Holiday Happenings in Anaheim, California

Anaheim, California, might not be much of a “winter wonderland” when it comes to the weather. But the city and surrounding areas have an amazing variety of seasonal events to help ring in the holidays. 

Whether you’re a longtime resident or just visiting for Summer Crest has put together this list of some of our favorite opportunities to take in a show, support local businesses, and give back to the community this winter, so let’s take a look at what’s happening in and around Anaheim, California, this holiday season!

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Whether you take in the city’s annual tree lighting or strap on your mouse ears, there are some great activities that include festivals, food, and fun this winter in Anaheim, California.

Nutcracker Holiday Village and Lighting: Start the holiday season with the City of Anaheim’s annual tree lighting ceremony, which also includes holiday crafts and entertainment, unique shopping opportunities, and a dog costume contest! The free event kicks off on Saturday, December 4, at 10:00 AM, and will continue throughout the day. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM at Feldhaus Circle at the corner of Clementine and Center Street Promenade in downtown Anaheim. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: Anaheim and Disneyland go hand in hand, and the park’s seasonal festivities are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Beginning November 12 and running through January 9, Disneyland’s holiday events include the Festival of Holidays, which looks at how the season is celebrated in other cultures through traditions, music, and food, as well as the lighting of the 50-foot Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree.

Christmas Holiday Boutique and Day of the Horse Event: If you love the idea of a one-horse open sleigh, this event—which combines seasonal activities and recognizing how horses have contributed to the country’s history—might be just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit. Hosted by the Free Reign Foundation at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) in nearby Huntington Beach on Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, this event will feature food trucks, activities, shopping, holiday horses, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. This event is free and open to the public.

Shows and Performances

One unique thing about the holiday season is that it has its own music. Whether you’re looking to listen or join in, these performances in and around Anaheim, California, are sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit.

Sing-a-Long with Mrs. Claus: Hear a favorite holiday storybook read aloud by Mrs. Claus before she leads an interactive singalong every Saturday morning, November 28 through December 19, in nearby Costa Mesa. Afterward, stick around and sip some complimentary hot chocolate and get your photo taken with the holiday hostess. Following the singalong, visitors to SOCO + The OC Mix can check out the local shops and eateries while the Pie Dog Jazz Quartet performs live holiday music from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This event is free, but reservations are required.

Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong: For some sounds of the season, look no further than the four-part harmonies of the Charles Dickens Carolers, performing this year at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church in nearby Alhambra on Saturday, December 11. Dressed in traditional Dickensian costumes, the group has been performing in and around Anaheim since 1987, singing both traditional and contemporary holiday tunes. Reserve a space for you and that special someone—or the whole family—ahead of time, as seating for the performance is limited. This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP or $15 at the door on the day of the event.

 

Intergenerational Orchestra Holiday Concert: Guests are invited to attend the inaugural holiday concert put on by Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), an organization that provides free academic, arts, and athletic programs to underserved youth in and around the Anaheim area. Taking place on Sunday, December 5, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California, at 3:00 PM, the concert will also feature guest singers James Callon, JJ Lopez, and Sal Malaki performing “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini along with the intergenerational orchestra. Afterward, guests are invited to meet the performers at a post-concert reception. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination—or a negative COVID-19 test no less than 72 hours prior to the event—is required for attendance.

Shopping

Local businesses are gearing up for the holiday season, and shopping locally is a great way to support them. While these specialty events aren’t the only way to do so, they do provide a fun opportunity to check out a lot of what Anaheim, California, has to offer.

Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market & Craft Fair: Local restaurants, businesses, and vendors converge every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (weather permitting) at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street in downtown Anaheim as part of this year-round event. Make it a point to stop by and see what’s being offered this holiday season in an effort to support local businesses while hunting for that perfect present. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Zion Lutheran’s Annual Christmas Boutique: This annual event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers from the Zion Christmas Boutique Committee say they are ready to return, bringing more than 75 local vendors to the Zion Lutheran Church at 222 N. East Street in Anaheim. From Friday, December 3, to Sunday, December 5, attendees can purchase homemade candles, jewelry, crafts, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Penelope Lane Boutique 2021 Holiday Market: If you’re looking to support local businesses this holiday season, Penelope Lane Boutique is featuring more than 35 local shops, artists, and makers in this year’s holiday market, which will take place on Saturday, December 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in nearby Brea. This family-friendly holiday market will also feature a holiday donut bar, and the first 30 shoppers in line will receive an exclusive gift and a free reusable tote bag to carry all their holiday gifts. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Penelope Lane Boutique 2021 Holiday Market: If you’re looking to support local businesses this holiday season, Penelope Lane Boutique is featuring more than 35 local shops, artists, and makers in this year’s holiday market, which will take place on Saturday, December 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in nearby Brea. This family-friendly holiday market will also feature a holiday donut bar, and the first 30 shoppers in line will receive an exclusive gift and a free reusable tote bag to carry all their holiday gifts. This event is free and open to the public.

Opportunities to Share

Many people take the opportunity to volunteer during the holidays as a means of giving back to their community. If you’re looking for ways you can help in Anaheim, California, or if you yourself could use a little holiday magic, these events are working to help those in need this holiday season.

Christmas Together 2021: To help provide for underprivileged children in Anaheim and other Orange County cities, Families Together of Orange County will be giving away 20,000 toys in nearby Tustin on Saturday, December 18. The annual event started in 2015, and this year’s festivities will also include carnival rides, raffles, take-home holiday meals, and COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, all free of charge. If you would like to volunteer, or to make a toy or monetary donation, you are asked to email Soledad Rivera. This event is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, and registration and proof of residence in Orange County are required for eligibility to participate in the toy giveaway.

The Spirit of Giving: An organization dedicated to helping the Latino Community in Anaheim and beyond is hosting a toy drive on Saturday, December 4, at Salt Lake Park in Huntington Park. Be Social Productions will give toys to children in need, as well as host a number of activities for children, and provide haircuts, health screenings, and COVID-19 vaccinations completely free of charge for those in attendance. To volunteer for the Spirit of Giving event, you are asked to contact Be Social Productions. This event is free and open to the public.

Safe Celebration

Decorating your home is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, but those decorations can also become dangerous if not properly set up and monitored.

Whether you’re using a real or fake Christmas tree, it’s important to make sure that it’s securely stationed to minimize the risk of it falling and causing damage or even a fire. Check your lights to make sure the cords are not damaged or frayed—especially if you have a curious pet at home who is interested in the seasonal decorations—and if you’re using a real tree, keep it watered to prevent it from drying out.

Candles can also be dangerous if not properly monitored. The American Red Cross says that during the winter months, candles cause up to four times as many fires, so keep candles away from other decorations and properly extinguish them if you’re not going to be around to watch them. Battery-powered candles are a safe alternative that can achieve the same effect. You can also check out these downloads from the National Fire Protection Association for more information on winter holiday and Christmas tree safety.

While our warmer winters in Anaheim, California, may prevent us from seeing snow, our holiday spirit is alive and well with many events, performances, and opportunities for both shopping and volunteering. However you plan on celebrating this holiday season, we hope this list has given you some ideas.

We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.

From all of us at Summer Crest Apartments in Anaheim,
Happy Holidays!

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