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5 Magical Events in Orange County to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Gigantic light displays, dancing Nutcrackers, a colossal party on ice, enchanting night trains to magical, northern worlds, and performances that make our hearts grow, the holiday season has arrived and events are beginning all around Southern California.With so many choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones will be best at putting you in the holiday spirit. Here’s a list of our five favorite holiday events, productions, or family-fun things to do in Orange County, California to get you in the holiday spirit. All family-friendly and all full of magic and good cheer, I can guarantee you’ll be singing holiday tunes all the way to Christmas and into the New Year.

Five Favorite Holiday Events in Orange County to Get You in The Holiday Spirit

Dana Point IlluminOcean
November 27 – January 3
Location: Dana Point Harbor

IlluminOcean LightTunnel

Dana Point’s IlluminOcean, presented by the The Resorts of Dana Point, will electrify the world famous Dana Point Harbor with 40 nights of holiday lights. With over one mile of larger-than-life seas sculptures and moving light tunnels dotting the coastline, every step is sure to enchant, excite, and electrify your night. Throughout the city, colorful banners will also herald the new holiday spectacle, as lighted trees, decorated lamp posts and a brand new entrance light sculpture will lead visitors from Pacific Coast Highway to the event festivities. Stroll through the colorful collection of immersive attractions, every step is filled with vibrant sights and sounds.

Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
December 12 – December 24th
Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre

Festival Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker

Bursting with energy and excitement, Festival Ballet’s enormously popular production charms audiences of all ages. Set to the timeless music of Peter Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather – and then the magical journey begins! Family-friendly and affordable, this full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features spectacular guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

Disney On Ice – Let’s Celebrate
December 16th – December 21st
Location: Honda Center, Anaheim

Disney On Ice

It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe.

Tis the Season – Pacific Chorale 
December 22nd – December 29th
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa

Pacific Chorale's Tis the Season

John Alexander brings the holidays to life in a musical extravaganza featuring the magnificent voices of Pacific Chorale, joined by members of Pacific Symphony Orchestra, angelic children’s voices, and a special guest from the North Pole. It’s one of Orange County’s most beloved traditions! Bring the whole family to meet ours, and let us help set the mood for your Christmas festivities with tidings of comfort and joy!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
December 10th – December 14th
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa

DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Originally conceived by the three time Tony Award winning director Jack O’Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos.

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Please add to the list if you’re in the Orange County area and you have a favorite that gets you in the holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays!

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4 thoughts on “5 Magical Events in Orange County to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

  1. Jessica Harris says:

    Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is on the top of my OC list. Maybe we’ll be there the same night.

    Jess

    1. Lesley says:

      Hi Jess!

      How the Grinch Stole Christmas was our favorite holiday celebration. We enjoyed it as a family and can’t wait to go back again next year. It will definitely be a holiday tradition.

      Happy Holidays and enjoy the great weather in SoCal.

      Lesley

  2. Jessica Harris says:

    Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is on the top of my OC list. Maybe we’ll be there the same night.

    Jess

    1. Lesley says:

      Hi Jess!

      How the Grinch Stole Christmas was our favorite holiday celebration. We enjoyed it as a family and can’t wait to go back again next year. It will definitely be a holiday tradition.

      Happy Holidays and enjoy the great weather in SoCal.

      Lesley

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