We may not get snow here in Orange County, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the winter season with holiday 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 holidays in Orange County. Also – check back throughout the season as we’ll be adding more winter and holiday events 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.
2019 Orange County Winter Holiday events
Santa photo days | Petsmart (in participation locations)
December 14, 15, 21, 22 | 12pm-4pm
Bring the whole family in for FREE photos with Saint Nick. Download the PetSmart app to use fun photo filters during the event.
Mingle and Jingle Doggie Day Camp Playdate | Petsmart (Participation Locations)
December 4 | 9am-5pm
Jingle all the way to our fun activities for your dog’s body & mind. Socialization led by our certified Camp Counselors. Includes FREE doggie ice cream & FREE digital keepsake photo. Playdate is included in the price of a Doggie Day Camp session. Available in select stores with a Doggie Day Camp. Pet age, health and vaccination requirements apply. Subject to availability. Breed restrictions apply.
Holiday Events in Aliso Viejo
Winter Festival | Aliso Viejo Library
December 7, 2019 | 1pm-3pm
Join us for crafts, face painting and fun! Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa Claus.
All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony | Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain
December 5, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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.
Celtic Christmas: “Outlander” & “Titanic” Piper Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth | Soka University
December 8, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric’s film & television soundtracks, and songs from the Christmas tradition – both familiar and lesser-known pieces from the British Isles and Ireland – the evening will deliver a sublime musical experience.
Holiday Events in Anaheim
A Charlie Brown Christmas | 5522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807
December 6, 2019
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a present the whole family can enjoy!
Disney Viva Navidad | Disney California Adventure
November 8-January 6, 2019
“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!
Festival Food Marketplace | Disneyland Resort
November 8, 2019-January 6, 2019
Stop by Disney California Adventure Park to discover a world of delectable possibilities throughout the Festive Foods Marketplace! Please your palate with belly-loving bites, spirited libations and decadent desserts offered at a variety of locations. Each delish dish is available during Disney Festival of Holidays, so don’t forget your appetite.
Disney Festival of Holidays | Disneyland Resort
November 8, 2019- January 6, 2019
Embrace a seasonal celebration filled with multicultural music, food and fun for all
Holiday Gingerbread Workshops | Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney
December 8, 2019 | 10am
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Gingerbread building time! Executive Chef Darrin Finkel has prepared a delicious buffet brunch for all guests to enjoy prior to the workshop. As you dine, enjoy a group sing-a-long lead by a Jazz Kitchen favorite, Amanda Castro. Then, let us prepare your table as Chef steps out of the kitchen to assist with building your Gingerbread house!
Executive Chef Darrin Finkel has prepared a delicious buffet brunch for all guests to enjoy prior to the workshop.
Let us prepare your table as Chef steps out of the kitchen to assist with building your Gingerbread house!
Buffet opens at 11:00 am, and closes at 12:15 pm – just in time for the building to begin!
Tree lightning and holiday | Downtown Anaheim
December 7, 2019 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, choral groups and services from local places of worship, marching bands, entertainment provided by our children’s groups, and Santa arriving via one of Anaheim’s gleaming fire trucks were planned. From East to West Anaheim, something for everyone. And what a better center point would there be than to have a beautifully decorated tree at the foot of West Harbor Place for an annual tree lighting ceremony. A legacy that the children of Anaheim could experience and pass on to their children. At that point, Anaheim’s 1st Annual Nutcracker Holiday began.
Posada Navidena | Anaheim Markert Place
December 9th | 10:30am-4pm
Tamales y champurado gratis a las primeras 200 personas! “Posada Navideña” at La Placita. Our “Posada Navideña” is a Christmas tradition from Mexico.
Breakfast with Santa | Catal
December 7 – 24, 2019 | various times
Join Santa and his elves for a fun-filled family event including a family-style breakfast, Charles Dickens carolers, hot cocoa cart, personalized stockings for the children, pictures with Santa, and a stuffed animal for each child from the big man himself!
Guests will have a meet and greet photo opportunity with Santa upon arrival. During your visit with Santa, guests will have photos taken by a professional photographer, and are also welcome to bring their own cameras. Following your time with Santa, guests will be escorted by one of Santa’s elves to their family style breakfast.
Holiday Events in Brea
Ultimate Cookie fun | Brea Library
December 9, 2019 | 5pm-6:45pm
Join the fun! Decorate a cookie and eat it too! The library will provide the trimmings, you just need to bring your creativity. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend this event. Space is limited and registration is required.
Santa Claus is coming to JC Penny Portraits | Brea Mall
November 6th and November 20th
Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Clas is coming to JCPenney PortraitsBring the whole family for a photo sessin with Santa! Join us Nov 6 & Nov 20 at Brea Mall
Brea Baptist Christmas Festival | Brea Baptist
December 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FREE Event open to the whole community!
Come get into the holiday spirit with games, crafts, cookie decorating, hot chocolate stations and a special visit from SANTA CLAUS!
Holiday Events in Buena Park
Knott’s Merry Farm | Knott’s Berry Farm
November 22- January
Joy is in Season at Knott’s Merry Farm on select days in November – January. As the perfect thing to do for the Christmas season, Knott’s Merry Farm provides an awesome backdrop for your family’s holiday memories with a park transformation that surrounds you with the glorious sights, sounds, and scents of the holiday season. Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world-class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol. Plus stroll through the merry streets of Calico for unique seasonal treats, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village, an enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightly falling snow, and so many more holiday attractions and activities.
Christmas Tree Lighting | Buena Park City Hall
December 6, 2019 | 6-9pm
Entertainment, festivities, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself make Christmas Tree Lighting an event that neither you or your family can miss!
The Source Holiday Music Festival | The Source
December 7 – December 29, 2019
Festive Holiday Music Festival. Every weekend is a different music, Jazz, trio, Classical Concert and Christmas Carols.
Holiday Events in Corona Del Mar
Lil’ Dickens Carolers | Rogers Gardens
November 29-December 22, 2019
Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse. Their repertoire includes your favorite standards and Sacred Christmas Carols combined with the holiday songs you have grown to love. The Carolers also mix in some spirited jazz arrangements and a bit of whimsy. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the holidays at Roger’s Gardens.
