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Festive Holiday Activities in Orange County 2023

By December 8, 2023Orange County
Shopping for gifts

With the 2023 holiday season upon us, there are so many ways to celebrate with family and friends. Come see how the most wonderful time of the year is even better at some of Orange County’s most exciting retail destinations.

Holiday Activities at Irvine Spectrum Center®

With a variety of festive holiday activities including a nightly tree lighting and outdoor ice skating rink, Irvine Spectrum Center offers something special for everyone all season long. Come shop for the perfect gifts and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants and eateries.

Ice Rink

Glide through the holiday season under both sunny skies and starry nights at SoCal’s ultimate open-air ice skating rink, open now through January 7. View details.

Nightly Tree Lighting

Prepare to be dazzled! Gather around to watch the 75-foot tree come to life with a mesmerizing lights show set to holiday music every night at 5pm, now through January 7.  View details.

Santa Photos

Bring the kids to capture the magic of the season and share holiday wishes with your favorite visitor from the North Pole, now through December 24. Bring your pets for photos with Santa on Mondays! View details.

Holiday Entertainment

An enchanting lineup of holiday entertainment featuring traditional carolers, festive melodies, and more, now through December 24.

Mother and son on outdoor skating rink

Light Up Your Season at The Market Place

The Market Place is more than just a great holiday shopping destination, it’s a place where you can create holiday memories with family and friends.

Holiday Tree Lot

Visit our festive lot just outside The Home Depot for a vast assortment of holiday trees and more, now through December 24. View details.

Selfies With Santa

Enjoy some California sun and holiday fun with the most popular guy of the season on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. View details.

Winter Workshops

Make memories with your loved ones at Winter Workshops featuring crafts, giveaways, music, and more on December 3, 10 & 17. View details.

Celebrate the Holidays at Fashion Island®

Enjoy delightful shopping, dining and entertainment with breathtaking ocean views at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Nightly Tree Lighting

Watch Fashion Island’s 90-foot tree come to life with magical snowfall, music and a choreographed light display, now through January 5. View details.

Photos With Santa

Come share your holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo at his custom-designed coastal cottage, now through December 24. View details.

Stories by the Sea

Gather around the children’s department at Barnes & Noble to hear your favorite Christmas stories—and new ones, too! Join us on Saturdays at 11:30 am. View details



Come make holiday memories at these once-a-year special events in Orange County. There’s plenty of festive fun to squeeze in before the new year!