Unlock the Magic of the Season

Andrea Ballesteros December 16, 2023

The holiday spirit is alive and well in Orange County, and if you're in the mood for festive fun, you're in for a treat! From the artistic wonders of Laguna Beach to the nautical delights of Newport Beach, and even beyond, here's your curated guide to the most enchanting events happening in Southern California.

Laguna Beach:

  1. Sawdust Festival: Winter Fantasy

    • When: December 7, 2023 - December 17, 2023
    • Where: Sawdust Festival Grounds
    • The 33rd Annual Winter Fantasy is a unique holiday art festival that transforms into a winter wonderland, offering an enchanting shopping experience. Explore handcrafted gifts by over 160 artists, enjoy live music, carolers, art classes, and don't miss your chance for daily visits with Santa Claus.
  2. Pancakes with Santa at the Ranch

    • When: December 17th, 9 am - 11 am
    • Where: The Ranch, Laguna Beach
    • Create cherished family memories at this delightful event. Indulge in a signature pancake station, engage in ornament decorating, capture pictures with Santa, join a holiday sing-along, and let your little ones enjoy face painting.
  3. New Year's Eve at Hennessey's

    • When: December 31 / January 1 (Open after Midnight)
    • Where: Hennessey’s
    • Ring in the New Year at Hennessey’s with party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at the stroke of midnight!

Newport Beach:

  1. Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

    • When: December 7, 2023 - December 31, 2023
    • Where: Newport Harbor
    • The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, with over 115 years of history, is a premier Christmas event drawing over two million spectators annually. Experience the magic of lights and creativity as boats parade through the harbor.
  2. Roger’s Gardens Holidays Christmas Boutique

    • When: Open Daily, 9 am – 8 pm
    • Where: Roger’s Gardens
    • Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Roger’s Gardens. Explore fresh flowers, stunning holiday décor, real Christmas trees, silk botanicals, and more.
  3. Fire and Ice Festival

    • When: Through January 1st
    • Where: Newport Dunes
    • Newport Dunes transforms into a winter wonderland with the Fire & Ice Festival. Enjoy outdoor ice skating, one of Orange County's most scenic rinks, and feel the magic of the holiday season.

Other Cities:

  1. Winter Fest OC - Costa Mesa

    • When: November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024
    • Where: OC Fair & Event Center
    • Experience the magic of Winter Fest OC with Santa, snow, rides, games, and more. Enjoy holiday-themed lands, light displays, snow play, ice skating, and nightly tree lighting ceremonies with fireworks.
  2. Oceanfront Ice Skating at Pasea

    • When: December 14, 2023 – January 2, 2024
    • Where: Pasea Hotel, Huntington Beach
    • Glide into the holidays with ocean views at Pasea Hotel's holiday ice skating rink. Join theme nights, warm up by firepits, enjoy performances, group skates, and embrace the festive cheer.
  3. Tanaka Farms Christmas Tree Farm & Holiday Market

    • When: Christmas Tree Sales begin on 11/24
    • Where: Tanaka Farms, Irvine
    • Find your perfect Christmas tree and explore the holiday market for wreaths, garlands, and unique holiday décor at Tanaka Farms.

Embrace the holiday magic, Southern California style. Whether you're strolling through art festivals, cruising with illuminated boats, or enjoying the thrill of outdoor ice skating, these events promise to make your season merry and bright. Let the festivities begin!

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