These Events in O.C. Get the Holiday Season in Full Swing

CAPISTRANO LIGHTS 2018
THROUGH JAN. 6

Mission San Juan Capistrano adds a tree lighting to its Christmas at the Mission for the first time this year. Nightly tree lighting is free for guests as part of their visit to the mission starting Dec. 2. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949-234-1315, missionsjc.com

CANDLELIGHT EVENING TOUR
DEC. 5, 12, AND 19

This holiday season, the Nixon Library is opening its doors after hours to host Candlelight Evenings. Guests can explore the special Christmas display, All-Aboard America!, listen to live music, take photos with Santa, decorate cookies, and create festive ornaments. Richard Nixon Library & Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714-993-5075, nixonfoundation.org

HOLIDAY WASSAIL CONCERT
DEC. 7 AND 8

Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts will host its 55th annual Holiday Wassail Concert & Banquet. Join the Chapman University Singers, the University Choir, and the Women’s Choir along with music performed by The Chapman Orchestra, and enjoy the concert of holiday favorites. Musco Center for the Arts, 415 North Glassell St., Orange, 844-626-8726, muscocenter.org

DANA POINT HARBOR 44TH ANNUAL BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS
DEC. 7, 8, 14, AND 15

Join the city’s holiday boat parade, which will feature “A Western Wonderland” theme and festive family activities. Throughout the harbor, enjoy games, crafts, live entertainment, and photos with Santa. Dana Point Harbor, 34624 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949-923-2255, danapointharbor.com/boat-parade

24TH ANNUAL NUTCRACKER TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY VILLAGE
DEC. 8

Anaheim’s annual event will feature a children’s train ride, a snow play area, holiday-themed crafting, and photos with Santa. Enjoy a variety of treats from the international food fair and purchase gifts in the holiday shopping village. Downtown Anaheim, 201 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, 714-956-3586, downtownanaheim.com 

HO-HO-HO NIGHT HIKE
DEC. 8

See the Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a new setting by going on a hike in the dark! Follow the docents as they introduce you to natural wonders only seen at night. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and a live animal presentation. Dress accordingly and bring a flashlight. Email carboncanyon@ocparks.com to register. Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea, 714-973-3160, ocparks.com/events

ANAHEIM TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
DEC. 8

The city’s 24th annual tree lighting ceremony will offer a snow play area, photos with Santa, crafts, face painting, balloon artists, and train rides. Anaheim Town Square, 2180 East Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, 714-765-4311, downtownanaheim.com

NIGHT OF 1,000 LIGHTS
DEC. 8

Sherman Library and Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland, featuring a light tunnel, a light show in the Tropical Conservatory, complimentary snacks, a s’mores station, photos with Santa, and crafts. A wine and beer bar, tamale vendor, and holiday shopping will be available in the Garden Shop. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, slgardens.org

HOLIDAY BRUNCH
DEC 8. and 22

Back Bay Bistro offers a holiday brunch buffet featuring an omelet station, pancakes, a dessert display, white and milk chocolate fountains, and bottomless champagne and mimosas. Guests can take photos with Santa in between trips to the buffet tables. $28 for adults and $13 for children 10 years and under. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949-999-3170, NewportDunes.com/Bistro

HUNTINGTON HARBOUR BOAT PARADE
DEC. 8 AND 9

At this annual kick-off to the holiday season, viewers watch more than 75 decorated boats, sparkling with lights, as they pass through the canals in front of homes decked out for the season. Prime viewing spots include Seabridge Park and the Huntington Harbour bridges, and parking is available at Trinidad Island and Sunset Marina. hhboatparade.org

HOLIDAYS AT THE HOUSE
DEC.8 THROUGH 31

The Anaheim Packing District will be hosting a variety of holiday themed events including the Anaheim Night Market, which offers handmade goods perfect for gift giving and a showing of the film “Elf.” Visitors can also celebrate the holiday season with Santa photos, an open-mic night featuring holiday music, and a New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, food, and drinks to kick off the new year. Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com

33RD ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT WALK
DEC. 7 THROUGH 9

More than 1,000 luminarias light the paths around the 19th-century church, school, and home in Heritage Hill Historical Park. Strolling carolers and musicians add a seasonal flair. Heritage Hill Historic Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949-923-2230, ocparks.com/heritagehill

MEISTERSINGERS’ “AN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS” CONCERT
DEC. 9, 15, AND 16

Directed by Brian Dehn, the 35-member vocal ensemble will celebrate this holiday season with performances of “Echoes of Noel – An English Christmas,” at locations in Lake Forest, Newport Beach, and Anaheim. Join the Meistersingers as they showcase the best of English choral tradition from the past 900 years. meistersingers.org

FIESTA NAVIDAD MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS
DEC. 12

See the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos perform “Fiesta Navidad” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Experience Mexican holiday traditions with this bright and colorful performance, filled with music and dance. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” AT THE LIDO THEATER
DEC 14. THROUGH 17

Celebrate the holidays with this annual showing of the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Lido Theater. Also enjoy a visit from Santa, carolers, and complimentary hot cocoa on Saturday. Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949-6738350, regencymovies.com

CHRISTMAS AT THE ZOO
DEC. 15

Visit the Orange County Zoo to watch animals receive holiday treats, meet Santa, hear stories from Mrs. Claus, make festive crafts, and play games. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714-973-6847, ocparks.com/oczoo

SNOW DAYS WITH THE CRITTERS
DEC. 15 AND 16

Visit the Santa Ana Zoo where the celebration will be focused on winter and snow. Watch animals receive icy treats, and enjoy festive music, educational games, crafts, holiday decorations, and story time. Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714-953-8555, santaanazoo.org

ALOHA HOLIDAY
DEC. 15

For a change in holiday scenery, spend a Hawaiian-inspired afternoon at Mercantile East Shopping Center. The celebration will feature Disney princess Moana, tropical-themed balloon art, the Lil’ Dickens Carolers, giveaways, and photos with Santa. Mercantile East, 27612 Antonio Parkway, Ladera Ranch, 714-241-0400, laderaranchochamber.org

NEWPORT BEACH BOAT PARADE VIEWING AND BUFFET
DEC.19 THROUGH 23

Join American Legion Post 291 for a Mexican dinner buffet and view of the Newport Beach Boat Parade, featuring 200 extravagant light displays, holiday music, and carolers. A live Mariachi band will perform on Friday and Saturday. This event is open to non-members but reservations are required. Proceeds benefit veterans programs. $29 per adult, $12 per child. The American Legion on the Balboa Peninsula, 215 15th Street, Newport Beach, 949-554-4914, al291.com/events

WINTER FEST OC
DEC. 20 THROUGH JAN. 6

Deemed Southern California’s largest winter tradition, the event will feature real snow play areas, ice tubing, bounce houses for kids, the “world’s largest rocking horse,” and more. See Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds, enjoy a tree lighting celebration, and view nightly fireworks. OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, winterfestoc.com

KRIS KRINGLE STORY TIME MINGLE
THROUGH DEC. 23

Every Friday through Sunday, the Main Estate Lobby of the Resort at Pelican Hill hosts Santa Claus as he tells stories to kids of all ages. Gather around the nine-foot gingerbread display honoring international landmarks in France, Cambodia, Thailand, and India, and pay jolly St. Nick a visit during intermission. Free. Pelican Hill Resort, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, 855-315-8214, pelicanhill.com

SKATING UNDER THE STARS
THROUGH JAN. 3

Visit Irvine Spectrum’s ice rink for Themed Thursdays, including Christmas Jammies, Reindeers & Red Noses, and New Years Sparkle. While skating, enjoy entertainment and participate in giveaways sponsored by One West Bank. Come dressed up and receive $5 off your ticket (normally $20). Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-790-4871, irvinespectrumcenter.com

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