Nestled along the Pacific Ocean, Orange County’s desirable climate helps provide an unforgettable holiday season. This year, take an ocean cruise and admire holiday lights, celebrate art, crafts and community at festive gatherings and have fun while learning about gingerbread – all in the OC.
54th Annual Cruise Of Lights
16889 Algonquin St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Dates: December 16-19 & 22-23, 2016
Recognized as one of the most desirable locations to see Christmas lights, you won’t want to miss out on this special boat tour. If the thought of sailing on the harbor and seeing colorful lights adorning beautiful homes along the coast does not create enough appeal, then perhaps these pictures of past cruises will. The lights are a pleasing sight alone, but coupling the experience with vivid colorful light reflections off the Pacific Ocean adds another element of grandeur. Don’t forget to get your tickets ahead of time by visiting Cruise Of Lights.
Winter Fantasy – Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Dates: November 19, 20, 25, & 27 | December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2016
The Sawdust Art and Craft Festival is a large celebration with activities suitable for the entire family. This the festival’s 26th Annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival. Open from 10am to 6pm, the event showcases the work of 175 artists with diverse talents including glass blowing, clothing design, photography, ceramics and painting. You can shop for unique holiday gifts or find items to spruce up your home decor. In addition to the various artistic mediums on display, you can spend time with Santa, enjoy the petting zoo on site and even take an art class.
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125 E. Wilshire Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Date: December 3, 2016 at 12pm
Experience holiday cheer this year at Fullerton’s festive Winter Market. Kids can get complimentary photos with the big guy in red, get rid of extra energy in the bouncy house and have cool artwork drawn on their faces. Adults will also have a good time shopping, enjoying food and entertainment and sipping on a tasty brew or nice glass of wine. Additionally, there will be a toy drive hosted by the community’s firefighters. Learn more about how you can help contribute to the toy drive here.
Science Of Gingerbread
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Date: November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Back again for this holiday season, have fun while learning about the “Science of Gingerbread” at Discovery Science Center. In addition to creating and devouring holiday cookies, you can build your own edible vehicle and compete in the Gingerbread Derby event. Attendees will see the importance of using creativity in conjunction with scientific principles. If learning about gingerbread is not your thing, then maybe the special showcase that explores the science behind snow will be of interest.
Orange County Christmas Lights Show
25473 Nellie Gail Road
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Date: Until December 24, 2016
Many people enjoy taking a drive with family and friends to check out decorative Christmas lights on display. The Orange County Christmas Lights Show intensifies the fun tradition of admiring neighborhood Christmas lights with a spectacular lighting show choreographed to music. During the show, attendees can even send holiday texts that will appear on a big screen during the event. If it isn’t already, The Orange County Christmas Lights Show is sure to become a new holiday tradition.