100 Christmas and Holiday Events for Families in Orange County

100 Christmas and Holiday Events in Orange County
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now that Halloween is over, i officially declare it to be the holiday season here in Orange County. believe it or not, events are beginning to pop up all around Southern California!  i have compiled a list of over 100 Holiday Events in Orange County, including Christmas events, Hanukkah events and winter celebrations.  all of these events are family-friendly, and take place around the OC and SoCal this holiday season.

so get your calendar out, pick the ones that look the most fun for you and your family, and get ready to make this wonderful season one that your family remembers! (be sure to check back here, as more events will be added to the list as they are announced. and if you have an event you would like to include, please email me.)

Santa Events
Irvine Park Railraod Christmas Train to Santa
November 28th – December 23, 2013  | 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.

Santa Arrival Parade
November 28, 2014  | 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

Breakfast with Santa
December 20, 2014  | 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.  | Anaheim Town Square
tell Santa your holiday wishes and enjoy seasonal music and a traditional breakfast buffet. A to-go candy buffet and Santa photo souvenir are included. Parent supervision is required throughout Santa visits and breakfast.

Pictures with Santa in the Disney Gazebo
Weekends starting November 28, 2014  | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.  | Rogers Gardens
bring in your children and take a professional photo with Santa Claus. Santa will be in the original Disneyland bandstand gazebo waiting to hear every child’s wish for this Christmas season. FREE

Ladera Ranch Santa Visits
December 6, 2014  |  10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  |  Avendale Clubhouse, Ladera Ranch
Santa Visits and Live Nativity Scene Santa Visits. don’t forget to bring your camera. witness the mystery and tradition of the very 1st Christmas at the walk-thru live nativity. FREE

Brunch with Santa
December 6, 2014  |  8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  |  Lake Forest Recreation Center
This popular annual event should be a part of every family’s holiday traditions. Santa invites you and your family to join him for a delicious home-style cooked breakfast and brunch complete with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, and milk. There will be holiday melodies, cookie decorating, and story time with Santa to add to this wintertime magic. Be sure to invite your friends and family as Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves will be on hand to join the fun! Day of registration will not be accepted, so be sure to register early. Santa wants to see everyone!

• Fashion Island Santa Hours
• MainPlace Mall Santa Hours
• Brea Mall Santa Hours
• The Shops at Mission Viejo Santa Hours
• Laguna Hills Mall Santa Hours
• Selfies with Santa at the Irvine Spectrum

Holiday Light Displays in the OC
Dana Point IlluminOcean
November 27, 2014 – January 3, 2015  | sundown – 10:00 p.m. |  Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point’s IlluminOcean, presented by the The Resorts of Dana Point, will electrify the world famous Dana Point Harbor with 40 nights of holiday lights. This wonderland by the sea features a brilliant spectacle of 18 oversized lighting sculptures with over 225,000 LED lights. From octopus and sharks, starfish and surfers, frolicking fish, leaping dolphins, and enchanted mermaids, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree and light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and over a dozen gigantic lighted sculptures – some so large, visitors can walk through them to include the inside of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale’s belly! FREE

• 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

Amusement Parks
Knott’s Merry Farm
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
November 13, 2014 – January 6, 2015

Legoland Holiday Snow Days & Winter Nights
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015


Zoo & Aquarium Events
Holidays with the Critters
December 6, 2014  |  Santa Ana Zoo
the zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland, and guest can see the animals put on their “winter coats.” enjoy winter crafts, stories and handmade decorations.

Holiday Treat with the Animals
December 6 & 7, 2014  |  Aquarium of the Pacific
guests can see Santa dive with sharks and watch the Aquarium’s animals receive  special treats and enrichment gifts during the Holiday Treats for the Animals weekend. enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo opportunities, shopping, and more.

Christmas at the Zoo
December 13, 2014  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  OC Zoo
celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo! you can visit with Santa, listen to story time with Mrs. Claus, make fun crafts, and get your face painted. you will also be able to see the animals receive treats hidden inside Christmas trees and gift boxes!

