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So many ways to celebrate the holidays in Orange County, here’s a list of community events and activities – Orange County Register

So many ways to celebrate the holidays in Orange County, here’s a list of community events and activities – Orange County Register

The holidays are right here – whether or not we’re prepared or not – and our communities are planning tons of ways to add to the festive spirit.

There are tree lighting ceremonies in a number of cities, Christmas live shows are on the books and there are a number of possibilities to catch that vacation basic, “The Nutcracker.”

  • Adorned boats float down Serrano Avenue throughout the annual Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade, which is deliberate once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • Households watch as the tree is lighted on the nook of Orange Avenue and Parkview Road throughout annual West Anaheim Vacation Tree-Lighting occasion, which will probably be held once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will once more be at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Previous Towne Orange Plaza. The occasion options music, meals, youth activities and leisure for individuals of all ages to take pleasure in. (Register file photograph)

  • The tree shines brilliant in Previous Towne Orange Plaza in Orange in 2017. A tree lighting ceremony can be held once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • Anaheim Ballet performs the Nutcracker story throughout the annual Anaheim Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Vacation Buying Village in 2016. (Register file photograph)

  • The annual Newport Seashore Christmas Boat Parade will float once more this vacation season. (Register file photograph)

  • Costa Mesa’s Snoopy Home show is open once more at the Costa Mesa civic middle. (Register file photograph)

  • Santa Claus waves to the crowd as he drives via the streets throughout Hospitality Night time in downtown Laguna Seashore in 2016. (Register file photograph)

  • Volunteers embellish the Christmas tree annually for the Cystal Cove community vacation occasion. (Register file photograph)

  • Santa waves to youngsters from the stern of the Dana Delight at the Dana Wharf Docks in 2016. (Register file photograph)

  • Santa Claus will once more be visiting with people throughout Buena Parkâ’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Toy Drive held at Metropolis Corridor. (Register file photograph)

  • Friends walked the candle lit paths and previous lighted deer throughout the 2016 Luminaria Stroll held at the Fullerton Arboretum. (Register file photograph)

  • Native faculty youngsters all the time carry out throughout the metropolis of Brea’s vacation tree lighting occasion at the Civic & Cultural Middle. (Register file photograph)

  • The lead boat of the 30th Vacation of Lights Boat Parade at East Lake Village in Yorba Linda in 2017. (Register file photograph)

  • An in depth view of an decoration honoring service members killed in conflict throughout the Nixon Basis’s Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication at the Nixon Presidential Library in 2017. (Register file photograph)

  • Snow falls throughout Irvine’s 2017 Winter Wonderland tree lighting ceremony at the Civic Middle, which can be held once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • Dancers carry out throughout Irvine’s Winter Wonderland tree lighting ceremony at the Civic Middle in 2017. The occasion is deliberate once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • The Tustin Dance Middle, seen right here in 2016, will once more carry out at the annual Christmas tree lighting. (Register file photograph)

  • The Tustin Police Division is once more arranging for Santa Claus to go to Tustin neighborhoods. (Register file photograph)

  • Irvine will once more mild a community Christmas tree at the Civic Middle for the holidays. (Register file photograph)

  • Carolers sing outdoors The Serrano Adobe throughout the annual Victorian Christmas in 2015 at Heritage Hill Historic Park in Lake Forest. The occasion is deliberate once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • San Juan Capistrano will celebrate its annual tree lighting in Historic City Middle Park once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • Snow falls over the crowd as the Christmas tree at Historic City Middle Park was lit up by Santa and Mrs. Claus in 2014. The occasion might be held once more this season. (Register file photograph)

  • Two actual camels are half of a scene in which the three sensible males comply with the Bethlehem star to the Christ youngster in Mount of Olives Church 19th annual drive-thru Nativity. The occasion shall be open to the community once more this yr. (Register file photograph)

  • College students from the Pave Faculty of the Performing Arts will carry out a rendition of The Nutcracker at Kaleidoscope’s Tree Lighting on Dec. 7. (Courtesy of Kaleidoscope)

Santa has a very full dance card, he’ll be making appearances at virtually all the community events – it’s magic, we don’t ask questions.

See under for a itemizing of ways to celebrate the holidays together with your neighbors. And joyful holidays to all.


