Embrace the festive spirit and usher in the holiday season with a myriad of enchanting events in Orange County this December! As the year comes to a close, the region transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling lights and the unmistakable scent of holiday cheer. From heartwarming breakfasts with Santa to dazzling light parades, Orange County has something for everyone to enjoy during this magical time of the year.
Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony Monday, December 4, 2023
5:30 -7:30 pm
Ring in the season with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Taking place at our Westminster Civic Center, this event will include fun activities for the whole family, live entertainment, food vendors, and a visit from the big man himself, Santa!
Westminster Civic Center
8200 Westminster Blvd
Placentia Tamale Festival
December 7, 2023
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Placentia Santa Fe Merchants Association and the City of Placentia are proud to bring you the annual Tamale Festival to be held in Old Town Placentia in the 100-200 blocks of Santa Fe Street.
The event will feature live entertainment, food and tamale vendors, non-profit booths, business booths, a beer garden, pictures with Santa Claus, a Holiday Tree Lighting, and a kid’s games area.
Santa Fe Street
Westminster Santa on the Go December 8, 9 & 16, 2023
Santa will be popping up at our local parks to host some holiday-time fun! Come join him for crafts, treats, activities, pictures with Santa, and more!
LOCATIONS & TIMES:
Friday, December 8, 2023
Sigler Park: 6-7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2023Westminster Village Park: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Saturday, December 16, 2023
Coronet Park: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Westminster Park: 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Westminster Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 9, 2023
Santa Claus will make a special trip to Westminster to have breakfast with children and their families.
Bring your family to enjoy breakfast, activities, and crafts at our traditional event. The cost is $15.00 per person and includes breakfast, crafts, and a small stocking for each child.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. All family members in attendance must be pre-registered. We expect this event to sell out soon, so please sign up today. Walk-in registrations will NOT be accepted
Community Services Building
8200 Westminster Blvd
Newport Beach/Newport Bay Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
December 13-17, 2023
FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours. Over 250 ships participate in the parade, along with hundreds of waterfront estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, with an entry fee for participating boats. Over a million and a half people view the parade each year.
For those of you who would like to be in the parade, both Newport Landing and Davey’s Locker will offer general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.
LOCATIONS FOR CRUISES: December 2-31, 2022
Offered nightly (check websites for times)
309 Palm – Suite A, Newport Beach CA 92661
400 Main St., Newport Beach, CA 92661