2021 Holiday Celebrations in Anaheim, California
Whether it’s shopping at seasonal boutiques or taking in a holiday show, Anaheim has you covered with plenty to do and see. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite holiday celebrations taking place this year in Anaheim, California!
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
Nutcracker Holiday Village and Lighting: Happening this year on Saturday, December 4, this annual tradition is hosted by the City of Anaheim, the Downtown Anaheim Association, the Anaheim Community Foundation, and the Nutcracker Holiday Committee. Events include a dog costume contest, pictures with Santa, and the lighting of the tree at Feldhaus Circle located at the corner of Clementine and Center Street Promenade. The event begins at 10:00 AM and continues through the tree-lighting ceremony, which will take place at 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: The holiday season is a magical time, so why not spend some time at the Magic Kingdom? The holiday-themed events, experiences, and eats kick off November 12 and run through January 9, so there’s plenty of time to see the park decorated for the season and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of some special events, including the Festival of Holidays, which pays tribute to multicultural food, music, and traditions.
MistleTok Live with Santa J Claus and Friends: This family-friendly show happening on Sunday, December 5, features TikTok star Santa J Claus and his friends—including Parker James’ popular StEvEn character—telling stories, singing songs, and finding the holiday spirit. This is only one of many holiday events taking place at the City National Grove of Anaheim, so be sure to keep an eye on their website for additional events as the holiday season approaches.
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 11, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 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
The holidays bring with them their own style of music, and these performances—ranging from singalong to more traditional fare—highlight just a sampling of what Anaheim, California, has to offer when it comes to enjoying the songs of the season.
Sing-a-Long with Mrs. Claus at SOCO’s Holiday Storytime: This weekly event kicks off on Saturday, November 28, and continues every Saturday through December 19 in nearby Costa Mesa. Starting at 11:00 AM, Mrs. Claus will read a seasonal children’s storybook, then lead an interactive holiday singalong session for the whole family. Attendees can also win a personalized copy of that day’s storybook, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, and get their photo taken with Mrs. Claus. Later in the day, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, live holiday music will be performed by the Pie Dog Jazz Quartet for visitors and shoppers at SOCO + The OC Mix. This event is free, but reservations are required.
Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong: The classic story of A Christmas Carol is a popular seasonal favorite, and the Charles Dickens Carolers have provided holiday cheer to the citizens of Anaheim and its surrounding cities since 1987. Dressed in traditional Dickensian costumes, this quartet sings traditional Christmas carols, popular holiday songs, and other children’s favorites in four-part harmony. This year’s singalong will take place on Saturday, December 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church in nearby Alhambra. 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: The Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) is hosting the first 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 Sunday, December 5, at 3:00 PM at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Three guest tenors have been invited to sing with the intergenerational orchestra and will perform “Nessun Dorma” by Giacomo Puccini. Guests and musicians are also invited to a post-concert reception, which will feature hot beverages and cookies. This event is free and open to the public. Please note that 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.
Showing support for local businesses in Anaheim, California, is one of the best ways to give back this holiday season. Check out some of these locally focused seasonal pop-up shops and events as you make your list and check it twice this holiday season.
Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market & Craft Fair: 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 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (weather permitting) at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street in downtown Anaheim, the farmers market and craft fair is free and open to the public.
Zion Lutheran’s Annual Christmas Boutique: After last year’s event was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zion Lutheran Church and School is bringing back its Christmas Boutique for the 31st time. Running from Friday, December 3, through Sunday, December 5, 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.
Penelope Lane Boutique 2021 Holiday Market: If you still haven’t found that perfect present, more than 35 local makers, artists, and shops will be participating in the Penelope Lane Boutique Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in nearby Brea. Penelope Lane Boutique strives to provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, which is reflected in its vendors. The holiday market will also feature a holiday donut bar, and the first 30 shoppers in line will receive a free, reusable tote bag and an exclusive gift. This event is free and open to the public.
Opportunities to Share
Every year, dozens of organizations work to provide for those in need during the holidays, and volunteering your time is a great way to help. Whether you could use some holiday magic or just want to give back, these amazing opportunities are available this holiday season around Anaheim, California.
Christmas Together 2021: 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 Saturday, December 18, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in nearby Tustin and will feature a giveaway of 20,000 toys, entertainment—such as carnival rides and raffles—and free food, take-home holiday meals, and COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. To make a toy or monetary donation, or to volunteer to assist 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.
The Spirit of Giving: Hosted by Be Social Productions, this social event and toy drive will take place on Saturday, December 4, 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 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 is free and open to the public.
Since Anaheim, California, doesn’t see the same winter weather as many other parts of the country, decorating your home is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, but it’s important to make sure your decorations aren’t at risk of harming you, your loved ones, or your neighbors. The American Red Cross reports that fires caused by burning candles are four times more likely to happen during the winter, so always make sure you never leave a candle unattended once lit.
Christmas trees can also pose a threat if they get dried out or are not properly secured. If you are using a real Christmas tree, keep it properly watered, and make sure the cables for your lights aren’t damaged, especially if you have a curious pet. Keeping your tree safely positioned to prevent it from falling and causing additional damage is also important. You can find more information on winter holiday safety and Christmas tree safety from the National Fire Protection Association.
We hope this list of activities, events, shopping, and volunteer opportunities in and around Anaheim, California, has helped you start to plan for your holiday season.
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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