Are you ready for this?
While there might not be a chill in the air, the holidays are definitely right around the corner. For a lot of people, that means the kids will be out of school, family members will be visiting and there will be plenty of time that will need to be filled.
If you’re looking for a fun event (or several) to make the most of the holiday season, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up this handy list featuring a sampling of holiday happenings in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and it has everything from parades and concerts to light shows and craft fairs.
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This list has been organized by county and then chronologically by start date.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Moonlight Forest Magical Lantern Art Festival: See the Los Angeles County Arboretum transformed by a variety of light-up animal lanterns. Some of the exhibits include an “Oceans Visions” exhibit with exotic fish and a large shark and a “Polar Dreams” experience with penguins and sled dogs. 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 12. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $28 for adults, $25 for seniors (62 and older) and students, $23 for children. 626-821-3222, arboretum.org.
Bai Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square: Los Angeles’ largest ice rink is back for a season of “Frozen” fun. Every Tuesday throughout rink season will be dedicated to Disney Movie “Frozen.” During “Let It Go Tuesdays” the ice rink lights will be mostly blue and music from the “Frozen” original Broadway cast recording will be played. There will also be DJ and silent skate events as well as curling lessons throughout the season. Runs through Jan. 20. 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. $9 admission; skate rental, $5; skate helpers, $6; locker rental, $3. 213-624-4289, holidayicerinkdowntownla.com.
L.A. Zoo Lights: This holiday light show includes light-up animals, a disco ball forest and what’s described as “the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook.” The event this year has added more light-up fixtures for guests to enjoy, but will still have returning favorites. Runs through Jan. 5. Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. $12-$21.95 for adults (13 and up) and $11.95-$16.95 for children (2-12) depending on night. 866-949-8007, lazoolights.org.
Enchanted Forest of Light: Take a 1-mile walk through a variety of large light displays, many of which are interactive and let guests play with light and sound. Runs through Jan. 5. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. Dec. 20-23 and 26-28 are member only nights. Descanso Gardens,1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. $28-$32. 818-949-4200, descansogardens.org.
Queen Mary Christmas: The Christmas attraction includes an ice rink circling a 26-foot Christmas tree and outdoor entertainment. On board the ship, guests can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, make gingerbread houses, decorate stockings and watch a special version of “The Polar Express” inside the Queen Mary’s 4D Theater. Nov. 29-Jan. 1. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. Admission starts at $29 for adults (12 and up) and $22 for children (4-11). queenmary.com.
Santa’s North Pole Village at Wisdome.LA: Wisdome.LA, which calls itself the “world’s first immersive entertainment art park” will be turning its four, 360 degree geodesic domes into different holiday experience for visitors to check out. They can travel through Santa’s holiday village, see an immersive 4D snow show that includes the fresh smell of pine and experience a 360-degree immersive snowflake adventure ride among other activities. Nov. 30-Dec. 30. 1147 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles. $25 children, $30 for adults. wisdome.la
88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade: The parade will include inflatable character balloons, floats, celebrity filled cars and more. Some of the entertainers slated to perform during the parade include Dionne Warwick, Brandon Jenner, Phil Vassar, David Archuleta and more.This year’s parade will have “Access Hollywood” host Mario Lopez and his family as the grand marshals. Starts at 5 p.m. Dec 1. Parade route starts on Hollywood Boulevard near the TLC Chinese Theater and heads east, then goes south onto Vine Street and west onto Sunset Boulevard. Reserved grandstand seating is available from $45-$85. thehollywoodchristmasparade.org.
“A Christmas Carol”: Catch Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and, of course, Scrooge in this stage production of the Charles Dickens classic. Dec. 4-8; Dec.12-15; Dec.19-23. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. $25-$62. 626-356-3121, anoisewithin.org.
“Elf the Musical”: This stage performance, based on the popular film starring Will Ferrell, follows the funny story of Buddy the Elf as he tries to learn more about who he is and where he’s from. Dec. 5-6, 8; Dec 13-15. Covina Center for the Performing Arts, 104 N. Citrus Ave., Covina. $14-$39. 626-331-8133, covinacenter.com.
Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show: Shop through more than 20,000 handmade creations, including jewelry, clothing, photography, ornaments and food items such as sauces and baked goods. Performers will provide live entertainment as they stroll the showroom floor. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6-7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older) and military, and $4 for teens (13-17). Children 12 and under are free. Patrons who bring in canned goods to be donated to Foothill Family Shelter get $2 off admission. 925-392-7300, harvestfestival.com.
“The Magic of Christmas”: Join performing arts group The Young Americans for a musical holiday show that will feature 45-foot digital screens, 30 scene changes, real snow and a visit from Santa Claus. Dec. 6-15. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. $15-$65. 562-944-9801, youngamericans.org.
Grand Park’s Winter Glow: Public nighttime art display will have large scale light installations and projections crafted by LA-based artists and designers. Accompanying the installations will be playlists created by companies such as Dangerbird Records. Sunset-10 p.m., Dec. 6-25. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. Grandparkla.org.
“Every Christmas Story Ever Told”: Described as “an outrageous holiday romp for the whole family,” this production at the Sierra Madre Playhouse will feature holiday traditions from around the world, seasonal icons (from both history and pop culture) and a variety of carols. Dec. 6-28. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. $25-$45. 626-355-4318, sierramadreplayhouse.org.
Christmas with Chorale Bel Canto: The singing group will perform the first cantata and selections from the second cantata of Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” The concert will also have a carol sing-along portion. 4 p.m. Dec. 7. First Christian Church, 6355 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier. $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (55 and up) and $10 for students. choralebelcanto.org.
52nd Holiday Look In Tour: Check out four Pasadena homes that have been made pretty for the holidays during this self-guided tour. After touring the homes, do some shopping at a holiday boutique. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for tour (boutique runs until 5:30 p.m.), Dec. 7 and 8; Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena. $45 day of on-site. pasadenaholidaylookin.org.
West Coast Craft: More than 300 artists and designer craftspeople will be selling their wares at this two-day showcase in downtown Los Angeles. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles. Free. westcoastcraft.com/Los-Angeles.
Lamplight Celebration Tours: Enjoy a fictionalized retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that involves visiting the different historic structures on the museum’s grounds. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. $45 adults and $15 children. Not recommended for children 6 and under. Reservations required. 323-227-2500, heritagesquare.org.
Holiday Open House at Pasadena Museum of History: Join the museum for a special reception for its exhibit “Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930”; listen to music; check out the decorated Fenyes Mansion; visit the Finnish Folk Art Museum for traditional holiday festivities; and drop by the store to buy a stocking stuffer or gift. 1-4 p.m., Dec. 8. 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Free. 626-577-1660, pasadenahistory.org.
Home for the Holidays at Rancho Los Cerritos: Discover how people celebrated Christmas during the 19th century, see the Rancho decked out for the holidays, meet Santa, make crafts, listen to holiday music and enjoy some food. 1-4 p.m., Dec. 8. Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. $5 per person. 562-206-2040, rancholoscerritos.org.
44th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert: Enjoy classic Christmas carols performed in the most novel of ways: by tuba. A hundred tuba and baritone/euphonium players from all over Southern California will come together for this annual holiday event. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Free. tubachristmasla.com.
Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks: A full day of musical performances, a snow park with sledding and a holiday sing-along will be topped by a big fireworks show. A new, unwrapped toy or cash donation to benefit the YMCA Adventure Guides Toy Drive is requested for the snow play. 4 p.m. Dec. 8. The fireworks begin at 7 p.m. Free. Manhattan Beach. mbfireworks.com.
Long Beach Camerata Singers: Join Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens as they host the singing group for a holiday music program for families with children ages 3-8. The concert will be followed by light refreshments, children’s craft activities and tours of the decorated ranch house. 3:30-5 p.m. Dec 12. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. $15 for adults (12 and older), $10 for children. Children 2 and under are free. rancholosalamitos.com.
“A Most Wonderful Christmas”: Hear the Pomona Concert Band perform a variety of holiday themed music. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13. Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Highway, Pomona. Free. 626-824-0001, pomonaconcertband.org.
Luminaria Nights: See the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden decorated by lights. More than 1,000 hanging lanterns will line garden trails. Musicians will perform serene music. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 20-21. 1500 N. College Ave, Claremont. 909-625-8767, rsabg.org.
