2022 Holiday Celebrations in Anaheim, California

With the holiday season just around the corner, Anaheim, California, is gearing up for a multitude of winter events. The warmer weather is known for bringing folks in from out of town who want an escape from more traditional winter temperatures, and Anaheim is ready to host anyone and everyone looking for some holiday cheer.

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

Safe Celebration


Nutcracker Holiday Village and Lighting: Happening this year on Saturday, December 3, 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 a.m. and continues through the tree-lighting ceremony, which will take place at 6:00 p.m. 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 11 and run through January 8, 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.

Anaheim Tree Lighting and Holiday Village: Food and craft vendors galore will descend at the Center Street Promenade on December 3 for this popular annual event. The whole shebang runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. with Santa Claus holding court for visits 3–5 p.m. The tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and feature an exclusive reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by Santa and Mrs. Claus. This event is free and open to the public.

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

The holidays bring 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.

The Nutcracker 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 November 25 at 7 p.m.

Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong: The singalong will be led by The Dickens Holiday Carolers, the 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.


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: 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.

Candy Caneland and Craft Faire: Come for the food and craft booths, but stay for the games, snow slides, and meet-and-greet with Santa as this event marks its 51st year. The event features more than 100 local artisans, so shop for unique gift ideas.

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 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.

Safe Celebration

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.

From all of us at Stadium House Apartments in Anaheim, Happy Holidays!

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