WHAT: The signs are all around – Christmas cheer, nippy air, chestnuts roasting, and shoppers creating their holiday list. However, Christmas does not officially kick off in El Monte until its annual Holiday House festivities have begun.
The El Monte Community Center and the Jack Crippen Multipurpose Senior Center will be transformed into a "Holiday Winter Wonderland". The first 200 hundred children to visit Holiday House will receive a free holiday surprise.
Festivities include holiday craft vendors, food vendors, free arts & crafts, carolers, saxophonist, folklorico dancers, bouncer and Petals the Clown Magic Show (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). This year there will also be a Gingerbread House Contest and a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. The 'Sergeant Michael Wolf Bicycle Opportunity Drawing' winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. Additionally, there will be opportunities to take pictures with Santa Claus and to savor many wonderful foods throughout the day.
Annual fundraisers include the Arroyo High School Cheer Team Menudo Breakfast (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), the El Monte High School Cheer & Songs Carne Asada Lunch (noon to 3 p.m.) and the El Monte Pee Wee Cheerleaders Spaghetti Dinner (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.). The El Monte Council of PTA will host a Pie & Coffee Social (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and the El Monte Business & Professional Women will sponsor a Snack Bar.
Attendees are asked to help support the El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association (ERA) by bringing canned items to the Holiday House, which will be donated to the ERA food drive. For every five canned items you donate, you will receive a ticket for an opportunity raffle.
This wonderful Christmas boutique is free to all attendees. Don't miss this wonderful El Monte tradition! For more information, call (626) 580-2200.
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: El Monte Community Center & Jack Crippen Multipurpose Senior Center, 3120/3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731. (Locations are next to each other and will run simultaneously.)
The City of El Monte, located in Southern California, is committed to improving the quality of life for its citizens and strives to provide its community personalized service, uncompromising commitment, and individualized accountability.
For information on the City of El Monte, please call 626-580-2001 or visit www.elmonteca.gov.