Inland Empire Weekend Events 12/2-12/4/2016


Goodbye November and hello December. Dark and cold nights have arrived in the Inland Empire. Be prepared for this week's Weekend Fun Guide. It’s filled with more than 50 activities for the entire family you will not want to miss.

May the magic and thrill of the holiday season jingle your bells! 



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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.



12/3-4, 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, and 3 and younger admitted free.



12/2-4, Theater - “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $11-$29. Contact box office for show times.  

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



12/2  Art – The Chino Youth Museum presents an evening filled with entertainment, art projects and much more on the first Friday of every month from 3-5 p.m. Free event. Entertainment takes place outside (if its raining, event will take place inside and will be limited to the first 180 guests).

12/3, Run/walk – The Chino Valley YMCA presents the Reindeer Romp 5K run/walk. Race begins at 8 a.m. See link for registration fees, discounts and more.



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






12/2, Art - Art Mart every Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. at the Claremont Packing House. Admission is free.

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

12/3, 10, 17, Carolers – Strolling carolers every Saturday afternoon at the Inland Valley Repertory Theater. Click on link for specific times and locations.

12/3, Community – Claremont Village guided walking tour, first Saturday of every month. 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Claremont Depot. Reservation fee $5 per person.

12/3, Art – Claremont Art Walk through the Claremont Village on first Saturday of the month from 6-9 p.m. Free admission.

12/4, Market - Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market every Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Second Street between Indian Hill Boulevard and Yale Ave. Admission is free.



12/3, Auto – Cars and Coffee meet-up from 7-9 a.m. at Saleen Automotive.  Free admission.

12/3, Market, Farmers Market held at the Main St. Marketplace across from Fender Mueum every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free admission.

12/3, Pets – Adopt a Pal with Paws at the Corona Animal Shelter every first Saturday of each month. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starting at $20, licensing and microchipping fees apply, if applicable.

12/4, Celebration – Holiday Lighting Celebration at the Historic Civil Center front lawn. 4-7 p.m. Free event.



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



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. 



Check out the full list of local holiday fun





12/2, Workshop – Social media training at the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $25 per person

12/2, Tree Lighting  – 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.

12/2, Film – The Rotary Club of Hemet Sunrise presents “The Lemon Drop Kid” starring Bob Hope at the Historic Hemet Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person.

12/3, Science – Stepping Out of the Past at the Western Science Center from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Tickets $6-$8.

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 feature 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.-noon. 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, Art – 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.



Where to cheers this December



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, Tree Lighting – Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center starting at 6 p.m.

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



12/2-31, Festival – Christmas on Euclid Experience begins with nativity scenes, family activities and a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in Ontario Town Square.

12/2, Movie – Pizza and Movie at Colony High Branch Library from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free for ages 13-18.

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.

12/3, Movie – Children’s holiday film festival at the Ovitt Family Community Library (Ovitt Storytime Room) from 1-3 p.m. Free event.

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



12/4, Zoo - International Cheetah Day at The Living Desert Zoo. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for members or with paid admission.

12/2-3, Holiday – 24th Annual Wild Lights at The Living Desert Zoo. 6-9 p.m., last admission at 8:30 p.m. Admission $8-10, children under 3 free.



12/2-3, Theater – CK Dance presents “The Nutcracker” at the Annenberg Theater Palm Springs Art Museum. Friday 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 3 p.m. Tickets are $20-30.

12/2-18, weekends, Theater – “The Santaland Diaries” at The Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $32-35.

12/3-4, Museum – Free admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum when you show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card on the first full weekend of every month. See link for details.



12/2, Tree Lighting – Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 6-8:30 p.m. at the City Hall Campus. Free admission.

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 $15-$20.



Where to find the perfect tree and enjoy some holiday cheer



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.



12/3-4, Ballet – Inland Pacific Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Lewis Family Playhouse. Saturday 2 and 3:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets $25-$56.

12/3, Mettle of Valor Release Fundraiser, No Clue Brew, 9037 Arrow Route, Suite 170, Rancho Cucamonga, noon-9 p.m., Commemorating the tragic events of 12/2/15 in San Bernardino, No Clue Brew will offer a special beer in honor of first responding officers who are also home brewers. Proceeds will be donated to families of the San Bernardino terrorist attack victims.


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

12/3-4, Theater – LifeHouse Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life!” Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:15 p.m. Tickets vary depending on seating.

12/4, Tree Lighting - Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Kimberly Crest. Begins at 6 p.m. Tours of the first floor of the house will be offered for $5. Free event with parking on Highland Ave.



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

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



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

12/3-4, Museum – Free admission to the Riverside Art Museum when you show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card on the first full weekend of every month. See link for details.

12/4, Cooking - Authentic Mexican cuisine with Maria Rico Contreras, star of Abuela’s Kitchen. 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Free event.

12/4, Workshops – Seasonal series of free family programs for the entire family at seven different locations: Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, UCR ArtsBlock, Riverside Fox Theatre Foundation and Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties.  First Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m.

12/5, Workshop –Storytelling and video workshop (ages 14-22) at the Johnny Martin Sotelo Youth Opportunity Center from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

12/3, 10, 17, Art – Saturday morning art club for ages 4-7. Cost for 3-class session is $39, RAM family members cost is $35.10.



12/2, Community – Night of Remembrance dedicated to honoring the victims and survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. Event will take place at the Cal State San Bernardino Coussoulis Arena. Doors open 5:30 p.m.  Free parking at Lot N.

12/2-4, Community - Join LifeStream, 95.1 K-FROG, Jimmy John’s, our first responders and leading medical professionals in respectfully commemorating the anniversary of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. 

12/4, Market – The San Bernardino Outdoor Market from 7 a.m-2 p.m. at National Orange Show Events Center. Admission is 75 cents; children under 12 years admitted free. All parking is free. Held most Sundays.



12/2, Parade – Santa’s Electric Light Parade beginning at the intersection of Del Rio and Jefferson. Starts at 7 p.m.

12/3, Festivities - Annual Holiday party at the Temecula Valley Museum. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

12/3, Concert – Country live at the Merc. Every first and third Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

12/3-4, 6-11, Theater – The Temecula Valley Players presents “A Christmas Carol” at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. See link for show times. Tickets $10-$25.

12/3-4, Theater- Southwest Women’s Chorus presents “Christmas In The Air,” Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets $11-$18.

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



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.

12/2-18, 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.

12/3, 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.

12/3, Books – Book Enders Book Club meeting at the Upland Public Library, The Brodie Room. 10 a.m.-noon. Free event.

12/3, Environment – Join The Healing Groves Project will plant 14 trees to honor the victims of the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino shooting massacre. San Antonio Park at 10 a.m. Free event.

12/4, Holiday Party – The Upland-Foothill Kiwanis 56th Annual Senior Holiday Party at the Upland Highlanders School Auditorium from 1-3 p.m. Free admission. 




Plenty of food drives accepting donations this holiday season




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



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.

12/10, Parade – 19th Annual Light Parade on Santa Fe going west from Bannock Trail at Inca Trail Santa. Start 5:30 p.m.

12/10-11, Concert – Sounds of Season at the Yucca Valley Community Center beginning at 2:30 p.m. Donations to the Hi Desert Chorus are welcome.



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. 


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