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Holiday Wonderland

Whether it’s the over 100-year-old tradition of Newport Harbor’s Boat Parade, neighborhood tree lightings or festive holiday shopping, Newport Beach hosts endless opportunities to savor the season and spread holiday cheer.

Seasonal Activities

Share in the ceremonial lighting of Fashion Island’s majestic Christmas tree in the center’s Neiman Marcus–Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, and then start your engines. Shopping season has officially begun!

November 16 & 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.

www.shopfashionisland.com/events/fashion-islands-annual-holiday-tree-lighting-ceremony-2018/

The famous festival grounds in Laguna Beach transform to a winter wonderland complete with magical village, live entertainment and arts ’n’ crafts galore.

Five Weekends: November 17 – December 16, 2018 open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

www.sawdustartfestival.org/festivals/winter-fantasy

Strap on your rental skates, and check out the palm trees for an only-in-SoCal holiday treat at Irvine Spectrum Center® in Irvine.

November 2, 2018 – January 6, 2019

www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com/entertainment/ice-rink/

All that is merry and bright sparkles at Roger’s Gardens. This home and garden design center will transport you into a palace of snowy silvers and whites featuring themed Christmas trees adorned with glass ornaments. Fill stockings with an array of festive treasures from around the world.

October 5 – December 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

www.rogersgardens.com/seminar-event/christmas-boutique-opening-%E2%80%A2-the-wonder-of-christmas/

Mark your calendar for one of Orange County’s favorite seasonal kickoffs. Crystal Cove breaks out in nostalgic holiday cheer with décor galore and an ornament-laden, twinkling tree just inches from the ocean.

December 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30  p.m. 

www.crystalcove.org/events

Winter Wonderfest is fun for the entire family and allows kids and adults to experience a snow-filled day without leaving Southern California! Investigate the science behind weather, snow play and tubing, whoosh down a huge 75-foot ramp on inflatable tubes, find frosty delights in the snow play area, and sled down a snow-covered hill.

Stay tuned for 2018 dates. 

oc.discoverycube.org/

The spirit of the season flickers and floats in Newport Beach’s Balboa Bay, where more than 250 yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes compete with harbor-front homes for the most over-the-top holiday decorations. Enjoy the 110-year-old tradition from ship or shore.

December 19-23, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m.

www.christmasboatparade.com

Create magic and memories watching the Sugar Plum Fairy, heroine Clara and the Nutcracker dancing to Tchaikovsky’s score by Festival Ballet Theatre at Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine, CA.

December 8 – 24, 2018

www.thebarclay.org