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.

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Take advantage of the beautiful southern California winter and enjoy festive holiday activities at the same time! Even if you prefer the indoors, there’s 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 44th Upland Christmas Parade, taking place on December 4 in historic downtown Upland. In addition to the parade, there’s also a holiday fair, offering fun for the whole family!

 

Grinchmas Holiday Experience: Come to Lake Elsinore this holiday and take a trip through an interactive Whoville with the Grinch and his faithful friend, Max. This is a great chance to take some holiday selfies with the Grinch surrounded by a splendid Seuss setting! Stop by Wednesday, December 1, from 4 to 9 PM.

Sip n Shop and Winter Wonderland: Come sip while you shop at this event with over 40 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 4 from 3 to 9 PM 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.

Canadian Brass: This quintet of master brass musicians brings to life the sounds of trumpets, trombones, horns, and tubas. You’ll hear songs from Vince Guaraldi, famous for their inclusion in A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as baroque selections and beloved seasonal classics. This wonderful performance takes place Sunday, December 12, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Memorial Chapel in Redlands.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: This famous group is coming to the Toyota Arena this holiday season and will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The multisensory experience of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to the area on December 4, 2021. The performance starts at 3:30 PM, but arrive early; this is likely to be one of the biggest performances of the holiday season and will come with a lot of parking and traffic troubles.

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey: The Elf on the Shelf continues to be a holiday staple, and this holiday season, you can experience a walkthrough activity based on this character. There will be a Christmas village with plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, an ice skating rink with available ice skate rentals, a trolley, and miniature holiday scenes. This activity takes about 45 minutes in total to walk through. 

Shopping

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’s 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 and is an event you won’t want to miss! Proceeds benefit the YMCA of the East Valley Legal Aid Clinic.

 

Holiday Marketplace: This handmade holiday marketplace has been happening each year for 33 years! The vendor count has ballooned to over 55, which means you’ll be sure to find something truly unique. Don’t miss out on this chance to get one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends!

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 November 26 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 11 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 the 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.

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 11 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 the donated canned goods. You’ll have fun while providing food for those who need it most. What could be better than that?

Christmas Drive-Thru 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 Christmas Drive-Thru Toy Drive. This special fun event will take place on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the California Live Scan 4 All and Save Lives Training Center parking lot.

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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