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Orange County 2021 Winter
Holiday Celebrations

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

Due to COVID 19 concerns, many events can be canceled or rescheduled with little notice. We're continuously updating events, but also encourage you to click on links below to get the most current event updates.

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

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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
Westminster Yorba Linda
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ANAHEIM

Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Event!
Saturday, December 11, 2021
11am - 1pm

Free Family Fun Event!

Held at Anaheim Plaza Food Court. This free event is for the whole family and will include Raffles & Prizes, Airbrush Artist, Balloon Artist, and Kid-Friendly DJ.

Bring your cameras for a Holiday Photo opp! Plus giveaways for the first 100 kids!

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

 


 

Holiday Carnival at Anaheim Town Square - Anaheim
December 12, 2021
12-3 pm

Free event with real snow play area, Santa photos, crafts for kids, face painting, balloon artists, cookie decorating and more!

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





Nutcracker Treelighting & Holiday Village

December 4, 2021

FREE event featuring holiday craft activities, tree lighting and much more!

Purchase unique gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village and enjoy a wide variety of culinary treasures from the International Food Fair.

LOCATION:
Downtown Anaheim at Center St Promenade & Lemon St

INFORMATION:
714-956-3586

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BALBOA PENINSULA (NEWPORT BEACH)

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 15 – 19, 2021

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 3, 2021 - January 2, 2022
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

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BREA

Nutcracker Craft Boutique - BreaNovember 19-20, 2021

Get your holiday shopping done at our Nutcracker Craft Boutique! Shop from 280 vendors that display one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted holiday gifts, decorations, food, and collectibles. Shoppers can also pick up a quick snack or beverage in Food Alley.

Sorry, no strollers are allowed inside the Boutique. Kidwatch baby sitting services will be available for $2.50 per hour per child. Admission is $2 (children 12 years old and younger may enter for free). Parking is free.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771



Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2, 2021
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 spirit. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs.Claus drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Admission is free.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

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BUENA PARK

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
Saturday, December 4, 2021
10 am - 4 pm

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

LOCATION:
Ehlers Community Recreation Center
8150 Knott Ave.

INFORMATION:
(714) 236-3860

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CORONA DEL MAR

Christmas Walk
December 5, 2021
11am – 5pm

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, beer garden, Santa visits and games in true holiday spirit. FREE to the public.

INFORMATION:
949-673-4050



Annual Nights of 1000 Lights

sold out for 2021

The Annual Nights of 1000 Lights will be twelve nights of holiday cheer! Guests will enjoy a 'Blue Christmas' with Elvis, take a stroll in the glistening light tunnel and boogie through the disco inFERNo...enter a world of sugary sweets in the gingerbread house, enjoy hot chocolate and 'smores around the bonfire...get warm and fuzzy with a Scandinavian juletre, and follow the trolls and gnomes to visit Santa in his workshop!

All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a make your own 'smores station. There will also holiday photo booth and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, food available for purchase and holiday shopping in the Garden Shop.

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

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COSTA MESA

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
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.

LOCATION:
South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 708-5555


Handel's Messiah

December 5, 2021
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

Saturday, December 04, 2021
10:30am-11:00am

Join the folks at Ikea Costa Mesa in December for their annual Swedish Christmas Julbord!

Seating is limited.

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


Night of Lights OC

November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

A spectacular drive-thru experience with over a million lights, holiday music, characters and real snow!

Guests will enjoy in the safety of their own vehicle a magical and interactive drive through a winter wonderland of lights. This one-mile drive-thru will include over one million lights. Limited tickets and time slots per day!

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626



Winter Fest OC
- Costa Mesa

Winter Fest will return in 2022

18 Days of Snow!

Featuring ice tubing down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area with separate areas for toddlers and kids with fresh snow blown in daily, ice skating on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink under the stars in the middle of Winter Fest OC, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters.

There's also fireworks and snow flurries, plus a not to be missed experience with Santa and his reindeer flying over the fairgrounds through Christmas Eve, an all new Alpine Village with a new light maze and new wintery attractions, over 20 carnival rides and attractions, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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CYPRESS

Holiday Craft Show - Cypress
November

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


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Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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:
Cypress Civic Center/Library/Tennis Courts
5275 Orange Ave
Cypress

Cypress Civic Center/Library/Tennis Courts 5275 Orange Avene
714-229-6780

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DANA POINT

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 4, 2021
4:30pm - 5:30pm

FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana Point.

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.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 248-3530


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Boat Rides with Santa

December 4-5, 2021

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. Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Soroptimist of Capistrano Bay.

