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2015 Orange County Holiday Tree Lighting Events


It’s a Joyous time of year, with communities getting together to Light Up the Season with amazing love and cheer! Your family is invited to celebrate the beautiful season at these family fun – Orange County Tree Lighting events!


Fashion Island Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 7 & 8 (2015) – (5:30 pm)

401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(Located in front of Bloomingdales Courtyard)
Admission: Free

Families are welcome to join in the magical festivities at Fashion Islands Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Adults and children will be enchanted by the many Disney Characters performing musical seasonal favorites and magical dance performances. Annually, this event has been attended by thousands each night, so please come early around 3pm-4pm to get good seating, to view the magical performances by your favorite Disney characters! The Tree lighting ceremony will come to life at 5:30pm! Seating guidelines: first come first serve seating, reserved seating starting at 8pm, blankets or low lawn chairs only.

In addition to the Tree Lighting ceremony, every night from (Nov. 9-Jan.3), [email protected] 5pm), everyone can enjoy the lighting of Fashion Island’s towering tree, lit up Disney style to Disney music!

Newport Concierge: (855) 563-9767


The Outlets at San Clemente
101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92672

Saturday, November 14th at 5pm

Tree lighting concert featuring American Authors, Nick Frandiani and John Lindahl.


The Ritz-Carlton’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 22, 2015 (4pm) Sunday

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Admission: Free

The Ritz-Carlton will hold it’s annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Sunday with a majestic musical performance by The Jeeps and a special appearance from Santa Claus! In the spirit of giving, our Guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids or guest may bring any number of canned goods and non-perishables for the Orange County Rescue Mission. Spirit of Love is the reason for the season!

Event Info: (949) 240-2000


Kaleidoscope Center
Dec. 4, 2015 (6pm-8p)

27741 Crown Valley Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA
Admission: Free

Kaleidescope Center in Mission Viejo will ring in the holiday with its (Free) 5th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4th at 6pm, in the Kaleidescope’s Center Courtyard. The courtyard will be transformed into a theatre in the round…with St. Killians Choir performing with their angelic voices and the South Coast Free Style Dance performance of the Nutcracker will delight one and all! Have you been naughty or nice?? That’s a question for kiddies and (adults), who will love a special visit from Santa! If all this festive joy and cheer makes you hungry, Donna B’s scrumptious cupcake treats and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Come see very special performers as they share their art with you this season!


Christmas at the Mission
Dec. 5, 2015 (5:30pm-8pm)

Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA 92675

Admission per person: (0 – $5)
Street parking, and plenty of (Free) public parking close to the Mission!

Have an unforgettable time when you celebrate the holidays at the beautiful historic Missions in San Juan Capistrano which is held in conjunction with the city of San Juan Capistrano’s annual (breathtaking) Tree Lighting Ceremony! San Juan Capistrano will enchant you as you walk along the quant and beautifully lit store fronts.

Its an amazing community-wide holiday celebration that is a pure delight to the senses with an abundance of fun hands-on activities for children, like cookie decorating, craft, festive music and beautiful lights!

Event Contact Info: (949) 234 – 1300 (Tentative event- please call to confirm)


The 19th Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Gift Bizaar!
Dec. 5, 2015

Times: The Celebration starts @ 3pm, so come early!
Santa Visit @ (4pm) and the Tree Lighting starts @ (5:15pm)

Admission: Free
Parking: $5 per hour or $15 for Day (parking located at Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway. Shuttle service is $1 each way/carpooling suggested)

Crystal Cove Alliance will celebrate the 19th Annual Tree Lighting event, a free family-fun event that takes place on the sand at the Crystal Cove Historic District. At Sunset, the Cove’s invitingly beautiful beach will light up the evening with twinkling lights and decorative ornaments on the beautiful evergreen tree. The historic district’s vintage decor (1935-1955), along with the beautiful seaside cottages will display an array of lights and will entice young and old with wonderment!

The Tree-Lighting ceremony will have strolling carolers and Santa Claus arriving at 4pm. The Beachcomber Cafe will provide hot cocoa, apple cider and homemade cookies.
The Bazaar will have hand crafted art work and gifts for sale and the fine art show will feature recognized California Plein Air artists with paintings of Crystal Cove. If that’s not enticing enough, the Bazaar will also include a complimentary lesson on wire-wrapping sea glass found at Crystal Cove…whether you create a beautiful piece of jewelry or tree ornament, the experience will be fun. Proceeds from sales throughput the season will benefit restoration, conservation and education efforts for Crystal Cove State Park and the Historic District!

Crystal Cove Alliance Contact info: (949) 376 – 6200


Christmas at the Beach
Dec. 5, 2015 – (2pm-6pm)

Balboa Village
East Edgewater Pl & Palm Street, Newport Beach,
Orange County, CA 92661

Admission: Free
Parking: Street

The Balboa Village Season’s Celebrations will have a special Tree Lighting starting at 5:30pm. The family fun will entail free horse-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, wooden boat building, live music, Christmas Carolers, a visit with Santa, holiday movies and more with the Mayor and Santa!
Newport Beach Visitor Concierge: (855)-639- 7678 – (Tentative- So please Call # – No information yet)


Annual Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 11, 2015 (7:30pm-9pm)

Dana Point Harbor
(Watch parade of beautifully decorated Boats!)
Dana Point Harbor
34624 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, Orange County, CA 92629

Admission per person: (Free- $0)
Parking: Free, provided on location!

Whether you’re a sailor at heart or just love witnessing amazing Lights sail by… Your family won’t want to miss boaters from all around Orange County decorate their Christmas tree… er, I mean Boats… as boaters vie for the following coveted awards: Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries… along with the many other awards and cash prizes. There will also be photo and boat rides with Santa and other festive family activities to enjoy!

Events contact info: (949) 923 – 2255


The Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Holiday Lights Viewing Party
December 11; 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Holiday Lights Viewing Party Celebrate the holidays with us at our annual Holiday Lights Viewing Party for the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. This year’s Boat Parade of Lights theme is A Galactic Holiday. Guests are invited to view the parade from our one-of-a-kind setting that only the Ocean Institute can provide!

Join us for:
• Hot cocoa with Santa
(served in a take-home souvenir mug!)
• Build your own Lightsaber activity
• Celebrate the “Galactic Holiday” theme and come dressed as your favorite character from the movie!
• Cookie decorating
• Photo booth
• Make your own ornament activity

General Admission: $15/Person
OI Members: $12/Adult; $9/Child; Kids under 3 free


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Friday, November 27th 3-6pm

3pm Corona del Mar High School chorale group and OC Children’s Song group perform
5pm Countdown to the Lighting of the Bay featuring Santa Claus who will paddleboard in and flip the giant switch to illuminate the bay
6pm Santa will flip the switch that will turn on 50+ electric Christmas trees that illuminate the bay.


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Benita Purohit is a wife and mom, blessed with two beautiful children, daughter Isabella (an avid soccer player, who adores animals) and son Seth (a basketball and music lover). Benita’s family (including her beautiful mom, sister and two nieces) moved from Maryland six years ago to paradise in Laguna Niguel. She embraced change and left her position as a studio producer with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to be a stay at home mom. Currently she’s in the process of starting her own business. Benita and her children love the lord Jesus and try to live a life that shows love towards others. She’s a mom who loves people, going for hikes, reading and writing, old movies, enjoys shopping and crafting with her daughter, playing and singing with her son, mini-dates with her hubby, and spending time with her beautiful mother. Benita has been blessed with great sister-friends and she loves getting together with them and experiencing new things! ❤️ Life is better with Love in it! ❤️
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