OrangeCounty.Net click for home page Holidays in Orange County

 


 

Orange County 2017 Winter
Holiday Celebrations

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and other holiday events throughout Orange County.

**Due to possible last minute changes to times & locations to the events below, we encourage you to click on the link of the event holder to get the most updated information.

Aliso Viejo Anaheim
Balboa Peninsula (Newport Bay)
Brea Buena Park
Corona Del Mar Costa Mesa
Cypress Dana Point
Fountain Valley Fullerton
Garden Grove Huntington Beach
Irvine Laguna Beach
Laguna Hills Laguna Niguel
La Habra
La Palma Los Alamitos
 Newport Beach Newport Coast
Orange San Juan Capistrano
San Clemente Santa Ana
Seal Beach Stanton
Tustin Villa Park
Yorba Linda
- Related Sections -
Christmas Lights
Holiday Shopping Guide Holiday Party Planning
Thanksgiving Events New Years Events
Winter Camps for Kids
- Featured Articles -
5 Ways to Make Your Holiday Party More Fun
Give the Gift of Learning

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights. The Granddaddy Of Holiday Events In Southern California

Follow us on Facebook!
 

 

ALISO VIEJO

Breakfast with Santa - Hosted by Citrus Fresh Grill at Renaissance ClubSport - Aliso Viejo
Sunday, December 17, 2017
9 – 10:30am

Come together for a special breakfast with family and Santa and celebrate the holidays! We'll have all your breakfast favorites; just bring your appetite, camera and letters for Santa. This is a festive event with family seating and shared tables. Early reservations are recommended as this event sells out fast.

$35.00 (adult), $15.00 (ages 4-12), $25.00 (seniors 65 plus), 3 years old and under FREE with a paying guest

LOCATION:
Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo
50 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo

INFORMATION:
For more information or to register, please stop by the Club Desk or call (949)330-5560

top

 

ANAHEIM

Santa's Coming to Anaheim Town Square - Anaheim
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Free event with real snow play area, Santa photos, crafts for kids, face painting, balloon artists and train rides.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
(Southeast corner of Lincoln Avenue and State College Blvd)
Anaheim, CA 92806



Nutcracker Christmas
December 2, 2017

FREE event featuring holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, a children’s train ride, free photos with Santa and holiday musical performances by local schools and community groups throughout the day. Purchase unique gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village and enjoy a wide variety of culinary treasures from the International Food Fair.

The day is capped off with a procession down Center Street Promenade led by the Combined Choirs of the Anaheim Union High School District at 5:45pm. Attendees gather around the living 50-foot Christmas tree, magically lit by a surprise guest and a holiday musical performance.

LOCATION:
Downtown Anaheim at Center St Promenade & Lemon St

INFORMATION:
714-956-3586




Fairmont Private Academy Winter Wonderland - Anaheim
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
3:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Come experience a true Winter Wonderland in Southern California — complete with snow and Santa to provide that magical holiday feel! It will be a wonderful time to create joyful memories with your family while you learn a little more about Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus.

This is a free event!

LOCATION:
Anaheim Hills Campus
5300 East La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, California, United States

INFORMATION:
Please RSVP to this event!




Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Event with Santa!
Saturday, December 16, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm

Free Fun Family Event - Anaheim Plaza Food Court

Santa is coming to Anaheim Plaza. Bring your camera for a selfie with Santa. This event is for the whole family and will include giveaways for the first 100 kids, raffle prizes, balloon artist and a kid friendly DJ.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Fwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

top

 

BALBOA PENINSULA (NEWPORT BEACH)

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 13-17, 2017

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Bay Island at 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours. Over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

For those of you that would like to be in parade Davey's Locker offers 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

Can't make the 5 parade nights? Newport Landing & Davey's Locker offers holiday lights cruises for the whole month of December

LOCATIONS FOR CRUISES:
December 1-31, 2017
Offered three times nightly (check websites for times)
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A, Newport Beach Ca 92661
Davey's Locker
400 Main St., Newport Beach, CA 92661

INFORMATION:
949-673-1435

top

 

BREA

Nutcracker Craft Boutique - Brea
November 17-18, 2017
9 am

Get your holiday shopping done at our Nutcracker Craft Boutique! The Boutique features unique, hand crafted gifts from over 200 vendors. You will be able to find something for everyone on your shopping list.