Seaworld Snowland
November 16, 2013 – January 5, 2014  |  Seaworld San Diego

Jungle Bells
November 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015  |  San Diego Zoo


Tree Lightings
Fashion Island Holiday Tree Lighting
November 14 & 15, 2014  |  6:00 p.m.  | Fashion Island Newport Beach
This complimentary event will be held in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard with exclusive performances and holiday greetings from “The Merriest Place on Earth”. sing along to festive wintertime tunes as Fashion Island’s towering Christmas tree twinkles to life with a custom light display from Disneyland® Resort along with magical snowfall on both evenings. in addition to the tree lighting ceremony, every night at 5:00pm from November 16 through January 4, 2015, enjoy the lighting of Fashion Island’s towering tree, Disney style, as it twinkles to life with custom Disney holiday music and glittering lights. FREE

Nightly Holiday Tree Lighting at Fashion Island
November 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014  |  5:00 p.m.

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
December 6, 2014  |  10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  | 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 Beach Boat Parade
December 17-21, 2014  |  6:30 p.m.  | Newport Harbor
The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.  FREE

Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay and Polar Paradise
November 29, 2014  |  1:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
Enjoy 30 tons of snow with 4 sled hills and a carved ice Santa scene, the perfect photo opportunity for the whole family. From 1pm to 5pm you can visit the science of ice exhibit which explores all aspects of ice and its mysteries and enjoy a train ride around Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. the Lighting of the Bay Program (4 to 6pm) will be starting off this years program with spectacular live performances by OC Song and Dance Group, Corona del Mar High School Choir, and Newport Harbor High School Choir. followed by a special guest appearance and the ceremonious flip of the switch to light up the Back Bay of Newport Beach and kick off the 2014 Holiday Season. stick around for a private movie screening of “The Polar Express” (6 to 8pm). complimentary popcorn, s’mores, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for your enjoyment. parking $10.  FREE

Disney Magical Holiday Lights
November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015 |  Beginning at 5:00 p.m.  | The Irvine Spectrum
the holidays will shine brighter with a unique music and lighting moment each evening throughout the holiday season. with Disney Magical Holiday Lights at Irvine Spectrum Center, Edwards Courtyard comes to life with a tribute to the magical holiday shows of the Disneyland® Resort. Show times begin at 5:30pm and run every hour to closing.  FREE

Balboa Bay Club Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2014  |  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  Balboa Bay Club & Resort
an evening of festivities including the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, live musical performance of holiday songs, holiday cookies, hot beverages and a visit from Santa Claus. Guests are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots Program. FREE

Sand Sculpture Dedication & Tree Lighting at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort
November 30, 2014  |  3:30 p.m.  |  St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point
You’re invited to the 14th Annual Sand Sculpture Dedication and Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year, NBA Legend, 2-time Hall of Famer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Motivational Speaker – Magic Johnson will serve as theTree Lighting Ceremony’s emcee. The Annual Sand Sculpture Dedication will be dedicated by Dana Point’s very own mayor, Lisa Bartlett. During the festive evening, families can admire the massive 8-ton beach themed sand sculpture constructed in the Lobby of the Resort, visit Santa Claus himself, enjoy holiday entertainment, cookies, refreshments, and purchase raffle tickets to enter to win exclusive St. Regis prizes! FREE

Dana Point Tree Lighting and Winter Festival
December 6, 2014  |  12:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  La Plaza Park, Dana Point
City of Dana Point event including Cookie Decorating, Santa’s Reindeer, Holiday Craft Fair and much more! FREE

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Procession
December 7, 2014  |  3:30 p.m.  |  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 2, 2014  |  4:30 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Town Green, Ladera Ranch
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 5, 2014  |  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

