Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis 2012 – Ticket Giveaway

Win Tickets to Taste n’ Tinis 2012 Taking Place on Dec. 13, 2012

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Tasters and Toasters alike will indulge in a self-guided walking tour of mouthwatering appetizers and festive beverages in Hillcrest.

Embark on a winter evening of wonderful cuisine from distinguished local chefs, offering an assortment of house specialties from mouthwatering appetizers and entrees to decadent sweet treats from over 25 restaurants.

But wait…there’s more! In the midst of the culinary merriment, find joy and warmth indoors by visiting participating retail shops, where you can delight in holiday shopping at Hillcrest’s best boutiques and shops, all the while sipping on festive cocktails. Peppermint martinis, creamy eggnog, Candy Cane Cosmopolitans, Scroogedrivers and other tantalizing libations will be mixed under the mistletoe, as each participating boutique will have its own bartender creating cocktails right in the store!

Click here to read more about Hillcrest’s Taste n’ Tinis 2012, including information on how to purchase tickets.

Want to Go to Taste n’ Tinis 2012 for Free? We’re Giving Away Tickets!

RandomSanDiego.com is giving away two tickets to Taste n’ Tinis 2012, taking place on Thursday, December 13, 2012! The two tickets will be awarded to one winner.

Here’s how to enter the Taste n’ Tinis 2012 Ticket Giveaway:

1. You must be subscribed to receive RandomSanDiego.com email updates to be eligible to enter the Ticket Giveaway. If you are not currently subscribed to receive email updates from RandomSanDiego.com, click here to become a Subscriber or, follow the link in the top right corner of this webpage.

2. Subscribers who would like to be entered into the Ticket Giveaway should send an email to RandomSanDiego {at} yahoo {dot} com with the subject line “I want to go to Taste n’ Tinis 2012”

3. Contest ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012. The winner will be contacted via email no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

4. Your tickets will be waiting for you at Will Call on the day of the event.

The fine print: In this Giveaway, one winner will receive two tickets to the Taste n’ Tinis 2012 event which takes place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood. Tickets may not be resold and bear no cash value. This Giveaway is open to Subscribers to the RandomSanDiego.com email updates only; one entry per Subscriber. To be entered in the Giveaway, you must send an email to the address noted in #2 above using the subject line noted in #2 above. The eligibility period ends on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:59:59 pm. Winner will be selected at random and notified via email no later than 5:00 pm on December 11, 2012. No purchase necessary. Other restrictions may apply.

Good luck!

Add comment December 9th, 2012

Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis 2012

Dec. 13, 2012 – Festive Drinks and Tasty Bites for One Low Price

Make your way to Hillcrest on Thursday, December 13, 2012 as one of San Diego’s most beloved neighborhoods serves up a spirited approach to the holiday season. Tasters and toasters alike will indulge in a self-guided walking tour of mouthwatering appetizers and festive beverages at the Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis 2012!

Embark on a winter evening of wonderful cuisine from distinguished local chefs, offering an assortment of house specialties from mouthwatering appetizers and entrees to decadent sweet treats from over 25 restaurants. Make your mouth feel merry with a variety of flavors, including spicy Spanish fare, fresh seafood, zesty Italian, classic American, warm coffees and pastries and many more tasty bites!

In the midst of the culinary merriment, find joy and warmth indoors by visiting participating retail shops, where you can delight in holiday shopping at Hillcrest’s best boutiques and shops, all the while sipping on festive cocktails. Peppermint martinis, creamy eggnog, Candy Cane Cosmopolitans, Scroogedrivers and other tantalizing libations will be mixed under the mistletoe, as each participating boutique will have its own bartender creating cocktails right in the store.

Enjoy the sampling, the sipping and the shopping and leave the rest to the experts at the Will Call booth, whose complimentary gift-wrapping will finish your gift with flare.

Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis 2012 takes place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood. Tickets for this festive affair are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 on the day of the event. The cost of your ticket includes drinks and food samples. You must be 21 years or older with proper ID to participate in this event; your ID will be checked at Will Call.

Cheers, San Diego!

Add comment November 29th, 2012

Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland in Escondido 2012

Dec. 1, 2012 – Free, Family Friendly Festive Event in Escondido

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido comes alive for the 8th annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Everyone is welcome to this free holiday event that features Victorian Carolers, special art activities for kids, a mini-mountain of snow for youngsters to play on, performances by the Center Chorale and three Children’s Choirs, the beautiful singing of Mexican tenor Marco Antonio Labastida, cookies and cocoa, costumed performers and, of course, visits with Santa.

Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for an at-risk or underserved child that will be distributed by the Salvation Army. Gifts of non-perishable foods are also requested and will be distributed to families in need in the region by the Interfaith Communities Services.

The Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland takes place from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This free, family friendly event is open to the public.

Add comment November 28th, 2012

Free Admission to USS Midway with Toy Drive Donation

Dec. 1, 2012: Toys for Tots Donation = Free Admission to USS Midway

The USS Midway is hosting a special Party on the Pier Toy Drive on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Head over to the USS Midway parking lot on the Midway Pier and drop off your toy donation during the Party on the Pier Toy Drive and receive a free pass to visit the USS Midway! The USS Midway free admission pass is valid through 2013!

The public is invited to swing by and say hello to members of the US Marines as they try to collect 200,000 toys for San Diego children and teens. Be sure to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa Claus!

The Details: There will be limited 15 minute parking available for donation drop offs and for folks who want to take a picture with Santa. If you plan on staying longer, you will be asked to pay regular parking rates. The free USS Midway Pass is limited to one pass per person, and can be redeemed through 2013. If you can’t make it to the event and want to visit the Midway, bring a toy to the Museum ticket booth and receive $2.00 off your same day visit ($2.00 off offer valid until 12/23/12).

The Party on the Pier Toy Drive takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the USS Midway Pier. This Toy Drive is open to the public.

Add comment November 28th, 2012

Legoland California Free Admission Offer

Pay for a Day and Return for a Free Day at Legoland CA

The RandomSanDiego.com Deal Finders have found a great deal for you to Legoland California! Take advantage of this free ticket deal while it lasts!

BOGO Offer to Legoland California

Visit Legoland California now till December 31, 2012 and receive a second day return ticket to visit Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium for free! To receive your free Legoland ticket, you must present your one-day paid admission ticket at the Guest Information Desk located inside the Park any time between November 19 and December 31, 2012. Upon presentation of your paid one-day admission ticket stub, you will be given a free second day ticket, which you can redeem for a free second visit any day between January 1 and March 22, 2013. Consider it Legoland’s Gift to You!

10% OFF + FREE Shipping + Exclusive Holiday Set. Valid 11.23.12 - 11.26.12

The fine print: The Legoland “Our Gift to You” return ticket is valid for use at Legoland California and Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium only; you must request your second-day ticket on the day of your first visit; and, your second-day ticket must be redeemed between January 1 and March 22, 2013. Other restrictions may apply.

Happy Holidays!

Add comment November 26th, 2012

Thomas Gibson at Legoland Tree Lighting Ceremony 2012

Nov. 26, 2012 – Criminal Minds Actor is Guest of Honor at Legoland Tree Lighting

Legoland California will welcome actor Thomas Gibson as this year’s special guest to light the world’s largest Lego Christmas tree at the family theme park’s tenth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Gibson, a father of three and long-time Legoland fan, currently stars on the CBS hit crime drama Criminal Minds and his credits range from comedy (Dharma and Greg) to drama on the big screen (Eyes Wide Shut).

More than 11,000 LED lights have been added this year to illuminate Legoland California’s tree which is created out of more than 245,000 forest green Duplo bricks. Adorned with 400 Lego ornaments, the tree towers over Fun Town in the 128-acre family theme park in Carlsbad, California. This event will also feature festive entertainment, fireworks and a visit from Santa himself!

At the ceremony, on Gibson’s behalf, Legoland California is donating $10,000 to Haven for Hope, the largest, most comprehensive Homeless Transformation Campus in the United States. Twenty-five percent of the homeless receiving assistance at the Haven for Hope Campus in San Antonio, Texas are children; half of which are under the age of five.

The tree lighting ceremony is part of Legoland California’s coolest holiday celebration ever, Holiday Snow Days and the new Winter Nights. Fun Town has been transformed into a magical, winter wonderland where the weather forecast calls for real snow every day and guests can build snowmen using Lego carrots and other fun Lego elements, throw snowballs at Lego themed targets and play with large, soft Lego bricks in the snow. Along with snow-filled fun, guests can enjoy festive entertainment and nightly fireworks December 26 through 31, 2012. New this year, Legoland California is extending its hours every Saturday night starting November 24th and nightly December 22nd through 31st for guest to enjoy the new Winter Nights celebration. All Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights activities are included in the price of Legoland California admission.

The official Legoland Tree Lighting Ceremony with Thomas Gibson takes place on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the Fun Town area of Legoland California. Legoland California Resort is located in San Diego North at One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA, 92008.

Add comment November 23rd, 2012

Let it Snow! at the Science Center

Full Screen Animated Digital Holiday Show Debuts at the Science Center

Get into the holiday spirit with the Science Center’s new digital show, Let it Snow! Featuring seasonal sights and classic songs, this non-narrative full-dome giant screen show brings festive classics to the big screen for a one of kind, immersive experience.

