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Winter and Christmas Events in Orange County (2023)

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Winter and Christmas Events in Orange County (2023)

We may not get snow here in Orange County, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the winter season with holiday and Christmas events in Orange County!

Scroll down for a great list that you can check out next time you’re wondering what to do during the winter and Christmas holidays in Orange County.

Also – check back throughout the season as we’ll be adding more winter, holiday and Christmas events in Orange County to this list as they become available to us.

For ease of use, this holiday events in Orange County list is organized by city in alphabetical order. Take a look and let us know if we missed one of your favorite winter holiday events! Email ([email protected]) or message us on Facebook.

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Winter Holiday Events in Orange County 2023

2023 Orange County Winter Holiday events

Holiday Events in Aliso Viejo

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony | Aliso Viejo Town Center
November 30, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE Usher in the holiday season with tons of cheer, train rides, caroling, magical snow and a visit from jolly ole St. Nick as we light our 22-foot Christmas tree! Near the fountain.

Winter Wonderland Workshop | Aliso Viejo Ranch
December 10, 2023 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$40 There’s a chilling frost in the air and there’s no better place to be than at our Winter Wonderfuland Workshop! Let is snow as kids create a snowflake garland perfect for the season Take cover! Grab your friends and get ready for “snowball” fight. The fun doesn’t end there! We’ll also decorate cookie. Afterwards, kids are sure to understand that this workshop is worth melting for. Registration required by Thursday, December 7.

Craft with the Clauses | Aliso Viejo Ranch
December 16, 2023 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
$20 for anyone 2 years old and up | Sleigh on down to Aliso Viejo ranch for festive crafts, reindeer games, cookie decorating, and photos with the Clauses. All attendees must be registered before entry including children and adults.


Holiday Events in Anaheim

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas | 5522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807
December 1, 2023  — December 23, 2023
Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh, la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, she has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She simply cannot wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, does Christmas still stand a chance of being splendiferous? Recommendation: Ages 4 and up. Running Time: Approx. 1 hours 10 minutes with 1 intermission

Disney Viva Navidad | Disney California Adventure
November 10, 2023  — January 7, 2024
“Wing” in the holidays—join Donald Duck and his amigos at the ultimate family fiesta. Alongside Mexico’s Panchito and José Carioca from Brazil, Donald heads up a holly, jolly, joyous celebration through the streets. Get ready to kick up your heels at an exuberant bash featuring mariachi and samba musicians, folklórico dancers, some of your favorite Disney Characters and incredible 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Festive Foods Marketplace | Disney California Adventure
November 10, 2023  — January 7, 2024
Celebrate holiday tastes and spirited libations at this seasonal smorgasbord of multicultural and diverse cuisine. Get the most holiday cheer out of the Disney Festival of Holidays with the Sip and Savor Pass—available for purchase to all Guests! The pass provides 8 convenient entitlement tabs that you can redeem for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks and dining locations.

Disney Festival of Holidays | Disneyland Resort
November 10, 2023  — January 7, 2024
Embrace a seasonal celebration of diverse cultural festivities with music, food and fun for all. Take in the sights and sounds of this joyous celebration of cherished holidays—including Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings’ Day—that make the season bright through diverse festivities and beloved seasonal traditions.

29th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree-Lighting and Holiday Shopping Village | City Hall
December 3, 2023 | 12:00pm – 7:30 pm
Take photos with Santa, enter the Candy Canine dog costume contest, shop local vendors, and watch as we light up the Center Street Promenade tree to mark the start of the Christmas season!

Winter Wonderland at the Market | City Hall
December 21, 2023 | 11:00am – 3:00 pm
Featuring American Red Cross Blood Drive

Holiday Event with Santa | Anaheim Plaza
December 9, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy Selfies with Santa, kid-friendly DJ and face painting!

Santa Visits Haskett Library | Hackett Library – 2650 W Broadway, Anaheim
December 13, 2023 | 3:30 pm
Families can experience the holiday magic through stories, songs and activities at Haskett Branch Library. Stop by for a special guest from the North Pole!

Breakfast with Santa | Naples Ristorante
November 24 – December 24, 2023 | various days/times
This holiday season, create an enchanting storybook Christmas for your family and join us in our upstairs dining room next to Santa’s alcove. Watch the spirit of Christmas come to life with a festive breakfast feast, mesmerizing décor, holiday activities and treats for kids, a little bubbly for the adults — and, of course, a visit with Santa and his elves.

Photos with Santa | Westin Anaheim Resort
December 17, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Santa Claus will visit Blossom Café for photos with all!

Santa visits at The Westin | Westin Anaheim Resort
November 24 – December 24, 2023 | various days/times
Santa Claus will visit The Westin Anaheim Resort lobby December 22nd from 6 PM – 8 PM. Santa’s Holiday appearance will include holiday hot cocoa station and Christmas carolers.


Holiday Events in Brea

Photos with Santa | Brea Mall
November 9 – December 24, 2023
Ho! Ho! Ho! The ultimate holiday tradition is back: Photos with Santa! 

Take a look at the Brea Mall Christmas tree!

Caring Santa | Brea Mall
December 3, 2023 | 8:30AM–10:30AM
Exclusively for children with special needs.

Pet Photos with Santa | Brea Mall
December 10, 2023 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM
‘Tis the Season for Pet Photos with Santa Santa Photo Experience. Enter through Mall Entrance 2 next to Red Robin and proceed to Center Court.

Nutcracker Craft Boutique | Brea Community Center
November 17-19, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
FREE Come stop by and shop for beautiful hand-crafted, unique, and fun holiday gifts and decorations from over 200 vendors!

Christmas in Brea | Downtown Brea
Weekends in December 2023 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
FREE Photos with Santa. Holiday performances and music.

Brea Holiday Car Show | Birch Street – Downtown Brea
Weekends in December 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
FREE A Salute to Classic Cars. Street Rods – Musclecars – Trucks – Exotics – Sports Cars – Antiques. Benefiting the California Highway Patrol’s – CHiP’s for Kids Toy Drive.

Christmas Tree Lighting | Civic and Cultural Center
December 7, 2023 | 6:30pm
FREE Light up the night with our spectacular tree lighting ceremony. Join us for an evening of music, hot cocoa, and holiday cheer.


Holiday Events in Buena Park

Knott’s Merry Farm | Knott’s Berry Farm
November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Experience Knott’s largest Christmas celebration with winter wonderland-inspired décor transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival, featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and a variety of picturesque seasonal settings. Knott’s Merry Farm offers Christmas activities for families and joyful experiences inspired by the spirit of the holidays.

Christmas Tree Lighting | City Hall
December 1, 2023 | 6:00pm
FREE Entertainment, festivities, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself, makes the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting you won’t want to miss! Performances from local schools will be absolutely amazing. Food trucks will be serving up tamales, hot chocolate and more!

For more information, please call (714) 562-3860 or visit BuenaPark.com.

Community Chorus Christmas Concert | Ruth Walp Hall
December 10, 2023 | 3:00pm
FREE Join the Community Chorus as they sing songs that will help get you in the holiday groove. This event will be held in Ruth Walp Hall at the Ehlers Event Center 8150 Knott Ave.

