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Winter Holiday Events In Orange County

Winter Holiday Events in Orange County for 2023 include many magical events with visits from Santa, tree lightings, shimmering holiday lights, and fresh fallen snow. There are also many regular annual events the community enjoys every year such as the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Get out and celebrate the season at one of these winter holiday events in Orange County, California.

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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights

December 13-17, 2023 | 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Every year for 115 years, Newport Bay has hosted spectacular Christmas light displays on and off the water. Bayfront residents elaborately decorate their homes with holiday lights and décor to wow spectators who admire the dazzling Christmas displays. In addition to the decorated homes, there is a boat parade during the evenings of December 13-17, when hundreds of decorated boats cruise Newport Bay for all to see. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is one of the largest of its kind. Boaters are entered into a competition to win awards and over 1.5 million people watch the parade every year. This year, the parade will also be streamed virtually.

Aliso Viejo

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting – Aliso Viejo

Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain & Amphitheater
Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The annual Aliso Viejo All Is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting event features a visit from Santa Claus, snow, train rides, caroling, and ornament making. Plus, guests will see the official lighting of the 22-foot tall Christmas Tree. Please bring an unwrapped toy or sports equipment for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Aliso Viejo Breakfast With Santa

Aliso Viejo Ranch – 100 Park Ave.
December 2023 | 9AM – 11AM

Enjoy breakfast and story time with Santa, make festive crafts, and ride the train. Recommended for ages 2-6. Registration is required.

Christmas Chalk Walk – Aliso Viejo/Laguna Niguel

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
22851 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo
December 8-10, 2023 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM

At the annual Christmas Chalk Walk talented artists of all ages are invited to create festive chalk art holiday scenes to celebrate the Christmas season. Come stroll the grounds and enjoy viewing the holiday masterpieces.

Crafts With The Clauses

Aliso Viejo Ranch | 100 Park Avenue, Aliso Viejo
Saturday, December 16, 2023

For $20 per person ages 2 and up, you can spend the morning with Mr. & Mrs. Claus making crafts, playing reindeer games, decorating cookies, and taking photos with the Clauses.


Disney Merriest Nites – Anaheim

Disneyland Park | 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
November 10, 2023 through January 7, 2024

Disneyland Park is adorned in festive holiday decorations during the Christmas Season, and Mickey and friends will host 6 holiday parties on select nights in November and December. Get all the holiday event details on the Disneyland website.

Anaheim Town Square Holiday Carnival

November 26, 2023 | 12PM – 3PM

The holiday carnival features Santa & Mrs. Claus arriving in a red convertible plus cookie decorating, a magician, pictures with the Clauses, stories with Mrs. Claus, snow and sledding, face painters and balloon twisters, bounce houses, crafts, and more!

Disney On Ice

Honda Center | 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim
December 14-18, 2023

Disney on Ice is a family experience you must do at least once, especially if you have little ones who love all the favorite Disney characters and movies. Join Mickey and friends at the Honda Center and other Southern California venues to see this timeless show. See it in LA Dec. 9-10 or in Long Beach Dec. 28-Jan.1. Playing in Ontario December 21-24.

Anaheim Hills Festival Holiday Spectacular

8020 East Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim
December 16, 2023 | 11AM – 1PM

Anaheim Hills Festival features festive crafts, pictures with Santa, train rides, face painting, balloon art, and more seasonal fun. Located near Hobby Lobby in the parking lot.

Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village – Downtown Anaheim

Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
December 2, 2023 | 12PM – 7PM

The Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village in Downtown Anaheim is an annual tradition that began in 1995. The exciting day-long event features a holiday shopping bazaar with unique and talented vendors selling gifts for family and friends. Join the candy cane costume contest, take photos with Santa from 3:00 – 5:00, then enjoy the tree lighting ceremony.


Movies Under The Stars

City Hall Park | 401 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821
December 2023 | 6:00 PM

Come out to Movie Under The Stars for a showing of the holiday favorite, Nightmare Before Christmas! Bring your own blankets and chairs to bundle up.

Christmas In Brea Downtown

Brea Downtown | 330 W Birch St, Brea, CA 92821
Weekends In December | 12PM – 5PM

Visit the Downtown Brea shopping center for photos with Santa, holiday performances and music, and more festive celebrations.

Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony

Brea Civic Cultural Center | 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea
December 7, 2023 | 6:30 PM

Brea’s annual tree lighting ceremony includes pictures with Santa and the opportunity to see live reindeer.

Buena Park

Knott’s Merry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm | 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Enjoy the festivities at Knott’s Merry Farm with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang. For the Holiday season, Knott’s becomes a magical place to celebrate with a Christmas Crafters Village, holiday decorations, and all the excitement of the holiday season.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Buena Park City Hall in the Plaza | 6650 Beach Blvd, Buena Park
December 1, 2023 | 6:00PM

Enjoy musical performances, children’s activities, food trucks a train ride, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and of course, the tree lighting.

Pirates Take Christmas!

Pirates Dinner Adventure
7600 Beach Blvd. Buena Park, CA

The Pirates Dinner Adventure celebrates the holiday season with their popular show, Pirates Take Christmas! The pirates take Santa and Mrs. Claus captive and attempt to steal Christmas, but can the crowd help save them and the beloved holiday? The family-friendly event is served with loads of fun, a fantastic holiday feast, and unforgettable memories. A variety of meal options are available including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

Buena Park Candy Caneland & Craft Faire

Ehlers Event Center | 8150 Knott Avenue, Buena Park | 10 AM – 4 PM
December 9, 2023

The annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire will feature food and game vendors, unique gifts and goods made by crafters, entertainment, a petting zoo, inflatable bouncers, a snow slide, and more. There will also be a visit from Santa. Admission is free and additional parking will be available at Peak Park Pool with a shuttle running continuously during the event.

Corona Del Mar

Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk

Corona Del Mar Village | 2855 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar
December 3, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk is one of the community’s most popular annual events. The Annual Christmas Walk, the event features over 17 local bands, visits with Santa, beer and wine gardens, shopping, activities, local promotions, and more.

Roger’s Gardens Holidays Christmas Boutique

2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Open Daily 9 AM – 8 PM

Visit Roger’s Gardens Home For The Holidays Christmas Boutique to enjoy fresh flowers, spectacular holiday décor for your home, real Christmas trees, silk botanicals, and more.

Costa Mesa

South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting

South Coast Plaza | Town Center Park adjacent to the Westin
November 16, 2023 | 7PM – 9PM

The annual tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season! The Orange County School Of The Arts will perform and there will be a visit from Santa.