Holiday Events in Costa Mesa
WinterFest OC | OC Fair
December 19 – January 5, 2019
Featuring ice tubing down an 9 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area with separate areas for toddlers and kids with fresh snow blown in daily. Come to ice skate on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink. Nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters, fireworks and snow flurries, plus a not to be missed experience with Santa and his reindeer flying over the fairgrounds. All new Alpine Village with a new light maze and new wintery attractions, over 20 carnival rides and attractions, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.
South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony | Towne Center Park, Costa Mesa (Across from South Coast Plaza)
November 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm
South Coast Plaza’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and a special Christmas performance. Enjoy snowfall plus free cookies, refreshments. Arrive early to receive free Santa hat.
Metro Pointe Holiday Happenings | Metro Pointe
November 29 – December 23
Free photo opportunity near Nordstrom Rack and regular schedule entertainment featuring holiday music, weather permitting.
Nutcracker for Kids | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 7, 2019 | 10am
Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself!
Vanguard Christmas Fantasia | Sergerstrom Center for the Arts
December 9, 2019 | 8pm
Ring in the Christmas season with beloved carols and musical masterpieces performed by Vanguard University’s nationally-known, 130-member choirs and orchestra in the elegance and acoustical perfection of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Proceeds support Vanguard University music students, scholarships and other educational resources.
Mele Kalikimaka | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 13, 2019 | 5pm
Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras proudly presents Mele Kalikimaka: A Worldwide Celebration of Christmas. Featuring a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the remarkable Youth Choirs, the elegant Grand Chorus, and the superb Symphony Orchestra, this concert will inspire your soul.
American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker | Segerstrom Center of Arts
December 13-22, 2019
Treat your family to a magical holiday tradition as American Ballet Theatre performs its acclaimed production of The Nutcracker!
The Spirit of the Season, with Voltave | Segerstrom Center of Arts
December 14, 2019 | 8pm
In this special holiday performance, Voctave brings their awe-inspiring sound, rich harmonies, and warm melodies of timeless classics and carols.
Holiday Organs Spectacular | Segerstrom Center of Arts
December 17, 2019 | 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, $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ.
Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 19, 2019 | 8pm
Celebrate the season in this beloved holiday concert featuring the Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos!
Christmas with Marie Osmond | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 21-22, 2019 | 8pm
Celebrate Christmas with Marie Osmond backed by the spectacular Hollywood sound of Pacific Symphony. Experience her captivating talent with an unforgettable holiday concert featuring festive favorites as well as hit singles such as “Paper Roses,” “Meet Me in Montana” and “Read My Lips.”
Torelli Realty’s Holiday Snowland | Balearic Park, Costa Mesa
December 14, 2019 | 9am-12pm
The event is one of the most anticipated winter activities in the community with a colossal 40 TONS OF REAL SNOW that the children can frolic in! From Santa Claus arriving by fire truck (and available to pose for photos with guests), to hay wagon rides with real sleigh horses, there is a lot of fun to partake in! This year they are even trying to have a reindeer visit! Kids just love the bounce house, and cookie decorating
Spanish Harlem Orchestra Salsa Navidad | Segerstrom Center of Arts
December 21, 2019 | 7pm
Celebrate the winter holidays with the three-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band that will make you want to stand up and dance.
‘Tis the season | Segerstrom Center of Arts
December 22-23, 2019
Celebrate the holidays in high style with Orange County’s favorite seasonal extravaganza, including members of Pacific Symphony, angelic children’s voices, and The Man in Red himself!
Winter Holiday Family Craft | Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library
December 3, 2019 | 4pm-5pm
Celebrate the winter holidays! The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library invites you to a join us for a fun evening of crafts. We’ll be making fake snow and building mini-snowmen that you can take home. Free event for all ages. All materials are provided.
Reindeer Carousel | South Coast Plaza
December | 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.
A unique gift for children of all ages, the Carousel Express booklet is sold in $5, $10 and $25 denominations, and includes free ride passes.
Santa’s Express Train | South Coast Plaza
Through January 1st | Mall Hours
Children can ride on Santa’s Express Train for $1, taking them full steam ahead into the heart of the holiday season. A train ride is complimentary with any Santa photo purchase. Open Center hours in the Crate and Barrel Home Store Wing, Level 2. Children over 50″ tall and weighing more than 70lbs. are not permitted on this ride.
Holiday Events in Cypress
Holiday Decorating Contest | Cypress
December 15, 2019
All residences and businesses within the City of Cypress are eligible. Submit one to three (1-3) photos of your decorated home/business on the form below for judging. One (1) photo per entry will be displayed on this web page as it is received. Deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019. All participants will receive a yard sign noting their award or recognizing their participation starting December 19 through 21. There is no charge for residents and businesses to participate in the “Holiday Decorating Contest”
December 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm
School Performances, Letters to Santa & Veterans, Holiday Activities, Train Rides, Visits with Santa, Refreshments. Food available for purchase, proceeds benefit Youth Action Committee
Noon Year’s Eve | Cypress Library
December 31 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Kids, teens, and families: Ring in 2020 at the Cypress Library! Enjoy a photobooth, exciting party favor crafts… and a countdown to NOON with balloon drop!
Free! In the north side of the library.
Please call the library at 714-826-0350 for more information.
Holiday Events in Dana Point
45th Annual Boat Parade of Lights | Dana Point Harbor
December 6, 7, 13, 14, 2019 | 4:30pm-10pm
Boats will parade around the Dana Point Harbor in colorful light displays. Festivities begin at 4:30pm with boat rides with Santa, pet pictures with Santa and fun activities along the shops area. Boat parade starts at 7:30pm. Parking available at Doheny State Beach for $3 per hour. Free Trolleys will be running from 3:30-10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive.
Teen Holiday Open house | Dana Point
December 19, 2019 | 4pm-6pm
TEEN HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Drop in any time between 4:00p-6:00p. For Ages 12-18. Join us for some Holiday Fun! Wear your ugly holiday sweater!! Decorate some cookies and have same hot chocolate. Free!
Artsy Food for Winter Holidays | Dana Point Library
December 13, 2019 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
Join us for an afternoon of fun food arrangement. Creations will have a wintery theme and are intended for display only. For kids ages 5-8 with parental supervision. Free. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dana Point Library.
Brettso’s Holiday Magic Show | Dana Point Library
December 14, 2019 | 11am
Brettso the Great!! Join us for exciting magic, hilarious comedy, and non-stop audience participation! A wonderful time for the entire family! Free. No registration required.
