Tis the Season for Fun at the City of Duarte

The City of Duarte is delighted to announce special events coming to our community this winter! Be sure to learn more about events, classes, and community news in the online Winter 2021 issue of Duarte City News. Grab your family, neighbors, and friends for these wonderful winter festivities: 


  • Monday, November 1- Saturday, December 11 | Stuff the Bus (1050 Huntington Drive and 1600 Mountain Avenue)

On Saturday, December 11 from 12 – 7 PM, drop off an unwrapped toy in two convenient sites – the entrances of Target (1050 Huntington Drive) and Walmart (1600 Mountain Avenue) in Duarte. Those who chose to donate at the Duarte Target location will also have an opportunity to take a free photo with Santa Claus and bring their personal gifts to be wrapped by DART youth volunteers for FREE! 

  • Monday, November 29 – Thursday, December 16 | Santa’s Mailbox (1600 Huntington Drive)

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is monitoring Santa’s Mailbox this holiday season. Santa’s Mailbox will be located in the City Hall Courtyard. Be sure your letter includes your name, address, and phone number, as they will be forwarded to the North Pole and Santa will write back! 


  • Wednesday, December 1, 6:30 - 8 PM | Holiday Tree Lighting (1600 Huntington Drive)

 Join us for Duarte’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting! Bring your family and friends to this free community event that will feature holiday entertainment and musical performances, crafts for kids, light refreshments and hot chocolate, and a special visit from Santa Claus. At 8 PM, City Council and Santa will flip the switch to light up Duarte’s new tree, so come early for parking!

  • Friday, December 10 | Holiday Decorating Contest (Entry Deadline)

“Tis the season to decorate your home or business!” Residents and businesses are encouraged to get in the spirit and enter the City’s annual Holiday Decorating Contest. To enter, email duarteparksactive@ with your name/business name, address, and contact number by December 10th. Judging will take place the week of December 13th and all winners will be announced by December 20th on the City’s website and social media platforms. All contest winners will each receive a yard sign and a special holiday gift from the City.

  • Sunday, December 12, 4 - 8 PM | Holiday in the Park (2000 Buena Vista Street)

The Duarte Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce a new holiday event for the entire community, Holiday in the Park! Bring the whole family on December 12 to Beardslee Park (2000 Buena Vista Street) from 4-8 PM to enjoy a SNOW play area, reindeer petting zoo, Christmas tree lane, holiday boutiques, Santa’s Toy Workshop, holiday entertainment, and food trucks. The event is free but additional fees may apply at some attractions & concessions. 

  • Monday, December 13 | Winter registration for Parks and Recreation classes and events opens online

Register through the Parks and Recreation Parks and Recreation Department’s ActiveNet Portal

  • Tuesday, December 14, 3 – 5 PM | Santa’s Hotline

Get Have a magical conversation with the one and only Santa Claus! Children can call (626) 386-6804 to then be connected directly to the North Pole.

  • Wednesday, December 15, 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Winter Holiday Festival (1400 Buena Vista Street)

Come join us at the Teen Center for a celebration of the winter holidays! Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa! Musical choirs, food, cultural presentations, a holiday play, and much more!

For more information, please call the Duarte Teen Center at (626) 303-0863

  • Wednesday, December 15 - Friday, December 17, 5-9 PM | Santa Clause is coming to Duarte! (Citywide)

This holiday season, Santa will be visiting neighborhoods starting on Wednesday, December 15 thru Friday, December 17, from 5 – 9 PM. Be sure to come out of your home and wave to Santa once you hear holiday jingles and sirens. To ensure you don’t miss Santa, review the route map per night at under the Parks and Recreation Special Events page and also follow him on our special “Santa Finder” nightly starting at 5 PM.  


  • Thursday, January 13, 9:45 AM | Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance 

In light of the rise in COVID-19 cases and after careful consideration, the City of Duarte and Duarte Unified School District have decided to cancel this year’s in-person Martin Luther King Jr, Remembrance event scheduled for Thursday, January 13 at 9:45 AM at Falcon Field. 

However, we invite the public to celebrate the service and impact of Dr. King’s life by visiting the City’s YouTube Channel on Monday, January 17th for some special video tributes.  

Updated on: January 5, 2022


Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases and out of abundance of caution, the City and DUSD have decided to postpone the 18th Annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day, which was scheduled for February 3. However, business professionals interested in serving as a mentor for this event, are still encouraged to contact Kelly Barnes at (626) 357-793 ext. 111.

Updated: January 12, 2022