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Redlands Holiday Guide (2023)

Christmas in Redlands Last updated

From photos with Santa to the Feast of Holiday Lights, discover why the Holidays in Redlands are a can’t-miss!

Perhaps it’s the holiday lights. Maybe it’s the festive music playing. Or it could just be the general positive cheer. We like to think it’s all that and more that makes the holidays in Redlands so special. 

The following are some of our favorite events and festivities. We can’t wait to celebrate the season with you. 

What to do in Redlands this Christmas

The following are some of our favorite events and festivities. We can’t wait to celebrate the season with you.

Drop by the Redlands Visitors Center to send your letter to Santa. Letters will be accepted all day on November 21 and December 15. Santa and his Elves will respond to all letters.

Get your photo taken with Santa in the Selfie Photo Booth. This is a free event held at the Redlands Visitors Center on December 16th from 12 PM - 2 PM. All children will receive a small gift from Santa and photos can be texted, emailed or AirDropped to your smartphone.

Enjoy holiday-inspired music, songs, and spoken words at the 75th Feast of Lights. The event will be held at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel on December 1 and 2 at 7:30 PM and December 3 at 4 PM.

From old-fashioned decorations to modern festivities, tour six of Redlands' most spirited homes during the YMCA Holiday Home Tour. Not only is this a fun event to share with a loved one, it’s a great way to get inspiration for your own home!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Preformed at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center in Yucaipa, California, this heartwarming holiday classic is the take of love and grace. It follows a group of mischievous kids named the Hermands who unexpectedly attend Sunday school and join the Christmas pageant. And while the Herdmans’ behavior leaves something to be desired, the town eventually learns this trouble-making group has a heart of gold. Performances are scheduled for December 22, 23, and 24.

The classic Nutcracker ballet will take the stage at the REV High School Blackstone Theater in Redlands, California on December 16 and 17. A holiday tradition filled with enchanting music and beautiful dance, performances will be offered at 11 AM, 2:30 PM, and 5:30 PM.

This fabulous New Year's Eve celebration is a family-friendly event that doesn’t require staying up until midnight. Held on December 31, 2023, the event officially begins at 3:30 PM in Ed Hales Park, but the real fun happens at 4 PM (midnight in London). Attendees will be treated to the release of 200 inflated beach balls that will float down like snowflakes. The name of the game is to keep all the balls in the air for as long as possible.

Redlands Christmas Shopping Guide

In addition to Redlands’ holiday events, the town is also filled with great places to shop for gifts, discover seasonally-inspired bites, and raise a holiday toast. Make this the most magical Christmas yet. 

Did we miss a Redlands holiday event you love? Let us know! We’d love to include your recommendation.