All is Vibrant Vacation Celebration: Usher in the vacation season with this annual occasion Nov. 29 from 5:30 to Eight p.m. in Aliso Viejo City Middle.  Take pleasure in vacation cheer, practice rides, decoration making, Christmas caroling, “snowfall” and a go to from Santa as the 22-foot Christmas tree is lit. Info:


Categorical enjoyable: Muzeo Categorical, a vacation mannequin practice exhibit, is open by way of Jan. 20 at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Middle. The mannequin trains journey by way of rigorously detailed miniature scenes. The exhibit additionally options “Treasures from Carolwood,” highlighting Walt Disney’s love of trains and that includes artifacts from his Carolwood Barn in Los Angeles. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youngsters. Info:

West vacation: The West Anaheim Neighborhood District is internet hosting its annual Christmas tree lighting Dec. 7, that includes pictures with Santa Claus and crafts. There shall be Polar Categorical practice rides, and you’ll be able to hold heat by the bonfire and pay attention to vacation music. Meals can be on the market. The occasion will  begin at 5 p.m. at Twila Reid Park, 3100 W. Orange Ave. 714-609-8070

Vacation get together: The lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree will cap a day of free vacation enjoyable Dec. Eight at Middle Road Promenade in downtown Anaheim throughout the 24th annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Vacation Village. Beginning at 10 a.m., there might be snow to play in, footage with Santa, free youngsters crafts, leisure and practice rides. The tree lighting begins at 6 p.m. Info:

Vacation lights: For those who assume your house shines a little bit brighter, you’ll be able to enter it for judging in the annual Anaheim Lovely Vacation Lights contest. Nominations have to be acquired by Dec. 14. There are a number of classes. Winners will probably be introduced at a Metropolis Council assembly.

On stage: The Probability Theater will stage the vacation basic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from Dec. 7- 23. Preview performances are Dec. 7-9 and the common performances are Thursdays-Sundays via Dec. 23. Tickets are $21-$35. Field workplace and info:

“The Nutcracker”: Anaheim Ballet will celebrate its annual efficiency of “The Nutcracker” with exhibits in partnership with the Orange County Grasp Chorale, Southern California Youngsters’s Refrain and Southern California Brass Consortium at Four p.m. Dec. 16 at Chapman College’s Musco Middle for the Arts and with Symphony Irvine at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. on  Dec. 23 at the Metropolis Nationwide Grove of Anaheim. Ticketing and info:

Community brunch: The 10th annual vacation brunch returns to downtown Anaheim on Dec. 24. Okay&A Downtown Cafe, Anaheim Hearth, St. Joseph Heritage and native sponsors are offering the brunch to feed native households and anybody who may want some additional assist throughout the holidays. As well as to meals, there will probably be face portray, arts and crafts, leisure and a go to from Santa Claus with presents. The brunch will final from 9 a.m. to midday. Drop off present donations by Dec. 14 at St. Joseph Heritage or Okay&A Cafe. 714-878-3343


Vacation students: The Brea Glenbrook Ladies’s Membership will increase cash for its highschool scholarship fund with its 48th annual craft bazaar Dec. 1. Crafts and presents will probably be bought from 9 a.m. to Four p.m.; a $1 donation is requested at the gate, 1821 E. Greenbriar Lane, for the fundraiser.

Tree lighting: The annual tree lighting at the Civic & Cultural Middle will happen at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will cease by to greet people. Native schoolchildren will entertain. Admission is free.  Footage with Santa Claus value $5. 714-990-7771

Christmas with the Alleycats: The Alleycats return to the Curtis Theater with their doo-wop styling of Christmas classics for exhibits at Eight p.m. Dec. 15 and Three and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Common admission is $36.

Consideration, Santa: Youngsters can drop a letter to Santa – with the expectation of getting a reply – at a particular mailbox in the Community Middle by way of Dec. 12. Or mail the letter to Santa Claus, North Pole, c/o Brea Community Middle, 695 E. Madison Means, Brea, CA 92821. Embrace a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. Members of the Brea Olinda Excessive Faculty Women’ League can be serving to Santa get these letters learn and responded to.

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Sweet Caneland and Craft Faire: This free, family-friendly winter celebration marks its 48th yr with purchasing, activities and decorations. The truthful will run 10 a.m.-Four p.m. Dec. 1. Activities embrace a snow slide, leisure, a petting zoo and greater than 100 artisan craft cubicles at Ehlers Community Middle, 8150 Knott Ave. 714-562-3860 or

Sugar Plum: The annual Sugar Plum Pageant runs Dec. 5-9 at Buena Park Downtown on the mall’s decrease degree. The pageant provides an array of holiday-themed merchandise and edible delicacies on the market. For hours and extra info, go to

Christmas tree: Santa shall be available for the metropolis’s annual Christmas tree-lighting celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Metropolis Corridor, 6650 Seashore Blvd. There shall be musical performances and storytellers together with visits from Snoopy, knights, princesses and pirates. Santa will arrive by way of firetruck. 714-562-3860 or

Shining brilliant: The town’s Beautification-Environmental Fee will acknowledge the winners of the 2018 Vacation Ornament Awards Program with bragging rights and a garden signal. Nominations are due Dec. 10. Discover the type at


Christmas Stroll: For the 40th yr, the Christmas Stroll will function leisure, meals, prizes, a petting zoo, youngsters’s activities, a beer and wine backyard and extra from 11 a.m. to Four p.m.  Dec. 2 at 2855 E. Coast Freeway, Corona del Mar. 949-673-4050 or


Tower of mild: First United Methodist Church will stage an inaugural lighting of the historic bell tower at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. There might be caroling, cookies to embellish and photographs with Santa.

