The special Christmas event Archie and Lilibet can anticipate this weekend revealed

Christmas is coming to Montecito!

The special Christmas event Archie and Lilibet can anticipate this weekend revealed
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children, Archie and Lilibet, may not be in snowy England this Christmas – but that doesn't mean they're missing out on the festive season. 

A special Christmas event will be held in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's neighborhood this weekend, and it looks like the couple could be attending with their two children, Archie and Lilibet. 

The Montecito Association will host its 'Car Light Parade' on Saturday, December 17, marking its second year in a row to organize the festive procession. The parade will feature 25 vehicles, all of which will drive slowly through the streets of the affluent California town as spectators admire their extravagant Christmas decorations. Carol music, delicious candy, and a visit from Santa Claus are also expected, much to the excitement of the community's younger residents. The news comes shortly after it was revealed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte have already been celebrating Christmas without their parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton. 

On its website, the Montecito Association advises attendees to "Dress warmly, get some hot cocoa or a coffee, and position yourself anywhere along the route." It's also encouraged to "enjoy dinner at one of our terrific Montecito restaurants with your family after the parade." 

While it remains unknown if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to attend the parade with Archie and Lilibet this year, it's understood that the royal couple was quick to support the event's inauguration in 2021. 

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According to the Montecito Journal, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were "first to donate" to the parade last year. Other sponsors of the celebratory event included Nina Terzian, Riskin Partners, and Penelope & Adam Bianchi. 

Last month, it was reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'rejected' King Charles III's invitation for them to join the Royal Family at Sandringham House for Christmas. His Majesty and Queen Camilla will spend the festive season at the Norfolk estate, for what will be their first Yuletide since the death of Queen Elizabeth II

It's understood that Harry and Meghan will spend Christmas at their $14 million Santa Barbara mansion instead, where they will likely enjoy a lowkey shindig with Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet. It's possible that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, will also join them. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.