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Things to do in Orange County this weekend

There is so much to do this weekend in the Orange County area! Visit our Calendar of Events https://livingmividaloca.com/oc-events-calendar/

This Orange County weekend events list is organized by city and noted where the entrance are FREE. Use it as a jumping off point to celebrate the weekend Orange County and choose a few events to attend.

There are so many things to do in Orange County this weekend with family! Check out our list of events below, and visit their pages to confirm event details. FREE events in Orange County are noted as such.

BONUS: Our Orange County Winter, holiday and Christmas events list is updated for the 2021 season!

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WEEKEND EVENTS FOR FAMILIES IN ORANGE COUNTY – November 26, 27 and 28, 2021

WEEKEND EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2021

ANAHEIM
Weekend events in Anaheim
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!

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Anaheim 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.

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/

BUENA PARK
Weekend events in Buena Park

Knott’s Berry 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.

We went! –> https://www.instagram.com/p/CWmmWJnDU1D/

CORONA DEL MAR
Weekend events in
Corona
del Mar
FREE Lil’ Dickens Carolers
Rogers Gardens
12:30PM – 2:30PM and 6:00PM – 8PM
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.

COSTA MESA
Weekend 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/p/CWplrTpjPv3/

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.

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.

LAGUNA HILLS
Weekend events in Laguna Hills

FREE Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot
24203 Avenida de la Carlota
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.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA
Weekend events in Rancho Santa Margarita

FREE 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.

SANTA ANA
Weekend events in Santa Ana
FREE Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot
Bristol 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.

WEEKEND EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021

ANAHEIM
Weekend events in Anaheim
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!

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Anaheim 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.

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/

BREA
Weekend events in Brea
Pet Photos with Santa | Brea Mall

November 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 28: 7pm-8:30pm
December 5: 7pm-8:30pm

Located in the center court near Sephora.

BUENA PARK
Weekend events in Buena Park

Knott’s Berry 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.

COSTA MESA
Weekend 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/p/CWplrTpjPv3/

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.

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.

HUNTINGTON BEACH
Weekend events in Huntington Beach
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.

IRVINE
Weekend events in Irvine
FREE Roller Skate Classes
Atomic Skate Exchange
2:00PM
Schedule:
2p • Beginning Basics 102
2:45p • T-Spin Drills
3:30p • Partner Skating 101
4:15p • Open Skate

LAGUNA BEACH
Weekend 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.

WEEKEND EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

ANAHEIM
Weekend events in Anaheim
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!

Pumpkin City Christmas Tree Lot | Anaheim 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.

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/

BREA
Weekend events in Brea
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! Located in the center court near Sephora.

BUENA PARK
Weekend events in Buena Park

Knott’s Berry 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.

COSTA MESA
Weekend 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/p/CWplrTpjPv3/

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.

FULLERTON
Weekend events in Fullerton

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.

HUNTINGTON BEACH
Weekend events in Huntington Beach
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)

IRVINE
Weekend 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 

MISSION VIEJO
Weekend 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.

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.

SANTA ANA
Weekend events in Santa Ana
1st Annual Pawliday Boutique and Pet Photos with Santa | Heritage Museum

November 28, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
FREE Vendors, crafts, photos and more!

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and don’t forget to plan for these upcoming winter, holiday and Christmas events!

Originally published on November 1, 2021. Last Updated on November 27, 2021 by Pattie Cordova

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages LivingMiVidaLoca.com. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.

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