Christmas with the Critters at Rancho Las Lomas


For the past couple years, our family has been going to the Rancho Wildlife Foundation’s annual Christmas with the Critters event. It’s a tradition of ours and a fun Christmas activity for Orange County families that is also a fundraiser for the Foundation. we’ve always had such a nice time, especially because it’s so beautiful at Rancho Las Lomas – a spectacular private resort and zoological garden in Orange County. It’s hidden away in the foothills and is used for weddings, film and photo shoots, and special events.

Christmas with the Critters is happening this weekend, and we are excited to enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. there will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! the resident exotic animals will also be open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. I wanted to share some of the photos from the last year…it was so beautiful and made for the perfect afternoon.


Mmmmm….pasta! Lunch is included with purchase of entrance tickets, and Vann couldn’t get enough.


The boys also got to decorate cookies…


and meet Santa Claus!


Visiting the animals is the best part. my boys LOVE animals, so this is a big treat to be so close to the animals.

zebras-at-rancho-las-lomaslamas-at-rancho-las-lomas-orange-countyThere is a white tiger that lives on the premises, if you look carefully, you can see him.tiger-at-rancho-las-lomaswhite-tiger-at-rancho-las-lomas-orange-countybirds-at-rancho-las-lomasanimals-at-rancho-las-lomas-orange-countybird-cages-at-rancho-las-lomaswe spent the afternoon, walking around the resort, enjoying the beautiful scenery, checking out the vendors, and enjoying festive music. there are a lot of fun features including an old fashioned telephone booth, swings and fountains.the best thing that happened, was that my husband and i won one of the silent auction prizes we bid on – a two night stay at the resort with an animal feeding experience. we can’t wait to use it this month.
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if you want to attend Christmas with the Critters, it’s all happening this Sunday December 8, 2019 at 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Rancho Las Lomas
19191 Lawrence Canyon
Silverado, CA
949-589-7900 ||
Valet parking is required $8.00 per car.


  1. So fun!

  2. Goldie says

    Interesting fun event. Will go for the first time and my kids would love it..

  3. Susie says

    We have never been, looks like a lot of fun

  4. Deb Moretti says

    Umm…hello! The ridiculously cute animals!! Looks like a neat place, too. Almost as if you aren’t in OC.

  5. My 2.5 year old loves animals and incorporating them into Christmas. He says “Santa loves animal too. They are family to?!”

  6. It’s my son’s birthday that day. He would love this!

  7. Lynn Stevenson says

    Oh what fun, my family would love to go to Las Lomos!! We have not been before!

  8. Jenni Corcoran says

    It all looks fun. My kids will love all the animals.

  9. Jenni Corcoran says

    I had no idea this place even existed. My kids are going to be stoked!

  10. Amanda bryant says

    This place looks awesome

  11. Jessica Rivera says

    I would love to spend time with my family doing something new.

  12. Alicia Steward-Puga says

    My little one would love this ????!!

  13. Melissa Kimball Engel says

    Looks like a great family day! The animals would be so fun to see!

  14. This looks awesome

  15. We never been there.. looks fun!

  16. Heather says

    My daughter would LOVE the animals.

  17. The location! Its a hidden gem! The grounds are beautiful. ❤

  18. Kelly Fitzgerald says

    This all looks do fun!

  19. Megan Guess says

    This looks like so much fun! Would love to see all the beautiful animals

  20. Surbhi K. says

    I know my kids would really enjoy the animals! I would love to see the white tiger!

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