Your Guide to Local Christmas Tree Lightings
Pick one or pick them all, here is a list of local Tree Lightings (plus the lighting of the menorah) to help you and your family celebrate the season:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH @ 6:00 PM (to 8PM)
Featuring a holiday sing-along with the Snow Queen & her Sister, Santa & Mrs. Claus and a special performance by Hip Hop Violinist Josh Vietti & Friends. Plus, enjoy special treats including hot chocolate from Peet’s Coffee and complimentary Jingle Bells and Santa hats (while supplies last). And don’t miss the arrival of Santa to light the tree amidst a magical snowfall and photos ops with Santa to follow.
Show runs from 6pm to 7pm with photo opportunities from 7pm to 8pm.
Bella Terra Pavilion Event Plaza • 7777 Edinger Avenue • Huntington Beach • 92647
**Park in the structure by Costco and walk around or go through Burlington and cross the street.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST @ 6:30PM
See the annual lighting of the 90-foot white fir tree decorated with more than 94,000 colorful lights! The celebration includes complimentary seasonal drinks and treats, holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa and a performance by Orange County School of the Arts.
Town Center Park (Adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza) • 695 Town Center Drive • Costa Mesa 92626
**Free parking is available at South Coast Plaza and in parking structures at 660 Town Center Drive, 625 Sunflower Ave and 602 Anton Blvd.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23RD @ 6PM
Hosted by Dr. Terry Dubrow and Heather Dubrow, kick off the holiday season with a 25-minute performance by The Young Americans, a visit from Santa, a magical snowfall, and, of course, the highly-anticipated lighting of the tree!
Plus, after the Tree Lighting Ceremony, be sure to visit Santa and tell him your holiday wishes and take a photo to capture the moment.
Fashion Island • Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard • 401 Newport Center Drive • Newport Beach 92660
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH @ 3PM (to 6PM)
Come to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, as we kick off the holiday season with the 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay celebration, featuring a full schedule of holiday festivities.
Families will enjoy live chorale and concert performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by Waverunner and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 LED-lit Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor “Movies on the Beach” screening of ELF will be featured. The Tijuana Dogs will perform live during a ticketed concert, with full bar service, to culminate the evening. Purchase Tickets Here for the concert portion.
Newport Dunes • 1131 Back Bay Drive • Newport Beach 92660
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST @ 6PM (to 7PM)
Kick off the holiday season with our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy a performance from Orange County School of the Arts’ MONTAGE! — a high-energy performance featuring Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and friends. The lighting of the gorgeous 20-foot Christmas tree and complimentary treats and beverages complete the festivities.
Elevate our kick-off to the holiday season, with a seasonally-focused prix fixe dinner for adults and buffet for children at Waterline. Reservations are required for dinner (open at 5:00 pm). Reservations are available prior to and following the Tree Lighting Celebration.
Admission for the tree lighting is complimentary. Space is limited. Reservations not required. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots.
Balboa Bay Resort • 1221 West Coast Highway • Newport Beach • 92663
DECEMBER 7TH @4:00PM (Bazaar begins at 10AM)
Every year, just after Thanksgiving, Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The first Saturday in December is the Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar complete with Santa arriving (at 4pm) via a lifeguard vehicle to greet the crowd.
As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk (approx. 5:15pm).
Crystal Cove • 35 Crystal Cove • Newport Coast • 92657
**Parking is $5/hr with a $15 maximum
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND @ 3:30PM (to 5:30PM)
Celebrate Chanukah and the lighting of the menorah at Fashion Island with singing, festive traditions, and sweet treats.
Fashion Island • Atrium Garden Courtyard near Dick’s Sporting Goods • 401 Newport Center Drive • Newport Beach 92660