$2 admission with proceeds benefit the City of Brea's Youth and Family Programs.

LOCATION:
The Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way (Corner of Madison & Randolph)

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771



Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 7, 2017
6:30 pm

Light up the holiday at the City of Brea's annual tree lighting celebration. Live music and entertainment will put everyone in the holiday mood. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children's eyes sparkle when Santa drops in for a visit.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

top

 

BUENA PARK

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
Saturday, December 2, 2017

A community holiday carnival that includes food and game booths sponsored by local non-profit groups, entertainment, games, petting zoo, a craft area for kids, pictures with Santa Claus, and their famous snow slides!

LOCATION:
Ehlers Community Recreation Center
8150 Knott Ave.
(Please use the free shuttle to and from the Peak Park Pool at 7225 El Dorado Dr. Look for the shuttles marked Ehlers Express)

INFORMATION:
(714) 236-3860

top

 

CORONA DEL MAR

Christmas Walk
December 3, 2017 11:00 am

The Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events the Chamber is proud to present. It is absolutely a can't miss event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends and associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit. FREE to the public.

Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, live entertainment, restaurant tastings, beer & wine garden, bouncy houses, Santa Visits and a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes. The merchants of Corona del Mar invite you to visit the village and their individual businesses on this spectacular day!

INFORMATION:
949-673-4050



4th Annual Nights of 1000 Lights

December 8-9, 2017
6-9 pm

Annual event featuring more lights than ever including an expanded light tunnel, RGB Triklet programmable lights, light orbs and light tubes. In the Central Garden a live-cut 20' Christmas tree will feature "natural bling" and is best described as a modern style with natural elements. There will also be a light show in the Tropical Conservatory, a flurry of fun will await visitors in the Big Shade Garden plus a red sparkle ceiling will dazzle in the Fern Grotto.

All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a make your own 'smores station. The will also be a photo-op with Santa, holiday photo booth and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, tamale vendor and holiday shopping available in the Garden Shop.

$10 Friends Admission; $15 Non-Member Admission; Children Under 5 Free

LOCATION:
Sherman Library & Gardens
2647 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

top

 

COSTA MESA

A Christmas Carol
November 2​​4 - December 2​4, 201​7

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

South Coast Repertory
(714) 708-5555


Handel's Messiah

December 3, 2017
3 pm

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799


Swedish Christmas Julbord

Friday, December 15, 2017
Seating Times: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the folks at Ikea Costa Mesa on December 15, 2017 for their annual Swedish Christmas Julbord!

IKEA FAMILY Member price
$12.99 /per person & $2.99/ kids
Regular price:
$16.99/person & $4.99/child.

Seating is limited. **Restaurant closes at 1:00pm for event set-up.

LOCATION:
IKEA Costa Mesa
1475 S Coast Dr
Costa Mesa, CA


Take a Picture with Santa!

Sunday December 17, 2017
12-2 pm

Ho ho ho! Have you been naughty or nice? Come to IKEA Costa Mesa to get a free printed photo with Santa and a small gift to take home! Make plans to sit down with Santa from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the front entrance of the store and enjoy his visit. Don't miss out!

*Give away activities are for children 12 years old or younger, until supplies last.

LOCATION:
IKEA Costa Mesa
1475 S Coast Dr
Costa Mesa, CA

 

top

 

CYPRESS

Holiday Craft Show - Cypress
November 18, 2017
9 am - 3 pm

Start your holiday shopping early! Featuring hand crafted items, sweet shop, bbq lunch and entertainment. Free Admission

Mrs. Claus Sweet Shoppe - Woman's Club of Cypress. Purchase a sweet treat while you stroll the craft show.
Breakfast with Santa - 8:00 - 11:00am $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 660. Santa will be visiting from the North Pole for photos so don't forget your camera!
Burrito Bowl Lunch - 11:00am-2:30pm. Proceeds Benefit Cypress-La Palma Youth Action Committee

LOCATION:
Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Avenue

INFORMATION:
714-229-6780


-


Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting

December 5, 2017
6 pm

Festival Style Seating Blankets & Lawn Chairs Encouraged. Event includes School Performances, Visits with Santa, Holiday Crafts, Letters to Santa and Train Rides.

