Santa Visits the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel!

It was merry and bright at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel last weekend! Families gathered for a fun day of holiday movies, pictures with Santa and donated toys to be shared with less fortunate children in the community.

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The holiday cheer continues this Friday when we cater for the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona holiday party. We can’t wait!

Holiday Fun in the Inland Empire

As winter break nears, the holiday spirit seems to infect everyone. There are plenty of festive events happening as we close out 2012. Here are some of our top choices for the Inland Empire area:

1. Holiday Cookie Decorating Party at Fairplex

christmascookies1 230x300 Holiday Fun in the Inland Empire Join us at the Flower & Garden Pavilion this Thursday (Dec. 13) for an afternoon of cookies, frosting, sprinkles, hot chocolate, arts & crafts, games and fun!

Whether you decide to save your cookies for dessert with the family or to demolish them on the spot (by way of teeth and tummy), it is up to you.

Unleash the creative side of your brain and decorate a cookie and spend some time with the IE community over a cup of hot chocolate!


2. Mission Inn Festival of Lights

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For the past 20 years, the owners of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa have opened their holiday-eager arms to the community by way of lighting up their resort with over 3.6 million Christmas lights, opening an outdoor ice skating rink (available until Dec. 20), setting up a fully ornamented Christmas tree, bringing Santa Claus to the kids and unleashing the talents of Dickensian carolers.

3. Christmas In The Colonies
Those who grew up in Southern California might remember field trips to Riley’s Farm during the fall and spring months to learn all about log building, square dancing, apple picking and essentially being  transported into a world devoid of television, electricity and the comforts of modern day living. During the holiday season Riley’s Farm transforms into colonial Virginia with Christmas in the Colonies complete with a Christmas feast, carols and “old-school” dancing.

4. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. The Inland Empire is just minutes away from the snowy mountains! If you are so inclined, take the family up for a time of sledding, snowball fights, snowman building and for those who have  the skill, ski and snowboard before the short season comes to an end.

The past month has been full of Christmas and holiday celebrations, parades and festivals. If there are any you would like to give a shout-out to, just leave a comment below and we’ll add it to this post!

Tis’ the season (Part Two!)

IMG 5025 Tis the season (Part Two!) A couple weeks ago we showed you some of our Christmas and holiday preparations. As December gets closer and closer Fairplex gets merrier and merrier. We may not have that fresh powdered snow (we are in Southern California, after all) but that doesn’t stop us from decking the expo halls from head to toe. A Charlie Brown Christmas tree affair we are not.

Check out what’s new in Building 8!

IMG 5020 Tis the season (Part Two!) Does this old-fashioned Ford look familiar? You might have seen him and his brothers hanging out in the GENIUS exhibit during the Fair.

IMG 5022 Tis the season (Part Two!) Christmas presents rest on the car’s front seats. Are they for decoration or are there some real goodies inside?

IMG 5009 Tis the season (Part Two!) Those who visited the GENIUS exhibit during Fairtime will remember that it was Benjamin Franklin who helped develop the United States Postal Service. As the heat of summer is long gone, the exhibit has transformed into a bit of a Winter Wonderland.

IMG 5018 Tis the season (Part Two!) Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without at least one Santa Clauses gracing the Fairplex grounds. We plan to count exactly how many are bringing the holiday spirit to all the buildings. (We’ve counted at least 4 so far!)

IMG 5028 Tis the season (Part Two!) Lining the walls of the building are Christmas trees, toys, books, snowmen, reindeer and lots of snow. Lights are being strung up and the last of the Christmas boxes are lined up, ready to be unpacked. Check in next week to see the final product!


Tis’ the season!

IMG 4913 300x200 Tis the season!It seems that as soon as the skeletons get put back in the closet, the holiday season explodes in the malls, Disneyland, Walmart and yes… here at Fairplex as well.

Preparations are well under way to welcome in Santa, “snow” and holiday parties both at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center as well as on grounds. What was once a massive playground of rides, games and food is being transformed into a winter wonderland. Every year the creative team outdoes themselves in decorating our spacious exhibit halls and the hotel into festive, wintery venues of holiday cheer. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what we have going:

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Bins of holiday decor await their fate

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Bins of holiday decor await their fate

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Which tree will these ornaments go on?

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Frosty the Snowman -- minus the face, hat, scarf and arms... and buttons

IMG 49557 300x200 Tis the season!I can’t wait to take a full tour of the grounds and show you exactly what is going on behind all the closed doors. Just walking through the Tapestry building, with the creative team bustling with their preparations, a Michael Buble Christmas tune in the air and dozens upon dozen of decorations filling every nook and cranny, it’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit.

Looking forward to what Fairplex will look like in December!