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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend.

Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as the Inn at the Mission, Mission Hospital and SEAS Productions.

As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year.

Holidays at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’ tall LED Christmas wreath, decorate and eat holiday cookies, enjoy holiday musical performances from professional mariachis, Dicken’s era-carolers, a harpist and even beatbox performers. Guests can enjoy the large-scale nativity located in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church as well as watch as the Mission holds its first official Christmas tree lightings of the season at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Additionally, 3:16 Bakery Shop and Las Golondrinas Mexican Food will be onsite selling savory and sweet tamales and beverages.

Mission San Juan Capistrano’s pastor, Reverend Monsignor J. Michael McKiernan will give the two readings of the First Christmas as part of the evenings’ tree lighting ceremonies.

Mission San Juan Capistrano Lights

Capistrano Lights officially begins with Opening Night and ushers in 30 more evenings of Christmas tree lighting ceremonies from December 8 through January 6. On selected weekends in December, the Mission will also offer winter crafts, “selfies with Santa” and Mission themed holiday crafts with local partner AR Workshop.

For additional information or to purchase tickets for Capistrano Lights Opening Night on December 7 or the nighty tree lighting from December 8 through January 6, visit Member pre-sale begins online on Monday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. and general public sales begin on Friday, November 1 at 9:00 a.m.


A 4 pack of tickets (good for any evening of regular Capistrano Lights programming)
Mission Store VIP Shopping Pass: 10% Off
1 Capistrano Lights ornament
(4) 3D glasses
A $25 gift card to Sundried Tomato American Bistro’s & Catering, San Juan Capistrano

Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving a comment on our Facebook post, sharing the Facebook post with a friend and by tagging your friends in our Facebook post. We will pick one random winner on December 2nd. Good Luck!

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  1. Never been but it looks and sounds absolutely amazing.

  2. Looks so fun! Would love to win

  3. Would love to take my boys to this!

  4. I would love to take my family ❤️

  5. Would love to go to this!

  6. This looks so fun!!!

  7. This sounds like so much fun!! My son would love this!

  8. Looks so pretty!

  9. My boys and I would love to visit in December!!

  10. My granddaughters would love this!!

    • Nola and June would love this!!

  11. Fingers crossed, it looks beautiful!

  12. I have lived in Orange County my whole life. I never even knew about this. Thanks for sharing.

  13. So fun! Would love to go!

  14. This looks super fun

  15. I would love to go!

  16. This sounds like a lot of fun

  17. So glad we have an alternative to driving to the Riverside Mission Inn this year! The grandkids will love this.

  18. Looking forward to seeing the lights this year.

  19. Would love to see this beautiful holiday event!

  20. The San Juan Capistrano Mission is a favorite place to visit and the it would be extra special to visit the the Mission all decked out in the night with all the lights and festive Ceremonies.

  21. Love Christmas

  22. Sounds like a delightful experience and how sweet to be able to do more than once.

  23. This looks like an awesome event! The kids will surely love to go to see the beautiful display of lights and festive decorations!!

  24. I bet the Mission looks beautiful with all those christmas lights. I would love to see them up close.

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