The joyous excitement of the holidays will be on display during the Fontana Christmas Parade and Festival of Winter on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Temperatures in the 60s and partly sunny skies are in the weather forecast for the annual events, which take place in the downtown area.
The parade, which has a theme of "The Magic of Christmas," will begin at 10 a.m. on the corner of Sierra Avenue and Arrow Boulevard and will proceed south on Sierra to Merrill Avenue.
The event will feature several holiday-themed floats, marching bands, dancers, and other participants, including Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Members of the award-winning Randall Pepper Elementary School Robotics Team will be the grand marshals.
"We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the Christmas Parade this year," said Sonja Dawkins, the president of the Fontana Exchange Club, which coordinates the parade along with the City of Fontana.
"This year we are also happy to honor Chris and Marie Garcia, who have served as the Fontana Christmas Parade's Mr. and Mrs. Claus with beautiful presentations for the last six years. We are excited to see their 2019 creation themed 'Santa's Magical Christmas Sleigh and Santa's Helpers.'"
----- HERE is a preliminary list of parade entrants (not in order of appearance):
Fontana Police Department 1952 Ford
Exchange Club Banner, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council
Grand Marshals, Randall Pepper Elementary School Robotics Team
Exchange Club President Sonja Dawkins
Mayor Acquanetta Warren
Young Homes Float
Eloise Gomez Reyes, Assemblymember
Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Supervisor
Laura Mancha, San Bernardino County Board of Education
Fontana Expanded Learning Program
Fontana Senior Center Classes
Fontana Senior Center Clubs
Fontana Senior Center, Senior Prom, Veterans Club and Board
Pomona Valley Corvette Association
Jurupa Hills High School Marching Spartans
Fontana First Assembly of God
Inland Empire Square Dancers
Uplifting Arts Academy
Lewis Library and Technology Center Adventure Truck
Fontana High School Athletics
Sequoia Middle School Marching Eagles
Truman Middle School Cheer
Fontana Elks Little League
Summit Skyhawks Marching Regiment
Door Christian Fellowship
Kaiser Catamount Pride Band and Color Guard
Norma J. Torres, Congresswoman
Christine Page, Giving Honor to Cancer Survivors
Fontana Chamber of Commerce
Cub Scout Pack 250
American Cancer Society, Relay for Life
Fontana Middle School Ballet Folklorico
Fontana Kiwanis Club with Cub Scout Pack 625
Legendary Heroes Taekwondo
Fontana High School Ballet Folklorico
Route 66 Dance Studio
Fontana AYSO Region 136
Kiddie Academy of Fontana
Stater Bros. Market
Califas Classic Car Club
Fontana A.B. Miller Marching Rebels
Fontana Titans Football and Cheer
Cub Scout Pack 588
Kaiser HIgh School Army ROTC
Truman Middle School Timberwolf Band
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ballet Folklorico Tierra de mi Padre
Inland Empire Bruins
Fontana Pop Warner
Rancho Los Marquez
Tonia Lewis, Fontana City Clerk
Janet Koehler Brooks, Fontana City Treasurer
Fontana Art Association
Miss Fontana and Court
City of Fontana Tiny Tots
West Valley Water District
Fontana Woman's Club
Buffalo Soldier Mounted Cavalry
Empowering Success Now
San Bernardino County Fire Station 71
Les Schwab Tire Center
Jesse Sandoval, City Councilmember and Mary Sandoval, FUSD Board Member
U.S. Census Bureau
Fontana High School ASB
----- FOLLOWING the Christmas Parade, the City of Fontana will be hosting the Festival of Winter at Miller Park, 17004 Arrow Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
Attendees will be able to 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.
For more information, call the Fontana Community Services Department at (909) 349-6900.