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The Ultimate Guide for Fun Holiday Activities in and around Seal Beach

Nat Ferguson

I am a fourth generation resident of Seal Beach who enjoys writing about local activities, business and real estate...

I am a fourth generation resident of Seal Beach who enjoys writing about local activities, business and real estate...

Jan 29 11 minutes read


Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy   Nov. 19-Dec. 18
Our festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of five weekends.
10am-6pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach  
(949) 494-3030 /

Habitat OC ReStore Holiday Food Drive   Nov. 19-Dec. 23
Participants who bring in a donation of at least three non-perishable canned goods, dry food or personal care items to the Anaheim or Santa Ana ReStore during the drive will receive a Habitat OC ReStore discount coupon good toward an entire purchase.
(714) 434-6200 x403 /

Seal Beach Christmas Parade   Dec. 2
7pm / Main Street
(562) 799-0179 / 

Holiday In the Harbor – Open House   Dec. 2
4:30-7:30pm / Mariner’s Village/Alley and Dana Wharf
(888) 224-0603 /

Garden Grove Winterfest   Dec. 3
50 tons of snow! Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food for sale, crafts, inflatables, carnival games, train rides, music, and more. Tickets are limited to 1,000, and will not be sold at the door. Tickets available at City hall.
4-7:30pm / Atlantis Play Center
(714) 741-5000 /

San Clemente Santa’s Village by the Sea   Dec. 3
A holiday spectacular that will include collaboration of the Downtown Business Association’s Puttin’ on the Glitz and Casa Romantica’s Christmas at the Casa.
5-10pm / Casa Romantica, Community Center, Avenida Del Mar
(949) 429-8797 /

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 3
Snag a cookie from Corner Bakery, don’t forget Chamber’s hot drink, admire the bright building, please remember to blink.
5-7pm / City Hall: 30111 Crown Valley Parkway
(949) 425-5100 /

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting   Dec. 3
Features guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!
4:30-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park: 16400 Brookhurst St.
(714) 839-8611 /

Breakfast & Brunch with Santa   Dec. 3
Join Santa for a delicious home-style cooked breakfast & brunch complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice, and milk. There will be holiday melodies, cookie decorating, and story time with Santa. Registration is required.
8:30am-1:30pm / Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center
(949) 273-6960 /

SJC Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration   Dec. 3
The celebration begins with performances by Capistrano Valley High School Orchestra, SJC Youth Mariachi’s and Ballet Foklorico. Festivities immediately following at various locations.
4:15-9pm / Historic Town Center Park: 31852 El Camino Real
(949) 493-5911 /

Santa Paws Pet Photos   Dec. 3
Bring your favorite pet and have his or her picture taken with Santa! $15.00 for a picture that you get immediately!
10am-3pm / Dana Point Harbor: El Torito Courtyard
(949) 595-8899 /

Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland   Dec. 3
Will feature an area to play in the snow, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment.
4-7:30pm / St. Isidore Historical Plaza: 10961 Reagan Street  
(562) 431-3538 /

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar  Dec. 3
Santa will arrive in the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park at 4pm and the tree lighting will take place at sunset. Enjoy authentic vintage décor and strolling carolers. Complimentary hot cocoa & cookies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café.
10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
(949) 376-6200 /

Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting   Dec. 3
12-7pm / La Plaza Park, Dana Point
(949) 248-3530 /

Free Boat Rides with Santa   Dec. 3-4
Santa and his helpers listen to Christmas Wishes during this 20-minute harbor cruise. Bring your camera and enjoy the tradition Dana Wharf has offered families for generations. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Woman’s Club is suggested.
10am-2pm / Dana Point Harbor: 34675 Golden Lantern
(888) 224-0603 /

Autism Speaks Walk Orange County   Dec. 4
Thousands of families, service providers and advocates will walk to raise funds and awareness to help change the future for those who struggle with autism spectrum disorder.
9am-1pm / Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk   Dec. 4
Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit! Unique vendor exhibits in the popular vendor faire at the center stage.
11am-4pm / Pacific Coast Highway
(949) 673-4050 /

