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Thoroughbred Lane Christmas Lights Extravaganza in Ontario, California

'Tis the Season to See the Christmas Lights in Ontario, California



Snowflakes aren’t usually the winter wonders that grace the Southern California Christmas season.  Here in Ontario, California we are graced with beautiful 80 degree weather that pops in and out between chilly winter nights. If you are ever caught wondering what to do with your kids during the Christmas season, it is just those chilly nights that will allow you and your little ones to celebrate the scarf wearing fun that comes with the season in Ontario, California.

The most sought out nightly event in our area would be one not too far from our holiday home at Ayres Hotel & Suites Ontario Convention Center. Just neighborhoods away from our Ontario, California hotel is the popular destination of “Thoroughbred Lane Light Extravaganza.” This brightly festive neighborhood has come together each year for the past two decades to decorate their homes in hopes of creating a nightly winter wonderland for all in the city of Ontario to enjoy.

Upon arriving in Thoroughbred Lane, you will encounter luminous decorations and familiar melodies coming from each house. Families looking for things to do for fun come from far and wide to witness the cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Perhaps you’ll enjoy Santa sharing a “Ho! Ho! Ho!” with you as you gaze at the carnival wheels of elves or the icicle laden trees next to the homemade wooden cutouts of your favorites cartoon characters in holiday outfits. If the excitement of all the lights makes you a bit chilly and hungry, vendors are sprinkled throughout this Ontario, California neighborhood carrying Christmas favorites such as tamales, hot cocoa (with or without marshmallows!) , candy canes, and cookies by the dozen.

This stroll through the endless Yuletide cheer is surely one to cherish with all your closest loved ones and an exciting night out if you are lounging in our hotel and wondering what to do with the kids. If a stroll is not quite your plan, then you’re welcome to cruise through this seasonal delight in the warmth of your own car. By wheel or by feet, this Ontario, California neighborhood marvel is one to tickle your nostalgia and dazzle the gaze of anyone hoping to relish in the delights of the Christmas season.

Marissa Garcia
Front Desk
Ayres Hotel & Suites Ontario Convention Center

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32 Responses to Thoroughbred Lane Christmas Lights Extravaganza in Ontario, California

  1. Josette Says:

    This sounds GREAT…thank you for sharing! My daughter is attending APU n Azusa and I will tell her about this! One of our favorites is to bring our New Mexico family traditions to life by making Christmas Tamales, biscochitos and yummy Posole while she is home during the holidays during her school break! We live in Northern California and always try and make it special for her while she is home and make plenty for her to take back to her classmates! She and her friends eat tamales for breakfast, lunch and dinner until they run out! We love staying at Ayres while visiting her and have made this our go-to place! The great breakfasts are an added bonus! Will share on FB and hope to win!! Thanks!!


    December 6, 2011
  2. Josette Says:

    Thank you for sharing this!! My daughter attends APU in Azusa and will hopefully get a chance to visit Thoroughbred Lane before she comes home for the holidays. One of our most treasured family moments is to bring our New Mexico family tradition to life by making tamales, biscochitos and posole during the Christmas break from school. We make plenty for her to take back to her classmates, where they will spend the next two weeks eating tamales for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! We love staying at Ayres while visiting her and the great breakfasts are an added bonus!! I will be sure to share this on FB and hope to be one of your winners! Thanks Ayres!


    December 6, 2011
  3. Rachel Ruhe Says:

    We like to drive around to look at christmas lights. In the bay area many people go all out!


    December 6, 2011
  4. Belinda Garcia Says:

    We love staying at the Ayres Ontario whenever we have business in the area, but would love to take some down time to enjoy the Christmas Season. Sometimes we all need a little down time just to relax from all the shopping, cooking tamales & christmas baking for our families & friends. A nightly stroll through Thoroughbred Lane sounds just like the thing to do for the Christmas Season.


    December 6, 2011
  5. Linda Beeson Says:

    That sounds gorgeous! Hard to find a snowy feel in Southern CA so maybe this will help!


    December 6, 2011
  6. Angie Gergiannakis Says:

    Living in Northern California we have the luxuries of beautiful snow drenched mountain tops, frozen ice skating lakes and whimisical neighboorhoods full of twinkling lights. For the past few years, my family and I have shared the magic of driving along old 1940 style homes with a dear friend of mine that I call my sister and best friend since the 3rd grade (a 30 year friendship!) She, along with her family and mine bundle up in the car and slowly drive the fabulous 40′s neighboorhoods of Sacramento. We sit with awe as our children share the memories of what Christmas is supposed to be about. Something as simple as lights make the feelings of holidays so vivid and memorable. Sacramento is a simple community but with just a few hours of driving and seeing the colorful light displays it puts warmth in your heart and a feeling of make believe magic. These are priceless moments that do not require a gift under the tree. With a cup of hot coffee, we sip, and enjoy the true meaning of what Christmas is all about and viewing it through a foggy clouded window with the shrieks of childrens laughter. I hope to continue this tradition for years to come and with our own grandchildren someday.


