Vacation Occasions: Christmas, Hanukkah & Santa 2020: San Clemente – Patch.com

3December 2020

SAN CLEMENTE, CA– The holidays are nearing in San Clemente

! 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.

Celebrations are markedly various for 2020, to be sure. Many annual community extravaganazas were canceled throughout San Clemente and the O.C. area this year due to the pandemic.

Celebrations still are plentiful throughout the area as organizations and towns are getting creative with drive-thrus, virtual and in-person, socially distanced occasions– many with restricted availablity and required appointments.

Have a look at our annual occasion guide to see what’s going on near you. And Pleased Holidays, from Spot!

KEEP IN MIND: Bookmark this page as extra occasions will be added when announced.

Also, remember to verify with organizers to verify activities still are continuing as initially planned as last-minute cancellations are possible.

  • Online through Aliso Viejo Neighborhood Association, Aliso Viejo, CA

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ANAHEIM:

DEC. 5: Yearly Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting. The town tradition continues!

  • Livestream through 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 Community Center Parking Lot, 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: expected to offer out.

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

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

  • 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 holidays.

  • Streaming online through 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 transferring 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 concerning town!

  • Various Park Places, Dana Point, CA

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

  • 34571 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA

DEC. 5: Vacation Food Drive & & Santa. “Each child will get a special reward from Santa and his fairies.”

  • Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, CA

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

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

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FULLERTON:

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

  • Online through City of Fullerton, CA

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY:

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

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

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

  • Online through 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 season In The Grove’ Vacation Drive-Thru. Advance tickets required.

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

DEC. 10: Free ‘Elf’ Drive-In Vacation Film. Reserve quickly as space is restricted.

  • Senior Center Parking Lot, 11300 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA

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HUNTINGTON BEACH:

DEC. 6-20: Yearly Christmas Market: Vintage Huntington Beach. With holiday celebrations & & preferred treats.

  • Vintage Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA

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

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

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

  • Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, CA

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

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

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

  • Virtual efficiencies through Coast City Ballet, through 9596 Hamilton Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

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

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

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IRVINE:

DEC. 12: Christmas Film Night. Household fun with with carols & &”

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

CA DEC. 20 : Christmas Magic Program. Outdoor occasion & & registration required.

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

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LADERA RANCH:

DEC. 5-6: Santa & & Photos: Sendero Market. Socially distanced & & images are free!

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

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LAGUNA BEACH:

DEC. 4: ‘Hospitality Night’– Canceled.

  • Downtown Laguna Beach, CA

DEC. 13: Laguna Beach Parents Club Vacation Car Safari. Extravaganza with decked-out houses, carolers, cocoa, plus toy & & food drive.

  • Throughout Laguna Beach, CA

DEC. 13: Car 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 Playhouse: Virtual. “Wacky, feel-good holiday funny.”

  • Online through Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA

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LAGUNA NIGUEL:

DEC. 4: “It’s a Terrific Life.” Drive-in movie & & RSVPs required.

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

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

  • City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA

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

  • Online through 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 Film – Elf. Sold out.

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

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

  • Via City of Lake Forest, CA

Through DEC. 19: Yearly Chamber 5K Elf Yourself: Virtual Race. Run anytime, anywhere.

  • Via Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, 26239 Business 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 Community Center, 10911 Oak St., Los Alamitos, CA

DEC. 5: Winter season Wonderland. Sold out.

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

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

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

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MISSION VIEJO:

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

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

DEC. 12: Drive-Through Food and Toy Drive. Help make holidays bright for those in need.

  • Norman P. Murray Neighborhood/ Elder Center, 24932 Veterans Method, Mission Viejo, CA

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

  • City Hall, 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA

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NEWPORT BEACH:

DEC. 4: Decorating a Living Christmas Tree with Lauren Anderson. Livestream with expert horticulturist.

  • Online through 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 offer your home pop of holiday color.

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

Through DEC. 11: Ring of Lights Waterside Vacation Contest. Boat leasings offered to see the screens.

  • Newport Beach, CA

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

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

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

  • Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA

Through DEC. 13: Neighborhood Toy Drive. Supports underpriviledged & & special-needs kids.

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

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

  • Parade path ending and starting Pointer of Lido Island, Newport Beach, CA

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

  • Newport Dunes Waterside 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 through Musco Center for the Arts, 415 North Glassell, Orange, CA

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ORANGE COUNTY:

DEC. 11-13: Jingle Bell Run For Arthritis Foundation. Yearly occasion goes virtual for 2020.

  • Area: Anytime, anywhere, Orange County, CA

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA:

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

  • Online through Facebook with Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Entertainment Corp., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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

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

Through DEC. 16: Be A Santa To A Senior. Lighten up the holidays for local senior citizens.

  • Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Through DEC. 16: Elder Providers Vacation Food Drive. Help stock kitchens for homebound senior citizens.

  • Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Through DEC. 31: SAMLARC Vacation Walk ‘Round Lake. Three 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.

  • Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA

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

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

DEC. 13: Chanukah Menorah Lighting: Pier. Register to secure an area.

  • 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, home entertainment & & embellished cars and trucks.

  • El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA

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

  • Online through Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA

DEC. 26: ‘Elf Crawl’ – Supports local restaurants.

  • Dining Establishments throughout San Juan Capistrano, CA

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SEAL BEACH:

DEC. 5: Christmas Parade Caravan. Don’t 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 transferring 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 Job Pre-Holiday Program. An annual tradition at Cook’s Corner!

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

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TUSTIN:

DEC. 6: Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Competitors Drive-Thru. Dig out your best 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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