Now - January 6
Spend the holiday's at the most magical place on earth as snow falls and sixty-two thousand lights adorn the tree in the middle of Main Street at Disnelyand. The Haunted Mansion has been transformed along with It's a Small World where "Jingle Bells" can be heard by caroling dolls. The most recent attraction to get a holiday makeover is the Jungle Cruise, which has been renamed the "Jingle Cruise" in the spirit of the season. End your day with the "Christmas Fantasy" parade followed by a special holiday fireworks show which runs only until January 6, 2014. Ticket prices and schedules can be found on the official Disneyland site.
December 18 - 23
Now in its 51st year, the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Cruise of Lights offers narrated boat tours through the waterways of Huntington Harbour in Huntington Beach, California. The Cruise of Lights has been voted Top 10 By Coastal Living Magazine and 10 Best Christmas Lights Destination in the U.S. by AOL. In December both locals and visitors share the beauty of thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks and boats. Get your tickets now for cruises on December 14, 15 and 19-23.
December 14 - 21
The Strand in Downtown Huntington Beach is celebrating the Holidays in many ways. Bring your camera on December 14th from 10am to 2pm for photos with Santa. And don't forget your pets! Plus kids can decorate a holiday stocking. On December 21st starting at 6pm enjoy a "Night at the Movies". Watch a classic holiday movie on the patio breezeway. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served. There will also be a UHC Photo Booth and Interactive Van at the Strand all weekend where you can share printed photos with friends or on social media and show off your best dance moves with the interactive dance video.
Now - January 11
Downtown Disney's Winter Village features Olaf's "Frozen" ice rink with a gorgeous Christmas tree as the centerpiece, inspired by the hit Disney movie. The rink will remain open until mid-January. Prices start at $17 for general admission, including skate rental, with several discounts for children and military. Photo ops are also available with Olaf and the movie's two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Skating hours are 3 pm - 10 pm, but check the official site for extended weekend hours.
Now - December 24
For the 37th consecutive year, Ballet Repertory Theatre happily returns with its exuberant full-length Nutcracker. Nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes gracefully bring to life beloved holiday music with the help of vibrant sets and props. Charming and joyful, Orange County's longest-running Nutcracker is a family-friendly, feel-good, holiday tradition. Catch a show before December 24 at the Mainstage Theater.
Now - January 5
In Long Beach, The Queen Mary CHILL is an exceptional winter adventure with tons of activities like The Nutcracker story within The Ice Kingdom igloo, holiday movie showings and ice tubing. The 6,500 square feet ice skating rink at CHILL is located at the front of the ship with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. This rink offers live entertainment from guest skaters to themed music nights. Prices start at $29.95 with discounts for children. For tickets and schedule, check the official CHILL site.
Now - December 15
Help Duke's help others during their Holiday Food Drive. Bring 10 or more non-perishable food items or personal care items to Duke's Huntington Beach and receive a $15 certificate good towards food and beverages at Duke's.* Benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, the most needed food items include: canned meats and fish, soups and chili, pasta, rice, beans, canned fruit & vegetables, canned juices, hot & cold cereals, and peanut butter. See their website for more details and other suggested donations.
*One certificate per day of donation. Certificate good at Duke's Huntington Beach only.
Now - December 24
Santa makes an appearance not only in Carousel Court at South Coast Plaza but also Macy's Home Store Wing, Level 1. Both locations are open all day during regular mall hours. You have the option of taking photos with your own camera ($9) or buying a photo package ($14-48). Take a look at Santa's elaborate village, ride the Christmas carousel and even board Santa's Express Train for free with any Santa photo purchase!
Now - December 22
Every weekend through December 22, witness the "Magic of Snow" at Bella Terra at 7pm and 8 pm. Experience a captivating 10 minute special effects and music show. Santa Claus will also be visiting Bella Terra merchants on Saturdays to pose for photos and hand out free goody bags for kids.
Each year, talented members from 15 different church congregations & ministries come together at Old World Village for a special celebration of the true meaning of the holiday season with the 12th Annual International Celebration of Christmas and live Nativity Play. There will also be Christmas carols, cultural dancing and live music. All proceeds and donations from the event benefit World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that serves everyone regardless of religious affiliation, race or ethnicity. The play begins at 6pm on Sunday, December 15th.
Join the Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Association (HSBLA) and Bolsa Chica State Beach at their 2nd Annual Christmas at the Beach event. Get pictures taken with Santa on his personal watercraft "sleigh", create some Holiday crafts, fill up on hot dogs & s'mores and then enjoy the most recent version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carey from a seat on the beach. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive. Entry and food are free for all participants between the hours of 4 pm & 9pm. Don't forget to dress warm and bring a chair!