The Inland Empire is full of Holiday events going on nearly every weekend from now until the end of December! Hopefully this list will help you and your family catch at least one event near you!
“Chino’s Youth Christmas Parade & Fair” 12/812 @ 9AM. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Riverside Drive and Yorba Avenue, continue east on Riverside Drive, south on Central Avenue, and end on the corner of Central and Chino Avenues. Community groups and participants are encouraged to decorate floats for the parade.The fair will begin immediately following the parade at the City Hall lawn area. For your enjoyment there will be thrilling carnival rides, games, entertainment, delicious food and crafts.
“Holiday Promenade & Tree Lighting” (at the Public Plaza at Village Square) 12/7/12 from 5-8PM. Stroll through the village, enjoy the music, shop for holiday gifts, visit Santa, plus Ice Skating! The tree lighting starts at 6PM.
“50 tons of Snow” (The Shops at Dos Lagos) 12/15/12 from 1-4:00PM. 50 tons of snow will take over the shopping center! Don’t forget your gloves.
“Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration” (City Hall) 12/2/12 @ 4:00PM. Live entertainment holiday train rides, Santa’s Workshop, pictures with Santa Claus (professional photos provided by CAT Theater for $5 each). Light refreshments and treats will be available for all to enjoy.
“Visits with Santa” (The Shops at Dos Lagos-Central Plaza near Childrens area) 11/17- 12/24/12. Please see website for times.
“Eastvale Holiday Showcase & Tree Lighting” (Eastvale Community Center) 12/8/12 from 3-9:00PM. SNOW! Crafts, tree lighting, Santa, hot chocolate/cider, desserts, and live entertainment.
“Light the Night Tree Lighting” (Mid Hill Golf Center) 12/1/12 from 4-7:30PM. Santa, free games, merry-go-round, free giant super slide, childrens story time, food, and entertainment. Bring a toy for toys for tots and get a raffle ticket (per toy) to win a $200 gift card to Toys R Us!
“Christmas Parade” 12/8/12 @ 10AM. The parade begins at Sierra and Arrow in Downtown Fontana. Floats, bands, and Santa!
“Festival of Winter” (at Miller Park) 12/8/12 from 11-5PM. The event will feature a skating rink, winter activities, snow, food, live music, performances and more!
“Tree Lighting Ceremony” (at City Hall) 12/5/12 from 6-8PM. Bring the whole family out to enjoy holiday songs, warm refreshments and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Make sure to bring your camera for the arrival of Santa Claus!
“Parade of Lights and Christmas Festival” 12/1/12 @ 2PM. Parade begins at 5PM. Santa pics, snow tot lot, food, crafts, live entertainment, skating rink, and a train!
“A Country Christmas” (Los Rios Rancho) 12/7-12/16-weekends only from 6-9:00PM. Come help us celebrate the Christmas season in classic country fashion! We’ll be singing, dancing, and enjoying the chilly winter evening as we gather ’round the warm hearth for a holiday feast. So, don your country best and join us for a night of family fun you’ll always remember.
“Christmas in the Colonies” (Rileys Farm) 12/1-12/22/12 While we can’t promise the month long Christmas celebration of 18th century Virginia, we can promise you an enchanted evening of fun and good cheer, with good food, great music and lots to see or do for the whole family. Check the website for special events on special dates.
“Christmas on Euclid” 12/1/12 @ 9AM. Homemade arts and crafts booths, entertainment, kids attractions, food, meet Santa, car show, police & fire displays, and the spark of love toy drive.
“Metrolink Holiday Toy Express” (at the E. Francis Street Station) 11/24/12 @ 5:45PM. Santa’s glittering train, the Holiday Toy Express®, is once again preparing to travel from city to city to entertain families and collect toys for the less fortunate. This year the Holiday Toy Express will bring joy to all of the communities we serve as it marks its 16th year of operation. This 41 stop tour, which passes through six counties, brings a brightly packaged gift to Metrolink communities – a 450-ton train decorated with holiday displays and 50,000 twinkling lights – and delivers a live musical performance, Santa and community fun.
“Wildlights Holiday Festival” at the Living Desert Zoo. 11/21/12-12/31/12 Weekend light displays, Santa, camel rides, train rides, reindeer, music, hot chocolate and s’mores! Plus…the zoo!
“Festival of Lights Parade” 12/1/12- (Palm Canyon Drive between Tamarisk & Ramon Roads)
“Snow Day” (Vroomans Bookstore) 12/1/12 from 2-4:00PM. We had so much fun last year we’ve decided to bring Snow Day back!! Join us for this year’s Vroman’s Winter Wonderland outside on the Paseo behind the main store, with an appearance by Frosty the Snowman, 5 tons of snow, and a mini snowman contest. There will be plenty of photo ops so wear your favorite hat and scarf, and bring the camera and the whole family! Come at 2pm to sign up for the snowman-making contest – spaces are limited so please be prompt. The contest starts at 3pm and don’t forget to bring your decorations for your snowman!
“Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa” 11/23/12 from 6-8:30PM. One Colorado invites you to their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa – a free community event. Featuring host Charles Phoenix, the Rose Queen & Her Royal Court, Friendship Baptist Music Ministry, musical entertainment from Roland & Adriane and the all-important appearance of St. Nick himself. Guests bringing a new, unwrapped toy for the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys benefiting children in the San Gabriel Valley will get a free photo with Santa in his sleigh (November 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm only).