Gingerbread House Open House | Dana Point Library
December 10, 2019
Create a winter wonderland house! Stop by any time between 1pm and 5pm to create a colorful gingerbread (graham cracker!) house using candy and frosting. Free. No registration required. All materials provided. A fun family program!
Winter Festival and Tree Lighting | Dana Point
December 7, 2019 | 12pm – 5:30pm
This annual event features Santa, entertainment, an artisan craft fair, carnival games, rides, crafts for kids, cookie decorating and more! The tree lighting takes place at 5:15 pm with free hot chocolate and cookies. For more information call the City of Dana Point Recreation
Pines Park tree lighting | Pines Park
December 9, 2019 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Santa visits, carolers, dog costume parade, carnival games for the kids, free cookies and hot chocolate for the tree lighting at 5 pm. For more information call the City of Dana Point Recreation Department
Holiday Events in Fountain Valley
Teen Festivus Celebration | Fountain Valley Library
December 19, 2019 | 4pm-6pm
‘Tis the season for cookies, cocoa and ugly holiday sweaters! Teens, come to the library for cookie decorating, games and more!
Teen Handmade Holiday | Fountain Valley Library
December 12, 2019 | 4pm-6pm
Hey teens, interested in making something special for friends, family or yourself? Then join us at the library for another Teen Handmade Holiday Program! This time we’ll be hand decorating ceramic mugs with markers.
Holiday Events in Fullerton
Winter Market and Tree Lighting | Downtown Plaza Fullerton
December 7, 2019 | 12-4pm
Winter Market will offer a variety of vendor booths for early Christmas shopping, plus holiday entertainment and food booths. Even Santa Claus will take time out of his busy schedule to attend the market and pose for free photos with children. Enjoy bounce houses and crafts. Plus beer garden for adults.
Holiday Festival | The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
December 16 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season with family-friendly activities, live music, free art workshops for kids, an arts and crafts fair, artisan chili in artisan bowls sale (proceeds help support art education programs for underserved youth in the community!) AND a special appearance by Santa Claus. Free admission.
Holiday Events in Garden Grove
Winter in The Grove | Village Green Park, 12732 Main Street, Garden Grove
December 7, 2019 | 3-7pm
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.
Ten Holiday Open house | Garden Grove Chapman Library
December 19, 2019 | 4pm-5pm
Make a pair of touch screen gloves with conductive thread or puffy paint. All materials are provided. This program is intended for ages 10 and up. Registration is required and limited to 12 attendees.
Adult DIY Snow Globes | West Garden Grove Library
December 7, 2019 | 10:30am-11:30am
Make your very own snow globe to take home! Bring in a small figurine to add inside your globe, all other supplies will be provided! Space is limited and registration is required. Supplies are provided by the Friends of the Garden Grove Libraries.
Gingerbread House Decorating | Garden Grove Tibor Rubin Library
December 18, 2019 | 3pm-6pm
Enjoy an afternoon building your very own gingerbread house! You bring the creativity and we provide the supplies. This program is open to children and teens. Preschoolers should bring a helper. Stop by anytime between 3:00-6:00pm, no registration required. Creations can be taken home.
The Littlest Fir Tree Holiday Program | Garden Grove Main
December 21, 2019 | 2:30pm-4pm
Join us for a special holiday program with Literature Comes To Life featuring a presentation of The Littlest Fir Tree! Program will be followed by snack time featuring cookies and hot chocolate!
Christmas at the Cathedral | Christ Cathedral
December 13, 2019 | 7:30pm
Celebrate the season with the choirs of Christ Cathedral: The Diocesan Choir, The Diocesan Children’s Choir, and the Christ Cathedral Choirs in English, Vietnamese and Spanish! You will help usher in this Christmas season with splendid carols both new and old. This will be the first Christmas at the Cathedral performance in the new Cathedral building!
JesusVR | Chris Cathedral
December | various times
Witness the life of Christ-like never before. Share a theatrical Virtual Reality Experience with Friends and Family while witnessing Christ’s journey as if you are actually there!
Living Nativity | Village Bible Church
December 14 – 15 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every 15 minutes, a tour will walk through the streets of Bethlehem and find their way to the nativity. There will be live interactions along the way that tell the Christmas story and give an idea of the setting of Christ’s birth. Admission is free and tours will last about 20 minutes each. We will be having a petting zoo this year as part of the tour.
West Grove Jingle Jam | Eastgate Park
December 5, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We are closing down a street for train rides, Santa will be there for pictures, performances, vendor booths, food trucks, toy drive, and so much more!!
Holiday Events in Huntington Beach
Barnes & Noble – Storytime and Activities Featuring The Crayons’ Christmas | Bella Terra
November 2, 2019 | 11am-12pm
The crayons are back—just in time for the holidays! Join us for Storytime and Activities featuring this unique, new book and see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the season.
Holidays in Huntington Beach | Newland House Museum
December 1, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 1898 Historic Newland House will be decorated for Christmas in Victorian splendor. Join us in celebrating the strong and continued friendship between the early settlers of Huntington Beach and the Japanese-American community of Wintersburg. Come see a stunning recreation of the Tashima Market and various demonstrations of Japanese and Japanese-American culture.
Live Nativity Play 2019 | Old World
December 15 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers, dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season. Free admission.
Live Nativity | First Christian Church
December 4 – 6 | 6:00 pm
The Live Nativity at First Christian Church of Huntington Beach has been a staple in our community for more than 50 years. Actors and live animals tell the story of Jesus’ birth through 9 different scenes. Whether you’re driving through or walking, the true magic of Christmas will be remembered as you celebrate with friends and family. Come for the Live Nativity and stay for Christmas Carols in the Chapel, a photo opportunity for the family and crafts for the kids.
Christmas Blvd. | Fullerton Free Church
December 6 – 8 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fullerton Free’s main campus will be transformed into “CHRISTMAS BLVD,” decked out with a giant Christmas tree, decorations and lights as festive music plays throughout the experience. NEW this year will be a synchronized Christmas light show along the Plaza, a giant inflatable slide, a fun and interactive kids production and a roaming cast of first-century characters telling the Christmas story in a warm and witty manner.
There will be food trucks, fresh cotton candy and kettle corn, inflatables for kids, woodworking and weaving demonstrations, snow falling gently, nightly concerts in the Worship Center and so much more!
