Holiday Events in Orange County

Holiday Events in Orange County

The last month of the year is a hectic but exciting time in Orange County. The events are jam-packed and there’s never a dull moment! No matter what you’re looking for this Christmas season, we have you covered. With events like Tree Lighting, Market Fairs, and Christmas Bazaars, we take pride in these fun and festive celebrations that will be sure to make your holiday season a memorable one.

The events are listed below:

Surf City Winter Wonderland

Nov. 18 – Jan. 8
Huntington Beach Pier Plaza ​​​​​​​

Spend the day or night skating to the sounds of crashing waves and supporting local downtown restaurants and businesses.

Holidayz at the Park

Nov. 19 – Jan. 1 / Dusk – 9:30 pm / Great Park, Irvine

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Including artwork, music, and decorations with a festive theme. Enjoy the holiday decorations, photo opportunities, and family fun.

Winter Fest OC

Nov. 25-Jan. 1
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

As the fairgrounds transform into a massive winter wonderland with live entertainment and attractions, you can have 26 days of affordable fun.

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Aliso Viejo Holiday Celebration

Dec. 1 / Town Center Fountain & Amphitheater

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Get in the holiday spirit with train rides, ornament making, community and aerial performances, magic snowfall, Santa’s visits, and tree lighting.

Gem Faire

Dec. 2-4 / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

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You may find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals, and much more at the manufacturer’s prices. Over 200 international exhibitors. While you shop, you can get jewelry repair, cleaning, and ring sizing.

Laguna Niguel Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 3 / 5-8pm / City Hall

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There will be performances, crafts, cookie decorating, games, food trucks, face painters, balloon twisters, character meet and greets, and activities for every family member.

Creative Babe Holiday Market

Dec. 3 / 11 am – 5 pm / OC Fair & Event Center

A free, kid-friendly holiday market featuring more than 100 local businesses. Decorative products for the home, seasonal goods, apparel, pet treats, holiday presents, and artisan goods.

RSM Christmas Tree Lighting

Dec. 3 / 5 pm -7 pm / Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore

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Sing along to holiday music and create precious moments with family and friends while enjoying the sights, sounds, and treats of the season.

Santa’s Village by the Sea

Dec. 3 / 4-8pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

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One Christmas celebration combines the Glitz on Del Mar and the Holly Jolly Hoopla for a night of snow, games, hot chocolate, food, and entertainment in San Clemente. Join us at 5:55 p.m. for the BIG tree lighting on the Community Center lawn.

Irvine Holiday Tree Lighting

Dec. 3 / 4 pm – 6:30 pm / Irvine Civic Center

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This FREE event features visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and a winter-themed train ride.

Light a Light of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 4 / 3:30 pm – 7 pm / Downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street and Pier Plaza 

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With your help, Waymakers can shine a light on Orange County’s youngsters this holiday season by sponsoring a snowflake! Your beautiful, gleaming sponsored snowflake on the pier or on Main Street will be illuminated each night until the new year.

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

Dec. 4 / 11am-5pm / Corona del Mar village

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Over 17 local bands will perform live. The event also includes snapshots from Santa’s visits, wine & beer gardens, special vendor gifts, activities for kids, and promotions from retailers and restaurants.

Sleigh the Holidays

Dec. 4 / 11am-6pm / Del Prado, Dana Point

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Showcasing the small businesses, manufacturers, and artists in Dana Point and Orange County. Shop locally, take in holiday shows, eat gourmet food on the street, visit cocktail bars, and have a good time with the family.

La Plaza Park & Pines Park Tree Lighting

Dec. 5 / 4:30 – 5:30 pm / Dana Point

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On his jolly trolley, Santa and his helpers will arrive to distribute gifts to kids up to the age of twelve. Carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and the tree lighting at 5:15 pm are all part of the festivities. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

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Rudolph’s Rink

Dec. 5-12 / Mon-Fri 4-8 pm, Sun 2 – 9 pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center

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All are welcome to participate in this enjoyable family activity, which will be available for one week only. Whether you skate or not, everyone is encouraged to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere!

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Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

Dec. 10 / 10 am -12 pm / Nueva Vista to Community Park

Check out all of the interesting entries, which include marching bands, floats, special guests, youth organizations, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes, and entertaining attractions! No neighborhood holiday parade would be complete without a spectacular appearance by Santa Claus!

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Dec. 10-11 / 5:15 pm / Huntington Beach

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60th Anniversary… Swinging to the Music. Grand Marshal Michael Gates.

Newport Beach Christmas
Boat Parade and Ring of Lights

Dec. 14-18 / 6:30 pm / Newport Harbor

Sail along the port admiring the magnificently adorned yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes. On December 14, at around 6:15 p.m., a special opening fireworks show will take place off the Newport Pier to kick off the parade.

Laguna Niguel Chanukah

Celebration & Menorah Lighting

Dec. 18 / 4-6 pm / City Hall

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Enjoy the music and festivities as we celebrate and remember each day of the Festival of Lights. The City of Laguna Niguel and Chabad of Laguna Niguel are thrilled to celebrate this tradition by providing live entertainment, games, crafts, and your favorite Chanukah delicacies!

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Ladera Ranch Menora Lighting

Dec. 18 / 4-6 pm / Town Green

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As part of this year’s Hanukkah celebration, LARCS will partner with local organizations to bring music, dance, dreidels, crafts, candle lighting, and traditional Hanukkah treats to the community.

Orange County is a great place to live all year round with tons of things to do, explore, and see

Give us a call at 949-541-8122 if you want to experience all of the great events
happening in Orange County and make it your new home.

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