150 Christmas and Holiday Family Events in Orange County

(updated 2018)
I officially declare it holiday season here in Orange County. Believe it or not, Christmas events are already beginning to pop up all around Southern California!  So, here’s a list of over 150 Holiday Events in Orange County, including Christmas events, Hanukkah events and winter celebrations. It’s a tradition and a gift to all of my readers! I want you to be informed of all fun things happening this holiday season in the OC. All of the events on this list are family-friendly, and take place around the OC and Southern California this holiday season.

So get your calendar out, pick the events that look the most fun for you and your family, and get ready to make this wonderful holiday season, one that your family will always remember! ( Please be sure to check back, as i will be adding more events to this list as they’re announced. If you have an event you would like to include, please email or message me on Facebook.)


Santa Events
Breakfast with Santa
December 1 & 2, 2018  |  8:30 – 11:00am  | The Children’s Museum at La Habra
Get your fill of holiday cheer with yummy treats, make-n-take ornaments and a photo with Santa Claus himself. Guests are welcome to play in the Museum too! To reserve and pay for your tickets by phone, call (562)383-4236 or email museumstaff@lahabraca.gov. Seating times 8:30am, 9:45am & 11am CMLH Members $2 discount per person Kids $11 Adults $13 (under 2 free, lap sitting only)

Breakfast with Santa at CPK
Call for Dates | 9:00 – 11:00pm  | California Pizza Kitchen, Irvine Spectrum
Join California Pizza Kitchen for Breakfast with Santa. $10 per person which includes your choice of breakfast pizza and beverage. Reservations are Required. Call 949-585-9531 to reserve your spot today.

Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s
December 15, 2018  | 8:00 – 10:00am  | Applebee’s, Anaheim Town Square
Enjoy breakfast with Santa for only $10 per person. Proceeds benefit families in need.

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train to Santa
November 30 – December 23, 2018  | Irvine Park Railroad
Take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. Christmas train will depart from the twinkling train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wishlist with Santa and have a photo taken with him. TICKETS SELL OUT FAST, PURCHASE NOW.

Santa Arrival Parade in Anaheim
TBD  | 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  | Anaheim Town Square
Real snow play area, photos with Santa, Kids Craft Activity, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Train Rides and more! FREE

Visit & Photos with Santa
December 12 & 21, 2018  |  9:30 – 11:30am  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
You better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Claus is coming to Pretend City! Join us as we meet jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, tell him our holiday wishes, and sit on his lap for a photo! You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive holiday happening at our museum! Santa is coming to Pretend City Children’s Museum! Join us for this great opportunity to meet and tell Santa your holiday wish. Our Santa visit and photo opportunity provides an experience with Christmas carols, lights, and Santa himself. This is a wonderful opportunity for grown-ups to capture photos and give your child the chance to share their Christmas wish lists with this Jolly Ole’ Fellow. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Yappy Howl-iday 2018
December 2, 2018  |  11:00am – 2:00pm  |  Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization. Proceeds support The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. FREE

Yuletide Tea with Santa
November 23 – December 24, 2018 • Friday – Sunday  | 2 – 5:00pm  | Pelican Hill Resort
The holidays are Santa’s cup of tea, and Pellican Hill would like you to join them in the Great Room Social Lounge for a modern twist on the time-honored tradition of gathering for afternoon tea. Sip contemporary blends featuring classic selections while you nosh on savory and sweet small bites. Tea-based cocktails and sparkling wines available à la carte.

Kris Kringle Story Time Mingle
November 23 – December 23, 2018  • Friday – Sunday  | 3 – 5:00pm  | Pelican Hill Resort
Santa’s parking his sleigh and setting up shop in the Main Estate Lobby, where he’ll be reading stories, taking photos and delighting kids of all ages. Gather ‘round the gingerbread display for three story times at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and be sure to stick around during intermission to take photos and visit with jolly old St. Nick.

Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Disney
December 1 – 23, 2018 | 8:00am – noon | Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s paying a very special visit to Catal Restaurant. Join jolly old Saint Nick and his merry band of elves for a classic Breakfast with Santa experience. Guests are invited to feast on a decadent family-style spread of menu offerings like buttermilk pancakes, crispy bacon, and farm fresh eggs while Charles Dickens carolers serenade them with their favorite festive tunes. Adults are welcome to sip on bottomless mimosas while little ones are treated to a cookies and milk station and steaming cups of hot chocolate from the cocoa cart. After they share their Christmas wishes with Santa, he will gift every child with a Build-a-Bear™ Workshop teddy bear in addition to a personalized stocking and a complimentary photo print of their magical time with him.

Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick-Up
December 14, 2018  |  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Santa traded in his sleigh for a Harley! Stop by the museum today and watch the fleet of Harleys, including Santa, pick up new toys from Pretend City Children’s Museum! All the toys we collect in our toy drive will be taken to CHOC by Santa and the Harley crew! Help us collect toys through December 22nd! Durable, cleanable toys are best for a hospital setting.

Surfer Santa Photos
December 14 & 15, 2018 | Huntington Harbour Mall
Here comes Santa Claus…SURFER SANTA! Come on over to meet and take a picture with Surfer Santa! There will also have face painting and a craft station, where you can write your own personal letter to SANTA!

Santa Visits the Anaheim Packing House
December 15, 2018  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Gather your Christmas wishes, and grab the camera phone as Santa visits the Anaheim Packing House. Free organic candy canes will be given while supplies last.

Pet Photos with Santa
November 25 & December 9, 2018  | 7:00 – 8:30pm  | Brea Mall
Bring your pet to pose with Santa. Find Santa in Center Court.

Pet Photos with Santa
December 9, 2018  | 7:00 – 8:00pm  | Shops at Mission Viejo
Bring your pet to pose with Santa. Find Santa on the Lower Level near Nordstrom.

