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2016 Orange County Tree Lighting Events


Our favorite family holiday tradition is visiting tree lightings around Orange County. There is many Orange County tree lighting events happening this week for your family to enjoy.


Crystal Cove Tree Lighting
8471 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Saturday, December 3rd

Complimentary festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m., with a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists as well as old-fashioned holiday decorations. The excitement builds when Santa arrives at 4 p.m. for family photos, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at dusk (approximately 5 p.m.), a holiday tradition that draws locals and visitors alike.

Adorned with ornaments and twinkling lights, the tree will be lit at sunset. Décor will reflect the vintage character of the Historic District’s time period between 1935 and 1955, transforming the seaside cottages into a stunning seasonal display.

As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café.

Guests can park at the Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway or at the Pelican Point lots north of the Historic District lot for $5 per hour or $15 for the day. The Beachcomber shuttle bus will be available from the parking lot at Los Trancos for $1.50 each way. Additional shuttle service will also be available the Pelican Point parking lots (P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4). Carpooling or car services such as Uber are recommended.


Buena Park Tree Lighting
6650 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621

Tuesday, December 6th at 6pm

Get into the holiday spirit with the City of Buena Park at our 4th Annual Christmas Tree lighting and Toy Drive! Hundreds attend this free event each year to enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday cheer in the company of friends, family, and community.

The festivities kick off with a special Winter Follies performance produced by Buena Park Civic Theatre, with musical accompaniment provided by the Buena Park High School orchestra and chorus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their grand entrance in an Orange County Fire Authority fire truck followed by the lighting of the tree. The little ones will have plenty of time to share their holiday wishes with Santa while also saying hello to Snoopy and some friendly knights, pirates, and princesses too!

Seasonal treats and warm refreshments will be available for purchase at our Candy Bar. 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.

Don’t miss photo opportunities with Santa Claus and the tree, holiday sing-a-long fun, treats, and more at the Christmas Tree Lighting and Toy Drive!


Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA

Friday November 18th
Saturday, November 19th
6:00 pm

Fashion Island is returning to its classic tree lighting tradition with the annual ceremony on November 18 & 19 from 6pm – 6:30pm in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.

Hosted by KOST 103.5 FM’s Mark Wallengren, enjoy a 25-minute live musical performance of The Magic of Christmas starring The Young Americans. See Santa and Mrs. Claus bring the tree to life as we celebrate this special time of year. And, of course, there will be “snowfall”!

Then, after the show and the tree is aglow, come visit Santa…Ho! Ho! Ho!

*Blankets and low chairs will be permitted on the lawn areas on either side of the stage only. Once these areas are full, there will only be standing room available. Spots can be saved by placing blankets on a first-come, first-served basis during the day of the event. There will be a reserved seating section in compliance with ADA requirements.


Irvine Spectrum Center
Edwards Courtyard

Friday, November 25, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017
5pm – 11pm (shows every 30 minutes)

NEW this holiday season! Edwards Courtyard at Irvine Spectrum Center will be home to a mesmerizing LED color-changing 50-foot holiday tree!

Beautifully decorated during the day, the tree will come to life at night, dazzling guests every half hour between 5pm and 11pm with a choreographed light show set to holiday music.

Additionally, Irvine Spectrum Center has decked their halls with more than 225,000 lights, festive garlands, and snowflake light projections creating perfect seasonal selfie-spots in the paseos and courtyards. #IrvineSpectrum #HolidayStyleOC


Fountain Valley Tree Lighting
16400 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Saturday, December 3, 2016

It’s that time of year again! Save the date for the City of Fountain Valley Recreation and Community Services annual Tree Lighting event! Tree Lighting will take place on December 3 from 4:30 – 8:00 PM at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park (16400 Brookhurst St.) This special holiday event will feature guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!


Dana Point Tree Lighting
La Plaza Park
Pacific Coast Highway North of Golden Lantern
Dana Point, California 92629

Sunday, December 3rd

Ice skating, petting zoo, and more!!


Brea Tree Lighting
Civic and Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA 92821

December 8, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree lighting celebration. Live music and entertainment will put everyone in the holiday mood. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs. Santa drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Admission is free.


Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 20, 2016
4 p.m.

The holiday season kicks off with the lighting of the 40-foot holiday tree. Festive music performed by The Jeeps and, of course, Santa arrives to help turn on the lights.


City of Tustin Tree Lighting
Tustin Library
345 East Main Street
Tustin, CA

Friday, December 9th
4pm to 9pm

Letters to Santa, crafts, dancing, and more.


Outlets at San Clemente
Center Court
101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, Calif. 92672

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Families are invited to create warm holiday memories during the 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. Plus, after the event, guests can get a head-start on Christmas shopping.


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