LOCATION:
On the Civic Center Green Corner of Orange Avenue and Grindlay Street. (in case of rain, event will be held at the senior center)

INFORMATION:
714-229-6780

top

 

DANA POINT

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017
12pm - 5:30pm

FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Includes Santa visits, carnival games ($1), craft fair, Dana Point Police Services Kid Print ID, face painting, cookie decorating ($2), holiday crafts, Lego Santa's Village Workshop, the Mini Express Train, petting zoo, pony rides and the Annual Tree Lighting! Most activities are free.

Tree lighting at 5:15 pm

LOCATION:
La Plaza Park
Pacific Coast Highway, North of Golden Lantern

INFORMATION:
(949) 248-3530

-


Annual Boat Parade of Light

December 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2017
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

Enjoy this holiday extravaganza throughout the harbor each night of the Boat Parade that features carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, and FREE photos with Santa, and culminates with the Boat Parade.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor
34555 Golden Lantern

** Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers boat rides so you too can experience the fun of actually riding on a boat and joining in the parade. Don't miss the opportunity to become a part of this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Reservations can be made at www.danawharf.com

Call and make your reservations at (949) 496-5794.

For more information or a boat or sponsor entry form call THE Harbor Info line at (949) 923-2255

-


Boat Rides with Santa

Early December 2-3, 2017
10am to 2pm

Come aboard for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those Christmas wishes as you cruise the Harbor. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservations required!

LOCATION:
Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks
34675 Golden Lantern - between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea.

INFORMATION:
(949) 496-5794 or (949) 923-2255

-


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Breakfast with Santa

December 17, 2017
9am-12pm

Santa will be taking a break from checking his list twice to taking pictures with your family. Enjoy breakfast, movies, Holiday Belgian Waffles decorating and arts & crafts at Vue restaurant.

Reservations are required. Adults: *$35.00 Children (ages 6-12): $10.00 Add bottomless Mimosas for only $10.00

*Price does not include tax and gratuity.

INFORMATION:
For more information please call us at 949-487-7577 To make a reservation please visit us at OpenTable


-


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Christmas Dining

Christmas Eve Dinner
Enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner at Laguna Cliffs.
December 24, 2017
5pm-10pm
Holiday Menu with reduced valet parking available.

Christmas Day Dinning
Celebrate Christmas with a four-course menu at Vue Restaurant.
December 25, 2017
2pm-6pm
Four Course Menu $95 per person, Tax and Gratuity not included. Reduced valet parking Available.

Based upon availability. Reservations required. Must be 21 or older to consumer alcoholic beverages. Cost is per person. Space is limited.

LOCATION:
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

INFORMATION:
For more information, please contact our Concierge at 949-487-7577 or to make reservations, please visit us at OpenTable

top

 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 2, 2017
4:30 pm—8:00 pm

This special holiday event will feature guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!

LOCATION:
Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

LOCATION:
714-839-8611

top

 

FULLERTON

Winter Market
Saturday, December 2, 2017
12 p.m.

Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa (from 2-4), grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping and visit the beer and wine garden. For the kids there will be face painting and a bounce house. "Spark of Love" toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters will also be there for those who wish to donate. Free event.

Parking may be found in any of the free downtown lots or in the parking structures at Wilshire (enter from Harbor); Lemon Street and Chapman Avenue;and in the Transportation Center on Pomona and Santa Fe Avenue.

LOCATION:
Downtown Fullerton



The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival
December 17, 2017
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including live stage performances and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections! The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. There is no admission fee for this outdoor event.

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

top

 

GARDEN GROVE

Tree Lighting Celebration
December 5, 2017
6:30 - 7:30

The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place under the clock tower in the Village Green, at the corner of Main and Euclid. The event is free to the public and will feature live entertainment and holiday refreshments, culminating with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a spectacular tree lighting and a flurry of winter snow.

LOCATION:
The Village Green/Clock Tower
Corner of Euclid and Main.

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5290

-

Winterfest
Saturday, December 2, 2017
2-5:30 pm

Enter Atlantis Play Center as it is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with crafts, inflatables, carnival games, train rides, music, a visit from Santa and 50 tons of snow for sledding and play! General admission $10 (tickets limited to 1,000)

LOCATION:
Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets are available by phone or in person, Monday, November 13 through Friday, December 1 at Garden Grove City Hall, at 11222 Acacia Parkway 8 am - 5 pm. Or call (714) 741-5200.

