The Holidays are all about family, right? Festive Family Fun is the name of the game. So what better way to celebrate than to spend quality time with the ones you love!
And getting out of the house and off to great adventures that make memories is what it’s all about! We’ve got the scoop on the best Christmas and Holiday Drive Tru Events in the Inland Empire and So. Cal!
Be sure to check out our entire Holiday Guide for more festive family fun here!
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Festive Family Fun In & Around The Inland Empire 2020
The Mission Inn
5 million lights will light up the Mission Inn this holiday season! So many fun Holiday themed activities to enjoy with you and your loved ones! Room packages are also available if you want to fully immerse your family in the experience.
Check your local Home Depot for kids’ crafts. Various themes are included in the DIY workshops, including Hannukah, Christmas, and much more! The best part is that they are generally free.
Temecula Carriage Co.
Take a ride on the Jingle Bell Sleigh Ride horse drawn carriage, where you are your family, will ride through twinkly lights and holiday decor.
SkyPark at Santa’s Village
This is where Santa lives all year round! During the holiday season, behold the magic of Santa’s Christmas Village when the Park is transformed into a winter wonderland of fun for the whole family!
Christmas On Euclid, Ontario
From November 28 to January 2. You’ll find 12 historic Nativity scenes from B Street to F Street in Ontario. The tree lighting is on Nov 30th are there will be holiday movies, Santa and more. On Dec 1st Ontario Town Square hosts the annual craft fair, reindeer games, snow play, horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, Spark of Love Toy Drive, Build a Bear, Santa and more. On Wednesday, Dec 5th the annual Menorah Parade takes place.
Santa is coming to Pennypickle’s Workshop
Santa will be taking visitors at Pennypickle’s on weekends through December. Check the website for details on the time he will be in his cabin.
Visit Europa winery in Temecula for their annual tree lighting celebration & Christmas carnival on Dec. 3rd, 4th and 5th, starting at 5pm. The event will also have a special Nutcracker Ballet performance. Tickets are needed and the event will be outdoors (socially distanced seating).
Be merry and full of holiday cheer at Knott’s Merry Farm on select days in November through January 2021. You’ll be able to enjoy the sights and scents of the holiday seasons and indulge in yummy treats!
Hop on a train to Santa’s workshop during select days in December.
Enjoy a Christmas Train ride and enjoy the beautiful sights of Irvine Park.
Hosted by Cooper Regional History Museum, The Christmas Adventure in Upland is meant to be fun and support local businesses. You simply download the Shop Upland Mobile App to participate or text UPLAND to 63975. Then, you can click on Christmas Adventure Locations to visit and redeem some points and then move onto the next location to see the inflatables spaced throughout the city of Upland.
The fun celebrations are at Vail Headquarters! They will have Christmas music playing to put you in the spirit! This is the busiest Holiday shopping weekend! Come support small local businesses here in Temecula! The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13th from 11am to 4pm.
Drive-Thru with Santa, Menifee
Come join in some family holiday fun with a drive-thru event that will feature interactive activities, sweet treats and more on Friday, December 11th. Tickets are $5 per participant at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center (29995 Evans Road, Menifee CA 92586). Various sessions starting at 5:15pm.
Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA, is having a Drive-Nativity on December 4th and 5th from 7-9 pm.
Santa is still coming to town. Visit Santa for a meet and greet or a mini photo session. Location is on Rancho California Road in Temecula and spots start at $25 for a meet and greet and go up to $275 for a full-hour photography session.
Enjoy festive food and drinks while walking through a Christmas village and taking in the holiday lights around the farm. Now going on until Dec. 31st.
Experience real snow, sledding, jumpers and more on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 5pm to 8:30pm.
Stone Church Brewing in Corona is hosting Christmas Market Nights at Dos Lagos on Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th from 5pm to 9pm.
Get wild with the animals in San Diego from Nov. 27th to Jan. 3rd, starting at 4pm.
Enjoy some holiday magic at the zoo now through Jan. 3rd
Holiday cheer and festive fun at Legoland now through December.
