Stay active this Thanksgiving with Big Bear’s first annual Turkey Trot. Runners are given the option to run a 3, 6 or 9-mile course, where they may be the lucky winner of a delicious turkey dinner at the finish line. First place gets a bird to take home for a family feast; other prizes can be won in the costume or pie-eating contest’s post race.
9am. Meadow Park, 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, (800) 424-4232; www.bigbearturkeytrot.com.
Put on your Christmas hat and don’t look away as the switch is flipped and millions (yes, millions) of tiny lights illuminate the night. As memorable as seeing the sunrise over the horizon, The Mission Inn Festival of Lights is an annual tradition, becoming bigger and better each year. After saving the Mission Inn from total annihilation in 1992, owners Duane and Kelly Roberts decided to gift the community with this winter celebration creating a wonderland of lights, puppetry and music. Santa Claus will make an appearance, as well as horse drawn carriage and the 12’x8’ manmade mistletoe guaranteed to get you a Christmas kiss. Other treats include freshly fallen snow, an extravagant Christmas tree in the hotel lobby and delicious holiday treats available at the legendary Casey’s Cupcakes located at the Inn. After visiting the festival of lights, holiday cheer continues outside of hotel grounds with ice-skating, holiday themed vendors and family friendly live entertainment, all of which can been found throughout all of downtown Riverside. The “Switch-on Ceremony,” where the lights are turned on for the very first time, followed by and extravagant firework show! What better way to celebrate the holidays than enjoying this community wide celebration bringing joy and Christmas cheer to all. (Victoria Banegas)
Thru Jan. 4. Mission Inn Hotel, 3649 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, (800) 678-8946; www.missioninn.com.
As if surviving a suicide bombing that killed 19 people in a Tel Aviv restaurant is not traumatic enough, an Arab surgeon finds out his wife has been holding a dark secret from him. This disturbing film directed by Ziad Doueirim is about love, tragedy and loss. It will take you on a journey, causing you to question every last thing you thought you knew about love and human nature.
3pm & 7pm. Culver Center, UCR ARTSBlock, 3824 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu.
Giving multi-tasking a new meaning, the wait staff at Center Stage not only serves your delectable meal for this holiday celebration, they become your entertainment as they jump on stage to sing and dance to some of your favorite Christmas classics. Enjoy a unique dinning experience accompanied by a fun and flavorful holiday revue for you and all your family.
2pm. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 429-7469; www.centerstagefontana.com.
American Pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations in this concert-plus-commentary style performance followed by an insightful Q&A. Siegel will discuss and perform legendary piano classics by artists such as Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. As a world-renowned artist, Siegel is claimed to be “an artist who means every note he plays,” presenting audiences with a flawless arrangement of sets making this performance memorable.
7pm. $20-$35. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
As a non-discriminate comedy organization who focuses primarily on finding acts who cause copious amounts of “explosive laughter,” Dynamite Comedy presents comedian Quinn Dahle. Working with the likes of Robin Williams and Dane Cook, Dahle is one of comedy’s best up-and-coming comedians. Poking fun at most everything, Dahle is spontaneous with impeccable comedic timing and improv skills guaranteed to make you laugh.
8pm . $10. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mils Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.ontario.improv.com.
Performing top-40 country hits at various venues throughout Southern California, Gold Rush Country is always sure to get everyone dancing through the night. With both a male and female vocalist, this ensemble has a wide range of songs to choose from. With high energy and soul, Gold Rush Country is no doubt a great choice for a western inspired night at Toby’s.
9pm. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, 12635 N. Main St., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 922-8032; www.facebook.com/tobykeithsbarranchoca.