-

Christmas 4 Kids
2017 dates coming
9:00 AM through Noon

King of Kings Christmas for Kids provides both a fun morning for the children and a mini-break or mini-shopping time for the parents. We offer games, crafts, singing, and the story of Jesus' birth in a quick fun filled atmosphere. The end of the morning concludes with a family lunch so that you and your children may all leave fed and ready for the afternoon’s activities. All of this is FREE to you!

LOCATION:
King of Kings Lutheran School
13431 Newhope St
Garden Grove

INFORMATION:
714-530-2152

top

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Swedish Christmas Fair - Huntington Beach
November 19, 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A traditional and authentic Swedish Christmas, complete with a St. Lucia procession brought to you by the SWEA of Orange County.

Wonderfully decorated exhibits, food, arts and crafts, traditional music, dancing and activities for children will be available as well as visits from both St. Lucia and the Swedish Santa Claus or "Jultomten".
Cost: $5 Adults, $2 Kids (5-15)

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Banquet Hall
7561 Center Avenue, Old World Village
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA



Miracle on Main Street

November 19, 2017

2-7pm

It's the most wonderful time of the year when HB Downtown fills the 2nd block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, and refreshments.

The event starts on the street with entertainment such as Tuba Christmas, APA's Surf City Singers, princess party characters and more! Event will include free hot cocoa and treats, photos with Santa with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm.

FREE event open to the public

LOCATION:
Main Street
Huntington Beach



The Nutcracker by Ballet Repertory Theatre
- Huntington Beach
December 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7 pm
December 9, 16, 22 & 23 at 2 pm
December 10, 17 & 24 at 1 pm
December 10 & 17 at 5 pm

Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre’s cherished 41-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel alongside young Clara through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dancers await you, along with twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers. With 15 enchanting performances, Orange County’s longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

Ticket prices: $19 general admission; $15 seniors, veterans, students, children under 12

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150



17th Annual Live Nativity & International Celebration
- Huntington Beach
December 17, 2017
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Show starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm.

Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers, dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season. FREE Admission.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA



Cruise of Lights
December 15-18 & 21-23, 2017

Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event.

LOCATION:
Park in the Huntington Harbour Mall lot (corner of Algonquin and Saybrook) and get on the designated buses that travel a short distance to the boat launch area.

INFORMATION:
Advanced ticket purchase call: (714) 840-7542

top

 

IRVINE

Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Open through early February

Outdoor skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum. Located in Giant Wheel Court adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy's.

LOCATION:
Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive, Irvine
949-456-6937


-


Storymakery  Holiday  Storybook  Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 2017
2 pm

There are many things to celebrate this season! We would like to invite you to Storymakery Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, November 18th. Festivities will start at 2pm celebrating our customers, the season, and the launch of expansion of our My Storymakery personalized books, where you can simply add the child's name. a heartfelt personalized dedication, and byline. 'Tis the season to take selfies with Santa and munch on some gingerbread cookies with hot cocoa. Kids of all ages are welcome!

RSVP for FREE HERE

LOCATION:
Storymakery
825 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION/RESERVATION:
reserve online


-


Winter Wonderland
Sunday, December 3, 2017
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Celebrate winter as "snow" falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for games, crafts, music, entertainment and food. The City's signature holiday event includes a Joyful Jingles holiday concert and visit from Santa Claus. Guests can enjoy refreshments from mobile food trucks.

At 5 p.m., there will be a festive tree-lighting that includes "snow" falling over the piazza. Admission is free.

LOCATION:
Irvine Civc Center
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
For more information, call 949-724-6606

-


Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
Sunday, December 10, 2017
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This fun event will give Orange County families the opportunity to make a homeless animal part of their loving family - just in time for the holidays!

This event will bring about 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption. The annual event also features dozens of pet-related vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping and an opportunity drawing. Each animal available for adoption is spayed or neutered, microchipped and evaluated by a veterinarian. Cats and dogs are vaccinated appropriate to age.

Suggested donation for the event is $2 per person or $5 per family. and parking is free.

LOCATION:
Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
949-724-7740

-


Hooray for Chanukah

Tuesday, December 12 - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
3:30 pm

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukkah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday. We’ll have fun learning about this wonderful holiday through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.