Irvine Winter Wonderland   Dec. 4
Celebrate winter as ‘snow’ falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for games, crafts, music, hot chocolate, entertainment and food. The City’s newest event includes a Joyful Jingles holiday concert and visit from Santa Claus.
3-8pm / Irvine Civic Center

Light a Light of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 4
Parade participants include youth groups, a band, several classic cars and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus on a Huntington Beach Fire Engine. In addition to the children’s parade, activities include entertainment at Pier Plaza, a Taste of Main Street, and a snowflake lighting ceremony at the pier.
3-7pm / Orange & Main to Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach
(714) 842-6600 /

Garden Grove Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 6
This free event features live entertainment, holiday refreshments, and food for purchase. The event culminates with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, spectacular tree lighting, and a flurry of winter snow.
6:30-8pm / Euclid Park: 12732 Main Street
(714) 741-5000 /

La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 7
Musical talents from our local schools and join Santa and his elves in the activities area before the program.
4-7pm / Central Park-Pavilion: 7821 Walker Street
(714) 690-3350 /

Tamale Fest/Las Posadas   Dec. 7
The event will include a Christmas procession and live entertainment, such as the grammy-award winning Mariachi Divas. All of the local restaurants in the downtown area will be participating by having their own food booths.
4-9pm / Old Town Placentia
(714) 745-9951 /

Tustin Tree Lighting   Dec. 9
4-9pm / City Hall Courtyard: 300 Centennial Way
(714) 573-3000 /

Dana Point Boat Parade   Dec. 9-10 & 16-17
The theme this year is ‘UNDER THE SEA”!
7-9pm / Dana Point Harbor
(949) 923-2255 /

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade   Dec. 10
“Home for the Holidays” View over 100 exciting entries including marching bands, floats, special guests, youth groups, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes and fun attractions!
10am / Crown Valley Parkway
(949) 425-5100 /

International Nativity & Celebration   Dec. 11
Proceeds from the event will benefit World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that provides families in need with agricultural assistance, clean water, farm animals, and the opportunity to support and feed themselves.
5:30pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour   Dec. 11
One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns this year with nine uniquely holiday decorated island homes and cottages.
11am-4pm / 331 Marine Avenue
(949) 246-7110 /

Resolution Run   Dec. 11
Annual 5k run and 1 mile kids’ fun run event that benefits Huntington Beach High Schools as well as the McKenna Claire Foundation, which raises money for pediatric brain cancer research.
8-10:30am / Edison High School: 21440 Magnolia Street, Huntington Beach
(714) 962-1356 x4402 /

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights   Dec. 14-18
Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Fireworks on Wednesday and Friday.
6:30pm / Newport Harbor

Winter Fest   Dec. 18-Jan. 3
Features a full outdoor ice rink, 130-foot, six lane Snowflake Summit ice slide, a play park featuring real snow blown in daily, photos on the world’s largest rocking horse, strolling carolers and personal visits in the cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Plus, an entirely new Festival of Lights walk-through holiday light show featuring more than two million sparkling lights.
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
(714) 855-1187 /

Chanukah Wonderland and Menorah Lighting   Dec. 29
A Blizzard of Holiday Fun for the Whole Family Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and crafts as well as your favorite Chanukah treats – latkes, dreidles, and more!
5:30-7:30pm / Laguna Niguel City Hall
(949) 831-7701 /

25th Anniversary First Night Fullerton   Dec. 31
Join us for this special 25th anniversary celebrating the New Year in Downtown Fullerton. Enjoy food, kids activities, four live music venue areas, Museum exhibits, roaming entertainment and a fireworks show at midnight. This event is family-friendly and alcohol-free.
7pm-12am / Downtown Fullerton
(714) 738-6545 /

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