This Holiday Season, Celebrate in Anaheim, CA!
Most people visit Anaheim, CA, in the summer, but did you know that the holidays are one of the best times to visit? Disneyland is lit with bright strings of light, and beloved characters are dressed in their holiday best! Local organizations put on special holiday events, and some of the best shows and performances of the year are put on around the holidays.
Whether you’re here to visit or stay, you couldn’t ask for a better place to spend your holidays. Here are some of the best holiday activities, performances, shopping areas, and opportunities to volunteer in Anaheim, CA, this holiday season!
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
Take some time for yourself this holiday season and indulge in one (or all) of the great holiday activities near Anaheim, CA! There’s so much to do and see in Anaheim during the holidays. Don’t miss out: These great events only come once a year!
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: There’s a ton to do at Disney this holiday season! There are dance festivals, cultural performances, holiday treats, singing, performances, and tree lightings. Rumor has it Santa himself will be visiting Disneyland with a few of his trusty elves. If you’re in a festive mood, don’t miss out on the festivities at the Disneyland Resort.
Hikari – A Festival of Lights: There is something magical about taking in holiday lights, and Tanaka Farms in Irvine has got an amazing show that will be sure to dazzle you. Take a date or the whole family on a wagon ride to take in more than a million twinkling lights. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. from November 25 through December 30. Santa will also be on hand for the kids to hand-deliver their Christmas lists.
Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Village: If your family can’t bear to leave Fido behind when you head out for fun adventures, this Christmas event was made for you. Go ahead and bring your pooch to the Anaheim Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Village, and don’t forget to enter the pup in the dog costume contest. For the rest of the family, check out the holiday village, children’s choir, lighting of the Christmas tree, and more. This event runs 12–7:30 p.m. on December 3 at the West Center Street Promenade.
Shows and Performances
Are the holidays really happy if you don’t take advantage of the great shows and performances coming to the area this season? We don’t think so! This year is bringing tons of great performances to Anaheim, CA. No matter what kind of music and performance calls to you, you’ll find something to jumpstart your holiday cheer!
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas: Princesses of all ages can relate to Fancy Nancy, who loves all things elegant. Nancy brings elegance and Christmas cheer together in a fun musical at the Chance Theater this year. Her fans will love this family-friendly show, where Nancy gives her own touch to presents, tinsel-covered Christmas trees, cookies, and more. Performances will run on select days from December 9 through December 23.
TubaChristmas Orange County: Do you love Christmas music? Do you love tubas? You are in luck, because TubaChristmas is back this year in Anaheim. Come listen to Christmas favorites played on tubas, and feel free to join in with your own horn. This event will take place at 8 a.m. on December 17 at 400 W. Disney Way in Anaheim.
Concordia Christmas: Concordia’s annual Christmas Concert tradition is coming to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Concordia’s famous choirs, handbells, and orchestra share tidings of great joy. This year’s theme, “The Thrill of Hope!” showcases more than 200 performers from eight vocal and instrumental performing ensembles. Enjoy festive carols and Christmas favorites. Concordia’s Christmas Concerts sell out every year, so get your tickets today!
Do you have a friend or family member who is impossibly hard to shop for? Maybe you’re just shopping in the wrong place. Anaheim and the surrounding areas have great places to find rare gifts at a great price, so you’re sure to find something your difficult family member or friend will love!
Sugar Plum Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival: This festival is the largest family-owned craft show of its kind in Southern California! If you’re looking for the best handmade gifts in the area, you’ll find them at the Sugar Plum Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival at Buena Park Downtown Mall. Unique holiday decor, handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, and more are waiting for you at this arts and crafts festival. This festival takes place December 1–4. Stop by to find some true gems!
Holiday Kid Drop Parent Shop: There never seems to be enough time to get everything done during the holidays. One day you are cleaning up your Thanksgiving feast, and the next thing you know you’re shopping for presents with only days to spare. When the holidays sneak up on you, the Holiday Kid Drop Parent Shop in La Habra has got you covered. Take the kids to the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 17 for snacks, lunch, and fun while you go get some last-minute shopping done.
Holiday on Main Street: There’s no better time to support local businesses in the community than around the holidays. Yorba Linda’s Holiday on Main Street offers visitors just that opportunity. Head down to Main Street in Yorba Linda on December 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. for kids crafts, live entertainment, artisan shopping, pictures with Santa, and more. Bring along an unwrapped toy to contribute to a toy drive.
Anaheim Town Square Holiday Carnival: You’ll hardly know you live in Southern California when you head over to Anaheim’s holiday carnival. Have fun in the winter wonderland with real snow sledding, Santa Claus, pony rides, carnival games, and bounce houses. This event takes place on November 27 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Opportunities to Share
The holidays are an amazing time of year, but it’s hard to celebrate if you’re homeless or living in poverty. This time of year, there are plenty of opportunities to share our time and money with others less fortunate. Consider participating in the below events, but if they don’t catch your attention, there are dozens of other ways to help. Let’s spread some holiday cheer this year!
Christmas Together 2022: Hosted by Families Together of Orange County, this organization donated 20,000 toys to families in need last year, and they hope to donate another 20,000 this year. Families this holiday season will also enjoy carnival rides, food, and games at the Anaheim Convention Center on December 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In order to make this happen, Families Together needs your help and donations. Consider giving this holiday season. Toys and money can be donated year-round to help make this event a success.
Provide Hope: There is no shortage of opportunities to help people in need this holiday season. Whatever your budget or time constraints, you can bring hope to families in your community. Adopt a family and help out with gifts, toys, clothes, and bills. Or, consider participating in or hosting a food drive.
Candles are a fun holiday staple, but up to 7,500 fires are started each year by this common household item. Pay special attention to where you place candles in your apartment, especially if you plan on having them in your bedroom. Battery-powered candles can be a fun and safe alternative, and they don’t run out of wax! Whatever you do, never leave the house with candles unattended, and don’t fall asleep with lit candles in the house!
Christmas trees can be another fire hazard you need to be aware of. If you’ve brought a real Christmas tree into your apartment during this holiday season, make sure you keep it watered so it isn’t quite as dangerous. But even a regularly watered Christmas tree will dry out. Keep all open flames, especially candles, away from the needles, and make sure you turn all lights off and unplug any strand lights when you’re not at home; unexpected electrical issues can occur at any time. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!
There just aren’t enough hours in the day to enjoy all the holiday celebrations going on this year! Take advantage of all the great activities, shows, and shopping venues in and around Anaheim, CA. But don’t forget that not everyone will have happy holidays. Consider spreading some holiday cheer this year for those who are struggling. It will make your holidays even better!
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 Sundial Apartments in Anaheim, Happy Holidays!
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