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Winter and Christmas Events in Orange County 2021

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Winter and Christmas Events in Orange County 2021

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, Christmas 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.

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Winter Holiday Events in Orange County 2021

2021 Orange County Winter Holiday events

Holiday Events in Aliso Viejo

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony | Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain
December 2, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE Enjoy holiday cheer, train rides, ornament making, caroling, community and aerial performances, magical snow fall and a visit from Santa Claus as they light our 22-foot tree.

Breakfast with Santa | Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain
December 17, 2021 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
$15/person 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. Register by Tuesday, December 14.


Holiday Events in Anaheim

A Charlie Brown Christmas | 5522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

December 3, 2021  — December 19, 2021

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 Merriest Nite | Disney California Adventure

SOLD OUT

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

November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022

“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 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Celebrate holiday tastes and spirited libations at this seasonal smorgasbord of multicultural and diverse cuisine

Disney Festival of Holidays | Disneyland Resort

November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022

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 5, 12, and 19, 2021 | 12:00PM – 2:00PM

The Return of a Holiday Tradition…Follow along with Executive Chef Darrin Finkel as you build and decorate your festive holiday gingerbread house. 

$35.00/Ticket (all ages must purchase a ticket to attend)
Includes: 1 seat to the workshop, a commemorative Jazz Kitchen jingle bell, Hot Chocolate Kit, and Sweet Treat Box (2 holiday cookies, 2 beignets, sweet popcorn medley, chocolate dipping sauce)

$49.00/Gingerbread House (minimum 1 per booking)
Add on as many Gingerbread Houses as you’d like! 

*Refunds given only with a 1-week notice of the date selected.
**For the safety of our guests and staff, seating for each workshop will be limited and tickets will sell out fast…

27th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree-Lighting and Holiday Shopping Village | Downtown Anaheim
December 4, 2021 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
FREE The tradition continues… Join us on Saturday, December 4th and kick off your holiday season with a view of the beautiful  tree aglow! Many more exciting details coming soon.

For GPS, use  180 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805 .

For more information, call (714) 956-3586

OC Impalas: Toys for Tots Car Show | Downtown Anaheim
December 11, 2021 | TBD

FREE Cruise on down to Center St, Anaheim for the OC impalas Toys for Tots Car Show! Bring a new toy or unwrapped gift to support children in need this Holiday Season

For GPS, use  180 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805 .

For more information, call (714) 956-3586

Breakfast with Santa | Catal
December 7 – 24, 2021 | 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.

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Anaheim Town Square
November 26 – December 24, 2021 |
Excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.

We went! –> https://www.instagram.com/p/CW4RQrEj11E/

Holiday Carnival | Anaheim Town Square
December 12, 2021 | 12:00PM-3:00PM
FREE photos with Santa, cookie decorating, snow play, carnival games, folkloric dancers, kids holiday crafts, and oh so much more.

Magic of Lights | Anaheim Stadium
November 19 – December 26, 2021 | 5:00PM-10:00PM
Magic of Lights is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights from the safety and comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring to life your favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Magic of Lights is a great family entertainment value!

We went! –> https://www.instagram.com/p/CWhr5CuDOEi/


Holiday Events in Brea

Photos with Santa | Brea Mall
November 12th – December 24th
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 5, 2021 | 8:30AM–10:30AM
Exclusively for children with special needs.

Pet Photos with Santa | Brea Mall
November 21 and 28, 2021; December 5, 2021 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM
‘Tis the Season for Pet Photos with Santa Santa Photo Experience

Bring your pets to pose with Santa!
November 21: 7pm-8:30pm
November 28: 7pm-8:30pm
December 5: 7pm-8:30pm

Located in the center court near Sephora.

The 714 Market | Brea Community Center Arts Garden
December 5, 2021 | 2:30PM – 6:30PM
Family friendly FREE Holiday community event! 


Holiday Events in Buena Park

Knott’s Merry Farm | Knott’s Berry Farm
November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2021
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.

