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Tanaka Farms: Hikari – Festival of Lights

Tanaka Farms Hikari – Festival of Lights starts with an opening night celebration on Friday, November 24, 2023 thru Saturday, December 30, 2023. Tanaka farms will be lit up with over a million twinkling lights plus there will be a holiday market and Christmas tree lot.

Get ready for Christmas on the farm! The tractor is donned with holiday lights with the wagon in tow, ready to take you on a tour around the spectacularly lit farm and through the Land Of A Thousand Lanterns. When the wagon stops, you can stroll through the holiday lights and displays to take plenty of instagrammable photos.

At the festival grounds, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the resident barnyard animals, grab farm-fresh food to eat at the Tanaka Grill, capture holiday memories with themed photo ops, play games, try some arts and crafts, get your picture taken with Santa Claus, and explore even more holiday lights. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights also feature live music.

Tanaka Farms Hikari Festival

What Is Hikari?

According to the loose translation, Hikari means “shine” or “light” in Japanese. Japanese people use this noun to refer to something bright produced by the energy source regardless of whether it is natural or artificial.

In Japanese, the kanji for hikari is represented as . The hiragana, or phonetic spelling, is ひかり. This is a common noun in Japan, and can be used to mean either light, ray, flash, or shine. Hikari is also a common unisex name in Japan.

Hikari – Festival of Lights

Hikari – Festival of Lights

Where: Tanaka Farms
Address: 5380 3/4 UNIVERSITY DR., IRVINE, CA 92612
Phone: 949.653.2100
Dates: 2024 To Be Announced
Closed: Monday/Tuesday & Christmas Eve & Day, New Years Eve & Day

Hikari Hours

Gates open at 4:30pm
First wagon departs at 5:30 PM or when it is dark enough to see the lights
No entry after 8PM
Last wagon departs at 8:30PM
Hikari closes at 10pm (or as soon as the last guest exits)

Santa will visit Hikari nightly from 4:30pm to close (with scheduled breaks)

Tanaka Grill Hours: 4:30pm-9pm (Full menu Saturday & Sunday, Limited weekday menu)

Hikari Tickets

This is a paid admission event and all entry tickets include a wagon ride. Additional activities are priced separately. Parking is $10.

Christmas Tree Lot & Holiday Market

Open daily from 9am to 9pm beginning Friday, November 24, 2023

The Produce Market Stand and Gift Shop will be open 9am to 9pm on the days Hikari is open, and 9am-5pm on all other days.

Holiday Market Decorations & Gifts

  • Wreaths
  • Poinsettias
  • Fresh Garlands
  • Holiday Banners & Flags
  • Tree & Lawn Ornaments
  • Table Setting and Home Decor

Christmas Tree Lot

Fresh Christmas trees are shipped from Oregon immediately after cutting. Available selections include:

  • Douglas Fir: A holiday favorite, Douglas Firs have soft, shiny dark green or blue-green colored needles with a sweet fragrance. These hold their needles well and have strong branches for heavier ornaments.
  • Noble Fir: Known as the “King” of Christmas trees, the Noble Fir is a majestic tree with a rich fragrance and well-spaced branches that are ideas for displaying your favorite ornaments. A high-quality Noble Fir has a nicely-shaped conical form that tapers smoothly from top to bottom.
  • Nordman Fir: Nordmans are beautiful trees better at retaining their needles than other species. If allergies are a concern, the Nordman has soft needles with minimal fragrance so they are an ideal choice.
  • Silvertip Fir: A less common tree than you’ll normally find on the lots, Silvertips are found at 4,000-8,000 feet in California and Oregon mountains. They get their name for the silvery color of the trees’ new growth, but mature needles are blue-green in color.
  • Wild/Natural

Additional Trees Services

  • Delivery (Irvine/Orange County)
  • Fire-Retardant
  • Flocking Options
    • Light
    • Medium
    • Heavy
  • Tree Stands

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Monique McArthur
Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.