December Events in Orange County 2017
The holiday season is in full swing! Round out the final month of 2017 with these fantastic December events in Orange County.
Laguna Beach Hospitality Night Dec. 1
Downtown merchants, non-profit organizations and the Chamber provide a myriad of activities around downtown along with live musical entertainment, ice skating, strolling Victorian carolers, hot chocolate, tamale sales and more!
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-1018 / www.lagunabeachchamber.org
Newport Beach Holiday Lights Cruises Dec. 1-31
Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving and by the first of December Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates.
Time/Place: 5:30pm, 7pm & 8:30pm / Newport Landing Whale Watching
Contact: 949-675-0551 / www.christmasparadeboats.com
SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities Dec. 2
Pre-show entertainment, a live stage show and official lighting of the Christmas tree.
Time/Place: 4:15-5:45pm / Historic Town Center Park
Contact: 949-493-5911 / www.sanjuanchamber.com
Santa’s Village by the Sea Dec. 2
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, carolers, cookie decorating, and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Time/Place: 5-8pm / See website for schedule.
Christmas at the Mission Dec. 2
Real snow sledding and play area, Dickens Carolers, Children’s and School Choirs, “Merry-achi” Music, Chamber Orchestra, Nativity Scene, Cookie decorating, Tamales, chili, sweets, spiced cider and hot cocoa, Handcrafted gifts and more.
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Dec. 2
Santa visits, carnival games, craft fair, Dana Point Police Services Kid Print ID, face painting, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Express Train, petting zoo, pony rides and the Annual Tree Lighting!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / La Plaza Park
Balboa Village Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 2
Home of the Fun Zone invites you to kick-off the holiday season at the beloved holiday event, Christmas at the Beach. Celebrate the season with the whole family with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony located in the OceanQuest courtyard.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / 600 E Bay Avenue, Newport Beach
Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 2
Snag a cookie, don’t forget a hot drink, admire the beautiful tree and remember to blink. Santa will be there, although a little tardy, he’s never one to miss a good party!
Time/Place: 5-7pm / City Hall
Yappy Howl-iday Celebration Dec. 3
This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. Guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Dana Point
Irvine Winter Wonderland Dec. 3
Games, crafts, music, entertainment and food. Joyful Jingles holiday concert and visit from Santa Claus. Food trucks. Festive tree-lighting that includes “snow” falling over the piazza.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Irvine Civic Center
Corona del Mar Christmas Walk Dec. 3
Live entertainment, food, prizes and games! Petting zoo, beer & wine garden, opportunity drawing and more.
Time/Place: 11am / Village of Corona del Mar
Costa Mesa Home Tour Dec. 7
Meet for a reception with food and music, and then jump aboard the train to visit some of Costa Mesa’s most festively decorated homes.
Time/Place: 3-8pm / Pottery Barn South Coast Plaza
Dana Point Holiday Boat Parade Dec. 8-9 & 15-16
“A Superhero Holiday” Decorated boats light up the harbor with holiday cheer and seasonal activities are offered throughout the harbor.
Time/Place: 4:30-9pm / Dana Point Harbor
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade Dec. 9
View over 100 exciting entries including marching bands, floats, special guests, youth groups, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes and fun attractions!
Time/Place: 10am-Noon / Crown Valley Parkway
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.lagunaniguelparade.com
The Holly Jolly Light Tour Dec. 8-9
Enjoy a VIP reception and then tour the Home Lighting Contest displays aboard a warm comfortable bus.
Time/Place: 6pm & 8pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center
Breakfast with Santa Dec. 9
Join us for a special celebration complete with a scrumptious breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Laguna Hills Community Center
Contact: 949-707-2680 / www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us
Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour Dec. 10
One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns this year with seven uniquely holiday decorated island homes and cottages.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / 331 Marine Avenue
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 13-17
Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air.
Time/Place: 6:30-9pm / Newport Beach Harbor, Bay Island
Inaugural Charity Event 5K Walk/Run/Skip Dec. 16
Bring an unwrapped toy. T-shirt, Medal, & Swag Bag Included to all that pre-register!
Time/Place: 9am / Lake Forest Sports Park
Chanukah Wonderland/Menorah Lighting Dec. 17
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!
Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / Laguna Niguel City Hall
Contact: 949-831-7701 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Winter Fest Dec. 21–Jan. 7
Outdoor ice rink, 130-foot, six lane Snowflake Summit ice slide, a play park featuring real snow, strolling carolers and personal visits in the cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Festival of Lights walk-through holiday light show featuring.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa