ENCINITAS (CNS) - The 30th anniversary of the incorporation of Encinitas as a city will be celebrated Saturday at the annual holiday parade and tree- lighting event.
The theme is "Encinitas 86," for the year when North County communities like Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia came together to form one city, with a population now more than 60,000 people.
The festivities will take place along Coast Highway, with a tree- lighting at 5 p.m. at the Lumberyard Shopping Center, near Starbucks. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m.
The Encinitas event is one of many holiday festivals and parades scheduled Saturday. Among them:
-- at 11 a.m. in San Diego, the 53rd annual North Park Toyland Parade beginning at University Avenue and Utah Street, and ending at 30th and Gunn streets, followed at noon by a holiday festival behind Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave.;
-- at noon in Chula Vista, the Holiday in the Village with sled rides and other activities at Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, followed at 6 p.m. by the annual Starlight Parade, at Third Avenue and H Street;
-- at noon in San Diego, the second day of December Nights throughout Balboa Park, featuring seasonal entertainment, holiday lights, food and free admission to museums from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
-- at 3 p.m. in Escondido, Winter Wonderland, with entertainers, snow, cookie decorating and live reindeer at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.; and
-- at 5 p.m. in San Diego, the 37th annual OB Holiday Parade on Newport Avenue, from Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to the beach.
Sunday, the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the La Jolla Village.