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting
December 6, 2014  |  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  Laguna Niguel City Hall
this holiday event includes music, entertainment, activities for kids, an appearance by Santa Claus and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree. Get into the spirit of giving by donating a new toy that will go to military families. FREE

Tustin Tree Lighting
December 5, 2014  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Tustin City Hall
this holiday event includes music, entertainment, activities for kids, an appearance by Santa Claus and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree. FREE

Mission Viejo Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5, 2014  |  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  |  Kaleidescope, Mission Viejo
enjoy a special Theater in the Round presented by the South Coast Freestyle Dance Training Center for our 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. be entertained by over 75 dancers in their performance of A Candyland Christmas. Ring in the holiday with cheer with the St. Kilian Choir as they help us light up our holiday tree. plus, a special appearance by the jolly man in his big red suit! FREE

Garden Grove Tree Lighting
December 2, 2013  |  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  | Garden Grove Village Green
the event features live entertainment and holiday refreshments, culminating with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a spectacular tree lighting and a flurry of winter snow.  FREE

Hometown Heroes Tree Lighting at the Richard Nixon Library
December 8, 2013  |  11:30 a.m.  |  Richard Nixon Library
the Nixon Foundation will honor Orange County’s heroes who lost their lives in serving our country. in remembrance of the fallen soldiers, family members can hang a personal ornament on the special Hometown Heroes Christmas tree. FREE

La Habra Tree Lighting
December 1, 2014  |  6:00 p.m.  |  La Habra City Hall
this holiday event will feature a choir performance and lighting of the City’s Christmas tree. FREE

Citadel Outlets Tree Lighting
November 8, 2014  |  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  La Habra City Hall
Come watch us light the tallest Christmas Tree in the World at Citadel Outlets! an estimated 20,000 attendees will flock to the Citadel Outlets to witness the lighting of the record-breaking world’s tallest Christmas tree (115-ft) and experience a FREE outdoor concert with performances by After Romeo, Josh Levi, Cimorelli, Christina Grimmie, and Jana Kramer! FREE


Special Events
Sawdust Art Festival’s 23rd Annual Winter Fantasy
Weekends November 22 – December 21, 2014   |  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  |   Laguna Beach
festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations. 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.

Candy Caneland & Craft Festival
December 6, 2014   |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |   Walter D. Ehlers Community Recreation Center, Buena Park
bring your friends and family to enjoy delicious food and visit over 100 craft booths! The event will feature live entertainment, games, a craft area for kids, pictures with Santa Claus, and our famous snow slides! FREE

Christmas in the Cages
December 14, 2014   |  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  |   Ranchos Las Lomas
the 5th annual Christmas in the Cages holiday event benefits the exotic resident animals of the Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation. this family oriented holiday event includes lunch and an abundance of holiday fun! there will be crafts for children, visit from Santa, holiday performances and music, shopping opportunities, along with educational animal interactions for everyone’s enjoyment. One highlight of the day is watching Lily our white Bengal tiger open her presents! Kick off the holiday season with Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation and its’ beautiful grounds and animals.

Adventure to Santa by Dreamworks
November 15 – December 24, 2014   |   Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamunga
this magical adventure takes you on an unforgettable journey to the North Pole to visit Santa. world-renowned artists, storytellers and innovators from DreamWorks Animation have created a 15 minute, thrilling hands-on experience unlike any other. did i mention Shrek leads the way? FREE

Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
December 7, 2014   |  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |   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

Victorian Christmas
December 6, 2014  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   |  Heritage Hill Historical Park
Come and see the park’s buildings decorated for the holidays and enjoy holiday entertainment, children’s crafts, historical exhibits, and visits with Santa!