Winter Fest OC

OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626
November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Winter Fest OC is a magical winter festival with Santa, snow, rides and games, and much more. Visitors can stroll through holiday themed lands, festive light displays, build a snowman in the snow play area, and enjoy a snow tubing slide, ice skating, and more. Every night guests will enjoy the tree lighting ceremony with fresh falling snow, a parade, and watch as fireworks light up the sky. Kids will enjoy all the magic that Winter Fest has to offer and the whole family will feel the spirit of the season as you wander through the winter wonderland.

Costa Mesa Holiday Snowland

Balearic Park | 1975 Balearic Drive, Costa Mesa
Saturday, December 16, 2023

This local park will be covered in snow to become an exciting winter wonderland. Event runs from 9AM – Noon.

Segerstrom Holiday Events

Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 16, 2023 at Town Center Park
  • Nutcracker for Kids – December 2, 2023
  • Nutcracker – December 8 – 17, 2023
  • Silent Night Silent Disco – December 8, 2023
  • Concordia Christmas, Navidad: A Journey to Bethlehem – December 9, 2023
  • The World Was Waiting – December 12, 2023
  • Tis The Season – December 17-18, 2023
  • Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical – December 19-24, 2023
  • The Pan American Nutcracker Suite – December 22, 2023
  • Fiesta Navidad – December 23, 2023

Snoopy House at Costa Mesa City Hall

77 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
December 15-22, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The free annual Snoopy House features pictures Santa, stage performances, train rides, letters to Santa, snacks and hot chocolate, and Snoopy House lights display.

Special Weekend Activities include special performers, caroling, special play areas, and sensory friendly events.


Cypress Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting

Cypress Civic Center Green – Orange Ave. & Grindlay St.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 – 6:00 PM

Get in the holiday spirit! Event includes refreshments, school performers, train rides, visiting with Santa, kids crafts and games, and letters to veterans and Santa.

Dana Point

Dana Point Holidays At The Harbor

Dana Point Harbor
November 15 – Early January

Enjoy a stroll through holiday lights, boat rides and pictures with Santa, a Menorah lighting, live music and much more as Dana Point Harbor transforms into a Southern California holiday setting. Visit the website for complete details.

Dana Point Boat Parade Of Lights

Dana Point Harbor
December 8-10, 2023

Dana Point Harbor’s annual boat parade takes place with a Holiday theme. The festive, decorated boats cruise the harbor for onlookers to enjoy.

OC Brew Ho Ho

Sea Terrace Park | 33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point
December 2023 | 12PM – 4PM

The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival features limited and seasonal selections from local and regional breweries, and live musical performances by popular tribute bands. Guests 21 and over are invited to enjoy unlimited tastings. Put on your ugly sweater or festive wear and celebrate.

Dana Point La Plaza Park Tree Lighting

La Plaza Park
34111 La Plaza St., Dana Point
December 2, 2023 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Come out for the La Plaza Park tree lighting event! Visit with Santa and his elves as they stop by on their trolley to hand treats out to kids 12 and under. There will also be carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies to enjoy.

Pines Park Tree Lighting

34941 Camino Capistrano, Dana Point
December 4, 2023 | 4:30 – 5:30PM

Come for the tree lighting at Pines Park and visit with Santa and his elves. They’ll be there on the trolley to hand out goodies to kids 12 and under. Bring your letter to Santa and enjoy carolers, cookies, and hot chocolate.

Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting

One Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
November 19, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Visit the Ritz for the annual holiday open house and the lighting ceremony of the 40-foot tree. The free celebration includes music, an appearance from Santa, and hot chocolate. Other Ritz Carlton holiday events include:

  • Surfing Santa Contest – November 18
  • Gingerbread House Workshop – December 3
  • Breakfast with Santa – December 17
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating – Ongoing
  • Christmas Brunch Buffet
  • Christmas Dinner in RAYA

Dana Point Santa’s Jolly Trolley

Saturday, December 2, 2023

1:30pm – 2:00pm | Sunset Park, 34345 Calle Naranja
2:30pm-3:00pm | Dana Woods Park, 24900 Dana Woods
3:30pm-4:00pm | Sea Canyon Park, 33093 Santiago Drive
4:30pm-5:30pm | La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St (Tree lighting at 5:15pm)

Keep an eye out for the trolley! Santa and his elves will be stopping at Dana Point parks to hand out pre-packaged treats for kids up to 12 years of age.

Dana Point Sleigh the Holidays Market & Festival

Sunday, December 2023 | 11:00am – 6:00pm

A special holiday market on Del Prado featuring talented local creators, makers and small businesses. There will also be entertainment, gourmet street-food, cocktail bars and plenty of family holiday fun.

Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting

Recreation and Sports Park | 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 4:30PM – 8:00PM

The holiday tree lighting event will include the Hyundai snow zone, photos with Santa, and activities for the family.

Free Christmas Concert at Mile Square Park

Mile Square Regional Park (Freedom Hall) | 16801 Euclid Street Fountain Valley, CA 92708
December 2023 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

This family-friendly holiday concert will feature performances by The All-American Boys Chorus and the Bolsa Grande High School Choir. There will also be free hot cocoa, coffee, and pastries as well as a free photo with Santa Claus and free reindeer antler headbands for kids. Free admission and parking.


Winter Movie Night

Fullerton Community Center Courtyard | 340 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton
Friday, December 1, 2023 | 5PM

Join with the community for a winter movie night and watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Fullerton Snow Day

Brea Dam Park | 1700 N. Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton
Date TBA

Each Winter, the city of Fullerton delivers fresh snow to Brea Dam Park for families to come out and enjoy a day of snowball fights, building snowmen, and sledding. Warm clothing and mittens are recommended to prevent frosty fingers and cold toes. The event includes a snow-play area, three 75-foot sled runs, a small sled run area for children five and under, blast zone, crafts and games. Food trucks will be on site to purchase food for snacks or lunch.

Fullerton Winter Market

Downtown Fullerton Plaza | Wilshire Avenue between Harbor and Pomona
December 2, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Fullerton Winter Market is a free community event with shopping and entertainment with the goal of collecting donations for the Spark of Love Toy Drive hosted by the Fullerton Fire Department in partnership with Toys for Tots. Winter Market attendees will enjoy free pictures with Santa, Holiday entertainment, plenty of shopping for gifts from a variety of vendors, food booths, face painting, a bounce house, and a beer and wine garden.

Holiday Festival at the Muck

Muckenthaler Cultural Center | 1201 West Malvern Ave, Fullerton
December 17, 2023 | 12PM – 2PM

Visit the Muck for festive family-friendly activities, live music, free art workshops for kids, and an arts and crafts sale.