Returning attractions include a horse-drawn carriage, carnival rides and FREE photos with Santa. There will be live music played throughout the event at our outdoor stage and in our main Worship Center. Also returning this year is The Marketplace.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | Bella Terra
November 16, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Featuring a holiday sing-along with the Snow Queen & her Sister, Santa & Mrs. Claus and a special performance by Hip Hop Violinist Josh Vietti & Friends. Plus, enjoy special treats including hot chocolate from Peet’s Coffee and complimentary Jingle Bells and Santa hats (while supplies last). And don’t miss the arrival of Santa to light the tree amidst a magical snowfall and photos ops with Santa to follow.
Special Guests: Santa & Mrs. Claus, Snow Queen & her Sister, Hip Hop Violinist Josh Vietti, and more!
Holidays in Who-ville | Bella Terra
December 16, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM PST
Enjoy the classic tale of what happens to the Whos in Whoville during the holidays. Create a cute Grinch inspired ornament. Be Entertained by The Grinch & Cindy Lou Who.
Holiday Events in Irvine
Visit & Photo with Santa | Pretend City
December 9, 12, 18, 20, 2019 | 9:30am-11:30am
You better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Claus is coming to Pretend City! Join us as we meet jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, tell him our holiday wishes, and sit on his lap for a photo!
Assisteens Winter Craft Day | Irvine University Park Library
December 8, 2019
Join us in creating crafts for the winter! Free for kids of all ages, feel free to stop by between 11:30 to 2:30 to join in on the fun!
December Baby Steps | Pretend City
December 9 | 2pm-3:30pm
Monthly Theme: Happy Holidays, Little Elf! (Santa will be here). Pretend City will be celebrating the holiday season for this month’s Baby Steps! Babies will enjoy holiday activities like making reindeer ornaments for the tree and creating holiday cards for loved ones!
Christmas Countdown | Pretend City
December 12, 11am| December 23, 4pm
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…holiday fun at Pretend City! Join us for our exciting 12 Days of Christmas Countdown! Each day leading up to Christmas, we will “unwrap” a new holiday activity at the museum! Get in the holiday spirit as we gear up for Christmas and countdown.
Christmas Trees at Tanaka Farms | 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.
Celebrate Las Posadas! Feliz Navidad! | Pretend City
December 16th | 11:30 am – 12 pm
This colorful Mexican holiday celebrates the 9 days leading up to Christmas!
Celebrate the Winter Solstice | Pretend City
December 21 | 10 am
It’s officially winter! Join Pretend City as they learn all about winter solstice and the changing of seasons! They will have winter-themed art and activities for little ones to join in the winter wonderland fun!
Hooray for Hanukkah | Pretend City
Sunday, December 22 at 10:00 am – Monday, December 30 at 4:00 pm
Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! Pretend City is celebrating Hanukah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art!
Festival of Kwanzaa Celebration | Pretend City
December 26, 2019 | 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Each day Pretend City will light a candle on the Kinara and celebrate a new principle through a variety of activities. Smart Art (Times Vary): Corncob Painting> During Kwanzaa corn is a symbol of children and a promise of their future.
Christmas Train | Irvine Park Railroad
November 29 – December 23, 2019
‘Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart from the brightly-lit 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.
Live Entertainment: The Goode Time Caroles | Irvine Spectrum
November 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy musical entertainment from The Goode Time Carolers, live throughout the center.
Skating Under The Stars | Irvine Spectrum
November 1, 2019
Beginning November 1, find the ice rink under the Giant Wheel. Every Thursday from 6pm – 8:30pm, enjoy entertainment and giveaways sponsored by One West Bank. Plus, come dressed in the weekly theme and receive $5 off your Ice Rink ticket!
Santa Photos | Irvine Spectrum
November 29 – December 24, 2019
Decked out in his best red suit, Santa will be at his Crystal Cove beach-inspired surf shack to hear your wishes and take photos with kids & pets of all ages through December 24. Find Santa in Palm Court (near Old Navy).
Home for the Holidays | Animal Care Center
December 8 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
More than 30 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring about 500 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and small animals for adoption.
Christmas at the OC Zoo | Irvine Regional Park
December 14 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for holiday fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include visits with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, holiday kids crafts, photo area, and games! Come see the zoo animals receive treat-filled “gifts” and treats hidden inside Christmas trees throughout the day! Reservations are not needed. Activities are free with paid zoo admission (Admission Fee: $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free)
Holiday Events in La Habra
Holiday Wreath Family Program | La Habra Library
December 1, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Create beautiful wreaths from scratch, fun for the whole family. Registered not required for this event, first come first served while supplies last.
Week Holiday Crafts | La Habra Library
December 10, 2019 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Create a winter wonderland house! Stop by any time between 1pm and 5pm to create a colorful gingerbread (graham cracker!) house using candy and frosting. Free. No registration required. All materials provided. A fun family program! Ages 7-17
December 11, 2019 4:30pm-5:30pm
Make a Snow Globe Make a cute snow globe decoration. All ages welcomed!
12 days of Craftsman | La Habra Library
December 3, 2019 | 3pm-4pm
Enjoy fun seasonal crafts at the library. Make gifts for others or unique items to decorate your home. Get into the holiday spirit with some library cheer. All materials will be provided.
Holiday Cards | La Habra Library
December 12, 2019 | 2pm-6pm
Come and make Holiday Theme Cards. There will be plenty of fun and lots of glitter! All ages welcomed!
Fun with Felt | La Habra Library
December 5, 2019 | 4:30pm-5:30
Learn basic hand sewing skills and create snowflake ornament out of felt! This program is for ages 5 and up.Registration not
Holiday Events in Ladera Ranch
DIY Ornaments | Ladera Ranch Library
December 13, 2019 | 11am-12pm
Let’s get crafty! The winter sky is the limit with clear ornament spheres. We can fill them up with crushed candy canes and top off with a festive bow. Join the fun as we create one of a kind decorations.
Holiday Events in Laguna Beach
Sawdust Winter Fantasy |Laguna Beach
November 23 – December 22, 2019
Featuring 180 artists and makers, 3 stages of live music, holiday-themed festival classes and ceramics, art demonstrations, daily visits with Santa, carolers, a petting zoo, marionette shows, falling snow, thousands of lights and decorations for your perfect festive photo ops, outdoor cafes and saloon, and so much more!