Lythgoe Family Panto’s ‘A Snow White Christmas’: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs team up to defeat her aunt, The Queen. The play is done in British Panto style, meaning people in the audience are encouraged to boo the bad guys and cheer for the hero. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. Pasadena, Dec. 13-Dec. 22. $28-$98. 626-795-9311, pasadenacivic.visitpasadena.com.
Nochebuena: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, Eugenia León and Mariachi Garibaldi will perform in this Holiday-themed show at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Cal State Northridge. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 14. 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. $39-$86. 818-677-3000, thesoraya.org.
Pasadena Symphony: The symphony will be joined by Broadway performer Sarah Uriarte Berry for its “Holiday Candlelight” concert. 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14. All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. $20-$150. 626-793-7172, pasadenasymphony-pops.org.
King Harbor Christmas Boat Parade: This year’s annual parade has a theme of “Surfing the Yule Tide” and will feature grand marshal Gary Crum of the International Surf Festival. Parade starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Redondo Beach. Free. kingharborboatparade.org.
Hanukkah Festival: Celebrate Hanukkah with music, dancing, arts and cooking projects and traditional food staples such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) at this festival. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 15. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles. $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, full time students and children over 12; and $7 for children 2-12. 310-440-4500, skirball.org.
Annual “Messiah” Community Singalong: Join members of the Claremont Symphony Orchestra for a singalong to the George Friedrich Handel classical composition. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Dec. 22. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th Street. Free. Claremontso.org.
Holiday Pops! With The Copa Boys: The Long Beach Symphony will be joined by singing group The Copa Boys as they perform holiday tunes and Rat Pack standards. 8 p.m., Dec. 21. Long Beach Arena Pacific Ballroom, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach. $30-$180. 562-436-3203, ext. 1, longbeachsymphony.org.
Farmers Market Annual Hanukkah Celebration: Celebrate Hanukkah at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles with the lighting of a giant Lego menorah, arts and crafts and music. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Farmers Market Plaza, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Free. 323-933-9211, farmersmarketla.com.
60th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration: This three-hour production features choral music, instrumental music and dance. People can see it live at the Music Center or they can watch it broadcast on PBS SoCal (KOCE). A repeat of the show is also available on PBS SoCal twice on Christmas Day. 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 24. The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles. Free. 213-972-3099, musiccenter.org.
“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”: See a 1960s science fiction B movie with a plot that involves aliens trying to kidnap Santa turned into a stage production in downtown Fullerton. The play will be done in a “Saturday Night Live” style appropriate for both children and adults. Nov. 22-24, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8, Dec. 12-15, Dec. 19-23. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. $30 for adults, $15 for kids under 12. 714-526-7070, mavericktheater.com.
“A Christmas Carol”: Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic will be presented by none other than Dickens himself (well, an actor playing Dickens). The play will begin with Dickens starting to read his famed work as the story unfolds behind him. The author will periodically pop back in to make observations and read short passages that aren’t in other versions of the play. Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. $27-$37. 949-489-8082, caminorealplayhouse.org.
SeaLegs Greetings: Holiday experience that will include live music, crafts, waterfront carnival rides, bounce houses and SeaLegs’ signature holiday food and beverages. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Along the ocean outside SeaLegs at the Beach (corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach). Free, but there are fees associated with the different activities. 714-698-4188, sealegsatthebeach.com.
Science of Gingerbread: Discovery Cube exhibit featuring hands-on kitchen science activities, cookie decorating and gingerbread house displays. Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Discovery Cube, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Included with general admission, $19.95 adults (ages 15-61), $16.95 for seniors (62 and up) and $14.95 for children (ages 3-14). 714-542-2823, oc.discoverycube.org.
“A Christmas Carol”: Catch Hal Landon, Jr. playing Ebenezer Scrooge for the 40th year in a row. This will be the last year that Landon plays the surly curmudgeon and South Coast Repertory is urging guests not to miss his final “Bah Humbug.” Nov. 30-Dec. 24. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $47-$73. 714-708-5555, scr.org.
Holiday Pops Concert with Faith Community Choir: This concert, put on by the Southern California Philharmonic, will include “dueling” Nutcracker compositions from both Tchaikovsky and Ellington, a choir and a holiday sing-along. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Corona Del Mar High School, 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach. Free, but donations appreciated. Socalphil.org.
