Vacation Occasions: Christmas, Hanukkah & Santa 2020: Orange County – Patch.com

3December 2020

ORANGE COUNTY, CA– The vacations are nearing in Orange County!

Christmas this year falls on a Friday, Dec. 25. Hanukkah runs Thursday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 18. And Kwanzaa is Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

Events are markedly different for 2020, to be sure. Many annual neighborhood extravaganazas were canceled throughout the O.C. area this year due to the pandemic.

However celebrations still are plentiful throughout the location as organizations and towns are getting imaginative with drive-thrus, virtual and in-person, socially distanced events– lots of with limited availablity and needed appointments.

Have a look at our annual event guide to see what’s going on near you. And Delighted Vacations, from Patch!

KEEP IN MIND: Bookmark this page as extra events will be included when revealed.

Also, remember to verify with organizers to validate activities still are continuing as originally prepared as last-minute cancellations are possible.

  • Online via Aliso Viejo Community Association, Aliso Viejo, CA

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ANAHEIM:

DEC. 5: Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting. The town custom continues!

  • Livestream via Downtown Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

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BREA:

DEC. 3 & & 10 : Virtual Tree Lighting & & Santa Letter Drop-Off. View lighting online & & usage drive-thru drop-off for letters to North Pole.

  • Brea Recreation Center Car Park, 695 E. Madison Method, Brea, CA

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BUENA PARK:

Through JAN. 3: Knott’s ‘Taste of Merry Farm’ – Stunning holiday setting & & tastiest holiday foods around. Tickets selling quick.

  • Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

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CORONA DEL MAR:

DEC. 11-22: ‘Nights Of 1000 Lights’: Sherman Gardens. Heads up: anticipated to sell out.

  • Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, CA

Through DEC. 31: ‘Christmas Walk Reimagined’ – The standard, one-day event is revamped to month of deals.

  • Corona del Mar, CA

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COSTA MESA:

DEC. 5, 12 & & 19 : Vacation 2020 Occasions at SOCO + The OC Mix. Music & & storytime with Mrs. Claus.

  • SOCO & & The OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA

DEC. 10-JAN. 10: ‘Night Of Lights’ Vacation Drive-Thru: Fairgrounds. One-mile drive through a winter wonderland!

  • OC Fair & & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Through JAN. 3: South Coast Representative’s ‘A Christmas Carol’– Bringing magic of live theatre home for the vacations.

  • Streaming online via South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

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CYPRESS:

DEC. 7: Chanukah Drive-In Menorah Lighting. Chabad of Los Alamitos is moving annual Seal Beach menorah lighting

  • In front of Los Almitos Race Course, 961 Katella Ave., Cypress, CA

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DANA POINT:

DEC. 4: Santa’s Jolly Trolley. Think who’s pertaining to town!

  • Various Park Locations, Dana Point, CA

DEC. 4-5: ‘Santa Paws’ Photos. Benefits homeless family pets & & appointment system in place.

  • 34571 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA

DEC. 5: Vacation Food Drive & & Santa. “Each kid will get an unique reward from Santa and his elves.”

  • Recreation center, 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, CA

DEC. 12-13, 19-20 & & 26-27: Weekend Wonderland. STEM event with reindeer video games & & more

  • . Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

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FULLERTON:

DEC. 4: Vacation Tree-Lighting Event. Watch from the convenience of home.

  • Online via City of Fullerton, CA

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WATER FOUNTAIN VALLEY:

DEC. 10-13: Drive-In Vacation Movies: Miles Square Park. Including “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” & &”

  • Fairy. “Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA

DEC. 11: Zoom Vacation Dance. Free for individuals with disabilities, ages 18+.

  • Online via City of Fountain Valley, CA

DEC. 12: Christmas In The Gazebo. Canceled.

  • Heritage Park, 10200 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, CA

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GARDEN GROVE:

DEC. 5: ‘Winter In The Grove’ Vacation Drive-Thru. Advance tickets needed.

  • Town Green Park, 12732 Main St., Garden Grove, CA.

DEC. 10: Free ‘Fairy’ Drive-In Vacation Motion Picture. Reserve soon as area is restricted.

  • Senior Center Car Park, 11300 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA

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HUNTINGTON BEACH:

DEC. 6-20: Annual Christmas Market: Old World Huntington Beach. With holiday celebrations & & preferred treats.

  • Old World Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA

DEC. 10: Vacation Author Event with Sarah Morgenthaler. Meet author of “Mistletoe & & Mr. Right.”

