Top 10 Orange County Holiday Events 2017 Edition

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1) Holiday Event with Santa! (Anaheim Plaza)
This free and totally rad event is taking place Saturday, December 16th from 11am-1pm! Be sure to grab the whole family and hang out with Santa, as well as participate in the raffle and a variety of kid friendly games that the whole family will enjoy!


2) Annual Newport Beach Christmas Parade (Newport Bay)
Another free and well-known holiday event that people look forward to every year is back in action! You do not want to miss this magical experience taking place from Wednesday, December 13th to Sunday, December 17th that will feature beautifully decorated boats and ships that will surely be a sight to see!


3) A Christmas Carol (South Coast Repertory)
This 19th century timeless classic is back in Costa Mesa for a month long showing of the play that is loved by all! Make sure to score some tickets up until December 24th and hang out with Ebenezer Scrooge to find out what his deal really is about Christmas!


4) Swedish Christmas Julbord (IKEA Costa Mesa)
For those individuals who love IKEA, which is an alarming 99.99% of the population, this event is definitely a must to attend! Taking place on Friday, December 15th, get the whole family tickets to a fabulous dinner filled with your favorite Swedish dishes and delicacies and a chance to hang out at IKEA once again!


5) Annual Boat Parade of Light (Dana Point Harbor)
If you live closer to the South Orange County area, then make sure to bring your friends and loved ones from December 15th -16th to the 43rd annual parade of lights taking place in the delightful city of Dana Point. This incredible event is free and will surely be a memorable experience to be a part of!


6) Yuletide Tea with Santa (Pelican Hill Resort)
Have you ever dreamed of drinking tea and possibly getting tipsy with Santa? If you said yes, then be sure to get the whole crew to this classy yet casual event that will take place until December 25th in the Great Room Social Lounge at the Resort. Sip on some exquisite and unique teas, or if you are feeling a little more adventurous then try out the tea-based wines and cocktails at this event!

7) Winter Zoobilation (Santa Ana Zoo)
Come experience the magical world of the winter wonderland at the Santa Ana zoo, which will be full of snow, festive decorations, and music that will definitely leave you in awe. With the regular price of admission, you can get a chance to marvel at some incredible animals while also being enveloped in a warm and cozy holiday themed zoo.

8) Sawdust Winter Fantasy (935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach)
Enter your dream wonderland at this one of a kind fair that will feature live entertainment, art projects, a chance for some memorable photographs, and a place where you can purchase some incredibly unique crafts from local vendors and artists. You definitely will not want to miss this magical event!

9) Cruise of Lights (Huntington Harbor)
Can’t get enough of the extraordinary boat shows happening this month? Well neither can we! This one, unlike the others, is actually a boat that you and your loved ones can hop on to cruise through the Huntington Harbor and marvel at the beautifully decorated houses, decks, and boats all around. This fully narrated cruise tour will definitely be an experience to remember!

10) Holiday Festival (The Muckenthaler Cultural Center)
Last but not least, make a day out of attending this fabulous fest in Fullerton! You will be totally amazed by the live stage performances, arts and crafts fair, various food & craft beer vendors, and activities that are suitable for both adults and kids to enjoy! There definitely is no better way to celebrate this magical holiday season