There’s plenty of things to do in the Inland Empire — events, family activities and fun weekend happenings! Here are some great options for the month of December — with things to do in Redlands, Yucaipa and throughout the Inland Empire!
Dec 1 | “A Citrus Heritage Christmas” – Redlands Christmas Parade
The Redlands Christmas Parade is coming to town! The parade will start at 6:00 p.m on December 1 with more than a dozen marching bands, scores of brilliantly lit floats, and hundreds of participants.
Nov 30 – Dec 3 | 71st Feast of Lights
The University of Redlands will present the 71st Feast of Lights, a service of worship celebrating, in spoken word, tableaux, song and instrumental offering, the birth of Jesus. Although presentations have differed slightly from year to year, the basic theme has remained constant: the story of the birth of Christ and the symbolic message of the star of Bethlehem as it led the Wise Men to the stable. At the service’s conclusion, the traditional Ceremony of Candles, adapted from an ancient rite, symbolizes the spreading of the light of Christ’s message by the twelve apostles throughout the world.
When: Friday – Monday, Nov 30 – Dec 3 | showings at 8pm on Fri, Sat, Mon; 4pm on Sunday
Where: Downtown Redlands – view map here
Cost: General admission $25 | Online tickets available here
Dec 1 | 26th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
The annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade held in downtown Palm Springs features lighted floats, equestrians, bands, autos, and celebrities. This event has consistently been rated as one of the best local events in the Coachella Valley, and one of the top 10 holiday parade events in the country.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 | 5:45pm
Where: The parade is on Palm Canyon Drive between Ramon Road and Tamarisk Road, Palm Springs
Dec 3 | 14th Annual Chanukah Festival
14th Annual Chanukah Festival Grand Menorah Lighting! Traditional Food! Live Music! Fun Activities for the Whole Family!
When: Dec. 3 | 6 – 8pm
Where:Riverside Historic Courthouse | 4050 Main St, Riverside, CA
Dec 2 | Christmas Tree Lighting
The 2018 Christmas Tree lighting will take place on Sunday December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Local Choirs will perform, there will be cider and ginger cookies and there will be opportunities for photos with Santa. The interior of the home is decorated for the holidays and immediately following the Tree Lighting, tours of the first floor of the house will be offered for $5.00 per person. This event is hosted at no cost and reservations are not needed. Parking will be on Highland Avenue, please bring a flashlight and your holiday cheer.
When: Dec. 2 | 6pm
Where: Kimberly Crest | 1325 Prospect Drive Redlands, Ca
Cost: Free; tours $5
Dec 8 | FREE Pictures with Santa and Christmas Party
I’m hosting a free Christmas party with free pictures with Santa, food, beverages, crafts and more! Stop on by my office, Keller Williams Realty here in Redlands anytime between 2pm and 5pm on Dec. 8! This is a completely free event!
When: Saturday, Dec. 8 | anytime between 2 – 5pm
Where: Keller Williams Realty | 1473 Ford St. Ste. 200, Redlands, CA
More information: Call me at (951) 232-9704
Dec 8 | Yucaipa Winterfest
Yucaipa’s Winterfest happens December 8, in Historic Uptown Yucaipa. The Winterfest will have a kids zone, snow to play in, tree lighting, and more.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8 | 3 – 9pm
Where: Historic Uptown | Yucaipa Blvd and California St, Yucaipa, CA
Dec – various dates | Christmas at 123 Farm
This festive event is centered around Highland Springs Ranch and Inn’s Organic Galleries, offering handmade gifts from their farm, seasonal workshops, afternoon tea, outdoor s’mores on an open fire, sweets and holiday drinks. The Grand Oak Bistro will re-open with a special menu for this event.
When: Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 11am – 5pm | Sundays, Dec 2, 9, 16 & 23, 11am – 3pm
Where: The Organic Galleries at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn | 10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley, CA 92223
Cost: Free parking and admission, fees for certain things
Dec | Christmas at Greenspot Farms
If you noticed my video on Greenspot Farms’ pumpkin patch, then you know that they’re a family-centered, fun-filled farm for the kids. Of course, they’re open for the Christmas season, as well!
Their farm is fully decorated for the Christmas season — you can pick your own tree for cutting, or pick an already cut one. They also have an annual Christmas hayride (there’s a fee for the hayride), free movie nights and s’mores for a small charge. There is NO ADMISSION FEE to come and enjoy Greenspot Farms.
When: Dec 1 – 23 | 9am – 8pm
Where: Greenspot Farms | 10133 Ward Way, Mentone Ca
Cost: Free admission, a couple of activities have a small fee
Dec | Mission Inn Festival of Lights
Mission Inn’s 26th Annual Festival of Lights celebration is a free, six-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind. You shouldn’t miss it — they were nominated for “Best Public Lights Display” in USA Today’s 10 Best!
Highlights of Festival of Lights include 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf tuck-ins, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees; and delectable holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes, among other festive offerings.
Where: Mission Inn | 3649 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside CA
Cost: Free viewing
Every Thursday | Redlands Market Night
Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.
When: Ongoing Thursday nights, 6 – 9pm
Where: 1 East State Street, Redlands, CA 92373
Cost: Free entrance