Santa Paws Photos
December 1, 2018  | 10:00am – 3:00pm |  Dana Point El Torito Courtyard
Bring your furry friends to have their picture taken with Santa, photos are $15 and benefit the animals at The San Clemente-Dana Point Animals Shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa
December 2 & 12, 2018  |  6:00 – 9:00pm  |  MainPlace Mall
Families are invited to bring their four legged friends to pose with Santa. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier. 

Santa Paws Photos
December 9, 2018  | 10:00am – 3:00pm |  Outlets of San Clemente
Bring your furry friends to have their picture taken with Santa, photos are $15 and benefit the animals at The San Clemente-Dana Point Animals Shelter.

• Fashion Island Santa Hours.
• MainPlace Mall Santa Hours
• Brea Mall Santa Hours
• The Shops at Mission Viejo Santa Hours
• Laguna Hills Mall Santa Hours
• Irvine Spectrum Santa Hours
Outlets of San Clemente Santa Hours

Holiday Light Displays in the OC
60+ Christmas Light Displays
• Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills
• Candy Cane Lane | El Corzo Street in Rancho Santa Margarita
• Birch Street in Brea
• Belquest Drive in Lake Forest

Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour
December 9, 2018  |  11:00am – 4:00pm  |  La Habra Children’s Museum
The winter holidays are always a festive time on Balboa Island. Many people visit the Island to enjoy not only the Newport Beach Boat Parade but to view the multitude of Island homes decorated for the holidays. During the holiday season the Island becomes an incredible display of decorations and lights of many colors. Magical! To add to the festivities this year the Balboa Island Improvement Association (BIIA) presents the 22nd Annual Holiday Home Tour. Eight home owners open their homes to display the unique character of island living during the holiday season. Each home is decorated for the holidays. The Annual Holiday Home Tour is the major fund raising event to support the Balboa Island Improvement Association. 

Amusement Parks
Knott’s Merry Farm
November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2018

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2018

Holidays at Legoland
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2018

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2018


Hotel Fun
Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge
November 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019 | Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove
Enjoy the magic of the season at Great Wolf Lodge with snow themed activities, Santa and a life sized gingerbread house – all included in your stay..


Zoo & Aquarium Events
Holiday Zoobilation at the Santa Ana Zoo
December 1 – 31, 2018  |  Santa Ana Zoo
The Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with snow, lights, music and special festive decorations for all to enjoy.

Snow Days with the Critters
December 15 & 16, 2018  | 11:00am – 2:00pm  |  Santa Ana Zoo
All Zoo celebration featuring stations focusing on winter and snow. Watch animals receive icy treats, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, play educational games, create cool crafts and listen to delightful winter stories. | General Public – free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members are FREE and Santa Ana Residents are FREE on December 16. | Also shop for the holiday season with an extra discount during our “White Elephant Sale” at the Treetop Toys Gift Ship both days.

Holiday Treats with the Animals
December 8 & 9, 2018  |  Aquarium of the Pacific
In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific for its animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish. Holiday Treats for the Animals festival kicks off Aquarium Holidays, which runs through December 22, featuring festive décor, a display of gingerbread houses, daily Penguin Walks, holiday music and shopping, “snowfall” in the Great Hall, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits.

Seaworld Snowland
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019  |  Seaworld San Diego

Jungle Bells
December 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019  |  San Diego Zoo


Tree Lightings
Outlets of San Clemente Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 17, 2018  |  4:00 – 6:30 p.m.  |  Outlets of San Clemente
Celebrate the arrival of the holiday season at Outlets at San Clemente’s Fourth Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Hosted by Santa and his reindeer, the event features a live reindeer meet-and-greet, roaming Christmas carolers, hot cocoa, photo booth, crafts, face-painting, balloon animals and the Grand Finale – the lighting of the 80-foot fresh-cut tree as “snow” falls over San Clemente. FREE

Fashion Island Holiday Tree Lighting
November 16 & 17, 2018  |  6:00pm  | Fashion Island Newport Beach
Join us for Fashion Island’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 6pm in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker, enjoy a 25-minute live musical show by The Young Americans, a visit from Santa, a magical snowfall, and, of course, the highly-anticipated lighting of the tree!  FREE

Nightly Holiday Tree Lighting at Fashion Island
November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019  |  5:00pm

Irvine Spectrum Nightly Tree Lighting
November 23 – December 24, 2018  |  Every 30 minutes starting at 5:00 p.m.  | Irvine Spectrum
The beautiful 75-foot tree will come to life every night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes in Giant Wheel Court. FREE

Holiday Tree Lighting at Kaleidoscope
December 7, 2018  | 6:00 – 9:00 pm  | Kaleidoscope, Mission Viejo
The evening of family fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, a photo booth, visits with Santa, festive food sampling inside Union Market Mission Viejo and more! Children of all ages will enjoy Singers Company, be enchanted by A Storybook Nutcracker brought to life by students from the PAVE School of the Arts, and a high-energy holiday song and dance performance by students from Orange County School of the Arts OCSA’s (Orange County School of the Arts) MONTAGE! The dancers will be joined by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa himself for a countdown to light the 20-foot Noble Fir.. FREE

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
December 8, 2018  |  10:00am – 7:00pm  | Downtown Anaheim
Tree lighting, Nutcracker Ballet, snow play area, International food frenzy, rock climbing, Christmas crafts, train rides, pictures with Santa and more!  FREE

Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay 
November 23, 2018  |  3:00 – 8:00pm  |  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
The festivities begin with holiday favorites performed by the Corona Del Mar High School’s chorale group and OC Children’s Song group. Then Santa takes center stage! He will flip the switch and turn on 50+ floating electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations that will illuminate the Back Bay every night through the end of the year. Plus Christmas movie and more. FREE