Santa Visits | varies
dates varies | open
$25 Ho Ho Ho! Santa is busy working on a way to see the children in the City of Buena Park on the dates below! Imagine your child’s surprise when Santa shows up at their front door. Visits are 15 minutes long! Only 1 visit per house with a maximum of 7 children. Santa will be in town on the following dates:

Cookie Creations with Santa | Buena Park Community Center
December 16, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
$10 Join in the fun as we decorate cookies, create holiday crafts, play games and take pictures with Santa. For more information call the Community Services Department at (714)562-3860.

Letters for Santa | Buena Park Community Center
November 20, 2023 | open
FREE Are you interested in sending a letter to Santa Claus? The Buena Park Community Services Department is here to help! From Monday, November 20 through Monday, December 11, the Recreation Office at the Buena Park Community Center will display a special “Letters for Santa” Mail Box. All letters placed in our mail box will be sent directly to Santa! Or you can mail your letter to Santa. Be sure to include your name and address on the letter or envelope so that Santa can send you a special greeting! Mail letters to: Santa Claus, 6688 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621.

Or e-mail your greeting to Santa between November 20 and December 11 at [email protected]. E-mail letters will be forwarded to Santa and he will respond to your e-mail directly.


Holiday Events in Corona Del Mar

Lil’ Dickens Carolers | Rogers Gardens 
November 24, 2023 – December 23, 2023 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm and 6:00pm – 8pm
FREE Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and Farmhouse. Their repertoire includes your favorite classics and sacred Christmas carols, combined with the holiday songs you have grown to love. The Carolers will also mix in a bit of whimsy with some spirited jazz arrangements. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the holidays at Roger’s Gardens.

Nights of 1000 Lights | Sherman Gardens – 2647 East Coast Highway 
December 9-22, 2023 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sherman Library & Gardens presents Nights of 1000 Lights for 11 nights in December. Stroll through the Gardens this holiday season and experience a dazzling display of lights and live entertainment. This year’s theme is “Hooray for Hollywood!”

Enter Sherman Gardens on the red carpet and stroll through the glistening light tunnel, on your way to ‘Moulin Rouge,’ a Parisian dance hall in the Tea Garden featuring can-can dancers and French cabaret singers. Take pics by a classic 1938 Packard convertible automobile, compliments of Packard Club International. Venture through the ‘Sherman Shop of Horrors,” and encounter “Trouble in Paradise” in the Tropical Conservatory. Experience the historic Hollywood Hills recreated with images from the Sherman Library archives.

Visit Santa in his “Miracle on PCH” workshop. Then head to the fire pit to whip up your own batch of s’mores. The Garden Shop will be open and is a must-see for unique holiday gift ideas.

Make a wish at “The Wishing Tree” and create lasting memories with friends and family celebrating the holidays at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Children 3 and under are free.


Holiday Events in Costa Mesa

Winter Fest | OC Fair
November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Southern California’s largest Winter Fest returns! This year, we’re introducing an outdoor ice skating trail and a real snow play area, including snowball throwing zones, sledding and a snow carousel for the little ones. Also, we’ve got an all-new holiday market featuring talented local artisans. Returning attractions include sliding down the thrilling 150-foot-long ice tubing slide and a tour through the magical “North Pole Journey” with four unique lands filled with wonder, interactive discoveries and so much more!

South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony | Towne Center Park, Costa Mesa (Across from South Coast Plaza)
November 16, 2023 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
FREE Adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza. Featuring a magical performance by Orange County School of the Arts. Enjoy a celebration of the holidays and a special visit from Santa.

Nutcracker for Kids | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 2, 2023 | 10:00am and 11:30am
Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself!

Handel’s Glorious “Messiah” | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 3, 2023 | 3:00pm
A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio — with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus — provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.

Concordia Christmas | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 9, 2023 | 7:00pm
Celebrate the Christmas season with the voices and instruments of Concordia University Irvine. Enjoy festive carols and Christmas favorites, featuring the Concordia choirs, hand-bell and orchestra ensembles. Concordia’s Christmas Concerts sell out every year, so get your tickets today!

Holidays Around the World | Argyros Plaza
December 10, 2023 | 11:00am
FREE Experience the most wonderful time of year at the Center and join us for a day of festive family fun as we transform the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into a spectacular winter wonderland! Enjoy a variety of live performances from local music acts and dance groups that celebrate holiday traditions from all around the world. Kids can create their own seasonal crafts and get to experience a little holiday magic with sparkling snowfall on the Plaza! 

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker | Segerstrom Hall
December 8-17, 2023 | time varies
SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Created by one of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky, this dazzling holiday treat features ABT’s roster of superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes by Tony winner Richard Hudson, and Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

The Nutcracker is the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker doll at her family’s Christmas party. In her dreams that night, the nutcracker doll comes to life as a handsome prince who joins her on a magical journey. Together, they travel to lands filled with dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, a mouse army and other exotic characters, all brought to vivid life on stage by a cast of over 100 performers!

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is one of the great joys of the holiday season. Make a memory with your loved ones!

A Merry Little Christmas with Megan Hilty | Samueli Theatre
December 14-16, 2023 | 7:30pm
Santa is making an early delivery this year (to all the good little Broadway-loving girls and boys): Center favorite Megan Hilty is returning with a new holiday show! 

 The star of WICKED and TV’s SMASH, Megan is an artist who has developed a special relationship with our Cabaret audience over just a few years!  Her sweetness, humor, and magnificent singing first charmed us when she made her debut in Samueli Theater in 2019.  She then returned to lift our spirits and help us through some tough times with an outdoor Plaza performance when our indoor facilities were closed.  Finally, Megan lit up our Cabaret stage in 2021 with a joyous set when it was safe to welcome people back!  With each visit back to her “second home,” her warmth, sincerity, and immense talent have won more fans.       

 We’re so thrilled to have Megan back where she belongs, with us for a brand-new holiday show.   Expect to be dazzled, delighted, and thoroughly entertained at these performances in the Center’s Cabaret! 

Celtic Woman Christmas | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 15-16, 2023 | 8:00pm
Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman with Pacific Symphony. Featuring music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs performed by them over the years. Prepare for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance, and holiday cheer.

Tis the Season! | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 17, 2023 – 5:00pm and December 18, 2023 – 7:30pm
The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall rings with the sounds of holiday cheer when Pacific Chorale presents its annual extravaganza! One of Orange County’s favorite musical traditions, “Tis the Season!” offers a selection of holiday favorites seasoned with delightful surprises in a concert the entire family can enjoy.

Fiesta Navidad | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 23, 2023 | 8:00pm
One of Orange County’s most beloved holiday events, Fiesta Navidad, features the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos in a concert filled with festive music and dance. This celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is a joyous annual tradition at Segerstrom Center, perfect for the whole family.

Holiday Organ Spectacular | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 19, 2023 | 7:30pm
Celebrate the season with the king of instruments! Enjoy a magnitude of musical splendors with world-class organist Todd Wilson and members of Pacific Symphony performing a delightful mix of sacred and holiday music. Favorite Christmas carols share the bill with traditional organ works that highlight the 4,322-pipe William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.

Reindeer Carousel | South Coast Plaza
November 22 – December 24, 2023 | Mall Hours
During the holidays, our beloved carousel horses are transformed into Santa’s reindeer. Families make an annual visit to enjoy this special experience located in Carousel Court.