Load up the family car and drive-thru a winter wonderland in the city of Garden Grove on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 5pm to 9pm. Pre-register your car and purchase tickets for $10.
The Brew Ho Ho has become an OC fave in the craft beer community. Now it’s a drive in, featuring a large stage with video wall and massive sound system. Sing along to the hits of Journey and Fleetwood Mac while sipping on some tasty craft beers. Cars are $250 per car plus fees for general admission.
Drop off letters to Santa on December 5th from 12 pm to 4pm. All kids who drop off letters will get a response from Santa marked from the North pole.
Christmas cheer is arriving dino-style at the Cabazon Dinosaurs attraction. The dino trail has been decked out for the holidays!
The 2020 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event for Southern California. With more than 112 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights is viewed by over two million people each year. Another competition called the “Ring Of Lights” has Bayfront estates competing for top honors in all out holiday décor & light displays. This year’s event will happen on Friday, Dec. 4th from 4:30pm to 5:45pm.
$5 for a child & $7 for an adult ticket at the door.
Dec. 2 – Miracle on 34th Street
Dec. 9 – A Christmas Carol
Dec. 16 – Elf
Dec. 23 – It’s A Wonderful Life
Drive-Thru Light Show Events
Limited to only 124 cars per show time, experience a fun drive-in laser show. It’s only $20 per car on Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12. You must pre-register your car to attend.
Join Tanaka Farms for a celebration filled with joy and light! Literally translated, Hikari means light or shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through our 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors…even our sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have a very special visit from Santa, himself! Price is per car and starts at $49. From Nov. 27th through Jan 10th.
The Elf on the Shelf Journey is a safe experience that allows you to view a light show based on the popular holiday Elf from your car. Tickets are priced per person in the car.
Experience the magic of the season with a drive-thru shoe that features elaborate lights, stories, and more. Tickets are priced per car. The event go on through Nov. 30th through Dec. 30th.
the car-based spin on the yuletide will feature more than 1 million lights, themed holiday scenery and more. The event goes from Dec. 3rd to Dec. 23rd. Tickets start at $49.99 per car.
Pack up the car and drive through the White Winter Wonderland, Candy Cane Lane and more. The event is more than 1 mile long and will be held in Pico Rivera. The event goes from Nov. 27th through Dec. 27th. Tickets are per car.
Help Santa bring Christmas cheer to the city with Live theatrical show from the comfort of your car! The event will be held at Del Mar Fairgrounds in SD on Dec. 12th and 13th and then again at Ventura County Fairgrounds Dec. 19th and 20th.
Experience the beautiful holiday classic from your car on Dec. 19th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego.
Experience Christmas in full color with this drive-thru event that features more than 1.5 million lights that are synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear in your car. The event starts at $30 per car.
The 2020 World Champions are hosting a festive drive-thru event, complete with light show, LED video displays and more going on nightly from Nov. 27th through Dec. 24th.
Enjoy a thrive thru light show in a safe and fun-filled experience. Tickets start at $30 per car if purchased in advance. The event goes from Nov. 20th through the holiday season.
Experience the holidays at Santa’s Speedway, which features beautiful Christmas scenes and more while cruising on a real-life NASCAR racetrack. Starts Nov. 25th and goes through Jan. 10th. Entry is $59 per car.
For the first time, Six Flags Magic Mountain will host its own holiday drive-thru event. It goes from Nov. 20th through Jan. 3rd and will features a magical winterland with lights and so much more visual attractions.
Performances of The Nutcracker Across the Inland Empire
If you don’t know the story of The Nutcracker, then you really must go and enjoy the magic. It’s a holiday favorite filled with dancing toy soldiers, Sugarplum fairies, and life sized snowflakes and flowers. Join Clara on a Christmas Eve adventure led by her very own Nutcracker Prince.
Brava presents David Allen’s The Nutcracker
Riverside Dec. Dates
Temecula Hills Christian Fellowship invites you to join in to celebrate the holidays on Friday, Dec. 4th from 6:30pm to 8pm for a drive-thru experience aimed for children ages 4-12. Register on the site!