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

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

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Annual Boat Parade of Light

December 10-12, 2021

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

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 4, 2021
4:30-8 pm

Free event, all are welcome! 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

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FULLERTON

Winter Market
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa (from 12-4), 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 many more activities. Tree lighting ceremony at sunset.

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
Sunday, December 19, 2021
12-4pm

The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including family-friendly activities, live music, free art workshops for kids, and an arts and crafts sale. Featuring Performances by Noelle Lidyoff, The Sugar Daddies, The Kamaaina Glee Club, & Momentum Dance.

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

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GARDEN GROVE

Winter in the Grove
Saturday, December 4, 2021
3-7 pm

The event will feature song and dance performances from local schools and performers, holiday crafts and inflatable activities for children of all ages, a holiday craft boutique featuring handmade gifts from local vendors, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Snowtopia - They're bringing in 50 tons of snow to create nine snow slides for the whole family to enjoy! Wristbands for unlimited snow slides for $5 will be available for purchase online

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5200

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HUNTINGTON BEACH

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea - Huntington Beach
Saturday, November

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fantasy as The Nutcracker comes to life at the Ballet Etudes Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. This is an event that all generations will enjoy with delicious food, treats, characters in costume, live performances, Nutcracker boutique, crafts and games and more. Plus a huge raffle with fabulous prizes.

Ballet Etudes is Huntington Academy of Dance's resident non-profit youth ballet company. Our mission is to expose a new generation of children, both performers and audience members to the beauty, grace, and athleticism of ballet; and to offer this experience at affordable prices.

LOCATION:
Senior Center in Central Park
18041 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Click to find information on how to download a flyer and order tickets.



Swedish Christmas Fair - Huntington Beach
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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.

The Swedish Womens Education Association of Orange County (SWEA) will hold their annual Christmas Fair at Old World, Huntington Beach, right before the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. This will be the 6th year the SWEA Christmas Fair comes to Old World. The SWEA Christmas Fair, takes full advantage of the large Old world Festival Hall and spacious outside patio and beer garden to accommodate the large number of vendors and the 1,000+ people that attend the event.

LOCATION:
Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA



Miracle on Main Street

November 28, 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year when HB Downtown fills the 2nd block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, kid's activities, and refreshments. A special tree lighting ceremony with entertainment will be held on Sunday, November 24. The event includes a Holiday Boutique, Kid's activities, cocoa and cookies, Grinch, Santa and the tree lighting. Photo opportunities with Santa and Grinch follow the tree lighting.

FREE event open to the public

LOCATION:
Main Street
Huntington Beach




Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker
- Huntington Beach
December 4-5, 2021

The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Etudes, a non-profit youth ballet company. Free parking and wheelchair accessible.

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach High School Historic Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California.

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets: $25-up


The Nutcracker by Ballet Repertory Theatre - Huntington Beach
December 11-24, 2021

Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre’s cherished 45-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel with 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. Orange County’s longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

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

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150




Cruise of Lights
2021 Cruise of Lights® canceled due to ​Covid restrictions

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



Annual Live Nativity & International Celebration
- Huntington Beach
Sunday December 12, 2021
Doors open at 6 pm

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

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IRVINE

Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 4, 2021
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Kick off the season with the lighting of the Civic Center holiday tree, and join us for an evening of holiday cheer. The event will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, and a winter-themed train route.

Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12. Toy donations aid the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Toy Drive, which benefits the families of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.

LOCATION:
Irvine Civic Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606-5207

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


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Hooray for Hanukah

Sunday, November 28 – Sunday, December 5, 2021
(Closed Monday/ Tuesday)

Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! We’re celebrating Hanukah 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!

Cost is included with museum admission.

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


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Storymakery Holiday Party

December - check back for 2021 information

Drop-in anytime between 2 pm and 4 pm for the kids to build a holiday story with our Muse staff. We have several holiday story themes to choose from - Christmas, Hanukkah, Santa, Snowman, Ice Princess, Elves and more! Families will also enjoy arts & crafts, along with complimentary cocoa and cookies. An enriching and memorable holiday event, perfect for kids ages 3-10.

LOCATION:
Storymakery
25292 McIntyre St
Laguna Hills, CA

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Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
Sunday, December 5, 2021

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.

The adoption event will be held in accordance with the current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Admission: $5 per person (kids 13 and younger are free)

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

INFORMATION:
949-724-7740

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Christmas Countdown

December 12-23, 2021

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!

Cost is included with museum admission.