Photos with Santa | South Coast Plaza
November 22 – December 24, 2023 | Mall Hours
Located in Carousel Court Open all center hours and in the Macy’s Home Store Wing, Level 1. open during all center hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22–December 8, and during all center hours December 9–December 24.

Santa Express Train | Crystal Court
November 22 – December 24, 2023 | Mall Hours
Open during Center hours in the Macy’s Home Store Wing, Level 2. Children can ride on Santa’s Express Train for $1. One train ride is complimentary with any Santa photo package purchase. Children over 50″ tall and weighing more than 70 lbs. are not permitted on this ride.

Snoopy House | Costa Mesa City Hall
December 16-23 | 6:00pm
For more information please call (714) 754-5300. Free Nightly Events. Photos with Santa (6-8pm). Train rides. Letters to Santa. Stage performances. Snoopy house lights display. Special weekend activities include kids imagine entertainment, carolers and miniature sled hill.

Sledding Hill Information – December 16-18 (Sledding only-No snow play area)

  1. Miniature sled hill will be open from 6-8pm. 
  2. Every sledder needs a signed waiver to sled. Download waiver here to bring to event.
  3. Single sledders only- no tandem/double riding/lap sitting
  4. Sleds will be provided. No personal sleds allowed.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol | South Coast Repertory
November 25, 2023 – December 24, 2023
Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues!  From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your family’s holiday spirit.  Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by beloved SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.

Ages 6 and up.  Children under age 6 will not be admitted.

Train Rides at Goathill Junction Station | Fairview Park
December 16 and 17, 2023 | 10:00am – 3:30pm
FREE All trains depart from Goathill Junction Station before arriving at the North Pole — tucked away in our pine tree forest. Once at the North Pole, you can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy the crisp cold air, and then re-board a train back to Goathill Junction. And we can do that all in the course of a 15-20 minute ride (Santa is magic that way). 

THE RIDES AND PICTURES WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS ARE FREE, BUT YOUR DONATION KEEP THE RAILROAD, AND THESE SPECIAL EVENTS, CHUGGING ALONG! No tickets or reservations are required

Santa is available at the North Pole from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 2 PM to 3 PM
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be unavailable between 1 PM and 2 PM while they feed their Reindeer


Holiday Events in Cypress

Holiday Decorating Contest | Cypress
Deadline is Friday, December 15, 2023 | 5:00pm
All residences and businesses within the City of Cypress are eligible. Entries will be placed on the webpage starting December 1. All participants will receive a yard sign noting their award or recognizing their participation

There is no charge to participate in the Holiday Decorating Contest. Call (714) 229-6780 for more information

Cypress Holiday Sing and Tree Lighting | Cypress Civic Center
December 5, 2023 | 6:00 pm
This festive holiday evening will include: performances from local schools, train rides, hot chocolate & cookies, letters to Santa, cards to Veterans, crafts, life-sized games and a visit from Santa himself Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some wonderful holiday memories!

The event is festival seating, chairs and blankets are highly recommended. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking lot.

For more information, please call Cypress Recreation and Community Services at (714) 229-6780.

Holiday Events in Dana Point

Annual Boat Parade of Lights | Dana Point Harbor
December 8-10, 2023 | 4:30pm-10pm
Dana Point Harbor is excited to announce the 48th Annual Boat Parade of Lights returning this December! Decorate your boats for the chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes across several award categories.

The annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights is set to illuminate the Harbor starting November 16, with the Boat Parade of Lights taking place December 8 through December 10. 

Locals and visitors alike can look forward to lighting installations such as the giant whale sculpture and the “Merry Kiss Me” arch, along with holiday-themed photo opportunities, visits with Santa and more. 

Boat Rides with Santa | Dana Point Harbor
December 2 & 3, 2023 | 10:00am-2:00pm
Santa will be making his way down from the North Pole for Boat Rides with Santa on December 2nd and 3rd from 10am to 2pm. Santa and his helpers will be listening to Christmas wishes during a 20-minute harbor cruise.

All ages welcome. The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds to benefit the Soroptimist House of Capistrano Bay.

For more information, visit danawharf.com.

Harbor Lights Cruise | Dana Point Harbor
December 1-2, 15-16, 21-22, 2023 | 10:00am-2:00pm
Dana Wharf is excited to continue the Holiday Light Cruises this 2023 season and in conjunction with the harbor light display. These fun, family friendly cruises are available on select Friday and Saturday Nights (this trip is not a boat parade).

Take a 60-minute boat ride around Dana Point Harbor and enjoy holiday music and the light displays from both land and the sea. Adults $25 dollars, Children $15 (ages 3-12), and Toddlers $5 (ages 2 and under). Make this part of your holiday tradition!

For more information, visit danawharf.com/cruises-and-events.

Santa Paws | Clock Courtyard
December 9-10, 2023 | 10:00am-3:00pm
The Pet Project Foundation will host its annual Santa Paws on December 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Clock Courtyard. Pet photos will be offered for small donations with all proceeds supporting the Pet Project Foundation.

Little Folk Club | Clock Courtyard
December 15, 2023 | 10:00am-11:00pm
Little Folk Club returns December 15 and invites children of all ages to bring their favorite instrument for a special Christmas sing-along. To spread the holiday cheer, face painting and crafts for little ones will also be available.


Holiday Events in Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting | Fountain Valley Sports Park16400 Brookhurst Street
December 2, 2023 | 4:30pm – 8:00pm
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fountain Valley Recreation and Community Services will have their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. 

The event is FREE to the public so put on a jolly smile and celebrate with us at the Fountain Valley Sports Park on Brookhurst and Heil.


Holiday Events in Fullerton

Holiday Festival | The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
December 17, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FREE Celebrate the holiday season with family-friendly activities, live music, free art workshops for kids, and an arts and crafts sale.


Holiday Events in Garden Grove

Winter in The Grove | Village Green Park, 12732 Main Street, Garden Grove
December 2, 2023 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
FREE The popular “Snowtopia” attraction features 50 tons of snow to create nine snow slides. Unlimited snow rides are $5 per person. Wristbands can be purchased in advance at ggcity.org/winterinthegrove.

This year, the holiday craft boutique returns, offering handmade items from local vendors. Other activities include entertainment from local performers and schools, inflatables, craft-making, holiday photo areas, and holiday treats. The event culminates with the lighting of a 24-foot, fully decorated tree, along with a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Enjoy free seasonal refreshments, crafts, letters to Santa, an exotic car show, holiday craft boutique, 12 real snow slides, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an unforgettable tree lighting ceremony. Unlimited snow slide rides are $5. Food will be available for purchase.


Holiday Events in Huntington Beach

Breakfast with Santa | Murdy Community Center
December 9, 2023 | 8:30-12:30pm
Hear the jingle? It’s time to mingle, with family and friends! Put on your best holiday gear and bring the family to enjoy festivities including a pancake breakfast, bounce house, holiday music, arts and crafts, and a picture with Santa! Register early as space is limited, tickets will not be sold at the door. Register online at www.hbsands.org. Children under the age of one are free! Tickets: $5 per person

Ballet with Mrs. Claus | The Green (by Century Theater)
November 22 and December 13, 2023 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
FREE Join us for a fun and festive Ballet Class for your little ones lead by Mrs. Claus herself. Please RSVP to ensure we have enough space for everyone. RSVP required.

