Festive Family Fun In & Around The Inland Empire 2020

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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.

Home Depot
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.

Europa Village Tree Lighting & Christmas Carnival

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).

Knotts Merry Farm

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!

Orange Empire Railroad Museum

Hop on a train to Santa’s workshop during select days in December.

Irvine Park Christmas Railroad

Enjoy a Christmas Train ride and enjoy the beautiful sights of Irvine Park.

The City Of Upland Christmas Adventure

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.

Sunday Funday Christmas Shop At Vail, Temecula

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.

Drive-Thru Living Nativity, Riverside

Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA, is having a Drive-Nativity on December 4th and 5th from 7-9 pm.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland, Temecula

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.

Christmas Nights at 123 Farms at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn

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.

Orchard Church Winterfest, Temecula 

Experience real snow, sledding, jumpers and more on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Christmas Market Nights, Corona

Stone Church Brewing in Corona is hosting Christmas Market Nights at Dos Lagos on Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th from 5pm to 9pm.

Wild Holidays at San Diego Safari Park 

Get wild with the animals in San Diego from Nov. 27th to Jan. 3rd, starting at 4pm.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

Enjoy some holiday magic at the zoo now through Jan. 3rd

Legoland, San Diego

Holiday cheer and festive fun at Legoland now through December.

Winter in the Grove, Garden Grove

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.

Drive-In Brew Ho Ho, OC

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.

Letters to Santa Drive Thru Event, Corona

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.

Cabazon Dinos Holiday Cheer

Christmas cheer is arriving dino-style at the Cabazon Dinosaurs attraction. The dino trail has been decked out for the holidays!

112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises

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.

Sant at Frosty’s Forest, Chino

Meet Santa inside Frosty’s Forest Christmas Trees’ brand new Winter Wonderland photo experience! They will have several holiday themed photo ops, including a sleigh with Santa himself! Bring the kids by to tell Santa what they are wishing for most this season. Starts Nov. 27th until Dec. 23rd from 10am to 10pm. It’s $15 per person ages 12 and under are free.
Join them on December 5th for a FREE Santa Express drive through experience from 9am to 11am! Wave to Santa and his elves, drop off a letter to Santa, pick up some holiday goodies, and even donate a new, unwrapped toy for our toy drive! Pre-registration is required for this event.
Follow the Christmas redemption of miser Ebenezer Scrooge, while eating, dancing, & making merry in our 1880’s era Packing Shed.
Guests are treated to live music, community caroling, a hayride around the country side, a feast that would make the Cratchets’ eyes wide with wonder, festive dances worthy of Old Fezziwig, and, of course, Charles Dickens’ classic tale in vignettes throughout the night. You will truly feel the Christmas spirit at this year’s Riley’s Farm rendition of the timeless story of a Christmas Carol. God bless us, everyone! The event will be on Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 7pm to 10pm.
Join them (pandemic restrictions allowing) for a Victorian holiday event. Christmas caroling, visits with Santa, and more! Held at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside and hosted by Riverside Dickens Festival. Event goes from Sat. Nov. 28th until Dec. 26th on select Saturdays from 5pm to 8pm.
The Southern California Railway Museum will host their Trolleys, Twinkles and Treats holiday experience on Friday, Dec. 11th from 5pm to 9pm. Ticket is good for entirety of event AND for 1 Twinkling Trolley Ride, at time indicated on ticket (early/late arrivals cannot be accommodated). Evening Event Entry, Activities, and Trolley Ride are $10/Child and $15/Adult.
The Annual Christmas Parade and Fair on Sat. Dec. 12th will include Carnival Rides, craft fair, games booths, and food vendors. The parade will begin at 9:00 at Riverside Ave and Monte Vista Ave and continue to Central Ave and Chino Ave.
Bring your chairs & blankets for a family fun event, under the stars including Christmas Carols, Holiday treats, photo areas & a free classic Christmas Movie.
$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
Come and see Santa as he takes time out of his busy schedule to join Tea & Teacups for afternoon tea. Treat the little ones (and yourself of course) this Christmas and make it one they’ll never forget. Their Tea with Santa event includes holiday inspired afternoon tea service, holiday craft activity for all children, photo opportunity with Santa, a gift from Santa, a visit and story from Santa’s helper.

Drive-Thru Light Show Events

Holiday Drive-In Laser Show, Jurupa Valley

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.

Hikari – A Festival Of Lights, Tanaka Farms

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.

Elf on the Shelf Journey, Pomona Fairplex

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.

LA Holiday Drive-Thru Adventure 

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.

Night of Lights OC

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.

Christmas Lights In LA

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.

Santa Saves Christmas Live Stage Show @ The Drive-In, Del Mar Fairgrounds & Ventura County Fairgrounds

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.

The Nutcracker From Your Car, Del Mar Fairgrounds

Experience the beautiful holiday classic from your car on Dec. 19th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego.

Christmas In Color, San Dimas

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.

Dodgers Holiday Festival, Los Angeles

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.

Light It Up MoVal

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.

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive Thru

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.

Holiday In The Park Drive-Thru Experience, Six Flags Magic Mountain

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

A Christmas ADVENT-ure

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!

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