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar
December 1, 2018  |  10:00am –  5:30pm | Crystal Cove State Park
Every year, just after Thanksgiving, Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The first Saturday in December is the Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar complete with Santa arriving via a lifeguard vehicle to greet the crowd. As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk. FREE

Balboa Bay Club Tree Lighting Ceremony
December TBD  |  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  Balboa Bay Club & Resort
OCSA’s MONTAGE! kicks off your holiday season with a new musical review, “Holiday Hullabaloo!” A high-energy performance featuring Santa and friends, live entertainment, and the lighting of our giant Christmas Tree! Complimentary treats and beverages. Complimentary admission with a donation of one new, unwrapped toy. Reservations not required. FREE

Tree Lighting at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort
December 2, 2018 |  4:00pm  |  St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point
Celebrate the season and support our schools at Monarch Beach Resort.  Enjoy a variety of musical performances by our students, cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa Claus and the official lighting of the holiday tree, hosted by KOST radio’s lively Ellen K!

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Ritz-Carlton
November 18, 2018 |  4:00pm  |  Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Enjoy holiday music and an appearance from Santa Claus. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or canned goods and non-perishable food items for donation to local organizations.

Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting
December 1, 2018  |  12:00 – 5:00pm  |  La Plaza, Dana Point
Activities throughout the day include Santa Visits, carnival games ($1.00), craft fair, face painting, cookie decorating ($2.00), holiday crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Express train ride, petting zoo, pony rides and the annual tree lighting at 5:15 pm, with free cookies and hot chocolate. Most activities are free.

Brea Tree Lighting
December 6, 2018  |  6:30pm  |  Brea Civic & Cultural Center
Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree lighting celebration. Live music and entertainment will put everyone in the holiday mood. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs. Santa drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. FREE

Buena Park Tree Lighting
December 7, 2018  |  6:00pm  |  Buena Park City Hall
Gather around the tree at this free event to enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday cheer in the company of family, friends and community. The festivities kick off with the lighting of the tree by City Council followed by special performances and entertainment from  carolers, storytellers, vocalists and musicians! Santa will make his grand entrance on an Orange County Fire Authority truck. In honor of this season of giving, the event is also host to a Toy Drive benefiting local charities. We encourage attendees to bring a new, unwrapped gift for children. FREE

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Procession
December 2, 2018  |  3:30 – 7:00pm  |  Old Town Orange Plaza
join the City of Orange for an evening of holiday cheer and family fun as we sing traditional carols of the season with the Orange Community Master Chorale led by musical director Michael Short. FREE

La Palma Tree Lighting
December 5, 2018  |  4:30 – 8:30pm  | Central Park Amphitheater
Join your friends and family for this annual holiday favorite. Every year this event brings the La Palma community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Take a picture with Santa and his elves in the activities area before the event. This area will feature crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won’t want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! FREE

Ladera Ranch Tree Lighting
December TBD  |  5:00 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Town Green, Ladera Ranch
Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa at the Town Green, corner of Sienna Parkway & Mercantile Way (details to be announced closer to the event). FREE

Irvine Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting
December 2, 2018  |  3:00 – 7:00pm  | Irvine Civic Center
Celebrate the season as “snow” falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for games, crafts, entertainment, food and a tree-lighting ceremony. This event includes a Joyful Jingles program and a visit from Santa Claus. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12. Toy donations aid the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Drive, which benefits the families of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion. Admission is free; registration is not required. FREE

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 2018  |  5 – 7:00pm  |  Laguna Niguel City Hall
Join us for a Christmas party as we light our community tree in this magical ceremony! Crafts, sweets, and whimsical treats will be available in the land of snowflakes, candy canes, and sugar plum fairies! Santa will be there, so don’t forget your camera! Bring your loved ones and neighbors, family members, and friends; please leave your pets at home. FREE

San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2018  |  4:00 – 9:00pm  |  Historic Town Center Park
Pre-show entertainment followed by a holiday production featuring students of Musical Theater University. The countdown to the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m. Capistrano Valley High School’s marching band will lead a procession after the ceremony where families can enjoy holiday activities such as photos with Santa, trackless train ride through Los Rios Park, puppet show, live nativity performances, story time with Mrs. Claus, snow globe craft, greet costumed characters Elsa and Olaf of “Frozen” along with the “Grinch.” Activities take place at  Los Rios Park, ZOOMARS and the O’Neill Museum. Downtown merchants are offering complimentary refreshments. Free shuttle and trolley services offered. FREE

South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrival
November 15, 2018  | 6:30pm  |  Town Center, Costa Mesa
A performance by Orange County School of the Arts. Refreshments. A special visit from Santa! FREE

Stanton Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 2018 | 6:00 – 7:30pm | Stanton Civic Center
The City of Stanton invites you to join your family and friends for this annual holiday favorite! Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, story time with the Stanton Library, and the lighting of the Stanton Central Park Christmas tree. Of course, the young-at-heart will not want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! This special evening will conclude with some tasty refreshments and an opportunity to meet your friends and neighbors. FREE

Tustin Tree Lighting
December 7, 2018  |  6:00pm  |  Tustin Library Courtyard
This holiday event includes music, entertainment, activities for kids, an appearance by Santa Claus and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree. FREE

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton
November 18, 2018   |  4:00 p.m.  | The Ritz-Carlton Dana Point
The holiday season kicks off with the lighting of the 40-foot holiday tree. Festive music performed by The Jeeps and, of course, Santa arrives to help turn on the lights. FREE

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting
December 1, 2018  |  4:30 – 8:00pm  | Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park
This special holiday event will feature guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more! FREE

Winter in the Grove
December 1, 2018  |  4:00 – 8:00pm  | Village Green Park, Garden Grove
Starting this year, the best of Winterfest and Christmas Tree Lighting holiday celebrations are coming together into one exciting new event – Winter in the Grove! Enjoy free seasonal refreshments, crafts, balloon creations, letters to Santa, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an unforgettable tree lighting ceremony. Unlimited snow slide rides are $5. Food will be available for purchase.  FREE


Special Events
Winter Fest OC at the OC Fair 
December 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019 |   OC Fair & Event Center
Spectacular family fun and date night charm! Featuring ice tubing, a two million light walk-through show, ice skating, snow play with real snow blown in daily, nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carnival rides, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

Sawdust Art Festival’s Annual Winter Fantasy
Weekends, November 17 – December 16, 2018 | All day | Laguna Beach Sawdust
The festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of five weekends. The Winter Fantasy offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles.

