Friday, November 18, 2016

December 2016 Calendar of Events in Riverside County

Make-A-Wish Celebrates National the Believe Campaign in the Inland Empire   Through Dec. 24
“Believers” of all ages can mail a letter to Santa at the big red letterbox at any local Macy’s store or online at For every letter received, in store or online, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Macy’s at Galleria at Tyler 3500 Tyler Street, Riverside

Original Christmas Tree Lane   Nov. 25-Dec. 18
Come on by and check out our beautiful holiday Christmas trees with over $1,000.00 in gifts.  Proceeds from this event benefit: The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County, Student of the Month Scholarships, Boy Scouts, Wildomar Rotary Club student training program and other local youth charities.
9am-8pm / Outlets at Lake Elsinore
(951) 245-0087 /

Santa’s Electric Light Parade   Dec. 2
Enjoy the dazzling lights from the floats, holiday music from school marching bands and Santa’s arrival. All entries will be decked out incorporating this year’s parade theme, Family First for the Holidays.
7-9pm / Old Town Temecula
(951) 694-6444 /

Winter Wonderland Benefit   Dec. 2
The Humanity of Justice Foundation Cordially Invites you to The Winter Wonderland Benefit. Open Bar, 3-Course Dinner, Auction - $135pp. Adults Only - Cocktail Attire. Please bring a new pair of children’s pajamas to donate.
6-10pm / Ponte Winery Vineyard Pavilion, Temecula
(951) 225-8581 /

Perris Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 2
6-8:30pm / City Hall Campus: 101 N. D Street
(951) 943-6100 /

Christmas Tree Festival at St. Stephen’s   Dec. 2-3
Two festive Tea Luncheons will be served.  Donation- $35.00. Each event will feature the opportunity to win beautifully decorated trees and the gifts beneath them. This year’s events will benefit Carol’s Kitchen, H.E.L.P. and Table of Plenty.
12-3pm / 225 E. 8th Street Beaumont
(951) 845-1358 /

Lake Elsinore Winterfest   Dec. 3
Families will enjoy a holiday parade, bouncers, kids crafts, sled runs, food and merchandise vendors, cultural and musical entertainment, and visits with Santa! This event offers low cost or free activities for the whole family.
4-9pm / Downtown Main Street
(951) 674-3124 x292 /

Eastvale Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 3
Snow Play area. Pictures with Santa Claus. Holiday Crafts and Activities for Kids. Craft and Food Vendors. Fun for the Entire Family! The ECC will be adorned in festive decorations and will make the perfect backdrop for your family’s holiday photos. Be sure to dress in your favorite holiday ensemble.
3-9pm / Eastvale Community Center: 13820 Schleisman Road
(951) 727-3524 /

Hemet Christmas Parade   Dec. 3
“The Gift of Volunteering” 10am / Corner of Palm and Florida
(951) 765-2300 /

Murrieta’s Hometown Holiday Parade   Dec. 3
Join us for a quaint, non-motorized hometown holiday parade!
5pm / B St. & Washington Ave. to Town Square Park
(951) 461-6110 /

Winterfest in Arlington   Dec. 3, 10 & 17
A family friendly event celebrated in the Arlington Business District. The event is broken into three smaller events starting at Arlington Park and then the following two Saturdays at surrounding Arlington businesses. At the main event at Arlington Park, the Arlington Business Partnership (ABP) will light a Christmas tree and offer families the opportunity for a free photo with Santa Claus. Families can also enjoy several kid’s activities such as arts and crafts tables, vendors, bouncers, etc.
2-8pm / 3860 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside
(951) 509-1100 /

Alternative Gift Fair   Dec. 4
Imagine live music, booths with hand crafted gifts, and a soup and bread lunch with all proceeds going to non-profit causes, including third world artists.
11am-3pm / First United Methodist Church, Riverside

Purple Boat Float   Dec. 4
Brings community together to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Dedicate an illuminated paper boat to your loved one and watch it launch onto Lake Evans at sunset.
3-6pm / Fairmount Park Lakeside Room, Riverside

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoptions   Dec. 9
Adopt a shelter puppy, dog, cat or kitten!
10am-2pm / Riverside City Hall Breezeway
(951) 826-5242 /

‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas Bus Tour   Dec. 9-11 & 15-18
Southern California Edison brightens your holidays as we tour Temecula’s festive homes from an open-air double decker bus. Every evening includes refreshments, prize drawing and tons of fun and corny holiday jokes.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
7-8:30pm / Civic Center: 41000 Main St., Temecula
(951) 694-6444 /

Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 10
This event is fun for the whole family! Please join us for a yummy pancake and sausage breakfast and crafts for the kids. Have your family photo taken with our local firefighters and our guest of honor, Santa!
8:30-10am / Fire Station 85: 29405 Grand Avenue, Lake Elsinore
(951) 245-0442 /

Menifee Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 10
4-9pm / Menifee Town Center Roundabout
(951) 723-3880 /

Perris Christmas Parade   Dec. 10
10am / City Hall Campus: 101 N. D Street
(951) 943-6100 /

Snow Day   Dec. 10
Santa Breakfast at Citrus City Grill, Dos Lagos Luxury Theatres’ free viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Tons of fresh snow. Fun with Santa, children’s crafts, face painter and balloon artist.
8:30am-4pm / The Shops At Dos Lagos
(951) 277-7601 /

Dinner with Santa   Dec. 10
Come celebrate the holiday season with a spaghetti dinner with local firefighters and Santa! Don’t forget to bring your cameras! Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. and tickets are $8.00 per person.
5-7pm / Fire Station 10: 410 W Graham Ave., Lake Elsinore
(951) 245-0442 /

Festival of Trees and Craft Faire   Dec. 10-11
These trees are decorated by sponsors from local communities. You can vote for your favorites and even make a bid on the tree that you would like to take home with you! Features a wide variety of vendors from handmade jewelry, accessories and clothes to handmade wood pieces, specialty soaps, oils, Holiday Decorations and so much more!
10am-3pm / Peppermint Ridge: 825 Magnolia Ave., Corona
(909) 597-9986 /

Victorian Christmas Open House   Dec. 11
This family-friendly celebration features Father Christmas; a unique range of musical entertainment which includes autoharps, piano, recorders and carols; hot mulled cider and tempting sweets. Come make a Victorian holiday ornament and join a tour of the Heritage House and grounds.
12-4pm / Heritage House: 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside
(951) 826-5273 /

Tinsel Triathlon Community Fundraiser for Central County United Way   Dec. 11
This is a great opportunity for community business to showcase their wares or services. RUN, the run takes place in a scenic, calm area of west Hemet. BIKE, Known as the “flat & fast” course, the 12 mile bike ride has the tri-athlete pedaling down the Domenigioni Highway.  SWIM, In this 50 meter heated pool at West Valley High, participants will swim 150 meters (up & back 3 times).
7am-5pm / West Valley High School, Hemet
(951) 929-9691 /

Carols by Candlelight by Moreno Valley Master Chorale   Dec. 11
Please plan to come and enjoy your favorite Christmas music, as the Chorale and orchestra join with the audience for a carol sing-a-long. In addition, the concert will feature a performance of several works by Mozart, along with other popular seasonal music selections. Our special guest singers for this concert will be the Armada Elementary School Chorus.
4pm / Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church: 11650 Perris Blvd., Moreno Valley
(951) 485-8414 /

Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 17
This event is fun for the whole family! Please join us for a yummy pancake and sausage breakfast and crafts for the kids. Have your family photo taken with our local firefighters and our guest of honor, Santa! Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am and tickets are $8.00 per person.
Fire Station 97: 41725 Rosetta Canyon Drive, Lake Elsinore
(951) 245-0442 /

Calimesa Christmas Parade   Dec. 17
“Get Your Lights on Calimesa” Gather your friends and family for an evening in Calimesa while our business community will be providing special coupons for a Dinner out after the Parade or specials for Hot Chocolate, treats, Coffee and Deserts.  Every entrant in the parade must have lights!
6-7:30pm / Calimesa Blvd.

Santa Fun Run/Walk   Dec. 24
Healthy LE aims to improve the overall health and quality of life in our community.
8am / Lake Elsinore Levee
(951) 674-3124 X265 /

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