“Peter Pan and Tinker Bell — A Pirate’s Christmas”: Catch “Seinfeld” star John O’Hurley and “True Jackson VP” star Ashley Argota as Captain Hook and Tinker Bell in this Britsh Panto-style performance. Panto performances encourage the audience to cheer and boo. Dec. 4-29. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. $41-$86 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com.
Nights of 1,000 Lights: Stroll through festive light displays; sip on hot cocoa and munch on s’mores; and make a traditional julehjerter (Scandinavian Christmas ornament). First three weekends of December (Dec. 6-8, Dec. 12-15 and Dec 19-22). $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949-673-2261, slgardens.org.
Tiki Holiday Boat Parade of Lights: Catch boats decorated to a tiki theme at the Dana Point Harbor’s 45th annual boat parade. Family fun activities will happen starting at 4:30 p.m. and the boat parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at the water’s edge. Happens Dec. 6-7, 13-14. Mariner’s Village/Alley and Dana Wharf, 34555 Golden Lantern. danapointharbor.com/boat-parade
Capistrano Lights: See a nightly Christmas Tree lighting in the ruins of The Great Stone Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano and see the mission decked out in lights and holiday decorations. Community music groups, choirs and orchestras may perform on some of the nights. Dec. 7-Jan. 6. Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. Tickets on opening night are $13 for adults (12 and up), $10 for seniors (60 and up) and $7 for children (4-11). Tickets on the rest of the nights are $10 for adults (12 and up), $9 for seniors (60 and up) and $7 for children (4-11). 949-234-1300, missionsjc.com.
Candy Caneland and Craft Faire: Holiday celebration that includes snow slides, live entertainment, a petting zoo and more than 100 craft booths. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7. Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave. 714-562-3860, buenapark.com.
Puttin’ On the Glitz: This community celebration, hosted by the San Clemente Downtown Business Association, includes holiday carolers, a beer and wine garden, train rides for kids and an appearance by Santa Claus. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7. 100 and 200 blocks of Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente. Free. 949-218-5378; scglitz.com.
Christmas at the Casa: Holiday celebration that includes cookies and hot cocoa, kids crafts, photos with Santa, bell and traditional choirs and more. 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. Free. 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org.
Boat Rides with Santa: Santa and his helpers are ready to listen to Christmas wishes during this 20 minute harbor cruise. Parents may want to have their camera or cell phone ready to document the memories.10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Dana Wharf, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. Free. 888-224-0603, danawharf.com.
Corona del Mar Christmas Walk: Event includes live entertainment from 12 bands at different locations, Fireman’s Grill BBQ provided by the Newport Beach Fire Department, kids entertainment and a beer and wine garden in Corona Del Mar’s Business District. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Coast Highway. Dec. 8. Free. cdmchamber.com.
Handel’s “Messiah”: Hear Handel’s famous Oratorio with its trumpets, timpani and “Hallelujah!” chorus, as performed by the Pacific Symphony and members of the Pacific Chorale. 3 p.m., Dec. 8. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $25-$199. Pacificsymphony.org.
Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico: Enjoy an evening of music and dance featuring Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. One University Drive, Orange. $25-$58. 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org.
Holiday Luminaria Stroll: Enjoy the Fullerton Arboretum as its pathways are lit by luminarias. There will be hot drinks, live music and a winter market with ceramic and glass items made by Cal State Fullerton students. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. Fullerton Arboretum, 900 Associated Road, Fullerton. $20. 657-278-3407, fullertonarboretum.org.
Candlelight Walk: More than 1,000 luminarias will light Heritage Hill Historical Park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians make music. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. $5 per person. Children under 3 are free. ocparks.com.
A Southern California Christmas: More than 150 musicians, singers and dancers will perform a medley of Christmas songs and stories. Some of the groups performing include the Orange Community Master Chorale, the Anaheim Ballet and Southern California Children’s Chorus. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. One University Drive, Orange. $25-$58. 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org.
Anaheim Night Market: Holiday Edition: Shop for items made by indie craft vendors from 5-9 p.m.; catch live holiday entertainment from 5-8 p.m. and see a screening of the holiday classic “Elf” starting at 8 p.m. at this event. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 14. 400 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim (next to the Anaheim Packing House). Free. anaheimpackingdistrict.com.
