Orange County Events December 2018


Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy   Through Dec. 16
Experience unique artwork by 180 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much more!
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-3030

Santas Workshop   Nov. 28-Dec. 19
Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, Ho! Ho! Ho! and a peppermint candy cane. You are welcome to take pictures of your visit. Wed, Sat and Sun.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Civic Center Plaza

Aliso Viejo All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting   Nov. 29
A fun-filled magical family celebration featuring Santa, train rides, carolers and snow!
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / Town Center Fountain

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar   Dec. 1
A holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. Santa, carolers, hot chocolate, cider and home-baked goodies will be provided.
Time/Place: 10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
Contact: 949-376-6200

Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Santa Visits, carnival games, craft fair, face painting, crafts, Lego Santas Village Workshop, the Mini Express train ride, petting zoo, pony rides and the annual tree lighting at 5:15 pm.
Time/Place: 12-5:30pm / La Plaza Park

Lake Forest Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 1
Holiday melodies, cookie decorating, and story-time with Santa to add to the wintertime magic. Registration is required.
Time/Place: 8:30am & 11:30am / City Hall

Winter in the Grove   Dec. 1
Enjoy free seasonal refreshments, children’s activities, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an unforgettable tree lighting ceremony. Unlimited snow slide rides are $5.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove

City of SJCs Annual Christmas Celebration   Dec. 1
Live Nativity, Kids Cookie Decorating & Temporary Holiday Tattoo, Free Photo with Santa, Free Kids Crafts, Christmas Train Ride, Christmas at the Mission and more!
Time/Place: 4-9pm / Historic Town Center Park

Santa Paws   Dec. 1
Bring down your pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation which supports the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / El Torito Courtyard, Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-492-1617

Fullerton Winter Market   Dec. 1
Beer & wine garden, pictures with Santa, artisan craft & design vendors, holiday performances and food. Bring a toy to donate!
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Downtown Fullerton Plaza

Santas Village by the Sea   Dec. 1
Tree Lighting with Santa arriving from a Firetruck. Christmas at the Casa: Holiday entertainment, crafts, cocoa & cookies. Puttin On The Glitz and Community Center Holiday Hoopla.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Contact: 949-218-5378

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 1
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!
Time/Place: 4:30-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park
Contact: 714-593-4400

Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland   Dec. 1
Free snow play, musical entertainment, tree lighting, snow sledding, Santas Village and toy drive for local charities.
Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / St. Isadore Historical Plaza
Contact: 562-430-1073

Rancho Santa Margarita Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Musical performances by The Bridge Church. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived to assist with the tree lighting, they will then be available for photos. Join Mrs. Claus for story hour and a sing-along, dancing elves and a face painting station!

Time/Place: 5pm / Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore Park

Contact: 949-709-0013

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Crafts, sweets, and whimsical treats will be available in the land of snowflakes, candy canes, and sugar plum fairies! Santa will be there, so dont forget your camera!

Time/Place: 5-7pm / City Hall: 30111 Crown Valley Parkway

Contact: 949-425-5100

Yappy Howl-iday Celebration   Dec. 2
Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor while human guests relax with a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail. Proceeds support the Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Dana Point

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession   Dec. 2
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.
Time/Place: 3:30-7pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza

Irvine Winter Wonderland   Dec. 2
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.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Irvine Civic Center

Winter Toy Drive   Dec. 2
The toy drive will include a car show and food sampling. Toys will be donated to local organizations and nonprofits.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Historic Main St., Garden Grove 

Light a Light of Love Holiday Parade   Dec. 2
Parade participants include youth groups, a band, several classic cars, and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus on a Huntington Beach Fire Engine. Entertainment at Pier Plaza, a Taste of Main Street, and a snowflake lighting ceremony at the pier.
Time/Place: 3:30-7pm / Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-842-6600

Tree Lighting at Pines Park   Dec. 3
Santa Visits, holiday characters, carnival games, Lil Dickens Carolers, dog costume parade, tree lighting, hot chocolate, cookies and dog treats.
Time/Place: 3-5pm / 34941 Camino Capistrano

Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 3
We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the food closets for the needy, and of course…be visited by Santa Claus himself.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Civic Center