Garden Grove

Living Nativity

Village Bible Church | 12671 Buaro St., Garden Grove, CA
December 16-17, 2023 | 4PM – 9PM

Walk through Bethlehem and relive the first Christmas at this living Nativity event at Village Bible Church.

Winter In The Grove

Village Green Park | 12732 Main Street, Garden Grove
Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 3PM – 7PM

Come out for a festive event featuring sliding on fresh snow, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the GGCF Tree Lighting Spectacular.

Huntington Beach

Bella Terra Holidays

Bella Terra | 7777 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Bella Terra Shopping Center is hosting several holiday-themed events and activities throughout the season, including photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, live holiday music, magical snowfall, hot cocoa and carols, strolling holiday characters and more. Visit the Bella Terra website for complete details and event times.

Breakfast With Santa

Murdy Community Center | 7000 Norma Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
December 9, 2023 | 8:30AM – 11:30AM

Register for your spot at for this fun Breakfast with Santa at the Community Center! There are two groups, each getting two hours to enjoy breakfast with the man himself, crafts and activities, bounce houses, holiday music, and photo ops.

Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights

Huntington Harbour Mall | 16889 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach
December 16-18 & 21-23, 2023

The annual Cruise of Lights, hosted by the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee takes guests on a Harbour Cruise to view festive holiday lights and decorations. Participant will climb aboard a large chartered boat and head out into Huntington Harbour for a 45-minute narrated tour. The Huntington Harbour homes, docks, and boats are always bright and cheery with everything from animations and music to giant Christmas trees on the docks. You’ll see some of the most extraordinary lighting displays here in Huntington Harbour. All proceeds from the Cruise of Lights support music education programs for Orange County public and private schools by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Huntington Harbour
December 9-10, 2023 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Parade begins at 5:15 PM

Decorated boats will don lights and holiday displays as they cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour.

Live Nativity

First Christian Church of Huntington Beach | 1207 Main St Huntington Beach, CA 92648
December 7 & 8, 2023 | 6 PM PST – 9 PM PST

Bring the whole family for this FREE event in the FCCHB parking lot. See 8 different, live scenes depicting the story of Jesus’ birth. Complete with live animals, lights, music, and more, this is a holiday event you won’t want to miss!

FCC also has a free Family Christmas Movie Night on Sunday December 3, 2023 from 6PM-7:30PM with popcorn and candy.

Live Nativity Play

Biergarten Huntington Beach | 7561 Center Ave #49, Huntington Beach, CA
Sunday, December 17, 2023 | 5:30PM Doors, Begins at 6PM

The Live Nativity Play at Old World Huntington Beach is an international celebration of Christmas, bringing all nations together. Located in the festival hall at the Biergarten, enjoy this presentation by a diverse group of churches, singers, and dancers to celebrate the Christmas season.

Huntington Beach Parade and Snowflake Lighting Ceremony

Downtown Huntington Beach at Main Street & Pier Plaza
Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Waymakers Light A Light of Love features a holiday celebration to benefit the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter. The event includes a holiday parade down Main Street, a visit on the beach from Surf City Santa, entertainment, and a ceremony to mark the lighting of the snowflakes on the Huntington Beach Pier.

Ocean Front Ice Skating at Pasea

Pasea Hotel | 21080 CA-1, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
December 14, 2023 – January 2, 2024

Enjoy the holidays on ice with ocean views at Pasea Hotel’s holiday ice skating rink. Experience all the holidays fun with theme nights, firepits, performances, group skates, and more.

Pacific City Holiday Happenings

Pacific City
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Visit Pacific City this holiday season for fun ways to celebrate by the sea. Activities include photos on the Ocean Deck with socially distanced Santa and his Airstream trailer, holiday movie nights, cookie decorating, musical performances, carolers, puppet shows, and more. Visit the website for full details.

  • Photos with Santa November 24-December 24
  • Cool Yule Celebration | November 24 – Welcoming Santa with live performances, crafts, and activities
  • Holiday Music on select dates
  • Pet photos with Santa on select dates
  • All For A Good Clause Toy Drive and Cookie Crawl | December 16
  • PC Grommets Holiday Party | December 19
  • Holiday Reading Reef | December 20
  • Getting Ready For Santa | December 21 – Cookie decorating and letters to Santa

Surf City Winter Wonderland

*No event scheduled for 2023*

Huntington Beach Pier Plaza
Main Street and PCH, Huntington Beach
Monday – Thursday 2PM-10PM
Friday & Saturday 10AM – 11PM
Sunday 10AM – 10PM

Experience Huntington Beach like never before with this beach-front ice skating rink right next to the Huntington Beach Pier just steps from the sand.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Christ Pacific

Christ Pacific Church | 20112 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach, CA
Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 5PM – 7PM

Christmas Tree lighting event will include a petting zoo, caroling, refreshments, Christmas Story, ornament making, snow, cookie decorating, an obstacle course, and a photo booth!


Tanaka Farms Christmas Tree Farm & Holiday Market

Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Christmas Tree Sales begin 11/24

Find your Christmas Tree and shop the holiday market for wreaths, garland, and one of a kind holiday décor.

Tanaka Farms Hikari – A Festival of Lights

Tanaka Farms | 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine
November 24 – December 30, 2023 | 4:30 PM – 10 PM
Open from Wednesday thru Sunday

Visit Tanaka Farms for seasonal festivities and glimmering holiday lights. Tanaka Farms will shine with 30-acres full of farm-themed lighting. Choose from a wagon ride that takes you to the Land of a Thousand Lanterns and a visit to the Gingerbread Forest, or general admission (without the wagon ride) to the Gingerbread forest with crafts, photo ops, live music, and the chance to meet Santa.

Holidayz At The Park

Orange County Great Park | 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, CA 92618
December 2, 2023 – January 7, 2024 | Daily from dusk to 9:30PM
Pajama Party Movie Night: TBA

‘Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer! The Orange County Great Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday-themed events, displays, and lights. The event includes light displays in Palm Court, photos with Santa, Gingerbread house decorating workshop, and pajama party drive-in movie nights. Official Tree Lighting ceremony is December 2nd during the Illuminate Irvine event.

Irvine Spectrum Holidays

Irvine Spectrum | 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Skating begins November 3, 2023

Irvine Spectrum Ice Rink: Celebrate the holiday season at Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy festive activities like the nightly tree-lightings with choreographed light shows every 30 minutes, a Santa experience, skating under the stars, and more.

