Thanksgiving is only a week away and according to every store in town,
Christmas is practically here too. That means the tree lighting ceremonies are about to be in full swing, and now’s the time to plan for the ones you want to see the most! Here’s our
roundup of 21 festivities that are sure to delight the entire fam. 😉
November 17: Join a holiday kickoff at The Pike Outlets. Featuring a ribbon cutting with the LA Kings, surprise performance, tree lighting, music, and a visit from Santa. Enjoy free giveaways, festive entertainment and contests all night long. Go ice skating and visit Santa at his winter village for a professional photo. Friday, 6 p.m. ribbon cutting; and 7 p.m. tree lighting, music and Santa. Free to attend.
November 17-18: Fashion Island returns to its classic tree lighting tradition with the annual ceremony in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard complete with celebrity host Mario Lopez and KOST 103.5 FM’s Ellen K, a 25-minute live musical show by The Young American’s, Santa and of course “snowfall.” Friday and Saturday, 6-6:30 p.m. Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdales Courtyard.
November 18: Celebrate the holiday season with a Tree Lighting Celebration at Outlets at San Clemente. Hosted by Santa and his reindeer, the event features a live reindeer meet-and-greet, roaming Christmas carolers, a photo booth, crafts, face-painting, balloon animals and the Grand Finale the lighting of a fresh-cut 40-foot tall White Fir tree from Mt. Shasta covered in more than 6,000 twinkling, multi-colored lights as “snow” falls over San Clemente. Saturday, 4-6:30 p.m. Free to attend.
November 25: Watch the annual tree lighting with holiday activities. Saturday, 4-7 p.m. Eisenhower Park.
November 25: Head to Calico Ghost Town, the old West mining town founded in 1881, to kick off the holiday season. This fun family event includes kids’ crafts, visits with Santa Claus, a tree lighting, carolers and more holiday fun! Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids (6-15), $5; under 5, free.
November 26: Join the City of La Habra’s Tamale Festival with churro-eating contests, as well as best tamale, best dessert tamale, best salsa and hottest salsa contests. As in past years, dance performances by local studios, tamale and other food vendors, craft and other vendors, and finally the City’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Find a schedule of events and entertainment on their website. Free to attend.
November 26: Join the city’s tree lighting ceremony that takes place during the city Tamale Festival. Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
November 29: Join the community of Artesia for a tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, games and treats for kids. Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. Free. Artesia Park.
November 30: The public is invited to attend the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony which will officially ring in the start of the holidays. Enjoy a visit with Santa, festive treats and holiday music with Signal Hill dignitaries and community members alike. Inclement weather will cancel the event. Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Discovery Well Park.
November 30: Kick off the holiday season for Aliso Viejo’s All is Bright Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. Bring the family out for a little holiday cheer, photo opportunities, ornament making, old-fashioned Christmas Caroling, real snow fall, and a visit from Jolly St. Nick, as they light the 20-feet tall Christmas Tree. Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m.
December 1: Join the city of Lakewood for a Tree Lighting with carolers and entertainment. Plus, refreshments for purchase. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Civic Center Plaza.
December 2: Celebrate the holidays with Mission San Juan Capistrano! Held in conjunction with the City of San Juan Capistrano’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and community-wide holiday celebration, the event features snow play, carolers, choirs, “merry-achi” music, visits with Father Christmas, cookie decorating for kids, handcrafted gifts and seasonal delicacies. Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. Adults, $6; kids (4-11), $4.
December 2: Ring in the holiday cheer with a festive Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Co-hosted by Mariners Mission Viejo, the evening will include free children’s activities and holiday caroling. The entertainment will culminate in the Christmas tree being lit. Saturday, 5 p.m. Free to attend.
December 2: Take part in a community event at the St. Isadore Historical Plaza, featuring a snow play area, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and entertainment. Saturday, 4-7:30 p.m. Free admission.
December 2: Ring in the holidays with a tree lighting celebration, snow play, train rides, shopping and more! Free pictures with Santa from 3-5:30 p.m. Bring your mittens, boots and camera. Saturday, village at 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and lighting at 6 p.m.; activities from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Downtown Anaheim, Center St. Promenade and Lemon St.
December 4: Join a tree lighting ceremony with entertainment, a snow play area, arts & crafts and photos with Santa. Monday, 6-8:30 p.m.; lighting at 6:30 p.m. Downey Civic Center.
December 5: Cypress Recreation sponsors this community event featuring a tree lighting, school performances, train rides, cookie decorating, visits with Santa and refreshments. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Free. Civic Center Green.
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December 5: Enjoy festive entertainment, refreshments and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a Christmas tree lighting. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Village Green Park.
December 7: Join the City of Stanton for a tree lighting with entertainment. Plus, photos with Santa. Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. Stanton Central Park.
December 8: Kick-off the holiday season at this free event with holiday carols, stage entertainment, and the traditional tree lighting. Friday, 6 p.m. Tustin Library Courtyard.
December 8: Enjoy a special Winter Follies performance, tree lighting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus Snoopy, knights and pirates. Seasonal treats and warm refreshments will be available for purchase. In honor of this season of giving, the event is also host to a Toy Drive benefiting local charities. Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts for children. Friday, 6 p.m. Free to attend.