2022 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 near 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 local events to take your friends and family to, these options are geared toward locals and visitors alike.
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 3, 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 p.m. This event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: The “happiest place on Earth” has its own unique blend of food, 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 11 through January 8.
Christmas Holiday Boutique and Day of the Horse Event: This unique boutique event hosted by the Free Rein Foundation at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) in nearby Huntington Beach will take place on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with activities, shopping, and food trucks, visitors will see holiday horses and can even expect a visit from Santa. It’s the perfect way to celebrate National Day of the Horse, a day designated by Congress in 2004 to celebrate the contributions that horses have made to the history and character of the United States. 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.
The Nutcracker Ballet at the Grove of Anaheim: Perish the thought of a holiday season without seeing Clara falling asleep and turning her woeful winter night into a fanciful feast and wooden toys come to life. Yes, The Nutcracker will be performed by the Anaheim Ballet in all its glory with the Irvine Symphony at the Grove at Anaheim on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m.
Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong: The singalong will be led by The Dickens Holiday Carolers, San Gabriel Valley’s renowned Edwardian-attired singing group. It is a free RSVP online or a $20 donation at the door. A fun night for the entire family.
Intergenerational Orchestra Holiday Concert: The Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) is hosting the second of what it hopes will be a new favorite seasonal tradition for the residents of Anaheim and its surrounding cities. The holiday gala concert will be held on Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. This event is free and open to the public.
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: This year-round event provides shoppers the opportunity to support local businesses, restaurants, and vendors in their hunt for the perfect present. Taking place every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street in downtown Anaheim, the farmers market is free and open to the public.
Zion Lutheran’s Annual Christmas Boutique: The Zion Lutheran Church and School is bringing back its Christmas Boutique for the 32nd time. Running from Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, at 222 N. East Street in Anaheim, the event will feature more than 75 vendors selling jewelry, candles, crafts, treats, and more. This event is free and open to the public.
Opportunities to Share
The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to give back to your 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 2022: This annual event hosted by Families Together of Orange County serves thousands of families in and around Anaheim by providing toys to underprivileged children in the community. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, December 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center and will feature a giveaway of 20,000 toys, entertainment—such as carnival rides and raffles—and free food, take-home holiday meals, and vaccinations and testing. 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. One registration per household.
Winter Wonderland Toy Drive: Hosted by Be Social Productions, this social event and toy drive will take place on Saturday, December 10, at Salt Lake Park in nearby Huntington Park, California. Be Social Productions is committed to providing a positive impact on the Latino community in and around Anaheim. Along with providing toys to underserved children, the event will also feature an artificial ice rink with skating lessons by the LA Kings, health screenings, COVID-19 vaccines, haircuts, and kids activities, all free of charge. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Be Social Productions. This event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Volunteer with The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Santas are a staple of the holiday season, but if ringing a bell isn’t your style, they have other positions available to help families in need. As one of the most recognizable groups that help those in need during the holiday season, the Salvation Army associates know what they are doing and can help you help others!
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.
From all of us at Stonybrook Apartments in Anaheim, Happy Holidays!
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