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Enjoy the holidays in Old Town Newhall

Posted: November 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Now that we’ve officially made it through Thanksgiving, it’s time to get serious about enjoying the holidays — once you’ve finished your Black Friday shopping, that is.

Every blog, magazine and newspaper offers a “best ways to enjoy the holidays” list, but for me it’s pretty simple. It’s important to set aside time with family and friends, enjoy a few no-pressure, holiday-themed events and relive an annual tradition.

Santa Clarita offers a variety of holiday-themed events and this year many are taking place in Old Town Newhall, where the spirit of the holidays is shining. Just a few weeks ago we hosted a lighting event and illuminated a 23-foot Christmas Tree, which sits in front of the Old Town Newhall Library, and thousands of lights along Main Street. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a little holiday magic.

But the décor is just the beginning of what makes Old Town Newhall charming this time of year. The boutiques, restaurants and theaters on and around Main Street offer a variety of unique gift-giving ideas, meals and entertainment. The Old Town Newhall Library is showing family movies and hosting holiday activities for all ages.

The following are a few of the festive events taking place in and around Old Town Newhall this holiday season.

  •  “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved movie, will be on stage from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22 at the Canyon Theatre Guild.
  •  William S. Hart Park will host its annual Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hart Hall. Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, from jewelry and pottery to paintings and other handmade crafts.
  •  On Monday, Dec. 2, The Master’s College will host a tree lighting ceremony from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • From Dec. 5 to 7, The Master’s College will host the “Come Christmas Sing” concert series featuring John Rutter’s “Magnificat” at 7:30 p.m. nightly and at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 7, Old Town Newhall will host a variety of events, including the Literacy and Arts Festival at the Old Town Newhall Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. White Fig Designs will host “Art in the Alley” with Pulchella Winery and Tasting Room; Hart Park will host its annual Open House; acclaimed musician and songwriter Dave Stamey will perform at the annual Cowboys and Carols at Hart Park at 7 p.m. and the City will host the Veterans Tree Lighting Ceremony in Veterans Plaza at 7 p.m.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 12, learn to make a holiday wreath at a free workshop at the Old Town Newhall Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • On Dec. 16, 17 and 19-21, the Old Town Newhall Library will host family movie nights, showing some of theseasons’ most beloved films like “Elf,” “The Polar Express” and “Arthur Christmas,” from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • On Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., enjoy a very special story time with Mrs. Claus.
  • Finally, on Dec. 19, teens are invited to make glittery pop culture ornaments from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

So if you are looking for a little holiday cheer, stop by Old Town Newhall this year and enjoy a variety of programming with family and friends. It just might be the start of a few new traditions.

Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at



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