9 Ways to Celebrate Easter in Orange County

Easter lands on April 4th this year. Here are some of the county’s best things to do and places to dine to celebrate the holiday with your family.
Photograph by Michelle Pagaran

Things to Do:

Head over to Downtown Disney to purchase your $8 map and stickers to begin an Easter egg hunt. Explore the downtown district searching for special hidden eggs which are based on Disney characters. After you record your findings, return to World of Disney or Disney’s Pin Traders to claim your prize. Anaheim, disneyparks.disney.go.com 

The City of Dana Point is hosting The Bunny Hop Trolley on April 3rd, from 9 a.m. to12:30 p.m. The trolley will make various stops across the city to hand out goodie bags to children under age 13. Check out their website for the detailed schedule. Dana Point, danapoint.org

Irvine Regional Park is a local favorite for Easter activities. Take a train ride, go for a walk, get on the lake, or hunt for Easter eggs all while enjoying a beautiful spring day. Note: closed on Easter Sunday. Orange, irvineparkrailroad.com

Take a wagon ride with the Easter Bunny at Tanaka Farms. On weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can pick veggies and strawberries, visit the barnyard, and take photos with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $20 per person—book ahead! Irvine, tanakafarms.com

Places to Dine:

Looking to enjoy an Easter brunch in a beautiful outdoor setting? The JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort, is serving a special brunch menu in their JW Garden. Some menu highlights include the red velvet french toast, cauliflower steak, and espresso ricotta basket. There will also be activities for the kids. Anaheim, marriott.com

Swing by Old Towne Orange to enjoy a special Easter brunch offered both Saturday and Sunday at Haven Craft Kitchen and Bar. A special menu crafted by Chef Craig Brady includes something for everyone—duck confit chilaquiles, avocado toast, housemade doughnuts, and a Haven Bloody Mary. Reservations are recommended. Orange, havencraftkitchen.com

Spending Easter at home this year? Not to worry—Lido Bottle Works provides a takeaway meal for four ($200). Included are tartine house ricotta, grain and spring veggie salad, braised lamb shank, and pistachio crunch for dessert. Dine-in options available as well. Newport Beach, lidobottleworks.com

Easter on the sand? Yes, please! Crystal Cove’s beloved Beachcomber Cafe is hosting a special holiday brunch from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Delicious offerings include beignets, crepes, French toast, as well as many cocktail options. Newport Beach, thebeachcombercafe.com

After enjoying some fun in the sun, stop by Portola Coffee Roasters for a new drink off their spring menu. Options include a lavender vanilla latte, rose orgeat latte, Honey Bee latte, and jasmine butterfly milk tea. Orange, Huntington Beach, Tustin, portolacoffee.com

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