The Golden West Pops Annual Holiday Concert: Join this music group for their annual holiday performance and hear such songs as “Bells of Christmas,” “Christmas Auld Lang Syne,” and “Three Moods of Hanukkah.” 7-9:30 p.m., Dec. 14. Segerstrom High School Theater, 2301 W. MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana. $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors. gwpops.com.
“The Spirit of the Season” with Voctave: 11-member a capella group Voctave will perform a litany of holiday favorites, including “O Holy Night,” “Let it Snow” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” 8 p.m., Dec. 14. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $23-$168. Philharmonicsociety.org.
Snow Days with the Critters: See animals enjoy some winter treats; work on crafts; play educational games; and listen to stories as you hop from station to station. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. Included with cost of admission: $12 for adults (13-59), 9 dollars for children (3-12) and seniors (60 and up). 714-953-8555, santaanazoo.org.
Mark O’Connor’s “An Appalachian Christmas”: American fiddler Mark O’Connor and his band will perform an evening of music that explores Appalachian seasonal folklore. Traditional Christmas tunes will be done in a style that blends bluegrass, jazz, classical and indie folk. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. One University Drive, Orange.One University Drive, Orange. $25-$58. 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org.
Holiday Organ Spectacular: Organist Todd Wilson will join members of the Pacific Symphony to perform a mix of holiday music. There will be traditional Christmas carols as well as organ works that will highlight the Segerstrom Concert Hall’s 4,322-pipe William J. Gillespie Concert Organ. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $15-$65. Pacificsymphony.org.
111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights: All sorts of sea craft, including boats, yachts, canoes and kayaks are decorated with lights and holiday decor and sail through Newport Harbor. The procession starts and finishes at the tip of Lido Isle. Begins at 6:30 p.m. each night from Dec. 18-22. christmasboatparade.com.
Winterfest OC: Activities include tubing in a snow play and slide area, an ice rink, fireworks, visits with Santa and an Alpine Village with a light maze. Dec. 19-Jan. 5. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. $6-$69. 657-333-2520, winterfestoc.com.
Christmas with Marie Osmond: Singer Marie Osmond will be backed by the Pacific Symphony as she performs classic holiday songs as well as her hit singles such as “Meet Me in Montana” and “Read My Lips.” 8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $40-$214. Pacificsymphony.org.
Holiday Festival: An afternoon of activities that includes a free art workshop for kids, an arts and crafts sale, music and a visit from Santa Claus. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 22. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. Free. 714-738-6595, themuck.org.
Amaze Light Festival: This festive attraction of lights includes a 56-foot Christmas tree that puts on choreographed light shows, a 100-foot walk-through light tunnel, 30-foot decor pieces, two Christmas obstacle courses and an ice skating rink. Runs 4-10 p.m. Nov. 21-Dec. 29. SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park, 5555 Hamner Ave., Norco. Admission starts at $23.99 for adults (13 and up) and $18.99 for children 4-12. There’s an additional $10 fee to ice skate. amazelightfestival.com.
WildLights: See The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens transformed by more than one million lights. There will be light tunnels synchronized with seasonal music and and illuminated animal lanterns, including cheetahs and giraffes. Participants can make a s’more, ride a carousel and visit with Santa during the experience. Nov. 27, 29-30; Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-24, 26-28. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert. $14 for adults, $10 for children. Children under 3 are free. 760-346-5694, livingdesert.org.
Mission Inn Hotel and Spa Festival of Lights: See the Mission in Hotel and Spa in Riverside decked out in millions of lights and enjoy other activities around downtown Riverside such as carnival rides, holiday foods, live music and more. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Lights will stay up through Jan. 6. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., the Main Street pedestrian mall and surrounding area, Riverside. Free to see the lights. Some activities have fees. riversideca.gov/fol.
“A Christmas Carol”: See the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge brought to life on stage. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 3-5 and 7; 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7-8. Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula. $12-$27. 866-653-8696, temeculatheater.org.
Temecula Icefest 2019 Holiday Bazaar: Event includes items for sale from 100 artists and vendors, food and drinks, a visit from Santa and ice skating (weather permitting). 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Galway Downs, 38801 Los Corralitos Road, Temecula. Free. Cost for ice skating is $16 for adults and $12 for children 4-11. 951-595-2145, temeculaicefest.com.
