Holiday Activities Abound Near Chino Hills, CA!
The holidays are referred to as the most wonderful time of the year—and who are we to disagree? The mere thought of seeing the gleeful gratitude as your loved ones open a present is hard to beat. It’s certainly a season that is all about giving. (But, yeah, throwing a little receiving into the mix helps too!)
But the magic of the holidays doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes a lot of planning and preparation as well to really pull everything off while making it look as if you’re never breaking a sweat.
That’s where we come in. We’ve done a bit of preliminary heavy lifting and researched some fun and interesting things occurring in and near Chino Hills that may tickle your fancy throughout November and December. Check out our suggestions, or compile your own must-do list. Either way, we hope a magical holiday season awaits!
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
Holiday Running Festival: There’s a lot of things people run from during the holidays—credit card interest payments, people attempting to have you sign the Santa Clause, visits from your in-laws (we jest, we jest)—but Pomona offers an opportunity to jog for fun (you know, if you’re into exercise and all that). Running over two days, the festival includes a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and a one-mile Kids Penguin Waddle. Hey, catch us right after our Thanksgiving meal and we might be interested in that Penguin Waddle as well! All races are at the Fairplex in Pomona, split between December 10 and 11.
Christmas in Color: It’s nearly impossible to hear the words “water park” and “San Dimas” used in the same sentence without thinking back to 1989’s most bodacious film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But let Raging Waters take you to the future of light shows with Christmas in Color, where you will see millions of lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs. A portion of the proceeds also will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Kids Night Out: If you could use some holiday prep time and want to keep your kids off the naughty list, consider signing them up for this fun and safe night hosted at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House in Yorba Linda on Friday, December 2, from 6:00–9:30 p.m. The event includes dinner—and maybe some sweets—crafts, games, and a movie. Take the time to search for that perfect gift or attend a holiday party without your own team of elves underfoot.
Holiday on Main Street: There should be plenty of fun for the whole family at the annual parade. The full event will feature kids crafts, a youth talent show, artisan shopping, photos with Santa, a holiday drinks lounge, live music, a choo-choo train, a balloon artist, face painting, and more. The parade makes its sojourn down historic Main Street in Yorba Linda on December 3 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Shows and Performances
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – The Best of TSO and More!”: What you probably know about the annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday tours is that they are classically infused rock concerts with bombastic special effects, pyrotechnics, lasers, smoke, and lighting. What you might not know, unless you’ve seen one of them before, is that there’s usually a huge storytelling element involved, complete with a narrator. The shows are both exhilarating and poignant. By the time “Old City Bar” hits its emotional high, there shouldn’t be a dry eye in the place. TSO will play two shows on December 3 at Toyota Arena.
Disney on Ice: Sure, you have to suspend disbelief a bit to buy into a bunch of costumed characters traversing a frozen pond on ice skates—but when you see the sparkle in the eyes and smiles on the faces of your children, suddenly it will all be worth it. There will be 10 shows over six days (December 22–26) at Toyota Arena, so flexibility is your friend.
The Nutcracker Ballet at the Grove of Anaheim: Many have tried but few have succeeded in actually avoiding a performance of The Nutcracker during the holidays. Hope springs eternal for some this year. But for the rest of you, you can hit your quota by catching this performance by the esteemed Anaheim Ballet, accompanied by the Irvine Symphony on November 25 at 7 p.m. at the Grove at Anaheim.
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas: Based on the children’s book of the same name, this show tells the story of Nancy, who, after selling some of her old things, has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, can Christmas still turn out splendiferous? Bring your little ones (recommended ages four and up) to the Chance Theater in Los Angeles between December 11 and December 22 to find out!
Holiday Pop-Up Shop: Register today for admission to this free event at the Willenberg Special Education Center in Los Angeles. Happening Sunday, November 27, this event features a variety of local community vendors, and showcases the talents of the Willenberg Special Education Center’s students, which provides job training for students with disabilities and teaches independent living skills to prepare them for their future.
Winter Wonderland San Bernadino Community Christmas: Hosted by Sista’s Making A Difference, this community event will feature live entertainment, food and drinks, local vendors, gifts, and a chance to win Santa’s special giveaway. Head to San Bernadino Valley College on Saturday, December 17 to learn more.
Holiday Boutique Pop-Up: Are you on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift this year? Check out this free holiday boutique pop up at the Commons on Saturday, December 3, featuring 20 local makers selling one-of-a-kind jewelry, leather, apparel, art, and home goods. There will also be live music, face painting, tasty treats, and the perfect backdrop for your seasonal selfies.
Opportunities to Share
Light a Light of Love: Surf City Santa will be sharing some gnarly breakers in Huntington Beach on December 4. Additional holiday revelry is on the schedule from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. For example, one of the main happenings will be the Light a Light of Love, a celebration to benefit the Huntington Beach Youth Center. The activities also feature a parade down Main Street and a ceremony to light the snowflakes on the Huntington Beach Pier.
Uplift Charity Food Pantry: This recurring monthly volunteer opportunity is especially important during the holidays, as you will be helping families obtain basic necessities for their daily lives. Volunteers ages 8 and up are invited to help assemble 400 boxes with essential food items, register clients, and distribute food boxes to clients that attend. If you’re unable to attend on Saturday, December 10, you can also sponsor a food box for just $30. To learn more, you can email Volunteer@upliftcharity.org or visit www.UpliftCharity.org/Donate.
Bonnes Meres Quilt Program: Warm not only the body, but also the heart of a child in need by providing them with a hand-tied fleece blanket. These simple acts of kindness go directly to abused children in San Bernadino County, and provides them with both a gift, and a reminder that they are important this holiday season. For more information on making a donation email the Bonnes Meres Auxiliary Children’s Fund at BonnesMeres@gmail.com.
When you are enjoying your time at home, please be mindful of a few extra hazards that often crop up during the holidays. The first is burning candles. Surely, the scent of pine, cinnamon, or even vanilla help soothe your inner savage shopping beast. But did you know that up to 7,500 fires are started each year due to burning household candles? So maybe consider using battery-powered candles or scented spray instead. If you do use burning candles, do not leave them unattended.
Real Christmas trees can also pose a safety hazard if they dry out from lack of watering. Remember to keep all open flames away from the branches and to make sure to turn all your lights off when you’re not at home. Oh, and give that tree plenty of water!
With activities, performances, shopping opportunities, and more, Chino Hills, CA, is an exciting place to be this time of year.
We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.
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