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Special Events

December 2016

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Letters From Santa

Santa Stops

Holiday Food & Toy Drive

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Thank you to all the residents who registered their home or block for this year's Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

We now need the public's help to vote for this year's best and brightest displays.  Please download a map of the entries by going to the link below.  Then, pack up family and friends to go out and judge the displays.  There are six total categories including one for best block.  At the end of the survey (there's a link below), there's a slot to choose up to four honorable mentions.

  • For Best Block, you're looking for a good majority of the homes to be participating.

  • For Best Use of Lights, think Clark Griswold in A Christmas Vacation…something where you might need to wear sunglasses even at night.

  • For Most Creative, you're looking for an entry that really doesn't follow the norm or reference traditional themes, but makes you stop and say, “Wow!”

  • For Holiday Spirit, consider the one that seems to have traditional elements or goes with the true meaning of the season.

  • For Most Festive, consider the one that makes you laugh out loud and has a jolly, cheery, and good-humored theme to it.

  • For Best Overall, this is what you believe to be #1 – something that is truly imaginative, inspired, and innovative.

Click here for entry map.

Click here to cast your vote!

Online voting will begin December 8 and runs through December 15 at 12 noon. Winners will be announced December 16 by 5 p.m.

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Letters From Santa

New this year- parents will be able to download letters from Santa to print out in the comfort of your home!  Simply go to to view the options of letters! In addition, you can call the Santa Hotline (951) 461-6086 to get a greeting from Santa!

Santa letter #1 2016

Santa letter #2 2016

Santa letter #3 2016

Santa letter #4 2016

Santa letter #5 2016

Santa letter #6 2016

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Santa Stops

Santa will be at various locations throughout the city to visit the children of Murrieta between December 5 and December 14.   Santa will be on his sleigh collecting canned food and toys for needy kids in the area. For an interactive map of the closest star in your area, click here.  

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Holiday Food & Toy Drive

The City of Murrieta’s Annual Toy and Food Drive is seeking donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys and gift cards to assist local families in need this holiday season. In addition to Santa picking up the food at the Santa Stops (stars), you can drop off the food and toy donations to any of the following locations from November 28-December 21.

Murrieta Community Center- 41810 Juniper Street

Murrieta Senior Center-5 Town Square

Any of the 5 Murrieta Fire Stations

Murrieta Police Department- 2 Town Square

Murrieta City Hall- 1 Town Square (closed every other Friday)

For additional information, please call the Community Services Department at (951) 304-7275 (PARK)

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