SouthOC 2021 Christmas Tree Lighting Events and More - South OC Moms


Aliso Viejo


Annual Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 2th at 5:00 PM – 8 PM at the Grand Park at Aliso Viejo Town Center, Hosted by City of Aliso Viejo
Kick off the holiday season at the City of Aliso Viejo’s Annual Bright Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting event in the Town Center plaza. Bring the entire family for some holiday cheer, photo opportunities, crafts and more! Jolly ole St. Nick will make a special appearance before we light our 22-foot Christmas tree, perched above the fountain. FREE

Breakfast with Santa
Friday, December 17th at 9:00 AM – 11 AM at the AV Ranch 100 Park Avenue,  Aliso Viejo
Enjoy breakfast with Santa for $15 per person with registration by Tuesday, December14th. Event is recommended for kids ages 2 to 6. Breakfast, crafts and Santa himself will be all be there.

Christmas Chalk Walk
Friday December 10th-12th from 5 to 9pm. 22851 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo
Please help us spread the word and share this event with family and friends. As visitors sit comfortably in their cars, they will be able to view all of the finished chalk creations displayed on large easels.  You’ll drive through canopies of Christmas lights, hear inspirational Christmas messages, listen to beautiful music, and have some time to think about what means most to you at this very special time of year. Though registration is not required, it is recommended. Please click on the link above and choose a time slot to attend.


Dana Point


Dana Point Harbor Merry Kiss Me Lights
Wednesday November 17th – Early January @ 5pm – 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor
Gather for the annual Harbor lighting and enjoy the lights and Harbor restaurants and shops. Dana Point Harbor Partners is spreading seasonal cheer with the annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights, set to illuminate the Harbor beginning November 17. Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Themed light exhibits throughout the Harbor will include a giant whale sculpture, lighted palm trees, giant Christmas trees, Candy Cane Lane and the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch. FREE

Winter Festival and Tree Lighting
December 4th 4:30 – 5:30pm La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St, Dana Point
Santa and his elves will be arriving at La Plaza Park on his Jolly Trolley to hand out pre-packaged treats for children up to 12 years of age. The event is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and features carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and the tree lighting at 5:15pm. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. La Plaza Park is located at 34111 La Plaza St. For more information call (949) 248-3536 or email [email protected]. FREE

Ritz Carlton Holiday Tree Lighting
Sunday November 21th @ 4pm – One Ritz-Carlton Drive Dana Point,
Including live holiday music performed by The Jeeps; a special appearance from Santa Claus; and the official lighting of the 40 plus foot decorated tree from the Pacific Northwest. Holiday cookies and hot chocolate are complimentary with additional beverages available for purchase.
Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating: Guests can gather with family and friends on December
5 & 12, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. to decorate their very own large-scale gingerbread house and holiday cookies. The talented pastry team will be on hand to provide tips and tricks for creating a gingerbread showpiece of the season. $250 per Gingerbread House. To reserve, guests can call Guest Services at 949-240-2000
Holiday Tea: Enjoy the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea at RAYA, featuring an array of tea, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant ocean view setting. Available Monday through Thursday, November 29 – December 16, 2021, with seating from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and $95 per person. Reserve in advance by calling Guest Services at 949-240-2000.
Holiday Storytelling – on December 10, 11, 17, 18 at 5pm, Children and families are invited to enjoy a selection of holiday storytelling. Donations of new children’s books will be collected for Miracles for Kids. Limited capacity and complimentary to attend.

Pine Park Tree Lighting
December 6th 4:30 – 5:30pm 34941 Camino Capistrano, Dana Point
Santa and his elves will be arriving at Pines Park on his Jolly Trolley to hand out pre-packaged treats for children up to 12 years of age. The event is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and features carolers, hot chocolate, cookies, and the tree lighting at 5:15pm. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Pines Park is located at 34941 Camino Capistrano. For more information call (949) 248-3536 or email [email protected]. FREE

Santa’s Jolly Trolley
December 4th, 2021 | 1:30pm-5:30PM |  Dana Point
Santa and his elves from the Recreation Division will be riding on his Jolly Trolley and making stops at the park locations listed below to hand out pre-packaged treats for kids up to 12 years of age. Santa’s elves will also be collecting letters to Santa. Please include your mailing address on the letter so Santa can return a special letter to you. At our last stop, La Plaza Park, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm the annual community tree lighting ceremony will be held with carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies. The tree lighting will be held promptly at 5:15pm. We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive at the La Plaza Park location. For more information call (949) 248-3536 or email [email protected].