2021 Passholder Holiday Party | Knott’s Berry Farm
November 18, 2021 | 7:00pm – 11:00pm
FREE FOR PASSHOLDERS Enjoy the full park plus Merry Farm offerings before it opens to the public. A free Special Event Ticket is required and can be reserved beginning Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. ☃️ Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Limit 1 event ticket per valid 2021 Season Pass while supplies last.

Christmas Tree Lighting | Buena Park City Hall
December 3, 2021 | 6-9pm
FREE Get into the holiday spirit with the City of Buena Park at our annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Hundreds attend this free event each year to enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday cheer in the company of friends, family, and community. Join us as we light up the tree in front of City Hall to start the magical season and enjoy our photo areas, activities for kids, incredible line-up, and a special visit from Santa Claus!

Harmonia Winter Concert | The Source
December 1, 2021 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm


Holiday Events in Corona Del Mar

Lil’ Dickens Carolers | Rogers Gardens 
November 26, 2021 – December 23, 2021 | 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.


Holiday Events in Costa Mesa

Night of Lights | OC Fair
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2021
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.

We went! –> https://www.instagram.com/reel/CV60WdNBR6h/

South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony | Towne Center Park, Costa Mesa (Across from South Coast Plaza)
November 18, 2021 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
FREE South Coast Plaza’s tree lighting features a magical performance by Orange County School of the Arts and special guest, Matthew Morrison. Enjoy a celebration of the holidays with snow and a special visit from Santa.
The tree lighting celebration begins at 7:00pm Town Center Park (adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza)

Metro Pointe Holiday Happenings | Metro Pointe
November 26, 2021 – December 18, 2021
Free photo opportunity near Nordstrom Rack and regular schedule entertainment featuring holiday music, weather permitting.

Family movie nights | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 3, 10, 2021 | 7:00pm
It’s most wonderful time of the year…for our favorite holiday movies! Cozy up with some cocoa and head to Argyros Plaza for a movie night that the whole family will enjoy. Tickets: $5

December 3: Elf
December 10: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nutcracker for Kids| Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 4, 2021 | 10:00am
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!

This fun and fascinating 45-minute concert is designed especially for children 5-11. Tickets start at $12.00

Holidays Around the World | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 4 and 11, 2021 | 11:00am
FREE Join us for festive family fun as the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transforms into a winter wonderland! Enjoy live performances from local music and dance groups that celebrate holiday traditions from around the world, create your own seasonal craft, and keep an eye on the sky…you just might experience a little holiday magic with our spectacular snowfall on the plaza!

Handel’s Glorious “Messiah” | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 5, 2021 | 3:00pm
A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio — with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus — provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.

Concordia Christmas Repeat the Sounding Joy! | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 6, 2021 | 4:00pm and 7:30pm
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, “Repeat the Sounding Joy!” 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!

The Nutcracker | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 10-19, 2021
As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson, with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. 

Midtown Men Holiday | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 17-18, 2021 | 7:00pm
From The Four Seasons to the Holiday Season! The Midtown Men, reuniting stars from the Broadway smash-hit “Jersey Boys,” join Pacific Symphony to deck the hall with festive cheer, timeless tunes, top-shelf choreography and incredible vocal performances. This evening of songs and stories will feature iconic Yuletide classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” as well as their signature renditions of the greatest rock-and-roll hits of the 1960s.

Tis the Season! | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 19-20, 2021 | 5:00pm and 7:00pm (respectively)
Let Pacific Chorale set the mood for your holiday festivities with their traditional musical extravaganza, featuring favorite seasonal selections, fun surprises, and a special visitor from the North Pole! We’ve been waiting all year to share this celebration of the holiday spirit with you! Tickets start at $29.

Fiesta Navidad | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 22, 2021 | 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.

A Magical Cirque Christmas | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
December 26, 2021 | 5:00pm
The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spell-binding and incredible holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

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.