Hospitality Night | Forest Avenue
December 6 | 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The festivities start in the Peppertree Parking Lot (located between Ocean and Forest, across from Second Street) where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting ceremony at 6:10 p.m. – this year on a different pepper tree than in the past.
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. Street closures in the downtown area will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Portions of Forest Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Beach Street, and the Peppertree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event.
Holiday Events in Laguna Hills
Holiday Cookie recipe Contest | Laguna Hills
November 13, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Each year, the Community Services Department hosts a Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest as we prepare to enter the winter holiday season. The 2019 Contest will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Participants are asked to submit their cookie recipe and the story behind their family’s recipe. A group of finalists will be selected to bake a sample batch for a taste-test. The winner will receive a gift basket, and their story and recipe will be published in the 2020 Winter Community Services brochure, which is mailed Citywide.
Journey to Bethlehem: A Living Nativity | Crossline Church
December 13 – 15 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
Holiday Events in Lake Forest
SnowFest | Pittsford Park
January 26, 2019
Come be a part of this annual winter event and hit the snow laden slopes at Pittsford Park! Grab the kids, the camera, and your friends and come play in the snow at this special event. Sleds and saucers will be available for you and your family to slide down Mount Pittsford. There will also be a free snow play area for kids 10 and under open during the entire event. Must purchase wristbands before event in person at Lake Forest Recreation Center, $7 per sledder.
Session 1 Families Sat Jan 26 11 am-12:15 pm
Session 2 Families Sat Jan 26 12:45-2 pm
Session 3 Families Sat Jan 26 2:30-3:45 pm
Annual Candlelight Walk | Heritage Hill
December 13-15, 2019 | 5:30pm-8:30pm
For three enchanted evenings, hundreds of luminarias will light the pathways as you enter historic buildings adorned with period décor. Stroll through the magical sight as Victorian carolers and festive musicians fill the brisk night air with seasonal melodies. Each building will be staffed with costumed docents ready to share each building’s history. Children can visit with Santa in the Arbor, join in on Christmas crafts with Mrs. Claus, and enjoy holiday puppet shows in the Wagon Wheel Corral. OC Public Libraries will engage in traditional winter storytelling with tales from the past in the El Toro Grammar School. Hot chocolate, warm apple cider, popcorn and cookies will be available for purchase.
Admission for this event is $5 per person ages 3 and older. Cash only.
Holiday Events in La Habra
La Habra Tamale Festival | Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Lambert Rd., La Habra
December 1, 2019 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The event will feature; 40+ food vendors, 80+ general vendors, artwalk, Tamale Lessons, cantina, three stages of entertainment, Tree Lighting ceremony, and more! FREE admission!
Breakfast with Santa | La Habra Kids Museum
December 7-8 | 8:30am
He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re coming to the Children’s Museum! This morning includes a continental breakfast of yummy treats, a colorful craft for each child, the classic photo with Santa Claus and free admission into the Museum! Don’t miss your chance to spend some quality family time together and also greet Santa before he starts his busy schedule. Reservations are required for this event.
Tea & cookies with Mrs. Claus | La Habra Kids Museum
December 14 | 10am-11:30am
Mrs. Claus would be delighted if you’d join her and her elf helpers for a holiday tea that will include a visit and story, delicious cookie decorating, tea and pink lemonade! $20 per person, includes museum admission. Space is limited
Holiday Events in Los Alamitos
Winter Wonderland | St. Isidore Historical Plaza and Pine Street
December 7, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 7:30pm
Winter Wonderland will feature an area to play in the snow, sledding, activities, Santa’s Village, vendor booths, food trucks, a tree lighting ceremony and entertainment. The event is FREE, so be sure to bundle up and bring your family and friends along to join in the fun!
Holiday Decoration Contest | Los Alamitos
December 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Display your holiday lights and decor on your home.
Holiday Events in Mission Viejo
Santa’s Arrival & Celebration
December 1, 2019, 3-6pm
Enjoy game and activity booths where children can “make and take” crafts and visit the live reindeer. Santa will arrive and usher in the holiday spirit by turning on the holiday lights.
Holly Jolly Light tour | Kershaw Garden
December 13, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring your family, friends and your neighbors and join the Mission Viejo Activities Committee this holiday season for a fun evening. Before climbing aboard the Holly Jolly Light Tour to be dazzled by the beautiful holiday lights enjoy the festivities planned just for you. Your ticket includes an outdoor reception with live entertainment, munchies and a cozy warm fire. Adult beverages available for purchase. Tickets go on sale 11/1, every rider must have a ticket, including children.
Kaleidoscope Holiday Tree Lighting | Kaleidoscope Mission Viejo
December 7, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The free evening of family fun will include a performance by the bright and talented students of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) celebrated performance ambassadors, MONTAGE!, along with Frosty and Rudolph who will join Santa in a countdown to light the 20-foot Noble Fir in Kaleidoscope’s courtyard.
Visitors will also enjoy free face painting, balloon art, a caricature artist, a festive photo booth, a holiday ornament craft, and some of your favorite Frozen-inspired characters, along with carolers sharing seasonal cheer. After the tree lighting, Santa Claus will be available for photos inside Union Market on the upper level. Select Kaleidoscope restaurants and shops will also have sampling and special offers.
Holiday Events in Newport Beach
Christmas Boat Parade | Newport Harbor
December 18-22, 2019
Each year the beloved holiday tradition lights up the harbor and draws holiday enthusiasts from across the region. Residents and visitors can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including the new 10.5-acre Marina Park, which offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route. Another favorite option to see the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes are the numerous Dine & Watch waterfront restaurants, or Dine & Walk from one of the harbor-adjacent restaurants to one of the convenient viewing spots. Public boat cruises offered each night of the parade are another great option to view the parade and travel with the parade viewing many of the bayfront homes also in full décor.
Tree Lighting Ceremony | 401 Newport Center Dr. (Neiman Marcus/ Bloomingdale’s Courtyard)
November 22-23, 2019, 6pm
A visit from Santa, magical snowfall, and, of course, the highly-anticipated lighting of the tree! Two days to head out to Fashion Island for this star studded event. Arrive early.
Santa Photos | Fashion Island
November 22 – December 24, 2019
It’s that time of year again! Young visitors can meet with Santa to share their holiday wishes and take a photo at his custom-designed house on Atrium Lawn from November 22 through December 24.