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
December 13 & 14, 2014  |  Huntington Harbour
it’s that time of year to get excited about the upcoming boat parade, where you have the opportunity to view our traditional favorites, while adding new, unique and exciting entries. ‘Music in Paradise’ is the theme and this means that decorators will have a wide list of motifs from which to choose. there are certainly many different forms and traditions of music from different cultures. Pick your favorite and ‘run with it.’ FREE

Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade
December 5 & 6, 2014  |  Dana Point Harbor
In celebration of our 40 years of lighting the holiday season up with the boat parade, this year’s theme goes big with “FANTASEA HOLIDAY” in conjunction with a new and exciting event to be held in Dana Point Harbor called “ILLUMINOCEAN”. Showcasing the rich maritime history, sealife and activities found in Dana Point. While others dream of these fantaseas, Dana Point lives the dream everyday. The Harbor will be lit up like never before! FREE

Boat Rides with Santa
December 6 & 7, 2014  | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. |  Dana Wharf
Santa and his helpers listen to Christmas wishes during this 20-minute harbor cruise. Bring your camera and enjoy the tradition Dana Wharf has offered families for generations. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservations required!

Christmas at the Beach
December 6, 2013  |  2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  |  ExploreOcean
Balboa Village becomes a holiday experience. Enjoy a complimentary horse drawn carriage ride around the village, participate in holiday arts and crafts and enjoy holiday music and movies showing in the ExplorOcean galleries along with other Fun Zone attractions, retailers and restaurants. The annual tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00pm, and don’t miss a special visit from Santa and sounds of Christmas carolers spreading the holiday spirit. FREE

Candlelight Walk
December 13 & 14, 2014  |  5:30 – 8:30 p.m.   |  Heritage Hill Historical Park
Experience an enchanted evening with luminaria-lit paths, historical buildings aglow with holiday lights and period decorations. There will be performers in each building along with strolling carolers and visits with Santa. $3

Mason Park Wintertime Celebration
December 18, 2013  |  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.   |  Mason Regional Park
Come help Mason Regional Park celebrate the winter season! Join the choir from Vista Verde School in singing holiday carols, decorating a tree, and enjoying festive yuletide refreshments. FREE

Huntington Beach Light a Light of Love Parade
December 7, 2014  |  4:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  Huntington Beach Pier & Main 
Light a Light of Love is a Children’s and Family focused parade with local youth groups and Santa Claus along with Mrs. Santa arriving on the city of HB fire engine. The Light of Love portion includes switching the lights on the Huntington Beach Pier for the holiday season. Kids can pictures taken with Santa. Proceeds benefit the CSP Youth Shelter, a vary worthwhile cause!

Holiday Snowland
December 13, 2014 |  9:00 – 12:00 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

Pacific Island Holiday Festival
November 8 & 9, 2014  |  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   |  Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley
The Pacific Island Holiday Festival is an annual community event jointly produced by Hālau Hula Lani Ola & the Pacific Islander Health Partnership. Featured live continuous entertainment by a variety of southern California groups of various Pacific Rim cultures will include traditional Hawaiian hula; Polynesian dance; Taiko drums, and more! Delicious Island‑style foods will be available, and vendor booths will offer an opportunity to do some great holiday shopping. There will also be booths offering promotional information from community organizations, local businesses, and sponsors. FREE

Santa Celebration
December 7, 2013 |  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon  |  Westminster Mall
Kidgits celebrate Santa in the Target Court for a bounce house, arts and crafts, and prizes! also be celebrate the release of Despicable Me on Blu-Ray™ and DVD December 10th. Grab your minion headband and come have fun making your own Despicable Me 2 holiday ornament and even your own minion food! FREE

Snow Wonderland
December 6, 2014  |  12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  |  Anaheim Marketplace
get into the Christmas Spirit and play in the snow! The Marketplace will have over 25 tons of snow for families to play in. there will be live entertainment, free hot chocolate, crafts, and a bunch of Giveaways.

Santa Hustle 5k and 1/2 Marathon
December 14, 2014  |  all day  |  Knott’s Berry Farm
Santa Claus is runnin’ and coming to your town! Jingle all the way through the course with candy and cookies, festive music, creative Christmas images, and so much more all designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood. New this year for Santa Hustle includes a men or women’s dri-fit sweatshirt along with a Santa hat and beard.