Sugar Plum Festival | OC Fair
November 11-13, 2021 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
FREE Sugar Plum welcomes in each season featuring the best in seasonal gifts, and decorations.  An inspiration to decorative and gift-giving needs….we pride ourselves in offering the best in handcrafted items, and unique treasures in antiques and collectibles.  While we do offer a limited amount of imported merchandise, you will find the cottage craft industry is well represented at our shows.   We are one of the largest family-owned craft shows featuring the talents and imagination of over 175 artists, crafters bakers, and candy makers.  

A Christmas Carol | South Coast Repertory
November 27 – December 26, 2021
Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.

Pop-up Shop | Dose in the Box
December 4, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Enjoy FREE gift wrapping, holidose gift tags, exclusive access to shop our custom plates + bowls, and in-person pickup for our annual Anti Bitch Survival Kits!

We’ll have our full online store available, so whether you’re looking for gifts or stocking stuffers, we’ve got it all. Shop small this year!


Holiday Events in Cypress

Holiday Decorating Contest | Cypress
All residences and businesses within the City of Cypress are eligible. Entries will be placed on this webpage starting December 1. Deadline is Sunday, December 12, 5:00pm. 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 7, 2021 | 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 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2021 | 4:30pm-10pm
Join Santa and Dana Wharf Sportfishing on a twenty-minute cruise around Dana Point Harbor to take pictures with Santa and his holiday helpers! During your holiday adventure at sea, a $5 donation benefiting the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is welcome and appreciated. Trolley Service- 4:30-10:30 PM. Boat parade: 7:30pm at Water’s Edge

Santa Paws | Clock Courtyard at Dana Point Harbor
December 7, 2021 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
The Pet Project Foundation is excited to host the 8th Annual Santa Paws event. Bring down your pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation which supports the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. For more information visit www.petprojectfoundation.org.

Pines Park Tree Lighting | Pines Park, 34941 Camino Capistrano
December 6, 2021 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Santa and his elves will be arriving at Pines Park on his Jolly Trolley to hand out pre-packaged treats for children up to 12 years of age. The event is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and features carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and the tree lighting at 5:15pm. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. For more information call (949) 248-3536 or email [email protected].

La Plaza Tree Lighting | La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St
December 4, 2021 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Santa and his elves will be arriving at La Plaza Park on his Jolly Trolley to hand out pre-packaged treats for children up to 12 years of age. The event is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and features carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and the tree lighting at 5:15pm. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. For more information call (949) 248-3536 or email [email protected]

Stocking Stuffers for Seniors | Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo
Monday, November 29th – Monday, December 13th
Be a Santa for a senior this holiday season. Beginning November 29th you can stop by the Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and visit our “Giving Tree” in the lobby to pick up a tag to purchase a gift for a local Dana Point senior. Each tag will have a gift idea for a male or female senior. Purchase the gift and return the unwrapped gift and tag to the Recreation Division office by December 13th.

Letters to Santa Ho, Ho, Ho!
Deadline: December 13, 2021
Santa and his elves at the North Pole are eagerly awaiting your letters so he can write you back. If you would like to write Santa a letter, please make sure you print your name and address on the letter clearly, so Santa can return a special letter to you. Deadline to submit your letter is December 13th. Mail your letter to: Letters to Santa c/o City of Dana Point Recreation, 34052 Del Obispo St. Dana Point, CA 92629

Candy Cane Lanes 2021 Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Deadline: Friday, December 17th
The Dana Point Youth Board’s (DPYB) annual holiday home decorating contest will take place on December 20th through December 23rd. The DPYB will visit the homes entered in the contest and judge them for best overall, most creative, and best use of a theme. Winners receive: Bragging rights! A sign to proudly display in your yard and gift cards to local Dana Point businesses – $300 (Best Overall), $200 (Most Creative), and $150 (Best Use of Theme). Enter your home to be featured on the Candy Canes Lanes map published on the City’s website and social media. To enter your home email Monique Leon at [email protected], or call (949) 248-3507. Winners will be notified after January 6th, 2022.