More Irvine Spectrum Holiday Events:

  • Ice Skating | November 3, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • Nightly Tree Lighting | November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • Silent Night Disco | November 25 & December 16, 6PM – 9PM
  • Santa Cares (Call and Comforting Santa for kids with special needs and sensory preferences) | December 3, 2023, 8:30AM – 9:30AM

Irvine Civic Center Tree Lighting

Irvine Civic Center | 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine
December 2023 | 4PM – 6:30PM

Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy live holiday music, a winter train, and the lighting of the tree. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped gift for the toy drive for the kids of the 2/11 Marine Battalion.

Woodbridge Winter Fest

Woodbridge Village Center | 4500-4820 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604
December 15, 2023 | 4PM – 6PM

Celebrate the holiday season at Woodbridge Village with a s’mores bar, live holiday music, winter themed crafts, and more.

Woodbury Town Center Be Merry & Make Memories

6200-6460 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA 92620

Enjoy festive seasonal events to celebrate the holidays!

Holiday Music Series: December 2 & 16, 2023 | 12PM – 2PM
Holiday Makers Mart: December 9-10, 2023 | 10AM – 4PM

Ladera Ranch

Winter Fest

Town Green: 28801 Sienna Parkway, Ladera Ranch
December 2, 2023 | 2PM – 5PM

Enjoy an afternoon with family activities, pictures with Santa, holiday lights, and more. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive to benefit the adopted Marine Battalion.

Menorah Lighting

Town Green: 28801 Sienna Parkway, Ladera Ranch
December 10, 2023 | 4PM – 6PM

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Menorah Lighting and enjoy music, dancing, dreidels, crafts, candle lighting, and Hanukkah snacks.

La Habra

La Habra’s Tamale Festival & Tree Lighting

The Children’s Museum at La Habra | 301 S Euclid St, La Habra, CA 90631
Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 10 AM – 10 PM

Enjoy performances by entertainers that include local dance studios and musicians, as well as a craft pavilion with local vendors, churro eating contests, and best tamale, best dessert tamale, best salsa and hottest salsa contests. The City’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is now part of the event.

Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel & Laguna Hills

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night

Peppertree Lot in Downtown Laguna
December 1, 2023 | 5PM

Enjoy a tree lighting, visiting with Santa Claus, music, and more.

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival – Laguna Beach

Sawdust Art Festival | 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
November 17-December 17, 2023 (each weekend Friday through Sunday) | 10AM – 7PM

The Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy transforms the 3-acre art village into a magical winter wonderland during the holiday season, complete with lights and decorations, falling snow, Santa, art demos, live music and entertainment, and 150 artists and craft makers.

Laguna Hills Tree Lighting

Laguna Hills Community Center | 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
December 2, 2023 | 6PM – 8PM

Kick off the season with the lighting of the tree, a visit from Santa, carolers, crafts, and refreshments.

Laguna Hills Breakfast with Santa

Laguna Hills Community Center | 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
December 9, 2023 | 9:00 – 11:00am

Celebrate with Santa! Enjoy a festive morning with Mr. Claus, a scrumptious breakfast, photos with Santa, and holiday crafts.

Laguna Hills Holiday Dance Extravaganza

Laguna Hills Community Center | 2555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
December 16, 2023 | 7PM – 9PM

Celebrate the holidays with an evening of dance performances from local dance studios. Light refreshments and dessert will be served.

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting

30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Saturday, December 2, 2023
4PM – 9PM

The Tree lighting event in Laguna Niguel includes performances, crafts, and fun Christmas activities for the whole family. Bring your camera to snap a photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other winter guests.

Laguna Niguel Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting

December 10, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Enjoy live entertainment, Chanukah treats, lighting the menorah, crafts and activities, and more.

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

29751 Crown Valley Parkway
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade features over 100 exciting entries including marching bands, floats, youth groups, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes, fun attractions, and of course, Santa. There are more than 3,000 participants in the parade and more than 10,000 community members come out to watch. Bring your own chair and scout out a spot to watch this fun annual parade. There is a free shuttle available from the Federal Building parking lot.

Lake Forest

Holiday Lights at Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill Historical Park | 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Candlelight Walk: December 8-10, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holiday Lights: December 15-17, 2023 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Heritage Hill Historical Park is festively decorated each holiday season. Bring the family for a step back in time and stroll through the historic Serrano Adobe dating back to 1863, St. George’s Episcopal Mission, the El Toro Grammar School, and the Harvey Bennett Ranch House. During the Candlelight Walk, there will be kids crafts, live entertainment, the chance to meet Santa, and holiday-themed photo ops and displays throughout the park grounds.

Pittsford Park Snowfest

21701 Pittsford Drive, Lake Forest CA 92630
January 27, 2024

It’s Snowfest! Put on your snow gear and come out to frolic in the freshly fallen snow, with sleds and saucers available for sledding down Mount Pittsford. Purchased sledding wristbands in person at the Lake Forest Recreation Center in advance as no wristbands will be sold on-site the day of. To prevent overcrowding on the slopes, a limited number of wristbands will be sold for each sledding session. The event includes a free snow play area for ages 10 and under, guest appearances by special characters, games and activities available to purchase, and food and drinks.

Lake Forest Holiday Tree Lighting

100 Civic Center Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 3PM – 6PM

The event includes free rides, entertainment, arts and crafts, games, vendors selling food, special guests, and more.

La Palma

Central Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

7821 Walker Street, La Palma
December 6, 2023 | 4PM – 6PM

Enjoy musical performances, visiting with Santa and his elves, arts and crafts, writing letters to Santa, and the holiday tree lighting.

Los Alamitos

Winter Wonderland

St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan St., Los Alamitos, CA
December 2, 2023 | 4PM – 7:30PM

Enjoy free snow play, sledding, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting, and musical entertainment. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child in need.

Holiday Decorating Contest

Los Al Community
December 13, 2023 | 6PM – 9PM

Show off your best lights and holiday décor!

Mission Viejo

Santa’s Arrival & Lighting Ceremony

Civic Center Plaza | 200 Civic Center Drive, Mission Viejo
Sunday, November 26, 2023 | 3PM – 6PM

It the official turning on of the lights at Santa’s Village in Mission Viejo. This event includes the exciting arrival of Santa and his friends, plus live reindeer, family activities, music, holiday performers, and food.

Mission Viejo Santa’s Workshop

City Hall | 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, November 29 – December 20, 2023 | 6PM – 8PM

Enjoy an evening of family holiday fun with a visit to the workshop to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa in his special mailbox located in the Kershaw Garden. Santa will be in his Workshop to meet with special visitors on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the village will be open to walk throughs every night.