‘Nutcracker for Kids’: The Pacific Symphony presents this annual Christmas ballet efficiency that finishes with a sing-along and a go to from Santa Claus. Created for ages 5-11. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. Eight. Tickets begin at $45. At the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Live performance Corridor, Costa Mesa.

‘Handel’s Superb Messiah’: A beloved custom, Handel’s oratorio will probably be carried out by the Pacific Symphony with the Pacific Chorale at Three p.m. Dec. 9 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Live performance Corridor. Tickets begin at $44. 714-755-5799 or

Doghouse: The town’s beloved Snoopy Home show shall be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly Dec. 14-23 subsequent to Metropolis Corridor, 77 Truthful Drive. Opening night time will function a formal presentation starting at 5. Santa will make a particular go to and will take pictures with households.

ABT’s ‘The Nutcracker’: American Ballet Theatre brings its manufacturing to Segerstrom Middle for the Arts. The Pacific Symphony performs the music. Numerous occasions Dec. 14-23. Tickets begin at $29.

Winter Fest OC: Activities embrace outside ice skating, ice tubing down Snowflake Summit, a snow play space, SoCal Dicken’s Village and winter wonderland. The Pageant of Lights has a stroll-through show and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. Tickets begin at $10. Winter Fest is open Dec. 20-Jan. 6 at the OC Truthful & Occasion Middle, 88 Truthful Drive, Costa Mesa.

‘A Christmas Carol’: South Coast Repertory will current the Charles Dickens’ basic vacation story for its 39th yr. Numerous showtimes by way of Dec. 24. Tickets begin at $30. 655 City Middle Drive, Costa Mesa.


Winter Pageant & tree lighting: Free vacation household occasion sponsored by the metropolis consists of Santa visits, carnival video games ($1), craft truthful, Dana Level Police Providers Child Print ID, face portray, cookie adorning ($2), vacation crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Categorical Practice, petting zoo and pony rides. Most activities are free. Tree lighting at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 1 at La Plaza Park, Pacific Coast Freeway, north of Golden Lantern. 949-248-3530

Boat Rides with Santa: On Dec. 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., friends can come aboard for a harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers at the Dana Wharf docks. The El Camino Actual Junior Lady’s Membership will probably be available to take pictures for a small donation.

Santa Paws: The Pet Undertaking Basis will probably be internet hosting the sixth annual Santa Paws occasion 10 a.m.- Three p.m. Dec. 1. Individuals are invited to deliver their pets down to El Torito Courtyard to have their photograph taken with Santa. All proceed will go to help the Pet Challenge Basis, which helps the San Clemente-Dana Level Animal Shelter.

Boat Parade of Lights: The 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights will happen Dec. 7, Eight, 14 and 15 and options the theme “A Western Wonderland.” OC Parks will host free household activities all through Dana Level Harbor, together with video games, crafts, stay leisure and selfies with Santa. Festivities start every day at Four:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights begins at 7:30 p.m. Free trolleys run nightly from Three:30 to 10:30 p.m. at choose places all through the metropolis. Info:

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Winter Market: The annual pageant in Fullerton’s Downtown Plaza, which can happen from midday to Four p.m. Dec. 1, will options photographs with Santa together with an array of distributors and meals cubicles, leisure and a beer and wine backyard. Deliver a toy for donation. New this yr, the occasion additionally will supply a paper shredding (not more than 5 packing containers) and e-recycle occasion. 714-738-6545

“It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play”: This vacation story is carried out as a 1940s radio broadcast at STAGEStheatre Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by way of Dec. 22. Verify on-line for occasions. Basic admission is $22. Levels is at 400 E. Commonwealth Ave. 714-525-4484 or

Santa touchdown: Santa Claus will arrive by way of helicopter as half of Santa Day on Dec. 9. He’ll hand out sweet canes and toys and pose for photographs. Airplanes shall be on show at the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. occasion at Fullerton Municipal Airport. Santa arrives about 11 a.m. 562-587-4050

Vacation play: The Muckenthaler Cultural Middle will function a staging of “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play,” the telling of station’s wrestle to produce the reside present in the 1940s. The present will start ats 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $25 basic admission.

“The Nutcracker”: The annual vacation manufacturing of “The Nutcracker” by the Nouveau Chamber Ballet, based mostly in Fullerton, will probably be [carried out at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Fullerton School Campus Theatre. Tickets are $28-$35. Info and tickets:

Night walks: The Fullerton Arboretum is internet hosting “Winter in the Woodlands,” a vacation luminaria-lit stroll via its botanical backyard, at 5 p.m. Dec. 14-15. The Heritage Home will probably be decked with classic decorations. Make an decoration, store in the small winter market or discover the backyard. The price is $15 every; it’s a fundraiser for the arboretum and its instructional and conservation packages. Get tickets at

Vacation Pageant: The Muckenthaler Cultural Middle’s annual Vacation Pageant, which can happen from midday to Four p.m. Dec. 16, options family-friendly activities, an arts and crafts truthful and stay performances. Santa can be in attendance. Admission is free.