Polar Express train ride: Guests will hop aboard a train at the Southern California Railway Museum (formerly known as the Orange Empire Railway Museum) in Perris for a “trip to meet Santa.” One hour experience includes a cookie and hot cocoa, a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book, “The Polar Express” and a greeting by Santa and his helpers. Guests get keepsake sleigh bell at the end. 2201 South A St., Perris. Nov. 30-Dec. 29. (excluding Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 25). 951-943-3020, oerm.org.
Holiday events at Tom’s Farms: The Corona-area spot will be festively decorated in holiday lights and will offer night time train rides from 6-9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 30-Dec. 22. There will also be chances to take photos with Santa from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. Train ride tickets are $5 and photos with Santa start at $29.95. 23900 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona. Train tickets are $3 for children and $4 for adults. 951-277-4422 or tomsfarms.com.
Cirque Dreams ‘Holidaze’: This show has both cirque and musical elements. Broadway singers will perform original holiday music as well as new twists on seasonal favorites such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Deck The Halls,” and “Winter Wonderland” and toy soldiers, snowmen, reindeer and more will perform “edge-of-your-seat feats.” 8 p.m. Dec. 3-4. The Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. $50-$100. 951-779-9800, riversidelive.com.
Santa’s Electric Light Parade: This parade travels through Old Town Temecula and features decorated holiday floats and music from high school marching bands. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Parade begins at Del Rio Road and Jefferson Avenue before heading south. Free. 951-694-6480. temeculaca.gov.
Hemet Christmas Parade/Christmas in the Park: This year’s Hemet Christmas Parade has a Dr. Seuss theme. It begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Palm and Florida avenues. At the end of the parade there are more festivities, including a children’s zone with games and face painting, food, shopping and the chance to meet with Santa. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 7. Gibbel Park, 2500 W. Florida Ave., Hemet. Free. facebook.com/PoweredByWomenInBusiness
6th Annual Snowday: This Moreno Valley event, which this year has a “Grinchmas” theme, includes snow for children 12 and under to play in, entertainment, craft and food vendors and a Whoville Village. 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St. $6 wristband for residents, $8 wristband for nonresidents. Wristbands give kids 45 minutes of snow play each. 951-413-3000, moval.org.
Winterfest: Visit Lake Elsinore’s Main Street for holiday fun that includes a holiday parade, a tree lighting at Gediman Square, visits with Santa, sled runs, crafts, live entertainment and more. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Free. lake-elsinore.org.
Festival of Trees: This evening of holiday fun includes photos with Santa, carriage rides, music and a city tree lighting. 5-7 p.m., Dec. 7. Town Square Park (at the corner of Kalmia Street and Jefferson Avenue). Free. Murrietaca.gov.
Handel’s “Messiah”: This musical performance, put on by a community chorus and orchestra of people from Temecula, Murrieta and Hemet, will take place at Murrieta United Methodist Church. 6 p.m., Dec. 8. 4 Adams Avenue, Murrieta. Free, but members of the public are asked to bring canned goods for the church’s food pantry. 951-676-5377, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Fashioned Holiday: At this annual holiday event, guests can meet Santa, shop for holiday gifts from arts and crafts vendors, sip hot cocoa and participate in a scavenger hunt. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for purchase. 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Western Science Center, 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet. Free. 951-791-0033, westerncentermuseum.org.
Holiday Extravaganza starring Michael Andrew: Join jazz singer Michael Andrew and the Desert Symphony for a night of seasonal music. 8 p.m., Dec. 12. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. $85-$130 plus additional $3 fee. 760-773-5988, desertsymphony.org.
Temecula on Ice: The area in front of the Temecula Civic Center will again transform into an ice rink. Dec. 12-Jan. 5 41000 Main St., Temecula. Entry is $12; skate rentals are $5; “Bobby,” the seal-shaped skating aid, rentals are $8. facebook.com/TemeculaOnIce.
Circle City Chorale: The Circle City Chorale and Circle City Children’s Choir will hold their annual holiday concert. This year’s concert is titled “Comfort and Joy.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 14. First Baptist Church of Corona, 155 W. 8th St., Corona. $14 general admission, $12 for seniors and students. circlecitychorale.org.