Holiday Christmas Carolers | Bella Terra
November 24-25, December 1-2, December 8-9, December 15-16, 2023 | 5:00 pm -6:00 pm
FREE Classic Christmas Carolers will be roaming throughout Bella Terra and spreading holiday cheer.

Holiday Music on the Green – Jaime Van Der Sluys | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 1 and 8, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in our newly finished Green area and enjoy live music from KYNG. 

Holiday Music on the Green – Jonny Zye | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 2, 9, 16, 17, 23, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in our newly finished Green area and enjoy live music from KYNG. 

“Let it Snow” with the Snow Queen and Princess | The Green (by Century Theater)
Saturdays and Sundays in December | 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
FREE The “Let it Snow” Shows are back on the Green! The Snow Queen and Princess will be performing and making it snow on the Green with their friends every Saturday and Sunday from November 26 through December 18. Gather around the Green at 5 & 6 PM to enjoy a 30 minute show filled with wondrous delight.

Holiday Music on the Green – Emma Jane Thommen | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 3 and 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in our newly finished Green area and enjoy live music from Sylvia Bosco.

Holiday Music on the Green | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 29-31, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in our newly finished Green area and enjoy live music from Sylvia Bosco.

Holiday Storytime | The Green (by Century Theater)
December6, 2023 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
FREE Mrs. Claus loves to tell stories to all of her little elves at The North Pole and she can’t wait to come and share some with all the families at Bella Terra!

Come join us on The Green for a special storytime with Mrs. Claus- she will tell some classic holiday stories, new stories and even sing some fun Christmas songs.

Winter Fest Celebration | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 9, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE We’re kicking off the holiday season with Bella Terra’s Winter Fest! An evening of holiday activities, entertainment, and family fun!

  • Creative Vendors
  • Live Holiday Caroling + Entertainment
  • Kids Activities
  • Holiday Photo Op
  • Character Meet n Greet

Entertainment Schedule

  • Jingle 5 Caroling – 5pm, 5:50pm, 6:20pm, and 7:30pm
  • Drummer Boy & Ballerina – 5pm and 6:05pm
  • Stilt Walker – 5:45pm and 6:50pm
  • Santa’s Elf – 6:05pm, 7:10pm, and 8:15pm
  • Sugarplum Fairy – 6:10pm and 7:15pm

Photos with Santa | The Green (by Century Theater)
Nov 22, November 24-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (December 24: 11 am – 3 pm)
FREE Santa & his elf will be dropping by Bella Terra to take keepsake photos with your family this holiday season. Photos are complimentary and taken with a photo booth in an open air setting – weather permitting. RSVP not needed, walk-up’s welcome.


Holiday Events in Irvine

Hanukkah | Pretend City
December 13, 2023 | Activity times vary based on scheduled special day programming times.
Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! We’re celebrating Hanukkah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have full days of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit! Included with museum admission 

Posadas | Pretend City
December 16, 2023 | Activity times vary based on scheduled special day programming times.
A posada is an important Latino holiday tradition that happens all over the world on each of the nine nights before Christmas. Join us at Pretend City as we have a blast celebrating together through crafts and story time! Santa Meet and Greet (9am-11:30am).

Winter Solstice | Pretend City
December 21, 2023 | Activity times vary based on scheduled special day programming times.
Every year, the Winter Solstice marks the day with the shortest sunlight, and the first astronomical day of winter. Here at Pretend City, it also provides an exciting opportunity to explore science with your family! Santa Meet and Greet (9am-11:00am).

Christmas Trees and Holiday Market | Tanaka Farms
Trees! Wreath! Garland and more! Trees are shipped to us from Oregon immediately after cutting.Upon arrival, trees are given a fresh cut, immediately put in water and kept out of the sun.We display trees upright on stands – see the true height and fullness that will fit your home.Our friendly staff can show you around and answer any questions.Our guys give it another fresh cut, wrap it in netting, and load it on to your vehicle for you, at no charge.

Christmas Train | Irvine Park Railroad
November 24 – December 23, 2023
‘Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Clause. The train will depart from the train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad.

After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village.

Skating under the Stars | Irvine Spectrum
November 3 – January 8, 2023
Enjoy the magic of the Holidays on the rink! From November 4 through January 8, come skate under the stars! The ever-popular ice skating rink is located in Giant Wheel Court and is open daily at 2pm. Click HERE for ice skating rink prices.

Nightly Tree Lighting | Irvine Spectrum
November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2023
From Nov. 24 to Jan. 7, stop by the beautifully decorated 75-foot tree in Giant Wheel Court every night to see it come to life with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes beginning at 5 pm. Dates and times are subject to change.

Home for the Holidays | Animal Care Center
December 10, 2023 | 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Home for the Holidays will be held entirely outdoors at the Irvine Animal Care Center, and feature local pet rescue groups and pet-related vendors, along with upwards of 200 adoptable animals. The park-like environment provides ample space for the community to come together to find a new furry family member and get an early start to holiday gifting for ourselves, our pets, and more. Tickets: $5 per person (kids 13 and younger are free)

Christmas at the OC Zoo | Irvine Regional Park
December 9, 2023 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Come visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make festive crafts, and play fun games! See the zoo animals receive holiday “gifts” and treats hidden inside Christmas trees! Reservations are not needed. Activities are free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person; ages 2 & under free). Parking fee is is $5 per car on weekends. Zoo coupons/free passes are not valid for this event. For more information, please call 714-973-6846.

Holidayz at the Park | Great Park
December 2 to January 7, 2023
Palm Court Light Display – Holidayz at the Park features an outdoor light display in the Palm Court, inviting guests to stroll and snap photos. The holiday decorations include “Air Santa,” a larger-than-life airplane paying homage to Saint Nick’s travels and the park’s military roots. Drop in to see the lights and displays daily from dusk to 9:30 p.m. 

Holidayz Pop-Up at the Artist Studios – Selfies and family photos continue to be popular with all ages. With a winter theme, the Artist Studios will transform into a pop up museum that is crafted to delight visitors of all ages. With its picture-perfect moments, this family destination has become a winter favorite; as well as a social media draw. Holidayz Pop-Up is open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 8 p.m.

Illuminate Irvine | Great Park
December 2, 2023 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Ring in the season with winter-wonderland inspired activities and holiday music classics. The evening culminates with the lighting of the Holiday Tree and Palm Court Arts Complex. Guests are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped gift for children up to age 12 to aid the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Toy Drive. 

Holiday Market | Great Park
December 2, 2023 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm and December 3, 2023 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
A festive, holiday artisan-focused shopping experience at the Great Park. The event will take place entirely indoors and feature a curated selection of 28 vendors whose handmade offerings span jewelry, ceramics, folk-crafts, clothing, and more. 


Holiday Events in La Habra

Tamale Festival | Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Bridenbecker Ave.
December 2, 2023 | 10:00am – 10:00pm
It wouldn’t be the Tamale Festival without the Tamale Contest! The contest has three divisions: Abuelita/Abuelito (65 yrs or older), Muchacha/Muchacho (youth ages 17 and under), and Senora/Senor (all other ages). You may submit tamales in these two categories: Savory (meat, cheese, veggie, other) or Sweet (dessert, corn, other).

Cookies and stories with Mrs. Claus | Children’s Museum at La Habra
December 9 and 10, 2023 | 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am
Enjoy event-only access to the Children’s Museum, crafts, a full hot breakfast, activities, and a Santa photo! Seatings at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. $20/adult and $17/child; children under 2 years of age are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED.


