Inland Empire Holiday Events 2016


The mountains are sporting their little white caps just in time for Christmas lights and holiday music to fill the nights all over the Inland Empire. Check out this list of the best holiday events to enjoy with friends and loved ones during this festive season.

Happy holidays!


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12/3, Holiday – Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Civic Center Park. 2-6 p.m.  Free admission and parking



12/2-3, Festival - 24th annual Winterfest at Cherry Valley Grange Community Center Friday from 4-9 p.m. with tree lighting ceremony, and Saturday from 2-8 p.m. with vendors, crafts kids activities and Santa and Mrs. Claus beginning at 5 p.m. $3 admission, under 3 admitted free.

12/10-28, weekends, Theater - “A Seussified Christmas Carol” readers theater performance at the Beaumont Womens Club Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5.



12/3-24, Santa's House - Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Tree Lot from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

12/9, Concert - Santa Cross and Kids performance at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, student tickets $5.

12/17, Concert - Messiah Sing-Along at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center at 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.



12/10, Parade – Chino Youth Christmas Parade and Fair starts at 9 a.m. on the corner of Riverside Drive and Monet Vista Avenue. Fair runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Senior Center and Library parking lots.



12/2-9, Holiday – Letters to Santa can be dropped off at the City Hall, Recreation Office between 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 



12/2, Holiday – Annual holiday tree lighting and village promenade held at the Claremont Depot and in the Village. 5-8 p.m. Free admission.

Ongoing, 12/10, 17, Holiday – Strolling carolers every Saturday afternoon at the Inland Valley Repertory Theater. Click on link for times and locations. 

12/11, Market – Claremont Heritage Flea Market and Crafts at the Memorial Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. 

12/17-18, Ballet - “The Nutcracker” at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets begin at $39.



12/4, Tree Lighting – Tree Lighting ceremony with live entertainment and real snow from 4-7 p.m.

12/6-14, Movie – Christmas Classics film series at the Corona Public Library at 6 p.m.; cocoa and dessert provided.  Check calendar for film schedule.

12/10, Holiday - 14th Annual Corona Holiday Magic Police Department “Kids & Cops Holiday Magic” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sheridan Park. Registration is required. 

12/10-11, Festival - Festival of Trees and Craft Faire at Peppermint Ridge from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with vendors, food and tree auction.


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12/2-1/1, weekends, Follies - Holiday Follies at Tibbies Center Stage Fontana with dinner and show tickets available. Tickets are $55-$71, check website for show times. 

12/10, Parade - Fontana Christmas Parade begins at Arrow and Sierra at 10 a.m.

12/10, Festival - Festival of Winter at Miller Park from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with live entertainment, carnival fun, snow and more.

12/17, Dance - Christmas In Killarney, Irish dancing show at Tibbies Center Stage Fontana at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, kids 12 and under $15.



12/2, Holiday – Annual Christmas tree lighting at Valley-Wide Regional Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy “A Charlie Brown Christmas” movie under the stars. Free admission. 

12/3, Parade – Christmas Parade and celebration, theme is “The Gift of Volunteering”, starting at the corner of Florida and Palm. Event begins at 10 a.m. 

12/3, Music – The Mt. San Jacinto College singers and chamber choir will be featuring solos and traditional Christmas carol starting at 7 p.m. at the MSJC San Jacinto Campus Theater. Free admission. 

12/4, Breakfast – Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Golf at the Golden Era Golf Course from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $5 breakfast only or $30 for a round of golf and breakfast.



12/3, Parade – 37th Annual Blue Jay Parade. Highway 189 will be closed from 1-3:30 p.m. Parade begins at 2 p.m. Arrive early for best parking. 

12/3, Faire – Annual Holiday Artisan’s Faire from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tudor House. See link for details. 

12/3, Celebration – Crestline’s Annual Christmas celebration at Lake Gregory’s North Shore parking lot. 5-8 p.m. Free event. 

12/3, Holiday – Deck the Walls at Mountains Art Gallery. 6-8 p.m. Event will feature several gallery artists, wine, appetizers, holiday desserts and more.



12/03, Parade – Winterfest at Historic Main Street from 4-9 p.m. Free admission.


12/3 Fair – Snow Day and Holiday Craft Fair at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost is $5-7. 

12/3 Holiday – Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center starting at 6 p.m. 

12/3 Contest – Snowman contest, build a snowman from any material you choose. See form for details. 



Through 12/25, Nativity - Christmas on Euclid, Nativity Scenes along Euclid Avenue

12/2, Tree Lighting - Christmas Tree Lighting event at Ontario Town Square at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, Santa and more.

12/3, Breakfast – Homemade breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. Claus at the Senior Center. 9-11 a.m. Cost $2-8, reservation is required. 

12/3, Craft Fair - Craft Fair and festival at Ontario Town Square from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with Santa, ice skating, craft fair, activities and more. Free event.

12/17, Sing Along - Holiday Sing Along at the Jack Mercer Bandstand at Euclid and C Street from 6-9 p.m.

12/19, Concert – The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band presents “Ringing in the Holidays” at the Gardiner Spring Auditorium at Chaffey High School. Doors open at 7 p.m. Complimentary cookies, Starbucks coffee, and pre-concert entertainment. Free event. 

12/27, Concert - Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Citizens Business Bank Arena at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$74.

12/29, Hanukkah - Menorah procession at Ontario Town Square at 6 p.m.



Through 12/24, Festival - Wild Lights at The Living Desert from 6-9 p.m. with live entertainment, tunnel of lights, visits with Santa, arts and crafts, carousel rides and more. Admission is $10 adults, admission for kids 3 and older is $8.