Holiday Carillon Recital: Enjoy traditional carols and holiday music from all over the world as they’re played from UC Riverside’s 48-bell carillon. Music will last for about an hour. 3 p.m. Dec. 14. University of California, Riverside Bell Tower, 900 University Ave., Riverside. Free. 951-827-3245, music.ucr.edu.
Lights on the Lake Holiday Boat Parade: See boats made up with holiday decorations and lights as they travel through the water at Lake Perris State Recreation Area. The boats are competing with each other in different categories for prizes. Event also includes a DJ, food and drinks, coloring contests for kids and a visit from Santa Claus. 5 p.m., Dec. 14. Launch Ramp 6 at the lake. 7801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris. Regular admission to get into the park is $10. parks.ca.gov.
Beaumont’s 22nd annual Christmas Light Parade: This yearly event features floats and decorated golf carts that have been made up by local groups. The parade ends at the Beaumont Civic Center where there will be music performances as a holiday craft fair. 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Parade begins at Beaumont Avenue and 9th Street before traveling south toward the civic center. Free. 951-769-8520, beaumontca.gov.
Temecula Valley Symphony: The “Joyous Celebration!” concert will feature classic holiday tunes including “Joy to the World”; “Troika” from Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije”; and Il Divo’s “Rejoice!” The symphony will be joined by Jonathan Hawkins and male vocal quartet Voci. 2 p.m., Dec. 14. Temecula Valley High School, 31555 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. $15-30. 951-587-1536, temeculavalleysymphony.org.”
Riverside County Philharmonic: The philharmonic will put on a holiday concert of Christmas and Hanukkah songs. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14. Coil School for the Arts, 3890 University Avenue, Riverside. $50. 951-787-0251, riversidephilharmonic.org.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage”: Catch Charlie, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the other members classic “Peanuts” characters in this live stage production of the holiday classic in Indio. 8 p.m., Dec. 14. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Drive, Indio. $39-$69. Each ticket includes $10 in free slot play. 760-342-5000, fantasysprings.com.
Winter Solstice: Sam Hicks Monument Park in Old Town Temecula will be decorated with a path of luminaries for the darkest day of the year. Event includes a special musical performance, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Guests are encouraged to bring their friends, family, chairs and warm blankets to celebrate the annual tradition. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 21. 41970 Moreno Road, Temecula. Free. 951-694-6480, temeculaca.gov.
Chanukah Festival: The 15th annual festival at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse will include a Grand Menorah lighting, traditional food, music and family activities. There will be an ASL interpreter for the event. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 23. 4050 Main St., Riverside. Free. JewishRiverside.com.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
“It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”: Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings when Ophelia’s Jump takes on this holiday classic set in 1946 as a radio station prepares to perform the production live. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. Nov. 29, through Dec. 15. 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland. $28. Special performances with “The Christmas Blank” improvised play are $35. 909-734-6565; opheliasjump.org.
SkyPark at Santa’s Village: Visit Santa’s village in the mountains and enjoy live entertainment, puppet shows, tree lightings, cookie decorating classes and more. Join Santa for a breakfast party and Mrs. Claus for a tea party. Village is open from Nov. 21 through Jan. 5. 28950 Highway 18, Skyforest. $49-$59. Parking is $10. 909-744-9373, skyparksantasvillage.com.
Christmas on Euclid: A portion of the Ontario street between C and G streets is decorated with nativity scenes and holiday decorations. Santa will light the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Nov. 22-Jan. 2. Free. gocvb.org/discover/events/christmas-on-euclid.
“Greetings!”: In this play by Tom Dudzick, central character Andy brings his Jewish, atheist fiance to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Nov. 23, 29 and 30 and Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14. 2 p.m. Nov 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Redlands Footlighters Theatre, 1810 Barton Road, Redlands. $15, unless otherwise noted. Students save $5 with ID. 909-793-2909, redlandsfootlighters.org.
35th annual Big Bear Mountain Christmas Boutique: Visit more than 40 arts and craft vendors selling handmade gifts and collectibles. Enjoy food and drinks while the kids visit with Santa and do arts and craft activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Big Bear Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. Kids 12 and under are free. Bigbear.com/events.
