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Fun Family Activities to Celebrate the Holidays

December 13, 2017

Everyone at Riverside Medical Clinic wishes you and your family the happiest and healthiest of holidays! Yes, you expect your doctor to tell you to be healthy – even when this time of the year is known as a season of over-indulging. But if you were saving the healthy part for your New Year’s resolutions, consider these fun ways to add an active element to your holiday vacation time. Who knows? They may even become a part of your family’s most beloved traditions.

Here are a few of our can’t-miss events and activities:

Take a Stroll Through the Holiday Lights

  • Did you know that we have the best holiday light show right in our backyard? And it’s free! USA Today readers voted The Festival of Lights at Riverside’s Mission Inn as the best holiday festival and the best light show in the country. With five million lights and 200 animated characters, it’s easy to see why! This year, the Mission Inn is celebrating its 25th anniversary. And, Riverside’s first Rose Parade float in almost 60 years will feature the Mission Inn and its contribution to the community. Take a stroll and enjoy the dazzling displays before they end on Jan. 6. For everything you need to know, go to https://www.riversideca.gov/fol/

Enjoy a Bit of Culture

    • Everyone is invited to the 13th annual Chanukah Festival at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse on the 7th night of Chanukah, Monday, Dec. 18. It will feature the Grand Menorah lighting, music, food and more family activities. For more information, see www.jewishriverside.com.


    • Ontario celebrates Christmas on Euclid all month long. This free event features a dozen nativity scenes depicting the life of Jesus, a menorah parade on Dec. 14, carriage rides, music and a bunch of family activities. See christmasoneuclid.com.


    • The Riverside Philharmonic’s holiday concert will feature all of your favorite songs of the season. Check out riversidephilharmonic.org.


    • Another Riverside holiday tradition, The Nutcracker will features students of Riverside Ballet Arts as well as Boston Ballet soloists Roddy Doble and Dalay Parrondo. There are only four performances on Dec. 16-17 at Landis Performing Arts Center. Get details at brava-arts.org/riverside-nutcracker.


    • Because you can’t have too much Nutcracker, the Inland Pacific Ballet will showcase more than 80 dancers, a growing Christmas tree, snowfall, a real sleigh and a 40-foot dragon in its performance. It will take place in Riverside at the Fox Performing Arts Center, in Claremont at Bridges Auditorium and in Rancho Cucamonga. Go to ipballet.org to see all of the dates and times.


  • The community calendar on the city of Riverside’s website is chock-full of activities you can enjoy together as family – from storytime to coloring to games. Check it out at www.riversideca.gov/calendar.

See Santa Outside of the Mall

    • Just for fun, take the train to Santa’s Workshop in Perris at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Visit Santa Claus, sing songs and listen to stories. See their website at www.oerm.org for details.


    • See reindeer and more than a million lights at the Palm Desert Zoo’s holiday event, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Living Desert website has details at livingdesert.org.


    • Tom’s Farms in Corona celebrates with nightly train rides through more than a million lights around the property. Santa also visits from Dec. 16-23. For information, call 951-277-4422 or visit tomsfarms.com.


    • Christmas on the Ranch is “dedicated to fun, outdoor play and recreation for our community.” Located at Galway Downs just outside of Temecula, this fun winter festival features a large outdoor ice skating rink, holiday hay rides and photos with Santa. Open through Jan. 7. Activities can vary due to weather so call 951-401-0901 or go to https://www.christmasontheranch.com/.


  • SkyPark at Santa’s Village in Skyforest reopened last year and has been getting rave reviews. It’s a North Pole-themed outdoor adventure park and Christmas village in one, complete with bike trails, a climbing tower, kids’ play area, ice skating rink and ziplines. Tickets can get pricey for a family so try Groupon and other online coupon sites to see if you can score a discount. skyparksantasvillage.com.

Try a Fun Outdoor Sport to Burn off Those Extra Holiday Treats

    • Join Santa in a fun run. The Moreno Valley Road Racers Club (MVRRC) is hosting its 4th annual Christmas Jingle Bell 5K fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 23 at Lake Perris. It’s open to kids and adults.


  • Enjoy a taste of winter sports before the Olympics. There’s a state-of-the-art ice skating rink in front of the Temecula Civic Center, which stays open until Jan. 8. They even have their own radio station playing the best music to glide by. And on New Year’s Eve you can watch the Grape Drop twice with the more family-friendly East Coast time at 9pm and again for the West Coast at midnight. Check for updates on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/temeculaonice.

Whatever you do this holiday season, have fun. Your friends at RMC look forward to seeing you in 2018!

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