New yr: The First Night time Fullerton New Yr’s Eve Celebration will run from 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31. Admission is free; some activities have a small payment. The night will function youngsters’s activities, meals and merchandise cubicles, roaming leisure and band live shows. A fireworks present caps the night time at midnight. Activities will happen alongside Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton’s downtown.

  • Jenny Monroe, a member of the Porsche Membership of America Orange Coast Area, rides in her vacation adorned sports activities automotive throughout Laguna Niguel Vacation Parade in 2016. ROD VEAL/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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    Santa waves to youngsters from the ultimate float in the Laguna Niguel Vacation Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Photograph By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • Darby Daniels, 5, from left, Mina Pour, Four, and Niko Emmons, Four, converse to Santa’s elf throughout the Santa’s Village by the Sea vacation festivities in San Clemente on Saturday, December 02, 2017. (Photograph by Ana P. Gutierrez-Garcia, Contributing Photographer)

  • Elliot and Camila Rubright stand in entrance of the Christmas tree throughout Aliso Viejo’s “All is Bright Holiday Celebration” in City Middle on Thursday, November 30, 2017. (Photograph by Invoice Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The 44th annual Boat Parade of Lights will happen Dec. 7, Eight, 14 and 15 at Dana Level Harbor and options the theme “A Western Wonderland.” (File photograph)

  • Julian Kenney, left, smiles as he meets Santa throughout a boat journey by way of the Dana Level Harbor in Dana Level on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (Photograph by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)


Community celebration: The town is combining Winterfest and the community tree lighting into one celebration: Winter in the Grove. There will probably be youngsters’s activities, a snow slide, a go to by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the tree from Four to Eight p.m. Dec. 1 at Village Inexperienced Park, 12732 Essential St. Free admission, sluggish slide is $5.

On stage: The Gem Theater’s “The Holiday Gem” will run by way of Dec. 16 and is supposed for the entire household. The vacation evaluation options basic songs from the season, tap-dancing elves backing up Santa Claus and surroundings that may transport you to Victorian England for a snowy Christmas. Reside musicians present the soundtrack. Exhibits are Thursday-Sunday at numerous hours. Tickets are $30 basic admission, $26 youngsters and seniors.

Vacation live performance: The Christ Cathedral Choirs will carry out a vacation live performance Dec. 14. Underneath the path of John Romeri, they’ll supply basic carols and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” throughout the 7:30 p.m. live performance that’s open to the community in the Christ Cathedral Arboretum. Basic admission is $25.


Mild a Mild of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony: A family-friendly occasion with a youngsters’s parade, reside music, basic automobiles and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus arriving on a Huntington Seashore hearth engine. At the finish, greater than 80 big snowflakes on the pier shall be lit. The three:30-7 p.m. occasion on Dec. 2 is free at the Huntington Seashore Pier Plaza at Essential Road and Pacific Coast Freeway.

‘Nutcracker’ Ballet: Ballet Etudes’ forged of greater than 100 will current the vacation basic at the Huntington Seashore Excessive Faculty Theater. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and Eight and 2 p.m. Dec. 1, Eight and 9. Tickets begin at $25.

Cruise of Lights: The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee presents its 56th annual 45-minute narrated boat tour to see vacation lights. Adults pay $21, youngsters $14. Shuttles depart from the Huntington Harbour Mall parking zone, and cruises depart hourly every night at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and Eight:30 Dec.14-17 and 20-23.

Seasonal sounds: The Huntington Seashore Union Excessive Faculty District’s Academy for the Performing Arts will current “Sounds of the Season” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14 in the Huntington Seashore Excessive Faculty auditorium. Tickets are $22 for adults, $16 for college kids and seniors. Info/field workplace: Viewers members are inspired to convey an unwrapped present for a toy drive.

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Winter enjoyable: The Civic Middle will grow to be a Winter Wonderland for the community from Three to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. The town has a 25-foot-tall tree that can be adorned, and there shall be youngsters’s activities, a puppet present, tales with Mrs. Claus and carols. At 5 p.m., the tree shall be lit and snow will fall in the piazza. Santa may also be a part of the festivities. Convey an unwrapped present to donate for the youngsters of Marines.

