Inland Empire Community | Holiday Event Guide


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Hello Friends and Neighbors!

The Inland Empire is full of fun and inspirational holiday events all month long! Check out some of the ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the IE!

Happy Holidays!


Shout out to our Holiday Events Guide sponsor GLO Mini Golf in Riverside. GLO Mini Golf is elevating fun to another level. GLO is a brand-new 27-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course in the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside. The course is designed as a maze taking you to a different wonder of the world with each turn. Enjoy the classic arcade and the XBOX One Gaming suite or host your own party in their party room. GLO and have fun!




Now through 1/2, Festival – The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s 23rd Annual Festival of Lights in Downtown Riverside. Outdoor ice rink, carriage rides, live entertainment and more. See website for details.

Now through 12/5, Theater – Streets of Bethlehem interactive experience at Corpus Christi Catholic Church from 6-8:30p.m. Free admission.

12/4-5, Portraits – Pet Pics with Santa at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center Friday from 2-5p.m. and Saturday 10a.m.-12p.m. and 2-5p.m. Photos for a suggested donation of $20.

12/5, Concert – X103.9’s Merry Meltdown concert with P.O.D. and more at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium at 6p.m. Tickets are $25.

12/5, Festival – Winterfest and Craft Fair at Calvary Presbyterian Church from 10a.m.-2p.m. Games, vendors and activities, free parking.

12/5, ConcertHoliday Magic concert by the Riverside County Philharmonic at 4p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $27-97.

12/5, Festival – Arlington Winterfest at Arlington Park from 4-9p.m. Visit with Santa, food, activities and more.

12/6, Concert – Masters of Harmony present Believe in Christmas at the Fox Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $29-39.

12/6, Craft – Making tea and wassail gifts at Dragonmarsh from 1-3p.m. Class is $10.

12/7, Chanukah – Chanukah Festival at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse from 6-8p.m. Traditional food, entertainment, activities and grand menorah lighting.

12/8, Concert – KFROG’s Christmas at the Fox with Josh Turner at 7p.m. Tickets are $29-55.

12/12-13, BalletThe Nutcracker performed by the Inland Pacific ballet at the Fox Performing Arts Center Saturday at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. Tickets are $38-55.

12/12, Dance – On Pointe Too Studio’s winter recital Frozen at 11a.m., and The Nutcracker at 2p.m. at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

12/12, Festival – Winter Wonderland with Santa at Orange Terrace Park from 5-8p.m. Free admission to event, fun zone wristbands are $7 presale at any community center or $10 day of event.

12/18-20, TheaterA Christmas Carol On The Air at The Box Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 2p.m. and 8p.m. and Sunday 2p.m. and 7p.m. Tickets are $42-55.

12/19-20, Ballet – David Allen’s The Nutcracker at Landis Auditorium performed by the Riverside Ballet. Performances are at 1p.m. and 7p.m., tickets are $17-39.


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Now through 12/30, TheaterMiracle on 34th Street at LifeHouse Theater Fridays at 7:30p.m., Saturdays at 2:15p.m. and 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2:15p.m. Tickets are $8-20.

12/4-7, Concert – Feast of Lights at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel at 8p.m. Worship service featuring tableaus and clascasil music, tickets are $15-25.

12/5-6, Home Tour – Home Tour and gift boutique at the Redlands YMCA and several homes. Home tour on Sunday from 9:30-4:30p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

12/6, Tree Lighting – Christmas Tree Lighting at Kimberly Crest at 6p.m. Cookies and cider, Santa and more. Free to the public, first-floor tours are $5 a person.

12/6, Concert – Christmaspalooza at Pathway Church at 6p.m. After party features pony rides, bouncers and more.

12/7, Shopping – Uptown Girls shopping event in downtown Redlands beginning at 6p.m. Features free limo service between stores, see site for store listings.



12/5, Festival – Winter Wonderland and Christmas parade from 11a.m.-6p.m.



12/5, Tree Lighting – Tree lighting and holiday celebration at City Hall from 4-7p.m. Snow play, crafts and visits with Santa.

12/12-13, Festival – Festival of Trees and Craft Fair from 9a.m.-4p.m. Live entertainment and hourly raffle.


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12/5-6, Ballet – The Nutcracker performed by the Inland Pacific Ballet at Bridges Auditorium at 2p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $19-55.

12/11-12, 18-19, Luminaria – Luminaria Nights at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden from 6-9p.m. Public admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and children over 2. Advance ticket purchase recommended.



12/4-6, Festival – Harvest Festival art and craft show at the Fairplex Expo Hall 4 Friday from 9a.m.-6p.m., Saturday from 10a.m.-6p.m. and Sunday 10a.m.-5p.m. Admission is $7-9, parking is $10 at Gate 17.

12/13, Fitness – Holiday Half Marathon and5K, and Kool N’ Fit Festival, at the Fairplex. See website for schedule and registration.



12/5, Toy Drive – Dashing Through Montclair holiday toy drive from 11a.m.-6p.m. at various locations with Santa Claus and elves. Check website for schedule and route.



Now through 12/18, weekends, Theater – Holly Daze Follies at The Grove Friday and Saturdays at 7:29p.m., Sundays at 2p.m. Tickets are $15-25.

12/6, Shopping – Shop 'Til You Drop Event in Historic Downtown Upland. Pictures with Santa, giveaways, vendors, food trucks, contests and more. See site for details.

12/9, 13 and 18, Pet Portraits – Holiday pet portraits Wednesday from 1-6p.m., Sunday from 10a.m.-3p.m. and Friday from 1-4p.m. $15 suggested donation.