Santa’s Jolly Trolley | Various Parks listed below
December 4, 2021 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Santa and his elves from the Recreation Division will be riding on his Jolly Trolley and making stops at the park locations listed below to hand out pre-packaged treats for kids up to 12 years of age. Santa’s elves will also be collecting letters to Santa. Please include your mailing address on the letter so Santa can return a special letter to you. At our last stop, La Plaza Park, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm the annual community tree lighting ceremony will be held with carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies. The tree lighting will be held promptly at 5:15pm. We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive at the La Plaza Park location. For more information call (949) 248-3536 or email [email protected]

1:30pm – 2:00pm Sunset Park, 34345 Calle Naranja

2:30pm – 3:00pm Dana Woods Park, 24900 Dana Woods

3:30pm – 4:00pm Sea Canyon Park, 33093 Santiago Drive

4:30pm – 5:30pm La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St (Tree lighting at 5:15pm)


Holiday Events in Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting | Fountain Valley Sports Park
December 4, 2021 | 4:30pm – 8:00pm
FREE 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.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
December 10, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Eat some cookies and hear Mrs. Claus tell some wonderful holiday stories. Limited spots are available. $8 per person. Pre-registration is required for the event. Participants will enjoy storytime, crafts, activities, and carnival games.

Breakfast with Santa
December 11, 2021 | 8:30am – 11:00am
oin Santa Claus on December 11th, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM for breakfast and holiday activities. Limited spots are available. $15 per person. Pre-registration is required for the event. Participants will take a picture with Santa, enjoy a pancake breakfast, play carnival games, crafts and activities.


Holiday Events in Fullerton

Holiday Festival | The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
December 19 | 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.

Tortilla and Tamal Fest Fundraiser | Casa 723 – 723 S. Harbor
November 28 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
We will have the Estrella family and friends rolling handmade tortillas for you! Here’s the list of activities at the event:
Santa Claus will be handing out toys for children and free pictures with Santa, Tortilla making demonstration, Music and dancing, Folklorico Dancers, Opportunity drawing for prizes, Tamale Vendors , Food Vendors, Posole, Balloon Artist and Face painting

$5 Donation includes a fresh homemade tortilla, butter, Pan Dulce, drink, and one ticket entry for our opportunity drawing.


Holiday Events in Garden Grove

Winter in The Grove | Village Green Park, 12732 Main Street, Garden Grove
December 4, 2021 | 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 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | 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: $18-$20

Breakfast with Santa | Murdy Park
December 11, 2021 | 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

“LET IT SNOW” with the Snow Queen & Princess | The Green (by Century Theater)
November 26 – December 18, 2021 | 5:00pm and 6:00pm
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 Friday and Saturday from November 26 through December 18. Gather around the Green at 5 & 6 PM to enjoy a 30 minute show filled with wondrous delight. Snow will fall at 5 & 6 PM for approximately 10 – 15 min.

Holiday Character Meet & Greets | Bella Terra
November 27-28, December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, 2021 | 1:00pm-2:00pm and 2:15pm-3:00pm
FREE Join us for a holiday character meet & greet with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who.
SCHEDULE
1:00pm – 2:00pm The Green (large lawn by Century Theatre)
2:15pm – 3:00pm The Bella Terra Christmas Tree by Burlington

DATES
Sat, Nov 27 – Sun, Nov 28 (Grinch & Cindy Lou Who)
Sat, Dec 4 – Sun, Dec 5 (Jack Skellington & Sally)
Sat, Dec 11– Sun, Dec 12 (Buddy the Elf & Jovie)
Sat, Dec 18 – Sun, Dec 19 (Holiday Heros – Spiderman & Black Panther)

Ballet Etudes Holiday Performance, featuring “THE NUTCRACKER” | The Pavilion Event Plaza (large fountain by Soita)
November 27, 2021 | 11:00am-12:00pm
FREE Come see Clara, the Nutcracker, Rat King, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen perform as Ballet Etudes presents excerpts from The Nutcracker. Children from Huntington Academy of Dance will also perform their holiday dances. Park in the structure by Costco and walk around or go through Burlington and cross the street.

