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Fun Ways to Kick-off the Holidays this Weekend in Orange County

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Sure it’s still 72 and sunny out, but that doesn’t mean Orange County isn’t filled with the holiday spirit. There are plenty of opportunities to visit Santa, celebrate with tree lightings, enjoy a treat, or try a holiday craft this weekend.

  • The Fashion Island Tree Lighting ceremony is Friday 11/22 and Saturday 11/23 night from 6-6:30pm in Newport Beach. Live music, Santa, snowfall & more! FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2fmnImo 
  • The Surfing Santa Competition is Saturday 11/23 and Sunday 11/24 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Surfing starts at 8am. FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1MHZPPD
  • Welcome Skydiving Santa and his elves to OC on Saturday 11/23 as they make their arrival by skydiving onto the beach in Pacific City. Following their grand entrance at 12 noon there will be photo ops, music, and treats. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2r7O5aP 
  • The Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show begins Saturday 11/23 and runs every weekend through 12/22 in Laguna Beach. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2fKwv2g
  • The Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House is Sunday 11/24 from 4-6pm  in Dana Point. Live music, Santa & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2go4UIz
  • Huntington Beach Miracle on Main St. is Sunday 11/24 from 2-7pm. Shopping, music, tree lighting & more! Tree lights at 6pm. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/346XFcu

Fun Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend, 11/2-3

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Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Orange County. There’s a Noche de Altares (Day of the Dead) festival Saturday in Santa Ana, a Pumpkin Launch is Saturday in Fullerton, the Dapper Day Expo returns to Disneyland, and more!

  • Noche de Altares is Saturday 11/2 from 12pm-9pm on Flower St and Santa Ana Blvd. This community Dis de los Muertos celebration will include over 100 altars, live entertainment, face painting, shopping, food & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2gNoJKn
  • Pumpkin Launch is Saturday 11/2 from 10am-2pm on the athletics fields of CSUF in Fullerton. Watch as pumpkins are launched at targets 200-300 feet away. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2QgtzMA
  • Dapper Day Expo is all weekend 11/2-11/3 at the Disneyland Hotel. Followed by the fall 2019 Dapper Day on Sunday. Join thousands of other Disney fans as they dress in vintage styles from the bygone era. The Expo is at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall and admission is required. Dapper Day requires Disneyland Park admission. Traffic and parking will be impacted in the surrounding area. http://bit.ly/2eHjBB4
  • Celebrate Day of the Dead at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana on Sunday 11/3, from 11am-3:30pm. Live music, Ballet Folklorico, sugar skull decorating, face painting, and more. Festival is FREE to attend, but admission is required if you want to tour the museum. http://bit.ly/2pxoWFO 
  • Jurassic Quest is all weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Stroll through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic period, and the Triassic period, and see 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/325jlDR 
  • The skating at the Irvine Spectrum opens is now open. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2CXEEyo
  • BlizzCon Blizzard Entertainment’s gaming convention is all weekend 11/2-11/3 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Onsite tickets are sold out but you can still buy a virtual ticket to watch the event at home. Traffic and parking will be impacted in the surrounding area. http://bit.ly/2PJxdlr

Halloween Fun This Weekend in Orange County

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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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