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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