Chabad of South HB Menorah Lighting | The Pavilion Event Plaza (large fountain by Soita)
November 29, 2021 | 6:00pm-7:30pm
FREE Come celebrate Chanukah with us! You’re invited to a festive Chanukah Menorah Lighting event hosted by Chabad of South Huntington Beach. Enjoy live music, refreshments and hot cocoa from Peet’s Coffee. Please park in the parking structure by Century Theaters.

Swedish Christmas Fair | Old World, Huntington Beach
November 21, 2021 | 10:30am-1:00pm and 1:30pm-4:00pm
The SWEA Christmas Fair is an amazing collection of handmade gifts, clothing, crafts, baked goods, unique Christmas decorations, sweets, treats, Swedish themed artwork, paintings, food, festivities and Glogg. $5 per person. FREE for children 8 years old and under


Holiday Events in Irvine

Hooray for Hanukkah | Pretend City
November 28 – December 5 | 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 

Visit and Photo with Santa | Pretend City
December 8, 17, and 22, 2021 | Activity times vary based on scheduled special day programming times.
He’s making a list and checking it twice…Santa Claus is coming to Pretend City! Join us as we meet jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, divulge our holiday wishes, and even take a photo with him! You don’t want to miss this exclusive holiday happening at our museum, and you definitely don’t want to forget your camera. Included with museum admission 

Christmas Countdown | Pretend City
December 12 – December 23 | Activity times vary based on scheduled special day programming times
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 the days! Included with museum admission 

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, 2021
‘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 5 – January 2, 2021
‘November 5 through January 2, skate under the stars (and the sun). The ever-popular ice skating rink is located in Giant Wheel Court and is open daily at 3pm. Click HERE for ice skating rink prices.

Nightly Tree Lighting | Irvine Spectrum
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022
From Nov. 26 to Jan. 2, 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 subject to change.

Home for the Holidays | Animal Care Center
December 5, 2021 | 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 11, 2021 | 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.

Wood Mountain Christmas Trees | Great Park
November 26 – December 19, 2021 | Mon–Thur 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Fri-Sun 9:00am – 9:00pm
Premium nursery-quality trees, handcrafted wreaths and evergreen swags are fresh from the Pacific Northwest. Three varieties of Christmas trees, 24” round wreaths, cross wreaths, evergreen swags and garland.


Holiday Events in La Habra

Tamale Festival | Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Bridenbecker Ave.
December 4, 2021 | 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).


Holiday Events in Ladera Ranch

Letters to Santa | Avendale Village Clubhouse
November 26 – December 17, 2021 | 7:00am – 5:00pm
Children of Ladera Ranch can write a letter to Santa telling him what they wish for Christmas. Your letter(s) can be dropped off in his special mailbox at the Avendale Clubhouse or at Miracle on Mercantile on December 4. From the North Pole, Santa will reply to each letter he receives.

How to Send Your Letter: Drop-off your letter by placing it inside the mailbox that will be located in front of the Avendale Village Clubhouse at 1 Daisy Street starting November 26 or bring a letter with you to the Miracle of Mercantile Way Event.

Santa Visits | Oak Knoll Village Clubhouse
December 3, 2021 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will listen to holiday wish lists while taking a photo with your family. Please remember to bring your camera. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Menorah Lighting | Town Green
December 5, 2021 | 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Come join us as we celebrate Hanukkah as a community at the Ladera Ranch Festival of Lights on the last night of Hanukkah.  This year LARCS is partnering with local organizations to create an evening of community with music, dancing, dreidels, crafts, candle lighting, and traditional Hanukkah snacks! 

Miracle on Mercantile Way | Town Green
December 4, 2021 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Join us for a afternoon of fun with family activities, pictures with Santa, and much more. Don’t leave early, Santa will turn on the holiday lights at 5:00 p.m. for everyone to enjoy the first light show at Town Green for the holiday season.

