Newport Landing Boat Parade & Holiday of Lights Cruises   Nov. 30-Jan. 1
Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The parade takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday to the third Sunday in December. 
Time/Place: Newport Landing Whale Watching 
Contact: 949-675-0551 / www.christmasparadeboats.com

 

Sawdust Winter Fantasy   Through Dec. 22
This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments. 
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 
Contact:  949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org

 

La Habra Tamale Festival   Dec. 1
Tamale contest, dance performances by local studios, and musical performances by Soto, with its top 40, cumbias and salsa tunes, and the Mariachi Divas. There will be many vendors selling a variety of items, as well as many tamale vendors. 
Time/Place: 9am-6pm / Euclid Street  

Contact: www.lahabratamalefestival.com

 

Cars & (Santa) Claus   Dec. 2
Get a family photo with jolly St. Nick and our red Ferrari, or simply tour the museum with a cup of hot cocoa and brownie. 
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / The Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin 
Contact: 714-258-300 / www.marconimuseum.org

 

Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 2
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 Sunken Garden 
Contact: 714-895-2860 / www.westminster-ca.gov

 

Cypress Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting   Dec. 3
School performances, letters to Santa and veterans, holiday activities, train rides, visits with Santa and refreshments. 
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Civic Center Green  

Contact: www.cypressca.org

 

La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 4
Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Take a picture with Santa and his elves. Crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart wont want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! 
Time/Place: 4pm / Central Park Amphitheater  

Contact: www.cityoflapalma.org

 


West Grove Jingle Jam   Dec. 5
Performances, vendors, train rides, Santa and more! Bring a toy donation for Spark of Love for a front line pass to see Santa. 
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Eastgate Park, Garden Grove    

Contact: www.ggcity.org

 

Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 5
Live music and entertainment. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see childrens eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs. Claus drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. 
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Brea Civic & Cultural Center  

Contact: www.ci.brea.ca.us

 

Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 5
Celebrate Holidays Around the World Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, storytime with Stanton Library, and the lighting of the Stanton Christmas tree. 
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Stanton City Hall/Civic Center  

Contact: www.ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Seal Beach Christmas Parade   Dec. 6
Our theme this year is Christmas Movies and with more than 100 entries and 3,200 participants, Main Street will be alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas. 
Time/Place: 7-8:45pm / Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH 
Contact: www.sealbeachlions.org

 

Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 6
Tustin Family and Youth Center Kids Corner Preschool, Tustin Dance Center, HBP Dance Extreme, Academy of Dance, CT Middle School Choir and Compass Bible Church. Letters to Santa, Craft Area, Booths, Pictures w/Santa and Tree Lighting. 
Time/Place: 6pm / Tustin Library Courtyard  

Contact: www.tustinca.org

 

Dana Point Boat Parade of Light   Dec. 6-7 & 13-14
Enjoy this holiday extravaganza throughout the harbor each night of the Boat Parade that features carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, and FREE photos with Santa, and culminates with the Boat Parade. Parade begins at 7:30pm. 
Time/Place: 4:30pm / Dana Point Harbor    

Contact: www.danapointharbor.com

 

Nights of 1000 Lights   Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 19-22
Guests will enjoy a Blue Christmas with Elvis. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a make your own smores station. There will also holiday photo booth and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, food available for purchase and holiday shopping in the Garden Shop. 
Time/Place: Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar 
Contact: 949-673-2261 / www.slgardens.org

 


Anaheim Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village   Dec. 7
Holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, a childrens train ride, free photos with Santa and holiday musical performances by local schools and community groups throughout the day. 
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / Downtown Anaheim 
Contact: 714-956-3586 / www.downtownanaheim.com

 

Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland   Dec. 7
Play in the snow, activities, Santas Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment. 
Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / St. Isidore Historical Plaza 
Contact: 562-431-3538 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org

 

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar   Dec. 7
Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk. 
Time/Place: 10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove, Newport Coast 
Contact: 949-376-6200 / www.crystalcove.org

 

Winter in the Grove   Dec. 7
Holiday refreshments and kids activities. $5 unlimited snow slides. Tree lighting. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donate and unwrapped $10 toy and receive two snow slide wrist bands. 
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove  