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


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Las Posadas

Thursday, December 16, 2021

It’s time to celebrate Las Posadas! This Feliz Navidad! It’s time to celebrate Las Posadas! This colorful Mexican holiday celebrates the 9 days leading up to Christmas! Join us for some festive activities, art, and events at Pretend City!

Cost is included with museum admission.

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

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Festival of Kwanzaa

December 26-31, 2021

Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa at Pretend City! Each day we will light a candle on the Kinara and celebrate a new principle through a variety of activities.

Cost is included with museum admission.

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


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For Kids!
Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown

Friday, December 31, 2021

5..4..3..2..1..HAPPY NOON YEAR! Join us for our annual New Year’s Celebration in the middle of the day! We will celebrate the new year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones! There will be a confetti countdown at 4 different times to celebrate the new year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London, as it turns to midnight in these different cities! We will also have New Year’s activities and art for our little ones to enjoy!

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

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
949.428.3900

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LAGUNA BEACH

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
November 20-21 & 26-28, 2021
December 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19, 2021

Weekends – 10am to 7pm

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
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Laguna Playhouse: Sister's Christmas Catechism
December 20 & 21, 2021

It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.") Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production has been vaccinated, masked and ready to take on Christmas in a very Sister way.

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

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

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LAGUNA HILLS

A visit with Santa and a String Quartet
December 10, 2021
6-8 pm

A Visit with Santa and a String Quartet Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa is making a stop at the Laguna Hills Community Center and will be available for pictures inside our giant walkthrough Holiday Ornament. A string quartet will perform Holiday music during Santa Claus’ visit. Refreshments will be provided by the OC Sheriff’s Department. Kids crafts will be available during this event including an opportunity to write a letter to Santa Claus.

LOCATION:
Community Center & Sports Complex
25555 Alicia Parkway

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

Ritz-Carlton Annual Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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 29 - December 16, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmn

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. $95 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
11 am - 2 pm

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 11, 2021
10am

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.



Romeo Cucina New Year’s Celebrations

A night filled with music, delicious food and dancing!

From 4:30 - 8:30 pm, regular menu and seating, at 9 pm New Year's Eve Pary begins! Reserve and keep table for the night with a special menu created by the chef. Featuring music by the incredible DJ Montoya. Party favors and countdown to 2020. Walkins welcome at the bar

LOCATION:
Romeo Cucina Ristorante Italiano, Laguna Niguel
28241 Crown Valley Pkwy
Laguna Niguel, California 92677

INFORMATION:
949-831-4131

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LA HABRA

The Elves' Workshop
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10-11:30am or 1-2:30pm

Event tickets are $10 per participating child

Uh-oh! While Santa has been busy taking photos in malls around the world, the Elves have taken over his workshop! Help Santa's elves decorate cookies, make wrapping paper, and keep Christmas on track while Santa's away. Those elves have lots of fun and games up their sleeves and they can't wait to share their holiday cheer with you! Museum admission not included.

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.

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LA PALMA

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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)

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LOS ALAMITOS

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 4, 2021
4-7:30 pm

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!

Toy drive for local charities.

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

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NEWPORT BEACH

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 15 – 19, 2021

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 3, 2021 - January 2, 2022
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

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NEWPORT COAST

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar
December
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).

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ORANGE

Moreno’s Restaurant Annual Christmas Boutique - Orange
Sunday, December - check back for 2021 information

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

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Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional

Sunday, December 5, 2021
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

Friday, December 11, 2021

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:
Musco Center for the Arts
415 North Glassell St
Orange, CA

RESERVATIONS/TICKETS:
Tickets available online

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Christmas Painting Fun Night at Mission Art

coming in December
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, 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

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SAN CLEMENTE

Casa Lumina: Holiday Garden Walk - San Clemente
December 1-22, 2021

Experience the wonder of the holiday season during “Casa Lumina Holiday Walk” on select evenings from December 5 to 23 at Casa Romantica. Over 1,000 twinkling lights illuminate Casa Romantica’s exquisitely-decorated home and gardens with holiday themes.

$8-$12

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

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Santa's Village by the Sea

Saturday, December 4, 2021
4-8 pm

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!

4:00pm-8:00pm:Games | Snow | Activities (tickets or wristband sold)

4:45pm: Community Center Tree Lighting

5:00pm-8:00pm: Music | Food | Shopping on Del Mar

INFORMATION:
(949) 218-5378

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Casa Nutcracker
December 9-10, 2021

Performed in full by Orange County Ballet Theater (OCBT), this holiday classic features choreography tailored to the Casa’s intimate and cozy Main Salon.