Mission Viejo Rudolph’s Rink

Civic Center Plaza | 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo
December 2023 – Currently Postponed | Mon-Fri 4PM – 8PM & Sat & Sun 2PM – 9PM

For one week only, come out to Santa’s Village to enjoy ice skating at Rudolph’s Rink. A Christmas Cafe is on site with food and drinks for purchase.

Gingerbread Bash & Tree Lighting

Oso Creek Golf Course | 27601 Casta Del Sol, Mission Viejo
December 2, 2023 | 3PM – 5:30PM

Reserve your spot to this holiday event to build a gingerbread house, take pictures with Santa on his sleigh, write a letter to Santa, and decorate an ornament to hang on the golf course’s holiday tree. Includes snacks and a hot chocolate bar, festive music, and tree lighting.

Jane Austen Holiday Ball

Norman P. Murray Center | 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo
December 15, 2023 | 6:30PM-8:30PM

Celebrate the holidays and Jane Austen’s birthday at a special ball. Enjoy historical dancing, crafts, and refreshments in your regency finery or festive attire.

Mission Viejo Brunch With Santa

Terrace On The Green at Oso Creek | 27601 Casta Del Sol, Mission Viejo
December 10, 2023 | 10AM & 12:30PM

Get your tickets early to this popular event! Brunch with Santa features a magnificent Sunday Brunch buffet with omelet, carving, and dessert stations, then, the kids can take photos with Santa on a golf cart and enjoy cookie decorating, making holiday ornaments, and strolling carolers.

Mission Viejo Community Chanukah Wonderland & Menorah Lighting

On The Village Green | 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo
December 10, 2023 | 3PM – 5PM

Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights with Chanukah Music, entertainment, games, activities, crafts, cookie decorating, bounce houses and more. There will be a menorah lighting, traditional songs, latkes, and spinning of the dreidel.

Mission Viejo Holiday Mix & Mingle

North Paseo | 22582 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
December 16, 2023 | 5PM – 9PM

Enjoy a Whoville themed night market with an appearance by the Grinch, food trucks, bonfire pits and s’mores, make and take crafts, live entertainment, beer and wine, and plenty of holiday cheer.

Shops at the Mission Viejo Mall

27741 Crown Valley Pkwy
See link for dates.

Experience Storytime With Santa, a Santa Photo Experience, a Santa Sing-a-Long, and a Santa Photo Experience.

Newport Beach

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting Ceremony – Newport Beach

Crystal Cove Conservancy | 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach
December 2, 2023 | 10AM – 5:30PM

The Annual Crystal Cove Conservancy Tree Lighting Ceremony is a festive holiday event featuring the transformation of Crystal Cove into a winter wonderland complete with a Christmas tree on the beach, sparkling lights, Christmas ornaments, and of course, Santa on a lifeguard vehicle. Guests will enjoy shopping at the Holiday Bazaar, and sipping hot chocolate and apple cider. There will be home baked treats from the Beachcomber Café and arts and crafts activities to enjoy.

Fashion Island Holidays – Newport Beach

401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Fashion Island helps you celebrate the holidays. The 90-foot live holiday tree will be up for photo ops, as will holiday photo stations around the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Also, don’t miss the Augmented Reality photo experiences with Santa & Friends throughout Fashion Island. Want to visit with Santa one on one? Schedule a virtual visit! In the Atrium Garden Courtyard, celebrate Hanukkah with the Menorah Lighting Display. See all the details about Fashion Island’s Holiday Celebrations.

Balboa Bay Resort Tree Lighting Spectacular

1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
November 29, 2023 | 6PM

Kick off the holiday season with the tree lighting at Balboa Bay Resort with a sensational performance featuring holiday classics and surprises, courtesy of OCSA’s MONTAGE! and their musical review “Holiday Hullabaloo!” featuring Frosty, Rudolph, Santa and friends. Complimentary treats and beverages are available with the donation of an unwrapped toy benefiting Toys for Tots. Reservations not required. Open seating available after 5:00pm. Program begins at 6:00pm.

Lido Marina Village German Holidaygarten

3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023: Santa arrives by boat @ 11:30 am
  • Thursday, December 2023 | 10:30 – 11:30am: Book reading featuring Holiday stories and write Letters to Santa
  • Saturdays & Sundays | December 2023: Photos with Santa on the Lido Deck:
  • Thursdays & Fridays | December 2023 | 4 – 8pm: Strolling Santa
  • Saturday, December 16, 2023 | 10am – 4pm: Female Maker Holiday Market
  • Sunday, December 24, 2023 | Brunch with Santa at Malibu Farm
  • All December Lido Marina Village will be celebrating the holiday season many festive events and live music. Plus, watch the Newport Harbor Boat Parade at night.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights

December 13-17, 2023 | 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Every year for 115 years, Newport Bay has hosted spectacular Christmas light displays on and off the water. Bayfront residents elaborately decorate their homes with holiday lights and décor to wow spectators who admire the dazzling Christmas displays. In addition to the decorated homes, there is a boat parade during the evenings of December 13-17, when hundreds of decorated boats cruise Newport Bay for all to see. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is one of the largest of its kind. Boaters are entered into a competition to win awards and over 1.5 million people watch the parade every year. This year, the parade will also be streamed virtually.

Newport Dunes Lighting Of The Bay & Christmas Tree Lot

Newport Dunes | 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
From November 24 – January 1 the Back Bay will glow from sunset until 11:30 pm

Celebrate Newport Dune’s annual Lighting of the Bay. Stroll the bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. The Back Bay will be lit sunset to sunup with festive floating holiday lights. On Friday and Saturday nights, cocktails and food will be available for purchase from Moe B’s Munchies beachfront grill. The Christmas Tree Lot is open daily from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM through December 26th.

Also includes the Fire & Ice Festival and ice skating rink with a large outdoor rink with bay views, fire dancers on the weekends, inflatable garden, and appearances by Santa.

Once Upon A Christmas

Balboa Island
Once Upon An Island – 118 Agate Ave., Newport Beach 92662
Second Week of November through December 24, 2023

Once Upon A Christmas offers magical interactive Christmas experiences for the whole family. Choose Silver Tickets, Gold Tickets, or VIP. Depending on the package you choose, you can make toys with the elves and get a tour of the workshop, talk with a real reindeer, have a Santa Mail experience, take a secret portal to the North Pole, meet and talk with Santa, and even hear him read a story by the fire. Visit Once Upon A Christmas for package details and ticket prices. Hurry! These events sell out!

Breakfast With Santa

Newport Coast Community Center | 6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Beach
December 1, 2023 | 9:30AM – 11AM

Come have breakfast with Santa, get your picture taken with him, and enjoy train rides, crafts and activities, a bounce house, and more.

Night of 1000 Lights at Sherman Library & Gardens

2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
December 9, 10, 14-22, 2023 | 6-9PM
Member Nights Dec. 6 & 8 | 5-8PM

Take an evening walk through the Nights of 1000 Lights Gardens and experience a display of twinkling lights and holiday entertainment. Walk down the red carpet and through the glistening light tunnel on your way to ‘Candy Land,’ with the grounds decorated like the colorful and classic vintage board game. The Candy Land Express Train will take guests to visit Santa in his workshop and fire pits will be set up for roasting s’mores.


Irvine Park Christmas Train & Wonderland

Irvine Regional Park | 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange
November 24 – December 23, 2023
Weekdays: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

One of the OCs most popular Christmas events, the Irvine Park Railroad transforms into a magical winterscape with a train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Visitors can stroll around Santa’s Village to participate in fun holiday activities including the bounce house, cookie decorating, ice fishing, carnival games, blizzard ball, and Rudolph racers. Tickets are required for all games and experiences. Free things to do in Santa’s Village include story time with Mrs. Claus, the coloring corner, and holiday-themed photo stations. Christmas Train tickets must be purchased online in advance and these sell out fast.

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession

Old Towne Orange Plaza | Plaza Square, Orange, CA
Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 3:30 PM – 7PM

Sing along to your favorite holiday carols at the Orange tree lighting ceremony, plus enjoy snacks, activities for kids, nonprofit booths, pictures with Santa, and more. The music program begins at 5:15.

Christmas at the OC Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Head to the OC Zoo to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make festive crafts, and play exciting games! Guests can also watch zookeepers give holiday “gifts” and treats hidden inside Christmas trees to some of the animals!


Placentia Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Placentia Civic Center Plaza | 401 E Chapman Ave., Placentia
November 30, 2023 | 6PM – 8PM

The tree lighting event will include performances and pictures with Santa.

Placentia Tamale Festival

Placentia City Hall | 401 E. Chapman Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870
Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 4:00 PM – 10: PM

This event will feature tamales, live entertainment, Santa pictures, inflatables, food vendors and beer and wine garden.

Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita Christmas Tree Lighting

Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore
21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita
Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 5PM – 7PM

Make memories at the tree lighting event with holiday music, visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a dance performance, and the telling of The Night Before Christmas.

Carols Around The Lake

Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore | 21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 6PM – 8PM

Gather at the shore and enjoy coffee and hot cocoa, then take a walk around the lake to the sounds of carolers, musical performances, a trail of lights, and photo ops.

San Clemente

Tree Lighting at Outlets at San Clemente

The Outlets At San Clemente | 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672
Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 5PM

Come out for the festivities and enjoy a free concert beginning at 5, plus snowfall and the lighting of the tallest tree in OC.

The Outlets At San Clemente will also be celebrating the season with:

  • Snowy Nights every weekend at 5, 6, & 7PM
  • Photos With Santa Saturdays & Sundays 12PM – 6PM
  • Chanukah at the Outlets on December 12, 2023 | 5PM – 6PM

Holly Jolly Trolley Trot

San Clemente Neighborhoods

The City of San Clemente Recreation Division is offering an alternative holiday celebration option for neighborhoods across San Clemente. Santa will cruise through local neighborhoods parade-style on the San Clemente Trolley spreading holiday cheer while his elves hand out goodies to kids along the way.

Santa’s Village By The Sea & Puttin’ on the Glitz

Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
December 2, 2023 | 4:00PM – 8:00PM

This holly jolly holiday event includes vendors, music and carolers, food, hot chocolate, popcorn, games, and snow. Tickets or wristbands will be available for purchase for activities and snow play. The community tree lighting takes place at 4:45 followed by music, food, and shopping.

San Clemente Sunsets With Santa

622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
December 9, 16, & 17, 2023 | 3PM – 5PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa Claus on the San Clemente Pier with a holiday tree and the ocean as your background. Enjoy Christmas music and special guests.

Christmas Nights At The Casa

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
December 15-21, 2023 | 5 – 7 PM

Casa Lumina is a winter wonderland with holiday lights and decor, crafts for kids, and smores.

San Juan Capistrano

Capistrano Lights Nightly Program

Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano
December 2 – 30, 2023

Joining in the nightly tree lighting in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church on select evenings. Enjoy the Mission in lights and sing along with the holiday songs of the 30-foot Christmas tree. A 10-foot wreath in the front courtyard provides the perfect setting for a holiday photo op. Stroll the Mission grounds to see community Christmas trees, festively lit.

Inn at the Mission Tree Lighting Ceremony

31692 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Wednesday Nov 2023 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Enjoy the musical talents, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

Inn at the Mission Holiday Night Market

31692 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
December 2023 | 4:00 – 8:00pm

A curated Holiday Marketplace nestled within the Inn at the Mission’s Spanish-Style Courtyards featuring gourmet bites by Ysidora Restaurant, a full bar & live music.

Santa Ana

Santa’s Arrival at MainPlace

2800 N Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
November 17, 2023 | All day event, Santa arrives at 11AM

Come out and kick off the season at MainPlace Mall with the arrival of Santa Claus. Plus, enjoy crafts, cookies, carolers, coloring, and freebies (while supplies last).

The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure

Main Place Mall | 2800 N Main St. Santa Ana
November 17 – December 24, 2023

Experience an interactive Elf On The Shelf activity and get pictures taken with Santa. The walk-through will include holiday décor and selfie museums. Located on the lower level in Macy’s Court.

Creep It Real Festive

Heritage Museum Of Orange County | 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, CA
November 22-23, 2024 | 4PM – 10PM

Creep It Real OC comes back to Santa Ana for the Festive edition! Get you fill of Halloween themed Holiday gifts and experiences at the outdoor festival. Includes a marketplace, live music, festival characters like Creep Kringle, artists, actors, food and drinks with a holiday twist, and more!

Winter Wonderland at the Santa Ana Zoo

Winter Wonderland: December 2023
Snow Day with the Critters: Dec. 17, 2023 from 11AM – 2PM

The Santa Ana Zoo’s entrance and farm areas will become a festive winterscape, with lighted holiday displays, enchanting animals, seasonal music, arts and crafts, train rides, and stories.

Plaza Navidena Tree Lighting Ceremony

Plaza Calle Cuatro – Downtown Santa Ana
November 18, 2023 | Official Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5pm – 8pm

The free community event includes the tree lighting ceremony, entertainment, food, and drinks, and photos with Santa.

Santa Ana Winter Village

Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana
December 2-31, 2023
December 2, 2023: Official Grand Opening & Tree Lighting
Open Dates and Hours vary by Day

The Santa Ana Winter Village offers holiday-themed activities and experiences for guests of all ages, including an outdoor ice skating rink, live entertainment, holiday shopping, creative handmade goods from specialty vendors and local community groups, food trucks, and more.

