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Crystal Cove Tree Lighting and Winter Family Festival

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for the 21st Annual holiday winter family festival and tree lighting to be held on Saturday, December 2, featuring Orange County’s only “on the beach” holiday tree. Crystal Cove Conservancy, the non-profit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, will host their 21st annual complimentary all-day family event on the beach in the Crystal Cove Historic District. The Historic District will be decorated by volunteers with traditional mid-century décor to bring the holiday magic to all of those who love Crystal Cove.
Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists as well as old-fashioned holiday decorations. All proceeds benefit Crystal Cove Conservancy and their mission of preservation, conservation and education. The excitement builds when Santa arrives at 4pm for family photos, followed by the 21st annual tree lighting ceremony at dusk, a holiday tradition that draws locals and visitors alike each year on the first Saturday of every December.

At sunset, the tree, adorned with mid-century ornaments, will be lit with twinkling lights. Décor will reflect the vintage character of the Historic District’s time period between 1935 and 1955, transforming the seaside cottages into a seasonal display of magical lights, vintage decorations and giant candy canes.

The celebration runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tree lighting will be at approximately 5:15 p.m. after sunset. This year, The Conservancy has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire who will be selecting a child to do the honors of lighting the tree.
Strolling carolers will join the event at 3:00 p.m., and complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café. Guests are encouraged to wear their holiday sweaters and festive wear.

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 for a maximum of $15 for the entire day. The Beachcomber shuttle bus will be available from the Los Trancos parking lot for $1.50 each way. Additional shuttle service will also be available from the Pelican Point parking lots (P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4). Carpooling or car services like Uber or Lyft are recommended as the Los Trancos parking lot usually fills to capacity.

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