Winterfest: Annual Yucaipa event will include arts and crafts, live music, food and vendors and 40 tons of snow to play in. 3-9 p.m. Nov. 30. Multiple streets, including Yucaipa Boulevard at First and at Adams streets; California Street at Acacia Avenue and at Avenue B; and on Avenue A east and west of California Street. Free, with some fees for certain attractions. 909-790-1841, yucaipachamber.org.
“A Christmas Carol”: This will be a fresh take on the Charles Dickens classic that will be presented in a rapid-fire style. It will avoid Dickens’ normally verbose style to get right to the heart of the story. Weekends from Nov. 30 through Dec. 21. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th St, Upland. $23-$33 for adults, $20 for children and students. 909-920-4343, grovetheatre.com.
“Holiday Follies 2019”: A popular song and dance review that’s happened each year for the last 25 years. This year’s presentation will feature both contemporary and classic holiday music. Nov. 30-Dec. 1; Dec. 6-8; Dec. 12-15; Dec. 19-22; Dec. 27-31; and Jan. 2. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana. $25 and up. 909-429-7469, centerstagefontana.com.
Redlands Christmas Parade: Catch floats, live music performances and a visit from Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself when the Redlands Christmas Parade, put on by the Kiwanis Club, snakes its way through the city’s downtown. The theme of this year’s parade is “An Unforgettable Christmas.” 6 p.m. Dec. 7. downtown Redlands. Free. cityofredlands.org.
“Gift of the Magi”: This classic O. Henry story about a husband and wife trying to get each other nice gifts for Christmas with very little money is coming to life at Redlands’ Lifehouse Theater. Dec. 7-29. Deaf interpretation on Dec. 13. 3553, 1135 Church St., Redlands. $24-28 for adults (12 and up) and $13-15 for children (3-11). No children under 3. 909-335-3037, lifehousetheater.com.
Handel’s “Messiah”: The Southland Symphony Orchestra will be joined by soloists to perform this classical composition. 4 p.m., Dec. 8. Bethel Congregational Church 536 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario. $5-$20. 909-235-9776, southlandsymphony.com.
Feast of Lights: This is the 72nd year of a worship service that tells the story of the birth of Jesus through spoken word, music and tableaux. 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. 4 p.m. Dec. 8. University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands. $5-$25. Participants are also asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation to the Family Service Association of Redlands. redlands.edu/events/feastoflights.
San Bernardino Community Ho Ho Parade: The nighttime parade travels through the streets of the city on four different routes over four different nights. 6 p.m. nightly Dec. 9-12. Free. facebook.com/TheCommunityHoHoParade.
Community Chorus of Redlands: The 70-person singing group will hold three concerts, each at a different church. The concerts will have anthems, readings and Christmas carols. 8 p.m., Dec. 13 at First Congregational Church, 2 W Olive Ave, Redlands; 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Faith Lutheran Church, 12449 California St., Yucaipa; and 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 321 North Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre. Free, but donations are accepted. 661-993-6803, email@example.com.
Jarabe Mexicano: Enjoy a versatile selection of Mexican folk, Mexican rock, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock and Reggae-Cumbia performed by quintet Jarabe Mexicano. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Yucaipa Performing Arts Center Indoor Theater, 12062 California St. Yucaipa. General admission is $25 and $10 for children, students, seniors and military. 909-500-7714, yucaipaperformingarts.org
Charles Phoenix Retro Holiday Jubilee!: Join Food Network “Cake Wars” judge, author and tour guide Charles Phoenix for this Holiday-themed comedy slide show performance celebrating “mid-century holiday life and style.” 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. $28-$36. 909-477-2752, lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.
Christmas from a Celtic Table: Enjoy an evening of Irish music, poetry and dance. The afternoon performance will also include timeless holiday songs such as “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” and “Wexford Carol.” 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Yucaipa Performing Arts Center Indoor Theater, 12062 California St. Yucaipa. General admission is $30 and $20 for students, seniors and military. 909-500-7714, yucaipaperformingarts.org
Masters of Harmony holiday show: This barbershop-style male music ensemble will do a show of holiday classics at Jurupa Hills High School in Fontana. They’ll be joined by the Players of the Palace (Jurupa Hills’ theater ensemble) and Holiday Blend (an a capella group) for the show. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. 10700 Oleander Ave, Fontana. $30. mastersofharmony.org.