Where to Enjoy Easter Brunch in San Diego – 2018

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 1st! If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch at one of the many wonderful San Diego restaurants, this guide is for you!

Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will each host Champagne Brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively, complete with live musical entertainment.  Visit their website to make reservations.

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The Hake

What’s better than an upscale Easter buffet? Try one with panoramic ocean views from a prime La Jolla Village location! The eclectic menu includes mouthwatering dishes like prime rib and tres leches french toast. Add a bottomless mimosa for $15. For more information visit their website.


The Westgate Hotel

Celebrate Easter in San Diego at the Westgate Hotel! The hotel will be full of Easter joy at its festive Easter Champagne brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m Visit their page to make a reservation.

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The US Grant

From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the US Grant will host its Easter Brunch Buffet.  Entertainment includes photos with the Easter Bunny and live music.  To make a reservation, visit their page.


Pacifica Del Mar

Enjoy brunch with an ocean view! Pacifica’s brunch includes classic items like Smoked Pork Shoulder Hash as well as Pacifica favorites like Ruby Red Tuna Tartare. Visit their website to make reservations.


Lakehouse Hotel & Resort & Decoy Dockside Dining 

Dine dockside this Easter at the beautiful Lakehouse Hotel! The brunch buffet will include hand-carved meats, breakfast favorites, a chilled seafood display, and dessert bar. More information can be found here.


Chandler’s Oceanfront Dining

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Chandler’s between 10:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m with a celebration fit for the whole family! Enjoy brunch classics, ocean views, face painting, an egg hunt, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Click here for more information!

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Fairmont at The Grand Del Mar

Celebrate Easter at The Grand Del Mar Resort! The chef satisfys hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.  To book a reservation click here!

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608 Oceanside 

Enjoy Easter Brunch with your family at Oceanside’s newest hot spot, 608. Book your reservations early to ensure a spot.

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 

Come celebrate Easter at the beautiful Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. For your tasting pleasures, an elaborate brunch buffet will be prepared by their talented culinary team. Click here for more information!



The Pinteresting Five: St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is this Saturday! If your home isn’t already decorated for the holiday, here are some cute ideas to give your home some Irish spirit!

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St. Patricks Day Porch decoration I made. Shown at night with lights!







2017 San Diego Holiday Lights Guide

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The Holidays are upon us! Here is your guide to all of the best holiday light shows San Diego has to offer!

North County Inland

Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Dec. 16-Jan1, 5:30-10:30 pm.

POWAY, 92064
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10 pm weekdays, 11 pm weekends.

Hickory Ct./Hickory St., 12659 Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Lane.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. Dec. 10-24, 6-9 pm.

RAMONA, 92065
23542 Bassett Way. “Happy Lights Ramona” with 30,000+ lights animated to music on 106.9 FM using 996 computer channels to control the lights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1; Sun-Th, 5:30-10 pm; and Fri & Sat, 5:30-11 pm.

Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Dec. 9-31, dusk-10 pm.

SAN MARCOS, 92069, 92078
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr.; 29th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus themed displays. Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 5-9 pm. See Santa Dec. 16-23, 6:30-8 pm. Visit them online here.

1145 Barham Dr. Festively decorated house with an electric train and snow machine. Nov. 26-Dec. 24, Sun-Th, 5:30-9 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-10 pm.

North County Coastal

CARLSBAD, 92009, 92011
7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Carlsbad Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, surfing Santa, Snoopy skating and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 3-31, 5-10 pm.

6646 Elegant Tern Pl. Real Santa’s mailbox for the kids and treats nightly. Santa writes back a free personalized letter to each child. Free community event Dec. 22 with cotton candy, crafts, hot cocoa and a special guest. Dec. 1-25, 5:30-9:30 pm.

3520 Corte Ramon. 5th year of decorating with a different theme every year: Sponge Bob Sings, Olaf Sings, Santa Sings. Tune into FM 95.3. Dusk-10 pm.

OCEANSIDE, 92056, 92057
1615 Quiet Hills Dr.
 Lights synchronized to over 10 songs on 87.9 FM.  http://ChristmasOnQuietHills.com

2329 Snead Dr. Lights, lights, lights, Santa arrives by hot air balloon, nativity scene, animated elves and Santa village light display. Walk up to see a Christmas scene in the garage. Dec. 5-31, 5:30-9 pm.

