Inland Empire Holiday Things to Do

So many fun things to do in the Inland Empire for the Holidays!!


Holiday Open House and Tour: Be one of the first to experience Kimberly Crest House & Gardens at Christmas at 4 p.m. Sunday Dec 4. The event will include a special tour of the home with information on decorations and traditions of the Kimberly and Shirk families. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the veranda. Tickets are $20. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens is located at 1325 Prospect Drive in Redlands. Information: 909-792-2111,

Mission Inn Festival of Lights: The beloved Southern California tradition recently named “Best Public Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today creates a magical, Disneyland-like experience in the heart of Riverside and attracts more than 250,000 visitors from all over the world each year, commencing with the famous “Switch-On” Ceremony, a spectacular event in which the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with nearly 4.5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

Holiday Magic on Main Street: Santa Claus is coming to town! Head on down to Old Town to welcome Santa for the holiday season. Santa will be in Old Town every weekend from November 25- December 18th at Pennypickle’s Workshop.

MoVal Holiday Events 2016: Snow Day and Holiday Craft Fair – Enjoy a day of snow right here in Moreno Valley. Children aged 12 and under can enjoy playing in the snow and there’s also fun for everyone else at the Holiday Craft Fair. Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – Join us for Santa visits, arts and crafts, games, and music.

Holiday Promenade & Tree Lighting Ceremony: The City of Claremont invites everyone to an evening filled with live music, festive storefronts, a magnificent tree lighting ceremony and more.  On Friday, December 2 from 5-8 p.m., the Claremont Village, the area’s ultimate shopping destination, will transform into a holiday wonderland where the young and young at heart can enjoy the festivities. The Holiday Promenade will include live entertainment from the Swing Cats Big Band, Moultrie Academy, 210 Sax Quartet, and holiday carolers throughout the village streets. Village businesses will also be participating as Holiday Cheer Stops and will be providing delicious holiday treats.

Christmas in the Village: The Village of Big Bear Lake presents Christmas in the Village every Saturday and Sunday up to December 24th. Visit Santa and Mrs Claus at the Christmas Tree Lot from 10-4pm at the Corner of Pine Knot and Village.

Thoroughbred Lane Holiday Lights: “What an amazing winter wonderland. The home owners that create this amazing eyegasm are to be applauded! They not only spend their own time and money to elaborately decorate, but let thousands of people parade up and down their streets gawking in wonder night after night. I am still awestruck and will return year after year! I think this is the IE’s best kept secret!” Tricia Ramos

City of Riverside Fire Departments 19th Annual Ride Along with Santa – The ride-along begins on December 17th and runs through December 23rd. The time is between 6:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. Two engine companies per night will be escorting Santa through the neighborhoods. If a major incident where to occur in the city, Santa may have to respond to the incident and unfortunately Santa may miss that particular neighborhood or assigned route.

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