Visits with Santa: Santa is planning to go to Fake Metropolis Youngsters’s Museum on Dec. 5, 12, 17, 19 and 21 to hear youngsters’s vacation needs. Christmas carols can be sung and lights will glow. From 9:30 t0 11:30 a.m. Museum admission is $13.75. 949-428-3900 or

‘The Nutcracker’: Take pleasure in this favourite vacation ballet carried out by Orange County’s resident dance firm, the Pageant Ballet, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. There are numerous performances Dec. Eight-24. Tickets are $45-$60. 714-309-1280 or

Vacation village: Tanaka Farms’ Vacation Santa Tour and Sanrio Village are open weekends by means of Dec. 16. Take a wagon journey round the 30-acre farm and study its crops and historical past and take pictures with Santa and at different vacation units throughout one of the stops. Go to the specifically adorned village. Wagon tour prices $18; entry to the farm and village solely prices $Four.

Shelter Christmas: The Irvine Animal Care Middle will host its 12th annual Residence for the Holidays pet adoption truthful from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9. It’ll function about 600 homeless canine, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption. There will probably be pet-related distributors, gourmand meals vans, a silent public sale, low-cost microchipping and a chance drawing. The advised donation for the occasion is $2 per individual or $5 per household.


Hospitality Night time 2018:  The festivities start in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2), the place Santa Claus will arrive to greet vacation revelers earlier than the tree lighting at 6:10 p.m. From there, the activities transfer to decrease Forest Avenue with leisure, photographs with Santa and service provider open homes. 5-10 p.m. Dec 7. 949-497-3311 or lagunabeachcity.internet.

Winter pageant: The Sawdust Artwork & Craft Pageant will host its Winter Fantasy on weekends by way of Dec. 16. Together with buying there are vacation performances, demonstrations, courses and decorations. Common admission is $Eight.

On stage: “Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” will probably be staged at the Laguna Playhouse from Dec. 5 to Dec. 30. The basic fairytale may have trendy twists in this staging, which additionally will encourage participation from the viewers. Examine on-line for dates and occasions. Tickets vary from $41 to $76.


Breakfast with Santa: Be a part of the jolly previous elf for breakfast, pictures and crafts at the Laguna Hills Community Middle, 9-11 a.m. Dec. Eight. Youngsters have to be accompanied by a paying grownup. Residents pay $10, nonresidents $15. Registration closes at 10 p.m. Dec. Eight.

Christmas lights: Free occasion hosted nightly from 5 to 9 from Thanksgiving to New Yr’s Eve. Christmas Lights and Residence Adorning present that includes over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music plus snow village shows with a whole lot of homes and big hand sculpted mountains. 25473 Nellie Gail Street, Laguna Hills. Info:

Vacation live performance: The Orange County Ladies’s Refrain, based mostly in Laguna Hills and now in its 21st season, is planning its vacation live shows that includes music written, carried out or impressed by nuns. Cellist Karen Linkletter will carry out. Works from Mendelssohn, Cozzolani, Tavener and Szymko are amongst the lineup. Live shows will start at 7 p.m. Dec. Eight at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church in Newport Seashore and Three p.m. at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church in Huntington Seashore. Common admission is $30. 949-451-8590 or


Vacation parade: The 20th annual Laguna Niguel Vacation Parade will happen at 10 a.m. Dec. Eight on Crown Valley Parkway between Nueva Vista and Central Park Drive. Movie and tv actor Richard Burgi, greatest recognized for his position as Karl Mayer on “Desperate Housewives,” might be grand marshal. Nickelodeon stars Ashley Argota and Tommy Hobson will seem as superstar friends. Info:

Different metropolis events: Laguna Niguel’s annual Christmas tree lighting will happen 5-7 p.m. Dec.1 at Metropolis Corridor, adopted by the Hanukkah wonderland and menorah lighting at Four p.m. Dec. 2.


Breakfast with Santa: The Youngsters’s Museum at La Habra will host its annual Breakfast with Santa at Eight:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 1-2. This vacation custom consists of a continental breakfast, crafts and photographs with Santa Claus. Admission to the museum, 301 Euclid St., is included with the ticket. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for youngsters over age 2. Reservations are required. 562-383-4240

Vacation adorning contest: The 18th annual Vacation House Adorning Contest is accepting nominations throughout enterprise hours by way of Dec. 7 at the Community Middle. Judges will view the houses the week of Dec. 9-15, and the winners can be introduced Dec. 17 at a Metropolis Council assembly. Winners get a yard signal, medal and present card. Varieties can be found at or at metropolis amenities.

Purchasing: Child entrepreneurs might be promoting their wares, from handcrafted jewellery to tub bombs, at a pop-up market from 10 a.m. to midday Dec. Eight at the Youngsters’s Museum at La Habra. Observe: Some distributors gained’t have the ability to take bank cards.

Vacation present: The Mysterium Theater will current “When Christmas Comes to Town” at Eight p.m. Dec. 13-15 and Three p.m. Dec. 16 at The Depot Playhouse. The vacation musical assessment is supposed for households. Basic admission is $20.

Visits with Mrs. Claus: The Youngsters’s Museum at La Habra, 301 Euclid St., is internet hosting Cookies & Tales with Mrs. Claus at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20. Name 562-383-4236 to reserve a spot.