    December 6, 2011
  7. Rebekah Harris Says:

    That sounds like a lot of fun! We like to go to ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo. I get hot cocoa and my husband gets popcorn to munch as we walk around and look at all the lights. We especially love the lights in the trees that are timed/choreographed along with the music!


    December 6, 2011
  8. Monica Walker Says:

    My husband , son and I enjoy driving around a couple of places here in Fresno CA. I enjoy seeing how creative people can be! and my little one likes to point out all the snowmen ..LOL too cute! We spent most of our summer in Chino hills (husband working) we stayed at your Chino hills hotel, now I wish it would of been a winter trip I was unaware of Ontario CA might have to take a weekend drive to check that out!!!! Happy Holidays!!!


    December 6, 2011
  9. Sandra Reyes Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!! We always go to So Cal during the holidays to do some Christmas shopping. We will definitely make this part of our trip!!!


    December 6, 2011
  10. Sherry Says:

    When my children were young we always went to see “Christmas Tree Lane” in Pasadena–the trees are so large they touch in the middle of the street and they are all lit up so it is like passing thru a tunnel of lights!!! Now I look forward to taking my new granddaughter to see them! I would love to take her to Disneyland during the holiday season and stay at an Ayres too (my favorite hotel !) !!!


    December 6, 2011
  11. Denett Kizler Says:

    Our family loves to visit Tom’s Farms in South Corona at Christmas time. They have a train you can ride and a spectacular view of lights and sounds along the way! We started this tradition when our kids were smaller, but even now they enjoy it. We drive around to look at Christmas lights dressed all cozy and bring hot cocoa to drink. Then we end up there to go on the train. It’s chilly, but nothing warms the heart like the spirit of Christmas :)


    December 6, 2011
  12. Jerrie Foss Says:

    The Thoroughbred neighborhood is actually in Rancho Cucamonga, just north of Ontario.

    It is a beautiful and festive sight, to be sure. It’s become a holiday tradition for my family as we walk through the neighborhood with hot chocolate and our cameras at the ready.

    Just be sure to be prepared to walk and bring along your patience because the traffic getting there can be nasty – but totally worth it.


    December 6, 2011
  13. Catherine Carrillo Says:

    I live in Bakersfield, CA my families tradition for the past 9 years we met at my brothers & dads graveside set up a christmas tree & put there favoriate items under the tree, sing say our good byes & meet up at my house for a dinner that I prepare cause I love to cook & then it’s a fun night of board games & for the little one my husband gets up on the house & makes snow fall from the roof the look on ther face is priceless. Thanks Ayres for all your wonderful chances for everyone to try & win MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR


    December 6, 2011
  14. ayreshotels Says:

    Thank you so much for clarifying! And for the comment!


    December 6, 2011
  15. ayreshotels Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Absolutely beautiful! Wish you a wonderful holiday season. :)


    December 6, 2011
  16. Julie Bocock Says:

    We have visited Thoroughbred Lane several times and love it! We also love the hometown Christmas parade every year in our city of Glendora-it’s this Saturday and we’re looking forward to it! Your blog’s lookin’ good!


    December 6, 2011
  17. Julia Kasten Says:

    This sounds cute! We have something close to this as well. At Longview Park in Missouri they set up this enormous display of lights. They blink, flash, show hundreds of adorable little scenes, and it’s set up so you can drive through with your car and view all of them. It’s so much fun to go to because you get to sit in the warmth and comfort of your car and very slowly cruise through the park with the radio blasting Christmas music. Last year my best friend and I went together and sang along to the radio the entire time. It’s so cheerful and happy, we make sure to go every year!


    December 6, 2011
  18. Rosemary Says:

    One of my favorite things to do is to attend the Kansas City Symphony Christmas concert. It’s always a wonderful performance, complete with a sing-along and a visit from Santa. I usually attend with any family members that want to go, and we always have a blast.