Tree Lightning and Holiday Bazaar | Crystal Cove State Park
December 7, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Every year, just after Thanksgiving, Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The first Saturday in December is the Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar complete with Santa arriving via a lifeguard vehicle to greet the crowd. As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk.
Brunch with Santa | Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
December 14-21, 2019
Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, great food and Mr. Santa Claus himself. Take photos with Santa in between trips to the sprawling brunch buffet highlighting food stations like cooked-to-order omelets and pancakes, bottomless champagne and mimosas, and a dessert display featuring white and milk chocolate fountains
29th annual Lightning of the Bay | Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
November 30, 2019
Gather at the shores for the countdown to the Lighting of the Bay featuring Santa Claus, who will flip the giant switch to illuminate the bay and arrive by wave-runner. Selfies with Santa will follow right after so pull out your phones! Kids’ love the special activities and rides on a small holiday train offered at the event. This is a Newport Beach holiday tradition not to be missed.
Kris Kringle Story Time Mingle | Pelican Hill
November 29-December 22 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Santa’s parking his sleigh and setting up shop in the Main Estate Lobby, where he’ll be reading stories, taking photos and delighting kids of all ages. Gather ‘round the gingerbread display for three story times at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and be sure to stick around during intermission to take photos and visit with jolly old St. Nick.
Yuletide Tea | Pelican Hill
November 29- December 22 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The holidays are Santa’s cup of tea, and we’re thrilled he’ll be joining us in the Great Room Social Lounge all season long for a modern twist on the time-honored tradition of gathering for afternoon tea. Sip contemporary blends featuring classic selections and emerging tea markets while you nosh on savory and sweet small bites. Tea-based cocktails and sparkling wines available à la carte.
The Nutcracker for Kids | Friends Meeting Room
December 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The whole family will enjoy this program for children. “The Nutcracker for Kids” is an abridged narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. The shortened performance features a cast of professional dancers in complete costumes and tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather. Overnight, the nutcracker is magically transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara on an enchanting journey.
Marina Park Family friend night | Marina Park Sailing Center
December 20, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from one of the most prestigious location.
Holiday Events in Orange
Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession | Old Towne Orange
December 8, 2019 | 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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. Tree Lighting ceremony starts at 5:15pm.
56th Annual Holiday Wassail Concert and Banquet | Musco Center
December 6-7 | 8:00 pm
Join us for a magnificent concert of holiday season favorites performed by the Chapman University Singers, University Choir and Women’s Choir, and The Chapman Orchestra.
Mark O’Connor |Musco Center
December 17 | 7:30pm
An unforgettable evening of holiday classics, fiddling and bluegrass! Legendary American fiddler and 3-time Grammy winner Mark O’Connor and his ace band perform hits from their chart-topping album An Appalachian Christmas, critically acclaimed as “elegant” (The New York Times) and “an absolute delight” (American Songwriter). These masterful musicians deliver stunning, sophisticated arrangements, taking a deep dive into Appalachian seasonal folklore and traditional Christmas tunes in a style that melds bluegrass, Americana, jazz, classical and indie folk.
Noche Buena: Christmas Eve in Mexico | Musco Center
December 11, 2019 | 7:30pm
Christmas in Mexico is intertwined with beloved traditions, from the children’s posada processions to all the joyous festivity and worshipful ceremony of Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve. Celebrate the holidays Mexican-style with this colorful evening of music and dance featuring two of L.A.’s most acclaimed performance ensembles: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles (BFLA) and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. BFLA was founded in 2011 and though young, has worked with Grammy-winning artists such as Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar and many more. The dance company recently collaborated with Disney Studios on performances celebrating Pixar’s Coco, sharing the stage with Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal and Miguel at the Academy Awards. Mariachi Garbaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has delighted audiences for the past 20 years, evolving into one of the premier mariachi ensembles in California.
A Southern California Christmas | Musco Center
Join us for the third annual tradition – now expanded to two performances! – as more than 150 performers from across Southern California – musicians, singers, dancers – bring you a holiday spectacular packed full of your favorite carols. From the triumphal tones of a brass fanfare to the thrilling sound of a chorus in full voice and the sugarplum dreams woven by dancers’ feet, there’s something for all ages in this merry delight. A family favorite for all ages, it’s a show that’s sure to make your Christmas season glow brightly.
Holiday Boutique Sale | Orange Public Library
December 7, 2019 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
This Friends of the Library sale will feature new and nearly new books suitable for gifting or collecting. Books will be individually priced from a few dollars and up. Do the holiday shopping for your book-loving friends and family. All proceeds support the Library.
Holiday Events in Placentia
Placentia Tamal Festival | Old Town Placentia
December 11, 2019, 4-10pm
Incredible Tamales and delicious food, live entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus to give toys to local children, and holiday tree lighting. Live entertainment including two time Grammy Winning Mariachi Divas.
Holiday Events in San Clemente
Holiday Happenings | San Clemente Outlets
November 16, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tree Lighting celebration at San Clemente Outlet mall
Santa’s Photo Express | San Clemente Outlets
November 23, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Photos with Santa at the San Clemente Outlets
Menorah Lightning | San Clemente Outlets
December 22, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gather around with loved ones and friends and come to San Clemente Outlets, Menorah Lightning.
Marionette Puppet Show | San Clemente Library
December 4, 2019 | 3pm – 4pm
Celebrate the season and join us for a family show “Frosty’s Magic Hat.” Marionette puppetry is an old and dying art, and children will be fascinated with these beautiful puppets. So, come enjoy this special “old world” winter show. Refreshments served.
Lil’ Elves workshop | San Clemente Community Center
December 20, 2019 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
You better watch out, you better not pout…Playschool is decking its halls for a morning of holiday cheer and excitement. Santa’s elves are in need of extra special help from your tiny tots putting crafts and games together! Children will sing holiday songs, enjoy special guest appearances from Santa’s helpers, make gifts for family and friends, decorate holiday cookies, and many more marvelous activities!
Santa’s Village by the Sea | San Clemente Community Center
December 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ring in the season with children’s activities, tree lightings, Santa, shopping and more! Santa’s Village by the Sea features Holiday Hoopla at the Community Center, Christmas at the Casa, and Puttin’ on the Glitz. City Tree Lighting event with the Mayor will be held at 5:15 p.m.
