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Holiday events and more, this weekend in Orange County

It’s the hap-hap-happiest season of all, and holiday events are what’s hap-happenin’ in the OC this weekend! All weekend long you can enjoy everything from boat parades and carolers to tree lighting ceremonies, crafts, and even a little bit of “snowfall” brought to you by holiday magic.

  • The 45th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade begins Friday 12/6 and can be enjoyed on the 7th as well as December 13th & 14th. This parade is a tiki holiday takeover! Fun activities begin at 4:30pm, parade starts at 7:30pm at Water’s Edge. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2YquK18 
  • The Fountain Valley Tree Lighting is on Saturday, 12/7 from 4:30pm-8pm at the Recreation Center and Sports Park. See Santa, live entertainment, games, and more! FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1G7q6qG 
  • The Tustin Holiday Talent Show is Saturday, 12/7 at 2pm at the Community Center at the Market Place. Admission is $5. https://bit.ly/2qmt6ki 
  • Come say “mele kalikimaka” to your friends and neighbors at the Laguna Niguel Hawaiian Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, 12/7 from 5pm-7pm at City Hall. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/38dJuEM 
  • San Clemente Santa’s Village By The Sea is Saturday, 12/7 with activities 2-9pm. Santa, sledding, cookie decorating, live entertainment, outdoor movie & more! FREE to attend; some activities require small fee. https://bit.ly/2s3dbIo 
  • The San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/7 in the Historic Town Center Park on El Camino Real. Festivities begin at 4pm, tree lighting at 5:45pm. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2OWb9m0 
  • Buena Park Candy Caneland and Craft Faire is Saturday 12/7 from 10am-4pm at the Ehlers Event Center. Snow, Santa, petting zoo, games, 100+ artisan craft booths, food & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2fPMStm 
  • Create a unique holiday memory and cruise with Santa! Take a 20-minute harbor cruise aboard the Dana Pride on Saturday 12/7 or Sunday 12/8 from 10am-2pm at Dana Wharf in Dana Point. FREE, but donations are suggested. http://bit.ly/2QqWm4y
  • The 23rd Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Beach Bazaar is Saturday 12/7 from 10am-5:30pm. Carolers, hot cocoa, complimentary treats, Santa, arts & crafts, and more. FREE to attend but there is a fee to park. https://bit.ly/33XLCNz 
  • Capistrano Lights is back, starting with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, 12/7 from 5:30pm-8pm at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Snow, carolers, cookie decorating, tree lighting & more. Admission is payable at the gate, $10-15. https://bit.ly/2LrCGK8 
  • Downtown Fullerton Winter Market and Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/7 from 12-5pm. Shopping, food, face painting, free pictures with Santa (12pm-4pm) & more. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2OTmaEF 
  • Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting is Saturday, 12/7 from 12-5:30pm at La Plaza Park. Santa, craft fair, live entertainment & more. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2LrOITP
  • Irvine Winter Wonderland is Saturday, 12/7 from 4pm-6:30pm at the Civic Center. Enjoy “snowfall”, games, crafts, music, food, Santa, tree lighting & more. Rain or shine! FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2YkTQyl 
  • The 25th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Shopping Village is Saturday, 12/7 from 10am-7pm in Downtown Anaheim. Ballet & choral performances, kids’ activities, canine costume contest, Santa, tree lighting & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2AirPO2 
  • The 8th Annual OC Brew HO HO Holiday Ale Festival is Saturday 12/7 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Ages 21+, tickets required. http://bit.ly/2Umpid5
  • Help our furry friends have a happy holiday at the 13th annual Home for the Holidays pet adoption fair in Irvine on Sunday, 12/8 10am-2pm. 30+ animal rescue organizations will have pets looking for their fur-ever home, along with pet-related vendors, food trucks, and low-cost microchipping available on site. Event is FREE to attend; donations are suggested. https://bit.ly/2qrF78j 
  • The 25th Annual Old Town Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession is Sunday 12/8 in the Old Towne Plaza. Activities begin at 3:30pm; main tree lighting and musical program start at 5:15pm. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2RvEOo9 
  • Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk is Sunday 12/8 from 11am-4pm. Live entertainment, prizes, shopping, Santa & more. https://bit.ly/2Yqt8EC 
  • The Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show continues this weekend and runs every weekend through 12/22 in Laguna Beach. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2fKwv2g
  • The Gem Faire is at the OC Fairgrounds all weekend. Shop for gemstones, crystals, jewelry & more. There is a fee for admission and parking. https://bit.ly/2Pjc1jS 
  • The Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival is all weekend in Buena Park at the Buena Park Downtown Mall. Shop for holiday-themed craft items from vendors. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2dbo8QT

17 Fun Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend

Palm tree and ocean

There’s plenty of things to do this weekend in Orange County. You can attend an arts & craft fair, a BBQ battle, a carnival, skimboarding championships, a food & wine festival, an outdoor movie, a concert in the park, and more! 