33rd annual Candlelight Stroll: Expertise the historic park decked out for the season throughout Heritage Hill’s Candlelight Excursions. Greater than 1,000 luminaries will mild pathways as strolling carolers and instrumentalists fill the air with music. $5. Ages Three and underneath get in free. 5:30-Eight:30 p.m. Dec. Eight at 25151 Serrano Street, Lake Forest. 949-923-2230 or

Winter songs: The Pageant Singers of Orange County will carry out “Songs of Winter” at Three p.m.  Dec. 9 at the Lake Forest Solar and Sail Membership, 24752 Toledo Method. The efficiency opens the group’s 2018-19 season and will celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the winter solstice. Tickets are $15. festivalsingers.internet


Tree lighting: The town’s annual vacation tree-lighting festivities will happen from Four to Eight:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Central Park Amphitheater. There can be musical performances from native faculties, a community sing-along and a craft space. Santa might be taking footage, and there can be a probability to write him a letter. Rain will cancel the occasion.

Assist others: The La Palma Kiwanis Membership is staging its annual vacation meals basket drive via Dec. 12. Donations of canned and boxed meals gadgets are being collected at Metropolis Corridor and the Police Division. The trouble helps about 45 households a yr.


Mild Up a Life tree lighting: Honor a beloved one by putting a particular decoration on the tree and take pleasure in an uplifting program with seasonal harp music and refreshments. Donations will help hospice and palliative care providers at Mission Hospital. 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Mission Convention Middle, 26726 Crown Valley Parkway.

Laguna Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’: Be a part of Clara and her Nutcracker prince to expertise the enchanting “Nutcracker Ballet” introduced by the Laguna Ballet in its 11th season at Saddleback School.  Over 75 Orange County college students come collectively annually, underneath the course of Inventive Director Shery Gilbert. Dec. 13-16 at Saddleback School McKinney Theatre. Tickets $22/24/26.

Drive-By means of Nativity at Mount of Olives Church: Drive by way of or stroll to expertise a reside retelling of the Christmas story. Take pleasure in reside actors, animals, music and narration by way of your automotive radio. Attendees are inspired to deliver nonperishable meals gadgets to donate at the very finish of the dwelling Nativity to help households and singles in want., 6-10 p.m. Dec. Eight-9. Free. Mount of Olives Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive in Mission Viejo. 949-837-7467

Tree lighting: Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo is internet hosting its Cheery & Vibrant Tree Lighting from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 with crafts and youngsters activities, a go to by Santa and a vacation present.

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Classic Christmas: Crystal Cove Conservancy will conduct its 22nd annual tree-lighting and vacation bazaar Dec. 1; it’ll function classic ornaments, lights and a tree on the seashore. The lifeguards will assist Santa arrive in one of their automobiles at Four p.m.. The bazaar will final from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the tree lighting will start at 5:15. Info:

For teenagers: The Newport Seashore Library will host two performances by the Pageant Ballet Theatre of “The Nutcracker for Kids” at 2:30 and Four p.m. Dec. 1. The performances in the Central Library Associates Room are free.

Menorah lighting: The Chabad Middle for Jewish Life-Newport Seashore and Style Island will host a public menorah lighting ceremony Dec. 2. The occasion will begin at Three:30 p.m. and will function performances, crafts and youngsters activities and a toy drive. Eight Holocaust survivors shall be honored.  Will probably be in the Atrium Backyard Courtroom.

Island lighting: The Balboa Island Christmas tree will having a lighting ceremony at Four p.m.  Dec. 2 at the First Station at Marine and Park avenues. Santa and Mrs. Claus might be in attendance. There might be caroling and snow.

Resort lighting: The general public is invited to take pleasure in the Balboa Bay Resort’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 2 that includes reside musical performances. Santa additionally can pay a go to. The 6 p.m. occasion is free.

House tour: The 22nd annual Balboa Island Residence Strolling Tour on Dec. 9 will function 9 adorned houses and cottages. Tickets are $35. The excursions final 11 a.m.-Four p.m. Buy tickets at:

Boat Parade of Lights: A whole lot of adorned boats will sail round Bay Island and Newport Harbor throughout the 110th annual occasion. The parade runs nightly Dec. 19-23, beginning about 6:30 p.m. It begins and ends at Tip of Lido Isle. Info and map:


Christmas Practice: Irvine Park Railroad’s Santa’s Village is open every day Nov. 30-Dec. 23. Youngsters can go to Santa and take pleasure in storytime with Mrs. Claus. There are different activities, resembling carnival video games, blizzard ball and a moon bounce. 714-997-3968 or

Books for presents: The Pals of the Library could have a vacation boutique sale of books which might be new or almost new and appropriate for gifting from 10 a.m. to Three p.m. Dec. 1 at the Orange Public Library and Historical past Middle, 407 E. Chapman Ave. Proceeds will help the library.

