Forecast calls for ‘snowfall’ during tree lighting

Otay Ranch Town Center is gearing up for the holidays with its annual Christmas tree lighting with more than 17,000 lights, holiday themed activities, entertainment, and a “magical snowfall” at the Tree Lighting and Holiday Farmer’s Market on Nov. 22 from 5-7 p.m.

Otay Ranch Town Center General Manager Tim Kilcourse said that this annual event began in 2007 after the Center opened and each year it brings hundreds of families and residents to celebrate the event.

At Santa’s house, there will be a professional photo service there with many packages to choose from, said Kilcourse.

“The magic snowfall is a special artificial snow machine that creates a safe and non-toxic ‘snowfall’ from the roof above the Santa set area that is fun for the entire family, perfect for photos and enjoyment by all. There is snowfall scheduled to run for 5 minutes at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily thereafter,” he said.

Kilcourse said as far as children’s activities, there will be a letter to Santa station, free cookies and hot chocolate and fun holiday swag for the kids.

“There will also be a unique holiday themed 360 camera experience provided by Pixy Photobooth that creates a fun video that can be sent directly to customer’s phones,” he said

“During the Tree Lighting event we bring in additional holiday-themed vendors selling gift ideas for the whole family with a large assortment of handcrafted items as well,” he said. “Tenants at Otay Ranch Town Center also offer a number of great choices for holiday gifts and our center has several new retailers including Road Runner Sports, Madison Reed, Lululemon, Red Ribbon Bakeshop and many others. Perfect for anyone on your list.”

Kilcourse said the community enjoys the local feel of the event.

“We love providing a venue for local youth groups to showcase music, dances and routines they have worked on throughout the year. Otay Ranch Town Center is truly a community ’town center’ where we want our neighbors and shoppers to come and enjoy, celebrate, share, and build a common experience. Annual events like the Tree Lighting, as well as other favorites such as Dog Gone Fun, Make Believe at the Mall Day and others bring everyone together to share a connection,” he said.