Other festive activities include a trackless train, stories read by Mrs. Claus, delicious treats, and sparkling holiday lights. On select days, Santa Claus will be on-site for visits.

Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for ice skating and other select activities.

Science of Gingerbread Competition – Discovery Cube

Discovery Cube OC
2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana

The Discovery Cube Orange County invites contestants of all ages to join in the Science of Gingerbread Competition. Kids of all ages, families, scout groups, school groups, and organizations can team up to create a gingerbread house to enter into the competition. Use your imagination to build the perfect house, castle, log cabin, boat, robot or whatever your imagination can come up with. Award categories include Best Holiday Theme, Best by an Organization, Best by a Classroom, Best by a Youth Group/Troop/Scout, Best Youth 5 and Under, Best Youth Ages 6-13, Best By a Member of the Cube, and Best Science Theme.

Discovery Cube Winter Lights Festival

Discovery Cube OC | 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana
December – January

Discovery Cube’s Winter Lights Festival is full of Christmas lights displays, music, an area to learn how to make snow, and more. Includes the Gingerbread Village to view all of the gingerbread competition entries, cookie decorating, story time, winter weather workshop, and visits with Santa.

Bethel Family Christmas Concert

Bethel Baptist Church | 901 S. Euclid Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704
December 15 & 16, 2023

Enjoy a night of Christmas cheer at this acoustic Christmas concert.

Seal Beach/Rossmoor

Holiday Spectacular

The Shops At Rossmoor | 12501 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 11AM – 1PM

Come out to the Shops to visit with Santa and get your photo taken with him, decorate holiday cookies, take a ride on the train, enjoy face painting and balloon art, and more. Event will be located between HomeGoods and PetSmart.

Rossmoor Winter Festival

Rush Park | 3001 Blume Drive, Rossmoor
December 9, 2023 | 4PM – 9PM

The Rossmoor Winter Festival is a free family event that includes fresh snow, a visit from Santa, a petting zoo, and live entertainment. Santa hosts the tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and guests are invited to take a Holiday Lights Trolley ride around the neighborhood to view the festive decorations in the community. Arts and crafts activities will be hosted in the auditorium. If you’re looking for snow play, there will be plenty of it for snowball fights and building snowmen, and three hills will be available for sledding. Five gourmet food trucks will be onsite for feeding hungry families and vendors will be set up for your holiday shopping needs. Guests are asked to please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy or gift to donate to Operation Santa or Senior Santa.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade

Main Street, Seal Beach
Friday, December 1, 2023 | 7:00 PM

The Annual Christmas Parade will include over 2200 participants marching down Main Street from Ocean to PCH with the theme “Surf’s Up For Christmas”. Santa will be there too, so keep an eye out for him!

Seal Beach Tree Lighting

Eisenhower Park | Ocean Avenue and Main Street, Seal Beach
November 18, 2023 | 4PM – 7PM

Join friends and family at Eisenhower Park at the Seal Beach Pier for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Participants will enjoy sledding on real snow, visiting with Santa, sipping coffee and hot chocolate, live music, and ice skating. Enjoy an evening stroll down Main Street and get a head start on your holiday shopping.


Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting

Stanton City Hall | 7800 Katella Ave., Stanton, CA
December 7, 2023 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Join the festivities for music, holiday around the world displays, crafts, a visit from Santa, and the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.


Tustin Breakfast With Santa

Community Center At The Market Place | 2961 El Camino Real, Tustin
December 2, 2023

Register early for a special pancake breakfast with Santa, crafts and games, and pictures.

Wonderfest Of Lights

The District at Tustin Legacy | 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782
December – January | 6-9PM Nightly

Enjoy colorful holiday lights and music for dancing every night on the hour. Additional events held throughout the season, including:

  • Family Christmas Party: 12PM – 2PM – Photos with Santa, crafts, and activities
  • Kid-Centric Holidays: 12PM – 2PM – Photos with Santa, crafts, and activities
  • Pet Soiree: 12PM – 2PM – Photos with Santa, pet ornament craft, and activities

Holidays at The Market Place

The Market Place | 2961 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782
Holiday 2023

The Market Place in Tustin celebrates the season with festive activities including holiday trees, themed photo ops, seasonal decorations, augmented reality experiences with Santa and Friends, and more. Check the calendar for The Market Place website for all the holiday event details.

  • Holiday Tree Lot: November 17 – December 24
  • Selfies With Santa: December 2, 3, 9, 10, & 17
  • Winter Workshops: December 3, 10, & 17

Tustin Tree Lighting & Holiday Boutique

Tustin Library Courtyard | 345 E. Main Street, Tustin
December 8, 2023 | 6:30PM

Villa Park

Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade

Villa Park
December 10, 2023 |5:00 PM

See Villa Park’s annual Dry Land Boat Parade featuring over 50 vessels touring through the neighborhoods. The parade begins at 5 PM and follows a route to the Villa Park Town Center. The parade route can be viewed here.

Villa Park Santa Tour on a Fire Truck

Villa Park
Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 8:00 AM

Beginning at 8 AM, Santa will tour Villa Park on a Fire Truck! Santa’s route has about 32 stops in 5 to 15 minute intervals each along the way. Find Santa’s Tour On A Fire Truck route here.

Villa Park Winter Wonderland

Villa Park Town Center | 17855 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, CA 92861
No Event For 2023 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

There will be a synthetic rink for ice skating. Bring your skates or borrow a pair of rentals for free. Guests can also enjoy a snow play area for snowball fights, building a snowman or taking family photos.

Villa Park Community Chanukah Celebration

Villa Park Town Center | 17855 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, CA 92861
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | 6:30 PM

The VP Chanukah celebration features a menorah lighting ceremony, raffles, music, latkes, donuts and crafts.


Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony

Westminster Civic Center | 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA
Monday, December 4, 2023 | 5:30 PM

In addition to the tree lighting, there will be a welcome from the Mayor, musical performances, and a visit from Santa. There will also be a canned goods collection for donation to those in need.

Westminster Santa on the Go

December 8, 9 & 16, 2023

Santa will popping up at Westminster parks for photos, crafts, treat & more!

  • Friday, December 8: Sigler Park | 6PM-7:30PM
  • Saturday, December 9: Westminster Village Park | 10:30AM – 12PM
  • Saturday, December 16: Coronet Park | 10:30AM – 12PM & Westminster Park | 1:30PM – 3PM

Westminster Breakfast with Santa

Westminster Community Services | 8200 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, California 92683
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Santa for a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, and take pictures with Santa.

Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda Breakfast With Santa

Yorba Linda Community Center | 4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda
Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 9AM – 11:30AM

Santa makes a grand appearance in Yorba Linda for breakfast, crafts, activities, and live entertainment.

Yorba Linda Holiday on Main Street

Main Street, Yorba Linda
December 2, 2023 | 5PM – 9PM

Yorba Linda’s annual Holiday on Main Street Celebration is an event not to be missed. Main Street comes alive with holiday decor and magical lights, live on-stage Christmas music, photos with Santa, kids activities, food trucks, shopping from talented local artisans and businesses, and a beer garden. This is a great celebration to enjoy with friends and family.

Holidays on the Paseo

On The Paseo between the Library & Cultural Arts Center
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Holidays On The Paseo features holiday-themed crafts, cocoa, cookies, and festive music to celebrate the season.

Richard Nixon Library Holiday Events

Nixon Presidential Library | 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA

Christmas Tree Lighting: November 28, 2023 | 5:30PM – 8PM
Enjoy a Christmas wonderland after hours with evening tours, holiday decorations and lights, festive music, and Santa.

Candlelight Evening: December 19, 2023 | 6PM – 8PM
Enjoy the Nixon Library after hours with holiday decorations, festive lights, Christmas music, reindeer, hot cocoa, crafts, and Santa.

Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication: 2023 TBA | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Gold Star families will be honored with personally inscribed ornaments as a tribute to family members who lost their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam.

Community Menorah Candle Lighting: November 19, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Musical Performances by various community organizations.

Holiday Event Dates

  • Creep It Real Festive – November 17-18, 2023
  • Huntington Beach Surf City Winter Wonderland – November 2023 – January 2024
  • Holidayz at The Park – December 2, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • Magic On Main Street Downtown Huntington Beach – Tuesday, November 21, 2023
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23, 2023
  • Black Friday – Friday, November 24, 2023
  • Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train & Wonderland – November 24 – December 23, 2023
  • Newport Beach Breakfast with Santa – Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Laguna Beach Hospitality Night – Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Seal Beach Christmas Parade – Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Santa Ana Winter Village – December 2, 2023 through December 31, 2023
  • Dana Point Santa’s Jolly Trolley – Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Fullerton Winter Market – Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Ladera Ranch Winter Fest – Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Tustin Breakfast With Santa – December 2, 2023
  • Santa’s Village By The Sea & Puttin’ on the Glitz – Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Villa Park Santa Tour on a Fire Truck – Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Yorba Linda Holiday on Main Street – Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk – Sunday, December 3, 2023
  • Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony – Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • Placentia Tamale Festival – Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • Segerstrom Silent Night Disco – Friday, December 8, 2023
  • Aliso Viejo Christmas Chalk Walk – December 8-10, 2023
  • Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill – December 8-10, 2023
  • Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights – December 8-10, 2023
  • Buena Park Candy Caneland & Craft Faire – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Huntington Harbour Boat Parade – December 9-10, 2023
  • Christmas at the OC Zoo – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Laguna Hills Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • RSM Carols Around The Lake – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Rossmoor Winter Festival & Holiday Spectacular – December 9, 2023
  • San Clemente Sunsets With Santa – December 9, 16 & 17, 2023
  • Westminster Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Westminster Santa on the Go – December 9 & 16, 2023
  • Mission Viejo Brunch With Santa – Sunday, December 10, 2023
  • Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade – Sunday, December 10, 2023
  • Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights – December 13-17, 2023
  • Costa Mesa Snoopy House – December 15-22, 2023
  • Holiday Lights at Heritage Hill – December 15-17, 2023
  • Anaheim Hills Festival Holiday Spectacular – Saturday, December 16, 2023
  • Costa Mesa Holiday Snowland – Saturday, December 16, 2023
  • Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights – December 16-18 & 21-23, 2023
  • Holiday Festival at the Muck – Sunday, December 17, 2023
  • Snow Day with the Critters at the Santa Ana Zoo – Sunday, December 17, 2023
  • Nixon Library Candlelight Evening – Tuesday, December 19, 2023
  • Holidays on the Paseo – Wednesday, December 20, 2023
  • Villa Park Winter Wonderland – Saturday, December 2023 TBA
  • Dana Point Sleigh the Holidays Market & Festival – Sunday, December 2023 TBA
  • Mission Viejo Rudolph’s Rink – Postponed for 2023
  • Free Christmas Concert at Mile Square Park | Saturday, December 2023 TBA
  • Inn at the Mission Holiday Night Market – Sunday, December 2023 TBA
  • Aliso Viejo Breakfast With Santa – Friday, December 2023 TBA
  • Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2023
  • Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2023
  • New Years Eve – Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • New Years Day – Monday, January 1, 2024

Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Events

Menorah Lighting Ceremonies & Events

Re-Occurring Holiday Event Dates

  • Roger’s Gardens Holidays Christmas Boutique
  • Pirates Dinner Adventure Pirates Take Christmas!
  • Discovery Cube – The Science of Gingerbread
  • Balboa Island Once Upon A Christmas – 2nd Week of November – December 24, 2022
  • Disney Merriest Nites/CA Adventure – November 10, 2023 to January 7, 2024
  • Dana Point Holidays at the Harbor – Starts Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • Surf City Winter Wonderland – November 2023 to January 2024
  • Knott’s Merry Farm – November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • Main Place Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure – November 17 – December 24, 2023
  • Irvine Park Christmas Train & Wonderland – November 24 – December 23, 2023
  • Tanaka Farms Hikari – A Festival of Lights – November 24 – December 30, 2023
  • Great Park Holidayz At The Park – December 2, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • Ocean Front Ice Skating at Pasea – December 14, 2023 – January 2, 2024
  • Winter Fest OC – Costa Mesa – November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024
  • Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay – November 24, 2023 – January 1, 2024
  • Irvine Spectrum Ice Rink – November – January
  • Winter Wonderland at the Santa Ana Zoo – December 1 – 31, 2023
  • Casa Romantica Christmas Nights – December 15–21, 2023
  • Lido Marina Village German Holidaygarten – Select festive activities all December
  • Mission Viejo Santa’s Workshop – November 29-December 20, 2023 (select dates)
  • Aquarium Holidays at Aquarium of the Pacific – Weekends – December 2 – December 16, 2023
  • Santa Ana Winter Village – December 2-31, 2023
  • Sherman Library Night of 1000 Lights – December 9-10, 14-22, 2023
  • Disney On Ice – December 14-18, 2023
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Heidi Deal
Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights. When she's not writing you can find her solo hiking and going on new adventures with her kids and pup.