  • Online via Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

DEC. 12-13: Huntington Harbour Boat Parade. “Parade boats naturally social range!”

  • Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, CA

DEC. 12-26: Ballet Etudes ‘The Nutcracker’ – “This year’s production has a new creative twist!”

  • Online via Huntington Academy of Dance, 6491 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

DEC. 20 & & 23 : Coast City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ – “Do not miss this opportunity to support these terrific dancers (even through Covid-19).

  • Virtual performances via Coast City Ballet, via 9596 Hamilton Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Through JAN. 3: Vacation Outdoor Ice-Skating: Paséa Hotel. With hot cocoa bar & & more.

  • Paséa Hotel & & Medspa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA

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IRVINE:

DEC. 12: Christmas Motion Picture Night. Household enjoyable with with carols & &”

  • Fairy.”Northwood High School, 4515 Portola Parkway, Irvine,

CA DEC. 20 : Christmas Magic Show. Outside event & & registration needed.

  • Northwood High School, 4515 Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA

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LADERA CATTLE RANCH:

DEC. 5-6: Santa & & Photos: Sendero Market. Socially distanced & & pictures are complimentary!

  • Sendero Market, 30845 Gateway Pl, Ladera Cattle Ranch, CA

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LAGUNA BEACH:

DEC. 4: ‘Hospitality Night’– Canceled.

  • Downtown Laguna Beach, CA

DEC. 13: Laguna Beach Parents Club Vacation Cars And Truck Safari. Extravaganza with decked-out homes, carolers, cocoa, plus toy & & food drive.

  • Throughout Laguna Beach, CA

DEC. 13: Cars And Truck Menorah Parade. Culminates in menorah lighting.

  • Begins & & ends Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach, 30804 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

DEC. 17: ‘Yes, Virginia’ Via Laguna Play House: Virtual. “Wacky, feel-good holiday comedy.”

  • Online via Laguna Play House, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA

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LAGUNA NIGUEL:

DEC. 4: “It’s a Terrific Life.” Drive-in motion picture & & RSVPs needed.

  • Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church, 30071 Ivy Glenn Drive, Laguna Niguel, CA

DEC. 13: Drive-Through Chanukah Celebration. Assist develop a ‘Canorah’ to benefit the OC Food Bank.

  • Town hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

Through DEC. 31: Ritz-Carlton Annual Vacation Surf Board Auction. Supports surfing for children with autism.

  • Online via Surfers Recovery, San Juan Capistrano, CA & & Ritz-Carlton-Laguna Niguel, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA

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LAKE FOREST:

DEC. 5: Drive In Motion Picture – Fairy. Sold out.

  • Via City of Lake Forest: Towne Centre, Foothill Cattle Ranch, CA

Through DEC. 11: Letters To Santa. Send out a letter & & Santa will compose back!

  • Via City of Lake Forest, CA

Through DEC. 19: Annual Chamber 5K Fairy Yourself: Virtual Race. Run anytime, anywhere.

  • Via Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, 26239 Enterprise Court, Lake Forest, CA

Through DEC. 24: Light of the World – Saddleback Christmas Lights Experience. If time slots are complete, check back for openings or to get on waitlist.

  • Saddleback Church Lake Forest, 1 Saddleback Pkwy., Lake Forest, CA

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LOS ALAMITOS:

DEC. 2: Vacation Toy Drive Drive-Up. Make a distinction in a child’s life.

  • Los Alamitos Recreation Center, 10911 Oak St., Los Alamitos, CA

DEC. 5: Winter Wonderland. Sold out.

  • Epson, 3131 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA

DEC. 7: Chanukah Drive-In Menorah Lighting. Chabad of Los Alamitos is moving annual Seal Beach menorah lighting

  • In front of Los Almitos Race Course, 961 Katella Ave., Cypress, CA

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OBJECTIVE VIEJO:

DEC. 4-5: Drive-Thru Nativity. With live stars, animals, music & & food-drive collection, too.

  • Nativity at Mount of Olives Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Objective Viejo, CA

DEC. 12: Drive-Through Food and Toy Drive. Assist make vacations brilliant for those in requirement.

  • Norman P. Murray Community/ Elder Center, 24932 Veterans Method, Objective Viejo, CA

Through DEC. 20: Santa’s Town ‘Stop, Wave & & Go’ – “Stop, wave & & drop off a letter to Santa and Mrs. Claus.”

  • Town hall, 200 Civic Center, Objective Viejo, CA

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NEWPORT BEACH:

DEC. 4: Embellishing a Living Christmas Tree with Lauren Anderson. Livestream with professional gardener.