Live Nativity | Cox Sports Park Parking Lot
December 5, 2021 | 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Witness the miracle of the very first Christmas at the Drive Thru Ladera Ranch Live Nativity. Come share in the joy of the season with the story of Christmas with live animals. A LARCS partnership event with the Hope Crossing Church community group


Holiday Events in Laguna Beach

Sawdust Winter Fantasy | Laguna Beach 
November 20, 2021 – December 19, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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 10-12, 2021 | 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
November 26 – December 24, 2021 |
Excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.


Holiday Events in Lake Forest

SnowFest | Pittsford Park (21701 Pittsford Dr)
January 29, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:45pm
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.

Annual Candlelight Walk | Heritage Hill Historical Park
December 10-12, 2021 | 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 17-19, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021
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, 2021
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.


Holiday Events in Newport Beach

Christmas Boat Parade | Newport Harbor
December 15 – December 19, 2021 | 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, 2021 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, 2021
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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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 5, 2021 | 3:30pm
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 11, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
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. Masks required for all attendees age 2 and up.

Play Money – Holiday Bazaar | Orange Public Library & History Center
November 16, 2021 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
FREEChildren (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.

Yeti, Set, Go! Winter Reading Program | Orange Public Libraries
December 18, 2021 - January 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
FREE Join our Yeti Set Go! Winter Reading Program and earn a prize once you have read or listened to 10 books or completed 10 hours of reading!

Pick up your special winter reading bookmark beginning Saturday, December 18 through Saturday, January 29 at the Orange Public Library & History Center Children’s Desk, or at the Taft & El Modena Libraries’ One-Desk.

For ages Newborn to 12 years. For more information, contact the Children’s Desk at (714) 288-2420.

Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico | Musco Center
December 12, 2021 | 7:00pm
Celebrate the holidays with Nochebuena, an evening of joyous music and dance featuring two of L.A.’s most acclaimed performance ensembles – Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, which has worked with Grammy Award-winning Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar and Pixar (to celebrate its animated film Coco), and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar.

A Southern California Christmas | Musco Center
December 19, 2021 | 7:00pm
Join Orange Community Master Chorale, Southern California Brass Consortium, Anaheim Ballet, and conductor Michael Short and the Musco Center family for the 4th Annual A Southern California Christmas.

This holiday spectacular features more than 150 musicians, singers, and dancers from across the Southland as they lead the audience in a program packed with some of the world’s favorite carols. From the triumphal tones of a brass fanfare to the thrilling sound of a chorus in full voice and sugarplum dreams woven by dancers’ feet, there’s something for all ages in this merry delight.


Holiday Events in Placentia

Holiday Toy Drive | Placentia
November 8 – December 9, 2021
The Community Services Department, Fire and Life Safety Department, and Police Department are hosting a Holiday Toy Drive. The Toy Drive will be held from November 8th through December 9th. Gifts will be distributed to families in need in Placentia. 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. For more information, click here or contact the Neighborhood Services Office at (714) 986-233

Placentia Tamal Festival | Old Town Placentia
December 9, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Handcrafted tamales and other delicious food. Crafters and exhibits. Santa Claus. Live entertainement. Craft beer and wine.


Holiday Events in Rancho Santa Margarita

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Rancho Santa Margarita Town Square
November 26 – December 24, 2021 | Mon – Thur 10:30am – 9pm, Fri 10:30am – 9:30pm, Sat & Sun 9am – 9:30pm
Excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.


Holiday Events in San Clemente

Tree Lighting Ceremony | Outlets at San Clemente
November 20, 2021 | 5:30pm
Jesse Lozano, OCSA performance, Santa Claus, Magical snowfall, live reindeer (12pm-4pm) and more family fun.

