But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Choose your shopping spots wisely and you and your kids can enjoy glittering tree lightings (that’s Fashion Island!), roving carolers, holiday crafts, visits with Santa, train rides — even magical “snowfall” on the hour.
Here’s what’s happening near you:
Bella Terra – Huntington Beach
Tree lighting on Saturday, November 19; kids’ crafts and Santa Paws pet photos on Saturday, December 3; Feliz Navidad holiday event on Sunday, December 11; live weekend performances; magical snow shows Friday-Sunday, November 26 – December 23; and Santa photos at the Holiday Tree.
Brea Mall – Brea
Sunrise with Santa kids’ event on Saturday, December 3, plus Santa photos, Pet Photo Night and Caring Santa for kids with special needs.
Buena Park Downtown – Buena Park
Santa photos, holiday gift wrapping and the Sugar Plum Christmas Show, November 30 – December 4.
Del Amo Fashion Center – Torrance
Caring Santa for kids with special needs on Sunday, November 20, Sunrise with Santa kids’ event on Saturday, December 3, plus Santa photos and holiday events at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Fashion Island – Newport Beach
Tree lighting ceremonies on November 18-19 and Santa photos.
Irvine Spectrum — Irvine
OC Chill Ice Rink, weekend entertainment, Santa photos in his Crystal Cove-inspired beach shack, nightly tree-lighting shows, and a special Snow Day with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, December 10.
Laguna Hills Mall – Laguna Hills
Santa Cares event for kids with special needs on Sunday, December 4.
Lakewood Center – Lakewood
Breakfast with Santa, Santa photos and Santa Paws pet photos.
Los Cerritos Center – Cerritos
Santa photos for kids and pets, in partnership with HGTV and spcaLA.
MainPlace Mall – Santa Ana
Santa photos and Holiday Music Festival, featuring local school and community choirs and musical groups.
The Market Place – Tustin
Duck the Halls Anaheim Ducks family watch parties
The Shops at Mission Viejo – Mission Viejo
Santa photos, Caring Santa for kids with special needs on Sunday, November 20, and holiday events at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
The Shops at Montebello – Montebello
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3, Santa photos for kids and pets, and holiday events at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
South Bay Galleria – Redondo Beach
Paws & Claus pet photos; holiday movie screening on Wednesday, November 16; Santa Cares event for kids with special needs on Sunday, December 4; Frosty’s Magic Hat kids’ club event on Tuesday, December 6; DreamWorks Adventure to Santa through Christmas Eve.
South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa
Santa photos, the Santa Express Train, holiday crafts in Santa’s Village and The North Pole, the Reindeer Carousel, roving carolers and live holiday music performances.
Stonewood Center — Downey
Santa photos for kids and pets.
Victoria Gardens – Rancho Cucamonga
DreamWorks Adventure to Santa, VG Kidz Event on Saturday, December 10, and Charles Dickens Carolers and Magical Snowfall every Friday-Sunday.
Universal CityWalk – Universal City
Forty-foot-tall Christmas tree light show, Santa appearances, red-and-green dancing fountain and holiday music through January 1.
Westminster Mall – Westminster
Photos with Santa; Santa Parade on Saturday, November 19; Sensitive Santa for kids with special needs on Sunday, November 20; pet photos on Sunday, December 11; and Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 17.
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