December is here, what fun is going on all over the county !!!
Here are just a few exciting events to get in the holiday spirit and see the beauty displayed in so many places around town.
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 / www.sawdustartfestival.org
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 Contact: www.cityofmissionviejo.org
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 Contact: www.cityofalisoviejo.com
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 / www.crystalcove.org
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, childrens 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 / www.petprojectfoundation.org
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 / www.villagesanclemente.org
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 / www.fountainvalley.org
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 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org
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 / www.samlarc.org
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 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
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 / www.waymakersoc.org
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 / www.cypressrec.org
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 / www.placentia.org
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 / www.cityoflapalma.org
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
Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 6
Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, story time with the Stanton Library, and the lighting of the Stanton Central Park Christmas tree. An early visit from Santa Claus!
Time/Place: 6-7:30pm / Central Park
Seal Beach Christmas Parade Dec. 7
The Magic of Christmas Marching bands, dancing 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 / www.visitlagunabeach.com
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 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org
Nights of 1000 Lights Dec. 7-8
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 / www.slgardens.org
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 and 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 / www.lakeforestca.gov
Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8
Add extra cheer to your holiday this year with a special Breakfast with Santa. Event includes breakfast, crafts, live entertainment and chance to meet Santa!
Time/Place: 9-11:30am / Yorba Linda Community Center
Contact: 714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov
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 / www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us
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 / http://www.westminster-ca.gov
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 / www.irvineanimals.org
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 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 / www.cruiseoflights.org
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 / www.ocautism.org
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 / www.oldworld.ws
Muckenthaler Holiday Festival Dec. 16
Family-friendly activities, Live music, art workshops for children, Arts & crafts sale, appearance by Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton Contact: www.themuck.org
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 / www.christmasboatparade.com
Find even more events and activities at http://orangecounty.net
Have a wonderful holiday season with your family, friends and loved ones.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!