It’s beginning to look a lot like a Christmas, and the City of Fontana is excited to highlight the holiday season with a variety of festive events.
This holiday season will feature memorable events for local residents, including the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Breakfast with Santa, Underwater Pictures with Santa, the Christmas Parade, and the Festival of Winter.
• Tree Lighting Ceremony - Wednesday, Dec. 4
The season kicks off with this annual free event in front of Fontana City Hall at 8353 Sierra Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening’s festivities will include holiday performers, refreshments, guest speakers and the official lighting of the tree. Attendees will also get a visit from our jolly friend from the North Pole.
• Pictures with Santa - Friday, Dec. 6
Residents can take a selfie with Santa at the Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Community Center, 15556 Summit Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to all ages. For more information, call the Jessie Turner Center at (909) 854-5100.
• Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, Dec. 7
This popular event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Don Day Neighborhood Center, 14501 Live Oak Avenue, or the Heritage Neighborhood Center, 7350 W. Liberty Parkway. Interested persons should register early as space is limited, and remember to bring a camera for pictures with Santa. To register or for more details, contact the Don Day Center at (909) 349-6997 or the Heritage Center at (909) 349-6968.
• Underwater Pictures with Santa - Saturday, Dec. 7
Looking for a non-traditional, one-of-a-kind photo with Santa? The Fontana Aquatics Center, 15610 Summit Avenue, will be hosting this event from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents can throw on their best holiday swimsuit and dive underwater with Scuba Santa for a memorable photo. For prices and more information, call (909) 854-5111.
• Christmas Parade - Saturday, Dec. 14
Sierra Avenue will come alive with the Annual Christmas Parade at 10 a.m., hosted by the Fontana Exchange Club. The parade begins on the corner of Arrow Boulevard and Sierra Avenue. Holiday-themed floats, musicians, Santa Claus and well-known local figures will make their way south on the Sierra parade route to Merrill Avenue. Attendees are invited to bring a camera to capture all the dazzling floats and orchestrated marching bands. For more information, call (909) 350-0301.
• Festival of Winter - Saturday, Dec. 14
Following the Christmas Parade, the City of Fontana is hosting the Annual Festival of Winter at Miller Park, 17004 Arrow Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With something for all ages to enjoy, this free community event will feature rides and attractions, live entertainment on two stages, photo opportunities with Santa, and a variety of vendors and activity booths. And best of all, attendees can sled down more than 40 tons of fresh snow or watch their little ones play in a Tot Lot and experience snow for the first time.
• "Holiday Follies"
During the entire month of December, a fan-favorite "Holiday Follies" show will be live on stage at Center Stage Theater, 8463 Sierra Avenue. This holiday spectacular revue-style performance features current arrangements of holiday classics as well as the traditional melodies. To purchase tickets and to view available show dates, times and menu items, call (909) 429-7469 or visit www.centerstagefontana.com.
For more information about the City of Fontana’s holiday activities, visit Events.Fontana.org or call (909) 349-6900.