Knott’s Merry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm, Brea
Explore the special Christmas celebration at this local beloved theme park. Guests will be treated to a variety of holiday fun, from the Snoopy on Ice Christmas show to falling snow each night in Ghost Town. Santa’s Christmas Cabin is the perfect place to sample holiday treats, with offerings like milk and cookies, tamales, egg nog, seasonal craft beers and chocolate covered cheesecake topped with peppermint. Meet and greets with Santa also take place here.
Screening of “Loving Vincent”
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
Each of the 65,000 frames in this film, which depicts the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh, is an oil painting in and of itself, put together to create the first film of its kind. A team of more than 100 painters helped to create the movie, which was painted with techniques similar to those used by Van Gogh himself. There are showings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
“An Irish Christmas”
Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine
Singing and dancing join together in this festive stage show that is sure to delight audiences of all ages this week. The traditional Irish show combines a cast of award-winning Irish dancers and authentic music with an electric energy that makes for a memorable show. Songs that are scheduled to be performed include “Carol of the Bells” and “Ave Maria.”
Celebrate National French Toast Day
Farmer Boys, Various Locations
Enjoy French toast all day long—for one day only, Farmer Boys is offering discounted French toast in honor of National French Toast Day. Local diners can celebrate with three made-to-order slides of toast topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar plus a dollop of whipped cream for only $3.99.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laguna Beach
OC Parks partners with the Laguna Canyon Foundation for this restoration event that will help reinvigorate the local habitat for native plants and wildlife in the canyon. From 8:30-11 a.m., volunteers will help with things like collecting seeds, picking up trash, planting native plants and removing non-native plants.
Surf City Nights
Main Street, Huntington Beach
This free event is the perfect way to spend a Tuesday night. Though the weather has started to cool off, bundle up and head down to the beach to experience live street music and nearly 100 unique vendors and artisans. There is also an international food court and activities for kids.
CSU Long Beach University Theatre, Long Beach
Naomi Iizuka presents “Polaroid Stories,” a contemporary CSULB stage show that combines classical mythology with stories about homeless youth. By using storytelling to transform their realities and survive the system that won’t help them, they help the audience contemplate the myths we create about ourselves.
Fall Tea Blending Class
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente
Tea is the perfect drink for cold fall nights, and this workshop will help you get in the autumn spirit. Participants will practice brewing techniques while learning about the health benefits tea offers. There will also be samples on-site from the Lavender Lounge Tea Company, and each visitor will create two of their own fall tea blends to take home.
Screening of “Nightmare Before Christmas”
Pacific City, Huntington Beach
Whether you’ve got children or simply love Disney classics, head down to Pacific City to watch one of the most beloved children’s Christmas movies. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” features Jack Skellington, a member of Halloweentown who ventures into Christmastown and attempts to bring the jolly holiday to his own world.
Planet Beauty Annual Charity Mixer
Planet Beauty, Dana Point
In honor of the beauty store’s 25th anniversary, 25 percent of the proceeds from this annual mixer will be donated to CHOC Children’s Hospital. The event will also include $10,000 worth of auction items, and anyone who spends at least $100 at the store will earn a special swag bag.
In Person: Dan McCleary
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach
In conjunction with the current exhibit “Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca,” artist Dan McCleary will visit the museum for a talk on Thursday evening. The Los Angeles-based artist travels to Mexico frequently to work with master printer Fernando Sandoval. The results are various paintings and drawings that depict people, sugar skulls and more.
Fresh Holiday Wreath Workshop
Roger’s Gardens, Corona del Mar
Enjoy a festive workshop led by arrangement designer and horticulturalist Kathleen Nestell on Thursday night. Each guest will create his or her own Christmas wreath, with all materials and instruction included in the workshop fee.
Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana
With the start of December comes Winter Zoobilation, where the zoo will be transformed with handcrafted holiday decorations; even the train and carousel will be adorned with Christmas décor. In addition, expect special weekend entertainment throughout the month and plenty of animal-themed gifts in the zoo store that serve as great Christmas presents.
Vue Newport Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
Vue Front Plaza, Newport Beach
This new bayfront housing community invites the public to enjoy the holidays at their very first tree lighting ceremony this Friday night. In addition to live music by the Golden Coast All-Stars, guests will be treated to holiday treats and hot chocolate while watching the Christmas tree lit up for the season.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
Get in the holiday spirit with this community theater production that tells the story of a guy who is visited by his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. The angel reveals to him just how wonderful his life is, at a time when he dreams of escaping his small town life rather than helping his family.
Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival Grounds, Laguna Beach
This winter wonderland art festival will showcase the works of nearly 200 artists. Their unique works are only on sale on the weekends through December 17th, and guests can purchase everything from creative textiles and jewelry to blown-glass, woodwork, paintings and more. There will also be live entertainment, visits from Santa and art demonstrations on site.
STEAM For Teens: Behind the Scenes – Live Theatre
Orange Public Library, Orange
Designed especially for teens who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math, this weekly Saturday afternoon series gives youth the chance to learn and explore in a positive way. This week’s session deals with theater, and features Tustin’s Top Hat 8 Repertory.
21st Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting
Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
At sunset, the Christmas tree at Crystal Cove will be lit up with colorful holiday ornaments and twinkling lights, making for a beautiful scene on an already gorgeous beach. The day will also be filled with a visit from Santa Claus, caroling, old-fashioned decorations and a holiday bazaar featuring handcrafted items by local artisans.
“Science of Gingerbread”
Discovery Cube OC, Santa Ana
Building a gingerbread house is a beloved tradition every holiday season. This holiday season, learn while you create with this gingerbread-themed exhibit at the Discovery Cube that gives visitors the chance to build and race their own candy car, learn to craft a gingerbread house and decorate cookies before watching a special stage show and visiting with Santa.
Yappy Howl-iday Celebration
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point
Grab your pooch and head to happy hour at the Ritz for a special holiday-themed Yappy Hour. This celebration will feature photos with your dog and Santa, perfect for sending out to friends and family this season. There will also be drinks and snacks on hand, for both dogs and people, and a dog-themed toy and food drive that will benefit a local animal rescue organization.
District Freeze Ice Rink
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
Skate circles around your friends and family this weekend at the District’s ice rink, which features real ice. The center will offer 90-minute sessions as well as holiday-themed lighting and music. Sunday sessions are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.