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Fun things to do in Orange County in the Winter Months

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Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November.

You'll find holiday boutiques, tree lightings, visits from Santa, boat parades, New Year's Eve events and much more!

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Student Leadership Summit - Costa Mesa
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Vital Link is excited to provide this Student Leadership Conference targeted to students in grades 9-12. Students will access valuable experiences supporting CAREER EXPLORATION and fostering ESSENTIAL SKILLS.

Cost: $50 Per Student
Snacks & Lunch Included!

OC Fairground
Costa Mesa, CA

Tamale Festival - La Habra
December 2, 2023
10 am - 8 pm

Live entertainment on three stages, tamales, food vendors, retail vendors, informational booths, children's play activities, a cantina, performances from local dance studios, holiday tree lighting, and a Holiday Firework show!

The event also features a free special event shuttle that brings residents and visitors to the festival from convenient off-site parking areas.

301 S Euclid St.
La Habra, CA

Tamale Festival - Placentia
December 7, 2023
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Placentia Santa Fe Merchants Association and the City of Placentia are proud to bring you the annual Tamale Festival to be held in Old Town Placentia in the 100-200 blocks of Santa Fe Street.

The event will feature live entertainment, food and tamale vendors, non-profit booths, business booths, a beer garden, pictures with Santa Claus, a Holiday Tree Lighting, and a kid's games area.

Santa Fe Street
Placentia, Ca

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

Free Family Fun Event!

Held at Anaheim Plaza Food Court. This free event is for the whole family and will include a bilingual DJ playing popular holiday music, a balloon twister, airbrush artist and a holiday photo backdrop for taking free selfies with Santa (bring your own camera). There will also be enter-to-win prizes from Anaheim Plaza retailers, and the first 100 children to attend will receive a goodie bag. This event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

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

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 13-17, 2023

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 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.

December 2-31, 2022
Offered 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


The Restaurant at Laguna Cliffs' Christmas Eve Dinner
December 24, 2023
2-7 pm

Join us for a memorable Holiday Celebration. Our Holiday Buffet is the perfect way to gather with loved ones and savor the flavors of the season. Our delectable offerings will include familiar favorites of Prime Rib, Mashed Potato, Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato, and more! Explore new favorites of Bluefin Crudo, King Crab Leg, Chestnut Apple Soup, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and a large assortment of Sweets you will not resist. Bring your loved ones and create lasting memories as you enjoy our mouthwatering holiday spread. Our warm and inviting atmosphere will make you feel right at home.

Seating times 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Laguna Cliffs Marriott
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

For reservations please call: 949-487-7516 or the Concierge at 949-487-7577

Winter Fest OC - Costa Mesa
November 24-January 7, 2024

Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair & Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with past Winter Fest OC favorites as well as all-new activities! Activities include; North Pole Journey, ice skating under the stars, 150 foot long ice tubing slide, snowboard simulator, carnival thrills, food and drinks, holiday market, photo ops., and so much more!

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

First Night in Fullerton
December 31, 2023
7 pm - Midnight

"First Night" is the city of Fullerton's annual New Year's Eve party, offering family-oriented, alcohol-free activities at numerous locations in the streets, sidewalks and buildings in Fullerton's historic downtown. Admission to this event is free, ensuring that everyone can participate in this momentous occasion.

Downtown Fullerton

New Years Eve Events in Orange County

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Annual Surf City Splash & Pancake Breakfast - Huntington Beach
Monday, January 1, 2024

Celebrate the New Year with a dip into the chilly Pacific Ocean. No wetsuits - that's cheating!

9:15 – 10:15: DJ Music from LA Radio broadcast
10:15: Announcements, recognition of sponsors and volunteers, speeches and awards
10:45: Appearances by City Dignitaries and the Chamber of Commerce
11:15: Costume Contest judging and awards
11:45: Water Safety presentation by HB Lifeguards
12 noon: Participants lineup on the sand for the SPLASH After the SPLASH – announcement of raffle and auction winners!

PCH & Main
Huntington Beach, CA

Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, January 6, 2024
11 am - 3 pm

One of the wackiest contests the Fiesta Association holds. You must come to the sign-ups with a "Smooth Puss" (clean shaven) and ready to be photographed for the "Most Wanted" poster. You then have 9 weeks to grow a beard or moustache that will be judged at the Fiesta Grande in March

There is a $5.00 entry fee which goes to support the Swallow's Day Parade.

Swallows Inn
Ortega Hwy & Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano


Bowers Museum Presents: International Festival of Chocolate
January 7, 2023
11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate with the Bowers Museum during our free family festivals held ever first Sunday of the month in the Museum’s beautiful Key Courtyard.

Join us at 11 am with Dr. Lee Scott Theisen, the Chocolate Guru, for 'A Brief History of Chocolate' and a chocolate tasting session. The festival promises fun for the whole family with free art activities, face painting, and vibrant performances from Mexico and Hawaii. Savor gourmet chocolates from various vendors and admire the student art exhibition from Santa Ana Unified School District.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Winter Fest OC - Costa Mesa
November 24-January 7, 2024

Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair & Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with past Winter Fest OC favorites as well as all-new activities! Activities include; North Pole Journey, ice skating under the stars, 150 foot long ice tubing slide, snowboard simulator, carnival thrills, food and drinks, holiday market, photo ops., and so much more!