Santa’s Village by the Sea | Avenida del Mar
December 4, 2021 | 4:00pm – 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 | Pier
December 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2021
FREE Bring your cameras and take your photo with Santa on the pier with the beautiful Christmas tree and the ocean as your backdrop! Visit the San Clemente Pier on the 2nd and 3rd weekend in December and take a photo with Santa Claus, underneath the sunset! Santa Claus will be at the pier, in front of the BIG Christmas tree available for pictures from 3pm-5pm on December 11, 12, 18 and 19th. There will also be Christmas music playing in the background and some special guests singling holiday cheer.


Holiday Events in San Juan Capistrano

Capistrano Lights | Mission San Juan Capistrano
December 4-30, 2021 (select evenings) | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission. Join us on select days from December 4 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, 2021
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 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
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!

Winter Holidays Around the Globe Festival | Bowers Museum
December 19, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
The coming of Winter is celebrated around the globe in both secular and spiritual themes. Join us in music and dance as we close the year behind us and look forward to the new year. We’ll celebrate Mexican Las Posadas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa.

Enjoy a full day of fun for the entire family! Each Festival includes complimentary face painting, art projects, live performances, and a unique treat!

Plaza Navideña | Fourth St & French St
November 20, 2021 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE Celebrate with family and friends at the annual Plaza Navideña event and Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place on Saturday, November 20, 2021; from 5 pm to 8 pm at Plaza Calle Cuatro in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana. This free community event kicks off the holiday season and includes the annual tree lighting ceremony, holiday entertainment, tasty treats, and beverages.

Santa’s Arrival | MainPlace Mall
November 19, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE During the celebration, Santa’s helpers will escort Santa through the mall to his new “Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” home located in Macy’s Court. The event will also feature children’s activities, giveaways and music. Escalated cleaning and safe-distancing protocols will be followed, and guests are asked to observe all state and local healthcare regulations; masks are encouraged.

Visit and Photos with Santa: The Elf on the Shelf | MainPlace Mall
November 18 – December 24, 2021 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE Santa visits Guests of all ages are invited to visit Santa and enjoy a new interactive experience inspired by the popular children’s book “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.” The new set 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 MainPlace experiential set – “Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” – is a walk-through set that combines the best elements of today’s highly popular “selfie museums” with the grandeur of a theme park attraction. The journey to see Santa has just become as much fun as the visit itself!

“Soothing Santa” Sensory Friendly Visit | MainPlace Mall
December 5, 2021 | 9:30am – 11:00am
MainPlace’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 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 5th. The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required (one ticket per group/family). Photo prices vary.

Santa Paws | MainPlace Mall
December 6 and 13, 2021 | 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 events, well-mannered, leashed or kenneled pets can visit with Santa in his new ‘Elf on the Shelf’ holiday home located on Level 1 in Macy’s Court while professional photographers capture the memories as Santa and each fur baby enjoy a warm encounter.

1st Annual Pawliday Boutique and Pet Photos with Santa | Heritage Museum
November 28, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
FREE Vendors, crafts, photos and more!

Posada Navideña | Green Parrot Villa
December 7, 2021 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Annual Posada Navideña with live mariachi and buffet. Dinner and mariachi at 6:30pm. RSVP 714.569.1970 or visit GreenParrotVilla.com.

A Very Merry Gente Night Market | Heritage Museum
November 14, 2021 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Let us help you get in the holiday spirit as we take you through an interactive holiday guide! Scan a QR code that will guide you through a unique shopping experience. Unique gifts, delicious food, yummy treats, and activities to fill your spirit on high.

All ages & Pet Friendly, 100 + vendor, Food & Drinks + Beer Garden, Free Train Rides, Santa Photos, Santa’s Workshop (craft area), Fun Holiday Photo-Ops, Meet Santa Pig (real life pot-belly pig) and DJ and Live entertainment

Posada Navideña | La Purísima Naturista
December 4, 2021 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
FREE Tamales, piñatas, pan dulce, nativity, Christmas caroling. Come and Live a Traditional Posada

Toy Giveaway | Jerome Park
December 5, 2021 |
FREE Biggest Toy Drive in Santa Ana bring your kids and enjoy the day. Food, music, car show and toy giveaway

Live Nativity and Candlelighting | Saint Peter Evangelical Church
December 18, 2021 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE Sign, worship and celebrate Christ’s birth

2nd Annual Tamalfest | 4th street, between Ross and Broadway
December 16, 2021 | 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 2nd 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
November 26 – December 24, 2021 |
Excellent quality Christmas Trees, outstanding service and affordable prices for over 40 years.