Cost is included with museum admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

-


Christmas Countdown

Tuesday, December 12 - Saturday, December 23, 2017

It’s time to begin the 12 days of Christmas Countdown! The days that lead up to Christmas are an exciting and magical time for young children. Join us each day as we “unwrap” a new activity that celebrates the season.

Cost is included with museum admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

-


Festival of Kwanzaa

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018
11:30 am

Kwanzaa is here, and there are so many fun things to do! Join us each day during the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, we’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games and storytime. These daily activities are a perfect way to begin teaching your children about the meaning and traditions of this joyous holiday.

Cost is included with museum admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

-


Hilton New Years Eve Party
Sunday, December 31, 2017
7:30p-1am

Party and take the elevator home at Hilton NYE, 'When it just has to be First Class'!

Only $99 til Dec. 20 - Book NOW to get the Discount!!!!

Includes 3 Entree Dinner with Dessert, Tea, Coffee & Midnight Champagne. Eat when you want, all you want from 8 -9:30 pm. Dancing until 1 am with live Band (The Vertikals, formerly with Turtles & Beach Boys) plus DJ John for Non-Stop Music!

Free Midnight Champagne Toast plus a $10 corkage fee 'bring your favorite wine', or you can choose to relax with the Open Bar package for $50.

LOCATION:
Hilton Irvine Hotel Ballroom
Across from John Wayne Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, 92612

INFORMATION / RESERVATIONS:
Reserve and pay online for this event @ LemonDropClub.com or call 949-378-6600 for details. Special room rates at the Hilton for attendees.

Note, this is sold out every year for the last 8 years, so please get your reservation in early.
Ask for Lemondrop New Years Eve Party Rate.

top

 

LAGUNA BEACH

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends: November 18 through December 17, 2017
open 10am-6pm

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

LOCATION:
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030
-

-


Laguna Playhouse presents: Aladdin and His Winter Wish
December 7-31, 2017

American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Kira Kosarin (Nickelodeon's "The Thundermans"), Jason Gotay (Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Josh Adamson (Taboo), Jay Donnell (Miss Saigon National Tour), Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”), Jason Graae (Forever Plaid) and Barry Pearl ("Grease") star in this classic fairytale set to modern music, complete with dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. Directed and Choreographed by Spencer Liff (Broadway's Falsettos, "So You Think You Can Dance"). Musical Direction by Keith Harrison ("American Idol"). Add more fun to your holiday festivities this winter and don’t forget to bring the entire family. It’s the best new holiday tradition in town!

LOCATION:
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

INFORMATION:
Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

top

 

LAGUNA HILLS

Breakfast with Santa
December 9, 2017
9-11 AM

Join in on this special celebration complete with a scrumptious pancake breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts! Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Resident $10, Non-Resident $15

LOCATION:
Community Center & Sports Complex
25555 Alicia Parkway

-


Orange County Christmas Lights
Thanksgiving night - New Years Eve

Free event hosted nightly from 5pm to 9 pm from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. Christmas Lights and Home Decorating show featuring over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music plus spectacular Department 56 snow village displays with hundreds of houses and giant hand sculpted mountains.

Come by for some warm apple cider and holiday cheer!

LOCATION:
25473 Nellie Gail Road
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

top

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Ritz-Carlton Annual Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 19, 2017
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Holiday music and a special appearance from Santa Claus.

Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids. Event is complimentary.

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629


Holiday Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Mondays-Thursdays
November 27 - December 14, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Treat someone special to the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea in Raya Restaurant featuring an array of teas, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant oceanfront setting. $75 per person. Reservations must be made 24hrs in advance.

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

INFORMATION:
(949)-240-2000


Yappy Howl-iday

Sunday, December 3, 2017
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization. Proceeds support The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative.

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629


Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Parade Step off time 10 a.m.

The Theme for this year's parade is 'Jingle All the Way'. The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!

LOCATION:
Crown Valley Parkway
between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park.

top

 

LA HABRA

Breakfast with Santa
December 2-3, 2017
8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A time honored classic for Christmas, this event at the Museum includes a continental breakfast of yummy treats, a colorful craft for each child, a classic photo with Santa Claus and free admission into the Museum!