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

2024 Cruisin' 2 Freedom - Costa Mesa
January 13, 2024

Join the Slave 2 Nothing Foundation’s Cruisin’ 2 Freedom car cruise and benefit dinner to support organizations that fight human trafficking.

Guests will cruise down the California coastline with cars seen featured on In-N-Out® T-shirts and finish the hour-long drive at the OC Fair & Event Center. All attendees will enjoy a Double-Double® made fresh to order from the In-N-Out Burger Cookout trucks, participate in raffle giveaways, bid on exciting silent and live auction items, and receive a commemorative T-shirt and gift.

The Hangar, OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

(949) 509-4000

SnowFest - Lake Forest
Saturday, January
10:30 am

check back for 2024 information

Pittsford Park
21701 Pittsford Dr
Lake Forest, California 92630

For more information please call The Lake Forest Recreation Center at 949-273-6960

Main Place Mall's Lunar New Year Event - Santa Ana
January - check back for 2024 information

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with fun for the whole family in Macy's Court and Center Court.

It will be a fun afternoon for the whole family with a face painter, a balloon twister, crafts, stilt walkers, calligraphy artist, Wishing Tree, Lion Dances, giveaways and more! Performances will be hosted by the UVSA (Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California).

MainPlace Mall
2800 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA

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Valentines Day & Valentines Weekend Events

Special dinners, romance hotel packages, cruises, concerts and gift ideas!

Taste of San Juan - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, February 1, 2024
6-9 pm

Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The Limo Barn at Reata Park. The Taste brings together many of San Juan's marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with 'tastes' of their fare. Includes live music. Tickets are only $50 for general admission

San Juan Hills Golf Club
32120 San Juan Creek Rd
San Juan Capistrano, CA


Costa Mesa Playhouse presents: “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard - Costa Mesa
February 2 - 25, 2024

An alternately funny and macabre look at a Midwestern family with a very dark secret, weaving a twisted family drama of epic proportions. When a grandson brings home his girlfriend to meet the family, he uncovers the destructive nature of family secrets.

Winner the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Phone: (949) 650-5269

Annual San Juan Capistrano Rotary Car Show - San Juan Capistrano
February 3, 2024

This event draws nearly 400 exotic and classic show cars, and more than one thousand automotive enthusiasts. This car show is a major fundraising event that enables our SJC Rotary Club to help local charities thrive.

San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park
25925 Camino del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Bowers Museum Presents: Chinese Lunar New Year Festival
February 4, 2024
11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate with the Bowers Museum during our free family festivals held monthly in the beautiful Key Courtyard.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a lively Chinese New Year Festival! Enjoy free art activities, face painting, and exhilarating dance and music performances. Join us in welcoming a year of strength, confidence, and luck! 

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon - Huntington Beach
February 4, 2024

This award-winning, Boston-Qualifying, course is considered one of the best courses in the country and is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. The race starts along the Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach pier.

21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, Ca


February 9 - 11, 2024

Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

2024 Tet Parade - Westminster
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 AM; parade begins at 9:30 AM

Honor and celebrate local Vietnamese-American culture at this traditional event. Prepare yourself to be amazed by beautiful displays and musical entertainment celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The Tet Parade is a grandiose event that has celebrated the Lunar New Year in Little Saigon for over two decades. Every year Vietnamese communities across the globe tune in to watch the event broadcasted by local TV stations and social media platforms. The Tet Parade features floats, marching bands, lion dances, color guards, veterans and youth organizations, martial arts, multi-cultural attires, elected officials, scout organizations, community organizations, and an array of local and international businesses.

Grandstand Seating
Grab the best view of the City of Westminster's 2024 Tet Parade! Premier Grandstand Seating offers prime viewing of the opening ceremony, firecracker demonstration, parade, and more! You won't miss a thing!. Seats are $25 each. Tickets can be purchased online while supplies last. To Reserve Your Seat Click Here!

Parade begins at the intersection of Bolsa Avenue and Magnolia Street, and heads eastbound on Bolsa Avenue. The Parade will turn right on Bushard Street and head southbound, ending at Bishop Place. 

German Style Carnival FASCHING - Huntington Beach
Sunday, February 11, 2024
3-6 pm

$5 Admission - Hosted by German Campus School

Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and Currywurst.

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 16-18, 2024

The Laguna Beach Music Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2023, featuring pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, as artistic director. Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, proclaimed by the New York Times as "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs."

Laguna Beach
- check site for venues

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 24, 2024

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA


Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 24 – 25, 2024

To celebrate their 28th year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversay weekend… including $2.00 train rides!

The cost is $2.00 per ticket; this price is valid during the Anniversary Celebration weekend only. Coupons, discounts, and any other promotions are not valid on the Anniversary Celebration dates.

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 997-3968

Black History Parade and Unity Festival - Anaheim

Members of the community are invited to the event to enjoy a well attended parade which includes noted community members, elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas.

Immediately following the Black History Parade is a Unity Festival (also known as the Black Cultural Faire) offering interactive lessons on black history in the Youth Village, live music and dance entertainment, business connections and information, health information and screenings, activities for young people, college fair, food booths run by community groups and food trucks.

205 West Center Street Promenade
Anaheim CA

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