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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

Fun Things To Do This Holiday Weekend

This Weekend in Orange County

We all know that once Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday festivities are just ramping up. Here are a few activities happening in Orange County this weekend…best of all, no cooking required!

🔥Hot Pick:

  • Say “aloha!” to the holidays at Trader Santa’s Tikiland Trading Co., a pop-up tiki marketplace this Sunday 12/1 from 10am-4pm in Santa Ana at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Shop from over 85 tiki artists, makers, and vendors, enjoy live music, pineapple Dole Whips, as well as other food and, of course, tiki drinks! Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. http://tikilandtrading.com

Saturday:

  • The Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show continues this weekend and runs every weekend through 12/12 in Laguna Beach. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2fKwv2g
  • The 29th Annual Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay is Saturday 11/30. Live music, cookie decorating, outdoor holiday movie “Elf”, and more! Event starts at 3:30pm. http://bit.ly/33vr4f9 
  • The always entertaining Rob Schneider is at the Irvine Improv all weekend. http://bit.ly/37TgRwv 

Sunday:

  • La Habra’s Tamale Fest is Sunday 12/1 from 9am-6pm on Euclid St. Live entertainment, tamale making lessons, tamale contest, and more! http://bit.ly/33vrqlZ 
  • Balboa Island Christmas Tree Lighting is Sunday 12/1 starting at 6pm. Enjoy a live performance from the Orange County School of the Arts featuring Santa & friends, plus complimentary snacks and beverages. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2E4BMRT
  • Tikiland Trading Co., a pop-up tiki marketplace this Sunday 12/1 from 10am-4pm in Santa Ana at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Shop from over 85 tiki artists, makers, and vendors, enjoy live music, pineapple Dole Whips, as well as other food and, of course, tiki drinks! Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. http://tikilandtrading.com

Halloween Fun This Weekend in Orange County

There are a ton of Halloween events happening this weekend in OC. The Anaheim Fall Festival and parade is back for another year, as well as a bunch of community Halloween events, and more! Plus you’ll find other non-Halloween weekend events at the bottom of the post.

  • Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is Saturday 10/26 in Downtown Anaheim. Festival starts at 11am, parade starts at 6pm. Games, costume contests, pumpkin patch, food & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2flcQce
  • Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo is Saturday 10/26 and Sunday 10/27, from 5:30-8pm. Trick-or-treating, entertainment, games, costume parade & more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2xPrmCW
  • The Aliso Viejo Fall Harvest Festival is Saturday 10/26 from 10am-12pm in Grand Park. Arts & crafts, games, food drive & more. FREE to attend. http://www.avca.net/events.php
  • Worthy Park Before Dark is Saturday 10/26 from 1pm-4pm at Worthy Park in Huntington Beach. Pumpkin carving, games, and more. There is a fee to participate. http://bit.ly/2PlBcUC 
  • Fullerton Haunted Walking Tours run through 10/30. Tickets required, call ahead for reservations. http://bit.ly/2jOBxB0
  • Boot Hill (OC’s most elaborate Halloween yard display) runs select nights in October, in Irvine. FREE to attend but donations are welcomed and benefit CHOC. http://ocevent.co/1NNxnkD
  • Halloween Time at Disneyland runs every night through Halloween. Enjoy costumed characters, Halloween themed treats & more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2cxXWdU
  • Knott’s Scary Farm runs select nights through Halloween. Journey through mazes and scare zones. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2yT1h5J
  • Los Alamitos Trunk-or-Treat is Saturday 10/26 from 5-7:30pm at Little Cottonwood Park. Treasure hunts, trick-or-treating, games & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2ytlDiO
  • The OC Halloween Zoo-tacular is Saturday 10/26 from 10am-4pm in Orange. Watch as zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. First 100 kids in costume get a free gift. Admission is $2. http://bit.ly/369mZjh
  • Mission Viejo’s Hometown Halloween is Saturday 10/26 from 4-7pm at the Community Center. Activities include games, crafts, music, maze & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2PXvhCw
  • Los Alamitos Halloween Carnival is Saturday 10/26 from 6pm to 9pm at the Los Alamitos Race Course. Costume contest, games, & more. Admission is $3. http://bit.ly/2SjzLF1
  • Stanton Halloween Festival is Saturday 10/26 from 4pm-8pm at Stanton Central Park. Costume contests, crafts, music & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2rMhR3c
  • The 3rd Annual Spooky San Clemente is Saturday 10/26 from 4pm-7pm at the Community Center. Games, corn maze, magic show, costume contest, and outdoor movie. Activity fee is $5. http://bit.ly/32QdiEG 
  • The Dana Point Terrifying 10-Miler, Spooky 5K & 10K, and Super Hero Kids Run is Sunday 10/27 at Salt Creek Beach Park. Registration required. http://bit.ly/33VmYOe
  •  OC Boo Ha Ha Haunted Oktoberfest is Saturday 10/26 at the OC Fairgrounds. Enjoy 3 hours of unlimited tastings. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/31OjWtJ 
  • The 3rd Annual Newport Beach Halloween Spooktacular is Saturday 10/26 from 4pm-7pm at Grant Howald Park. Trick-or-treating, haunted maze, games, bounce houses, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2WfpkVr
  • Casa Creepy Haunted House is all weekend in San Clemente. Explore a 1920s themed haunted house and gardens. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Tickets required.  http://bit.ly/32Mz385 

Non-Halloween weekend events:

  • The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, the world’s largest junior surfing competition, kicks off Saturday 10/26 with a parade along Main Street at 10am. Free to attend. http://bit.ly/2z3ZSaj 
  • Fall Corgi Beach Day is Saturday 10/26 from 10am-3pm at Huntington Dog Beach. Watch as corgi dogs participate in costume contests, talent contests & more! FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2D4zpOe
  • The Moto Beach Classic is Saturday 10/26 at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach. Enjoy a day of motorcycle racing, live music, custom bike show, vendors, and more. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2PlAc2O
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