  • The 59th Annual San Clemente Arts & Craft Fair is all weekend at the San Clemente Community Center. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2x9tUqt
  • Fountain Valley’s BBQ Battle “Pitmaster VS Locals” is all weekend at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. General admission required. Live music, Rib Village, and more! http://bit.ly/2KDNfd1 
  • Laguna Niguel’s 30th Anniversary Carnival is all weekend on El Lazo in Laguna Niguel. Games, rides, music, food & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2P2QA9M 
  • The VIC World Championships of Skimboarding is all weekend at Aliso Creek Beach in Laguna Beach. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1Jugxmc
  • Watch “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the Pacific Symphony plays the score live, on Saturday 8/17. There are a limited amount of tickets still available. http://bit.ly/2HbhXYG 
  • National “Clear The Shelters Day” is Saturday 8/17 at various pet adoption centers across the county and in Orange County, including the OC Animal Care Center in Orange ($14 adoptions) and the Irvine Animal Care Center ($20 adoptions). If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family this is a great day to do it. http://bit.ly/2wfakwx
  • The Pacific Wine and Food Classic is all weekend at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/30byG5Q 
  • The Pageant of the Masters & Festival of Arts continues this weekend in Laguna Beach. Show runs through 8/31. Watch as famous paintings come to life! Tickets required. http://bit.ly/29JMP0S
  • Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival continues this weekend in Laguna Beach and runs through 9/1. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2uodnjN 
  • The Sawdust Arts and Crafts Festival continues this weekend in Laguna Beach and runs through 9/1. Open 10am-10pm daily. Admission required. http://ocevent.co/296QLIk

Outdoor movies:

  • Saturday, August 17: “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” at Travis Ranch Youth Park in Yorba Linda at 8pm. http://bit.ly/2Z7Oycq
  • Saturday, August 17: “Big” at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana at 8pm. http://bit.ly/2TCCR8a 

Outdoor Concerts:

  • Sunday 8/18: Stone Soul (Soul and Motown) at Grand Park/Town Center Amphitheatre in Aliso Viejo from 5:30-7:30pm. http://ocevent.co/1LZ4woE
  • Sunday 8/18: Tunnel Vision, Polynesian Dancers, and Surf City All Stars at Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point from 3pm-6:30pm. http://bit.ly/308YEqJ 
  • Sunday 8/18: Boys of Summer (Eagles Tribute) at Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach from 5-7pm. http://bit.ly/2LZ95cf 
  • Sunday 8/18: Ginger & The Hossier Daddys (20s-40s) at Huntington Beach Central Park in Huntington Beach at 5pm. http://ocevent.co/1BQrkad 

Also…

 

Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Orange County, June 21-23

Ocean

It’s going to be a great weekend in OC. Enjoy the Doheny Surf Festival, Fountain Valley Summerfest, Born Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Motorcycle show, OC Pride Festival, and more!

  • Fountain Valley Summerfest runs all weekend at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. Rides, games, car show & more. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/28ThPN0
  • Doheny Surf Festival is all weekend in Dana Point at Doheny State Beach. Surfing contest, Woody car show, vendor village, food, music & more. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/296Oxcj
  • OC Pride Festival and Parade is Saturday 6/22 in Downtown Santa Ana. Parade begins at 11:30am. Live music, dancing, food trucks, beer, shopping & more. Parade viewing is free, festival requires a ticket. http://bit.ly/2tPyLLO
  • Born Free Motorcycle Show is all weekend at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado. Music, vendors & more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2sWMwvA
  • Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo is Saturday 6/22 from 10am-3pm in Orange. Characters, crafts, games & more. Admission is $2. https://bit.ly/2Fq2vY5
  • Concert in the Park: Huntington Beach Concert Band, Sunday 6/23 at Huntington Beach Central Park in Huntington Beach at 5pm. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1BQrkad
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC: http://bit.ly/2BdBcuQ
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