Sit back, relax, and embrace the holiday spirit as you listen to seasonal tunes through the Heikoff Dome Theater’s amazing sound system. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets will serenade you. On screen, you’ll follow swirling candy canes, a certain red-nosed reindeer and the jolly man himself on a fanciful journey through merry landscapes. The merriment of this show is so infectious, you just might find yourself singing along!

Here for a limited engagement, Let it Snow! is playing now through to Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Dome Theater located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. This show is appropriate for all ages; singing along is encouraged!

Add comment November 21st, 2012

Starbucks Freebie Deal : Free Starbucks Holiday Drink (BOGO)

Nov. 15 to 18, 2012 (2-5pm) – Buy One Starbucks Holiday Drink, Get One Free

Starbucks kicks off the holiday season with a special buy one get one free drink event at participating Starbucks Coffee Company stores. Grab a friend and head over to Starbucks this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2012) from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, buy one Holiday Drink, and get a second one for free!

In the spirit of giving, Starbucks encourages you to “share” your free Starbucks drink with a friend. But with so many delicious holiday drinks to choose from including Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte and Gingerbread Latte, you may be tempted to keep the free Starbucks drink for yourself! (Don’t worry, we won’t tell!)

The Starbucks Buy One Get One Free Offer runs from November 15 to 18, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at participating Starbucks locations. The free holiday drink must be of equal or lesser value to the one purchased.

Cheers!

Add comment November 15th, 2012

Critically Acclaimed Theatrical Production Cavalia Gallops into San Diego

November 2012 – Grand-Scale Multi-Media Show Featuring 50 Horses & 42 Artists Premieres at Petco Park

Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary production created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, returns to San Diego this month with performances under its signature White Big Top, in the parking lot adjacent to Petco Park.

Seen by close to 3.5 million people across North America and Europe since its 2003 debut, Cavalia is a fresh mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects featuring 50 horses and 42 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from around the world under a 110-foot tall tent. A 200-foot wide digital screen and a 160-foot wide stage draw spectators into a dream-like world. Conceived by one of the Cirque du Soleil co-founders, Normand Latourelle, and often labeled an equestrian ballet, Cavalia is a spectacular and moving tribute to the relationship between men and horses throughout history, a dream of freedom, cooperation and harmony. In a fairy tale setting filled with poetry and emotion, the show innovatively integrates acrobatics, dance aerial stunts, live music and equestrian arts. Under the White Big Top, a 50-meter stage permits the horses to express themselves in all their splendor, nobility and strength, often completely free.

“We have been eager to return to San Diego since Cavalia’s last visit in 2004,” said Normand Latourelle, President and Artistic Director of Cavalia. “The show has traveled across both North America and Europe over the past nine years and is continually evolving to highlight the strengths and personalities of new artists and horses. Whether you are or aren’t a horseman, it’s impossible not to enjoy these mystical creatures. With such a large equestrian community throughout San Diego, we are thrilled to be back.”

Delightful, thrilling and poignant, Cavalia’s horse training is based upon a philosophy of understanding horses, rather than making horses understand the humans around them. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire company, is one of mutual respect, kindness, patience, and trust. Audiences have found Cavalia exhilarating in scope, yet touching in the compassion shown by both horse and human.

Cavalia has received critical acclaim from around the world, including The New York Times, which noted that the theme of Cavalia is “Celebrating horses, humans and their bond,” while O Magazine called the show “Breathtaking!” and Jay Leno of The Tonight Show raved, “The greatest show I have ever seen!”

For its exclusive run in San Diego, which premieres Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Cavalia will be presented under its signature White Big Top in the parking lot adjacent to Petco Park, located at 1020 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA. To purchase tickets and for more information about Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse, including special pricing, group discounts and VIP packages, visit the Cavalia website.

Add comment November 12th, 2012

Day of the Dead Celebration 2012

November 1, 2012 – Free Community Celebration of Dia de los Muertos in Escondido

The California Center for the Arts is presenting its 17th annual Day of the Dead Celebration. Día de los Muertos is the traditional Mexican holiday honoring the lives of those who have passed.

Beginning in 1995, this event has become a free community tradition for North County residents and beyond, bringing in nearly 3,000 visitors last year.

On November 1, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, the community is invited to create memorials in memory of loved ones, by leaving offerings such as photographs, mementos and flowers within an artwork of the Center Museum’s permanent collection crafted by the famed Mexico City artist, Eloy Tarcisio. Guests will enjoy live music and entertainment, performances by Ballet Folklórico Tierra Caliente, art projects for children, and traditional refreshments including Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet bread).

In addition, guests will receive free admission to the Center Museum’s exhibit “Heart & Soul of Mexico,” featuring works by famed muralist Raúl Anguiano and renowned photographer Mario Castillo.

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebration takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This is a free, family friendly event.

Add comment October 31st, 2012

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