OCBT’s home is with the award winning Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy (DKCBA) which has grown to offer dance training from pre-ballet to professional level (ballet) as well as modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, character and lyrical genres.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 498-2139

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Camino Real Playhouse presents: A Christmas Story
November 26th – December 19th, 2021

Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother’s immediate reaction is that he’ll shoot his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his mother’s. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives, he gets lots of presents under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun?

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082


Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2021
4 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.

Train rides, petting pen, stroll along Los Rios Street as the shops shine with holiday cheer and treats, FREE photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more

LOCATION:
Downtown San Juan Capistrano
31852 El Camino Real

INFORMATION:
949-493-5911

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SANTA ANA

Plaza Navideña
November 20, 2021
5-8 pm

This free community event kicks off the holiday season and includes the annual tree lighting ceremony, holiday entertainment, tasty treats, and beverages.

LOCATION:
Plaza Calle Cuatro
Santa Ana, CA 92705


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Las Posadas Festival at the Bowers Museum
December - check back for 2021 information

Experience a traditional Mexican Christmas re-enactment of the story of Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter for the birth of the Baby Jesus at an inn (posada). Join us for face painting, art projects and Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce. Performances by Rhythmo Mariachi Kids, Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center, and Folklorico RaÍces de Mexico.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679


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Snow Day with the Critters
December - check back for 2021 information

All Zoo celebration featuring stations focusing on winter and snow. Watch animals receive icy treats, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, play educational games, create cool crafts and listen to delightful winter stories.

General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members are FREE and Santa Ana Residents are FREE on December 15.

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


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Kidseum New Years Eve Bash
December - check back for 2021 informationm

New Year’s Eve isn’t just for adults- head to Kidseum for a kid-friendly countdown! Families will enjoy complimentary face painting and craft stations where they can make their own disco balls, confetti poppers, and even noise makers during this kid-centric celebration.

Ticketed Event: Member or with paid Bowers Museum admission $15 | General $20

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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SEAL BEACH

Annual Christmas Parade
Friday, December 3, 2021

7pm

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. This year's theme is "Surf's Up for Christmas" and is a tribute to Seal Beach surfing legend Rich Harbour.

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

INFORMATION:
562-799-0179

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STANTON

Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 9, 2021
6:30-8:30 PM

Join your family and friends for this wonderful Christmas event! The event will feature live music, arts & crafts, and lighting of the Stanton Christmas tree!

Of course, the young-at-heart will not want to miss out on an early visit from Santa Claus.

LOCATION:
Stanton City Hall
7800 Katella Ave
Stanton, CA

INFORMATION:
For additional information please call 714-890-4270

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TUSTIN

Tree Lighting
December 10, 2021
7-8:30 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 High Choir, HBP Dance Extreme, Academy of Dance. 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 -

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VILLA PARK

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 4, 2021
4-8 pm

Safe and fun for everyone!

Ice skating on synthetic rink Free skates. Snow play, and more!

LOCATION:
Villa Park Towne Centre


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The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade
Sunday, December 12, 2021
5 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

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WESTMINSTER

Virtual Tree Lighting 2021
Monday, December 6, 2021
6:30-8 pm

We are kicking of the holiday season virtually! Join us on Monday, December 6th at 6:30pm for our annual Tree Lighting. Tune into WTV Channels: Spectrum 3, Frontier 42, AT&T U-Verse 99

LOCATION:
Virtual


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Breakfast With Santa
Nothing scheduled for 2021

Santa Claus will make a special trip to Westminster to have breakfast with children and their families. The cost is $8.00 and includes breakfast, crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and a small stocking for each child. Adults are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture these holiday memories. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that all family members in attendance must be pre-registered.

This event is a tradition with many local families and reservations sell out quickly.

LOCATION:
Community Services Building
8200 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA

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YORBA LINDA

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along
November 28, 2021

10:00 AM & 2:00 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.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged so that we can continue this tradition.

LOCATION:
The Richard Nixon Library & Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda, CA

INFORMATION:
714-349-2581

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The Nixon Library presents “A Holiday of Hope” - Yorba Linda
November 18 through December 28, 2021

All Aboard! Trains are Back!

Every week, Nixon Library visitors will enjoy rotating sets of model trains chugging up mountains and rolling across the American plains. Visit the Nixon Library throughout the Holiday season to keep up with the latest rotating model! New trains every week!

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

INFORMATION:
714-993-5075

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