1:30pm – 2:00pm Sunset Park, 34345 Calle Naranja
2:30pm – 3:00pm Dana Woods Park, 24900 Dana Woods
3:30pm – 4:00pm Sea Canyon Park, 33093 Santiago Drive
4:30pm – 5:30pm La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St (Tree lighting at 5:15pm)

Santa Paws Photos
December 4 & 5, 2020  | 10am – 3pm | Dana Point Harbor
Pet Project Foundation will host the 9th Annual Santa Paws. The cost is only $15 for a picture. Start a family tradition with these keepsake photos of your beloved pets. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals at the San Clemente – Dana Point Animal Shelter.

Dana Point Harbor 46th Annual Fiesta Boat Parade of Lights
December 10-12, 2021 | Dana Point Harbor
Join Dana Point Harbor to set sail with the “fiesta” themed 46th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Families are invited to safely enjoy outdoor fiesta-themed entertainment, special holiday restaurant offerings, and the dazzling parade of local decorated boats. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. each night with the Boat Parade of Lights taking off at 7:30 p.m. The Boat Parade of Lights is subject to change based on public health restrictions and recommendations. FREE

Boat Rides with Santa
December 4 & 5, 2021  | 10am – 2pm | Dana Wharf, Dana Point Harbor
Take a boat ride with Santa this holiday season around Dana Point Harbor! Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Soroptimist of Capistrano Bay. Reservations are required & there is 6 person per reservation limit.


Ladera Ranch


Ladera Ranch Tree Lighting – Miracle on Mercantile Way
December 4, 2021| 5:00pm | 28801 Sienna Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA
Join us for a afternoon of fun with family activities, pictures with Santa, and much more. Don’t leave early, Santa will turn on the holiday lights at 5:00 p.m. for everyone to enjoy the first light show at Town Green for the holiday season. FREE


Laguna Beach


Crystal Cove Tree 
No physical event this year | Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove will be decorating their lovely tree on the beach the first weekend in December. They hope to bring back their annual tree lighting event next year. FREE

Sawdust Art Festival’s Annual Winter Fantasy
November 20 – December 19,2021 | 10am – 5pm | Laguna Beach Sawdust
Open five weekends, plus Black Friday, November 26th. Winter Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival that offers a festive shopping experience. Shop handcrafted art by 150 artists and makers in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, falling snow, three stages of live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, festival holiday classes, and daily visits with Santa Claus.

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Holiday events for the whole family throughout November and December.
Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating: Gather with family and show off your creative side during our gingerbread house decorating event with our executive Pastry team.  This year’s event will take place at Studio restaurant, set against the backdrop of the Pacific. Event includes: Gingerbread House* and Cookie Decorating, Face Painting and Balloon Twister, Family Photos, Hot Chocolate and Cider Station, Welcome Champagne Toast for Adults, Cookies and Light Snacks. Dates are December 4th and 11that either 10:30am to 2:00pm. RESERVATIONS – (949) 715-6420
Holiday Tea: Embrace a new tradition this holiday season. Enjoy a holiday inspired Afternoon Tea from the elegant comfort of our Lobby Lounge. Tea will be served from November 26th to December 23rd from noon to 4pm daily. DINING RESERVATIONS – (949) 715-6420
Gingerbread Village: From December 1st to the 23rd, enjoy where wonders never cease. Guests of all ages will find inspiration and delight in our stunning seasonal Gingerbread Village display, custom designed and created by Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith and his talented team for enjoyment throughout the month of December. This year’s theme features a whimsical fishing village, complete with a water feature, windmill and train traveling throughout. FREE