Newport Beach Boat Parade
December 19 – 23, 2018  |  6:30pm  | Newport Harbor
As the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The first public viewing destination is at Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities. Residents and visitors will have optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots. FREE

Stand Up Paddleboarding and Surfing Santa Competition
November 17 & 18, 2018   |  8:00am – 4:00pm | The Ritz-Carlton Dana Point
A fun, two-day surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and surf or stand up paddle board to benefit Surfers Healing. FREE

Pop-Up Holiday Market
December 8, 2018  |  10:30am – 12:30pm  | The Children’s Museum at La Habra
Come and do some holiday shopping at our whimsical Pop-Up Market run entirely by kid entrepreneurs! From unique hand-crafted jewelry, to bath bombs, fun frames and an array of specialty gifts. It’ll be one-stop shopping for the holidays and you’ll be a supporting the efforts of creative and gifted young entrepreneurs!

Holiday Pajama Movie Nights
December 5, 12, 14 & 19, 2018  | 6:00 pm  | Kaleidoscope, Mission Viejo
On Wednesday at 6pm, our free HOLIDAY PAJAMA MOVIE NIGHT continues here inside Union Market Mission Viejo! 🎄 Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy free popcorn during the movie! Visitors can also enjoy $1 hot kids chocolate from @portolacoffee with every adult purchase and Kids Eat Free (with the purchase of an adult entree) at Solagave and more discounted treats from our restaurants!⁣⁣⁣⁣

Holiday Cookie Crawl
December 21, 2018  | 5:00 – 7:00 pm  | Pacific City, Huntington Beach
Celebrate the holidays and first day of winter! Head upstairs to the big screen to meet up for the start of a festive evening. Then, meander through the center to discover holiday sweets at our retailers! Meet back at the big screen at 6pm for a screening of the holiday favorite ‘The Polar Express’!

Newport Dunes Unplugged: 90s Palooza Holiday Special!
December 8, 2018  | 6:00 pm  | Newport Dunes
Join us at Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro, Sat. December 8th for Newport Dunes Unplugged: A Tribute to Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. The concert features Nirvanish, Memory Layne and Great Pumpkin performing all your favorite 90s hits. Enjoy a return to the great “MTV Unplugged” era, featuring the acoustic (and then some) talents of each band, with holiday stage decor and specialty lighting to showcase this intimate occasion inside our waterfront Back Bay Bistro. Doors/Dinner: 6:00pm

Miracle On Main Street
November 18, 2018  |  2:00 – 7:00pm  |  Main Street, Huntington Beach
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when HB Downtown fills the 2nd block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, kid’s activities, and refreshments. A special tree lighting ceremony with entertainment. FREE

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
December 8  |  10:00am  |  Crown Valley Parkway
Experience the unique sights and sounds of the annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade! View over 100 exciting entries including marching bands, floats, special guests, youth groups, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes, and fun attractions! No hometown holiday parade is complete without a dazzling entrance by Santa Claus! Parade watchers are encouraged to bring chairs and take advantage of the free shuttle, available from the Federal Building parking lot off of Dorine/El Lazo. The event will go rain or shine, unless conditions are determined unsafe. FREE

Candy Caneland & Craft Festival
December 1, 2018  |  10:00 am – 4:00pm | Ehlers Community Center, Buena Park
The 48th Annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire is coming to Buena Park. Join us for this winter holiday celebration featuring wonderful activities for the whole family! This year’s event will once again feature snow slides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and over 100 artisan craft booths. FREE

Winter Market
December 1, 2018 |  12:00pm  |   Fullerton Downtown Plaza
The Market will feature holiday Entertainment, free pictures with Santa from noon to 4:00p.m., food booths, holiday shopping, face painting, bounce house, beer and wine garden, and “Spark of Love” toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters. FREE

Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating
December 8 & 16, 2018  | 10:00am  |  Pelican Hill Resort
Pelican Hill’s Pastry Chef highlights a favorite holiday tradition in this culinary class. Children ages 5 and older will enjoy lunch and create a masterpiece to take home.

Gingerbread House Decorating
December 16, 2018  |  2:00 – 4:00pm  |  Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Gather with family to decorate your very own gingerbread house and holiday cookies. Children enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, with other beverages available for purchase. For reservations call 949.240.2000.

Gingerbread Academy at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort
December 9, 16, 22 & 23, 2018 |  St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point
Join the Monarch Beach Resort Pastry Team in the sweet tradition of decorating gourmet gingerbread houses.  Be on the lookout for Santa who will stop by during every academy session.  Families are welcome to take their own photos with Santa.

Christmas with the Critters
December 9, 2018   |  11:00am – 3:00pm  |   Ranchos Las Lomas
Children will enjoy crafts, holiday music, bounce house, Santa and watching the animals opening their Christmas presents while the parents can enjoy holiday shopping, silent auction, lunch and beverages.