12/1, Tree Lighting - Tree lighting ceremony at Frances Stevens Park at 5 p.m. with Santa Claus arrival, caroling and cocoa.

12/3, Parade - 23rd annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade on Palm Canyon Drive at 5:45 p.m.

12/10, Tour - Palm Springs 20th annual Walking Tour of the Inns and holiday toy drive for Well In The Desert from 4-8 p.m. See site for list of participating locations.



12/2-18, weekends, Trains – Ride the train to Santa’s Workshop at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Trains depart Fridays at 5:30 and 7 p.m, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 5:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, ages 2-11 admitted for $15.



12/2-4, Festival - Harvest Festival Original Art Craft Show at Fairplex Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4-$9, 12 and younger admitted free. Parking is $10.

12/10, Parade - Pomona Christmas Parade in downtown Pomona at 6 p.m.



12/3-4, Ballet - “The Nutcracker” performed by the Inland Pacific Ballet Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $47 for adults and $25 for youth.

12/10, Concert - Aaron Neville at the Lewis Family Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets are $58-$65.

12/17, Sing Along – Rancho Cucamonga Theatre presents Disney’s Frozen sing-along at the Lewis Family Playhouse. Show times 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets $15. 



12/2-5, Concert - The Feast of Lights at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel with live music, living nativity scenes and more at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $15 for seniors.

12/3-23, Theater - “It’s A Wonderful Life!” at LifeHouse Theater. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for kids in advance; day of $24 and $12. See website for show times.

12/3, Parade - Redlands Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Citrus and State streets.

12/9-11, Library - AK Smiley Public Library Sale fundraiser with books and poinsettias for sale from 10:15-4:15 p.m. Santa visits Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

12/10, Party - 19th annual Christmas Block Party at Redlands Recreation Center from 10 a.m.-noon with toy drive collected toys handed out and more.

12/11, 18, Theater - “A Christmas Song In My Heart” at LifeHouse Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9-$16, day of $12 and 24.



12/2, Holiday – Tree lighting ceremony from 6-8 p.m. 

12/3, Parade – Holiday parade and vendor fair starting at 10 a.m. 



Through 1/7, Festival -  The 24th annual Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn and downtown Riverside with light display, carriage rides, carousel and more, weekday evenings and weekends beginning at noon.

12/1, Concert -  Mariachi Sol de Mexico - Merry-achi Christmas at the Fox Performing Art Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55.

12/3, Book Signing - Book signings and sales with local history authors at the Mission Inn beginning at noon.

12/3, Festival - Winterfest in Arlington event at Arlington Park with Santa, carnival fun, games, tree lighting and more beginning at 2 p.m.

12/10-11, Ballet - “The Nutcracker” performed by the Inland Pacific Ballet Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets begin at $39.

12/11, Open House - Victorian Christmas Open House from noon-4 p.m. at Heritage House with visit from Father Christmas, Victorian sweets and ornament making. Free admission.

12/14, Culture - Learn about winter festivals around the world at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free admission.

12/17-18, Ballet - “The Nutcracker” at Riverside City College’s Landis Auditorium at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $18-$40.

12/17, Screening – “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Fox Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. Tickets are $11.

12/26, Chanukah - Chanukah Festival at the Riverside Historic Courthouse from 6-8 p.m. with menorah lighting, traditional food and entertainment.



12/9-11, Ballet - “The Nutcracker” at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts with Inland Dance Theater Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35.



Through 12/12, Christmas Trees – Habitat for Humanity Christmas Tree Lane at the Temecula Promenade during mall hours.

12/1-11, Theater – “A Christmas Carol” at the old Town Temecula Community Theater. Weekday performances at 7:30, weekend performances are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., check for show dates. Tickets are $15-$25.

12/3-4, Concert – 17th annual Christmas is in the Air performance at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18.

12/3, Concert – Classical Christmas with the California Chamber Orchestra at Murietta United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. General tickets are $32, students $10, kids 10 and younger admitted free.

12/8-1/2, Ice Skating - Temecula On Ice ice skating rink opens at 10 a.m. daily; open at noon Christmas Day. $10 unlimited skating, $6 skate rental.

12/9, Kids Event - Winter Wonderland at Pennypickle’s Workshop from 5-8:30 p.m. $1 tickets available for purchase for activities, Snow zone and play zone require multiple tickets.

12/10, Breakfast- Breakfast with Santa at the Community Recreation Center beginning at 8 a.m. with a special needs session at noon. Tickets are $7, RSVP required.



Plenty of food drives accepting donations this holiday season



12/1-3, Festival - The Upland Nativity, Art and Music Festival at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thursday and Friday from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission.

12/3, Breakfast – Annual Breakfast with Santa Claus at the Gibson Senior Center from 8-10 a.m. Cost is $4 per person. All ages’ welcome. Registration is required. 

12/2-18, Theater - “Elf The Musical, Jr.” at The Grove Theater Fridays and Saturdays at 7:29 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit website for ticket information.

12/6, Concert  - Christmas Cabaret at The Grove Theater at 7 p.m. Visit website for ticket information.

12/22-23, Ballet - “The Nutcracker” at The Grove Theater at 8 p.m.  Visit website for ticket information.



Through 1/2, Lights - Yucaipa Christmas on Manning Street with decorated houses set to music on radio station. Lights turn on at 5:30 p.m. nightly.



12/3, Craft – Santa and Holiday Craft Faire at the Community Center and the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free event. 



12/3, Parade - Victorville Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. on 7th Street


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