Local 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, Santa and much more!
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-3030 /


Santas Workshop   Nov. 28-Dec. 19
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. Wed, Sat, and Sun.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Civic Center Plaza



Photos with Santa   Dec. 1 - Dec. 24
Visit Santa at his Airstream on the Ocean Deck. He's waiting to hear your wishes... and to take photos that you'll always treasure.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Pacific City, Huntington Beach



The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Etudes  Dec. 1, 2, 8, & 9
Join us for this family Holiday classic as Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker!
Time/Place: Times vary / Huntington Beach High School



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.
Time/Place: 10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
Contact: 949-376-6200 /


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.
Time/Place: 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.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove



City of SJCs 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!
Time/Place: 4-9pm / Historic Town Center Park



Santa Paws   Dec. 1
Bring down 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.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / El Torito Courtyard, Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-492-1617 /


Santas Village by the Sea   Dec. 1
Tree Lighting with Santa arriving from a Firetruck. Christmas at the Casa: Holiday entertainment, crafts, cocoa & cookies. Puttin On The Glitz and Community Center Holiday Hoopla.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Contact: 949-218-5378 /


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 non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!
Time/Place: 4:30-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park
Contact: 714-593-4400 /


Rancho Santa Margarita Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Musical performances by The Bridge Church. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived to assist with the tree lighting, they will then be available for photos. Join Mrs. Claus for story hour and a sing-along, dancing elves and a face painting station!

Time/Place: 5pm / Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore Park

Contact: 949-709-0013 /


Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Crafts, sweets, and whimsical treats will be available in the land of snowflakes, candy canes, and sugar plum fairies! Santa will be there, so don't forget your camera!

Time/Place: 5-7pm / City Hall: 30111 Crown Valley Parkway

Contact: 949-425-5100 /


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



Irvine Winter Wonderland   Dec. 2
Games, crafts, entertainment, food, and a tree-lighting ceremony. This event includes a 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.
Time/Place: 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.
Time/Place: 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 and 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.
Time/Place: 3:30-7pm / Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-842-6600 /


Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 3
We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the food closets for the needy, and of visited by Santa Claus himself.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Civic Center



HB Block Party!   Dec. 4
Join us for the second Block Party, adjacent to Surf City Nights and sponsored by the HB Chamber of Commerce. Experience food, music, local businesses, and more!
Time/Place: 5-9pm / 5th & PCH, Huntington Beach


Holiday Movie Nights   Dec. 5, 12, & 19
Join us at the Surf Theater big screen on the Second Level each Wednesday this holiday season! These movie nights are FREE and fun for the whole family! Dec 5 = Home Alone, Dec 12 = Elf, Dec 19 = How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Pacific City, Huntington Beach


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.
Time/Place: 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. An early visit from Santa Claus!
Time/Place: 6-7:30pm / Central Park



Seal Beach Christmas Parade   Dec. 7
The Magic of Christmas Marching bands, dance groups, youth groups, equestrians, classic cars, local businesses, floats, military displays and more.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Main Street



Laguna Beach Hospitality Night   Dec. 7
Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting ceremony at 6:10 pm. Community Concert Band, Thurston Middle School Band, Elementary school choirs, arts & crafts, candy canes, community sing-along, live music and business open houses.

Time/Place: 5-10pm / Peppertree Parking Lot

Contact: 949-497-0304 /


Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 7
Enjoy holiday carols, stage entertainment, and tree lighting.
Time/Place: 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.
Time/Place: 6pm & 8pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center Plaza
Contact: 949-470-3062 /


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


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.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-461-3400 /


The Nutcracker by Ballet Repertory Theatre   Dec. 8, 12, 15, 21, & 22
Enjoy this cherished 42-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. With 15 enchanting performances, Orange County's longest running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.
Time/Place: time vary / Golden West College


Holiday Fun 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon   Dec. 8
It's time for the Holiday Fun 5k! This is a fun run that is clock timed (not chip). Bib pick ups start at 7:00 am.
Time/Place: 7:30 - 10:30 am / Bolsa Chich State Beach at Warner


Huntington Harbour Boat Parade   Dec. 8 - 9
The Cruise of Lights is our way of providing funds for the music education of Orange County school children. The Boat Parade is our way of saying 'thank you' to the homeowners of Huntington Harbour for decorating their homes, in anticipation of the Cruise of Lights
Time/Place: 5pm / Huntington Harbor


Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
Add extra cheer to your holiday this year with a special Breakfast with Santa. Event includes breakfast, crafts, live entertainment and chance to meet Santa!
Time/Place: 9-11:30am / Yorba Linda Community Center
Contact: 714-961-7100 /


Laguna Hills Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
Join us for a special celebration complete with a scrumptious breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Community Center & Sports Complex
Contact: 949-707-2680 /


Westminster Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
After a visit with Santa, enjoy a morning of arts and crafts.  Reservations sell out quickly.
Time/Place: 9-10:30am / Community Services Building
Contact: 714-895-2860 /


ALL Small Breeds Dog Race   Dec. 9
ALL Small Breeds, this is the last race of the year! Make your plans to watch these little one's battle for first in the last race of 2018! With food, beer, and cute pups! What about if racing isn't your thing?! Our dog-friendly patio makes this event a perfect spectator sport!
Time/Place: 3-4pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: Inge McKellop (714) 402-7327


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.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Irvine Animal Care Center
Contact: 949-724-7740 /


Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour   Dec. 9
Nine uniquely holiday decorated bayfront and island homes. Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate Avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments!
Time/Place: 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 Countys nationally recognized Youth Programs.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Huntington Harbour Mall
Contact: 714-840-7542 /


FREE Movie Series: Polar Express   Dec. 15
Join us for the FREE family movie series at the historic City gym & Pool. Great fun for the family and plenty of games to keep your family occupied. Doors open at 7:15 and the movie starts at 8pm!
Time/Place: 7:15-10:15pm / City Gym & Pool


Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 15
Hear the Jingle?! It's time to mingle with family and friends! Put on your best holiday gear and bring the family to enjoy festivities including a pancake breakfast, bounce house, holiday music, arts & crafts, and a picture with Santa! Register online, space is limited!
Time/Place:  8:30-10:30, 9:30-11:30am, Murdy Community Center


OC Autism Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 15
A 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 and their families and caregivers.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Atlantis Play Center, Garden Grove
Contact: 714-203-5213 /


Christmas and Nativity Play   Dec. 16
Each year 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 true meaning of the holiday season.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 /


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 water front estates.
Contact: 949-675-0551 /


Winter Fest OC  Dec. 20 - Jan 6
Winter Fest OC at the OC Fair & Event Center is back! This year the forecast calls for 18 days of snow in a Winter Wonderland of fun as Winter Fest will run from Dec 20 through Jan 6, giving families additional time in the New Year to enjoy more than 20 wintery activities that are back by popular demand
Time/Place: times vary / OC Fair & Event Center


Holiday Cookie Crawl   Dec. 21
Join us to celebrate the holidays and the first day of winter! Head upstairs to the big screen to meet up for the start of a festive evening. Then meander through the center to discover holiday sweets at our retailers! Meet back at the big screen at 6pm for the holiday movie!
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Pacific City