The Christmas on Euclid Experience, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been a tradition for thousands of visitors and the local community. Families are delighted each year with the start of the Christmas on Euclid Experience in Ontario, California. Historic Euclid Avenue is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland with block upon block of beautiful lights.
Thanksgiving Day – New Year’s Day VISIT THE HISTORIC NATIVITY SCENES
Since 1958 the Historic Nativity Scenes are displayed on the median of Euclid Avenue between “C” Street and “F” Street. The twelve scenes depict the life of Jesus. A self-guided tour script is available on our website: https://gocvb.org/discover/events/christmas-on-euclid/nativity-scenes
December 3 – HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
The second annual Holiday Lite Parade will start at 6:30pm on Euclid Avenue starting at 4th Street and concluding at Ontario Town Square. With the arrival of Santa as the very last float of the parade, the community will gather to lite the Christmas Tree at Ontario Town Square and officially start the holiday season. For more information on the Holiday Light Parade visit: https://www.ontarioca.gov/HolidayLightParade
December 10 – CHRISTMAS ON EUCLID CRAFT FAIR AND FAMILY FUN
The annual craft fair and festival takes place from 10:30am to 5:00pm at Ontario Town Square located on historic Euclid Avenue. Families are invited to enjoy the holiday market, craft fair, snow play and ice skating, live performances, and a visit with Santa of course! Thousands of people descend on Euclid Avenue to shop, and enjoy food, holiday music, carnival rides, and reindeer games! Throughout the day several live performances will entertain the crowd at Ontario Town Square including local high school bands and dancers plus holiday music.
December 17 – THE 5K REINDEER RUN RETURNS!
The 5K Reindeer Run will begin and end in downtown Ontario starting at 7:00am! The 5K Reindeer Run is perfect for experienced superheroes, heroes-in-training, or real-life heroes who don’t wear capes. Participants can run or walk, or families and friends may participate together. The family-friendly Rudolph’s Dash Fun Run will begin at the Start/Finish line of the 5K Reindeer Run. Kids can run or walk this shorter course, or families may participate together.
Sign up at https://www.ontarioca.gov/5kReindeerRun to participate. All proceeds from the race will be donated to their program and the City’s Empowerment Scholarship, which gives Ontario community members from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to participate in recreation activities, classes, and programs that will enrich their lives. The City is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for all our community members to thrive.
December 17 – COMMUNITY SING-A-LONG
The annual community Sing-A-Long brings together hundreds of people to lift their voices in traditional holiday songs. From 6:00pm to 9:00 pm the community is invited to the Euclid Avenue median at the R. Jack Mercer Bandstand, located near “C” Street. Surrounded by the festive holiday décor, local community groups sing on stage and the audience joins in. Refreshments will be served. This event is outside so warm clothing is recommended along with a good pair of walking shoes as many people will enjoy a stroll on Euclid Avenue to see the twelve History Nativity Scenes.
December 22 – MENORAH PROCESSION
Everyone is welcome to join the Jewish community for a Menorah Procession starting at Ontario Town Square. Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration, Jews celebrate the holiday by lighting an eight-branch candelabrum, commonly called a menorah. “Chanukah is a joyous time and the Menorah is a universal symbol of freedom,” said Rabbi Shalom Harlig, Director and Rabbi of the Chabad of the inland Empire. “The goal of this procession is to increase the awareness that light overcomes darkness and good triumphs over evil.”
DOWNTOWN ONTARIO FESTIVE LIGHTS
Enjoy the twinkling exhibition of festive lights and decorations on Euclid Avenue throughout the holiday season! We look forward to welcoming visitors to our region to enjoy all of the Christmas on Euclid activities. For more information on all the events listed above please visit Christmas On Euclid website at www.GOcvb.org Please consider a donation for the preservation and restoration of the Historic Nativity Scenes. Checks made out to Christmas on Euclid can be mailed to 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario CA 91764.