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Winter and Christmas Events in Orange County 2022

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 2022

2022 Orange County Winter Holiday events

Holiday Events in Aliso Viejo

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony | Aliso Viejo Town Center
December 1, 2022 | 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.

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony | Aliso Viejo Ranch
December 2-9, 2022 | all day
FREE Children who want to write a letter to Santa Claus can drop it off or mail it to Aliso Viejo Ranch, 100 Park Ave., by December 9. Letters will be forwarded to Santa, who will pen a personalized letter to each child and mail it back by Monday, December 19th. A special North Pole mailbox will be in our Red Barn lobby starting Friday, December 2nd. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your written letter, and wou will receive a letter back from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick in time for Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa | Aliso Viejo Ranch
December 16, 2022 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
$39 for adults and children 3+ years; $25 for children 0-2 years old | Come join us for Breakfast with Santa and have a holly jolly time with our Recreation Staff! We’ll eat breakfast, create festive crafts, ride a train, and listen to stories from Santa himself! Breakfast and craft supplies will be provided.

Holiday Events in Anaheim

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas | 5522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807
December 9, 2022  — December 23, 2022
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 Merriest Nite | Disney California Adventure
At Disney Merriest Nites, Mickey Mouse has invited his friends to help host six themed parties within one giant celebration throughout Disneyland park. Families and guests of all ages who are attending this event can enjoy enhanced holiday décor, seasonal entertainment, and specialty food and beverage offerings themed to each party during the event.

Disney Viva Navidad | Disney California Adventure
December 11, 2022  — January 8, 2023
“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
December 11, 2022  — January 8, 2023
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
December 11, 2022  — January 8, 2023
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.

28th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree-Lighting and Holiday Shopping Village | Downtown Anaheim
December 3, 2022 | 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!

For GPS, use  201 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805 .For more information, call (714) 956-3586

Breakfast with Santa | Catal
November 22 – December 24, 2022 | various days/times
Hosted in the midst of our dining room’s warm Mediterranean ambience — and complete with the twinkle of holiday lights — this experience is sure to enchant. We’ll bring the spirit of Christmas to life with a festive holiday feast, mesmerizing décor, a touch of bubbly for the adults, holiday activities and treats for the smallest partygoers — and of course, the highlight of the morning: a visit from Santa and his elves.

Select sessions are available through December 24th. Don’t miss out on the magic — book your reservation today.

Holiday Events in Brea

Photos with Santa | Brea Mall
November 10 – December 24, 2022
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 4, 2022 | 8:30AM–10:30AM
Exclusively for children with special needs.

Pet Photos with Santa | Brea Mall
December 11, 2022 | 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 18, 2022, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. & November 19, 2022, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE Come stop by and shop for beautiful hand-crafted, unique, and fun holiday gifts and decorations from over 200 vendors!

Movies Under the Stars – The Nightmare Before Christmas | Civic and Cultural Center Plaza
December 10, 2022 | 6:00pm
FREE This December we will be playing The Nightmare Before Christmas Come enjoy family fun with a movie classic under the stars! There will be a raffle prior to the movie so come early to participate and possibly win some fun prizes!

Christmas Tree Lighting | Civic and Cultural Center
December 1, 2022 | 6:30pm
FREE Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Brea’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!

  • Live reindeer
  • Santa photos
  • Coffee and hot chocolate

Holiday Events in Buena Park

Knott’s Merry Farm | Knott’s Berry Farm
November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023
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 2, 2022 | 6:00pm
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.

Winter Wonderland with KPLAY | The Source
December 3, 2022 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Holiday Events in Corona Del Mar

Lil’ Dickens Carolers | Rogers Gardens 
November 25, 2022 – December 23, 2022 | 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, 2022 – December 23, 2022 | 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

Night of Lights | OC Fair
November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Visitors can safely celebrate the holiday season and journey through a mile-long drive-thru course filled with more than a million lights, themed holiday scenery and immersive vignettes, animated light shows, snow flurries and tunnels synchronized to music, special effects, interactive characters, and more. 

Night of Lights OC kicks-off the holiday season on Friday, November 26th and runs Wednesday to Sunday nights through January 2nd. Early Bird general admission tickets start at $39.99 per vehicle (up to five people) on select nights. Larger vehicle tickets (six to nine people) start at $59.99 on select nights. Pricing will increase after Early Bird tickets are sold out.

