December is here and sleigh bells are ringing (even in 80 degree heat). Here is a round up of some of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit this year:
Nutcracker for Kids
This fun and fascinating 45-minute concert is designed especially for children 5-11.
Tickets start at $35
Segerstrom Concert Hall Costa Mesa
10am & 11:30am
ENC Artisan Marketplace
50+ Local Artisans
$2 entry fee
11am – 4pm
now – 2 Jan 2022
Surf City Winter Wonderland
Huntington Beach’s Pier Plaza will be home to Surf City Winter Wonderland where residents and visitors can “skate” next to our City beach like never before!
Ticket price: $13.50-$20
HB Pier Plaza
now – 26 Dec 2021
A Christmas Carol
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.
South Coast Repertory Costa Mesa
The Nightmare Before Christmas
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for our favorite holiday movies! Cozy up with some cocoa and head to Argyros Plaza for a movie night that the whole family will enjoy.
Tickets start at $5
Halecrest Holiday Happy Hour
Pizza and salad dinner. Build your own hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating workshop & kids’ crafts.
$5 donation per person (please RSVP in advance)
Halecrest Swim & Tennis Club
5 – 8pm
Breakfast with Santa
Hear the jingle? It’s time to mingle, with family and friends! Put on your best holiday gear and bring the family to enjoy festivities including a pancake breakfast, bounce house, holiday music, arts and crafts, and a picture with Santa!
$10 per person (must register online)
Murdy Community Center
Huntington Beach 8:30am – 10:30am
Eastside Costa Mesa Fire Sleigh
Join us as Santa and his elves drive his fire truck around Eastside Costa Mesa with goodies for all to enjoy! Free fun for all! Santa will start at Lindbergh Park in Costa Mesa at 10am and end at Kaiser Elementary.
Eastside Costa Mesa
10am – 12pm
15 – 19 Dec 2021
Christmas Boat Parade
Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
Begins at 6:30pm
18 Dec 2021
Holiday Snow Land
Turning our local park into a winter wonderland with over 40 tons of snow has become a Costa Mesa tradition. Three generations of families have enjoyed this Torelli sponsored event for over 25 years.
9am – 12pm
now – 2 Jan 2022
Night of Lights OC
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.
Tickets starting at $39.99
OC Fair & Event Center Costa Mesa
1 – 23 Dec 2021
Once Upon A Christmas
Tucked away on Balboa Island lies a magical portal straight to the North Pole! Santa Experiences will never be the same once you travel to the workshop with us! Come see why our magical, personalized Santa experience is unlike ANY other!
Tickets from $49 – $75
Once Upon An Island Newport Beach
Photos with Santa, Train Rides, Letters to Santa, Snoopy House Lights Display, plus additional weekend activities.
Costa Mesa City Hall 5:30pm – 8:30pm
now – 1 Jan 2022
Lighting of the Bay
Join us in celebrating Newport Dune’s 31st annual Lighting of the Bay. Stroll the bay and savor the sights and sounds of the holidays.
Fee for parking
Sunset – 11:30pm