Holiday Events in Ladera Ranch

Santa Visits | Mercantile Way
December 1, 2023 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Ladera Ranch, and it’s the perfect time to visit with Santa, who will listen to your holiday wish list and take a photo with your family. 

Winter Fest | Mercantile Way
December 2, 2023 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Join us for an afternoon of fun winter-themed activities, including pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, inflatables, crafts, and more. Don’t leave early; Santa will turn on the holiday lights in the park at 5:00 p.m. This fun family event will create cherished family memories and ignite the spirit of the winter season.

Activities include photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus with a professional photographer*, winter crafts, train rides, inflatables, carnival games, and more! Enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn, and take your own photos at the holiday-inspired vignettes.  

Menorah Lighting | Town Green, 28801 Sienna Pkwy
December 12, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Come join us as we celebrate Hanukkah as a community at the Ladera Ranch Festival of Lights on the last night of Hanukkah.  This year LARCS is partnering with local organizations to create an evening of community with music, dancing, dreidels, crafts, candle lighting, and traditional Hanukkah snacks! 


Holiday Events in Laguna Beach

Sawdust Winter Fantasy | Laguna Beach 
November 17, 2023 – December 17, 2023 | 10:00am – 7:00pm
Winter Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival that offers a festive shopping experience. Shop handcrafted art by 150 artists and makers in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, falling snow, three stages of live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, festival holiday classes, and daily visits with Santa Claus.

Hospitality Night and Tree Lighting Ceremony | Peppertree Parking Lot – Downtown Laguna Beach 
December 2, 2023 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm
The City will be hosting arts and crafts and holiday card writing to U.S. military personnel overseas in the lot until 8 p.m. 6:10-6:15pm – Tree Lighting Ceremony 


Holiday Events in Laguna Hills

Journey to Bethlehem: A Living Nativity | Crossline Church
December 8-10, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Experience a huge cast bringing Bethlehem to life as it was 2000 years ago. Enjoy the petting zoo, cookie/craft decorating, and holiday treats/hot drinks all of which make Crossline Church the perfect spot to celebrate the holiday season with your family.

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Laguna Hills Mall – 24203 Avenida de la Carlota
November 24 – December 24, 2023 | times vary
Pumpkin City has been providing our customers with excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.

Monday – Thursday 10:30 AM – 9 PM
Friday 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Phone: (949) 449-4189


Holiday Events in Laguna Niguel

Holiday Parade | Crown Valley Parkway
December 9, 2023 | 10:00am
The parade is on Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park. The designated drop off area for entries and guests is at the northwest corner of Moulton and Crown Valley Parkway.

This year’s theme “Together Again!” celebrates a return to the Holiday Parade and will allow for many fun and creative entries. The parade is expected to attract well over 10,000 spectators and over 3,000 participants including active and retired military members, youth groups, equestrian groups, car clubs, celebrities, floats and community organizations. The parade is taped and rebroadcast several times, which has the potential to reach over 100,000 people in Laguna Niguel and neighboring South Orange County cities.


Holiday Events in Lake Forest

Annual Candlelight Walk | Heritage Hill Historical Park
December 8-10, 2023 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
FREE Stroll the festive grounds as you enjoy an evening filled with musical performances, activities for children, historical buildings adorned in period décor and a chance to meet with Santa! Light refreshments will be available for cash purchase. Event and parking are free. Inclement weather may cancel the event. For more information: (949) 923-2230 or email [email protected]

Holiday Lights | Heritage Hill Historical Park
December 15-17, 2023 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
FREE Take a leisurely stroll around the park and immerse yourself in the dazzling lights during special park hours. Pets are welcome outdoors only on leashes no longer than 6 feet. Please note that no additional entertainment or refreshments will be provided at Holiday Lights. Make sure to bring your camera and take your picture at a variety of holiday-themed photo opportunities! Event and parking are free. Inclement weather may cancel the event. For more information: (949) 923-2230 or email [email protected]


Holiday Events in Los Alamitos

Winter Wonderland | St. Isidore Historical Plaza and Pine Street
December 2, 2023 | 4:00 pm – 7:30pm
FREE This winter season the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department invites you and your family to attend the MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach Winter Wonderland located at St. Isidore Historical Plaza at 10961 Reagan Street in Los Alamitos.

Los Alamitos Holiday Decorating Contest | Los Alamitos Neighborhoods
December 13, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00pm
FREE Between the times of 6pm and 9pm groups of judges will drive around all of the Los Alamitos Neighborhoods and will judge and pick their favorite house. There will be a first and second place for each of the 16 Los Alamitos Neighborhoods! We can’t wait to see all of the amazing decorations.


Holiday Events in Mission Viejo

Santa’s Arrival and Illumination | Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza
November 26, 2023 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm – Santa arrives at 6:00pm
FREE Enjoy holiday music for children of all ages presented by “Sierra: An Acoustic Experience.” Keep your eyes open to see some of Santa’s special friends from the North Pole. Santa will arrive atop of a fire engine at 6 pm and will help ring in the spirit of the season by turning on the holiday lights in Mission Viejo.

Santa’s Workshop | Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza
Saturdays and Sundays in December 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE Jolly Ol’ Santa Claus will plan several return visits to his Workshop. Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, Ho! Ho! Ho! and a peppermint candy cane. You are welcome to take pictures of your visit.

Children are invited to “strike a pose” with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop on Saturday and Sunday evenings only. Bring your camera to capture 2 photos of the holiday magic. All are encouraged to enjoy Santa’s Village any day of the week

Letters to Santa | Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza
November 26 – December 20, 2023
FREE Santa promises to answer every letter deposited between November 28th and December 19th in the mailbox in front of his Workshop.
Bring your letters to Santa and the Big Guy will personally respond to the delight of adults and children alike. Make sure to get your letter off early so that Santa has plenty of time to get your list memorized. Be sure to print names and addresses clearly.

Gingerbread Bash and Tree Lighting | Oso Creek Golf Course
December 2, 2023 | 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Build your own gingerbread house as a family! Gingerbread houses and fixings like M&M’s, gumdrops and more will be provided. Families will enjoy taking photos on Santa’s sleigh, writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in his mailbox, and decorating an ornament to hang on Oso Creek’s tree. Gingerbread Bash guests will also be treated to snacks and a hot cocoa bar with candy canes, marshmallows and lots of toppings, all while listening to lively holiday music.

As the sun sets, join us as we countdown to the lighting of Oso Creek’s very own holiday tree. It will be a magical moment to create family memories.

The cost is $25 per person (3 years and under is free).  Each family will receive one gingerbread house to assemble and decorate together. Advanced reservations and payment are required. To register, contact 949-470-4997 or [email protected].

Breakfast with Santa | Oso Creek Golf Course
December 10, 2023 | 10:00am and 12:30pm
Families will enjoy taking photos with St. Nick on a golf cart; decorating a gingerbread man cookie; making a holiday ornament as well as the talents of strolling carolers.

The delicious fare includes a special buffet for kids and adult buffet with omelet, carving and dessert stations.

Cost is $99.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity. Children 4 and under are free.

Breakfast with Santa is expected to sell out fast, so secure your spot today by contacting 949-470-4997 or [email protected]. (Advanced payment is required.)


