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!
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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 San Dimas 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 Frank G. Bonelli Park (120 East Via Verde Drive), split between December 11 and 12.
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.
Breakfast with Santa: So, what does Santa eat for breakfast anyways? Is he in training this time of year, getting in shape for the big night? Or does he need to pack on the pounds to help center the load of his sleigh? Come to think of it, it’s probably just the reindeer that need to be in peak performance shape. At any rate, this gathering will include breakfast, crafts, live entertainment, and activities with Santa. Take note: Space is limited, and no walk-in registration will be allowed. It all goes down for $20 on December 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Yorba Linda Community Center.
Holiday Quartermania: Tails will be wagging on November 7 at this family-friendly event with Labradors & Friends Dog Rescue, which aids fundraising for animal rescues in need. One of the main fundraisers is an auction game played with quarters for chances to win prizes ranging from $10 to $150. There also will be a silent auction, raffles, and vendors. The event will be held at Straub Distributing in Anaheim from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Holiday on Main Street: There should be plenty of fun for the whole family at the 31st 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 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Shows and Performances
Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”: 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. This tour honors the 25th anniversary of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” the album and tour that started everything off. TSO will play two shows on December 4 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 22–27) 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 27 at 2 p.m. at the Grove at Anaheim.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: If I mention that catchy Charlie Brown piano theme, you can hear it in your mind right now, can’t you? Sorry, not sorry. That is indeed an awesome theme. Now that you have it stuck in your head, commit to seeing the Peanuts gang’s timeless take on the holidays. Join Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and, yes, even the ivories-tickling Schroeder as they produce their own Christmas play and learn the true meaning of the holiday. Recommended for the entire family, ages four and up. The production runs December 3–23 at the Chance Theater in Anaheim.
Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Extravaganza: Register today for your free admission, and you will be entered to win a free Thanksgiving turkey. Warning: The winner must be present at the event. After all, that bird is not going to walk itself to your house, now, is it?
Upland Holiday Faire and Parade: Upland is home to the 44th Annual Upland Christmas Parade and Holiday Faire on December 4. Celebrate from 8:30 to 11 a.m. with holiday fun for the whole family. For more information or for vendor opportunities, email Uplandchristmasparade@gmail.com.
Penelope Lane Boutique 2021 Holiday Market: This boutique supports local businesses, featuring over 35 area artists and shops in a six-hour shop-fest on December 4 in nearby Brea. The free and open family-friendly event will have a holiday donut bar and include a special gift awarded to the first 30 shoppers.
SilverLakes Christmas Market: Billed as a unique holiday shopping experience for the whole family, this market specializes in holiday home decor, high-quality handmade gifts and crafts, gourmet foods, and more. There also will be live music and entertainment showcasing local artists across a variety of genres. The curated pop-up shopping experience runs for two nights: November 4 and 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Parking and admission are free.
Opportunities to Share
Light a Light of Love: Surf City Santa will be sharing some gnarly breakers in Huntington Beach on December 5. 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.
Youth Empowerment Service Day: Students grades six through 12 are invited to attend and create Thanksgiving holiday cards, decorate paper placemats, and make origami flowers for the benefit of the Placentia/Yorba Linda Meals on Wheels program. This event is scheduled for November 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House in nearby Yorba Linda.
Bonnes Meres Auxiliary Annual Auction: Titled “A Thrill of Hope,” the annual Bonnes Meres auction kicks off the holiday season with a luncheon, live and silent auctions, and a drawing for prizes. This year’s event will be held at the Redlands Country Club from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To date, money raised through the years via ticket sales, auction items, and opportunity ticket sales has paved the way for Bonnes Meres to donate over $2 million to a children’s fund. For further information, email 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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