Breakfast with Santa is an annual fund raising event sponsored by the Museum Guild. All proceeds benefit The Children's Museum at La Habra. $11 Kids 2 and over, $13 Adults

LOCATION:
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra, CA 90631

INFORMATION:
Reservations are required for this event. For more information please call 562-383-4240 or email the Museum.

top

 

LA PALMA

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Crafts & visits with Santa: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join your friends and family for this annual holiday favorite. Every year this event brings the La Palma community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along.

Take a picture with Santa and his elves in the activities area before the event. This area will feature crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won’t want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus!

LOCATION:
Central Park Amphitheater
7821 Walker Street

INFORMATION:
(714) 690-3350 (will be cancelled in the event of rain)

top

 

LOS ALAMITOS

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 2, 2017
4:00 to 7:30pm

Winter Wonderland at the Plaza will feature an area to play in the snow, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment. The event is FREE, so be sure to bundle up and bring your family and friends along to join in the fun!

Canned food drive - please bring canned goods to donate for local charities.

LOCATION:
St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan St, Los Alamitos, CA

top

 

NEWPORT BEACH

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 13-17, 2017

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

For those of you that would like to be in parade both Newport Landing and Davey's Locker will offer 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

LOCATIONS FOR CRUISES:
December 1-31, 2017
Offered three times nightly (check websites for times)
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A, Newport Beach Ca 92661
Davey's Locker
400 Main St., Newport Beach, CA 92661

INFORMATION:
949-675-0551

top

 

NEWPORT COAST

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar
December 2, 2017
10 am - 5:30 pm

Tree lighting ceremony with a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted items by local residents and artists. The excitement builds when Santa arrives at 4 p.m. for family photos, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at dusk (approximately 5 p.m.), a holiday tradition that draws locals and visitors alike.

LOCATION:
Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) Parking: $5/hr (max. $15).

top

 

ORANGE

Irvine Park Railroad - Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus
December 1-23, 2017

Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. In addition to riding the Irvine Park Railroad, activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, a Santa Claus moon bounce, Christmas coloring corner, carnival games, ice fishing, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $15.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary.

LOCATION:
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

-


Moreno’s Restaurant 6th Annual Christmas Boutique - Orange
Sunday, December 3, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm

Bring your friends and join us for a festive day of Christmas shopping!

Shop for unique, hand crafted gifts, décor and more from 25 of Southern California’s most talented vendors while enjoying Moreno’s holiday atmosphere and tasty treats! Find something for everyone on your list while supporting a great community organization, Lestonnac Free Clinic.

Moreno's Restaurant will donate all proceeds from boutique to Lestonnac Free Clinic.

LOCATION:
Moreno's Restaurant Banquet Hall
4328 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange

INFORMATION:
Linda Moreno-Magarro at (714) 313-1319

-


Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional

Sunday, December 3, 2017
3:30 - 7 pm

Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession includes holiday music. Local non-profit groups also provide delcious food and youth activities for a nominal charge.

Holiday Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. Main Musical Program & Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Town Plaza
Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street

INFORMATION:
Special Events Hotline - 714-744-7278


Annual Holiday Wassail Concert

December 8-9, 2017
8 pm

A magnificent concert of holiday season favorites performed by the Chapman University Singers, University Choir and Women’s Choir along with music performed by The Chapman Orchestra.

LOCATION:
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

RESERVATIONS/TICKETS:
Tickets available online

-


Christmas Painting Fun Night at Mission Art

December 17, 2017
3:00pm to 5pm

This workshop is a fun workshop. We will teach you how to paint with simple method. At the end of the session, participants will have 1 completed canvas to take home with them. All supplies are provided. No prior art experience is required. In fact, many times some of the best paintings are done by people who have never painted prior to the workshop. It isn't about talent; it's about the process and how much you will enjoy the painting!

For kids and adults (kids and parents also can join together). Pizza and refreshments included $38.00 each person. Ages: 6 years and up.

LOCATION:
Mission Art Center
1730 N. Tustin Street
Orange CA 92865

INFORMATION:
Space is limited!
Please call us to book your space at: 714-402-8535

top

 

SAN CLEMENTE

Santa's Village by the Sea
December 2, 2017
5-8 pm

Join us on Avenida Del Mar for a holiday spectacular that will include collaboration of the Downtown Business Association's Puttin' on the Glitz, Christmas at the Casa, Santa's Village by the Sea and tree lighting.