Santa’s Village By the Sea
December 1, 2018  |  5:00 – 10:00pm  |  San Clemente Community Center
The event begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony to usher in the spirit of the season with Christmas at the Casa, Snow at the Community Center, and the Del Mar Glitz. Take a picture with Santa and delight in a night filled with holiday fun, carolers, cookie decorating, and activities for the whole family to enjoy! FREE

Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
December 2, 2018 | 11:00am – 4:00pm  |   Corona Del Mar
The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the community’s most popular event of the year! This is an absolute can’t miss special event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit! FREE

33rd Annual Candlelight Walk
December 7, 8 & 9, 2018  |  5:30 – 8:30pm  |  Heritage Hill Historical Park
Experience the historic park in a unique, once-a-year opportunity during Heritage Hill’s Candlelight Tours.  More than 1,000 luminaries will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music.  More information to come.

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
December 8 & 9, 2018  |  Huntington Harbour
It is that time of year when we get excited about the upcoming boat parade, where we have the opportunity to view our traditional favorites, while adding new and unique entries. We are eager to announce the 2018 theme, ‘A Space Odyssey’.  There are certainly many different forms and traditions of music from different cultures. FREE

Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade & Festive Family Activities
December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2018  |  Dana Point Harbor
In celebration of our 44 years of lighting the holiday season up, this year’s theme will power up with “A WESTERN WONDERLAND”. Join us as boats parade into the Harbor showing off their country western themed decorations, animation, color and lights. We can’t wait to see what these creative boaters will come up with. We invite you to come down and be a part of our Western Wonderland! You can view the parade FREE from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. FREE

Boat Rides with Santa
December 1 & 2, 2018  | 10:00am – 2:00pm |  Dana Wharf
Join Santa and Dana Wharf Sportfishing on a twenty-minute cruise around Dana Point Harbor to take pictures with Santa and his holiday helpers! During your holiday adventure at sea, a $3 donation benefiting the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is welcome and appreciated.

Jingle Jam
December 6, 2018 | 5:00 – 8:00pm | Eastgate Park, Garden Grove
Performances, Santa, Train Rides, & more!!! FREE

Ho Ho Night Hike
December 8, 2018  |  5:30 – 8:00pm  |  Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Our annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night. The Ho Ho Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including a visit to the Nature Center, hot coca and cookies, a live animal presentation, a hike through the wilderness area. FREE

Cook’s Holiday Family Festival!
December 22, 2018  |  11:00 – 3:00pm  | Cook’s Corner
Bring the kids! This will be fun for the whole family! Photos with Santa & his elves! Turkey lunch & trimmings from 12pm-2:30pm! Petting zoo! See local farm animals! Animal adoptions with “A Wish for Animals!” Photos with Holy Jim Fire Truck! The Lil’ Dickens Carolers! Kids games & contests! And a whole lot more!

Huntington Beach Light a Light of Love Parade
December 2, 2018  |  3:30 – 7:00pm  |  Huntington Beach Pier & Main 
Children’s Holiday Parade, Surf City Santa Visits the Beach, have your pictures taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus at Pier Plaza, Light a Light of Love Pier and Main Street Snowflake Lighting  and Pier Plaza entertainment. This annual community celebration benefits the CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, an emergency crisis and intervention program for children ages 11 to 17. The Shelter program provides emergency shelter to homeless, abused and struggling youth and focuses on reuniting children with their families.

Holiday Snowland
December 15, 2018 |  9:00 – noon  |  Balearic Community Center, Costa Mesa
children can play in 40 tons of snow. plus cookie decorating, hay rides, Santa, food & toy drive and more. FREE

Santa’s Village – 1,000 Toy Giveaway
November 30, 2018  |  3:00 – 5:00pm  |  Anaheim Marketplace
1,000 free toys to the first 1,000 kids.

Santa Stroll
December 9, 2018  |  5:00 – 8:00pm  |  Santa Margarita Catholic School
Join us for the 2018 Santa Stroll – a “fun-raiser” to support and encourage kids fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up! If you live in Orange County, CA create a team and stroll! During the event we will recognize Courageous Families in attendance as well as honor the 46 new kids who are told each day they have cancer while we walk for 46 minutes. Create your team or stroll as an individual – Register today via link below. If you live outside of Orange County, or can’t attend on December 9th, fun-raise your way and help us raise the funds needed to encourage kids this holiday season. Together we can help spread JOY, create SMILES and encourage courageous kids to NEGU. Jessie’s wish, and the mission of the Jessie Rees Foundation is to encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up!

Holiday Luminaria Stroll
December 14 & 15, 2018  |  5:00pm  |  Fullerton Arboretum
Enjoy a family-friendly evening in the garden and stroll our luminaria lined pathways. Live music, vintage holiday decorations at Heritage House, make an ornament and see the beauty of the garden at night. All proceeds from this fundraising event support our education programs and our conservation and propagation programs which protect rare and endangered plants from around the world. The Arboretum will host a small winter market with vendors selling handmade items.We will have beverages available for purchase.

Santa’s Wonderland
November 10 – December 24, 2018  |  5:00 – 8:00pm | Bass Pro Shops, Rancho Cucamonga
Stop by Bass Pro Rancho for tons of fun during Santa’s Wonderland! We’ll have free photos with Santa (One free 4×6 per family), crafts, giveaways, fun & games for the kids, and much more! Show up early to get a Bass Pass, which allows you to come back during your allotted time frame to take your photo with Santa! Each Bass Pass is redeemable for one free photo with Santa during the time listed on your Bass Pass! We hope to see you soon & look forward to making your Holiday dreams come true here at Bass Pro Shops! FREE

Christmas on the Queen Mary
November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019  |  Queen Mary, Long Beach
Discover new traditions mingled with good old-fashioned Christmas cheer as you stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary ship, experiencing thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, our outdoor skating rink atop the Sports Deck, meet and greets with Santa, and more!

Santa Claus Classic & Custom Car Show for Kids
December 1, 2018  | 11:00am – 2:00pm  |  La Habra Marketplace
La Habra Host Lions 2018 Santa Cause invites you to show for the kids! Pajamas, Board games and Sport balls will be donated to underserved children during the holiday season. Live Entertainment, Antique Engine Displays, 50/50 & Opportunity Drawings, Lions Club Famous Tri Tip BBQ, 20 Best in Show awards, Vendors and LOTS OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Winter Toy Drive
December 2, 2018  |  11:00am – 3:00pm  | Historic Main Street, Garden Grove
The toy drive will include a car show and food sampling. Toys will be donated to local organizations and nonprofits.

Nutcracker Craft Boutique
November 16 & 17, 2018  |  9:00am – 6:00pm  | Brea Community Center
Shop from over 250 vendors that display one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted holiday gifts, decorations, food, and collectibles. Shoppers can also pick up a quick snack or beverage at the Food Alley. Sorry, no strollers are allowed inside the Boutique. Kidwatch baby sitting services will be available for $2.50 per hour per child. Parking is free. Admission is $2 (children 12 years old and younger may enter for free). All proceeds benefit the Community Center’s youth and family programs.


Museum & Library Fun
Candlelight Evening Tour & Train Exhibit
December 3, 12 & 19 |  Nixon Library
In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Nixon Library is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings for three nights this December. Included with admission, guests will explore the special Christmas display, All-Aboard America! featuring three spectacular layouts of model trains whistling over bridges, through snow-capped mountains and stopping in miniature towns and cities. Live musical entertainment, take photos with Santa Claus in President Nixon’s Oval Office, delight in live music featuring Christmas classic in the magnificent White House East Room, take photographs with the beautiful Pat Nixon White House Gingerbread House — custom-baked to look like President Nixon’s birthplace! Sponsored by the Cookie Element of Yorba Linda, write letters and sign holiday cards for military members serving overseas, create festive Christmas ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree and decorate sugar cookies and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa.

Muzeo Express
November 17, 2018 – January 20, 2019 |  Muzeo
Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains and miniature scenes. Complete with historical relics showcasing the history of trains in Southern California, Muzeo Express is sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike. New this year… Treasures from Carolwood – A special mini-exhibit highlighting Walt Disney’s lifelong love of trains. Featuring real historical artifacts from the collection of Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn – a museum in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park dedicated to the exploration of Walt’s railroad legacy.

The Science of Gingerbread
November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019 | Discovery Science Center
Check out So Cal’s largest Gingerbread Competition and Display of amazing 2018 creations at the Cube! The Science of Gingerbread daily program includes: Winter Sleighs – Design, build and zip your very own vehicle through the holiday skies, he Elves Workshop – Tinker like an elf, and construct a toy contraption, climate Discovery – It’s Winter somewhere, experiment with Fahrenheit in the So Cal winter temperatures, and daily Stage Show “Sweet Structures” – Learn the fundamentals of design and engineering in the kitchen. Plus, what’s a holiday season, without Cookie Decorating? Join us in the bakeshop for a sweet treat!

Christmas Countdown
December 12 – 23, 2018 |  11:00am – 4:00pm |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…holiday fun at Pretend City! Join us for our exciting 12 Days of Christmas Countdown! Each day leading up to Christmas, we will “unwrap” a new holiday activity at the museum! Get in the holiday spirit as we gear up for Christmas and countdown the days!

Baby Steps Through Pretend City Christmas Fun
December 10, 2018  |  2:00 – 3:30pm  |  Pretend City
Happy Holidays, Little Elf!  We’re celebrating the holiday season for this month’s Baby Steps! Babies will enjoy holiday activities like decorating ornaments for the Christmas tree! Your little one will bounce with joy when they get to meet and take pictures with Santa himself!

Holiday Extravaganza
December 1, 2018  | 10:30 – noon  | Shops at Mission Viejo
Join us for crafts, refreshments, face painting, and a visit from Santa and more. Event take place in Center Court.

Celebrate Winter Solstice
December 21, 2018 |  10:00am – 4:00pm  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
It’s officially winter! Join us as we learn all about winter solstice and the changing of seasons! We will have winter themed art and activities for little ones to join in the winter wonderland fun!

Candy Cane Making Demonstrations
Logan’s Candies  |  Ontario


Arts & Theater
Nutcracker for Kids
December 8, 2018  |  10:00am  | Segerstrom Center for the Arts 
Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself! Designed for kids ages 5-11. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert.

Holidays Around the World
December 14 – 23, 2018  |  Times vary  | Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom
Be the first to witness the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland during our second annual celebration! Enjoy nightly snowfall, live performances, festive activities, and free holiday fun for the entire family.

Nutcracker Performance
November 20, 2018  |  11:00am  | Pretend City
Join us for a full day of fun as Pretend City gears up for the holiday season! Treat your little one to a sneak peek of some of the most loved dances from The Nutcracker! Bring your little ones by the museum to see this holiday classic. The Festival Ballet Theatre will share treasured moments from their NUTCRACKER production in our Marquee Theatre/Traveling Exhibit Space. Join us and enjoy FBT’s whimsical, traditional ballet choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker score. Come see a glimpse of the beautiful costumes, elegant dancing, and pretty pointe shoes. The kids will get to meet and greet and take pictures with the characters after the show.

The American Ballet’s Nutcracker
December 14 – 23, 2018  | Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Hall
As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.

Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
December 14 – 16, 2018  | Northwood Performing Arts Center in Irvine
Share the tradition of fantasy as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Clara ignite the imagination of your princes and princesses of all ages. Watch as this unique Orange County experience unfolds, showcasing more than 90 exceptionally talented & classically trained dancers from across the Southland!

