Celebrate the Holidays with Programs in Monrovia

Monrovia is reimagining ways to celebrate the holidays in a pandemic. | Photo courtesy of Old Town Monrovia on Facebook

Monrovia is reimagining traditional holiday programs, bringing the Winter Wonderland Family Adventure at Home, an opportunity to see Santa’s Workshop and an expanded Santa Tours Holiday Parade to the community.

Registrations are required for most programs and fees may apply. Sign up for programs by visiting cityofmonrovia.org.

Santa’s Workshop Family Photos

Take a sneak peek into Santa’s Workshop while he is out preparing for the big day. Enjoy the festive and free family photos in holiday themed rooms.

Registration is limited and required. To visit Santa’s Workshop, families will be able to sign up for a 15 minute time slot between the hours of 4–7 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 18. This program is free for Monrovia families and $15 for non-Monrovia families.

To ensure the health and safety of the community and COVID-19 guidelines are met, families participating in this program must keep 6 feet physical distance from other families and face masks are required.

Winter Wonderland Family Adventure at Home

The City of Monrovia is excited to present Winter Wonderland Family Adventure at Home. During this six-week family adventure, participants will have the opportunity to explore and celebrate different winter holiday traditions through crafts, activities and family challenges. The program begins on Dec. 5 and runs through Jan. 23. Registration is limited and required. This program is free for Monrovia families and $15 for non-Monrovia families.

Old Town Carriage Rides

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available in Old Town Monrovia on Sunday evenings in December. The horse-drawn carriage rides are $5 per person or free, for every $20 spent in Old Town Monrovia on that day. To ensure everyone’s health and wellness, the carriage rides will be offered for one family at a time. The horse-drawn carriage rides will be available on Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and are first-come, first-serve. Those interested in a carriage ride can register at Monrovia Library Park the day-of.

2020 Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays by decorating your home. Monrovia residents are invited to enter the Holiday Home Decorating Contest. This contest is free and open to Monrovia residents only. Residents must register for the contest by Monday at 5 p.m. The contest judging will take place from Dec. 10–13 and the winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on Dec. 15. After the winners are announced, a map will be published with the addresses of all entered homes for the community to take a driving tour and see the festive displays.

Awards will be given out to the following categories:

  • Best still display.
  • Best outdoor display.
  • Most effective use of lighting.
  • Best neighborhood effort.
  • Santa’s workshop award.
  • Holiday spirit award.
  • Judges award.
  • Children’s choice award.

Santa Tours Holiday Parade at Home

The City of Monrovia invites residents to enjoy this year’s Santa Tours and Holiday Parade from home. This ever-popular program is set to take place during the week of Dec. 7, when Santa Claus will be driving down every street in Monrovia.

Since there will be no Annual Holiday Parade in Old Town Monrovia, the city is expanding Santa Tours to bring the parade to residents. Be sure to check the schedule and prepare your chairs, blankets, holiday sweets and hot cocoa.

Due to COVID-19, families will not be invited to ride on Santa’s sleigh.

The tours will last from 5–9 p.m. Santa will be driving through town on the following dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 7.
    • City streets south of Huntington Drive, west of Myrtle Avenue, north of all southern borders.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8.
    • City streets east of Myrtle Avenue / north of Foothill Boulevard.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9.
    • City streets west of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, north of Huntington Drive.
  • Thursday, Dec. 10.
    • City streets east of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, north of Duarte Road.
  • Friday, Dec. 11.
    • City streets west of Myrtle Avenue, north of Foothill Boulevard.

12 Days of Recreation

During the 12 Days of Recreation, “recreation elves” will deliver gifts to inspire residents to participate in winter season recreation activities. The gifts will be delivered daily from Dec. 7–18. This program is free and only open to Monrovia families. Registration is limited and required.

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