Holiday activities will begin with the City tree lighting at 5pm. Events continue at Casa Romantica from 5:00-7:30pm and the Community Center for the annual snow hill and other activities from 5-8:00pm, and the holiday cheer will continue up Del Mar with the Glitz from 6:00-10:00pm.

LOCATION:
Various locations

INFORMATION:
(949) 218-5378

-

Christmas at the Casa: Holiday Open House - San Clemente
December 2, 2017
5-7:30 pm

Casa Romantica’s annual holiday open house features traditional and bell choirs, a visit from Santa, a talking tree, kids crafts, holiday décor, and refreshments.

Christmas at the Casa is held in partnership with the City of San Clemente’s Santa’s Village by the Sea.

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

-

Casa Kinetic: Nutcracker - San Clemente
December 7-8, 2017
7-8:30 pm

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the Nutcracker ballet. This bestselling event, performed with panache by the Orange County Ballet Theater, is a must for the whole family.

The Casa Nutcracker features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon.

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, Main Salon
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

top

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Camino Real Playhouse presents: It's a Wonderful Life - San Juan Capistrano
November 24 - December 17, 2017

It’s a Wonderful Life is the heartwarming story of an average guy from a small town whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.. Suitable for the whole family!

LOCATION:
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082


Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2, 2017
4 - 10 pm

Don’t miss the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration which includes dance, orchestra, mariachi and musical theater performances. Holiday activities throughout downtown following the event. Downtown shops will host “Open House” with special sales and complimentary refreshments.

Don’t miss the Live Nativity Presentation at ZOOMARS, stroll along Los Rios Street as the shops shine with holiday cheer and treats, snow sledding at the Mission, FREE photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a FREE Christmas Train Ride, Face Painting, Crafts and so much more!

LOCATION:
Downtown San Juan Capistrano
31852 El Camino Real

INFORMATION:
949-493-5911

-


Snow at the Mission

December 2-3, 2017
December 2 at 5:30–8pm
December 3 at 10:00am - 2 pm

Experience real snow sledding and snow play at Mission San Juan Capistrano! Bring the whole family on Sunday to enjoy sledding and snow play, hot cooca, live mariachis, crafts for kids and holiday shopping at the Mission Store.

Plus, make a day of it in historic San Juan Capistrano to dine and discover at charming destinations in the downtown to ring in the holiday season! Pick-up a FREE walking map of the downtown while at the Mission. Snow sledding is $3 each for Members and $5 for Non-Members. Condition of the snow is not guaranteed all day due to factors of weather and temperature.

LOCATION:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy

INFORMATION:
949-234-1300

top

 

SANTA ANA

Discovery CubePresents: Science of Gingerbread - Santa Ana
November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing - it's science at work! Discovery Cube's holiday festival is filled with festive activities designed to bring families together this holiday season. Don't miss your chance to meet Santa Claus and decorate your own holiday cookies on select dates!

Hands-On Holiday Fun:
Hands-on kitchen science activities. Cookie decorating on select dates. Santa Claus visits on select dates. Award winning gingerbread displays

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

-


Winter Zoobilation & International Snow Day with the Critters
December 17, 2017 (Snow Day)
12 noon - 3pm

All Zoo event featuring international stations, activities, educational crafts & games, animals and entertainment.

General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE; City of Santa Ana Residents - FREE.

December 1-31, 2017 (Zoobilation)

Also, for the whole month of December, the Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called "Winter Zoobilation" with snow, lights, music and special festive decorations for all to enjoy.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E Chestnut Ave
Santa Ana, CA


-


Santa is Coming to Town at the Bowers Museum
December 19-22, 2017
1-2 pm

The Reindeer are busy napping this week preparing for their big night. Santa will roll up to Kidseum on his motorcycle at 1 PM while the children wait excitedly outside for his arrival. Children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap on his red Wells Fargo Wagon and fly around the world on the Green Screen Time Machine. Don’t forget to bring your camera for still shots and videos!

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679


-


Kidseum New Years Celebration
December 31, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fun New Year’s themed craft projects. In the Art Studio, kids will create hand-made reusable confetti poppers and colorful noisemakers that they can use at home during the real countdown. The kiddos will practice countdowns every hour on the hour, beginning at noon, to be ready for the New Year’s countdown. Kids can practice making as much noise as possible with their hand-crafted noise makers and practice shooting their confetti! In the Glow Cave, we will make glowing wish wands that will even glow in the dark when you take them home! At 1:30pm, after our practice countdown and blasting of colorful confetti, there will be a balloon drop in the center of Kidseum!