Tree lighting: The 24th annual tree-lighting ceremony and candlelight choir procession will happen Dec. 2, with events beginning at Three:30 p.m. in the Previous Towne Orange Plaza. Santa Claus, meals, youth activities and leisure can be obtainable for all to take pleasure in. At 5:15, the metropolis will mild the tree, and the choir candlelight procession will start. The occasion is free and open to the public. 714-744-7278 or

Hanukkah celebration: Temple Beth Sholom may have a Hanukkah lighting every night throughout the Pageant of Lights Dec. 2-9 in the visitors circle of the Orange Plaza. Totally different leaders and teams from the temple will take part in the occasion for the community every night time at 6, besides on Dec. 2, when the lighting might be at Four:45 p.m. throughout the metropolis’s annual vacation occasion. Temple Beth Sholom serves a giant inhabitants in Orange. 714-628-4600

Vacation live performance: Chapman College’s extremely popular 55th annual Vacation Wassail Live performance will happen Dec. 7-Eight. The live performance will begin at Eight p.m. in the Musco Middle, the place Chapman’s orchestra and choirs will carry out vacation music. Live performance tickets are $25. Reductions are provided for seniors and college students. 714-997-6812

Library visits: Santa Claus will cease by the Orange Public Library and Historical past Middle, 407 E. Chapman Ave., to go to with youngsters from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. Four. Mother and father are inspired to convey cameras to get photographs of their youngsters with Santa throughout the free occasion. Santa shall be at the Taft Department Library, 740 E Taft Ave., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, and at the El Modena Department Library, 380 S. Hewes St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. 714-288-2454 or

Vacation music: St. John’s Lutheran Church of Orange’s “The Sounds of Christmas” live performance will start at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. Eight. It should function The Jubilate Choir, Cathedral Bells and a pageant orchestra. There isn’t a admission, however a freewill providing will probably be acepted. Youngster care is accessible. St. John’s is at 185 S. Middle St.

Zoo celebration: Even the animals at the zoo celebrate the holidays. From 10 a.m. to Three p.m. Dec. 15, friends are invited to meet Santa Claus and watch the zoo animals get scrumptious vacation treats. Youngsters can learn and take pleasure in crafts or storytime with Mrs. Claus. The occasion prices $2 per individual; parking is $5 per car. 714-973-6847

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Tamale Pageant: The Placentia Santa Fe Retailers Affiliation will host its annual Tamale Pageant and Las Posadas from Four to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 on the 100 and 200 blocks of Santa Fe Road in Previous City Placentia. The free occasion will function a efficiency by the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas and caroling. Youngsters can take a image with Santa Claus. A spread of tamales could also be bought from downtown eating places.

Tree lighting: The Placentia Community Vacation Pageant and Tree Lighting Ceremony will happen from 6 to Eight p.m. Dec. 6 at the Civic Middle Plaza, 401 E. Chapman Ave. Get into the spirit with vacation performances, youngsters’ activities and a particular go to from Santa Claus.

  • The Gem Theater presents the vacation evaluate “The Holiday Gem,” via Dec. 16. (Courtesy of The Gem Theater)

  • The Santa Fe practice passes winter wonderland scenes in the Muzeo Categorical Vacation Mannequin Trains exhibit at Anaheim’s Muzeo Museum and Cultural Middle in 2016. (File photograph by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Ruben Ortiz stands in entrance of the Christmas tree for a image by his spouse throughout Buena Park’s fifth annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration held at Metropolis Corridor on Friday, December Eight, 2017 (File photograph by Frank D’Amato, Contributing Photographer)

  • Avery Levin performs the trumpet with the relaxation of the Marina Excessive Faculty Viking Band in the annual Mild a Mild of Love profit at the Huntington Seashore Pier in 2015. (File photograph by Steven Georges, Contributing Photographer)

  • Christ Cathedral will host a vacation live performance by the Christ Cathedral Choirs on Dec. 14. They may carry out basic carols and Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” (File photograph by Invoice Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)


Santa’s Village by the Sea: Ring in the season in downtown San Clemente on Dec. 1, starting at 5 p.m., when Santa arrives by firetruck down Del Mar Avenue. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., there can be crafts for teenagers, carolers, cookies and cocoa at The Casa and from 5 to Eight p.m. a vacation hoopla at the Community Middle, with Santa, sledding and an outside film. On Del Mar, take pleasure in vacation music, practice rides, beer & wine backyard and retailers. Info:


San Juan tree-lighting ceremony: College college students will give musical shows at City Middle Park starting at Four p.m. Free. Tree lighting will happen at 5:45 p.m. Capistrano Valley Excessive Faculty’s marching band will lead a procession downtown after the ceremony, the place households can take pleasure in vacation activities till 9 p.m. Dec. 1. 31852 El Camino Actual. 949-493-5911 or

Capistrano Lights 2018: The Mission’s new nightly tree lighting and music program will start at 5 p.m. Dec. 2-Jan. 6 (besides Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Visitors have to be on the grounds earlier than closing at 5 p.m. to take pleasure in the lighting expertise.