  • Online via Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, CA

DEC. 5: Crystal Cove Tree Lighting. Canceled.

  • Crystal Cove State Park, Pacific Coast Highway & & Los Trancos, Newport Beach, CA

DEC. 5: Creating with Poinsettias with Nika Davis. Tips to give your home pop of holiday color.

  • Online via Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, CA

Through DEC. 11: Ring of Lights Waterfront Vacation Contest. Boat leasings available to view the displays.

  • Newport Beach, CA

DEC. 12: Roger’s Vacation Fresh Florals & & Planted Arrangements with Shelley. An useful livestream on holiday florals.

  • Online via Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, CA

DEC. 13: Balboa Island Vacation Home Tour. Canceled.

  • Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA

Through DEC. 13: Community Toy Drive. Supports underpriviledged & & special-needs children.

  • Chabad Center for Jewish Life Newport Beach, 2240 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA

DEC. 16-20: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: Virtual Watching. Canceled.

  • Parade route ending and beginning Idea of Lido Island, Newport Beach, CA

Through JAN. 1: Lighting Of The Bay: Newport Dunes. Resort’s grand screen can be seen on foot or by car.

  • Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA

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ORANGE:

DEC. 17: ‘Nochebuena’ Vacation Concert: Musco Center. Including Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles & & Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar.

  • Livestream via Musco Center for the Arts, 415 North Glassell, Orange, CA

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ORANGE COUNTY:

DEC. 11-13: Jingle Bell Run For Arthritis Structure. Annual event goes virtual for 2020.

  • Area: Whenever, anywhere, Orange County, CA

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA:

DEC. 5: SAMLARC’s Virtual Tree Lighting. Santa leads sing-along & & countdown.

  • Online via Facebook with Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Leisure Corp., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

DEC. 5-6: Santa & & Photos: Plaza Antonio. Socially distanced, with complimentary pictures, carolers & & giveaways.

  • Plaza Antonio, 22441 Antonio Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Through DEC. 16: Be A Santa To A Senior. Brighten the vacations for regional senior citizens.

  • Belfry Regional Recreation Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Through DEC. 16: Elder Services Vacation Food Drive. Assist stock pantries for homebound seniors.

  • Belfry Regional Recreation Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Through DEC. 31: SAMLARC Vacation Stroll ‘Round Lake. 3 dates consist of cocoa & & treats!

  • Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club, 21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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SAN CLEMENTE:

DEC. 5: Santa’s Town By The Sea. Canceled.

  • Recreation center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA

DEC. 5-23:Casa Lumina Vacation Walk: Casa Romantica. Capability is restricted, so do not delay on tickets.

  • Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA

DEC. 13: Chanukah Menorah Lighting: Pier. Register to secure a spot.

  • San Clemente Pier, Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA

DEC. 17: Chanukah Menorah Lighting: Outlets. Advance appointments only.

  • Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO:

DEC. 5: ‘It’s A San Juan Christmas’ Drive-Thru Vacation Experience. Extravaganza starring Santa, entertainment & & embellished automobiles.

  • El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA

DEC. 17: Musical Vacation Fun-raiser: Camino Real Play House. Including a great musical line-up.

  • Online via Camino Real Play House, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA

DEC. 26: ‘Fairy Crawl’ – Supports regional dining establishments.

  • Dining Establishments throughout San Juan Capistrano, CA

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SEAL BEACH:

DEC. 5: Christmas Parade Caravan. Do not miss out on Santa!

  • Route: Ocean & & Electric Avenues, Main Street & & The Hill, Seal Beach, CA

DEC. 7: Chanukah Drive-In Menorah Lighting. Chabad of Los Alamitos is moving annual Seal Beach menorah lighting

  • In front of Los Almitos Race Course, 961 Katella Ave., Cypress, CA

DEC. 12: Drive-Thru Breakfast With Santa & & Toy Drive. Ol’ St. Nick will exist, so bring your letters to Santa.

  • Marina Park, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, CA

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TRABUCO CANYON:

DEC. 12: Chris Daniels Project Pre-Holiday Show. A yearly custom at Cook’s Corner!

  • Cook’s Corner, 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA

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TUSTIN:

DEC. 6: Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition Drive-Thru. Remove your finest of the worst, and take pleasure in doughnuts & & cocoa.

  • Tustin Ministry Center, 3002 Dow Ave., Tustin, CA

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FROM OTHER CA REGIONS:

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