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Holiday at the Rancho

Holiday at the Rancho

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
5 to 8 p.m.
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
6200 Flying L.C. Lane

Download event flyer

Purchase tickets online or call 760-602-7510 
Pre-sale tickets:  $6 per person.
Free for children ages 3 and under.
Pre-sale ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5  
Tickets at the door are $9 per person.

***Purchase Holiday at the Rancho event tickets at any of the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation community centers now until Dec. 5. ***

Activities may be modified or cancelled due to inclement weather. Please check this web page or the hotline at 760-434-2843 for any changes prior to the start of the event.     

Ongoing activities

Download an event map and itinerary

Enjoy holiday themed activities, face painting, crafts, holiday shopping, food and beverage 
sales. The Carlsbad teen program, L.I.T.E., will sell hot dogs, bratwurst, nachos, chips, and popcorn for the movie.   

Entertainment schedule

5-8 p.m.          Entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food and beverages
5:15 p.m.    Tree lighting ceremony with Santa
5:30-7:30 p.m.   Photos with Santa

6 p.m.  

 Outdoor Movie


Performances schedule at the event patio 

5-6 p.m.        


Special performance by:
Carlsbad Community Theatre


5:15 p.m.  

 Tree lighting ceremony with Santa

Holiday stories

5:45, 6:45, & 7:15 p.m. - (20 minutes each inside the Hacienda)

Hacienda tours

6:30 & 7:30 p.m. - (30 minutes each)


Special thanks to our event sponsors

Event sponsorship, donations and vendor opportunities

Please contact Special Events,

Download event flyer

Purchase tickets at any of the Parks & Recreation community centers or
Purchase tickets online
Pre-sale tickets:  $6 per person. Free for children ages 3 and under.
Pre-sale ends at 4 p.m. on Friday , Dec. 5.  
Tickets at the door are $9 per person.

Admission includes access to crafts, Santa, cookie decorating, entertainment and the outdoor movie. Pony rides, merchandise, food, beverages, and souvenir photos with Santa are available for an additional fee. 

Map and directions to Leo Carrillo Ranch

Parking available at Carrillo Elementary School with entry into the park through the school field. 

There is limited parking as well as disabled parking in the Leo Carrillo Historic Park parking lot.  There is additional parking at Carrillo Elementary School with walking access to Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park through the school blacktop and field.  Look for signs leading to the park.  

Create treasured memories at this classic holiday celebration. This magical event includes a tree lighting ceremony, crafts, cookie decorating, an outdoor movie and pony rides.  Get some holiday shopping done at the craft boutique, and bring a blanket and chair for the holiday movie shown outdoors on the big screen. The evening also includes a very special visit by Santa himself. 

There are holiday themed crafts including letters to Santa and more.  Face painting and cookie decorating (while supplies last) take place throughout the evening and are included with admission.  Pony rides are available at an additional cost of $6 per person  Also, there will be a special visit by Santa who will light the 14-foot tree.  Take your child's picture with Santa or purchase a souvenir photo for $3 printed out at the event and includes a themed photo jacket. Finish the evening gathered around the giant outdoor movie screen for a classic holiday film. Want to find out more about the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park?  Join one of the Carrillo walking tours through the Hacienda or just pop in for the holiday story time in the main Hacienda. 

Dress warmly for the cool night air even if the day is warm.  Bring a low back chair for an outdoor viewing of a classic holiday movie.  Bring money for the craft boutique and holiday gift sale.  Look for jewelry, decorated ornament, candles, fun holiday themed glow toys, picture frames, holiday spec glasses that put a special glow around holiday lights, and much more.  Food and beverages will be sold on site.  Make sure to bring a camera for a photo with Santa or you can purchase a photo in a souvenir jacket for $3. 

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department
Special Events Division

Special Events hotline

Harding Community Center
3096 Harding St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008