Hospitality Night
December 3rd from 5:00pm to 10:00pm | Peppertree Parking Lot, Ocean & Forest Avenues, Laguna Beach, CA
The City will be hosting arts and crafts and holiday card writing to U.S. military personnel overseas in the lot until 8 p.m. Street closures in the downtown area will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Portions of Forest Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Beach Street, and the Peppertree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Schedule of Events:

  • 5:15-6:00pm – Thurston Middle School Band playing in the Pepper Tree Lot
  • 5:30-6:00pm – Elementary School Choir performs in front of Santa’s Hut
  • 5:30pm – Kid’s Activities begin in the Pepper Tree Lot
  • 6:10pm – Santa and Mayor arrive on Ocean Avenue
  • 6:10-6:15pm – Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:15-7:00pm – LBHS Brazz Quartet performs on the Pepper Tree Stage
  • 6:20pm – Community Concert Band performs on Beach Street
  • 6:50pm – Anneliese School performs on Main Stage on Forest Ave
  • 7:30pm – The Farm performs on Main Stage on Forest Ave


Laguna Niguel


Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3, 2021 | 5 – 7:00pm | 30111 CROWN VALLEY PKWY, Laguna Niguel City Hall
Join the City of Laguna Niguel for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, there happened an event, you must see to believe. Snag a cookie from Corner Bakery, don’t forget Chamber’s hot drink, admire the bright building, please remember to blink. Cinderella Cakes will be there, making a whimsical treat, stop by and make one, who doesn’t love a good sweet? In the back of the lot, there will be two inflatables, please thank the YMCA, they’re quite conversational. Santa will be there, although a little tardy, beware of the Grinch, he can ruin a party. Bring your loved ones and neighbors, family members and friends; leave your pets at home, no if’s, buts, or ands. Free shuttle available from the former County Courthouse. FREE

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
December 11th, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm | 29751 Crown Valley Parkway
The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade features over 100 exciting entries including marching bands, floats, youth groups, equestrian units, exotic cars, military members, local heroes, fun attractions, and of course, Santa. There are more than 3,000 participants in the parade and more than 10,000 community members come out to watch. Bring your own chair and scout out a spot to watch this fun annual parade. There is a free shuttle available from the Federal Building parking lot. FREE


Lake Forest


Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 26th, 2021 | 3 – 5:30pm | Market Square, Lake Forest
Don’t miss out on the 37th annual tree lighting ceremony for the entire family. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, warm drinks, carolers, and a visit by Santa! Lights will be set aglow at approximately 5:15 pm. FREE

City of Lake Forest Turning 30, with Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4th, 2021 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | 100 Civic Center Drive, City Hall, Lake Forest
Join us in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Lake Forest with food vendors, bounce houses and a tree lighting ceremony. FREE

Saturday, Jan 29 from 11:00am to 3:45pm, 21701 Pittsford Drive, Lake Forest CA 92630
It’s Snowfest 2021! Put on your snow gear and come out to frolic in the freshly fallen snow, with sleds and saucers available for sledding down Mount Pittsford. Sledding wristbands must be purchased in person at the Lake Forest Recreation Center. To prevent overcrowding on the slopes, a limited number of wristbands will be sold for each sledding session. The event includes a free snow play area for ages 10 and under, guest appearances by special characters, games and activities available to purchase, and food and drinks. $7 per sledder

Heritage Hill
Multiple dates in December | 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630
Candlelight Walk returns for three enchanted evenings December 10, 11 and 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stroll the festive grounds as you enjoy an evening filled with musical performances, activities for children, historical buildings adorned in period décor and a chance to meet with Santa! Light refreshments will be available for cash purchase.
Holiday Lights at Heritage Hill December 17, 18 and 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Take a leisurely stroll around the park and immerse yourself in the dazzling lights during special park hours. Pets are welcome outdoors only on leashes no longer than 6 feet. Please note that no additional entertainment or refreshments will be provided at Holiday Lights. Make sure to bring your camera and take your picture at a variety of holiday-themed photo opportunities!