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

top

 

SEAL BEACH

Annual Christmas Parade
Friday, December 1, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

The Annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade Ushers in the Holidays each year with bands, floats, lots of kids and of course Santa. This ‘continuous motion’ parade highlights youth groups, sports groups, schools, businesses, first responders and other organizations from Seal Beach and the surrounding areas. More than 17,000 are expected on Main Street to celebrate the holidays in a hometown ‘Mayberry by the Sea’ parade.

LOCATION:
Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH
Seal Beach, CA 90740

INFORMATION:
562-799-0179

top

 

STANTON

Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday December 7, 2017
6-7:30 p.m.

Join your family and friends for this wonderful Christmas event! The event will feature musical performances by the Rancho Alamitos High School Choir, Tree Lighting Ceremony, visits with Santa, rides on the “Polar Express”, refreshments, storybook reading, arts and crafts, displays and non-profit food booths. This year, the City will celebrate holidays around the world and showcase timeless traditions observed by members of the global community.

LOCATION:
Stanton Central Park
10660 Western Avenue

INFORMATION:
For additional information please call 890-4270

top

 

TUSTIN

Tree Lighting
Friday, December 8, 2017
6 PM

The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join in the holiday fun as they celebrate their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. Performances by Tustin Family and Youth Center Kids Corner Preschool, Tustin Dance Center, HBP Dance Extreme, Academy of Dance, CT Middle School Choir and Compass Bible Church. Event will also feature: Letters to Santa, a Craft Area, Booths, Pictures w/Santa and Tree Lighting.

LOCATION:
Tustin Library Courtyard
345 East Main Street
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326 -

-


CulinaryLab's Holiday Give-a-thon
- Tustin
December 9, 2017
3-5 pm

Join CulinaryLab for a day of giving for the whole family! ​ They will be accepting food donations on behalf of the OC Rescue Mission. Activities for this event will include the Food Drive, Cookie Decorating, Care Package Building Station & Hot Chocolate.

Suggested Donations:​ Canned Food (meats, tuna, soup, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter), Boxed or Bagged Food (rice, mashed Potatoes, macaroni and cheese, dry pasta) ​

LOCATION:
CulinaryLab
17231 17th St b
Tustin, CA

top

 

VILLA PARK

The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade
Sunday, December 10, 2017
4:30 PM

Be a part of this great event and celebration as parade participant, viewer, or vendor.

The Villa Park asphalt harbor will be filled with "Yachts and Yachts of Holiday Fun" as the annual procession of wheeled vessels sets sail for the VP Towne Centre celebration with many happy campers waving to them from neighborhood shorelines. Great food, and fun and/or funky vendors, plus musical entertainment await everyone in the Centre, as do special trophies for many unique crafts. Why knot seize the opportunity to decorate and enter your truck, trailer, ski boat, homemade submarine or jazzy yacht full of friends or kids in this wacky entourage.

LOCATION:
Parade starts at Villa Park High School & ends at Towne Centre

top

 

YORBA LINDA

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along
November 26, 2017
Concert times are 10 am and 12 pm

The audience is invited to sing along with the Master Chorus and Orchestra in the favorite Messiah choruses. Singers may bring their own music scores or borrow one (limited number). Baroque 18th century costumes are encouraged.

Seating is on a first-come basis, and admission is free. Donations are accepted (suggested donation $5).

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Library

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

-


Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library - Yorba Linda
Wednesdays, November 29 - December 27, 2017

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year! Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10-foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

INFORMATION:
714-993-5075

Back to top

 

 

 
 

Home - Orange County Visitor Information - Fun things to do in OC - OC Beaches - Art & Music in Orange County - Shopping & Dining in Orange County

Orange County Business - Orange County Health Inforrmation - Orange County Rescources for Residents - Orange County Education - Orange County Real Estate

Facebook - Twitter - Site Map - Disclaimer

© 2015 OrangeCounty.net All rights reserved worldwide.
Site Owned and Operated by Purpose Media
For info on ad rates call 949.443.1323 or sales@orangecounty.net
Many photographic images courtesy of OCBook.com