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South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony | Towne Center Park, Costa Mesa (Across from South Coast Plaza)
November 17, 2022 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
FREE South Coast Plaza’s tree lighting features a magical performance by Orange County School of the Arts. Enjoy a celebration of the holidays with snow and a special visit from Santa.
Pre-show entertainment at 6:30pm. The tree lighting celebration begins at 7:00pm Town Center Park (adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza)

Nutcracker for Kids | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 3, 2022 | 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 4, 2022 | 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.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 4, 2022 | 7:00pm
This ultimate holiday tradition has been America’s favorite for over 35 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album. This year’s show will feature classic Christmas hits from the Mannheim Steamroller holiday albums along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

The Thrill of Hope! | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 5, 2022 | 7:00pm
Celebrate the Christmas season with the voices and instruments of Concordia University Irvine. Concordia’s annual Christmas Concert tradition makes a debut appearance at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Concordia’s critically-acclaimed choirs, handbells and orchestra share glad tidings of great joy–Christ was born to save! This year’s theme, “The Thrill of Hope!” showcases more than 200 performers from eight vocal and instrumental performing ensembles under the masterful direction of Dr. Michael Busch and Dr. Jeff Held. Enjoy festive carols and Christmas favorites, old and new. A highlight of the holiday season, Concordia’s Christmas Concerts sell out every year, so get your tickets today!

Star of Night | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 8, 2022 | 5:00pm
Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras proudly presents Star of Night. 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 bring the magic of Christmas to your heart and inspire your soul.

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker | Segerstrom Hall
December 9-18, 2022 | 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!

The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook | Samueli Theatre
December 15-17, 2022 | 7:30pm
In a celebration of classic holiday music, The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook is coming to the Center and spreading festive cheer this season. This delightful performance by Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley features great holiday songs from Broadway shows and films!

Holiday Pops with Manhattan Transfer | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 16-17, 2022 | 8:00pm
Warmth, joy and magic are only some of the words that can be used to describe the holiday season. Those are also the same words that can be used to describe jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer’s The Christmas Album and An Acapella Christmas albums. Enjoy standards such as “Happy Holiday,” “Let It Snow,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Jingle Bells,” and more. Celebrate the season with family and friends in the holiday-decked Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Sparkling classics and favorites for the season—even a visit from Santa!

Tis the Season! | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
December 18, 2022 – 5:00pm and December 19, 2022 – 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, 2022 | 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.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert | Segerstrom Hall
December 23, 2022 | 7:30pm
Celebrating his 66th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis’ sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.

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.

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 26, 2022 2:30PM – December 24, 2022 4:00PM
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.

Holiday Events in Cypress

Holiday Decorating Contest | Cypress
Deadline is Monday, December 12, 2022 | 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 6, 2022 | 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 9-11, 2022| 4:30pm-10pm
Dana Point Harbor is excited to announce the 47th Annual Boat Parade of Lights, “Surfin’ USA,” 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 9 through December 11. 

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 3-4, 2022| 10:00am-2:00pm
Santa will be making his way down from the North Pole for Boat Rides with Santa on December 3rd and 4th 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/whale-watching.

Harbor Lights Cruise | Dana Point Harbor
December 2-4, 16-18, 2022| 10:00am-2:00pm
Dana Wharf is excited to continue the Holiday Light Cruises this 2022 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), starting December 2nd-4th and 16th-18th.

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.

Holiday Events in Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting | Fountain Valley Sports Park16400 Brookhurst Street
December 3, 2022 | 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 18, 2022 | 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 3, 2022 | 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

Surf City Winter Wonderland | Huntington Beach Pier Plaza
November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023 | time varies
Surf City Winter Wonderland is as beachfront as it gets, with an unobstructed view of the pier, sand, and sea. Experience Huntington Beach’s coastline in a merry new way this holiday season! Beginning Friday, November 26, Huntington Beach’s Pier Plaza will be home to Surf City Winter Wonderland, where residents and visitors can “skate” next to our City beach like never before! This partnership between the City of Huntington Beach and Ice-America will give our community another way to enjoy our Downtown on ice!. Tickets: $22 – Socks and gloves will be available for purchase at the rink for $5 each. ‘Bobby the Seal’ and ‘Tommy the Reindeer’ skate-aid rentals are available for $10 each.

Breakfast with Santa | Murdy Park
December 10, 2022 | 8:30-11:30am
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: $10 per person

Ballet with Mrs. Claus | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 14, 2022 | 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 Music on the Green – KYNG | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 16, 2022 | 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 – KYNG | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 30, 2022 | 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)
November 26 – December 16, 2022 | 5:00 pm and 6:00 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.

