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Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November. You'll find holiday boutiques, tree lightings, visits from Santa, boat parades, New Year's Eve events and much more!

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Tamale Festival - La Habra
December 4, 2021
10 am - 10 pm

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.

Free entrance for all attendees. In addition this year, there will be a “check-in" point, where 200 people received recyclable bags for their tamale shopping, and a free special event shuttle that brings residents and visitors to the festival from a convenient off-site parking area.

301 S Euclid St.
La Habra, CA

Tamale Festival - Placentia
Thursday, December 9, 2021
4-10 pm

The Placentia Santa Fe Merchants Association and the City of Placentia are proud to bring you the annual Tamale Festival to be held in Old Town Placentia in the 100-200 blocks of Santa Fe Street.

Santa Fe Street
Placentia, Ca

Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Event!
Saturday, December 11, 2021
11am - 1pm

Free Family Fun Event!

Held at Anaheim Plaza Food Court. This free event is for the whole family and will include Raffles & Prizes, Airbrush Artist, Balloon Artist, and Kid-Friendly DJ.

Bring your cameras for a Holiday Photo opp! Plus giveaways for the first 100 kids!

Anaheim Plaza Food Court
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Fwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Gourmet Cooking with Chef Rae - Garden Grove & Virtual
Saturday, December 11, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join the inspiring Chef Rae for an exclusive event by 50/50 Leadership as she cooks a 3-course meal fit for the holidays.

The event will be held on Saturday, December 11, 5-7 PM (PST), at Bracken’s Kitchen in Garden Grove, California, a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives. A limited number of seats are available on location, where guests are invited to interact with Chef Rae, enjoy a plated 3-course dinner as well as a selection of her favorite wines. A live, multi-camera, broadcast feed of the cooking tutorial will be streamed on Zoom for those who wish to join virtually. All event proceeds will directly fund 50/50 Leadership and its programs.

In person attendance in Bracken’s Kitchen
13941 Nautilus Dr
Garden Grove, CA 92843 (Proof of vaccination required)

Virtual attendance through Zoom

Farmakis Farms Craft Market - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Family-owned Christmas tree farm and certified farmers' market located in San Juan Capistrano now offering a monthly craft market!

Crafts, arts, handmade goods and one of a kind items! FREE to attend. Will be held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 364-1270

Arts & Craft Show - Huntington Beach
Sunday, December 12, 2021
10 am - 4 pm

Monthly Artisan Shows and Holiday Boutiques

Shop over 50 unique, hand picked artisans and crafters as they showcase their latest designs, collections, products and one-of-a-kinds! FREE Admission & Parking

Sunday, November 14

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Christmas and Nativity Play - Huntington Beach
December 12, 2021
5-10 pm

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.

FREE Admission.

Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 15 – 19, 2021

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

For those of you that would like to be in parade both Newport Landing and Davey's Locker will offer 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

December 3, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Offered three times nightly (check websites for times)
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A, Newport Beach Ca 92661
Davey's Locker
400 Main St., Newport Beach, CA 92661


Chance Theater presents: Striking 12 - Anaheim
November 26, 2021 — December 19, 2021

Striking 12 is a unique hybrid of riveting musical theater and an electrifying pop-rock concert. It tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who has resolved to spend New Year’s Eve alone when an incandescent figure arrives at their door with the promise to chase away the winter doldrums. Striking 12 is a festive tale filled with wit, emotion, and musicianship, creating an anti-holiday musical celebration about rediscovering and reconnecting to the true spirit of the season. The New York Times called it “a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don’t like holiday shows.”

Click above to view current COVID-19 policy requirements

Presented by: Chance Theater
@ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

South Coast Repertory presents: A Christmas Carol - Costa Mesa
November 27, 2021 - December 26, 2021

Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 708-5555

The Nixon Library presents “A Holiday of Hope” - Yorba Linda
November 18 through December 28, 2021

All Aboard! Trains are Back!

Every week, Nixon Library visitors will enjoy rotating sets of model trains chugging up mountains and rolling across the American plains. Visit the Nixon Library throughout the Holiday season to keep up with the latest rotating model! New trains every week!

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886


Night of Lights OC - Costa Mesa
November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

A spectacular drive-thru experience with over a million lights, holiday music, characters and real snow!

Guests will enjoy in the safety of their own vehicle a magical and interactive drive through a winter wonderland of lights. This one-mile drive-thru will include over one million lights. Limited tickets and time slots per day!

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through April.

Summer and fall bring the giant blue whales. They can be seen from May through October

Humpback whales, finback whales, & minke whales are viewed year round. Giant marine protected park provides pristine habitat for whales and dolphin and means a simple 2-2.5 hour cruise is all that needed to see whales and dolphin from Dana Point and Newport Beach

You can book cruises at the following locations:

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach Ca 92661
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661
$16 Cruise Special!
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