Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Santa Ana, California

Do you love the winter holidays as much as we do? The holidays are hard to resist, with the sparkling lights and decorations adorning every street. Holiday cheer is everywhere! Cultures and traditions from all around the world make the holidays a special time of year in Santa Ana, California. 

One thing that we love about celebrating the holidays in Santa Ana is the beautiful, mild weather of California winters. This weather not only allows you to celebrate at home and other cozy, indoor places, but it also allows you to celebrate the winter season outdoors!

Whether you live in Santa Ana or are just visiting for the holidays, you will feel the magic of the season! Here are a few of the festivities, both indoor and outdoor, that make Santa Ana the best place to be for the holidays this year:

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Santa Ana is a great place to celebrate the holidays! The abundance and variety of different festive activities in the area are perfect for everyone—adults and kids alike!

Santa Is Coming to Town: What do kids love more than Santa Claus? Not much, to be honest. Give your children the opportunity they’ve always dreamt of: meeting Santa! Set up a time to get a portrait of your children with their hero on December 3 near Villa Park. Your kids will love you for giving them the opportunity to pose with jolly old St. Nick.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights Cruise: The holidays are the most beautiful time of the year at Newport Bay! Lights glisten off the water as homeowners and businesses go all out in preparation for the Ring of Lights competition. But you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy this magical holiday experience. Newport Landing provides 75-minute cruises December 2–31, and Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Cruises are offered December 14–18. This is a beautiful sight that you won’t want to miss!

Anaheim Town Square Holiday Carnival: If you love Santa Clause and winter activities, this event will be the highlight of your holiday season. On November 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., friends and families can visit Santa Clause as children tell him what they want for Christmas. Additionally, the carnival will offer real snow sledding, pony rides, games, and bounce houses. And to bring some friendly competition, there will be a cookie-decorating contest. Bring your loved ones—and your decorating skills—and get ready to have some fun!

OC New Year’s Eve Party at Gatsby’s House: Who doesn’t love ’20s fashion mingled with a New Year’s Eve celebration? Ring in the new year at the most upscale party in Huntington Beach at the Pasea Hotel. The celebration begins on December 31 at 9:00 p.m. and will end on January 1, 2023, at 2:00 a.m. Enjoy a premium open bar, the top Orange County DJs, and a massive ballroom. Don’t forget to wear your best Gatsby outfit and your dancing shoes.

Shows and Performances

Santa Ana residents love their shows, and the selection this holiday season does not disappoint! Whether you prefer musical shows, cultural celebrations, or the circus, you won’t be disappointed! Treat yourself to some holiday magic this year in Santa Ana, CA!

Concordia Christmas: The annual Christmas concert by Concordia University is a popular Christmas tradition. This spectacular concert features vocals, instruments, and handbells. This concert is known to sell out every year, so don’t wait to purchase your tickets! It’s a concert sure to not disappoint!

The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook: This fantastic performance by Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this Holiday season! The night consists of memorable holiday songs from Broadway shows and films. The event is Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $79 each. This magical concert is perfect for friends or family to enjoy some holiday cheer!

A Magical Cirque Christmas: This dazzling holiday performance is one you won’t want to miss! Full of high-flying feats and whimsical choreography, it is perfect for all ages and a great place to take the whole family! The performance is even set to live Christmas music. This event is sure to generate lots of demand, so book your tickets early before seats sell out!

Shopping

We can’t forget to list the best shopping areas! The holiday season is such a popular time for decking out the house with tinsel, Christmas trees, lights, and a host of other decorations. Once your home is ready for the season, you can start shopping for gifts! Is there anything better than seeing a loved one’s face light up as they open a holiday gift you specially picked out for them? Whether you’re looking for unique seasonal decorations or a special gift to show someone how much you care, Santa Ana is the perfect place to be!

Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland: This is the best place to be for the crafty of us! Visitors get to design and create their own holiday decorations at this unique event. Once you have crafted the holiday decorations of your dreams, check out the wide variety of holiday accessories, decor, clothing, and jewelry before tasting some of the gourmet foods and candy! If you are a creative person, head on over to Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland and design the holiday you’ve always dreamed of!

Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees: If you are one of the many people in America who love Christmas trees, then head on down to Pumpkin City! Pumpkin City has been providing a wide selection of fresh-cut trees as well as Christmas decorations and wreaths for over 40 years. These trees will be the perfect addition to your home this holiday season!

Newport Holiday Market: Once your house has been decorated, you’ll need to find some unique gifts for all your friends and family. The Holiday Market in Newport is the perfect place to go! Find hand-crafted gifts from local vendors, good food, live music, photo opportunities, and a fireworks show. The best part is that the event is kid- and pet-friendly!

Opportunities to Share

Sure, everyone loves receiving gifts, but true joy comes from sharing that special feeling by giving to others. If you have the means or time during this special time of year, consider giving to those less fortunate so they too can feel the joy this winter season. Here are some great volunteer opportunities in Santa Ana, CA.

Winter Wonderland Toy Drive: Join the spirit of giving at this toy drive happening December 10 in Huntington Park. At this event, children will be able to receive a toy and participate in fun children’s activities, while other attendees will have access to health screenings, COVID-19 vaccines, haircuts, and additional resources and information. This event is free and open to all families!

Operation Santa Claus: Unfortunately, thousands of children in Orange County won’t be having a very merry Christmas this year. That is, without our help, at least. This holiday season, donate toys and gifts to the children and families in need in Santa Ana. Last year, Operation Santa Claus was able to distribute over 39,000 toys and gifts to vulnerable children in Orange County. Help bring that same happiness and hope to children in need again this year by donating to Operation Santa Claus.

Safe Celebration

No good thing can come without at least a little bit of a drawback. While almost everyone loves a good pine-scented candle this time of year, it’s important to be careful! Did you know that up to 7,500 fires are started each year just because of household candles? Take extra caution when lighting candles in your apartment, especially your bedroom. Battery-powered candles can achieve the same ambiance without the added danger and may be a good thing to consider. Whatever you do, never leave your holiday candles unattended!

Another important fire hazard to be aware of is your beloved Christmas tree. If you brought a real Christmas tree home for the holidays, make sure to water it often so it doesn’t dry out. Dry pine needles are extra flammable. Keep all open flames—whether they’re from a candle, your fireplace, or somewhere else—away from the branches, and make sure you turn all lights off when you’re not at home. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

With plenty of activities, shows, places to shop, and opportunities to share, Santa Ana is the perfect place to be during the holidays.

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 Villa Del Sol Apartments in Santa Ana, Happy Holidays!

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