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“Lompoc Holiday Adventure List”

by Rebecca Ross

JUST A FEW LOMPOC VISION

PICK-UP SPOTS

The Village Market ● Shepard Eye Clinic ● Eddies Grill

● UPS Store ● Alphie’s Fish & Chips ● YMCA ● Aquatic

Center ● Dwee’s Senior Center ● American Host ● South-

side Café ● City Hall ● Grocery Outlet ● The Chamber of

Commerce ● Lompoc Valley Medical Center ● Wilkerson

Chiropractic ● Mission Hills Market, Mission Hills Wa-

ter District ● Inklings ● The Lompoc Library ● Rabobank

● The Half Century Club ● Lompoc Skilled Nursing and

Rehabilitation Center on North Ave ● Fountrain Square of

Lompoc on North Ave. ● Denmat ● The Base Commissary

● The BX ● The Airmen & Family Readiness Center ●

One Room Escapes & Coffee ● Rabobank

...Just to name a few.

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ights are twinkling, sleigh bells are ringing, and hot chocolate is brewing,

which can only mean one thing – the holiday season is upon us! Whether

you just want to dip your toe in the holiday waters (after all, we’ve barely

had Thanksgiving) or are ready to dive right in, there are plenty of ways to cel-

ebrate. Here are 16 to get you started. See how many you can check off!

► Eat:

St. Nick sure knows the value of the most important meal of the day!

Have Breakfast with Santa on December 7th from 9-11am at Dick DeWees Com-

munity and Senior Center or on December 9th and 16th from 8-10am at the Hil-

ton Garden Inn.

► Drink:

One Room Coffee Shop has exactly what you need to quench your

holiday thirst. Try a Sugar Cookie or Gingerbread Latte, a Chocolate Peppermint

Mocha, Homemade Egg Nog, or order up Milk and Cookies (spiced milk and a

frosted, sprinkled cookie).

► Be Merry:

The 4th Annual Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce Holly

Jolly Jubilee is a great way to wrap all of your favorite holiday activities into one

fun-filled afternoon – carolers, letters to Santa, Ugly Sweater contest, shopping for gifts, and yummy treats. December

7th from noon-dusk.

► Play in the Snow:

Enjoy a Snow Day at Mosby Field in River Park on December 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Have a snow-

ball fight, build a snowman, or make a snow angel to really get in the spirit.

► Watch a Parade:

This year’s theme for the Lompoc Valley Children’s Christmas Season Parade is “Ringing in the

Holidays.” How festive! Bundle up and find a spot along “H” St. to enjoy the parade.

► Admire Lights and Decorations:

Visit the Lompoc Valley Historical Society’s Holiday Open House at the Fabing

McKay Spanne House to get a glimpse of a real Victorian Christmas on December 7th and 14th between 10am and 1pm

or hop in the car and drive around to look at the houses entered in this year’s Lompoc Beautification and Appearance

Commission’s Holiday Decorating Contest.

►All Things Tree:

Pick out a tree from a local lot, buy one you can plant

from a local garden center, witness the spectacle of the Tree Lighting Cer-

emony in Centennial Park after the Children’s Christmas Season Parade,

or stop by the Lompoc Library’s Christmas Tree raffle on December 14th.

► Go to a Movie:

The holidays are a great time for family time and

there’s no better way to bond than over a tub of popcorn! Catch Frozen II

at Movies Lompoc or stop by the Lompoc Library’s Adult Movie Monday

Matinee on December 9th at 2pm to watch Prancer or December 16th at

2pm to watch The Santa Clause.

► See a Play:

Check out Lompoc High School Drama’s presentation of

“Naughty and Nice”, a collection of original holiday short plays Decem-

ber 12th-14th at 7:30 or sign your little ones up for Lompoc Youth The-

ater’s mini-musical production of “The Great Holiday Bake Off”

► Listen to Music:

Get a group of friends together to go caroling, let the

Lompoc Valley Master Chorale entertain you with “Christmas is Coming”

on December 6th and 7th at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, or

get down at the Lompoc Theatre Project’s Honky Tonk Christmas Benefit

Concert at the Lompoc Wine Factory on December 8th from 12-3.

► Bake:

Break out the baking sheets and cookie cutters to bake at home

or take your teens to the Lompoc Library for Cookie Decorating on Janu-

ary 2nd at 2pm.

► Craft:

Take your kids to Michael’s hHliday Maker Fest events on Sat-

urdays in December, sign yourself up for Dare 2 Dreams’ Handmade Gifts

Holiday Workshop on December 14th, or shop at one of a handful of an-

nual holiday craft bazaars found around town.

► Give:

Donate! Valley of the Flowers Half-Century Club is holding a

Senior Angel Tree Project, the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots box-

es can be found at 30 locations around town, you can drop food and toys at the Lompoc Fire Dept. for KSBY’s Season of

Hope, or put a yellow ribbon on the tree with Blue Star Families at the Starbucks on Ocean Ave. on December 7th from

12-2.

► Celebrate Winter:

“Celebrate the return of the light” at Sunburst Farm and Sanctuary with a Winter Solstice Medita-

tion, Dinner, and Labyrinth event on December 21st from 12-8:30pm.

►Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater:

I personally refer to these as “Awesome Christmas Sweaters”, but to each his own.

Have a little grown-up fun at DJ’s Saloon at their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on December 14th at 9pm.

► Run?:

I don’t usually equate the holidays with exercise, but if you do, consider participating in the Chasing Santa 5K

Run/Walk organized by the Lompoc Valley Distance Club to benefit Toys for Tots on December 7th.