Inland Empire Events - Weekend Fun Guide 12/5-12/7/14


Hi Friends and Neighbors!

The rain this week has washed away the last of Fall, bringing the Inland Empire the perfect cold weather for holiday events.

So after decorating the tree or hanging the last of the holiday decorations, celebrate the holiday spirit by going to one of the fun holiday events we found or just walking around the town enjoying the light displays.

Don't forget a hat for the chilly nights!




Now through 1/3, Festival of Lights - Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn nightly. Carriage rides available around the Mission Inn, skating rink downtown, visits with Santa. See website for more details.

12/5-6, Crafting - Holiday crafts workshop with Mothership Scrapbook Gal at Sweet Epies. Friday classes are a wreath at 6 p.m. and cards at 7 p.m., Saturday classes are a wreath at 2 p.m., gift wrapping class at 3 p.m. and Christmas cards at 4 p.m. Classes are $25-30, or both Friday classes for $50 and Saturday classes for $65.

12/5,  Concert - 67th annual Candelight Vespers Concert at La Sierra University Church beginning at 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission, $55 mezzanine and golden circle.

12/7,  Santa - Pet pictures with Santa from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. $20 donation, receive disk with 2 photos.

12/7, Roller Skating - Breakfast with Santa and performance by figure skating team at Roller City 2001 from 10:30-12 p.m. Admission is $3, breakfast items from $1-5.

12/7, Toy Drive - Pinups and Pastries Toy Drive event at The Alley Cat from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cash proceeds benefit Thrive, toys collected donated to the Junior Foundation. Cars, food, live music, raffles and more. Classic pinup attire, family event.

12/7, Concert - Riverside Whistles and Bells on top of the Riverside Art Museum. Computer and electronics along with choir and Mission Inn bells. Tickets are $10, $5 for RAM members, seniors and students.



12/5-8, Feast of Lights - 67th Feast of Lights performances at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel. Worship service with performance, tableaux, music and choir. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. General admission is $25, seniors are $15, students $10.

12/6-7, Beer Festival - Sourfest at Eureka Burger from 11 a.m.- close both days. Over 20 sour craft beers, free admission, pay for drinks.

12/6-7, Home Tour and Craft Fair  - Craft Boutique and Pantry Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Redlands YMCA. Homemade items and art, proceeds benefit the legal aid program. Holiday Home Tour Sunday from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., tickets $25 per person, $30 at the door. $70 patron ticket includes champagne brunch.

12/6,  Festival - Heritage Park Christmas Celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Local vendors, decorations, and touring the Asistencia, Barton Schoolhouse and Grove School Farm.

12/6,  Parade - Christmas Parade through downtown Redlands beginning at 6 p.m, traveling east on Citrus then west on State. Warm dress recommended.

12/7, Tree Lighting  - Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kimberly Crest House and Gardens beginning at 6 p.m. Caroling, ginger cookies and apple cider and an opportunity to visit Santa.



12/5, Fundraiser  - “The Glory of Christmas Tradition” evening gala benefiting Santa Claus Inc. at the National Orange Show Events Center.  Cocktail hour and tree preview at 6 , dinner at  7 p.m. Live music, raffles, holiday boutiques and more. Tickets are $135.

12/6, Luncheon and Fashion Show - “The Glory of Christmas Tradition” luncheon and fashion show to benefit Santa Claus Inc. at the National Orange Show Events Center beginning at 10 a.m.



12/6, Dancing - EDM party at M15 Concert Bar and Grill beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for the 18 and over event.

12/7, Concert  - Sena Ehrhardt Band with Shannon Curfman and Peach at M15 Concert Bar and Grill. Doors open at  3 p.m., tickets are $15 for the all-ages event.

12.7, Tree Lighting – Tree lighting ceremony from 4-7 p.m. in the South Lawn of City Hall. Live entertainment, holiday train, photos with Santa, and a snow play area.



12/5-6, 12-13, 19-20, Luminaria  –Evening walks with live acoustic music over a half mile of luminaria -lit trails through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden from 6-9 p.m. First night is for members only, check website for musical lineup and purchase tickets. Admission is $5 per person, children under 3 free.

12/5, Festival - Village Holiday Promenade at The Claremont Village Saturday from 5-8 p.m. Entertainment beginning at 5 p.m., tree lighting ceremony at the Train Depot at 6:30 p.m. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty and a reindeer at City Hall from 5-8 p.m.

12/6, Tree Lighting  – Holiday Tree Lighting and Boutique at the Old School House shopping center from 2-6 p.m. at the corner of Foothill and Indian Hill. Christmas sing-a-long, Santa Claus, arts and crafts.

12/6, Open House  - Winter Holiday Open House from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the California Garden Gift Shop at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Visit with Santa from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Gifts, kid’s crafts, cider and more. Free admission to garden and open house.



Now through 12/24, Santa – Holiday events at Bass Pro Shop. Free photos with Santa, crafts, arcade, shopping, toy trains and more. Check website for details and store hours.

