When: Nov 26
Where: Downtown San Clemente
Take the family out for a night of holiday cheer in the heart of San Clemente. There will be live entertainment, photo ops with Santa and late night shopping at the local shops.
When: Nov 27
Where: Costa Mesa Community Center
The Swedish Women’s Education Association of Orange County hosts this Christmas festival featuring a St. Lucia Pageant, a traditional “Julbord” feast, an arts and craft fair and a visit from the Swedish Santa Claus “Jultomten.”
When: Dec 2-4, 8-10, 16-17
Where: Dana Point Harbor
This holiday festival at the Dana Point Harbor features live entertainment and activities for the whole family, boat rides with Santa and a "Santa Salutes the '70s" Boat Parade of Lights. Admission details vary, visit the website for full details.
When: Dec 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Anaheim
When: Dec 4
Where: Corona Del Mar
Don't be fooled by its name, this event isn't a sporty fundraiser -- unless you consider shopping and eating sports. This Christmas celebration in the Corona Del Mar village of Newport Beach, promises to bring together friends and family to kick off the holiday season with live entertainment, boutique shopping, a $15,000 raffle and more.
When: Dec 4
Where: Main St & Huntington Beach Pier Plaza
Watch the parade of youth groups, bands, classic cars and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus on Main St in Huntington Beach. Following the parade there will be live entertainment and photo ops with Santa Claus in the Pier Plaza. Process from this event benefit the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.
When: Dec 10
Where: Laguna Niguel
Philanthropist and former NBA star Magic Johnson is the grand martial of this holiday parade featuring marching bands, equestrian units, military groups, classic cars and more.
When: Dec 11-12
Where: Bowers Museum
Head to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana for a holiday festival featuring music, storytelling, dancing, art and Irish treats. Admission is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Visit the website for full event details.
When: Dec 14-18
Where: Newport Harbor
For four days, the harbor in Newport Beach will be illuminated with boats of all sizes, decorated in grand Christmas style and competing for the title of "best in the bunch." The events culminate on the final day with a fireworks display from Balboa Pier. Admission is free and this is one of the most popular holiday events in the county, so plan accordingly. Visit the website for parade routes and other details.
When: Dec 16-23
Where: Huntington Beach Harbour
Take a guided cruise through the Huntington Harbour for a spectacular Christmas lights display on the waterfront. Purchase tickets online. Proceeds benefit the Philharmonic Society's outreach programs for school-age children in Orange County schools.