The holidays are here, and you know what that means – lots of holiday fun! Holiday events are happening across Orange County - from Christmas tree lightings to holiday parades and cruises, December is packed with special seasonal events and holiday cheer! Here is a sampling to get you into the holiday spirit!
A Cirque Christmas
Orange County Performing Arts Center
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A delightful Christmas concert for the whole family: Holiday tunes add a special sparkle to this jaw-dropping fusion of acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongmen who perform their cirque acts while Pacific Symphony provides a joyous soundtrack perfect for the most wonderful time of the year.
Winter Festival & Tree Lighting
La Plaza Park
Pacific Coast Highway
North of Golden Lantern
FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Santa, Snow, Reindeer, Crafts, Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Movie and more!
Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 11, 12 & 18, 19
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Dana Point Harbor
34555 Golden Lantern
Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.
Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights
Cruise times: 5:30pm/ 7:30pm/ 8:30pm
Shuttles to the cruise leave from the Huntington Harbor Mall parking lot- 16889 Algonquin Street Huntington Beach
The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Cruise of Lights® offers boat tours through the waterways of Huntington Harbor in Huntington Beach, California. In December both locals and visitors share the beauty of thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks and boats.
Sawdust Winter Fantasy
November 21 through December 20, 2015
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd
This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy will become your family’s holiday tradition.
Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Crown Valley Parkway
between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park.
The Theme for this year’s parade is California Dreamin’. 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!
Yappy Howl-iday 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization.
Orange County Christmas Lights
Thanksgiving night - New Years Eve
5pm to 9 pm
25473 Nellie Gail Road
Free event hosted nightly from from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Christmas Lights and Home Decorating show featuring over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music plus spectacular Department 56 snow village displays with hundreds of houses and giant hand sculpted mountains. Come by for some warm apple cider and holiday cheer!
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
Tree Lighting Ceremony and Downtown Festivities
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Town Center Park
31852 El Camino Real
The annual Tree Lighting Celebration & Festivities are a cherished holiday tradition in San Juan Capistrano. The program begins at 4 p.m. with pre-show entertainment prior to students of the Musical Theater University taking the stage for a holiday production featuring musical and dance numbers. The official lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m. Festivities continue downtown at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and Historic District on Los Rios street.