Holiday Events in Newport Beach

Christmas Boat Parade | Newport Harbor
December 13 – December 17, 2023 | 6:30pm
FREE Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. This year’s parade will be held Wednesday through Sunday, December 13-17, 2023 and is once again hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Parade participants will start from the east end of Lido Island following the celebrated route, with the first public viewing destination at the 10.5-acre Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities.

Christmas Tree Lighting Experience | Fashion Island
November 17, 2023 | 4pm to 6pm
Visit the Lincoln Experience Center just before Fashion Island’s annual Tree Lighting Experience for a festive fall afternoon. Indulge in a special treat and a tasty beverage from their cafe while enjoying live music by saxophonist, Greg Vail. While you are there, take a moment to explore how Lincoln is moving the notion of sanctuary forward with the all-new 2024 Lincoln Nautilus®.

Lighting of the Bay | Back Bay
November 26 – January 1, 2023 | Sunset
Join us in celebrating Newport Dune’s 31st annual Lighting of the Bay. Stroll the bay and savor the sights and sounds of the holidays. From November 26 – January 1 the Back Bay will glow from sunset to sunup with festive floating holiday lights.

On Friday and Saturday nights, we’ll have cocktails and food available from Moe B’s Munchies beachfront grill for family picnics.

Bring your family or significant other and roast s’mores around the fire as you experience the bay aglow and immerse yourself with the holiday spirit.

Breakfast with Santa | Newport Coast Community Center
December 1, 2023 | 9:30am – 11:00am
Breakfast, a photo, train rides, and more. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited.

Marina Park Family Fun Night | Marina Park Community Center
December 15, 2023 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Enjoy a fun family event for all ages, with lots of activities, dinner and an amazing view of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. We will have crafts for kids, photos with Santa, and the evening will include watching 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Registration begins November 18th.

Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour | Balboa Island
December 10, 2023 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
The Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour, our annual event presented by the Balboa Island Improvement Association, returns on Sunday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year we are celebrating 25 years and marks the perfect start to your holiday season on our picturesque island. Explore eight beautifully holiday decorated homes and cottages at your own pace that will surely spark holiday cheer!

Tickets are $40.00 now online at balboaislandnb.org. They also will be available for purchase on November 1st at the following Balboa Island stores: Balboa Island Museum, Blue Atlas Marketplace, Crown meets Sea, Crush Clothing, all located on Marine Avenue. Off Island tickets may be purchased at Bliss Home Design on Pacific Coast Highway in CDM, Blue Springs Home and Crews Quarters Newport on 17th Street in Costa Mesa and Seaside Gallery & Goods on Tustin Avenue in Newport Beach.


Holiday Events in Orange

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession | Old Towne Orange
December 3, 2023 | 3:30pm – 7:00pm
FREE Come join us for an evening of holiday cheer and family fun as we sing traditional carols of the season with the Orange Community Master Chorale led by Musical Director, Michael Short. Our local non-profit groups will be there too with yummy treats, and youth activities, for a nominal charge.

Here Comes Santa Claus | Orange Main Library
December 5, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
FREE Santa will be at the Library! Parents may bring a camera to take a photo of their child, and kids can drop off or write a letter for Santa at this FREE event. All ages.

Christmas Ornaments Myster Bag (ages 5-12) | El Modena Branch Library
December 4, 2023 | all day
FREE Pick up a bag of ornament crafts from the El Modena Branch Library to make at home. Each bag is different. While supplies last.

Here Comes Santa Claus | El Modena Branch Library
December 13, 2023 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm
FREE Santa will be at the Library! Parents may bring a camera to take a photo of their child, and kids can drop off or write a letter for Santa at this FREE event. All ages.

Here Comes Santa Claus | Taft Branch Library
December 11, 2023 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm
FREE Santa will be at the Library! Parents may bring a camera to take a photo of their child, and kids can drop off or write a letter for Santa at this FREE event. All ages.

Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico | Musco Center
December 20-21, 2023 | 7:30pm
In Mexico, Christmas is not just a single day but a whole season of Christmas-related celebrations! Today, the Christmas traditions in Mexico vary from region to region and are a blend of indigenous culture, Spanish heritage, and many other influences. Focusing on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), this spectacular concert features a dazzling cast of musicians and dancers presenting traditions, costumes, and customs that people in Mexico celebrate during the festive season.

Christmas Carolers | Old Towne Orange
December 18, 2023 | 6:00pm
Mike Nicholes and his acapella ensemble sing in the barbershop quartet style and they have been singing Christmas carols around the Orange Plaza one day per year for many years. This year, they will carol on Monday, December 18th at around 6 PM. They welcome all to go and hear them perform Christmas favorites in a unique style. Able participants may even sing with them if they learn the repertoire ahead of time.


Holiday Events in Placentia

Holiday Tree Lighting Event | Civic Center Plaza
November 30, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
On Thursday, November 30th, the City will host the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at the Civic Center Plaza from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The event will feature performances by the Musical Theatre University, the lighting of the Menorah by the Chabad Beth Meir Hacohen, Holiday crafts, hot chocolate and coffee sponsored by Golden State Coffee Roasters, tasty treats, photos with Santa Claus, and the lighting of the Holiday Tree. The Holiday Tree will be lit every evening throughout the Holiday Season. For more information on City events, please contact the Community Services Department at (714) 993-8232.

Holiday Toy Drive | Placentia
October 10 – December 13, 2023
The Community Services Department, Fire and Life Safety Department, and Police Department are hosting a Holiday Toy Drive. The Toy Drive will be held through December 15th. Gifts will be distributed to families in need in Placentia and surrounding communities. For those interested in donating, please drop off a new unwrapped toy for children ages 0-18 at one of the locations listed on the flyer. To view the flyer, please click here. For more information, contact the Neighborhood Services Office at (714) 986-2333. 

Placentia Tamale Festival | 100-200 Block of Santa Fe Ave and 200 Block of Bradford Ave
December 7, 2023
The City of Placentia is pleased to announce the 29th annual Tamale Festival to be held in Old Town Placentia on the 100 and 200 blocks of Santa Fe Ave and the 200 block of Bradford Ave on Thursday, December 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Each year the event draws large crowds of 8,000-10,000 attendees and the City is excited to kick off the Holiday season with this beloved festival. The event will feature live entertainment, food and tamale vendors, non-profit booths, business booths, a beer garden, pictures with Santa Claus, a Holiday Tree Lighting, and a kid’s games area. Additionally, a free event shuttle will be available throughout the evening to and from nearby off-site parking locations. 


Holiday Events in Rancho Santa Margarita

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Rancho Santa Margarita Town Center – 30592 Santa Margarita Pkwy.
November 24 – December 24, 2023 | times vary
Pumpkin City has been providing our customers with excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.

Monday – Thursday 10:30 AM – 9 PM
Friday 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Phone: (949) 449-4304

Carols ‘Round the Lake | Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore, 21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores
December 9, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
SAMLARC welcomes you to join us at the Lakeshore on from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for a beautiful night filled with the sights and sounds of the season!

Grab a coffee or hot cocoa as you take a stroll around the Lake and enjoy musical performances by talented local musicians throughout the evening. We welcome you to bring the entire family to enjoy this musical event, including a trail of lights and multiple photo opportunities to capture this holiday memory!

Interested in performing at this year’s event? Contact 949-709-0013 to learn more.

Tree Lighting Ceremony | Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore, 21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores
December 2, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Members and guests are invited to enjoy the sights, sounds and treats of the season while singing along to holiday music and creating precious moments with family and friends at the 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting!

The Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Lakeshore, followed by a storytelling of “The Night Before Christmas” and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Musical performances by The Bridge Church will take place throughout the event. 

Attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and holiday crafts while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival.


Holiday Events in San Clemente

Tree Lighting Ceremony | Outlets at San Clemente
November 18, 2023 | 5:30pm
Join us as we ring in the holiday season here at Outlets at San Clemente! Add Holiday Cheer to your shopping list this year!

Santa’s Village by the Sea | Avenida del Mar
December 2, 2023 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm
The City of San Clemente and the Downtown Business Association presents, Santa’s Village by the Sea! One holiday event that brings the Holly Jolly Hoopla and the Glitz on Del Mar together for a night of music, food, hot chocolate, popcorn, games, and snow to San Clemente…on big event for the entire family to enjoy!

It’s an evening of holiday excitement! Avoid the wait to purchase your tickets and buy your wristbands now! All you have to do is click here, add the number of wristbands and visit the Ticket booth…your wristband will be waiting for you at Will-Call on the day of the event.

Sunsets with Santa | San Clemente Municipal Pier
December 9, 16 and 17, 2023 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
FREE Enjoy FREE visits with Santa on the San Clemente Municipal Pier with a beautiful sunset as your backdrop. Bring your own camera. Information: Recreation Division (949) 361-8264


Holiday Events in San Juan Capistrano

Capistrano Lights | Mission San Juan Capistrano
December 2-29, 2023 (select evenings) | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission. Join us on select days from December 2 through December 29 for daytime admission to the Mission and an evening of holiday programming and fun. Create lasting memories with family photos under our 10’ wreath, experience a Christmas tree lighting and music program with our 30’ tree and make your prayer for peace and goodwill by placing a candle near the large scale nativity in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church.

Enjoy performances by Dickens era Carolers and Selfies with Santa. Visit the Serra Chapel open after hours, California’s most historic chapel. Enjoy the Mission in lights, community Christmas trees around the grounds, extended holiday shopping hours in the Mission Store and more. Kids craft vendor and sweet treat vendor will be available on select days throughout the program as well as surprise performances.

D. Yoder Family Sundays: Letters to Santa | Casa Romantica – 415 Avenida Granada
December 3, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Enjoy free admission to Casa Romantica and see Casa Romantica decorated for the holidays. Children can write letters to Santa!

Casa Nutcracker Ballet | Casa Romantica – 415 Avenida Granada
December 7-8, 2023 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the Nutcracker ballet. This event features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica performed by the Orange County Ballet Theater. This event will sell out so be sure to purchase your tickets early!

Christmas Nights at Casa Romantica | Casa Romantica – 415 Avenida Granada
December 15-21, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Enjoy a festively decorated Casa Romantica at night with crafts for children and smores.

Christmas & Holiday High Tea | The Tea House on Los Rios
November 24 – January 7, 2023 | time varies
Seasonal high tea experiences and holiday-themed events at The Tea House on Los Rios. Delight in our carefully curated menus, inspired by the flavors of the season and the festive spirit of the holidays. Join us for unforgettable celebrations, as we blend tradition and innovation to create the most talked about events of the year! Reserve your place to partake in the joy and warmth of the holidays, right here in San Juan Capistrano.

Tea with Santa | The Tea House on Los Rios
December 2-3, 2023 | 11:00am and 2:30pm
The experience begins with a hand-written invitation from Santa, which includes the golden tickets required for entry.

  • Access to the Holiday high tea buffet, including a variety of savory seasonal finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with all the accouterments, fresh fruit, cheese display, and an array of desserts & petit fours
  • Hot cocoa bar,where you can make your own hot cocoa with different toppings
  • A variety of activities, including tea cup and ornament decorating, decorating gingerbread cookies, a reading of Polar Express, and different photo opportunities throughout the garden
  • A meet and greet with Santa, as well as time for photos
  • Friendly elves to facilitate your experience at the various activity stations

Holiday Events in Santa Ana

Plaza Navideña | Downtown Santa Ana
December 18, 2023 | 5:00pm to 8:00pm
To help welcome the Winter season, the City will be hosting the Plaza Navideña event on November 18, 2023. This free event is open to all and will include a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, and photo opportunities. The event will take place from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Plaza Calle Cuatro and the tree lighting ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Gingerbread Building Contest | Discovery Cube Orange County
Deadline: December 3, 2023
Participate in one of SoCal’s largest gingerbread building contests at Discovery Cube’s signature winter event – Science of Gingerbread. Get your family, classroom, sports team, or organization involved in holiday fun. All contestants will be invited to a private holiday awards party at the Cube. Download the application to see the rules to enter.

Science of Gingerbread | Discovery Cube Orange County
November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024
CELEBRATE with family and join the winterful hands-on activities
Walk through the un-brrrr-lieveable gingerbread village – over 100 amazing gingerbread structures to see. Meet and snap a family photo with Santa Claus on the weekends. Make the perfect holiday cookie at the cookie decorating station. Build towers, pyramids, castles and anything you can imagine with LEGO blocks and much more fun!

Join Mr. Maurer as he shares stories behind the most beloved American Christmas classics and sing along to old favorites like “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Let it Snow,” and “White Christmas!”

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Ticketed Onsite Event: Member $10 | General $13

Questions? E-mail [email protected] or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Celebration of Winter Holidays | December 3, 2023
December 3, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE Enjoy a full day of fun for the entire family! Each Festival includes complimentary face painting, art projects, live performances, and more!

This event is part of Bowers Museum’s monthly Free Family Festival series, generously sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment.

Santa’s Arrival | MainPlace Mall
November 17, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE The event features a party-like atmosphere with carolers singing holiday favorites, free gingerbread cookies, and three kids crafts where children can decorate a wooden bakery board, create an elf-themed craft, and color elf-themed coloring sheets. Children attending the event will receive a free bakery hat and apron. Cookies, craft supplies and giveaways are while supplies last.Santa will arrive earlier in the day (at 11 a.m.) and can be found in his seat in the center’s elaborate “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” home located in Macy’s Court where he will hear children’s wish lists and take professional keepsake photos with children and their families throughout the day.

Visit and Photos with Santa: The Elf on the Shelf | MainPlace Mall
November 17 – December 24, 2023 | hours vary (see below)
FREE Santa visits MainPlace Mall will once again entertain holiday shoppers with its beloved “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” Santa set, which revolutionizes the traditional Santa visit, offering guests an interactive, branded family entertainment experience that will appeal to visitors of all ages – not just families with children.

The set’s creative design was inspired by the popular children’s book The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, a cherished holiday children’s book co-written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. Each Santa encounter will begin with a walk through this imaginative set, which combines the best elements of today’s highly popular “selfie museums” with the grandeur of a theme park attraction.

After working their way through the captivating and entertaining set, children will be able to talk with Santa to share their holiday wish lists. Santa will be available for visits and professional photos daily at MainPlace Mall from Friday, November 17th, through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Professional photo packages range from $39.99 to $49.99.

To reduce overall wait times, families are strongly encouraged to make a reservation in advance of their visit. While strongly encouraged, a reservation is not required, and walk-up visits will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Guests making an advance reservation will receive one free personalized phone call from Santa before their visit. Those purchasing a photo package online or in person will also receive a free personalized video from the North Pole after their visit. To make a photo reservation, visit https://bit.ly/3eQEIoX.

SANTA HOURS*

  • Monday through Friday 11am-7pm (break 3pm – 4pm)
  • Saturdays 10am – 8pm (breaks 2pm – 3pm, 5pm-5:30pm)
  • Sunday 11am-6pm (breaks 2pm – 3pm, 5pm-5:30pm)
  • Christmas Eve 9am-4pm (break 1-2pm)
  • CLOSED Thanksgiving 

“Soothing Santa” Sensory Friendly Visit | MainPlace Mall
December 3, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
MainPlace Mall’s “Soothing Santa” event is a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a visit and private photo session with Santa Claus in a calming environment before the mall opens to the public.

The event takes place in the “Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” Santa Set in Macy’s Court. Professional photo packages range from $39.99 to $49.99. Because space is limited, to attend this event, advance registration is required. Guests making an advance reservation will receive one free personalized phone call from Santa before their visit.

Those purchasing a photo package online or in person will also receive a free personalized video from the North Pole after their visit. To make a photo reservation, visit https://bit.ly/3eQEIoX.

Santa Paws | MainPlace Mall
November 27, December 4 and 11, 2023 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Pet owners are invited to bring their furry four-legged friends to a special pet photo session with Santa Claus.

During these times, well-mannered, leashed or kenneled pets can visit with Santa in his “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” home in Macy’s Court while professional photographers capture the memories as Santa and each fur baby enjoy a warm encounter. Pets must enter the mall next to Acevedo Dental or at the entrance next to Boudin SF and may not leave the Santa set. MainPlace’s “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” encounter will be open for people without pets during these times as well. Professional photo packages range from $39.99 to $49.99.

To reduce overall wait times, families are strongly encouraged to make a reservation in advance of their visit. While strongly encouraged, a reservation is not required, and walk-up visits will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Guests making an advance reservation will receive one free personalized phone call from Santa before their visit.

Those purchasing a photo package online or in person will also receive a free personalized video from the North Pole after their visit. To make a photo reservation, visit https://bit.ly/3eQEIoX.

3rd Annual Tamalfest | 4th street, between Ross and Broadway
December 16, 2023 | 3:00pm – 10:00pm
FREE Tamalfest is an annual family friendly food festival that curates local food, businesses, and entertainment for an unforgettable night.

Posada Festival | 325 E 4th Street
December 17, 2023 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
FREE We’re gonna make it snow in Downtown Santa Ana. Piñatas for kids! Mariachi Navideño. Folklorico Navideño. Tamale Eating Contest! FREE Toys for kids!

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Bristol Town Center – 3700 S Bristol St.
November 24 – December 24, 2023 | times vary
Pumpkin City has been providing our customers with excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.

Monday – Thursday 10:30 AM – 9 PM
Friday 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Phone: (949) 449-4901


Holiday Events in Seal Beach

Seal Beach Christmas Parade | Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH, Seal Beach
December 1, 2023 | 11:00am
This will be a caravan of vehicles with Santa at the end. The route will travel through parts of Old Town, Ocean Avenue, Electric Avenue (best viewing) and of course Main Street. See below for link to route map.

Holiday Spectacular | The Shops at Rossmoor
December 9, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
FREE Join us in celebrating the season with holiday cookie decorating, take-home photos with Santa, train rides, face painting, balloon art and much more! The event festivities will take place in the Parking Lot Between HomeGoods and PetSmart. All Orange County health regulations will be strictly enforced. Attendees are asked to observe safety precautions outlined by state and local health officials; face masks are strongly encouraged.


Holiday Events in Tustin

Winter Workshops | Tustin Marketplace
December 3-17, 2023 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Light up your season with family-friendly festivities including crafts, entertainment, giveaways, and more on Sundays in December!

Nutcrackers & Sugar Plums 
Sunday, December 3, 2023: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Courtyard near Regal Edwards
You are invited to the whimsical land of Nutcrackers & Sugar Plums with nutcracker stilt walkers, a life-sized wind-up ballerina, themed craft and giveaways, sweet treats and festive tunes. Plus, the most popular guy will be at the event for Selfies with Santa. 

North Pole Express
Sunday, December 10, 2023: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Courtyard near Mathis Home
Aboard the North Pole Express and experience the magic of the holiday season. Guests will receive themed giveaways and train rides. Plus, the most popular guy will be at the event for Selfies with Santa. 

Deck the Halls 
Sunday, December 17, 2023: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Courtyard near California Pizza Kitchen
Fill your custom stocking with holiday must-haves and create your own festive potpourri scent while snacking on holiday treats and enjoying festive tunes. Plus, the most popular guy will be at the event for Selfies with Santa.

Tree Lighting | El Camino Real and 3rd Street
December 8, 2023 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
FREE Santa visit, boutique and family activities

Breakfast with Santa | Community Center at The Market Place
December 2, 2023 | 9:00am
Pancake breakfast, crafts and games, and photos with Santa!


Holiday Events in Villa Park

Santa Tour | Villa Park Community Room 
December 2, 2023 | 8:00am – 4:30pm
The Santa Tour will begin at 8:00 A.M. from City Hall and there will be 30 stops about 5-15 minutes long along the way. Please remember that times are approximate and Santa will travel along the designated route and only stop at designated areas. The Santa tour is a tradition that goes back decades in Villa Park. As Santa rides his fire truck sleigh, he makes frequent stops along the way to share candy canes, listen to children’s Christmas wishes, and pose for some family photo fun. Residents along the tour plan neighborhood parties to get in the holiday spirit while children listen for the fire engine siren in order to best determine when Santa might arrive.

Villa Park Dryland Boat Parade | Community Room 
December 10, 2023 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Parade will enter the VP Town Center by Wayneʼs Liquor and continue to roll back to VPHS. There will be no group celebration in the center this year. However, everyone is encouraged to grab a bite from a local restaurant to bring more JOY to the WORLD!


Holiday Events in Westminster

Tree Lighting | Westminster Civic Center
December 4, 2023 | 5:30pm-7:30pm
Please join us as we ring in the season with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  The event will include arts & crafts, games, food trucks, and visit with Santa.  There will also be performances from various community groups!

Dress warm, the event will take place outdoors.  For more information, contact the Community Services & Recreation Department at (714) 895-2860.

Santa on the Go | various Westminster Parks
December 8-9, 16, 2023 | 5:30pm-7:30pm
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa is on the Go! Santa is on his way to Westminster! He will be making a special appearance at various Westminster parks for some holiday fun and pictures. Visit with Santa, plus enjoy holiday crafts, treats, and activities! For more information, please call the Community Services and Recreation Department at (714) 895-2860.


Holiday Events in Yorba Linda

Breakfast with Santa | Yorba Linda Community Center
December 9, 2023 | 9:00am - 11:30am
Add extra cheer to your holiday this year with a special Breakfast with Santa! This joyous event will include breakfast, crafts, live entertainent and activities with Santa! Space is limited and no walk-in registration will be accepted. $20 per person

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Originally published on October 19, 2023. Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by Pattie Cordova

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