Anaheim Ballet’s the Nutcracker
December 23, 2018  | City National Grove of Anaheim
The holiday season comes to life in Anaheim Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the heartwarming tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Doll who changes her woeful winter into a fanciful feast in Candyland. The Nutcracker ballet is a cornerstone of seasonal family entertainment and tradition. Anaheim Ballet’s full-length Nutcracker with Symphony Irvine is the production you and your family must see, a story presented with heart as only AB can present it, more than dance… Experience a spectacle of towering Christmas trees, waltzing flowers, battling toy soldiers and menacing mice.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 8 – 24, 2018  | Goldenwest College
Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre’s cherished 42-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel alongside young Clara through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dancers await you, along with twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers. Orange County’s longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

The Festival Theater: The Nutcracker
December 8 – 24, 2018  |  Irvine Barclay Theatre
Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

Nutcracker Tea Party –  pre-show event before select performances. Guests will enjoy tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches and sweet treats with Clara herself… champagne for the grown-ups as well. Clara will join in as the story of the Nutcrcaker ballet and the magical adventure is told. Expect a special appearance by the Nutcracker Prince and his archenemy, the Mouse King, too! Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest included.

A Child Is Born
November 30, 2018 |  Segerstrom Center for the Arts 
Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras proudly presents A Child Is Born. Featuring a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the remarkable Youth Choirs, the elegant Grand Chorus, and the superb Symphony Orchestra, this Christmas concert will inspire your soul.


Lil’ Dickens Carolers
Select Dates November 9 – December 22, 2018 | Rogers Gardens
Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse. Their repertoire includes your favorite standards and Sacred Christmas Carols combined with the holiday songs you have grown to love. The Carolers also mix in some spirited jazz arrangements and a bit of whimsy. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the holidays at Roger’s Gardens. FREE

The Goode Time Carolers
December 8 & 15, 2018  | 8:00 – 10:00pm  | Irvine Spectrum
Enjoy musical entertainment from The Goode Time Carolers, live in Myrtle’s Court (near Old Navy).


Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
• Irvine Spectrum Ice Skating Rink
• The Chill at the Queen Mary

Themed Thursdays at the Ice Rink
Thursdays, November 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019 | Ice Skating Rink, Irvine Spectrum
Join us for Themed Thursdays on the Ice Rink! Every Thursday from 6pm – 8:30pm, enjoy entertainment and giveaways sponsored by One West Bank. Plus, come dressed in the weekly theme and receive $5 off your Ice Rink ticket!


Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
• Anaheim ICE
• Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
• Yorba Linda ICE


Special Needs Friendly Events
Sensitive Santa Visit & Sensory Holiday Celebration
December 17, 2018  |  5:00 – 7:30pm  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Santa is coming to Pretend City Children’s Museum for Autism Night! Join us for this great opportunity to meet and tell Santa your holiday wish. Our “Sensitive Santa” visit and photo opportunity provides a sensory sensitive experience with low Christmas carols, dim lights, and trained Santa to ease some of the anxieties that may come with visiting Santa. This is a wonderful opportunity for grown-ups to capture photos of their child with Santa that might not be possible at a busy mall or crowded event. Don’t forget to bring a camera! Pre-register online.

Santa Cares
December 2, 2018  |  9:00 – 11:00am  |  Laguna Hills Mall
Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite – ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies.

OC Autism Breakfast with Santa
December 15, 2018  |  10:00am – 2:00pm  | 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove
The 9th Annual OC Autism Foundation Breakfast with Santa and Resource Fair, through the years, have hosted over 3,000 attendees, featuring a Family Resource Fair, continental breakfast, healthy snacks, refreshing beverages, and live entertainments in a safe and inviting atmosphere for children with Autism and other disabilities and their families and caregivers.

Caring Santa
December 2, 2018  |  9:00 – 10:30am  |  Shops at Mission Viejo
Please join us for a private photo experience for children with special needs and their families. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. The Shops at Mission Viejo will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event.

Caring Santa
December 9, 2018  |  9:00 – 11:00am  |  MainPlace Mall
Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserves your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite – ONE TICKET per group/family, please: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-cares-tickets-51567370393. Event will be held at Santa Set in Macy’s Court.Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase the event, pricing varies by location.

Caring Santa
December 2, 2018  |  9:00 – 10:30am  |  Brea Mall
Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. To reserve your spot, please visit: http://breamall.eventbrite.com/


Hispanic Heritage Events
Los Posada Celebration
December 18, 2018  |  10:00am – 4:00pm  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Feliz Navidad! It’s time to celebrate Las Posadas! This colorful Mexican holiday celebrates the 9 days leading up to Christmas! Join us for some festive activities, art, and events at Pretend City!

Los Posada Celebration
December 9, 2018  |  1:00 – 5:00pm  |  La Habra Children’s Museum
Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas with music & dance performances, storytelling, and candy-filled piñatas. The Read Conmigo team will be here as well giving out free copies of their bilingual children’s book, “Yely’s Holiday Traditions.” Free to CMLH Members and visitors with paid admission.

Tamale Festival
November 25, 2018  |  9:00am – 6:00pm  |  La Habra
You’re invited to the City of La Habra’s 4th annual Tamale Festival. The event, which is the largest tamale festival in Orange County, is held on Euclid St., between La Habra Blvd. and Lambert Rd., as well as in Brio and Portola Parks, which are in that area. Activities will include a tamale contest, dance performances by local studios, and musical performances by Soto, with its top 40, cumbias and salsa tunes, and the Mariachi Divas.  There will be many vendors selling a variety of items, as well as many tamale vendors.

Tamale Festival
December 13, 2018  |  4:00am – 8:00pm  |  Old Town Placentia
2018 marks the 24th year of Orange County’s original tamale festival: the Placentia Tamale Festival & Las Posadas. To celebrate the near-quarter-century life of this community event we’re expanding it to be out biggest and best Tamale Festival yet!

Fiesta Navidad
December 12, 2018  |  8:00pm  |  Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Grammy Award®-winning Mariachi Los Camperos returns to Segerstrom Center with one of Orange County’s most beloved holiday events, Fiesta Navidad. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!
November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019  |  Disney California Adventure Park
Join The Three Caballeros for a colorful street party with musicians, dancers and giant mojiganga puppets

Three Kings Day at Disneyland
January 4 – 7, 2019  |  Disney California Adventure Park
Honoring 3 Wise Kings Bearing Gifts. The Epiphany—or twelfth day of Christmas—is celebrated around the world in many ways. In Mexico, Central and South America the holiday is known as El Día de los Reyes Magos. At the Disney Festival of the Holidays, we’ll mark this festive occasion with enchanting Latin American traditions the whole family will enjoy.

Posada Navideña
December 9, 2018  |  12:00 – 4:00pm  |  Anaheim Marketplace
Celebrate Las Posadas at the Anaheim Marketplace.


Hanukah Events
Chanukah Wonderland & Menorah Lighting
December 2, 2018  |  4:00 – 6:00pm  |  Laguna Niguel City Hall
Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and crafts, as well as your favorite Chanukah, treats – latkes, dreidels, and more! Bring your family, friends, and lots of holiday spirit! Sponsored by the Chabad of Laguna Niguel and City of Laguna Niguel. For more information, visit ChabadLagunaNiguel.com or call (949) 831-7701  FREE

Menorah Lighting at Fashion Island
December 2, 2018  |  3:30 – 5:30pm  |  Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Celebrate Chanukah and the lighting of the menorah at Fashion Island on Sunday, December 2 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Enjoy singing, festive traditions, and sweet treats. This event, in partnership with Chabad Center for Jewish Life, Newport Beach, will be held in the Atrium Garden Courtyard, near Dick’s Sporting Goods and Wahoo’s Fish Taco. FREE

Menorah Lighting at the Outlets of San Clemente
December 9, 2018  | 4:00pm | Outlets at San Clemente
Join us as we celebrate Chanukah with the Chabad Jewish Center of San Clemente. This free family-friendly celebration will include entertainment for children, balloons, traditional activities, hot latkes, doughnuts and gelt. FREE

Ladera Ranch Menorah Lighting
December TBD  |  3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Town Green, Ladera Ranch
Menorah Lighting, songs and Menorah Lighting ceremony, a LARCS Partnership event with the Jewish Community of Ladera Ranch Club, at the Town Green, corner of Sienna Parkway & Mercantile Way. FREE

Hooray for Hanukah
December 2 – 10, 2018 |  10:00am – 4:00pm  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! We’re celebrating Hanukah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have full days of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit! Grown-up Tip: Sing aloud and sing together! The holidays are a great time to introduce your child to songs like Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah! As children sing along, they are learning that songs are a great way to communicate and learn about different cultures.

Menorah Lighting
December 4, 2018 | 3:00 – 6:00pm  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Chabad of Irvine and the Jewish Federation and Family Services will be here to help us celebrate! Join the fun as we create a festive Hanukah inspired art piece. Learn the history of Hanukah, sing Hanukah songs, help make the Menorah and create something fun in the Art Center. Included with Admission


Kwanzaa Events
Festival of Kwanzaa Celebration
December 26, 2018  |  10:00am – 4:00pm  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa at Pretend City! Each day we will light a candle on the Kinara and celebrate a new principle through a variety of activities.


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  1. FYI- some of the events say Friday, December 1st, but December 1st isn’t a Friday ( Cookies with Santa & Irvine Spectrum). Does it start Saturday or the following Friday?

  2. Wow such a comprehensive list, thanks for sharing. Here are some more Holiday Events in the OC you may have missed!

  3. Jennifer says

    Thank you for sharing this. I check your list every year 🙂

  4. Amanda Deno says

    Wonderful round up! Thank you!!

  5. So much fun stuff!!

  6. Does anyone know if there is an exhibit featuring mangers from all over the world. I’ve been to this display before at a latter day saints church and wanted to know if there is one this year and where and when???

    • elise says

      Fri, Dec 1, 5:00 PM – Sun, Dec 3, 9:00 PM
      17500 Bushard St
      17500 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley, CA
      Nativities from around the world.
      Live Nativity every 30 minutes
      Music by local artists
      Free Refreshments

      17500 Bushard st. Fountain Valley – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      (next door to Fountain Valley High School)
      Open house for the public. Great family event for the Christmas Season. Walk through and enjoy the Christmas feeling.

  7. Christina Wilmer says

    Thank so for this. So many options!

  8. Patricia Villagomez says

    Holiday Puppet Extravaganza: Professional puppeteers will perform a show about Eli the energetic elf at Yorba Linda Public Library. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Free. 18181 Imperial Highway. 714-777-2837 or http://www.ylpl.net

  9. Kathy Grubbs says

    Just wanted to mention East Lake Shores as one of the most beautiful holiday areas I’ve seen. 191 homes along the lake are decorated so that reflections off the water double the visual experience. (Yorba Linda Blvd to Village Center Drive to Vista Laguna). Walk around the lake – one mile. Walk or drive up and down each canal – two miles. View the lake from the Club House deck – magnificent. In addition, there is a boat parade the second Saturday and Sunday of each December. Sit along the banks and enjoy the parade. East Lake is lit from Thanksgiving till Jan 10. Come by and check it out. 5325 Village Center Drive. Yorba Linda 92886


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