Holiday Festivities

City of Upland Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Monday, November 30th
8:00 p.m. - Virtual Event

Join the City of Upland as we bring in the holidays with our 6th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration!  Sip a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the festive holiday sounds of Life Bible, from the warmth and comforts of your own home, as the City tree comes alive with the glow of the upcoming season.  This special, pre-recorded presentation will be available for your viewing pleasure by visiting Spectrum Cable channel 3, Fios channel 26, and the City Of Upland's Facebook page.  

For additional information, please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.

The City Of Upland Christmas Adventure

The Historic Downtown Upland Christmas Parade has been cancelled this year, but thanks to the creativity and holiday spirit of the Cooper Regional History Museum, the fun will continue this holiday season with The City of Upland Christmas Adventure!   All are welcome to join this free and safe adventure.   Get together with family, hop in the car, and enjoy time spent together, creating memories to last a lifetime in this festive and fun holiday adventure!

How the Adventure works:  Download the Snaptown App that will take you to the Shop Upland portal, or text UPLAND to 63975.  Download the map onto your cellular phone, tablet, or print the map, to pinpoint the locations of each larger-than-life Christmas inflatable.  Follow the map in any order to visit each location from the safety of your own car.   Each location will be different.   At each location, there will be a posted sign telling what radio station to tune into for an enhanced  audio experience, to enjoy a holiday song, and/or an announcement providing each sponsor’s name and the special holiday message provided by each sponsor, reminding us to Shop Upland.  There may even be a coupon or an incentive to visit the sponsor’s business location.  Then, move onto the next location. The Inflatables will be spaced throughout the City of Upland to avoid congestion at each stop.

Kids, Santa is coming to the City of Upland! While enjoying our City of Upland Christmas Adventure on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., visit the Gibson Senior Center, located at 250 N. Third Avenue, Upland, to give Santa your holiday wish lists and letters! Santa does ask that everyone remain in their cars for this exciting drive-through experience. 

You may enjoy the event in one day or divide amongst two days.    The Adventure may be completed on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.  

The City of Upland Christmas Adventure is made possible by local sponsors at no charge to you!    Please be sure to remember these sponsors when it comes to your dining, banking, and shopping needs.

For additional information or to become a sponsor, please visit Holidays In Upland or contact The Cooper Regional History Museum at (909) 982-8010.

Virtual Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange

Tuesday, December 1st through Tuesday, December 15th
Submit your recipe and photo by email to

In the spirit of the holidays, welcome to Upland Recreation and Community Services Virtual Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange!  Is there a holiday cookie or cookie bar in your life that brings back the best of holiday memories?  If so, you’re not alone.  There’s something about the simple act of baking, the sweet smells moving through the kitchen, and the sharing with family and friends that brings up nostalgic memories for each of us. 

How does a Virtual Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange work?  It's easy!  share a recipe of the cookies you are baking this year by email.  Don't forget to include a photo.  Then, on Wednesday, December 16th, stop back by here to view the recipes and photos provided by your neighbors.  Perhaps you'll see something new that will become a new holiday favorite!

For additional information, please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.                      

Letter To Santa

When was the last time you told Santa your wishes?  Children and those young at heart, whether good or bad, can write to Santa Claus and receive a letter in return.  Santa Claus will be sure to send his greetings from the North Pole before the Big Day!  

When writing, be sure to include your name, home address, and $1 per letter.  All letters must be received no later than Thursday, December 10th.  Please mail all letters to the following address:

Upland Recreation and Community Services
c/o Santa Claus
460 N. Euclid Avenue
Upland, CA 91786

For additional information, please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.

2020 Home For The Holidays Home Decorating Contest

Upland Recreation and Community Services is sponsoring our annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest and invites all Upland residents to enter and get into the holiday spirit!   Homeowners may register or be nominated.  Judging will be based on curb appeal only for exterior decorations, including decorations that are visible outside. 

All entries must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14th Participants must agree to have their decorated residence exterior posted on the City website and inside the Upland Today News Magazine.  Winners will receive a “Home For The Holidays” theme inspired yard sign created by The Sawdust Factory’s holiday helpers.   Be creative!  Be festive!  Have Fun! 
This year’s decorating categories include: 
Most Whimsical – Light hearted and full of holiday fun!
Merry & Bright – Lights Extravaganza
Holiday Spirit – Most festive display, unique in design, and creative use of lights and decoration.
Musical WonderlandCoordinated use of music, lights, and décor.
Fan Favorite!  The fun isn’t over yet!  After the winners have been chosen for each category, visit the City of Upland Facebook page at City of Upland's Facebook page   to vote for your favorite from Thursday, December 17th through Monday, December 21st at 12:00 p.m.  Each “like” clicked for each entry counts as one vote.   The “Fan Favorite” will receive a special holiday prize. 

For additional information, please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.

Little Chefs For The Holidays With Ms. Cooper - Virtual

Wednesdays, December 9th & 16th
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
$20/2 SESSIONS  
5-9 years of age

Ms. Cooper's class offers "hands-on" recipes, basic food preparation skills, measuring and safety lessons in the kitchen and the opportunity to learn easy, fun, and tasty holiday themed treats that can be made at home. At the end of each class, the "Little Chefs" will enjoy their own tasty hand-made treats.  A small grocery list will be provided online at our course registration site.  All participants will need a personal computer to participate from home. The instructor will contact each participant prior to the start of class to provide log-in information.  Instructor:  Ms. Cooper.  

Registration will be available Sunday, November 1st.  To register, please visit Little Chefs Registration.  Please note:  This class has a maximum of 10 spaces available.  

For additional information, please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.

Take & Make Holiday Craft Kits With The Sawdust Factory

$10 Per Craft
Register through Sunday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m.  

Upland Recreation and Community Services is excited to announce our partnership with The Sawdust Factory this year to provide Holiday Take & Make Holiday Craft Kits for kids of all ages!  Each craft kit includes a wooden holiday cut-out created exclusively for Upland Recreation and Community Services participants, paint, paint brush, and link to an instruction video.  All that’s needed is your creativity to provide a personal touch from the comfort of your own home.    

Two cut-outs are available:  Christmas Bear and Reindeer.   Examples are provided by visiting our registration page at Take & Make Holiday Craft Kits.

Craft kits may be picked up on Wednesday, December 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Recreation Center located inside Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th Street, Upland.  

Pre-registration is required.   Registration will be available on Sunday, November 1st.  To register, please visit Take & Make Holiday Craft Kits.  

For additional information, please contact Upland Recreation and Community Services at (909) 931-4280.

Holiday Storytime With Mrs. Claus

Upland Public Library, Facebook Event
Available live at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22nd.  
Available on demand Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:30 p.m. through Wednesday, December 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Snuggle into your favorite chair with a warm cup of hot chocolate for story time with Mrs. Claus and the Upland Public Library to enjoy some favorite traditional holiday stories.  

For additional information, please contact the Upland Public Library at (909) 931-4216.


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Upland, CA 91786
(909) 931-4100

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