November Holiday Events in Orange County

Photograph courtesy of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

’Tis the season! Thanksgiving and other holidays are just around the corner and Orange County’s calendar is filled with plenty of events for the family to enjoy.


This Saturday, November 13, marks the first-ever Floral Park Holiday Home Tour. Four professionally decorated landmark estate homes open their doors to visitors. Stop by the wine and beer garden for a cup of mulled wine and shop local at the Holiday Market. $35 to $40 per person. All profits go toward providing scholarships to Santa Ana students.

Witness South Coast Plaza’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 18, featuring a performance by Orange County School of the Arts and special guest Matthew Morrison. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Town Center Park and admission is free. 

Enter the festive, picturesque world of the Sawdust Arts & Crafts Winter Fantasy Festival starting on Saturday, November 20. Get a headstart on your Christmas shopping by picking up one of their unique, handcrafted gifts. Send your wish lists and take photos at a meet-and-greet with Santa, listen to live music, or join an art class. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children 6 and up. 

Learn to craft your own holiday wreath on Saturday, November 20 at Sherman Library & Gardens. Jen Aguilar from the California Native Plant society will lead the workshop. Materials are included. $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

On Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is celebrating the 10th Annual Surfing Santa and Stand Up Paddle Board Contest at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. From November 20 through New Year’s Eve, the resort will host the 13th Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction. Big names in the surf industry such as Kelly Slater and Brawner Boards will be featured at the event. Both events are for the benefit of a charity that the resort has already raised over $440,000 for, Surfers Healing, which is dedicated to providing surf camps for children with autism. 

Race in the largest Thanksgiving Day run event at Dana Point’s 44th Annual Turkey Trot. Scenic views of the gorgeous beaches and their charming coves and cliffs will accompany your run on November 25. Participate in 10k, 5k, and kids’ 1-mile races. 

Newport Dunes welcomes guest to witness the 31st Annual Lighting of the Bay beginning on Friday, November 26 at dusk and continuing through January 1. Bring the whole family to see the festive holiday lights reflecting on the water. On-site parking is $2 per hour.

Click here for even more November events. https://www.orangecoast.com/life-style/november-2021-o-c-events-concerts-and-more/

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