12/12, Beer – Hoppy Holidays event at Dale Bros Brewery from 12-10p.m. Commemorative glass. Tickets are $10.

12/13, Concert – Christmas with The Beatles featuring tribute band Abbey Road at The Grove at 7p.m. Tickets are $25-50.


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12/4, Tree Lighting – Tree Lighting in Ontario Town Square at 5p.m. Santa, free movie and more.

12/5, Festival – Christmas on Euclid. Craft fair, vendors, games and more. Tickets are required for rides, skating rink and more. $1 each or 20-sheet for $20.

12/5, Concert – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve concert by Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 3p.m. and 8p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Tickets are $27-62, parking is $10 cash.

12/12, Run – 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph Dash beginning at Citizens Business Bank Arena with races beginning from 7:30-8:30a.m. Individual registration is $40, $5 on race day, Rudolph dash is $5 until 12/8, $15 on race day.

12/12, Screening – Children’s Holiday Film Festival from 1-3p.m. at Ovitt Family Community Library. Free event.



12/4-31, TheaterHoliday Follies at Tibbie’s Center Stage Fontana Thursdays at 7p.m., Fridays at 7:30p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7:30p.m. Show-only tickets are $20, see website for dinner show menu.

12/5, Breakfast – Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. at Don Day Neighborhood Center and Jack Bulik Teen Center. Free event.

12/12, Festival – Christmas parade and Festival of Winter from 10a.m.-4p.m. Festival begins at 11a.m. at Miller Park, parade ends at location. Vendors, activities, entertainment and more.



Now through 12/25, Santa – Adventure to Santa interactive experience to the North Pole with Shrek at Victoria Gardens. Reservations required. See website for details.

12/3-13, TheaterMiracle on 34th Street at the Lewis Family Playhouse Saturdays at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. and Sundays at 2p.m. Tickets are $16-22.

12/4, Caroling – The Desert Carolers at Victoria Gardens from 4-7p.m.

12/5, Festival – Winter Holiday event at Central Park. Free pancake breakfast, photos with Santa for $5, activities and more from 9a.m.- 12p.m.

12/6-24, Family Activities – Free photo with Santa and holiday activities at Bass Pro Shops. See site for Santa photos, free crafts and more.


12/5, Run – YMCA Reindeer Romp 5K, 1K and kids run beginning at the YMCA at 7:45a.m. See site for details.

12/8, Tree Lighting – Chino Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5:30-7:30p.m. at the Chino Hills Government Center. Visits with Santa, strolling carolers, crafts and more.

12/12, Festival – Chino Youth Parade and Fair with parade beginning at 9a.m.. Carnival from 10a.m.-3p.m. at Civic Center, Santa’s Village event from 10a.m.-p.m. at Chino Youth Museum. See website for details.

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Throughout December, Lights – Christmas Light Show on Manning Street Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays until 10p.m.



12/4-5, Festival – Winterfest at Cherry Valley Grange Community Center Friday from 4-9p.m. and Saturday from 2-8p.m. Live entertainment, activities, hayrides and more. Tree lighting Friday night. Admission for ages three and over is $3.



12/5-12/24, weekends, Santa – Santa at Lake Arrowhead Village noon-3p.m. Take free photos with Santa.

12/6, Concert – Jim Curry’s A Rocky Mountain Christmas at The Cave at 2p.m. Tickets are $20-40.

12/11, Concert – The Aggrolites Christmas show at The Cave at 6:30p.m. Tickets are $18-35.


12/3-31, Lights – Wildlights Holiday Event at The Living Desert from 6-9p.m. select nights. Adults are $10, Children and military $8.

12/4-6, Skateboarding – El Gato Classic skateboarding competition, block party and more in downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Skatepark. See website for details.

12/5, Toy Drive – Squats for Tots Toy Drive at Frances Stevens Park from  9-11 a.m. Kids can participate in agility course by bringing a new unwrapped toy.

12/5, Festival – Christmas parade starting at Palm and Florida at 10 a.m. and Christmas in the Park at Gibbel Park from 9a.m.-3p.m. Activities, vendors and more.  


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12/5, Festival – Winterfest in downtown Lake Elsinore from 4-9p.m. Holiday parade, family activities, vendors and more.

12/12 & 19, Breakfast – Breakfast with Santa at Fire Station 85 from 8:30-10a.m. Tickets are $8.



12/12, Festival – Horsetown USA Christmas Festival from 9a.m.-9p.m. at George Ingalls Equestrian Center. Parade starts at 5p.m.



12/4-20, weekends, Trains – Santa’s North Pole Special ride at Orange Empire Railway Museum. Ride a train to Santa’s Workshop. Cost is $15 for ages 12 and up and $10 for ages 2-11.

12/5, Craft Fair – Christmas Craft Fair at Oasis Community Church from 10a.m.-3p.m.



12/10, Skating – Family Ice Skating Night from 6-7:30p.m. in Town Square Park. Pre-registration required.

12/11, Festival – Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland at Pennypickle’s Workshop from 5-8:30p.m. Free admission, activity tickets are $1 each.

12/12, Breakfast – Breakfast with Santa at the Community Recreation Center. Sessions from 8a.m.-12p.m.Tickets are $7, early registration recommended.

12/13, Cookies – Best Cookie Baker Contest from 11a.m.-2p.m. at the Civic Center. Entrants bring two dozen cookies and a 50-word bio to competition, see website for details.

12/20, Concert – The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Tour at Pechanga Resort and Casino at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $65-90.


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