Holiday Events in San Juan Capistrano
Capistrano Lights |Mission San Juan Capistrano
December 8, 2019 – January 6, 2020
Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission with 30 days of festive programming and a nightly tree lighting. Create lasting memories with family photos under our 10′ wreath, selfies with Santa on select weekends in December, photo opportunity with our 30′ Christmas tree and make your prayer for peace and goodwill by placing a candle in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church.
Holiday Events in Santa Ana
Science of Gingerbread | Discovery Cube
November 29 – January 5, 2019
The sweetest season at the Cube returns this winter. The Science of Gingerbread is the Discovery Cube’s annual holiday tradition. Join us for Southern California’s largest Gingerbread Competition and Display. We’re accepting gingerbread structures November 23rd through December 8th.
Holiday Family Night | Discovery Cube
December 7 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for our Holiday Family Night at the Orange County campus where there is fun Holiday and science festive cheer everywhere! This event features delightful carolers, mulled wine for adults, an early learner activity, stage shows, gift photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and all of our Science of Gingerbread activities and more.
This one-night-only exclusive event is sure to bring out the Holiday spirit in you and your family. So throw on your best Holiday ugly sweater and come party with us! Rare are the places where you and your family can experience science and holiday cheer under the same roof.
Snow Days w Critters | Santa Ana Zoo
December 14 and 15, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Zoo celebration featuring stations focusing on winter and snow. Watch animals receive icy treats, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, play educational games, create cool crafts and listen to delightful winter stories. Included with price of admission; FOSAZ Members are FREE and Santa Ana Residents are FREE on December 15.
Las Posadas Festival | Bowers Museum
December 15, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Experience a traditional Mexican Christmas re-enactment of the story of Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter for the birth of the Baby Jesus at an inn (posada). Join us for face painting, art projects and Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce. Performances by Rhythmo Mariachi Kids and Folklorico RaÍces de Mexico.
Plaza Navideña | Plaza Calle Cuatro, Santa Ana (corner 4th St. & French St.)
November 16, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment including mariachi and local music/dance groups, piñata area for children, and, of course, a special visit from Santa Claus!
“A Christmas Story” Santa | MainPlace Mall
November 13 – December 24th
Guests of all ages are invited to visit Santa and enjoy a new interactive experience inspired by the fan-favorite Warner Bros. film “A Christmas Story”. The new walk-through set incorporates many of the most famous scenes from the movie, while combining the best elements of today’s highly popular “selfie museums” and augmented reality interactive experience. The journey to see Santa has just become as much fun as the visit itself! Capture that magical moment with a professional photo taken with Santa or a family portrait alongside the movie’s iconic leg lamp. Santa’s new “A Christmas Story” home is located on Level 1 in Macy’s Court. The set is free and open to the public. Select photo opportunities are available for purchase. Walk-ups are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended.
Santa’s Arrival | MainPlace Mall
November 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The entire community is invited to join us as we welcome Santa Claus to his new “A Christmas Story” home on Friday, November 15th from 6pm – 8pm. Following Santa’s arrival, children and their families will be able to meet some of Santa’s favorite elves, enjoy face painting and balloon twisting, and sip hot cocoa while listening to a DJ play festive holiday music. There will also be exciting giveaways available to the first 300 children to attend. Festivities will take place on Level 1 in Center Court.
Tree Lighting | Calvary Church
December 7 | 4:00 pm; tree lighting at 6:00 pm
There will be lots of fun, memory-making activities for everyone. And, it all culminates in the lighting of our beautiful Christmas tree in the center of the Calvary courtyard. Come together with us to celebrate the Light of the world!
Events include: Music & Carols, Cookie Decorating , Cocoa & Coffee, Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Photo Spot, Christmas Crafts, Food Trucks, Camel Rides, Sledding (Real Snow), Giveaways and More!
Posada Miniondas | Heritage Museum
December 8 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Food booths, traditional holiday foods, crafts, games, giveaways, entertainment, music, contests, kids crafts, story time, piñatas and much more.
Pet Photos with Santa | Heritage Museum of Orange County
November 24 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Barks of Love and the Heritage Museum of Orange County! $10 donation gets you access to a digital gallery.
Holiday Events in Santa Margarita
Kids Imagine Nation | Rancho Santa Margarita Library
December 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Please come to the Rancho Santa Margarita Library in welcoming Kids Imagine Nation! They will be performing their Holiday Show. This is a one hour program for kids of all ages and for families of all sizes.
Follow the Star- A Living Nativity | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
December 6 – 8 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season at this annual living nativity. Follow the Star is a living portrayal of Christ’s birth as recorded in the New Testament. Show repeats every 30 min with the last show at 8:30 pm. Hot chocolate served.
Holiday Events in Seal Beach
Kids’ Crafts: Winter Solstice| Seal Beach Mary Wilson
December 7, 2019 | 10am-4pm
Self-directed crafts for all ages. Let’s see what you can create! Adult supervision required.
Breakfast with Santa | Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Dr.
December 14, 2019 | 8:00 am – 10:30 am
First come first served. Seal Beach Community Services Department, cosponsored by the Seal Beach Lions Club. Take a family photo, jump in the bounce house, and sit on Santa’s lap with your Christmas wish list. Make it a Seal Beach family affair!
Seal Beach Holiday Parade | Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH, Seal Beach
December 6, 2019 | 7:00 – 8:45pm
Our Seal Beach Christmas Parade is a great home town event that brings the community together year after year for an evening of warm holiday spirit. Floats, Cars, Wagons, Strollers, Bikes, Boats, Bands, and Animals will all be part of the parade again this year.
Seal Beach Tree Lighting | Eisenhower Park (Ocean Ave. & Main Street)
November 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The big tree lighting happens around sunset. There is snow for the children to play in and hot cocoa and possibly cookies for sale.
Holiday Spectacular | The Shops at Rossmoor
December 7, 2019 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This event is FREE and open to the public. The family-friendly event will feature Christmas carolers, story time with Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with Santa, face painting, balloon twisting, stilt walkers and more. Event Held Near Fidelity Investments
Holiday Events in Tustin
Duck the Halls Tree Lighting | Tustin Market Place
November 17 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bring the family to The Market Place for the annual Duck the Halls kickoff event with an exciting Tree Lighting Ceremony! Check back soon for more information.
Duck the Halls Holiday Family Parties | Tustin Market Place
Join us for Duck the Halls Family Holiday Parties on Sundays to enjoy kid-friendly crafts, games, and more!