1562 Peacock Blvd. Rudolph, Christmas trees and lights. Dec. 10-Jan. 5. 5:30-10 pm.

San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”. 125,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, holiday crafts, visits with Santa and marshmallow roasting. Dec. 2-23 and 26-30, 5-9 pm. Adults, $15-$20, children 3-12, $5. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. For more info click here.

South Bay

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Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 60th year of decorating 55+ homes. Dec. 9-26, 5-10 pm.

2160 Reo Dr. 14th year of decorating. Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 6pm-midnight. On Dec. 17, free cookies, cocoa and smores at 6:30-9 pm!

Hotel del Coronado.
America’s beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright color at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, The Del is truly a sight to behold with carolers, jingle s’mores, whimsical polar bears, lavish feasts and festive parties. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490. For more info click here.

Downtown San Diego

Luminaria. Trees, lamp posts, roofs and courtyards all decorated with lights. Along 30th St. and Fern St. from Juniper to Grape to Beech. Nov.17-Jan. 1. Click here for more information.

The Forward House in Bankers Hill. Experience the sight and sounds of the season at 108 Ivy St. (1st & Ivy). Built in 1905 for Mayor John Forward Sr, adorned with lights every season since 1998. Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 5–10 pm. Click here for more info!

San Diego Central

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo. Celebration of Lights and Carol of the Jungle Bells light experiences, Twinkle Light Trolley and live entertainment. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, 9 am-8 pm (til 5 pm Dec. 24). For more info click here.

Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-25.

5404 Mt. Burnham Dr. Features a 96-channel animated light display to 98.5 FM. North Pole village display, train and animated figures display in garage. Dec. 11-28, 6-10 pm.

5348 Channing St. Light display to music. Dec. 4-31, dusk-10pm.

MIRA MESA, 92126 
8866 Cassioepia Way. Decorated house with a snowman theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

11505 Elbert Ct. Decorated house with a Smurfs theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

Stonebridge Parkway and Merritage Ct. Nicknamed “Merry-tage Court”, entire street lit up with fun themes including Star Wars, minions, Cars and more! Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.

2002 Ainsley Rd. Features a 20 ft. snowman, multiple blow-ups and lights. Dec. 1-31, dusk-9 pm.

5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta at Via Playa De Cortes. 100,000 lights and decorations all sequenced and animated to music at 106.1 FM. Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm. Click here for more info.

10927 Baroque Lane. A Winter wonderland with  shooting star display, animated ski village, miniature village, snowmen and more. Dec. 8-29, 6-10 pm.

East County

EL CAJON, 92020, 92021
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 7-26, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.

11456 Pegeen Pl. “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, complete with Jack, Sally, Zero, the Mayor & Oogie Boogie. Santa may make a surprise visit. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm and Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.

1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 53rd year decorating the 20-ft. star that’s 100 ft. up. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 15-31, dusk-10 pm.

9777 Valley Ranch Rd. Cul-de-sac of lights programmed to 89.1 FM/87.9 FM. Giant dazzling trees, twinkling stars and a Winter Wonderland of computerized light and music shows. Nov. 25-Dec. 26, 5-10:30 pm.

1552 Cajon Greens Pl. Thousands of synchronized lights, yard decorations and music set to 97.7. Plus video of Santa delivering presents under the tree. Nov. 25-Jan. 2, Sun-Th, dusk-10 pm and Fri-Sat, dusk-midnight.


10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. 20+ houses nicknamed “Tinsel Town.” Dec. 5-25, 5:30-9 pm.

13518 Appaloosa Dr. 48 channels of lights dancing to 88.1 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5-10 pm.

LA MESA, 91941, 91942
6266 De Camp Dr.
 22-ft tree of light and more. Lights dance to Christmas songs. Dec. 1- 25, 5-9 pm.

7817 Quince St.House lit up. Donations for Humane Society accepted. Dec. 6-31, dusk-10 pm.

689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Occasional sightings of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 pm.

2618 Sheri Lane. Cul-de-sac turns into Santa Claus Lane. Light show at 6:30 pm and every 30 minutes on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-25, 5:30-9:30 pm.

SANTEE, 92071
Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes lit up. Dec. 1-26, dusk-10 pm.

9325 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.

9435 Saint Andrews Dr. Santee’s gingerbread house with over 13,000 lights. Nov. 25-Jan. 1, dusk-10pm.

9773 Roe Dr. 27,000 Christmas lights dance to 10 songs over 128 computer channels. Food Bank and St. Jude donations accepted. Dec. 3-Jan. 2. Sun-Th, 6-10 pm and Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm. Click here for more information!

4037 N. Bonita St.
 Lots of lights, music and decorations. Dec. 10-Jan. 5, dusk-11 pm.

San Diego Holiday 2017 Events Guide

The holidays are for having fun and making memories! Need something to do to get you in the holiday spirit? Check out these great San Diego events!

Holidays at Legoland

November 18th – January 1st


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Experience the magic of the Holidays at Legoland with music and twinkling lights and the world’s largest lego Christmas tree.  Enjoy live entertainment with Lego Friends Live in Heartlake City, Santa’s elves singing in Fun Town and a life-sized lego brick Santa and reindeer that make for a perfect family photo! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

November 18th – January 6th

Mission Bay

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SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday waiting to be made, with seasonal shopping, festive food and drinks, and stunning live shows. As holiday music fills the air, a sea of lighted trees sparkles, transforming the park into a wintery, watery wonderland. Click here for more information.

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Global Winter Wonderland

November 19th – January 7th

SDCCU Stadium

New this year to San Diego, the Global Winter Wonderland features dazzling light-up scene from around the world, its own “Circus of Light”, food, rides, shopping, pictures with Santa, and more! You don’t want to miss this event! Click here for more information and tickets.

Skating By The Sea

November 23rd – January 1st


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Come down the Hotel Del Coronado after Thanksgiving to get into the Holiday Spirit by ice skating by the sea!  The ice rink opens up the day after thanksgiving and will be open until January so come get your ice skating fill! For more information click here.

December Nights

December 1st – 2nd

Balboa Park

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Come to Balboa Park December 1 and 2 for festive fun, food attractions and complimentary admission to all museums! This is one of the most popular events in San Diego, so come early for parking or take public transportation. For more information click here.

Encinitas Holiday Parade

December 2nd


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This year’s Encinitas Holiday Parade theme is “Celebrating the Arts.” Encinitas has a thriving art scene, and for the 2017 Parade, nearly 100 expected entries will go all out, showcasing amazing and beautiful floats, performance art and music.  Click here for more information about the event.

Santa by the Sea Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd

Del Mar

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The Del Mar Village is hosting this annual tradition once again! Join others in the lighting of the tree that will shine in the heart of Del Mar throughout the season! There will be cookies, cocoa and more.  Share the holiday spirit by bringing a brand new Teddy Bear for a child in need. Click here for more information about the event.

Holiday Celebration with Santa

December 6th

Carmel Valley

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Head down to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center for two spectacular laser light shows at 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm, complete with falling snow! Take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, sing along with the Dickens carolers and enjoy performances by local schools!  This year’s holiday celebration is going to be one you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information about the event.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

December 9th


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Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks ,and dingys will be dressed up in holiday swag and circling the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach on December 9th. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. Click here for more details about the event.

34th Annual Hannukah Happening 

December 10th

La Jolla

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Come down to La Jolla and celebrate the 34th annual Hannukah Happening! It will take place December 10th from 11:00AM – 2:00PM.  This is a community-wide holiday extravaganza for all ages! Pricing for admission is $2 per person if you are a JCC member and $3 for everyone else.  Kids 2 and under are free! Don’t miss this holiday event!  Click here for more details about the event.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Honda Civic Theatre

December 9 – 23


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Feel the magic of the holidays at a performance of City Ballet of San Diego’s award-winning production of The Nutcracker. Following each matinee performance, members of the cast will be in the lobby to greet audience members.  For more information click here.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 10th and 17th

San Diego Bay

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The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will entertain the bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 10th and 17th.  Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, A Pirate’s Christmas. For parade route information and approximate times, click here.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade 

December 10th

Downtown San Diego

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Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at MLK Promenade Park.  Click here for more information.

Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting

December 17th

Carmel Valley

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To celebrate Hanukkah, the Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6:00 PM. Come down to the Del Mar Highlands and join in on the fun and this longstanding tradition! Click here for more information.

Nutcracker Holiday Tea at the Grand Del Mar

December 22nd

Carmel Valley

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Bring your little ones for a traditional Holiday Tea followed by a charming abridged performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by Scripps Ballet Theatre with students from Scripps Performing Arts Academy. Click here for more information.

Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala

December 31st – January 1st


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Located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the New Years Eve Gala is back! You might want to leave your wallet at home because your ticket includes everything: all drinks included all night, buffet, and entertainment throughout the TEN different party zones! Must be 21 to attend.  Click here for more information!

2017 San Diego Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Thanksgiving is almost upon us once again! Everyone wants to enjoy a feast and make memories, but some don’t want to spend their whole day in the kitchen preparing for it. Not to mention the clean up after! We’ve gathered a list of a few of the best restaurants and hotels that would be more than happy to make your Thanksgiving a special one!



Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Best known for their delicious steaks, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is serving up a wonderful 3-course Thanksgiving Day dinner menu with all your holiday favorites: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake, and more! They will also be offering a children’s menu. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit their website here.


Addison at The Grand Del Mar

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Grand Del Mar! The award-winning Addison will be serving an eight-course tasting menu featuring a selection of Thanksgiving-inspired dishes. While pricey, this is sure to be a Thanksgiving Dinner to remember! Addison will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Visit their website here!

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Sbicca Del Mar

For the holiday, Sbicca in Del Mar is serving up a three-course prix fixe menu! Choose from the traditional turkey breast entree or more unusual holiday fare like sea scallops, trout, jidori chicken, and more. They will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m on Thanksgiving Day. Visit their website here for more information.



Vigilucci’s is a San Diego institution. And they also happen to serve one of the best Thanksgiving Dinner restaurant experiences around! It might not be Mom’s cooking, but you can still enjoy a Turkey dinner or delicious pasta dish. They will be open on Thanksgiving Day dinner from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here.



The Argyle Steakhouse

The award-winning Argyle Steakhouse at The Park Hyatt Aviara will be offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 10am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day! Served buffet-style, the brunch will feature such delicious dishes as Pumpkin Pie French Toast, Chilled Seafood, Turkey, Stuffing, Short Rib Hash, and more. Check out their website here.

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Chandler’s at Cape Rey

Chandler’s at Cape Rey in Carlsbad is a wonderful restaurant encompassing a beautiful ocean view and exquisite dishes! For their Thanksgiving meal they have a 4-course feast planned with a seasonal prix fixe menu that will have your mouth watering! Dishes like herb-crusted turkey, pumpkin bisque and many others will keep you and your family satisfied.  Click here for more information.

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Twenty/20 Bar and Grill At the Sheraton

Thanksgiving at Twenty/20 Bar and Grill is going to be one for the books! Come down to the Sheraton and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal, including slow-roasted turkey, whipped potatoes, vanilla bourbon bread pudding and much more! The buffet will be served from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, visit their website here.

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 333 Pacific

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner with an ocean view when you dine at 333 Pacific.  If you want to enjoy this great holiday with ease, look no further!  This longtime Oceanside restaurant has a Thanksgiving Day menu that includes 3 courses of delicious dishes the whole family will enjoy.  333 Pacific’s menu will be served from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For more information visit their website here.

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Asado Grill at Hotel Karlan

Asado Grill at the Hotel Karlan invites you to join them for Thanksgiving Day brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dishes including; Mustard Braised Pork Belly or Roasted Salmon with Orange Butter Glaze will be available. Let Asado Grill at Hotel Karlan take care of you and your family this Thanksgiving and enjoy their delectable dishes! Pricing for this event is $45 for adults and $20 for kids. For more information visit their website here.
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Mille Fleurs
Celebrate Thanksgiving in comfortable elegance. Mille Fleurs is a delightful French restaurant located in Rancho Santa Fe. The Thanksgiving meal at Mille Fleurs is going to be one you won’t want to miss.  With plenty of delicious Thanksgiving meals prepared, Mille Fleurs has you covered! This Restaurant is located right in the heart of the charming Rancho Santa Fe village. Come down and experience a Thanksgiving you won’t forget!  For more information visit their website here.
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 Vintana Will also be holding a Thanksgiving feast for the whole family! Their delicious three-course meal will satisfy any family’s needs!  Dishes are going to include items such as Organic Roasted Turkey and Macadamia and Coconut Crusted Sea Bass.  Food will be served from 12:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.  For more information visit their website here.

The Pinteresting 5: Non-Spooky Halloween Decorations For Your Home

Decorate your home with some not so spooky Halloween decor! Add some wooden pumpkins to your doorstep, decorate your fireplace mantle, add a festive pillow to your sofa, or add some fall themed decorations to your dining table. Your home doesn’t have to be spooky to be festive!

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