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Festive Holiday Events in Orange County

Holiday Shopping

As the 2021 holiday season approaches, it’s time to plan how you want to celebrate. The most wonderful time of the year is even better at some of Orange County’s most exciting retail centers.

Holiday Activities at Irvine Spectrum Center®

Shop for the perfect gifts and grab a bite on the expanded patio at Javier’s or try the newly opened Little Sister. With iconic stores like Target, Nordstrom, and Lululemon plus all the latest tastes, trends, and special holiday experiences including outdoor ice skating and a nightly tree lighting, the open-air setting at Irvine Spectrum Center® has something special for everyone, all season long.

Nightly Tree Lights
From Nov. 26 to Jan. 2, stop by the beautifully decorated 75-foot tree in Giant Wheel Court every night to see it come to life with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes beginning at 5 pm.*

Skating Under the Stars
Who needs snow and cold weather when you have a SoCal skating rink? Take your date, your friends, or your family for a spin on the ice at Irvine Spectrum Center’s outdoor ice rink to indulge in a classic holiday tradition and bring back the feeling of childhood nostalgia.

Find the ice rink in The Giant Wheel Courtyard. Come during the day or at night when the wheel lights up.

Ice Skating at Irvine Spectrum

Complimentary Photos Beneath the Tree
Photographers will take complimentary digital photos of guests in front of the beautiful 75-foot tree. Guests will receive an email with a digital copy of the photo.

Dates and Times:
November 26 to December 19 (Fri, Sat, Sun only) – 3pm to 8pm
December 20 to December 23 – 3pm to 8pm
December 24 – 2pm to 6pm

Irvine Spectrum CenterHoliday Crafting at The Market Place

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

Paint the Holidays
Sunday, December 5, 2021: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Courtyard near Mathis Brothers
Holiday cheer starts here with snowman painting, hot apple cider, and gingerbread cookies.
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Ornament Decorating
Sunday, December 12, 2021: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Courtyard near California Pizza Kitchen
Deck the halls with your custom-designed ornament while enjoying peppermint cotton candy and holiday tunes.
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Holiday Wreath Workshop
Sunday, December 19, 2021: 12pm – 3pm
Location: Courtyard near Regal Edwards Cinema
Just in time for the holidays, create your custom-designed wreath while enjoying holiday treats and tunes.
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Wreath Making

Apartments in Orange County

Celebrating the Holidays at Fashion Island

With breathtaking ocean views, Newport Beach elegance meets winter wonderland at Fashion Island.

Holiday Tree
Celebrate the holiday season with Fashion Island’s iconic 90-foot white fir tree! Decorated with 19,000 lights and ornaments, the tree sparkles during the day and twinkles to life every night through January 1. Don’t forget the tree is the picture-perfect backdrop for your complimentary photos. Don’t worry about having to carry your photos around while you shop and dine, a digital copy will be emailed to you.

Holiday Shopping & Dining
Find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list in legendary landmark stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, or stylish boutiques.

Military Jackets Vuori

Stylish Military Jackets are on-trend this year, from Vuori, an Orange County exclusive store at Fashion Island. Check the latest edition of Fashion Island Magazine for holiday gift ideas.

With a wealth of delicious restaurants like Sushi Roku, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Bar, Cucina Enoteca, and more, turn the errand of holiday shopping into a delicious culinary experience.

Sushi Roku Fashion IslandWhether you’re planning on going out of town for the holidays or staying close to home in Orange County, there’s plenty of festive fun to squeeze in before the new year! Click here for holiday events and activities across all of Orange County.