OC Holiday Events

Posted December 6th, 2016

**If you’re looking for something to do in Orange County and surrounding areas this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of the various festivities going on. We hope you enjoy!

Aliso Viejo–  Winter holiday, December 4 at 4:30 PM, Town Center Amphitheater.  Free

Anaheim – Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting, December 3 at 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street in downtown Anaheim.  Free

Brea – Annual Tree Lighting, December 8 at 6:30PM, 1 Civic Center Circle.  Free

Buena Park– Candycane land and Craft Faire December 3 at 10:00AM– 4:00 PM, 8150 Knott Ave.

Costa Mesa – Winter Fest with Mr. Mrs. Claus.  Various times Dec 16- Jan 1. Special holiday hours apply Dec 24-25 at OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa                                             Buy tickets online (winterfestoc.com) or at the door, $10-$79

Cypress – Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting, includes performance by local students, visit from Santa and collection of donations to the Spark of Love Toy Drive, December 6 at 6:00 PM, Civic Center Green

Dana Point – Holiday in the Harbor. December 2 at 4:30 – 7:30 PM.  Dana Point Harbor.  Free

Boat Parade of Lights – December 9-10 and December 16-17 at 7:30PM

Under the Sea Holiday Tea – December 10 – 11 at 11:00 AM – 12: 30 PM

Boat Rides with Santa and his helper. December 4 at 10:00 AM–2:00 PM, Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks.

Fountain Valley – Tree Lighting includes performance of various community groups and fireworks show at event conclusion. December 4 at 4:30 PM Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sport Park. Attendees are asked to bring new unwrapped toy for Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Fullerton – Winter Market (free) December 4 at noon, Fullerton Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue.

Holiday Festival – The Muckenthaler’s Annual Festival, include a visit from Santa Claus December 18 at Noon – 4:00 PM, 1201 W. Malvern Ave. Free

Garden Grove – Winterfest, December 4 at 4:00 PM – 7:15 PM, Atlantis Way. Kids under 2 Free

Huntington Beach – Various Events (Note: * Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway)

  • * Light a Light of Love – December 4 at 2:30 PM. Free
  • * Children’s Holiday Parade – December 4 at 4:30 PM. Free
  • * Lighting of the Snowflakes – December 4 at 6:00 PM. Free           
  • Cruise of Lights, 45 minutes narrated boat tour. Dec 16-19 and 22-29

16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach.  (Adults –  $ 19; Kids 2-12 – $ 12)

Irvine – Snow Day, December 10, Noon – 4:00 PM, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine. Free

Laguna Beach – Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival. December 18 at 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM  935 Laguna Canyon Road (Cost: General $8, Seniors $6, Kids 6-12 $ 4)

Laguna Niguel – Christmas Tree Lighting.  December 3 5PM-7PM.   Laguna Niguel City Hall Holiday Parade. December 10 at 10AM, Crown Valley Parkway and Nueva Vista

La Habra – Breakfast with Santa at the Children’s Museum. December 4 at 8:30, 9:45and 11 AM 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra.  Adult $12, Kids 2 and older $10

La Palma – Tree Lighting, December 7 at 4:00 PM-8:30 PM at the Central Park Amphitheater. Free

Mission Viejo – Tree Lighting December 2 at 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Kaleidoscope Center. Free. Charles Dickens Carolers, Dec 11 at at 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Kaleidoscope Center. Free

Newport Beach – 108th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. December 14-18, begins at 6:30PM  Corona del Mar Christmas Walk 38th Annual Event. December 4, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Orange – Christmas Train December 1 through 23, various times, 1 Irvine Park Road Orange

San Clemente – Santa’s Village By the Sea, December 4, 2:00 PM–5:00 PM.  Community Center Puttin’ On the Glitz – December 4, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Downtown San Clemente

San Juan Capistrano – Christmas at the Mission. December 4, 5:30PM-8:00 PM, 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano  )Adult $6, Children ages 4-11, $4)

Santa Ana – Winter Zoobilation.  December 1-31 at 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. 1801 E. Chesnut Ave., Santa Ana  Adults- $10, Children under 12 and Seniors over 60- $7.

Seal Beach – Christmas Parade.  December 3 at 7:00 PM,along Main Street from Ocean Av to PCH.

Tustin – Tree Lighting.  December 9 at 6:00 PM, 300 Centennial Way, Tustin.  Free

Westminster – Tree Lighting Ceremony December 5 at 6:00PM.  Civic Center.  Free

 

5 Places For Free Photos with Santa

  • Corona del Mar – Annual Christmas Walk and Festival, December 4, from 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Costa Mesa – Vintage Snoopy House, nightly December 10th-23rd from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Costa Mesa City Hall
  • Dana Point Harbor – Fri Dec 2, from 4:30–7:30 PM. Thurs Dec 8 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and Thurs Dec 15 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor
  • Huntington Beach – December 4th 4:00–5:00 PM,  Holiday Parade down Main St to Pier Plaza
  • San Juan Capistrano – Tree Lighting Celebration, Saturday at 4:15 PM- 9:00 PM, Los Rios Park