Mission Viejo


Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will ring in the holidays with festive Holiday events
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy | Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo
Honey Babe Market December 4th and 18th from 5pm to 9 pm. Enjoy shopping with your family while enjoying face painting, kids craft station, photos with Santa, live music, a hot chocolate station and more.
Cocktails and Carols: December 11th starting at 6pm. Enjoy the holiday classics as you sing along, enjoy a cocktail and sweet treats at Union Market.


Rancho Santa Margarita


Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2021 | 5 – 7:00pm | 21472 Avenida De Los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita
Make memories at the tree lighting event with holiday music, visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a dance performance, and the telling of The Night Before Christmas. FREE


San Juan Capistrano


Capistrano Night Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4th, 4:00pm | 31872 El Camino Real,  Historic Town Center Park
Don’t miss the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration which includes dance, orchestra, mariachi and musical theater performances and more! FREE

Inn at the Mission Night Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 30th,  5:00 – 9:00pm | Inn at the Mission, 31692 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano
Their first annual tree lighting ceremony commences at 5pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Watch the children’s eyes light up as Santa arrives, while sipping on hot cocoa and other festival drinks & treats.  Mayor John Taylor will be joining us to light up the holiday along with the San Juan Elementary School Choir. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Eventbrite. FREE

Capistrano Lights 
Starts December 4th and many additional weekend and week days throughout December | 4:00 – 6:00pm | Mission San Juan Capistrano
Christmas Tree Lighting and Music Program at 5PM, Performances by Dickens era Carolers and Selfies with Santa courtesy of Farmers & Merchants Bank. Large Scale Nativity in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church, circa 1806. The Mission in Lights • Community Christmas Trees • Prayer Candles • Large Scale Wreath • Kids Craft Vendor • Sweet Treat Vendor, Serra Chapel Open After Hours • Surprise Performances throughout the Month Extended Holiday Shopping Hours in the Mission Store. Public Pricing: Adults: $19, Seniors: $17, Youth/Student: $14, Children (Under 4):

Winterscape – Festival of Trees at the San Juan Outpost
December 10th – 23rd, start time varies between 11am and 1pm | 30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano | Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park
Come and enjoy pictures with Santa, ice skating, curling, table tennis, horse shoes and music galore. It is $5 per person to enter and additional fees for ice skating, curling and zorb balls.


San Clemente


Outlets of San Clemente Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 20, 2021 | 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Outlets of San Clemente
Celebrate the arrival of the holiday season at Outlets at San Clemente’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Hosted by Santa and his reindeer, the event features a live reindeer meet-and-greet, roaming Christmas carolers, hot cocoa, photo booth, crafts, face-painting, balloon animals and the Grand Finale – the lighting of the 80-foot fresh-cut tree as “snow” falls over San Clemente. FREE

Santa’s Village By The Sea
December 4th, 2021 | 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
This holly jolly holiday event includes music, food, hot chocolate, popcorn, games, and snow. Tickets or wristbands will be available for purchase for activities and snow play. The community tree lighting takes place at 4:45 followed by music, food, and shopping. FREE

Sunsets with Santa
December 11,12, 18 & 19, 2021 | Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Bring your cameras and take your photo with Santa on the pier with the beautiful Christmas tree and the ocean as your backdrop! Visit the San Clemente Pier and take a photo with Santa Claus, underneath the sunset! Santa Claus will be in front of the BIG Christmas tree available for pictures from 3pm-5pm. There will also be Christmas music playing in the background and some special guests singling holiday cheer.

Casa Romantica Lumina Holiday Walk 2021
December 1st – 22nd, 2021 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente
Roam through Casa Romantica’s historic seaside home and gardens, transformed into an illuminated and festively decorated winter wonderland at night! A fun family-friendly experience for all, each night of the Casa Lumina Holiday Walk will include an illuminated walk through Casa Romantica, live entertainment from local artists, crafts including Letters to Santa, and a hot cocoa bar. Prices range from $8 – $12. The December 14th Casa Lumina Holiday Walk will include a film screening of It’s a Wonderful Life.”


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