“24th Annual Christmas Parade” (D St. & Highway 74. North to San Jacinto Ave) Join the City and the Perris Chamber of Commerce for this annual holiday parade featuring 10 – 14 bands, equestrian units, floats, and classic cars and community entries. Visit with Santa from 1 – 2 pm. Children ages 12 and under only please. Photos with Santa $3 (or bring your camera and take them for free).
“25th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony” 11/30/12 from 6-8PM. Welcome the holiday season as the Mayor lights the 32 ft. Christmas tree and youth groups sing holiday songs. The event also features the arrival of Santa Claus, pony cart rides and a petting zoo. Photos with Santa: $3 — or you can bring your own camera and take them for free.
“Metrolink Holiday Toy Express” (at the Pomona South Station) 11/24/12 @ 6:35PM. Santa’s glittering train, the Holiday Toy Express®, is once again preparing to travel from city to city to entertain families and collect toys for the less fortunate. This year the Holiday Toy Express will bring joy to all of the communities we serve as it marks its 16th year of operation. This 41 stop tour, which passes through six counties, brings a brightly packaged gift to Metrolink communities – a 450-ton train decorated with holiday displays and 50,000 twinkling lights – and delivers a live musical performance, Santa and community fun.
“Pomona Christmas Parade” 12/8/12 @ 10AM. This year’s theme is “A Golden Christmas.” The Grand Marshal is Olympic Gold Medalist Kimberly Rhode. The parade will once again take place in Downtown Pomona. It will travel west on 2nd street, south on Park, & end at Pomona City Hall, where the Holiday at the Plaza event will be hosted in the afternoon.
“Victoria Gardens” 11/16/12-12/24/12. See Santa, Ride the train, listen to the carolers, and see the “Magical Snowfall” on weekends!
“125th Christmas Celebration Parade” 12/1/12 @ 6PM. Start of the Parade is from Brookside at Eureka and Citrus traveling east on Citrus to 8th St., then West on East State St. to Orange St. and South on Orange to Citrus St., then west on Citrus to Eureka and Brookside where the parade ends.
“Kimberly Crest Annual Tree Lighting” 12/2/12 Come to the Castle and experience the magic of the olidays with a tree lighting before enjoying apple cider and Mrs. Shirks traditional ginger snap cookies.
“Festival of Lights” in downtown Riverside (at the Mission Inn). 11/23/12-1/5/13 The Festival offers five weeks of holiday merriment in Downtown Riverside, celebrating the season with family activities that include the “Switch-On Ceremony”; holiday decorations and lights on The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Mission Inn Avenue and on City-owned buildings; the Inland Empire’s first outdoor ice skating rink; holiday-themed vendors; family-friendly live entertainment; and of course, Santa Claus. It all begins with festive activities at noon and the flip of a switch on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. during the “Switch-On Ceremony” presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. In one swift move Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks!
“Festival of Trees” (at the Riverside Muni Auditorium) 11/20/12-11/25/12 Scheduled over five days during Thanksgiving week, the Festival of Trees has grown to attract over 30,000 people, with the number growing each year. This year hundreds of volunteers will transform the Riverside Municipal Auditorium into Riverside County’s premiere holiday extravaganza. The Festival of Trees features over 50 elaborately decorated trees, each with its own unique theme. Crafts, games, sweet shoppe, and Santa!
“Metrolink Holiday Toy Express” (at the Pedley Station) 11/24/12 @ 5PM. Santa’s glittering train, the Holiday Toy Express®, is once again preparing to travel from city to city to entertain families and collect toys for the less fortunate. This year the Holiday Toy Express will bring joy to all of the communities we serve as it marks its 16th year of operation. This 41 stop tour, which passes through six counties, brings a brightly packaged gift to Metrolink communities – a 450-ton train decorated with holiday displays and 50,000 twinkling lights – and delivers a live musical performance, Santa and community fun.
“Santas Pajama Party” at the San Bernardino County Museum. 12/7-12/8/12 from 6-8:00PM. Pick one evening to bring your family to play Christmas games, hear holiday stories, crafts, refreshments, visit with some live animals, and chat with Santa. Remember to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket to keep you company. $10/person. This event fills quickly, pre-register ASAP!
“Ice Skating on the Square” (Town Square) 12/14-1/6/13. The rink will remain open everyday until Sunday, January 6th. Hours will be 10:00am-10:00pm with 90 minute sessions and 30 minutes between sessions. Hours subject to change. Prices: $10 to skate; $3 skate rentals; $5 for Bobby the Seal skating aid
“Santas Electric Light Parade” (Old Town Temecula) 12/7/12 @ 7PM. Join us for a White Christmas as the annual parade travels south along the lights of Old Town Temecula.
“Dinner with Santa” (at the Walnut Senior Center) 12/15/12 from 6-7:30PM. The holidays come but once a year! Why not spend some time with Santa himself? Join us for a hearty and delicious dinner. You and your family will enjoy games and other winter activities. Don’t forget to bring a camera as Santa will be posing for pictures with the children. $12 for the first person, $9 additional.
“Winter Wonderland” (at the Walnut Senior Center) 12/15/12 from 6-9:00PM. SNOW! Sled rides, snow ball battle field, arts & crafts, and live entertainment.