Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Events

By City of Chino  santaclaus2

Chino – Chino Mayor Yates will “flip the switch,” one final time at the annual tree lighting ceremony on the City Hall lawn on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Prior to the tree lighting ceremony, a reception will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the City Hall Lobby for outgoing Mayor Dennis Yates.  The community is invited to attend and extend their well wishes as the Mayor embarks on retirement.

At 6 p.m. the annual Tree Lighting ceremony will begin.  Kicking off the tree lighting is Chino Community Chorus, a crowd favorite, who will be singing holiday classics.  Santa, will also make a special guest appearance and will be available for pictures.   Light holiday refreshments will be served.   The tree lighting ceremony marks the beginning of the holiday season in Chino.

In December, Santa’s Sleigh begins making its way through the city. Santa’s Sleigh is a program of the Chino Police Officer’s Association and gives youth the opportunity to experience the magic of Christmas.  This program gives families the opportunity to take pictures with Santa, interact with police officers, and visit with Santa’s Sleigh riders. This is truly a memorable experience for Chino youth. The sleigh will travel through neighborhoods during the month of December. Dates, neighborhoods and times of the Santa Sleigh Program are yet to be published.

On December 10, the beloved Chino Youth Christmas Parade and Fair will take place. The Parade will step off from Yorba Avenue and Riverside Drive at 9 a.m. and continue east on Riverside Drive before heading south on Central Avenue, ending near City Hall.  The parade features classic cars, horse drawn carriages, school bands and local youth organizations.

The Fair, free to the public, is located at the Civic Center and will start at the conclusion of the Parade.  This fair features craft and food vendors, carnival rides and entertainment. At noon, the Mayor will announce the Christmas parade float winners.

Event Dates:

12/6       5:45 p.m.             Farewell Reception for Mayor Dennis Yates

12-6       6:00 p.m.             Tree Lighting Ceremony

12/12     9:00 a.m.              Christmas Youth Parade and Holiday Fair