CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN AZUSA
The temperatures are cooling to mild and comfortable ranges—it rarely gets too cold in the San Gabriel Valley—and everyone’s gearing up for a magical holiday season. With holiday activities in Azusa, California, and the surrounding areas, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Even though you probably won’t see snow on the ground, you can discover plenty of holiday cheer in Azusa and the surrounding area. You’ll find parades, light displays, Santa visits, and so much more! So grab a cup of cocoa and keep reading to learn about all the holiday activities in Azusa and close by that you can enjoy this year!
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Visit with Santa Claus
The Azusa Police Department has a long-standing tradition of hosting Santa in the city during December. Usually, it’s a breakfast with Santa, but in 2020, officers instead escorted Santa on a tour through neighborhoods in the city. On his tour last year, Santa spent about 30 minutes going through each neighborhood. Watch the Police Department’s Facebook page for details on this year’s Santa visit or breakfast with Santa.
Hone Your DIY Crafting Skills
Do you like to spend time making holiday decorations? The Azusa Public Library hosts crafting classes during the holiday season—either in-person or with grab-and-go kits. Last year’s grab-and-go crafts for kids included a letter to Santa, a holiday ornament, and a polar bear craft. For adults, it was a DIY holiday ornament. Watch the city’s newsletter for details about the upcoming crafting events.
Attend the Tree Lighting and Winter Family Fiesta
The annual tree lighting and fiesta are traditional holiday activities in Azusa. Each year, the city gathers for fun and a holiday craft boutique in front of the city hall. The fiesta activities in past years included a synthetic ice rink, bounce house, sled runs, food booths, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. The city also brings snow! The event culminates with the lighting of the city tree.
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Celebrate with Christmas Music
The holiday season and music go hand in hand. For more than three decades, Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music has hosted a holiday concert for the public: Celebrate Christmas. At this event, more than 400 musicians gather to perform traditional carols and Christmas songs. The popular annual show takes place at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, which can seat 1,000 people. Watch the event’s website for details on the 2021 concert.
Venture Out into the San Gabriel Valley
Azusa isn’t the only city in the San Gabriel Valley teeming with holiday activities. If you’re interested in traveling a little outside city limits, you’ll find even more holiday fun!
This city is home to the annual Holiday Running Festival. The event this year happens December 11 and 12, with a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and one-mile Kids Penguin Waddle. All races are at Frank G. Bonelli Park.
The running fun starts on Saturday, December 11, with the Holiday 10K at 7 a.m. Next up is the Holiday 5K at 8 a.m. The Kids Penguin Waddle starts at 9:30 a.m. The half marathon is scheduled for Sunday, December 12, beginning at 8 a.m. If racers run the 5K and half marathon, they’ll complete the Golden Snowflake Challenge. They’ll finish the Triple Snowflake Challenge by running the 5K, 10K, and half marathon. All challenge winners receive a special medal.
If you love seeing holiday light displays while sitting in the comfort of your warm and cozy car, then this is the event for you! Every year, Raging Waters in San Dimas transforms into a magical animated light experience. You’ll see millions of lights synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, so you’ll be doing good while having a fun holiday experience! Get tickets and more information here.
Do you love a good holiday parade? Then the annual Christmas parade in Upland is perfect for you! For more than 40 years, the Cooper Museum, Upland Chamber of Commerce, and City of Upland have partnered to put on a fabulous parade in downtown Upland. Parade entries usually include marching bands, dancers, scouts, and dignitaries—local, state, and national. The event draws thousands of parade-watchers, so it’s a good idea to bring your chairs and arrive early to get a good spot.
This year’s parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, beginning at A Street and 2nd Avenue. There also will be a Holiday Faire in conjunction with the parade from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food, gifts, and other vendors.
Gingerbread House Decorating
Do you love to decorate gingerbread houses but hate baking the pieces and cleaning up the mess? Then head over to the Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Glendora Public Library! This event happens on Saturday, December 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. You can make your own house, take photos with the Gingerbread Man, go on a gingerbread scavenger hunt, and more! The best part? It’s free!
This year’s parade will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, in The Glendora Village at Bennett. The theme is Old Fashioned Christmas, with the motto “All About Kids.” The event starts with a flyover and will be led by the Glendora Police Department Color Guard. The route goes down Glendora Avenue, then Foothill Boulevard, and finishes on Grand Avenue to Bennett.
Tree Lighting. Celebrate the holiday season with the Duarte annual tree lighting at the Duarte Civic Center on Wednesday, December 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event features crafts, carolers, and treats before the tree lighting, which happens at 8 p.m.
Holiday Parade. The annual Holiday Parade is back in Monrovia! This year’s event starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 2. The route goes north on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue.
Spectacular and Tree Lighting. Irwindale kicks off the holiday season on December 3 with its annual Christmas Spectacular and tree lighting ceremony! After the mayor lights the tree, stay for snow, a play area for kids, Santa, and more.
Opportunities to Share
Receiving gifts is great, but the true meaning of the holiday season is giving to others. If you have the means or the time during this special time of year, consider giving to those less fortunate so they too can feel the joy of this winter season. Here are some great volunteer opportunities in Santa Ana, CA.
Operation Santa Claus – Unfortunately, thousands of children in Orange County won’t be having a very merry Christmas without our help. This holiday season, donate toys and gifts to children and families in need. Last year, Operation Santa Claus distributed over 39,000 toys and gifts, bringing happiness and hope to our most vulnerable children in Orange County who wouldn’t have otherwise had much at all.
Volunteer with The Salvation Army – Whether you like to get out and interact with the community or work behind the scenes, the Salvation Army is the perfect place to volunteer. Dress up as Santa Claus and help collect donations with the jolly ring of your bell. If a red jumpsuit isn’t your style, you could help pick out gifts for kids or be a personal shopper for a family in need.
Everyone loves a good pine-scented candle this time of year, but up to 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles. Be extra careful when lighting candles in your apartment, especially your bedroom. Consider using battery-powered candles to achieve the same ambiance without the added danger. Whatever you do, never leave your holiday candles unattended!
Christmas trees can be another fire hazard you need to be aware of. If you’ve brought a real Christmas tree into your apartment for the holidays, make sure you keep it watered so it doesn’t dry out. Keep all open flames, such as candles, away from the branches and make sure you turn all lights off when you’re not at home. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!
We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.
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