The holiday season is upon us! That means a few extra days off to fill up your calendars with spectacular holiday-themed events this December. Don’t miss out on these December events in Orange County 2015
Friday, December 4th
Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival
December 4 | 5-8:30pm | Town Green in Ladera Ranch | FREE
Photos with Santa, Holiday Performances, Holiday Crafts, Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Fondue, and Winter Themed Photo Opportunities
Performance: South Coast Symphony Presents A Night at the Opera
December 4 | 8pm Start | Soka Performing Arts Center-1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA | $25- 45 depending on seat location “A Night At The Opera” will feature a 70 member orchestra with opera arias, duets, trios and quartets.
Holiday in the Harbor Open House
December 4 | All Day | 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor | FREE
Includes photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, and people painting.
Saturday, December 5th
CCA 19th Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar
December 5 | 10 – 5 pm | Pacific Coast Highway & Los Trancos, Newport Beach, CA | FREE
Crystal Cove Alliance will ring in the season with a “Deck the Cove” winter festival, featuring California’s only coastal holiday tree display
Winter Festival and Tree Lighting
December 5 | 12-7pm | La Plaza Park Pacific Coast Highway, North of Golden Lantern | FREE
Santa, Snow, Reindeer, Crafts, Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Movie and more!
Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5 | 5-6:30pm | Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore Park | FREE
Santa will arrive at the Christmas tree by boat followed by the tree lighting. A musical performance follows with tasty treats and hot cocoa!
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5 | 4-9pm | Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA FREE Features choir, orchestra and dance performances by local high school students
Santa’s Arrival and Boat Parade
December 5 | 4-8pm | Tony’s Sea Landing in Mission Viejo | FREE
Get a picture with Santa and find out if you are on the “Naughty” or Nice” list, then warm your hands by the bonfire on the beach
Christmas at the Mission
December 5 | 5:30-8pm | Mission San Juan Capistrano | Adults $5, Children 4-11 $3, Children under 3 Free
Features a snow play area for kids, an exhibition of local music performance groups, food vendors, holiday shopping, and more!
Sunday, December 6th
Annual Home for the Holiday Pet Adoption Fair
December 6 | 10am-3pm | Irvine Animal Care Center-6443 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine CA | $2 donation suggested
Features 500+ adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, vendors, refreshments, as well as free veterinarian and trainer advice
December 6 | 11 – 4pm | Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA | FREE Live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit!
Annual Boat Parade of Lights
Friday, December 11th
Dana Point Holiday Boat Show
December 11, 12, 18 & 19 | 7:30-9pm | Dana Point Harbor-34555 Golden Lantern | FREE Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards
Saturday, December 12th
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
December 12 | 10am Start | Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park | FREE The Theme for this year’s parade is California Dreamin’
Boat Rides with Santa
December 12 | 10-2pm | Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks, 34675 Golden Lantern | $5 donation suggested
Come aboard for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those Christmas wishes..
Sunday, December 13th
The Santa Stroll
December 13 | 5-7pm | 22062 Antonio Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | $20 donation suggested
Please join the Jessie Rees Foundation for this “fun-raiser” walk supporting Courageous Kids fighting cancer
Wednesday, December 16th
Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
December 16 -20 | 6-9pm | Balboa Peninsula-Newport Beach, CA | FREE
Over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates for the home and business decorating competition