Inland Empire Christmas Events 2022
This is our favorite time of year here at the Lisa DiNoto Group. It’s that special time of year when you get to celebrate the season and enjoy in some holiday cheer! We compiled a list of some events in the Inland Empire and surrounding cities to check out with you and your family!
Christmas Lights In Rancho Cucamonga- Thoroughbred Holiday Lights
The grandest Christmas light display of them all is found right here in the heart of Rancho Cucamonga. The Thoroughbred Christmas Lights are a long-standing Christmas tradition that has been enjoyed by locals and beyond for over 20 years. The Christmas lights installation in Rancho Cucamonga brings in countless families every single year, and this year should be no exception!
The city of Rancho Cucamonga has cracked down on the holiday lights on Thoroughbred. The City has implemented a Drive-Thru Only = December 2nd-December 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. General public/pedestrians will not be allowed to walk the holiday display during these designated dates. It’s best to plan ahead and bring the family as soon as possible. The closer to Christmas it becomes, the more crowds you can expect.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland until the 24th! Reserve your spot on their website, get a free picture with Santa and enjoy some holiday fun!
Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights
This year, leave your car in the parking lot and explore Santa’s Speedway. It used to be drive-thru only but this year you get to experience up close! Race car reindeer stables, Christmas sweets lane, massive light displays, light tunnels, Santa’s village and more! Tram & Hayride Wagons also available. Located at the Irwindale Speedway, click link below for more information and to purchase tickets!
Christmas Nights at 123 Farm
Located in Cherry Valley! “Join us on a whimsical ride around Christmas Nights at 123 Farm featuring festive food and drinks, horse-drawn carriage tours*, s’mores pits* and Santa* with a display of over one million lights.” This farm looks so cute and festive and a million lights? Sign us up!
“THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to Southern California Railway Museum in Perris this holiday season! A magical re-creation of the classic children’s story led by a cast of talented actors on board a real train. Have your golden tickets ready for the Conductor! Passengers are served hot chocolate and Walkers Shortbread by dancing chefs, enjoy a reading of the classic book by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive the First Gift of Christmas after Santa boards the train to greet families. Performers engage passengers in caroling and fun holiday activities on the heartwarming trip back to the station.
Disney On Ice at Toyota Arena
“Hit the road to adventure when Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures skates into your hometown! Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Join us for a fun-filled getaway, jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and magic at every turn at Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures.” Click here to check out available dates and times!
Peltzer Farm Ice Rink
As an extension of Peltzer Winery and Peltzer Pumpkin Farm, we invite families from all over Southern California to create family traditions with us during the holidays! Our rink features 8400 square feet of skating space, complimentary gliders, picnic benches, hot cocoa, snacks, local food truck eats, and a bar serving Peltzer Wine (21+ only).
Festival of Lights
For 30 years the Festival of Lights has brought us tremendous joy in presenting it to this wonderful Inland Southern California community. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Annual Festival of Lights accents the holidays in a very special way. Festival of Lights in Riverside will commence will be celebrated now until January 6, 2023.
Riley’s Farm has always been a favorite! Enjoy a little Christmas Spirit in Oak Glen at Riley’s Farm: Games, Crafts, Cheer! Weekdays: 12-4, Saturdays: 10 AM to 4 PM. RileysFarm.com
HIKARI – A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Located at Tanaka Farms November 25th thru December 30th 2022. Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Loosely translated, Hikari means “shine” in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a million twinkling lights! Grab a hot cocoa and take a cozy Wagon Ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the “Land of a Thousand Lanterns!” Once off the wagon, you will wander through the light displays, barnyard animals, grab some food, take advantage of lots of photo ops, games, crafts, and Santa photos!
“WildLights’ pathways will take guests on an illuminated journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free, souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays.” LivingDesert.com
114th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights
Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 114th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. This year’s parade will be held Wednesday through Sunday, December 14-18, 2022. Click link below for more info and to download a printable map!
Lightscape at the Arboretum
L.A.’s newest holiday tradition! The internationally acclaimed Lightscape returns with stunning new installations along a new expanded trail. Wander through dazzling displays of color, light and sound that include the spectacular Winter Cathedral.
Christmas in Color at Raging Waters
COME EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza – we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window!
Enchanted Forest of Lights at Descanso Gardens
“Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.”
“If you’re seeking family holiday fun or a festive night out with friends, you’re invited to join us for an evening at ILLUMINATE SILVERLAKES in nearby Norco, CA. A new family-friendly world of delightful nighttime holiday enchantment featuring live entertainment, dining, holiday shopping, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and much more. Join us on select nights from November 25 – December 30, 2022, from 6 pm to 10 pm. It’s a festive Christmas party every night!”
Winter Fantasy- Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
“Winter Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival that offers a festive, unique shopping experience in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, handcrafted gifts by 165 artists, three stages of live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, art classes, and daily visits with Santa Claus.” Located in Laguna Beach and open weekends 10am to 7pm, November 19th through December 18th, and select Fridays, November 25th and December 16th.
Craft Fair and Festival
Located in Ontario Dec 10th 10:30 AM – 5 PM. Join us for the annual Christmas on Euclid Craft Fair and Festival. Families are invited to enjoy the holiday market, craft fair, ice skating, live performances and so much more.
Magic of Lights
A drive-thru light experience located in Coachella Valley! Make sure to stop in the Holiday Village for games, snacks, awesome photo ops and more!
Winter Fest OC
Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair & Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with past Winter Fest OC favorites as well as all-new activities! Activities include; North Pole Pop-Up, ice skating under the stars, 150 foot long ice tubing slide, snowboard simulator, carnival thrills, food and drinks, holiday market, photo ops., and so much more!
Just hoping to catch a sight of St. Nick?
Check out our next blog to see where Santa will be!
There’s a lot going on in the Inland Empire! Don’t forget to check out the local Christmas tree farms! From all of us at the Lisa Dinoto Group, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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