Fill Your Days with Holiday Cheer in Montclair, CA!

It’s that time of year again. The weather has cooled down and the town is full of sparkling lights and holiday decorations. Families have begun making travel plans or are preparing to host loved ones from out of town. And as always in Montclair, CA, cultures come together and make our city an amazing place to be for the holidays!

There’s so much going on in and around Montclair, CA, this time of year. We’ve picked out some of the best activities, shows, shopping destinations, and volunteer opportunities you can take advantage of this holiday season.


Shows and Performances


Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration


Take advantage of the beautiful southern California winter and enjoy festive holiday activities at the same time! Even if you prefer the indoors, there are plenty of activities for you as well. Here are some of the best activities in and around Montclair, CA!

Annual Upland Christmas Parade: This year marks the 45th Upland Christmas Parade, taking place on December 3 in historic downtown Upland. In addition to the parade, there’s also a holiday fair, offering fun for the whole family!

San Bernardino’s Winter Wonderland: Come enjoy live entertainment, family games, food, drinks, and local vendors at this festive event. Toys will be distributed to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. This holiday event will take place on December 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on some free fun for the whole family!

Sip n Shop and Winter Wonderland: Come sip while you shop at this event with 50+ different vendors. The first 10 guests will get a gift bag full of great donations from some of the vendors. There will also be food trucks, children’s activities, and a tree lighting. Come by on December 3 from 3 to 9 p.m. to take part in this activity. Admission is free!

Shows and Performances

There are festive shows and performances coming to the area this holiday season, and some are quite notable. Now is the perfect time to dress up, go to dinner, and finish the night off with a great holiday performance. No matter what your musical taste, there are plenty of great options in the area! Here are some of the best.

Gordon Lightfoot: Celebrate the holiday season with one of the most beloved singer-songwriters of all time, Gordon Lightfoot. This December 1, he is coming to The Canyon in Montclair to perform some of the classics in his extensive catalog, such as “Carefree Highway” and “Sundown.” Bring a little extra magic into your holiday season and experience the five-time Grammy-winning artist live. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: This famous group is coming to the Toyota Arena this holiday season to perform their festive rock opera The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s multisensory extravaganza is coming to the area on December 3, 2022. The performance starts at 3:00 p.m. Make sure not to miss out on one of the biggest performances of the holiday season.

Tibbies Holiday Follies: This classic holiday performance will be taking place on December 17 this year, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Tibbies Holiday Follies has brought fun to the whole family for decades and is celebrating its 29th Christmas season this year. This holiday spectacular will include amazing costumes, vocal arrangements, dance numbers, and holiday parodies. Make sure you attend this year to see why Holiday Follies has become a tradition for so many families. 


Montclair is a great place to be if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one. There are tons of holiday boutiques and fairs full of unique and interesting finds. If you’re shopping for yourself, there are plenty of one-of-a-kind decor items for the fall and holiday seasons. Here are some of the best places to shop in and around Montclair, CA.

Holiday Boutique and Pantry: This holiday boutique is full of handmade crafts and artisanal goods. You’re sure to find something that catches your eye at this holiday boutique. The boutique takes place at the Redlands Family YMCA on December 3 and 4. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Proceeds benefit the YMCA of the East Valley Legal Aid Clinic.

Made with Love Holiday Market: If gift-giving is your love language, make sure that you go to the Made with Love in Redlands Holiday Market. Dozens of local artisans and vendors will be sharing their talents and wares on November 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. RVSP on their Facebook page to be entered into their secret Santa raffle! 

Crafts Unlimited Boutique: This is another amazing boutique full of handmade items and decor. Each piece of decor and handmade gift has been carefully selected based on its quality and uniqueness. The boutique is open from November 25 through December 23, giving you plenty of time to stop by for unique gifts.

Opportunities to Share

The holidays are a time to share love and kindness with everyone around you, but that can be hard to do if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, there are some wonderful community organizations and events that make helping others a breeze. Here are a few ways you can give this holiday season.

Can Tree Wonderland: You won’t find a holiday volunteer opportunity more fun than this! Bring your donated cans to Ontario on the morning of December 12 and get ready to put on your hard hat. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family. Together, you will work to decorate Euclid Avenue with trees made out of donated canned goods. You’ll have fun while providing food for those who need it most. What could be better than that?

Opportunities to Share

The holidays are a time to share love and kindness with everyone around you, but that can be hard to do if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, there are some wonderful community organizations and events that make helping others a breeze. Here are a few ways you can give this holiday season.

Spark of Love Toy Drive: There’s nothing like a child’s face after receiving a great gift. You can be part of this holiday magic by participating in the Spark of Love Toy Drive this holiday season. Bring an unwrapped toy, new sports equipment, or a cash donation to help make this Christmas a special time for children in need. As an added bonus, receive a complimentary photo with Santa Claus for your generous donation. 

Volunteer with The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army offers a number of different ways for people to spread holiday cheer this season. If you are feeling generous, consider sponsoring a family’s Christmas this year through the Adopt-a-Family program. You can also donate your time helping to collect donations or volunteering as a personal shopper for a family in need.

Safe Celebration

Everyone loves a good candle this time of year, but up to 7,500 fires are started each year by household candles. Be extra careful when lighting candles in your apartment, especially your bedroom. Battery-powered candles can achieve the same ambiance without the added danger. Whatever you do, never leave your holiday candles unattended.

Christmas trees can pose another fire hazard. If you’ve brought a real Christmas tree into your apartment during this holiday season, make sure you keep it watered so it isn’t quite as dangerous. Keep all open flames, especially candles, away from the branches, and make sure you turn all lights off when you’re not at home. You never know when electrical issues might cause fires. 

There’s so much going on this holiday season that you’ll have a hard time choosing how to spend your time! With all the activities, shows, performances, and holiday boutiques, you’ll need to carve out plenty of time this year to participate in them all.

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.

From all of us at The Pines Apartments in Montclair, CA,
Happy Holidays!

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