12/6-7, Ballet  - Inland Pacific Ballet performs ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Lewis Family Playhouse Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $46 general, $55 preferred, senior $43, youth $24.



12/6,  Santa - Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at the Gibson Senior Center. $4 breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juices and coffee. Photo opportunities with Santa, bring your own camera. Registration requested.

12/6, Parade -  Annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Faire in downtown Upland from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Parade begins at 11 a.m., live entertainment and vendors downtown as well as local businesses open.



12/5-7, Festival – Harvest Festival at the Fairplex. Arts and crafts vendors, entertainment at Fairplex 4 Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for ages 13-17, Seniors are $7, 12 and under free with an adult. Parking at Gate 17 at prevailing rates.

12/6, Festival - Holiday at the Plaza from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. around the Civic Center Plaza. Visit with Santa, games food and snow play.



December 5-31, weekends, Theater –  Holiday Follies performances at Tibbies Center Stage Fontana Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Show only general admission $18, dinner and show is $39.95-59.95, children $29.95.

12/7, Test & Tune - Open test and tune event at the Auto Club Dragway. Ticket and tech opens at 7 a.m, races at 9 a.m. Spectators and crew $10, car and driver $50.

12/6-7, Autocross - SOLO II practice and competition at the Auto Club Speedway for the California Sport Car Club. Open to club members.



12/4-7, Comedy– Toys for Tots’ Shoes and Coats for Jokes at the Ontario Improv featuring Finesse Mitchell. Tickets are $20. Performances are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9:15 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m.

12/7, Cheer Competition -  Aloha  International Spirit Championships at the Ontario Convention Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $12, 2 and under free. Parking is $9 cash only.



12/6, 5K Run - Third annual Reindeer Romp 5K Run/Walk at the Chino Valley YMCA. ½ kids run/walk begins at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:15 a.m. Registration is $35, contact YMCA for kid’s fun run application.



12/5, Tree Lighting - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Perris City Hall  from 6-8:30 p.m. Photo opportunity with Santa, bring your own camera or pay $3 to purchase photo. Food and beverage available for purchase, free desserts afterwards.

12/5, Parade – City of Hemet Christmas Parade from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Begins at corner of Palm & Florida.

12/6-21, weekends, Santa - Take a train trip to Santa’s workshop at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Includes visit with Santa, child-powered roller coaster, crafts and more. Train times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., reservations recommended. Tickets are $5 for ages 2-4, ages 5-11 are $10, 12 and up $15. Members are $5-8.



12/6, Festival  – Winterfest in historic downtown Lake Elsinore from 4-9 p.m. Parade, kid’s activities, snow play, musical entertainment, and visits with Santa. Food, drink and holiday boutique vendors at event.



12/8, Fundraiser - “An Old Fashioned Christmas” holiday dinner and auction by Soroptomist International of Big Bear Valley beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Northwood Resort. Holiday pantry, auctions, tickets are $45 per person.



12/5-7, Home Show - Stellar Expos Fall Home Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center Friday 12-6 p.m., Saturday 10a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, under 18 with paying adult and military with ID free.

12/5, Theater  - “An Evening with Joan Rivers” performed by Patrick Ross at Carnival Cabaret. Tickets are $25 for show only, $49.95 plus gratuity for dinner and show. Event begins at 7 p.m.

12/6-7, Festival - Tamale Festival in old town Indio from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Carnival, car show,  parade, live music and entertainment, food, vendors, beer gardens and more. Check website for more details.

12/6, Parade  - 23rd annual Festival of Lights Parade beginning at 5:45 a.m. down Palm Canyon Dr. Floats, marching bands, Budweiser Horses and celerity grand marshal Lisa Vanderpump.

12/7,  Concert  - “A Starry Christmas Concert” from 7-9 p.m. at the Palm Canyon Theatre, featuring 13 performers to benefit the Layne family star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Tickets are $15.

12/7, Concert - Performance of Handel’s Messiah including audience participation at Palm Springs Adventist Church at  3 p.m.. Free admission.



Now through 12/28,  Performance -  Music and lights show at the Civic Center accompanied by bells from City Hall at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through the end of December.

12/4, Tree Lighting – 17th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Temecula Duck Pond beginning at 7 p.m. Performance by Resonate and a visit from Santa Claus.

12/4, 6-7, 10-14, Theater- Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” performed at Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors, teachers and uniformed services otherwise $20-25 on Thursdays. $15-25 Fridays, $20-25 Saturday and Sunday, group rates available. Check website for performance schedule.

12/5, Parade - Santa’s Electric Light Parade through Old Town beginning at 7 p.m. Part of Temecula’s 25th anniversary celebration.

12/6-7, Concert – 15th annual “Christmas in the Air” concert by the Southwest Women’s Chorus at the Old Town Community Theater. Saturday performance at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and military with ID, $11 for students and kids 3-12. @ and under free, must have ticket to enter and sit on adult lap.

12/6, Concert  - Showbiz Kids performs holiday carols at the Promenade Temecula plaza from 1-2 p.m.


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