Contact: www.ggcity.org

 

Fullerton Winter Market   Dec. 7
Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa, grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping and visit the beer and wine garden. Spark of Love toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters will also be there for those who wish to donate. 12-4pm / Time/Place: Downtown Fullerton Plaza  

Contact: www.cityoffullerton.com

 

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 7
Features 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 and Sports Park 
Contact: 714-839-8611 / www.fountainvalley.org

 

Candy Cane Land & Craft Faire   Dec. 7
This years event will once again feature snow slides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and over 100 artisan craft booths. 
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Ehlers Event Center, Buena Vista 
Contact: 714-236-3860 / www.buenapark.com

 


Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting   Dec. 7
Features Santa, entertainment, an artisan craft fair, carnival games, rides, crafts for kids, cookie decorating and more! The Tree Lighting takes place at 5:15pm with free hot chocolate and cookies. 
Time/Place: 12-5:30pm / La Plaza Park  

Contact: www.danapoint.org

 

Santas Village by the Sea   Dec. 7
Childrens activities, tree lightings, Santa, shopping and more! Features Holiday Hoopla at the Community Center, Christmas at the Casa, and Puttin on the Glitz. City Tree Lighting event with the Mayor will be held at 5:15pm. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule of events. 
Contact: 949-361-8200 / www.san-clemente.org

 

SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 7
Includes dance, orchestra, mariachi and musical theater performances. Holiday activities throughout downtown following the event. Downtown shops will host Open House with special sales and complimentary refreshments. 
Time/Place: 4:15-9pm / Historic Town Center Park 
Contact: 949-493-5911 / www.sanjuancapistrano.org

 

Irvine Holiday Tree Lighting   Dec. 7
Celebrate the season as snow falls and the community gathers for the holiday tree lighting ceremony. The free event will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and winter-themed train route. 
Time/Place: 4-6pm / Irvine Civic Center  

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

 

Capistrano Lights   Dec. 7-Jan. 6
Experience the Mission at Night featuring a nightly tree lighting and music program.  
Time/Place: 5:30-6pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano 
Contact: 949-234-1300 / www.missionsjc.com

 

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk   Dec. 8
High School bands, Firemans BBQ, live entertainment, restaurant tastings, beer & wine garden, bouncy houses, Santa Visits and a grand opportunity drawing.  
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Village of Corona del Mar 
Contact: 949-673-4050 / www.cdmchamber.com

 

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional   Dec. 8
Join us for 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. The Main Musical Program and Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15pm.  
Time/Place: 3:30pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza  

Contact: www.cityoforange.org

 

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair   Dec. 8
Features dozens of pet-related vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping, and an opportunity drawing. 
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Irvine Animal Care Center  

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

 

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade   Dec. 14
Jingle All the Way 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! 
Time/Place: 10am / Crown Valley Parkway  

Contact: www.lagunaniguelparade.com

 

Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 14
Join Santa for breakfast, crafts, entertainment and photos! Parent participation is required and all participants must be registered. Dont wait, this event will sell out! 
Time/Place: 9-11:30pm / Yorba Linda Community Center 
Contact: 714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov

 

Live Nativity & International Celebration   Dec. 15
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: 6-8pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach 
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade   Dec. 15
Procession of wheeled vessels sets sail for the VP Towne Centre celebration. Great food, and fun and/or funky vendors, plus musical entertainment await everyone in the Centre, as do special trophies for many unique crafts. 
Time/Place: 4pm / Villa Park High School & ends at Towne Centre  
Contact: 714-998-1500 / www.villapark.org

 

Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights   Dec. 17-23
Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event. 
Contact: 714-840-7542 / www.cruiseoflights.org

 

Winter Fest OC    Dec. 19-Jan. 5
Ice tubing down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area, ice skating on SoCals largest outdoor ice rink, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters. 
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa  

Contact: www.winterfestoc.com

 

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival   Dec. 22
Live stage performances and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections! 
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton 
Contact: 714-738-6595 / www.themuck.org