The most popular pairing of song and dance is coming to Fontana! Tibbie’s Center Stage Theatre will present another season of Holiday Follies—a production that has been enjoyed by over 250,000 people over the last two decades. Enjoy a gourmet meal as your waitresses and waiters transform into performers. Singing and dancing all of your favorite holiday classics, if this performance doesn’t make you want to tip your server double, nothing will.
7pm. $18-$59.95. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 429-7469; www.centerstagefontana.com.
Stephen H. Willard’s impressive 50-year career yielded some of the most breathtaking images of the west coast that exist. As a successful landscape photographer who lived from 1894 to 1966, Willard was famous for mastering the art of transporting the viewer into the valleys, deserts, mountains and canyons of California, New Mexico and Arizona. Whether or not you’ve witnessed these magnificent scenes in person, Willard’s photographs will leave you feeling like you’ve been there before.
10am-5pm. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 322-4800; www.psmuseum.org.
Join along the jolly old guy in red, as he and Mrs. Claus invite you on their magical train ride that has become a Christmas tradition for young and old. Elves will be singing Christmas carols, and there will be an array of games and activities for everyone. Ride the trolleys around, and explore the museum. This visit with Santa goes beyond any dull mall interaction you’ve had with him in the past.
10am-3:30 pm. Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris, (909) 499-3429; www.oerm.org.
Not everyone can make fun of themselves, but this young brave comedian uses the trials he’s faced in life to bring fun and laughter to audiences across the country. Using his life experiences dealing with Tourette Syndrome, you’ll never forget Samuel J. Comroe’s stand-up comedy. He’s fun, he’s energetic—and he’s making a name for himself on stage in Claremont.
7pm. $20. Flappers Comedy Club, 532 W. 1st St., Claremont, (818) 845-9721; flapperscomedy.com.
Close to one million bright and twinkling lights are illuminating The Living Desert. Back by popular demand, the Tunnel of Lights is one of the most popular sights to see, besides the animals of course. This zoo is completely transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa Claus, new light displays, Wildlife Wonders shows, camel and carousel rides, refreshments and more.
6pm. The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, (760) 346-5694; www.livingdesert.org.
It’s hard to avoid festivities that celebrate Christmas considering the time of year. Be sure to spread that holiday cheer the classiest way possible on Christmas Eve—sipping on fine wines, nibbling on an assortment of fancy cheeses, all while pianist Amy Rowe uses her holiday magic to ensure Christmas tunes dance off the piano keys. ‘Tis the season to be classy.
6pm. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont, (909) 625-4808; www.thepressrestaurant.com.
Disney is bringing its magic to the Inland Empire with the Rockin’ Ever After show at the Citizen Business Bank Arena in Ontario. This awe-inspiring production is featuring your favorite scenes from Academy Award Winning Disney features like Brave, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast—all in one musically enchanting showcase brought to life. For the first time ever, making her icy debut is Merida from Brave. You can rock along with Merida to the Scottish tunes as a group of royal contenders compete to win over her heart. Sebastian and Ariel will be making waves as they do best—performing our favorite tunes from the motion picture. You won’t want to miss as Rapunzel and Flynn unleash pure “musical mayhem” on the ice floor. You can be sure to be up and moving when the Beast puts on an impressive skate show for his beloved Belle at his enchanted castle. With this special show opening on Christmas day, all tickets will be $15 for select seating this day only. You have seen all the movies in theaters and enjoyed them time and time again on DVD—now catch your favorite Disney moments live. Disney has a way of creating excitement and fun for the whole family, so bring the kids to rock out to the Disney magic on ice! (Dulce Balandran)
6pm. $15-$80. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Pwky., (909) 244-5500; www.disneyonice.com.