2021 Holiday Events Happening in Anaheim, California
With summer and fall behind us, Anaheim, California, is now preparing for the holidays this winter season, and just because we don’t see the same winter weather as many other parts of the country doesn’t mean our celebrations are any less festive.
Stonybrook Apartments has put together this list of seasonal events. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly show or want to find some ways to give back to the community, let’s take a look at some of our favorite holiday events taking place this winter in Anaheim, California.
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
Warmer winter weather is sure to bring some visitors to Anaheim, California, from out of state. If you’re looking for some localized events to take your friends and family to, these options are geared toward locals and visitors alike.
Nutcracker Holiday Village and Lighting: Take a trip to Feldhaus Circle at the corner of Clementine and Center Street Promenade in downtown Anaheim on Saturday, December 4, to experience a wide variety of holiday happenings, including one-of-a-kind shopping, photos with Santa Claus, and even a dog costume contest! This annual event is capped with the lighting of the tree at 6:00 PM. This event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM and is free and open to the public.
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: The “happiest place on Earth” has its own unique blend of foods, festivals, and fun during the holiday season. Whether it’s the lighting of the 50-foot Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree or paying tribute to multicultural traditions, music, and cuisine at the Festival of Holidays, there’s something for everyone during the Magic Kingdom’s annual holiday celebration, taking place November 12 through January 9.
Christmas Holiday Boutique and Day of the Horse Event: In 2004, Congress designated December 13 as National Day of the Horse. The Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) is celebrating the contributions that horses have made to the history and character of the country a little early with its Christmas Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in nearby Huntington Beach. In partnership with the Free Rein Foundation, the HCPEC will feature activities, food trucks, shopping, holiday horses, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. This event is free and open to the public.
Shows and Performances
You may already be hearing holiday music in your day-to-day activities, but if not, these shows and performances in and around Anaheim, California, will spotlight the seasonal songs in both interactive and traditional methods for you and the whole family.
Sing-a-Long with Mrs. Claus at SOCO’s Holiday Storytime: While her husband is making his list and checking it twice, Mrs. Claus will be providing her own holiday cheer in nearby Costa Mesa. From November 28 through December 19, visitors to SOCO + The OC Mix can hear Mrs. Claus read a favorite seasonal storybook before leading an interactive holiday singalong. Afterward, guests can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and get their photo taken with Mrs. Claus, and one lucky winner will take home a personalized copy of that week’s storybook. Festivities continue throughout the day, with live holiday music performances by the Pie Dog Jazz Quartet starting at 12:00 PM. This event is free, but reservations are required.
Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong: If you have a love for the music of the season, the Charles Dickens Carolers would like to invite you to join them at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church in nearby Alhambra on Saturday, December 11, for a night of traditional carols, other popular holiday songs, and even some children’s favorites. The singing group has performed since 1987 in costumes reminiscent of Charles Dickens in four-part harmony that could warm the heart of even Ebeneezer Scrooge. 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: Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), which provides free programs in academics, arts, and athletics to underserved youth in and around Anaheim, is holdings its first-ever holiday concert on Sunday, December 5, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, beginning at 3:00 PM. The event will feature guest tenors JJ Lopez, James Callon, and Sal Malaki, who will perform the famous aria “Nessun Dorma” by Giacomo Puccini, accompanied by the intergenerational orchestra. Following the performance, guests are invited to a reception that will feature complimentary cookies and hot beverages. 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.
Anaheim, California, features a wide variety of local shops, and checking off your holiday list by shopping at them is a great way to support local businesses. Many pop-up shops will be providing unique holiday gifts this year, so be sure to check out these options if you want to give something one-of-a-kind this year.
Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market & Craft Fair: While the farmers market and craft fair is a year-round event, the change in the season also provides a change in what is being offered by local businesses, restaurants, and vendors. Visit Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street in downtown Anaheim every Thursday between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM (weather permitting) to find that perfect present and support local businesses at the same time.This event is free and open to the public.
Zion Lutheran’s Annual Christmas Boutique: Organizers from the Zion Christmas Boutique Committee say they are ready to bring their annual event back for the 31st year. Beginning December 3 and running through December 5, the Christmas Boutique will feature crafts, treats, and more from over 75 local vendors. The event will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church at 222 N. East Street in Anaheim and is free and open to the public.
Penelope Lane Boutique 2021 Holiday Market: As a makers market that strives to provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Penelope Lane Boutique’s holiday market is bringing more than 35 local artists, shops, and makers to nearby Brea, California, on Saturday, December 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Enjoy a treat from the holiday donut bar while you shop for decor, jewelry, and apparel. The first 30 shoppers in line will also receive a free reusable tote bag and an exclusive gift. This event is free and open to the public.
Opportunities to Share
The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to give back to your local community, as there are so many organizations in and around Anaheim, California, working to provide for those in need. These events are looking for volunteers to help them create a little holiday magic this year.
Christmas Together 2021: Organizers from Families Together of Orange County will be giving away 20,000 toys to underprivileged children in Anaheim and the surrounding Orange County cities on Saturday, December 18. This annual event will take place in nearby Tustin and include free carnival rides, raffles, food, take-home holiday meals, and COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. If you would like to make a toy or monetary donation or volunteer to help with the event, you can 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.
Anaheim, California, is hardly a “winter wonderland,” so a great way to get into the spirit of the season is to decorate your home. When decorating, it’s important to do so in a way that keeps you, your loved ones, and your neighbors safe.
Christmas trees can cause a lot of damage if they fall or catch fire. Keep your tree and its branches clear of any major walkways to prevent it from falling, and always make sure that any lights you’re using on a tree—whether it’s real or fake—don’t have damaged or frayed wires. This is especially true if you have curious pets at home. Also, if you’re celebrating with a real tree, keep it properly watered to prevent it from drying out.
Candles can also pose a threat, according to the American Red Cross. They report that candles cause up to four times as many fires during the winter, so it’s important to never leave a burning candle unattended. One safe alternative is to use battery-powered candles to achieve the same effect. Check out these downloads from the National Fire Protection Association for more information on winter holiday safety and Christmas tree safety.
While this list is just a taste of what Anaheim, California, is offering this holiday season, we hope it’s given you some ideas when it comes to spending time with loved ones, giving back to your community, and celebrating safely.
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.
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