    December 6, 2011
  19. Crystal Rios Says:

    One of our favorite things to do here in Granada Hills, Ca is to attend the Granada Hills Christmas parade. It is a wonderful collaboration of bands, dancers and local groups such as girl scouts and little leagues. There are always familiar faces in the parade and Santa and Mrs. Claus ride in on a fire engine! It is a great way to bring in the holidays that our children love.


    December 7, 2011
  20. Sandy Says:

    I had no idea about this and look forward to a new tradition of taking my kids! Back in my home town, there’s a cul de sac street near to my parents, only about a dozen houses, but I always take the kids there because it is quite spectacular. This will be a nice local tradition near to our home.


    December 7, 2011
  21. Kristyn Says:

    It’s been a rough time for my family this year, (with my parents recent divorce, finances issues, etc). I promised I would take them on a trip but right now, for me, work is slow, so I may not be able to afford a trip. Winning this trip would mean so very much for me and my family. Thank you :)


    December 7, 2011
  22. Ami M Says:

    My husband works for a large building in Phoenix and every Thanksgiving we trek downtown to turn on the Christmas lights on the building. It has become a fun tradition for us to do as a small family of two!


    December 7, 2011
  23. Jeanette Magana Says:

    We go to thoroughbred lane every year. It is really nice there. But on christmas day we go all out with tamales champurrado ponche etc. Disneyland would sure add a little more excitement to Christmas day. Being that i am unemployed right noe….that is outta the question. Thanks for all ur giveaways ayres!


    December 8, 2011
  24. Michele Morrison Says:

    Out in one of the valleys in our area on Christmas Eve has luminaries where they put candles in paper lunchbags filled with sand and line the sides of the road. This is a country road and for at least 10 miles the sides of the road are lit by the candle light. Everyone drives with their parking lights and it is truly magical. The residents also decorate their homes. It is a wonderful family tradition.


    December 8, 2011
  25. Juliana Flores Says:

    My favorite holiday tradition in my town is Candy Cane lane in Torrance, Ca. The whole community gets together and every single house is decorated. Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and snacks are sold by all the neighbors and it’s a great place to take the family! I can’t wait to take my niece this year now that’s she’s two because when I took her last year she was a baby and slept the whole time! I know she’ll love it this year! (for the disneyland tickets contest)


    December 8, 2011
  26. Augie Reyes Says:

    Wow! What a wonderful story! My family and absolutely love love love hr Ontario area as well as Ayers Hotels! The entire area, such a delight! Ayers is by far our favorite place to stay! Can’t wait for this weekend! I’m gonna book our reservation right now! Thanks again! Augie


    December 8, 2011
  27. Augie Reyes Says:

    Wow! What a wonderful story! My family and absolutely love love love hr Ontario area as well as Ayers Hotels! The entire area, such a delight! Ayers is by far our favorite place to stay! Can\\\’t wait for this weekend! I\\\’m gonna book our reservation right now! Thanks again! Augie


    December 8, 2011
  28. Courtney Larko Says:

    We lived in Indianapolis for two years, before moving back to New Mexico. Some of my favorite holiday memories with my family will forever be in downtown Indianapolis. Walking around Monument Circle with the snow falling down, and the lights of the big city. This year we will be in California for a vist and looking forward to making new memories. Since our daughter was old enough to do gifts we have always done them Christmas Evening. We have tried to teach her the true meaning of Christmas, and that the gifts are just an added bonus.


    December 8, 2011
  29. Lauren Peterson Says:

    Each Christmas season my family and I take the train into Philadelphia and go to Macy’s, where we walk through a display of Dicken’s Christmas Carol. It’s almost like being in a wax museum as we experience the lessons that change Scrooge that Christmas Eve.


    December 8, 2011
  30. Jennifer Ammari Says:

    My favorite activity for Christmas is visiting Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose. Its beautiful and the kids love it! Many groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, different local schools etc, decorate the Christmas trees and serve up hot cocoa and snacks while we walk around and see the sights and sounds. It is sooo much fun!


    December 9, 2011
  31. Kim Glen Says:

    It’s unbelievable what one neighborhood can do! It’s like you’ve been transplanted to the North Pole. You can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit.


    December 12, 2011
  32. Rich Cook Says:

    We love to head down the coast and soak up lingering December sun and uniquely California Christmas spirit that is far removed from our home in chilly Colorado. Ayre’s Inn is a perfect basecamp and we love the local treatment. A bike ride or run along the beach is a bonus anytime of year, but during the winter solstice…a perfect way to usher in the longer days to come. Bundle the kids for the Santa Ana winds and let them frolic in a “pirates cove” or “stately castle”. No better way to pass the day.


    December 17, 2011

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