Looking for something fun to do this winter? Check out our list of Southern California events for December 2014!
Monday, December 1
Holiday Tree Lighting – Laguna Beach
4:30 PM. 30801 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651. FREE. Features photos with Santa, holiday carolers, hot cocoa, children’s activities and live music followed by the tree lighting.
Friday, December 5
Hospitality Night – Laguna Beach
5-10PM. Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach. FREE. Ice skating rink at U.S. Bank, live music, free movie at the theater at 9:15PM – “It’s a Wonderful Beautiful Life.” Trolly rides all night!
Saturday, December 6
Breakfast with Santa at The Bell Tower Regional Community Center – Rancho Santa Margarita
8:00AM – 10:00AM. 22232 El Paseo Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. $5 – $10 for admission. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, story time with Santa and special holiday crafts. Professional photos with Santa will be available for purchase.
18th Annual “DECK THE COVE” Tree lighting & Holiday Bazaar at Crystal Cove – Newport Beach
9:00AM – 5:30PM. Pacific Coast Hwy & Los Trancos Newport Beach, CA. FREE. Pay homage to Crystal Cove’s rich history with retro holiday decor and a unique spin on a fun family tradition in this fun holiday event.
Sunday, December 7
Light a Light of Love at Pier Plaza – Huntington Beach
3:30PM – 7:00PM. 325 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA. FREE. An annual event that includes entertainment at Pier Plaza, a Taste of Main Street, and a snowflake lighting ceremony at the pier.
Christmas Walk – Corona del Mar
11:00AM – 4:00PM. Pacific Coast Hwy. Corona del Mar, CA. FREE. “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people for live entertainment, food, prizes, and games in true holiday spirit!
Wednesday, December 10
Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” the MUSICAL – Costa Mesa
December 10 – 14. 600 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa, CA. $29 admission. Prepare to leave the theater with that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling as the critically acclaimed Broadway musical production takes center stage.
Friday, December 12
Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker at Barclay Theatre – Irvine
December 12 – 24. 4242 Campus Drive. Irvine, CA. Tickets: $45 adults, $42 seniors 65+, $40 children 12 and under. A timeless, spectacular holiday tale about a girl on a journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets into the Sugarplum Fairy’s glorious kingdom!
Saturday, December 13
2014 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade – Laguna Niguel
10:00AM. The parade is on Crown Valley Pkwy between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park. FREE. The theme for this year’s parade is “Silver Bells – Golden Dreams” and will include some of the biggest attractions in the nation!
Huntington Harbor Boat Parade – Huntington Beach
December 13 & 14. 5:15PM. 16370 Pacific Coast Hwy. Huntington Beach, CA. FREE. Take in the spectacle as beautifully decorated boats parade through the harbor to celebrate the holiday season at the 52nd anniversary.
Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party with Pastry Chef at the Island Hotel – Newport Beach
11AM. 690 Newport Center Drive. Newport Beach, CA. Admission: $75 per child. Enjoy holiday treats while taking part in a culinary class. Children will create their own gingerbread house to enjoy at home all season long
Sunday, December 14
18th Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour – Balboa Island
11:00AM – 4:00PM. $25 admission. The most loved holiday home walking tour returns with seven uniquely decorated homes that will surely ignite the holiday spirit.
Wednesday, December 17
Newport Beach Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises – Balboa Peninsula
December 17 – 21. Cruise times: 5:30PM, 7:00PM, & 8:30PM. 309 Palm St. Newport Beach, CA. Admission $20-$32 for cruises. Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations as the harbor is richly illuminated with thousands of lights and hundreds of themed estates.
Wednesday, December 24
IlluminOcean – Dana Point Harbor
All month long. 10:00PM. 34415 Park Lantern. Dana Point, CA. This wonderland by the sand shines bright as Southern California’s nightly must-“sea” event puts an imaginative twist on a holiday lighting tradition
Thursday, December 25
A Christmas Carol 35th Annual Production – South Coast Repertory – Costa Mesa
All month long. 655 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa, CA. Admission: $21. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dicken’s classic, starring everyone’s favorite, Ebenezer Scrooge.
‘ Wednesday, December 31
White & Gold New Year’s Even Dinner Party & Cocktail Soiree – Fashion Island – Newport Beach
9PM. 401 Newport Center Dr. Suite 151. Newport Beach, CA. Four-course prix-fixe dinner. $150 per person. Toast to the New Year with French Riviera-inspired cuisine, featuring an exclusive four course dinner and countdown to 2015