Santa Ana Winter Village | Downtown Santa Ana
December 8, 2021 – January 2, 2022 |
FREE The City of Santa Ana is bringing the joys of winter to our downtown! The Santa Ana Winter Village will offer a family-friendly holiday attraction right in the heart of Downtown, near City Hall.  

Guests will have the opportunity to rent skates ($12 for adults, $8 for kids) and test their skills at a world-class outdoor ice skating rink and enjoy live entertainment, shopping, cuisine from local food trucks and much more. There’s something for the whole family – parents and kids can ride a festive trackless train, read a story with Mrs. Claus, or simply enjoy a warm holiday treat under the magical lights of this holiday wonderland. Lucky guests may even catch a glimpse of Santa!


Holiday Events in Seal Beach

Seal Beach Christmas Parade | Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH, Seal Beach
December 5, 2021 | 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 11, 2021 | 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

Holiday Trees | Tustin Marketplace
November 1 – December 31, 2021
FREE Visit The Market Place to ring in the holiday season and bring merry and magical cheer, whenever you are here.  Enjoy our beautifully decorated trees located throughout the center.  Jewel Tone Tree – located near California Pizza Kitchen, this tree is adorned with eye-catching colors of ruby red, emerald green, deep purple, shiny turquoise, and more.  Icy Winter Snowflake Tree – located in the food court near Mathis Brothers Furniture, this tree sparkles with wintery snowflakes plus silver and white ornaments.     Royal Ribbon Tree – located near Regal Edwards Cinema, this tree is garnished with ornaments in varying shades of purple, silver, and white, along with oversized glittery silver boxes. 

Paint the Holidays | Tustin Marketplace
December 5, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Holiday cheer starts here with snowman painting, hot apple cider, and gingerbread cookies. Reservations required.  

Ornament Decorating | Tustin Marketplace
December 12, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Deck the halls with your custom-designed ornament while enjoying peppermint cotton candy and holiday tunes. Reservations required.  

Holiday Wreath Workshop | Tustin Marketplace
December 19, 2021 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
FREE Just in time for the holidays create your custom-designed wreath while enjoying holiday treats and tunes. Reservations required.  

Holiday Talent Show | Tustin
December 4, 2021 | TBD
FREE More info to come

Tree Lighting | Tustin Library Courtyard
December 4, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
FREE Santa visit, boutique and family activities

Breakfast with Santa | Community Center at The Market Place
December 11, 2021 | TBD
FREE More info to come


Holiday Events in Villa Park

Santa Tour | Villa Park Community Room 
December 4, 2021 | 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.

Boat Parade | Community Room 
December 12, 2021 | 11:15am – 10:00pm
More info to come


Holiday Events in Westminster

Virtual Tree Lighting | Civic Center Sunken Gardens
December 6, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
We are kicking of the holiday season virtually! Tune into WTV Channels: Spectrum 3, Frontier 42, AT&T U-Verse 99 or stream online via our website.


Holiday Events in Yorba Linda

Breakfast with Santa | Yorba Linda Community Center
December 11, 2021 | 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 | D & J Custom Crafts
December 7, 2021 | 4:30pm – 7:00pm
We would like to invite you to join the Living Mi Vida Loca team to enjoy Christmas lights, holiday music, tons of photo opps and meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Santa! 🎅 Bring your camera! Stop by starting at 4:30pm to get photo opps before the sun goes down, and stay for the lights!!! Hot drinks provided by Tap Truck OC for a small fee.

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Originally published on September 1, 2021. Last Updated on November 30, 2021 by Pattie Cordova

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