• Parisa Houshangi
  • 12/1/23

The Holiday Gem Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes, and a whimsical
set, Santa Claus, his tap-dancing elves, and a cast of talented
performers kick off the season in true holiday fashion!
See website for schedule. / The GEM Theatre, Garden Grove
714-741-9550 /


Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy Through Dec. 17

Shop handcrafted gifts of art, stages with live entertainment,
photos with Santa, winter themed art classes, a petting zoo,
puppet shows, falling snow, carolers and more.
10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
949-494-3030 /


Newport Dunes Fire & Ice Festival Nov. 24-Jan. 1

This will be the 33rd year with over 50 lights floating in the Back
Bay. We’ve added one of OC’s largest ice rinks. On weekend
enjoy live entertainment including fire dancers & music.
4-11:30pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
949-729-3863 /


Winter Fest OC Nov. 24-Jan. 7

This year, we’re introducing an outdoor ice skating trail and
a real snow play area, including snowball throwing zones,
sledding and a snow carousel for the little ones. Also, we’ve
got an all-new holiday market featuring talented local artisans.
OC Fair & Event Center – Lot A


Buena Park Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 1

Entertainment, festivities, and even a visit from Santa Claus
himself! Performances from local schools. Food trucks will be
serving up tamales, hot chocolate and more!
6pm / Buena Park City Hall


Ladera Ranch Winter Fest Dec. 2

Join us for an afternoon of fun winter-themed activities, pictures
with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and more. Attendees are encouraged
to bring an unwrapped toy.
2-5pm / Town Green


Puttin' on the Glitz Dec. 2

An evening of late-hours holiday shopping & dining, live music,
carolers, sweet treats, street musicians, and community vendor
booths offering fun for the whole family. Don't miss Santa's
arrival! He'll drive down Avenida Del Mar at 4pm.
4-8:30pm / Downtown San Clemente


Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland Dec. 2

Snow play, ice skating, tree lighting, snow sledding, Santa's
village, and musical entertainment.
4-7:30pm / St. Isidore Historical Plaza
562-430-1073 /


Santa Ana Winter Village: Tree lighting Ceremony Dec. 2

The community can look forward to a light show, ice skating, and
photo opportunities with Santa.
5-8pm / Civic Center Plaza


Mission Viejo Gingerbread Bash/Tree Lighting Dec. 2

Gingerbread houses provided. Enjoy taking photos on Santa’s
sleigh, writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in his mailbox, and
decorating an ornament to hang on Oso Creek’s tree.
3-5:30pm / Oso Creek Golf Course
949-470-4997 /


RSM Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 2

Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and holiday crafts while
waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival by boat.
5-7pm / Lago Santa Margarita RSM Lake


Winter in the Grove Dec. 2

Free refreshments, kids activities, and food available for purchase.
3-7pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove
714-741-5200 /


Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 2

Experience the holiday magic with an evening full of games, crafts,
performances, Christmas treats, and a visit from Santa.
5-8pm / City Hall


Irvine Holiday Market Dec. 2-3

It will feature a curated selection of 25 vendors whose handmade
offerings span jewelry, ceramics, folk-crafts, clothing, and more.
Sat 3-7pm, Sun 10am-3pm / Great Park Hangar 244
949-724-6880 /


LaBREWdors and Friends Holiday Festival Dec. 3

Join us for our 3rd Annual LaBREWdors and Friends Holiday
Festival at Stereo Brewing. We will have adoptable dogs, local
vendors, craft beer, raffle prizes, photos with Santa and MORE!
12-4pm / Stereo Brewing, Placentia


Corona del Mar Christmas Walk Dec. 3

Live entertainment staging over 17 local bands. Santa’s Visits and
Snapshots. Beer & Wine Gardens. Unique Vendor Gifts. Children’s
Activities. Merchant & Restaurant Promotions.
11am-5pm / Pacific Coast Highway
949-673-4050 /


Light a Light of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony Dec. 3

Join Waymakers in shedding a light on OC's children this holiday
season with your support of sponsoring a snowflake!
4-7pm / Downtown Huntington Beach
714-842-6600 /


Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession Dec. 3

3:30-7pm / Plaza Park
714-744-2225 /


Brea Holiday Car Show Dec. 3

Street Rods, Musclecars, Trucks, Exotics, Sports Cars, Antiques.
Benefiting CHiP’s for Kids Toy Drive.
10am-4pm / Downtown Brea


HO, HO, HOliday Concert Dec. 3

Featuring the Tremble Clefs.
3:30pm / Laguna Country United Methodist Church


Anaheim Nutcracker Holiday Village/Tree Lighting Dec. 3

Guests will enjoy a variety of holiday happenings, including
dog costume contest, holiday crafts, unique shopping,
pictures with Santa, and the tree lighting.
Village 12pm, Tree Lighting 6pm / Downtown Anaheim
714-765-4311 /


Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 4

Arts & crafts, games, food trucks, and visit with Santa. There
will also be performances from various community groups!
5:30-7:30pm / Civic Center Sunken Garden
714-895-2860 /


Pines Park Tree Lighting Dec. 4

Santa and his elves will be arriving at Pines Park on his Jolly
Trolley to hand out pre-packaged treats for children up to 12
years of age. Features carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and
the annual tree lighting at 5:15pm.
4:30-5:30pm / 34941 Camino Capistrano, Dana Point


Cypress Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting Dec. 5

Performances from local schools. Visits with Santa and Mrs.
Claus. Train rides. Games. Holiday Crafts & Activities. Letters
to Santa, cards to Veterans. And More!
6pm / Civic Center Green


La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 6

Mr. & Ms. Claus will arrive before the Ceremony so families will
have an opportunity to visit. There will also be arts and crafts,
a letter to Santa station, and more!
4-6pm / Central Park Pavilion


Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 7

Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities, our Holidays Around
the World displays and the lighting of the Christmas tree. You
won't want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus!
6:30-8:30pm / City Hall


Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 8

Ring in the holiday season with Photos with Santa, community
stage performances, children's activities, vendors, and more.
6-8:30pm / Old Town Tustin


Military Family Holiday BBQ Dec. 8

The San Clemente COC, City of San Clemente, Fisherman's
Restaurant & Bar, Rod’s Tree Service, Marine Monument
at Park Semper Fi and Left Coast Brewing Co. will host a
holiday BBQ celebration for the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine
Regiment and their families at Camp Pendleton. The
chamber is accepting gifts for the marines and their children.
11:30am-2pm / San Onofre campgrounds
949-492-1131 /


Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade Dec. 9

Cars, marching bands, and more! Be sure to stick around to
see Santa pay the City a visit!
10am-12pm / Crown Valley Pkwy
949-425-5100 /


Rossmoor Winter Festival Dec. 9

Live music, snow play area, kids carnival, food trucks, craft
vendors, and holiday fun!
4-10pm / Rush Park


Yorba Linda Breakfast With Santa Dec. 9

Families are invited to make special memories in our winter
wonderland that will include breakfast, crafts, entertainment,
and a special one one-on-one visit with Santa!
9-11:30am / Yorba Linda Community Center
714-961-7100 /


Westminster Breakfast With Santa Dec. 9

Bring your family to enjoy breakfast, activities and crafts at
our annual event. Walk in registrations will NOT be accepted.
9-10:30am / Community Services Bldg. - E/W Room
714-895-2860 /


Candy Caneland Fair Dec. 9

Entertainment, food, games, free raffles, and the thrills of
our snow slide. For the first time ever you will be able to
glide the day away in our synthetic ice rink! Discover unique
treasures at our Craft Faire featuring over 100 artisans. Santa
Claus will be in attendance this year!
10am-4pm / Ehlers Event Center


Nights of 1000 Lights Dec. 9-22

Stroll along the Rainbow Trail, past the Lollypop Woods
and the Gumdrop Mountains, through the Peppermint Stick
Forest, and the glistening light tunnel, on your way to the
Candy Heart Carnival, featuring carnival games for kids.
Sherman Gardens, Corona del Mar


Aliso Viejo Sunday with Santa Dec. 10

Event is only for current AVCA residents.
11:30am-3:30pm / Wedgewood - Aliso Viejo Center
949-243-7750 /


Laguna Niguel Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting Dec. 10

Chabad of Laguna Niguel and the City of Laguna Niguel
are excited to celebrate this tradition by bringing live
entertainment, activities, crafts, and your favorite treats!
4-6pm / City Hall Community Room
949-425-5100 /


Ladera Ranch Menorah Lighting Dec. 10

This year LARCS is partnering with local organizations,
including Temple Beth El South Orange County to create an
evening of community with music, dancing, dreidels, crafts,
candle lighting, and traditional Hanukkah snacks!
4-6pm / Town Green


Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour Dec. 10

Explore eight beautifully holiday decorated homes and
cottages at your own pace that will surely spark holiday cheer!
11am-4pm / Balboa Island
949-536-6500 /


Come to Christmas as a Child Dec. 10

Benefit concert for Family Assistance Ministries.
4pm / Our Savior's Lutheran Church, San Clemente


Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 13-17

Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and
canoes sail along the harbor.
6:30pm / Newport Harbor
949-729-4400 /


Cruise of Lights Dec. 16-23

Both locals and visitors share the beauty of thousands of
lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes,
docks, decks and boats.
5:30-7:30pm / Huntington Harbour Mall
714-840-7542 /

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