You better start making your list and checking it twice so you don’t forget any of these awesome events happening this weekend. Head to Old Poway Park for some old-fashioned Christmas fun. Take your train lover to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for Polar Express Day. Celebrate Las Posadas in Old Town. Have some Christmas fun at Bates Nut Farm. or for some non-holiday fun, grab lunch at the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck for a special one-day event at Westfield UTC. Have a great weekend!

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Photo: Bates Nut Farm

San Diego

Polar Express Holiday Family Day
Relax and enjoy this holiday classic on the SDMRM’s big screen. Come in your comfy Pj’s, bring a pillow, blanket and enjoy sipping warm cocoa. The movie begins at 11:45 am. All children attending will receive a free sleigh bell souvenir. After the movie ring the bell and if you truly believe a special visitor from the North Pole will arrive to visit. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Free. All ages. Event details.

Las Posadas
Enjoy a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The performance is followed by a piñata party and musical entertainment. Sun., 4:30 p.m., Old Town San Diego Historic Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making an appearance at Westfield UTC! Sat., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Westfield UTC, Prices vary by food ordered. All ages. Event details.

North County

Christmas in the Valley
Get in the Christmas spirit! Come to Bates Nut Farm and enjoy a Living Nativity, Polar Express hayride, cookie decorating, crafts, storytelling and more. Meet Santa Claus in person. Snacks and treats are available for purchase. Fri. – Sat., 12 – 8 p.m. Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.

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Rawhide Country Christmas
Join us for a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall. This two day Christmas family event offers something for adults and kids of all ages. Come for a couple of hours, or stay all day. Activities will include pony and hay rides, petting zoo, photos with Santa, carolers, live music, BBQ dinner, and so much more. Sat. and Sun., 2 – 9 p.m., Rawhide Ranch, $5/person. All ages. Event details.

Christmas on Maple
Visit with Santa, sing Christmas carols, decorate cookies, listen to Christmas stories, write letters to Santa, and enjoy giveaways, vendor shopping and more. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Maple Street Plaza, Free. All ages. Event details.

Christmas in Old Poway Park
Traditions come to life during Christmas in the Park. The day is filled with fun activities including a Christmas tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by train, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, ornament decorating, entertainment, and lots more. Sat., 3:30 – 8:30 p.m., Old Poway Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

East County

Christmas in La Mesa Village
The Village of La Mesa is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland with strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, holiday parade, live music, horse drawn carriages, bonfire, carnival rides, puppet shows, and, of course, Santa! All specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants open late during event. Fri. – Sat., 5 – 10 p.m., La Mesa Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

Parol Lantern Festival
Enjoy this Philippine Christmas celebration. Enjoy a parol contest, music and dancing, parol making and delicious tasting of lumpia, pandit and pandesal. Sat., 1 – 5 p.m., Jacobs Center, $15-$18/person. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Family Holiday Celebration at Village Walk in EastLake
Kids will have a great time today! Have their photos taken with Santa and get a coloring book from Mrs. Claus. Enjoy train rides and a magician, and make crafts. Don’t miss the snow falling at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sat. 12 – 3 p.m., EastLake Village Walk, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer