adoption Center Cat Lounge | 1929 W Vista Way, Suite C

Schedule your cuddle hour here.

Vista Chamber of Commerce170 Eucalyptus Ave., Ste. 115(760) 726-1122


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