Holiday guide

The holiday season is in full swing in Redlands

No one does the holidays like Redlands does, and this year won’t disappoint.

Now through Dec. 11, Spread your holiday cheer and share your spirit by participating in the Santa’s Elf for a Senior program. Christmas trees on display at both Joslyn and Redlands Community senior centers have ornaments listing the items for a particular senior. Pick up an ornament to donate gifts for seniors who are in need or don’t have anyone to look after them. For more information, call 909-798-7550.

8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 through Monday, Dec. 3, University of Redlands presents the 71st Feast of Lights —the revered tradition of the Redlands holiday season. 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, and Monday, Dec. 3, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Memorial Chapel. Tickets are now on sale at the ticket window in the Events Services in the Hunsaker University Center or online at On Nov. 30, University Town & Gown invites you to its annual Moveable Feast at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 in the Casa Loma Room. This evening of holiday cheer before the first night of the Feast of Lights includes cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres, and a delectable sit-down dinner. Click here to register or contact Alumni and Community Relations at 909-748-8011. Guests are also invited to enjoy an Elegant Evening at the University Club either before the Saturday, Dec. 1 performance or after the Sunday, Dec. 2 performance. A dinner including appetizers, soup or salad, an entrée, and desserts will be served for $39.65 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 909-748-8957.

9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 Redlands Y Holiday Boutique & Pantry, Redlands YMCA 500 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands. Now in its 39th year, this traditional event features crafts, baked goods and more. Entrance is free and open to the public.

6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, A Citrus Heritage Christmas, Downtown Redlands. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, the annual Christmas parade features floats, bands, service groups, community organizations, and more. Santa will even make an appearance. Can’t make it downtown? The parade will be televised live on Channel 3.

9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, 51st Annual YMCA Holiday Home Tour Access historic and grand homes in our beautiful town. Treat yourself to a VIP experience with front-of-the-line privileges and a patron brunch at the Redlands Country Club. Click the link for information and tickets.

6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Dr., Redlands. Another tradition of the Redlands holiday season, come enjoy music from local choirs, cider, Mrs. Shirk’s famous ginger cookies, and SANTA. Entrance is free, tours of the first floor $5. Bring a flashlight.

5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, Uptown Girls Holiday Shopping Hoop-lah, Downtown Redlands. Spend the night shopping on State Street. Several stores and wineries will be participating, including Devi, Fleur de Lis, Kith, Leroy’s, Lott 22 Olive Oil Co., Principle Body Care, State Street Winery, Swoon Home, and West of Texas, with special deals and treats.

4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, Holiday in Redlands in A.K. Smiley Public Library Park. Artisan vendors, holiday lights, live music, food trucks, facepainting & SANTA. Entrance is free and open to all.

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, opening night of Caroling Under the Stars at Mission Gables House. A family-friendly event. Come be a part of a holiday experience you won’t forget as we take you on an interactive journey for the whole family. Fireplaces, blankets, scarves, cookies, hot cider and cocoa will be part of a wonderful musical evening you don’t want to miss as acclaimed artists tell a story of hope that will be a hit for all ages. Click here for tickets.

6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, Take a moment to take care of you! Beauty Bar Crawl happens in downtown Redlands where you can get your pretty on, have a cocktail and shop for the holiday at the same time. Starts at the Pear & Pomegranate (same building as Caprice Restaurant on State Street) Bring your besties! Learn more.

8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, A Christmas Carol: The Concert, presented by Redlands Symphony and Inland Master Chorale. A new tradition that promises to raise the holiday spirit of its audience through the spectacle of a full orchestra, the Inland Master Chorale and a cast of singing characters telling the story of Scrooge’s timeless transformation. Click link for tickets. —Jennifer

Posted: Nov. 16, 2018
Updated: Dec. 1, 2018

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