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Winterfest and Tree Lighting

VUSD Student Performers Light Up Vista Village Winterfest and Tree Lighting

An array of K-12 student performance groups from across the Vista Unified School District (VUSD) illuminated the Vista Village Winterfest and tree lighting celebration on Sunday, December 3rd in front of the Vista Cinépolis Cinemas. The nine VUSD performance groups included choirs, a string ensemble, Ballet Folklorico, ukuleles, steel drums, and more.

“I am thrilled we have such a wide variety of ages from elementary through high school who want to perform at the Vista Village Winterfest. It is important that our students have opportunities to showcase their art in the community,” said Susan Stuber, VUSD Visual and Performing Arts Department Resource Teacher, who worked with the district’s performing arts directors to organize the Vista Village Winterfest music and dance showcase.

Stuber added, “For those who attend the event, their heart will be filled with joy as they hear the sweet sounds of steel drums, choirs, instrumental ensembles, and ukuleles; as well as watch a variety of dance performances. There will even be an opportunity for everyone to sing a few carols during the actual tree lighting ceremony.”

Alongside the diversity of performances, families were invited to enjoy a Christmas film at the Cinépolis Cinemas and play movie trivia to win Santa-themed prizes or shop at a makers market and craft fair organized by the VUSD Parent-Teacher Association (PTA); the market featured arts and crafts, games, and gifts to purchase.

The tree-lighting celebration included appearances with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a character meet-and-greet inspired by the cinema including Elf, Star Wars, Marvel, and DC Comics.

Vista Unified School District K-12 Student Performance Groups:

  • Mission Vista High School Steel Drums

  • Monte Vista Elementary Ukuleles and Bobcats on Broadway

  • Hannalei Elementary School Ballet Folklorico

  • Hannalei Elementary School Stingray Singers

  • Mission Vista High School Ballet Folklorico

  • Maryland Elementary School Ukuleles

  • Roosevelt Middle School Choir

  • T.H.E. Leadership Academy Strings Ensemble

  • Bobier Elementary School Bronco Choir

  • Rancho Buena Vista High School Winds

The City of Vista and What’s Next are presenting a month-long WinterFest Experience throughout the month of December. The experience will present 30 days and nights of holiday events in Downtown Vista. For details, visit the Downtown Vista webpage.

The Vista Village WinterFest is made possible through the generosity of the Vista Village business owners, Next Level Agency, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, Vista Unified School District, Vista Unified Council of PTAs, and the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista.

Hannalei Elementary School’s Ballet Folklorico group will take the stage during Vista Village Winterfest & Tree Lighting