I know many people who have grown up with the tradition of going to see a Tree Lighting of some sort, and while I thought it sounded nice, I had never been to one before I had kids. And let me just tell you, the look on their faces when the lights go on is priceless. So in an effort to save you time, and spread the joy, here is a list of local events for you (including the lighting of the menorah):
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH @ 6:30PM (to 9:30PM)
Tree lighting ceremony includes a performance by the Orange County School of the Arts, refreshments, and a special visit from Santa.
Town Center Park (Adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza) • 686 Anton Boulevard • Costa Mesa 92626
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17TH @ 6PM
Enjoy a 25-minute live musical show by The Young Americans, a visit from Santa, a magical snowfall, and, of course, the highly-anticipated lighting of the tree!
Fashion Island • Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard • 401 Newport Center Drive • Newport Beach 92660
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD @ 3PM (to 8PM)
Enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk (approx. 5:30pm) as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor screening of a holiday movie will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase.
Newport Dunes • 1131 Back Bay Drive • Newport Beach 92660
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND @ 3:30PM (to 5:30PM)
Celebrate Chanukah and the lighting of the menorah at Fashion Island (in partnership with Chabad Center for Jewish Life) with singing, festive traditions, and sweet treats.
Fashion Island • Atrium Garden Courtyard near Dick’s Sporting Goods • 401 Newport Center Drive • Newport Beach 92660