One of our family's Christmas tradition is the driving around the neighborhood with hot cocoa in tow, and looking at the beautiful Christmas light show. My husband and I started this tradition even when the girls are too little to understand and appreciate. As they grow up, it was such a joy to hear their "ooh's and ahhh's."
We love all the festivities and activities leading up to Christmas. We love visiting local shops on the hunt for a rare and beautiful ornament. One of my memorable ornament hunting experience was when we went up to Forest Falls, CA. They have a small gift shop up there that is full of beautiful Christmas displays and ornaments. Our youngest was just a year and a half then, she is now 6 years old, and I still look back and smile at that memorable little shop we visited.
I was so excited that I am able to review and visit the Magic Lights of Fontana. I heard about it first through a friend, and I thought that the following year, we should try it!
It took us about 30 minutes to get to Fontana, CA coming from the Redlands area. It was our first time at the Auto Club Speedway so we really didn't know which gate to enter. Sure enough, we entered at the wrong gate! Husband and I are really impressed by their patience and friendliness. Evidently, we are not the only ones who got confused with the gate (as we entered at the first gate that we saw). They patiently and kindly showed u where the entrance is.
I was impressed by their customer service. Christmas can get overwhelming as well for some. In fact, I always discuss the "grinches" that are out on Christmas. People are busy shopping, at times people can be rude and undisciplined (just visit the toy aisle at Target or Ross). Customer service can be lacking because well...they get tired and irritated too! But at the Magic of Lights in Fontana, the staff are courteous and graceful.
When we finally got in, we got more impressed by their Christmas spirit and friendliness. Not a single grumpy staff. They gave us instructions and necklaces that light-up! We slowly cruised and as soon as I heard the kids say their "ooh's and aah's"...I knew this trip was totally worth it!
Did I mention that our girls got sick on the day we first scheduled our visit? That was a bummer but I'm glad we made it before Christmas. While they were not feeling a hundred percent yet, I can tell that our visit lifted their spirits up.
My photos do not do the place justice. It is beautiful at the Magic of Lights! It will literally bring you holiday cheer. We love that it is themed too, our kids enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas area and I love the nativity area.
We sang the 12 days of Christmas in the car while the girls were pointing at each day's gift. Speaking of singing, you will be asked to tune in to a specific radio station while cruising and I absolutely loved it. The girls also enjoyed an area that they called "Candyland". I don't remember what is it called, I just remember them squealing because we were on "Candyland".
Now let's talk about the Jolly Holiday Village. Along the route, you can make a stop to grab snacks, hot cocoa, decorate Snowman, watch holiday movies, and take a picture with Santa!
I call it "refueling station". We grabbed nachos and churros for a night snack (they have burritos and tacos...youre welcome!). The kids were able to get out of the car and play a little bit. We also watched Frosty the Snowman for a while. The picture below is by far, the most awesome (and all of us agreed) scene of all. It is like a tunnel of lights. Like a tunnel because you drive through under those gorgeous lights. Again, my photos do not do the attraction any justice! It was such a fun experience for us! I am so glad we went. And guess what? It will be a part of our Christmas tradition.
About the Magic of Lights
The magic of Lights runs November to December 31.
The family-friendly drive-through experience produced by Fun Guys Events returns to Auto Club Speedway to celebrate the grandest holiday of the year. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path in the O'Reilly Auto Part's Fan Zone - the Inland Empire's latest favorite holiday tradition. The magic of Lights features festive scenes of sparkling displays depicting the favorite characters of the season. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations. Bring the kids and enjoy multiple holiday themes come to life with hundreds of dazzling lights. Added for 2018 - more lights and displays than ever!
Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.