Your Guide to Holiday Gifts and Activities in Redlands
After a long year of school, work, and challenges, it’s so nice to have the holidays to look forward to. In Redlands, there’s a lot to see and do, from holiday activities and exciting shows to unique shopping experiences and opportunities to serve. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, get ready for Christmas in Redlands by reading our guide.
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
Maybe you’ve felt this way before, but when it gets dark earlier and earlier, all you want to do is hang out at home, watching TV or playing on your phone after work or school. Nothing wrong with a good ol’ relaxing evening, but it is nice to have pre-planned activities to look forward to. That’s why it’s great that holiday activities in Redlands are abundant! There are Christmas tree farms to visit, the US Capitol Christmas tree to see, and art shows to explore.
Cut-Your-Own Christmas Trees
Before December is too far gone, head to Greenspot Farms in Mentone or Christmas Conifers in Nuevo to look for your own real Christmas tree. At Greenspot, “Cut Your Own Tree” starts the day after Thanksgiving, and lighted hayrides start on December 1. Christmas Conifers has a 37 acre Christmas tree farm that opens on November 13, so head there if you want your tree (and a photo opp) a little earlier!
The US Capitol Christmas Tree
On November 6, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is coming to Redlands! It’ll be quite an event with free hot chocolate and kettle corn popcorn to the first 400 children in attendance, music by the Citrus Valley High School Marching band, a visit from 501st Brigade (a Star Wars tribute group), and outdoor photo booth, and a Christmas character meet and greet.
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency
Check out the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, an art exhibit open September through December 2021. The exhibit gives contemporary artists “the opportunity to focus on creating new work amidst the unique local context of Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert.” It’s a great opportunity to support our local artists during the holiday season!
Shows and Performances
Who doesn’t love a good live performance? Whether your preference is ballet, theater, comedy, hard rock, or anything else, there’s just something about a live show that is so exciting and really gets you into the spirit of the holidays. And this year, there are plenty of shows for everyone to enjoy for a great Christmas in Redlands.
If you’re a big band fan, you’ll love “A Big Band Christmas Jam” by the Redlands Symphony on December 22 at 8:00 p.m. They’ll play all the holiday favorites in that cheerful, jazzy big band style. It’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit! This concert will feature award winning vocalist Alexis Morrast. Tickets start at $18. Check it out!
Header over to LifeHouse Theater at 1135 N. Church St. in Redlands for some festive plays.This year, they’re putting on Miracle on 34th Street, a beautiful classic, and A Christmas Song in My Heart, which tells the true stories behind favorite Christmas carols. If you’re not able to get out, you can also view their shows online!
We all love shopping from big online retailers—so convenient, and so many options! But it’s always so great when you can support a local business. So check out these locally owned shops to experience one of our favorite holiday activities in Redlands.
For Your Pets
These days, our pets are like family, and Furry Face knows it! “Furry Face offers the finest products available in every department with competitive pricing,” the website says. “When it comes to services, we drive for the exceptional in Grooming & Doggie Daycare. In all we do, your Furr-Kid is our top priority at all times.” Head over for gifts or a gift card for your pet or a friend’s pet.
Anything and Everything
If you just don’t know what to get someone, a gift shop can really help! Paisley Grove Gifts has lots of gems to pick from. They’ve got custom key holders, personalized picture frames, unique Christmas ornaments, and more. This is a locally based and veteran-owned business, so you can feel really good about shopping there!
Clothing and more
Head over to Nectar Clothing for some trendy finds! They’ve got stylish clothing and accessories, holiday decor, and home and lifestyle items. Check out their cozy outerwear here, and find the physical store on State Street in Redlands.
Opportunities to Share
They call this the season of giving, and it really is a great time to reflect on all we’ve been given and see how we can give back. That’s truly what makes this time of year so special! Even if you can only give a little, that will make a difference—to you and the recipients. To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in Redlands, check out these two local causes:
While holiday feasts are a cherished tradition, it’s important to remember that many around us are struggling with food insecurity, and even small donations can really help! Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is a private nonprofit agency that has been serving San Bernardino County since 1965. You can help by donating even a dollar!
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots gives “toys, books, and HOPE to less fortunate children” all over the country. In 2020, the 29 Palms CA program gave 23,333 toys to 6,909 children. To join the cause, you can donate new toys or money, and you could also volunteer to help with warehouse tasks or meal delivery. If a child you know could use a toy this year, you can also fill out a form to request toys.
Candles are a cozy addition to your holiday decor, but did you know that 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles? Please stay safe and be careful when lighting candles in your apartment, especially in your bedroom, where you may fall asleep and then leave the candle unattended. Consider using battery-powered candles, which create a similar ambiance without the added danger. If you do use real candles, be sure to keep an eye on them and blow them out when you are done!
And Christmas trees, of course, can create another natural fire hazard. If you’ve purchased a real tree this year, be sure to water it regularly 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.
Holidays are the perfect time to connect with family, friends, and neighbors. As you spend the next few weeks shopping, seeing shows, serving, and doing holiday activities in Redlands, we hope you enjoy sharing good times with a friend or family member.
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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