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December 2018 Orange County Calendar of Events







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 and Santa!
10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
(949) 494-3030 /

Santa’s Workshop  Nov. 28-Dec. 19 (Wed., Sat. and Sun.)
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.
6-8pm / Civic Center Plaza /

Aliso Viejo All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting  Nov. 29
A fun-filled magical family celebration featuring Santa, train rides, carolers and snow!
5:30-8pm / Town Center Fountain /

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.
10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
(949) 376-6200 /

Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting  Dec. 1
Santa visits, carnival games, craft fair, face painting, crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Express train ride, petting zoo, pony rides and the annual tree lighting at 5:15pm.
Noon-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.
8:30am & 11:30am / City Hall /

Winter in the Grove  Dec. 1
Enjoy free seasonal refreshments, children’s activities, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an unforgettable tree lighting ceremony. Unlimited snow slide rides are $5.
4-8pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove /

City of SJC’s 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!
4-9pm / Historic Town Center Park /

Santa Paws  Dec. 1
Bring 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.
10am-3pm / El Torito Courtyard /

Fullerton Winter Market  Dec. 1
Beer & wine garden, pictures with Santa, artisan craft & design vendors, holiday performances and food. Bring a toy to donate!
Noon-4pm / Downtown Fullerton Plaza /

Santa’s Village by the Sea  Dec. 1
Tree lighting with Santa arriving on a firetruck. Christmas at the Casa: Holiday entertainment, crafts, cocoa & cookies. Puttin’ On The Glitz and Community Center Holiday Hoopla.
5-8pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente /

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 nonprofit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!
4:30-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park /

Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland  Dec. 1
Free snow play, musical entertainment, tree lighting, snow sledding, Santa’s Village and toy drive for local charities.
4-7:30pm / St. Isadore Historical Plaza /

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 cocktail. Proceeds support the Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.
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.
3:30-7pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza /

Irvine Winter Wonderland  Dec. 2
Games, crafts, entertainment, food and a tree-lighting ceremony. 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.
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.
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 & 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.
3:30-7pm / Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach /

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.
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.
6:30pm / Civic Center /

Cypress Holiday Sing and Tree Lighting  Dec. 4
School performances, letters to Santa & Veterans, holiday crafts, train rides, visits with Santa and refreshments.
6-8pm / Civic Center/Library/Tennis Courts /

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.
4-9:30pm / Santa Fe Street, Old Town Placentia /

La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting  Dec. 5
Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along.
5:30-8:30pm / Central Park Amphitheater /

Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony  Dec. 6
Live music and entertainment. Watch the holiday tree light up! Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
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.
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. A visit from Santa!
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.
7-9pm / Main Street /

Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting  Dec. 7
Enjoy holiday carols, stage entertainment, and tree lighting.
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.
6pm & 8pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center Plaza /

Nights of 1000 Lights  Dec. 7-8
Holiday celebration featuring a dazzling display of lights, live music, visits with Santa, hot chocolate and ‘smores!
6-9pm / Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar
(949) 673-2261 /

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.
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.
5:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park /

Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa  Dec. 8
Breakfast, crafts, live entertainment and a chance to meet Santa!
9-11:30am / Yorba Linda Community Center /

Laguna Hills Breakfast with Santa  Dec. 8
Join us for a special celebration complete with a scrumptious breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts.
9-11am / Community Center & Sports Complex /

Westminster Breakfast with Santa  Dec. 8
After a visit with Santa, enjoy a morning of arts and crafts.
9-10:30am / Community Services Building
(714) 895-2860 /

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.
10am-2pm / Irvine Animal Care Center /

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 the parade.
5-9pm / Village Park Towne Center /

Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour  Dec. 9
Nine uniquely holiday decorated bay-front and island homes. Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate Avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments!
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 County’s nationally-recognized Youth Programs.
5:30-8:30pm / Huntington Harbour Mall
(714) 840-7542 /

OC Autism Breakfast with Santa  Dec. 15
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, their families & caregivers.
10am-2pm / Atlantis Play Center, Garden Grove /

Christmas and Nativity Play  Dec. 16
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 meaning of the season.
5:30pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach /

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival  Dec. 16
Family-friendly activities, live music, art workshops for children, arts & crafts sale, and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Noon-4pm / 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton /

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 waterfront estates.
(949) 675-0551 /


Event listing courtesy of The Sloan Team, First American Title


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