Tustin Police Department Santa Sleigh Schedule & Route | Tustin
December 2-6, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Day 1: Streets North of Irvine Blvd. to Santa Clara Ave. West of Newport Ave. and East of 55 Fwy.
Holiday Events in Villa Park
Firetruck Santa Tour | Villa Park
December 7, 2019 | 8am
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. The parade route and schedule are attached to this post and available for download. 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.
Holiday Events in Westminster
Breakfast with Santa | East/West Room
December 7, 2019 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Santa Claus will make a special trip to Westminster to have breakfast with children and their families. After a visit with Santa, enjoy a morning of arts and crafts. This event is a tradition with many local families and reservations sell out quickly.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Community Sing | Civic Center Sunken Gardens
December 2, 2019 | 6:30pm
We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the “food closets” for the needy, and of course…be visited by Santa Claus himself.
Holiday Events in Yorba Linda
Holiday on Main Street | Main St., Yorba Linda
December 7 | 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Holiday on Main will feature an artisan market, live music, the traditional local talent show, Christmas cocktails, food vendors, Santa and activities for the kids!
Candlelight Evenings | Nixon Library
December 2th and 12th | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Explore the special Christmas display, TRAINS featuring five expertly-designed layouts including the all-new Rocket Railroad space-themed layout, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Enjoy the popular special exhibit Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind
Take photos with Santa Claus in President Nixon’s Oval Office! (digital photo include
Worth the drive for these Winter Holiday events
Riverside Festival of Lights | The Mission Inn Hotel
November 29 – December 31, 2019
The Riverside Festival of Lights is a time-honored tradition for generations of Southern California residents. Attractions at the Riverside Festival of Lights include the Artisans Collective, lighted displays, rides, entertainment, food vendors, Santa Claus and much more. Great entertainment with live music and dance at the University Stage and the Ben Franklin Stage across from Santa’s house. Come join the celebration at the Riverside Festival of Lights.
Queen Mary Christmas | Queen Mary
November 29, 2019 – January 1, 2020
The Queen Mary invites one and all to embrace the holiday spirit at Queen Mary Christmas. Start your adventure at the outdoor North Pole Village with ice skating at the True North Ice Rink circling a 26-ft Christmas tree, then jump aboard the QM Express Train or the Grand Carousel for more festive fun. Enjoy a sweet treat or libation as you watch live entertainment on the outdoor stage before climbing aboard the Queen Mary to stroll through the tree-lined decks and take in the dazzling decor
Sea World Christmas Celebration | SeaWorld San Diego
November 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020
As holiday music fills the air, a sea of over one million lights sparkle, transforming SeaWorld into a marvelous holiday event. Enjoy live shows like the all-new Winter Wonderland on Ice and Cirque Christmas. Plus, meet festive friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown and the new Sesame Street® Christmas Village. Savor holiday flavors of hot cocoa and warm desserts as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.
Aquarium Holidays | Aquarium of the Pacific
December 7-8, 2019 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Holiday Treats for the Animals festival kicks off Aquarium Holidays, which runs December 7 through 23, featuring festive décor, a display of gingerbread houses, daily Penguin Parades at 10 a.m., holiday shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits.
City Walk Holidays | Universal Studios City Walk
November 28 – December 26, 2019
Check out our spectacular Christmas tree with choreographed, pulsing LEDs that dance along with the music and lights at the 5 Towers Stage. Find that perfect something for that special someone at any of the unique shops on CityWalk. From the latest apparel and fragrances, to sweets and stocking stuffers, you’ll find all your holiday gift needs right here. See movies where movies are made, including this year’s holiday blockbusters, at Universal Cinema. Enjoy reserved, deluxe recliner seating, Christie RGB Laser projection, Dolby Atmos surround sound and IMAX with Laser featuring state-of-the-art laser projection and enhanced audio! Celebrate the season with over 30 places to eat including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, VIVO Italian Kitchen and Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, our newest restaurant in the heart of Universal CityWalk.
Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood | Universal Studios Hollywood
November 28- December 29, 2019
Share memorable holiday traditions with your friends and family at Universal Studios Hollywood from November 28 – December 29. Get into the spirit as you enjoy the Park adorned with holiday decorations, holiday-themed food, characters, photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise, and more!
Experience a holiday spectacle with dazzling lights and music cast against the majestic backdrop of Hogwarts™ castle. Holiday Decor, Stroll through the streets of Hogsmeade™ with festive décor, lights, garlands, and wreaths.
Snap a photo with The Grinch and Max, and more of your favorite Who-ville neighbors! Enjoy the spectacular lighting of our brand new Grinchmas™ tree!
Holidays in Legoland | Legoland California
November 23 – December 31, 2019
It’s Holidays at LEGOLAND®, presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, and the entire Resort is bursting with holiday cheer. It starts the moment you enter the park and experience the festive décor. Keep your eyes open for your favorite holiday characters. Santa and the Toy Solider are back and they’ve brought somebody new: The Gingerbread Man! They’re ready for holiday hugs, pictures and selfies. Then head over to Fun Town where things really get merry and bright. There’s a 30-foot, fully decorated LEGO® Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments. And as the day winds down, the tree gets a-twinklin’ to holiday tunes at the Holiday Light Show. Need more pictures? Hop on a sleigh with a life-size LEGO Santa that’s pulled by his trusted reindeer. Speaking of Santa, his elves are working extra hard for the biggest Christmas honor. Find out who wins at the all-new show: Santa’s Top Elf. But Santa’s elves make more than toys, they make music too. The Yule Tides hit the stage at night with holly, jolly harmonies.Especially for Kids’ New Year’s Eve! There are kids’ bands, party favors, fireworks and a 6pm giant brick drop!
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show | Pomona Fairplex
December 6 – 8
The Pomona celebration is the largest presentation and the Expo is decked out for the holidays with more than 340 artisans, strolling performers, crafting demonstrations, contests, and a bustling KidsZone with “make n take” projects and a “build it” center.
Las Posadas with Cultura Con Llantas | Riverside Art Museum
December 1, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bring the family to enjoy a warm cup of chocolate mexicano and some arroz con leche while we celebrate our version of the Mexican Festival Las Posadas. Learn about the traditional festival and find a place at the table to make your own star piñata. Free event.