Newport Landing Boat Parade & Holiday of Lights Cruises Nov. 30-Jan. 1
Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The parade takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday to the third Sunday in December.
Place: Newport Landing Whale Watching
Sawdust Winter Fantasy Through Dec. 22
This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments.
Time and Place: 10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
La Habra Tamale Festival Dec. 1
Tamale contest, dance performances by local studios, and musical performances by Soto, with its top 40, cumbias and salsa tunes, and the Mariachi Divas. There will be many vendors selling a variety of items, as well as many tamale vendors.
Time and Place: 9am-6pm / Euclid Street
Cars & (Santa) Claus Dec. 2
Get a family photo with jolly St. Nick and our red Ferrari, or simply tour the museum with a cup of hot cocoa and brownie.
Time and Place: 10am-2pm / The Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
Contact: 714-258-300 / www.marconimuseum.org
Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 2
We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the “food closets” for the needy, and of course be visited by Santa Claus himself.
Time and Place: 6:30pm / Civic Center Sunken Garden
Cypress Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting Dec. 3
School performances, letters to Santa and veterans, holiday activities, train rides, visits with Santa and refreshments.
Time and Place: 6-10pm / Civic Center Green
La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 4
Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Take a picture with Santa and his elves. Crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won’t want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus!
Time and Place: 4pm / Central Park Amphitheater
West Grove Jingle Jam Dec. 5
Performances, vendors, train rides, Santa and more! Bring a toy donation for Spark of Love for a front line pass to see Santa.
Time and Place: 5-8pm / Eastgate Park, Garden Grove
Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 5
Live music and entertainment. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs. Claus drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
Time and Place: 6:30pm / Brea Civic & Cultural Center
Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 5
“Celebrate Holidays Around the World” Live music, arts & crafts, storytime with Stanton Library, and the lighting of the Stanton Christmas tree.
Time and Place: 6-8pm / Stanton City Hall/Civic Center
Seal Beach Christmas Parade Dec. 6
Our theme this year is “Christmas Movies” and with more than 100 entries and 3,200 participants, Main Street will be alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas.
Time and Place: 7-8:45pm / Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH
Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 6
Tustin Family and Youth Center Kids Corner Preschool, Tustin Dance Center, HBP Dance Extreme, Academy of Dance, CT Middle School Choir and Compass Bible Church. Letters to Santa, Craft Area, Booths, Pictures w/Santa and Tree Lighting.
Time and Place: 6pm / Tustin Library Courtyard
Dana Point Boat Parade of Light Dec. 6-7 & 13-14
Enjoy this holiday extravaganza throughout the harbor each night of the Boat Parade that features carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, and FREE photos with Santa, and culminates with the Boat Parade. Parade begins at 7:30pm.
Time and Place: 4:30pm / Dana Point Harbor
Nights of 1000 Lights Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 19-22
Guests will enjoy a ‘Blue Christmas’ with Elvis. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a make your own ‘smores station. There will also holiday photo booth and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, food available for purchase and holiday shopping in the Garden Shop.
Place: Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar
Contact: 949-673-2261 / www.slgardens.org
Anaheim Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village Dec. 7
Holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, a children’s train ride, free photos with Santa and holiday musical performances by local schools and community groups throughout the day.
Time and Place: 10am-7pm / Downtown Anaheim
Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland Dec. 7
Play in the snow, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment.
Time and Place: 4-7:30pm / St. Isidore Historical Plaza
Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar Dec. 7
Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk.
Time and Place: 10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove, Newport Coast
Winter in the Grove Dec. 7
Holiday refreshments and kids’ activities. $5 unlimited snow slides. Tree lighting. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donate and unwrapped $10 toy and receive two snow slide wrist bands.
Time and Place: 3-7pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove
Fullerton Winter Market Dec. 7
Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa, grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping and visit the beer and wine garden. “Spark of Love” toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters will also be there for those who wish to donate.
Time and Place: 12-4pm / Downtown Fullerton Plaza
Fountain Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 7
Features guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local nonprofit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!
Time and Place: 4:30-8pm / Recreation Center and Sports Park
Contact: 714-839-8611 / www.fountainvalley.org
Candy Cane Land & Craft Faire Dec. 7
This year’s event will once again feature snow slides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and over 100 artisan craft booths.
Time and Place: 10am-4pm / Ehlers Event Center, Buena Vista
Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Dec. 7
Features Santa, entertainment, an artisan craft fair, carnival games, rides, crafts for kids, cookie decorating and more! The Tree Lighting takes place at 5:15pm with free hot chocolate and cookies.
Time and Place: 12-5:30pm / La Plaza Park
Santa’s Village by the Sea Dec. 7
Children’s activities, tree lightings, Santa, shopping and more! Features Holiday Hoopla at the Community Center, Christmas at the Casa, and Puttin’ on the Glitz. City Tree Lighting event with the Mayor will be held at 5:15pm.
Time and Place: See website for schedule of events.
SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 7
Includes dance, orchestra, mariachi and musical theater performances. Holiday activities throughout downtown following the event. Downtown shops will host “Open House” with special sales and complimentary refreshments.
Time and Place: 4:15-9pm / Historic Town Center Park
Irvine Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 7
Celebrate the season as “snow” falls and the community gathers for the holiday tree lighting ceremony. The free event will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and winter-themed train route.
Time and Place: 4-6pm / Irvine Civic Center
Capistrano Lights Dec. 7-Jan. 6
Experience the Mission at Night featuring a nightly tree lighting and music program.
Time and Place: 5:30-6pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Corona del Mar Christmas Walk Dec. 8
High School bands, Fireman’s BBQ, live entertainment, restaurant tastings, beer & wine garden, bouncy houses, Santa Visits and a grand opportunity drawing.
Time and Place: 11am-4pm / Village of Corona del Mar
Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional Dec. 8
Join us for 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. The Main Musical Program and Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15pm.
Time and Place: 3:30pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza
Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair Dec. 8
Features dozens of pet-related vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silentauction, low-cost microchipping, and an opportunity drawing.
Time and Place: 10am-2pm / Irvine Animal Care Center
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade Dec. 14
‘Jingle All the Way’ The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!
Time and Place: 10am / Crown Valley Parkway
Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa Dec. 14
Join Santa for breakfast, crafts, entertainment and photos! Parent participation is required and all participants must be registered.
Time and Place: 9-11:30pm / Yorba Linda Community Center
Live Nativity & International Celebration Dec. 15
Brings together a diverse group of churches, singers, dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.
Time and Place: 6-8pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade Dec. 15
Procession of wheeled vessels sets sail for the VP Towne Centre celebration. Great food, and fun and/or funky vendors, plus musical entertainment await everyone in the Centre, as do special trophies for many unique crafts.
Time and Place: 4pm / Villa Park High School & ends at Towne Centre
Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights Dec. 17-23
Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event.
Contact: 714-840-7542 / www.cruiseoflights.org
Winter Fest OC Dec. 19-Jan. 5
Ice tubing down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area, ice skating on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters.
Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival Dec. 22
Live stage performances and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections!
Time and Place: 12-4pm / 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton