For the 12th consecutive year, the city of Rancho Santa Margarita will host its alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration at the Civic Plaza at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center.
The "Celebrating Family and Friends" event begins Monday, 5 p.m., and continues for four hours.
With local vendors as part of the festivities, and roving entertainers, visual arts, musical entertainment, and opportunities for interactive art activities, it will be difficult for visitors to go home empty-handed or without a special memory.
Among the variety of activities available for children, youth and teens are a video game truck, rock climbing wall, face painting, giant slide, Lego race car building, a 40-foot inflatable obstacle, New Year’s Eve masks and hats, and many more interactive booths and games. A photo booth will be set up as well.
The event is free. It gets underway at 5 when Steve Spellman and his Magic Spectacular—always standing room only—performs in the community center ballroom. Spellman creates an upbeat blend of humor, magic and fun for young and old alike.
- Check out the music video from the 2011 event!
Back by popular demand and performing outdoors, Team Soil will provide a BMX bike show. With more than a decade of experience, Team Soil has been entertaining extreme sports audiences around the world.
Also returning is the annual children’s art contest, with featured pieces of artwork created by local kids in grades K-12 displayed inside the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded through the support of Applied Medical during a special ceremony. Additionally, each age-group winner will be recognized at an upcoming city council meeting, and the three schools with the greatest number of entries will receive a donation toward their arts programs.
“Last year children from across the community entered the most incredible pieces of artwork in mediums ranging from pastels to fabric,” said local resident Barbara Schultz. “The Children’s Art Contest is a wonderful way for us to continue to enhance our focus on celebrating the arts and encouraging young people to get involved in their communities.”
For more information about the Celebrating Family & Friends New Year’s Eve event, please visit the City’s web site at cityofrsm.org or call Community Services at 949-216-9700.