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The holidays are here and while most will be around the dinner table with families and friends discussing life and reminiscing about the good old days, we thought it might be good to know what is available to do around the community during the holiday season. Here's a list of events that are local for the holidays:


Join Santa as he lights up the Town of Apple Valley’s Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. The community is invited to attend between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., taking part in the holiday cheer, live entertainment, giveaways, and photos with Santa.

Prior to the tree lighting, Apple Valley Civic Center Park will host its annual Santa Fun Run at 5 p.m. Registration is $15, and includes a race bib, Santa hat and hot cocoa. Deadline to register is Monday, Dec. 6, and check in begins at 4 p.m.


The City of Barstow will host a special Harvey House Christmas from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The event will include live music, holiday vendors, children’s activities and a special visit from Santa and his Elves. For more information, call (760) 256-5617.


The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Civic Plaza Park!  This is a free event, but toy donations are appreciated. Please visit for more information.


The City of Needles will celebrate its annual Holiday Fun Fair and Lighted Parade beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. For more information, or to enter the parade, call Melody Jones at 760-885-6395 or Tena McGee at 760-985-4050.


The community of Phelan has several holiday events on tap, beginning with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Phelan Community Park, located at 4176 Warbler Road. More holiday fun follows with a holiday painting class (ages 7-12) on Dec. 11, and a holiday baking class on Dec. 18. RSVP for classes at 760-868-1212.  

Serrano High School’s Choir Department is hosting a Christmas Dinner Show from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. The event will feature an evening of holiday cheer, festive food, and Christmas songs. Serrano High School is located at 9292 Sheep Creek Rd., Phelan. Call (760) 868-3222 for more information.


City of Victorville’s Christmas Parade, titled “Honoring Santa's Healthcare Heroes,” will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. 

Later that evening, the Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting will take place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at City Hall. The event will include horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas caroling, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, visit or call (760) 245-5551.

Children are invited to drop off their letters to Santa at The North Pole mailbox inside Hook Community Center. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a response from Jolly Saint Nick. Letters must be received by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m.


Save the date for this Friday, Nov. 26, as the village of Wrightwood hosts its Mountain Holiday Celebration. The event begins at 10 a.m. Friday, and runs through Saturday night, wrapping up with its 20th annual Parade of Lights. Activities will include visits with Santa, Christmas Caroling, a Living Nativity, cookie decorating and free wagon rides. View the complete schedule of events.

Wrightwood is also hosting a Holiday Pop Up Boutique from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Grand Pine Cabins. This event will feature gourmet goodies, artisan shopping, and much more. For more information, call (760) 249-9974.


Calico Ghost Town will celebrate the season with its Holiday Festival on Saturday, Nov. 27. Enjoy visits with Santa, Christmas caroling and the annual tree lighting in a real Old West mining town. Enjoy live music from The High D Boys on Main Street Stage, and listen to a reading from “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”  The Calico Christmas tree will have its tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. After the tree lighting, Lil’s Saloon will be providing complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Calico Ghost Town is located off I-15 at Ghost Town Road in Yermo. Visit for more information.