The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re looking for some things to do in the Corona area the get into the holiday spirit outside of decorating and shopping for gifts, we’ve put together an extensive list of things to do from now until Christmas that aren’t a tree lighting ceremony, or a visit with Santa Claus, but will still get you in the holiday spirit!
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Night
Join the Off Broadway Corona Theater for a special screening of the animated Christmas classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the historic Corona Civic Center Theater (815 W. 6th St., Corona) The fun kicks off at 6 PM on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 and includes Christmas caroling, raffle prizes, delicious treats, and a chance to meet and take photos with the Grinch. All tickets are just $10 and can be purchased through the OBC Theater website.
Make a DIY Rustic Tree Advent Calendar @ Urban Craft House
On Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, from 6 PM – 8:30 PM, The Urban Craft House (510 West Foothill Parkway, Corona) will be offering up the opportunity for makers to build a rustic Christmas Tree Advent Calendar inspired by Katie at A Beautiful Mess. Urban Craft House has gathered and cut the wood, you just need to assemble this easily customizable holiday tree. This fun holiday craft is just $45 and tickets can be purchased through the Urban Craft House website.
Tom’s Farms Festival of Lights
Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 17 and then nightly from December 18-23rd, Tom’s Farms lights up the night starting at 5:30 PM with over 1,000 lights, 200 light displays and a special nighttime train ride aboard their replica steam locomotive.
Tickets to ride the train are just $3.
Dos Lagos Luxury Theatres “Cinema Classics”: White Christmas
Catch the 1954 holiday classic White Christmas starring Bing Crosby at Dos Lagos Luxury Theatres (2710 Lakeshore Drive, Corona) for just $7 December 1st-7th. Showtimes for this event had not yet been published at the time of this writing.
The Painter’s Loft Art Studio at Mimi’s Cafe: Lampada Fragilé (Fragile lamp)
Join The Painter’s Loft Art Studio on December 6th at Mimi’s Cafe (2230 Griffin Way, Corona) for an evening of painting as you paint Lampada Fragilé (Fragile lamp) AKA the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. Painting takes place from 7 PM – 9:30 PM and with their December special, paint for just $25 per person or two people for $45. Only 30 seats are available and tickets must be purchased in advance here.
Snow Day at The Shops at Dos Lagos
Who says Corona can’t be a Winter Wonderland? Head down to the Shops at Dos Lagos (2780 Cabot Drive, Corona) on Saturday, December 9 from 1 PM – 4 PM for an afternoon of fun in the snow as they cover the ground in 50 tons of fresh snow! Not a fan of the cold? Enjoy fun with Santa, children’s crafts, a face painter and balloon twister from 2 PM – 4 PM.
Come early and make a day of it and catch a free screening of The Polar Express at Dos Lagos Luxury Theatres at 10 AM.
City of Norco Parade of Lights
Celebrate the holidays in Norco on Saturday, December 9, as they host their 13th Annual Horsetown Parade of Lights! This unique illuminated parade begins at 5 PM at Corona Avenue in Norco and proceeds east up Sixth Street to the Christmas Festival located at the Nellie Weaver Hall grounds in the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center.
This year, for the first time, The Disneyland Resort will be participating in the parade with Disney Ambassador Mikey Trujillo serving as Grand Marshal alongside a very special guest.
Each year this parade features everything from vintage tractors and equestrian groups to wagons, floats, and marching bands. Following the event head down to the Christmas Festival, which will be running from 9 AM – 9PM and feature, food, games and more.
DIY Wood Sign & Wine Glass Set @ Happy Hour Saloon
Join The Urban Craft House on Monday, December 11 from 6 PM – 8 PM for an off-site class at Happy Hour Saloon (4300 Green River Rd #102 Corona) Enjoy an evening of drinks and crafts as you create a 12×12 wood sign and two-piece wineglass set using one of four, holiday designs. This project costs just $29 and you can sign up here.
The Painter’s Loft Art Studio at Mimi’s Cafe: Winter Globe
Join The Painter’s Loft Art Studio on December 13th at Mimi’s Cafe (2230 Griffin Way, Corona) for an evening of painting as you paint Winter Globe. Painting takes place from 7 PM – 9:30 PM and with their December special, paint for just $25 per person or two people for $45. Only 30 seats are available and tickets must be purchased in advance here.
The Story of Christmas
If Jesus is your reason for the season, then the Streets of Bethlehem performance of The Story of Christmas at Corpus Christi Church (3760 McKinley St., Corona) is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. With six performances spanning two days, the Streets of Bethlehem give a live performance of the birth of Christ featuring live actors and live animals.
Performances take place on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 at 5 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM. Tickets for the performances are just $6 for General Admission or $11 for Preferred Seating, which includes nicer seats, front, and center. For tickets and more details on this event visit the Streets of Bethlehem website.
Corona Lights Community Night
Visit the Corona Lights house (1149 Carter Ln, Corona) on Saturday, December 16 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for a special evening of holiday fun featuring photos with Santa, a train ride, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and of course their popular light display!
The Painter’s Loft Art Studio at Mimi’s Cafe: Winter Lantern
Join The Painter’s Loft Art Studio on December 20th at Mimi’s Cafe (2230 Griffin Way, Corona) for an evening of painting as you paint Winter Lantern. Painting takes place from 7 PM – 9:30 PM and with their December special, paint for just $25 per person or two people for $45. Only 30 seats are available and tickets must be purchased in advance here.
There’s sure to be more holiday events popping up in the coming weeks, so be sure to come back over the coming weeks to find new things to do! If you know of a holiday event we missed, let us know in the comments or shoot us an email! And don’t forget to check out our guide to finding Santa in Corona this year and our 2017 Corona tree lighting guide.