Escorting Santa: The Tustin Police Division’s Santa Sleigh has been touring via neighborhoods every vacation for about 20 years. It departs the police station and visits numerous streets every weekday night time Dec. Three-21. Verify the metropolis calendar at for which streets the sleigh will attempt to go to every night time, climate allowing.

Tree lighting: The town’s ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 will embrace vacation carols and different leisure at the Tustin Library Courtyard, together with lighting the community tree. 714-573-3326 or

District vacation: The District at Tustin Legacy introduces this yr its Wonderland Vacation Home, which will probably be open day by day Dec. 1-31 outdoors Union Market. From midday to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Promenade, Santa will arrive and there will probably be activities for youngsters, a kiddy practice and extra. On Dec. Eight, pets can go to Santa for a photograph from midday to 2 p.m. On Dec. 15 from 6 to Eight p.m., there shall be a “magical snowfall,” pictures with Santa and leisure.


Santa’s tour: Santa Claus is coming to Villa Park for his annual sweep of the metropolis Dec. Eight – and as normal for the metropolis, he gained’t be driving a sleigh however a hearth engine. Annually for Santa’s tour, the hearth engine makes stops all all through the metropolis so Santa can meet with residents and their youngsters. A tour route and full schedule of stops is out there at

Boat parade: The beloved Dry Land Boat Parade will return to Villa Park on Dec. 9 this yr with a “Rolling into the Holidays” theme. Annually, residents beautify their trailered boats – and absolutely anything else with wheels – to be a part of in a citywide show of vacation cheer. After the 5 p.m. parade, members will collect at the Villa Park City Centre to celebrate with buddies, meals and leisure. A parade route and schedule is out there at


Sunken Backyard tree lighting: The annual vacation tree-lighting ceremony will happen at the Civic Middle Sunken Gardens with carol sing-alongs, a go to from Santa Claus and, of course, the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. Three. Deliver donations for restock meals closets for these in want.

Dine with Santa: The town is internet hosting Santa for breakfast, and households are invited at 9 a.m. Dec. Eight. Reservations are required and go shortly. There additionally will probably be crafts to make. Tickets are $Eight. Enroll by way of the recreation division at 714-895-2860


Vacation on Essential Road: For the 29th yr, the community could have a probability to go to with Santa Claus and take pleasure in festive music all through the night time. The occasion, which is hosted by the Foremost Road Retailers Affiliation, is about for Three-Eight p.m. Dec. 2 alongside Previous City Yorba Linda’s Fundamental Road, simply north of Imperial Freeway and Yorba Linda Boulevard.

Heroes: The Nixon Basis will host its annual Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication at 10 a.m. Dec. Eight, honoring Southern California troops who misplaced their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Every can be acknowledged by identify, and households will obtain ornaments for the tree at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. Households should RSVP to be included.

Boat parade: East Lake Village houses are adorning for the holidays, and the community is having its annual boat parade – with the boats adorned as properly – at 6:30 p.m. Dec. Eight-9. Meals vans can be out there from 5 to 7 p.m. at the East Lake Clubhouse. The community can watch from the public streets round the lakefront neighborhood. 714-779-0657 or

Meals drive: Have overdue ebook fines with the Yorba Linda Library? Pay with meals donations via Dec. 15. The Meals for Fines program will settle for canned items at the library or digital donations on-line to profit the Community Motion Partnership of Orange County  Meals Financial institution. Discover out extra at

Nixon vacation: The Nixon Presidential Library & Museum is internet hosting via Jan. Eight “All Aboard, America,” a vacation mannequin practice show. The trains journey by means of snow-capped mountain and cities and cities in three totally different layouts. Examine for admission prices and hours.

Every Wednesday night time via Dec. 19, the Nixon library will stage candlelight evenings after the museum closes. The night will function pictures with Santa in the duplicate Oval Workplace, musical leisure, crafts and cookie adorning. Common admission, which supplies entry to the galleries, is $29.

The Pat Nixon White Home gingerbread home additionally might be on show by means of half of the season. It was created by The Cookie Factor in Yorba Linda. Examine

Vacation playing cards: The Yorba Linda Public Library, 18181 Imperial Freeway, is gathering individuals to make vacation playing cards for native assisted dwelling facilities. It’s open to all ages, and supplies can be offered. It’s going to happen the library’s Community Room from 1:30 to Three:30 p.m. Dec. Eight.

Breakfast with Santa: St. Nick shall be paying a go to to the metropolis at 9 a.m. Dec. Eight. There can be activities for youngsters, leisure and breakfast at the Yorba Linda Community Middle, 4501 Casa Loma Ave. Youngsters can be in a position to meet with Santa. Preregistration is required; no walk-ins. Tickets are $20. Info/registration: 714-961-7181 or

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