The Chill
November 21, 2014 – January 11, 2015  |  Queen Mary, Long Beach
An experience like no other, CHILL transforms over two million pounds of sparkling ice into larger than life hand carved colorful ice sculptures in the 14,000 square-foot Igloo called The Ice Kingdom, located inside the Queen Mary’s Dome, formerly home to the legendary Spruce Goose. The Ice Kingdom will feature a California holiday theme complete with breaking waves, dancing dolphins and a Surfing Santa. Get lost in the life size candy cane forest, explore the penguin village and slip down three ice slides off of a 30’ high replica of The Queen Mary.


Museum & Library Fun
The Science of Gingerbread
November 28, 2014 – January 5, 2014 |  Discovery Science Center
See award-winning Gingerbread Competition entries, participate in hands-on kitchen science activities, find out all about kitchen tools,Gingerbread recipe science and more

Christmas Countdown
December 12, 2014 |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
time to begin the 12 Days of Christmas Countdown! the weeks leading up to Christmas are an exciting, magical time that can seem almost endless for young children! Pretend City’s daily morning activities will help channel your young child’s anticipation into simple activities that celebrate the holiday.

Mommy & Me Frosty Treat Cooking Class
December 22, 2014 |  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
The holidays are a time to bring the family together. With so many fun treats that can be made why not come together in the kitchen! Cooking with children is something not all grown-ups are comfortable with, not to worry! Child Development Specialist, Kunaal Kumar, is here to help guide grown-ups through the process of cooking with kids. Children will delight in making frosty, winter themed treats like Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips, Snowman Pizza, and a refreshing water infused with wintery yumminess.

Trains, Trees and Traditions
November 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014 |  The Richard Nixon Library
The exhibit takes visitors through a whistling wonderland of model trains to celebrate a time when little locomotives would round the tracks underneath Christmas trees all across America. scattered throughout the museum are 24 breathtaking Christmas trees decorated with more than 5,000 colorful ornaments and 13,000 sparkling lights.

Breakfast with Santa
December 6 & 7, 2014  |  La Habra Children’s Museum
spend the morning with Santa Claus, enjoy yummy breakfast treats, make an ornament for your tree, and take the classic Santa photo!

Candy Cane Making Demonstrations
Logan’s Candies  |  Ontario


Arts & Theater
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 10 – 14, 2014  | Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Originally conceived by the three time Tony Award-winning director, Jack O’Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Who’s. Don’t miss this record-breaking Broadway hit this holiday season.

Nutcracker for Kids
December 13, 2014  |  10:00 a.m.  | Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Hall
the event features live entertainment and holiday refreshments, culminating with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a spectacular tree lighting and a flurry of winter snow.

Clara’s Tea Party
November 9, 2014 | 3:00 -5:00 p.m.  | Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine
Enjoy a Nutcracker Ballet experience complete with Pre and Post Performance Activities. visit Clara’s Tutu Tent before and during intermission for special offerings that will include photo opportunities, music, gourmet treats and more!

Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
December 20-23, 2014  | Northwood Performing Arts Center in Irvine
Enjoy a Nutcracker Ballet experience complete with Pre and Post Performance Activities. visit Clara’s Tutu Tent before and during intermission for special offerings that will include photo opportunities, music, gourmet treats and more!

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 12-24, 2013  | Goldenwest College
For the 38th consecutive year, Ballet Repertory Theatre happily returns with its exuberant full-length Nutcracker. Nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes gracefully bring to life beloved holiday music with the help of vibrant sets and props.

The Festival Theater: The Nutcracker
December 12-24, 2014  |  Irvine Barclay Theatre
Festival Ballet Theatre’s breathtaking production features superb colorful sceneries and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new!


Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
• Olaf’s FROZEN Ice Skating Rink in Downtown Disney
• Irvine Spectrum Ice Skating Rink
• The Chill at the Queen Mary

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

Special Needs Friendly Events
Sensitive Santa Visit & Sensory Holiday Celebration
December 17th  |  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
a special “Sensitive Santa” visit and photo opportunity, specially designed to provide a sensory sensitive experience with low Christmas carols, dim lights, and trained Santa and helpers to ease some of the anxieties that may come with visiting Santa. must register.

Hispanic Heritage Events
Los Posada Celebration
December 15, 2013  |  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
families to celebrate the first day of this 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Through special activities and events your children will have a better understanding of the history of this celebration in which so many partake.

Fiesta Navidad
December 4, 2014  |  8:00 p.m.  |  Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano returns to the Center to celebrate the holidays “mariachi style.”Take a musical journey through the various regions of Mexico, bringing the pageantry and excitement of Mexican holiday traditions to life. This unique concert begins with the time-honored petition for lodging (La Posada), followed by mariachi music selections, and concludes with a sing-along of holiday favorites such as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz,” and more.

Hanukah Events
Chanukah Wonderland & Menorah Lighting
December 1, 2013  |  3:30 p.m.  |  Laguna Niguel City Hall
A blizzard of holiday fun for the whole family! Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and crafts as well as your favorite Chanukah treats – latkes, dreidles, and more! Bring your family, friends, and lots of holiday spirit!  FREE

Menorah Lighting at Fashion Island
December 16, 2013  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Chanukah Entertainment by Friendship Circle Choir & Orange Jewce Band, Dreidles & Doughnuts, Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Gifts & Treats for kids and Chanukah Crafts. Bring an unwarped gift for community toy drive. FREE

Ladera Ranch Menorah Lighting
December 14, 2014  |  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

Festival of Lights
December 1st  |  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  La Habra Children’s Museum
celebrate international festivals of lights including Diwali, Hanukkah and Las Posadas. Make beautiful crafts reflecting these traditions. activities will include storytelling, music and sweet treats.  FREE

Countdown Hanukkah Celebration
Date TBD |  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
there are many symbols associated with Hannukah. this is your opportunity to come and learn more about many of the symbols through engaging activities that are sure to have your little ones delighted while wanting to learn more about this special holiday

Hanukkah Story Time
December 7, 2014  |  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Barnes and Noble, Costa Mesa
come enjoy a special Hanukah story time for kids! FREE

Hooray for Hanukkah Celebration
December 1st  |  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  |  Pretend City Children’s Museum
Celebrate Hanukkah at Pretend City! These rich and diverse circle times will teach your child about the Hanukkah miracle and traditional symbols. Games, finger-play rhymes, art projects, and activities are part of the fun!

Menorah Lighting
December 3, 2013  |  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  Westminster Mall
By the lower level near Target


  1. My girlfriend will give me extra gingerbread cookies for the things you’ve helped me plan! Thank you,


  2. Great thing is the fact that most of the events are free of charge. Thanks!

  3. Barbara says

    i’ve never seen your blog before but I found it today and was very appreciative of the work you put in compiling the holiday events. Thank you for including Hanukkah events as well. The Chabad’s do Menorah Lightings as well – one at the Spectrum and one at the district and I think one at UCI, so you may want to include those events.
    Also, I was a bit surprised not to see the South Coast Plaza tree lighting at the Westin this past November. It’s a wonderful full show featuring singers and dancers from the Orange County School of the arts (my son is a dancer there) and attracts hundreds and hundreds of people.

  4. Nancy says

    Seriously your blog is the best and thank you for this wonderful holiday list!

  5. Use the word “CHRISTMAS!”

  6. I think Holiday Snowland is Dec 13 not 14 🙂

  7. Katherine says

    There is a great festival of trees at the Order of the Eastern Star Senior Living Community. Santa will be there. Great decorated trees, crafters, food trucks, and more. It is the first weekend of December in Yorba Linda. It is free to attend.

  8. Just FYI. The dana point boat parade is in the dana point harbor not Huntington harbor.


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