Cypress Holiday Sing and Tree Lighting   Dec. 4
School Performances, Letters to Santa & Veterans, Holiday Craft, Train Rides, Visits with Santa and Refreshments.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Civic Center/Library/Tennis Courts
Contact: 714-229-6780

Tamale Festival   Dec. 5
Additional festival activities include two stages of live entertainment (Darden Sisters, Groupo Fenix & Mariachi Divas), Christmas Palm Tree Lighting and visits with Santa.
Time/Place: 4-9:30pm / Santa Fe Street, Old Town Placentia
Contact: 714-993-8117

La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting   Dec. 5
Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing-Along.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Central Park Amphitheater
Contact: 714-690-3350

Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 6
Live music and entertainment. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Civic & Cultural Center

Jingle Jam   Dec. 6
Donated toys will go to Spark of Love; those who donate will receive a front of the line pass to see Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Eastgate Park, Garden Grove

Seal Beach Christmas Parade   Dec. 7
The Magic of Christmas Marching bands, dance groups, youth groups, equestrians, classic cars, local businesses, floats, military displays and more.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Main Street

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night   Dec. 7
Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting ceremony at 6:10pm. Community Concert Band, Thurston Middle School Band, Elementary school choirs, arts & crafts, candy canes, community sing-along, live music, and business open houses.

Time/Place: 5-10pm / Peppertree Parking Lot

Contact: 949-497-0304

Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 7
Enjoy holiday carols, stage entertainment, and tree lighting.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Tustin Library Courtyard

Holly Jolly Lights Tour   Dec. 7-8
Your ticket includes an outdoor party with live entertainment, a holiday cookie and hot chocolate, a marshmallow for toasting and a warm fire.
Time/Place: 6pm & 8pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center Plaza
Contact: 949-470-3062

Nights of 1000 Lights   Dec. 7-8
A holiday celebration featuring a dazzling display of lights, live music, visits with Santa, hot chocolate and smores!
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar
Contact: 949-673-2261

Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights   Dec. 7-8 & 14-15
Western Wonderland Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards. Festivities begin at 4:30pm.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Dana Point Harbor

Candlelight Walk   Dec. 7-9
Luminaria-lit paths, historic buildings, and trees aglow with Christmas lighting. Victorian carolers, live entertainment, storytellers, visits with Santa, and refreshments.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-461-3400

Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
Add extra cheer to your holiday this year with a special Breakfast with Santa. The event includes breakfast, crafts, live entertainment and a chance to meet Santa!
Time/Place: 9-11:30am / Yorba Linda Community Center
Contact: 714-961-7100

Laguna Hills Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
Join us for a special celebration complete with a scrumptious breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Community Center & Sports Complex
Contact: 949-707-2680

Westminster Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
After a visit with Santa, enjoy a morning of arts and crafts.  Reservations sell out quickly.
Time/Place: 9-10:30am / Community Services Building
Contact: 714-895-2860

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair   Dec. 9
More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring about 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption. Vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping on-site and an opportunity drawing.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Irvine Animal Care Center
Contact: 949-724-7740

Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade   Dec. 9
An asphalt harbor tour where 50 + vessels travel through Villa Park. Activities at the VP Towne Center following the parade.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Village Park Towne Center

Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour   Dec. 9
Nine uniquely holiday decorated bayfront and island homes. Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate Avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments!
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Balboa Island

Cruise of Lights   Dec. 14-17 & 20-23
Join us for our 45-minute narrated boat tour through the sparkling waterways of Huntington Harbour. See thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes, plus incredible animation. Benefits the Philharmonic Society of Orange Countys nationally recognized Youth Programs.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Huntington Harbour Mall
Contact: 714-840-7542

OC Autism Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 15
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.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Atlantis Play Center, Garden Grove
Contact: 714-203-5213

Christmas and Nativity Play   Dec. 16
Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers & dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival   Dec. 16
Family-friendly activities, Live music, art workshops for children, Arts & crafts sale, an appearance by Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade   Dec. 19-23
The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30pm and will last approximately 3.5 hours. Over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates.
Contact: 949-675-0551


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