Special Guest Appearances, 1pm-3pm:
Sat, Nov 26 – Grinch & Cindy Loo Hoo
Sun, Nov 27
– Grinch & Cindy Loo Hoo
Sat, Dec 3 – Jack Skellington & Sally
Sun, Dec 4
– Jack Skellington & Sally
Sat, Dec 10 – Buddy the Elf & Jovie
Sun, Dec 11
– Buddy the Elf & Jovie
Sat, Dec 17 – Holiday Superheros – Spiderman & Black Panther
Sun, Dec 18
– Holiday Superheros – Spiderman & Black Panther

Holiday Music on the Green – Sylvia Bosco | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 17, 2022 | 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.

Sunday Funday Holla Day | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 18, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FREE An afternoon of harmonic carols by Jingle 5 and various holiday entertainment, Santa photos, a hot cocoa station, and kids DIY craft station. RSVP required

Holiday Storytime – The Nutcracker | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 19, 2022 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
FREE Join us for a special holiday story time with the Storylady and some of her friends from the Nutcracker. Enjoy a reading from the Nutcracker book, based on the E.T.A Hoffmann story, a short ballet lesson, and some photo opts with Clara and The Nutcracker – Hans-Peter. RSVP required

Holiday Music on the Green – Mike West | The Green (by Century Theater)
December 23, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 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 Mike West.

Photos with Santa | The Green (by Century Theater)
Nov 18 – Nov 27, December 2-4, 9-11, 18-24 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (December 24: 11 am – 3 pm)
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be dropping by Bella Terra to take keepsake photos with your family this holiday season.


  • Photos are taken in an open air setting – weather permitting
  • Skip the line, book an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please contact [email protected].

Holiday Events in Irvine

Hanukkah | Pretend City
December 18, 2022 | 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, 2022 | 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, 2022 | 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 26 – December 23, 2022
‘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 4 – 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 25, 2022 – January 8, 2023
From Nov. 25 to Jan. 8, 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 11, 2022 | 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 10, 2022 | 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.

Holidays at the Park | Great Park
November 22, 2022 to January 1, 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 November 22, 2022 to January 1, 2023 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.

Grinch Day at the Park – Join us for Grinch Day at Great Park Saturday, December 18 for some fun that will make your heart grow three sizes. Great Park is hosting a free Grinch-themed drawing session in the morning, and a drive-in movie showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the evening. Visitors are welcome to wear green or dress as their favorite Grinch characters during Grinch Day at Great Park.

Holiday Events in La Habra

Tamale Festival | Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Bridenbecker Ave.
December 3, 2022 | 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 10 and 11, 2022 | 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am
Cozy up with the Children’s Museum at La Habra for yummy cookies and North Pole stories told by Mrs. Claus herself! Stories and cookies included with museum admission. This event is included with museum admission and is free for museum members. No reservations required. 

Holiday Events in Ladera Ranch

Santa Visits | Mercantile Way
December 3, 2022 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
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Menorah Lighting | Town Green, 28801 Sienna Pkwy
December 18, 2022 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
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 19, 2022 – December 18, 2022 | 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 3, 2022 | 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 9-10, 2022 | 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 25 – December 24, 2022 | 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 10, 2022 | 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 11-13, 2022 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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 16-18, 2022 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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 La Habra

La Habra Tamale Festival | Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Lambert Rd., La Habra
December 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm
FREE The event will feature; 40+ food vendors, 80+ general vendors, artwalk, Tamale Lessons, cantina, three stages of entertainment, Tree Lighting ceremony, and more!

Holiday Events in Los Alamitos

Winter Wonderland | St. Isidore Historical Plaza and Pine Street
December 4, 2022 | 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 15, 2022 | 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 28, 2022 | 5:00pm – 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
December 4 – December 19, 2022 | 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

Rudolph’s Rink | Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza
December 6 – December 13, 2022
We invite all to come out and enjoy this new “one week only” event. All are welcome to sit back, relax, and take in the Holiday ambiance whether you skate of not. Skating can be a family fun activity. 40-minute sessions will begin on the hour. Skate rental is $10.00. A signed waiver is required for each participant.

Letters to Santa | Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza
November 28 – December 19, 2022
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.

Breakfast with Santa | Oso Creek Golf Course
December 12, 2022 | 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 $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids ages 5-12. 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 15 – December 19, 2022 | 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 15-19, 2022 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 | Fashion Island
November 19 – January 1, 2023
Celebrate the holiday season with Fashion Island’s iconic 90-foot white fir tree! Decorated with 10,000 lights and ornaments, the Christmas Tree sparkles during the day and twinkles to life every night through January 1.

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 3, 2022 | 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 3, 2022 | 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.

Holiday Events in Orange

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession | Old Towne Orange
December 4, 2022 | 3:00pm – 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 6, 2022 | 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.

Drop-In Crafts: Holiday Cards & Gift Tags (Ages 3-12) | El Modena Branch Library
December 12-23, 2022 | all day
FREE Join us at the El Modena Branch Library to create fun holiday cards and gift tags.

Here Comes Santa Claus | El Modena Branch Library
December 12, 2022 | 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 13, 2022 | 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.

Play Money – Holiday Bazaar | Taft Branch Library
November 10, 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
FREE Children (ages 3 – 6) will be given play money and tasked with “purchasing” items to craft into holiday presents for friends and family!

Items will have varying “prices” and children will need to budget to ensure they check everyone off their holiday shopping list.

Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico | Musco Center
December 22, 2022 | 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. Tickets start at $25.

Holiday Events in Placentia

Holiday Toy Drive | Placentia
October 10 – December 15, 2022
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. 

Unique Holiday Boutique | American Legion Post 277 – 230 South Bradford Avenue
November 14, 2022 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Come & do your holiday shopping at our annual Unique Holiday Boutique while supporting local, small businesses! Who doesn’t love to eat, drink and shop? Do your holiday shopping with our local, small businesses while having a fun evening with friends!

All of our members who offer cash and carry items will be there!

Holiday Events in Rancho Santa Margarita

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Rancho Santa Margarita Town Center – 30592 Santa Margarita Pkwy.
November 25 – December 24, 2022 | 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 3, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
SAMLARC welcomes you to join us at the Lakeshore on Saturday, December 10th 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 3, 2022 | 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 2022 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 19, 2022 | 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! We can’t wait to see you all on November 19th!

Santa’s Village by the Sea | Avenida del Mar
December 3, 2022 | 2:00pm – 8:00pm
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 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2022 | 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 3-30, 2022 (select evenings) | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission. Join us on select days from December 3 through December 30 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.

Holiday Events in Santa Ana

Gingerbread Building Contest | Discovery Cube Orange County
Deadline: December 4, 2022
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 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023
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!

A Night at the Movies presents White Christmas (1954) | Bowers Museum
December 17, 2022 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Just in time for the holidays – join A Night at the Movies’ Theo Siegel for a joyous screening of White Christmas, complete with fun facts from behind the scenes.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Ticketed Event: Member $10 | General $15

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

How to Build a Snowman with Erna van Dyk | Bowers Museum
December 18, 2022 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Join local artist Erna van Dyk as she shows you how to build your own snowman using different sizes of different shapes. We will practice going from big to small shapes stacking and layering them so that they appear 3-dimensional. Participants can then add fun accessories to create a unique snowman.

Timeless Melodies: Popular Christmas Songs | Bowers Museum
December 22, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Take a nostalgic walk down memory lane with music and more presented by Larry Maurer, historian of the Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education, Inc.

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.

Santa’s Arrival | MainPlace Mall
November 18, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE The event features a party-like atmosphere with a live DJ playing upbeat holiday favorites, a face painter, balloon twister and candy bar. Children attending the event will receive a free elf headband as well as a free elf-themed coloring sheet and crayons (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.

The Santa’s Arrival event is free of charge and open to the public; no pre-registration is required. 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 at https://bit.ly/3eQEIoX.

Visit and Photos with Santa: The Elf on the Shelf | MainPlace Mall
November 18 – December 24, 2022 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
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 18th, 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.

“Soothing Santa” Sensory Friendly Visit | MainPlace Mall
December 4, 2022 | 9:30am – 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
December 5 and 12, 2022 | 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.

Live Musical Performances | MainPlace Mall
December 2, 4, 11, 18, 10, 17, 23, 24, 2022 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
This holiday season, strolling carolers will entertain shoppers at MainPlace Mall on select dates:

  • December 2nd, 4th, 11th and 18th (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • December 10th (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • December 17th, 23rd, and 24th (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.).

Each inspirational performance will be delivered by talented local musicians in various locations throughout the shopping center. These performances are free of charge and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

Holly Berry Tea Fundraiser | Heritage Museum
December 3, 2022 | 11:00am
Victorian Tea Society Invites you to the Holly Berry Tea Fundraiser. You are welcome to join us for a traditional Victorian Tea in the historic 1898 Kellogg House, which will be all decked out in Victorian holiday finery. The Holiday menu will feature a Sparkling beverage, scrumptious Scones, an assortment of Sweet and Savory delicacies, and a selection of fine Teas. The Victorian Tea Society with the Heritage Museum in the Historic Kellogg House hosts our annual fundraising event.

Toy Giveaway hosted by California Highway Patrol Santa Ana | 2031 E. Santa Clara Ave
December 17, 2022 | 8:00am – 12:00pm
FREE The California Highway Patrol in Santa Ana will be giving away toys and the first 200 families will receive a free turkey on Saturday, December 17th at the CHP Santa Ana Area office located at 2031 E. Santa Clara Ave. These toys are intended for children who may not receive a toy otherwise. 

Christmas Toy Giveaway | 2030 S. Flower Street
December 18, 2022 | 11:00am
FREE Hosted by Victory Outreach. Kids must be present.

Pictures with Santa | 5413 West Ballast
December 16-17, 23, 2022 | time varies
FREE Take pictures with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate this weekend in Santa Ana! Pet friendly.

December 16 – 7:00pm- 10:00pm
December 17 – 6:00pm- 10:00pm
December 23 – 6:00pm- 10:00pm

3rd Annual Tamalfest | 4th street, between Ross and Broadway
December 17, 2022 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
FREE Tamalfest is an annual family friendly food festival that curates local food, businesses, and entertainment for an unforgettable night.

After the resounding success of their Inaugural Tamale Festival, Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) sets to create new memories with hometown food and hospitable community.

The 3rd Annual ‘DTSA Tamalfest’ showcases local restaurants, 8 of whom are returning vendors, and some new additions. In addition to this being an admission free food festival, we’ve got another great lineup of entertainment. Top that off with local business supporters, kids activities, and a slew of social media photo opportunities, will make this year’s Tamalfest an event not to miss!

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Bristol Town Center – 3700 S Bristol St.
November 25 – December 24, 2022 | 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 Stanton

Santa and Sirens | Rodeo 39 Public Market
December 11, 2022 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
FREE Meet your local fire department & paramedics, enjoy kids crafts, take photos with Mickey & Minnie Mouse, meet Elf on the Shelf & check out the fire trucks and ambulance. They will also be collecting unwrapped toys at for families in need in association with the Youth Assistance Foundation of Stanton.

Holiday Events in Seal Beach

Seal Beach Christmas Parade | Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH, Seal Beach
December 2, 2022 | 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 10, 2022 | 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

Paint the Holidays | Tustin Marketplace
December 4, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Holiday cheer starts here with snowman painting, hot apple cider, and gingerbread cookies. Reservations required.  

Cookie Decorating | Tustin Marketplace
December 11, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Deck the halls with your custom-designed cookie while enjoying hot coco and holiday tunes.

Holiday Wreath Workshop | Tustin Marketplace
December 18, 2022 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Just in time for the holidays create your custom scent for the season at our holiday potpourri shop while enjoying holiday treats and tunes.

Selfies with Santa | Tustin Marketplace
December 17-24, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
FREE Join us this holiday season as we welcome Santa to The Market Place. On December 17th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd, you can come take a FREE Selfie with Santa. He’ll be here from 1pm – 4pm for visits and photos at the food court near Mathis Home. 

Photos will not be provided, so don’t forget your camera/phone! 

Tree Lighting | Tustin Library Courtyard
December 9, 2022 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
FREE Santa visit, boutique and family activities

Breakfast with Santa | Community Center at The Market Place
December 3, 2022 | 9:00am
Pancake breakfast, crafts and games, and photos with Santa!
Adults: $20 Kids 2-10: $15 Kids Under 2: Free

Holiday Events in Villa Park

Santa Tour | Villa Park Community Room 
December 3, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
The Santa Tour will begin at 9:00 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.

Villa Park Dryland Boat Parade | Community Room 
December 11, 2022 | 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 | Civic Center Sunken Gardens
December 5, 2022 | 5:30pm
Activities start at 5:30 p.m., and Program will start at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Events in Yorba Linda

Breakfast with Santa | Yorba Linda Community Center
December 11, 2022 | 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

Photos with Santa | Via Morena in East Lake
December 17, 2022 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
FREE Deck the halls with your custom-designed cookie while enjoying hot coco and holiday tunes.It’s Christmas time which means Santa Claus will be making his annual visit to East Lake. Santa parks his sleigh in the cul-de-sac of Via Morena in East Lake. Santa will be arriving at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 17th and will be heading out on his sleigh at 8:00pm. Santa will have FREE gifts for everyone and will be available for pictures! Bring your kids, pets, neighbors, and the whole family! I hope to see you all there!

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Originally published on October 24, 2022. Last Updated on December 16, 2022 by Pattie Cordova

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