Your 2021 Guide to Celebrating the Holidays near Santa Ana, California

Pull out your festive sweaters and unpack your holiday decorations—the holiday season is finally here! Even though Santa Ana, California, might not be the place you think of for a white Christmas or for Jack Frost to nip at your nose, it’s still a winter wonderland with many wonderful things to do and see this time of year.

We are just as excited as you for the next few months of celebrating the holidays in Santa Ana. So, to help you out, we put together the ultimate guide of holiday shopping, activities, and performances near Santa Ana, California.

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

When it comes to holiday activities near Santa Ana, you will find fun events of all types for all ages. Here are some of the exciting holiday activities coming up near Santa Ana:

Sugar Plum Holiday Festival: From November 11 to 13, there will be a vintage market with 165 exhibitors at the OC Fair & Event Center. Admission is free, and you can find unique antiques and collectibles, perfect for holiday gifts!

Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland Event: This is another free event that will take place December 2–5. Come shop for crafts, seasonal decor, gourmet food and candies, clothing, accessories, and more.

 

Holiday Home Tour: Need some inspiration on how to decorate your home for the holidays? There will be a home tour in Santa Ana on November 13, so you can check out some beautifully decorated homes in the area and get ideas for how to decorate your apartment or house.

Christmas Together: The holidays are a season of giving. Families Together will be having their annual toy drive on December 18. The event is free and will include carnival rides and games, raffles, entertainment, a picture with Santa, and a variety of food options.

Science of Gingerbread: On November 20, come participate in Southern California’s largest gingerbread competition at DiscoveryCube in Santa Ana. Perfect for families and children, the event will feature demonstrations, interactive workshops, and the chance to win awesome prizes.

Plaza Navideña: The annual tree-lighting ceremony at Plaza Calle Cuatro in Downtown Santa Ana will take place on November 20 hosted by the city of Santa Ana. The event will include holiday entertainment, tasty treats, and beverages.

The list goes on: You can find other holiday events in the Orange County area, including breakfast with Santa, a Christmas Chalk Walk, and more.

Plaza Navideña: This tree lighting event takes place at Plaza Calle Cuatro in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana on November 20. The festivities are free and feature a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday entertainment, delicious food, beverages, and treats. Plaza Navidena runs from 5 to 8 p.m., so come and get your lights fixation turned on.

Snow Day with the Critters: This mid-December fete features winter activities and crafts for families, accompanied by holiday music and stories. Rumor has it that some cute animals will also be tasting winter treats. Who among us has the willpower to resist that? Santa Ana residents can enjoy free admission on December 16.

NYE at the Beach “Orange Country”: Lasso yourself a date and get in touch with your inner urban cowboy this New Year’s Eve by having a rip-snortin’ good time at this country music-themed howdy to 2022. There will be dining, dancing, and boot-scoot boogie-ing to the country music stylings of Redneck Rodeo, Scotty Mac Band, Timmy McKeever, and DJ David Bugenske. And it all comes with the beautiful backdrop of Huntington Beach. If that doesn’t put a little bounce in your giddyup, we’re not sure what will.

Shows and Performances

What’s a holiday season without festive music? There will be a variety of unique holiday shows and performances taking place near Santa Ana this holiday season. 

First off, the rock band Rend Collective will be performing in their Jolly Irish Christmas Extravaganza. The show will be December 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Church of Santa Ana. The concert will be great for all ages. Tickets can be purchased here.

Want to join in on the action? Participate in the Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong at the Alhambra Performing Arts Center on December 11 at 7:00 p.m. The performance will feature a quartet in Dickens-style caroler costumes singing traditional carols and popular holiday classics. This is a family-friendly event, perfect for a fun-filled evening with your kids. RSVP in advance for free admission or enter with a $15 donation at the door.

Near Santa Ana, The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) in Costa Mesa will be featuring multiple holiday-themed performances this season. Here are a few:

Tis the Season!, presented by The Pacific Chorale, will set the mood for your holiday season. Their concert will include favorite seasonal selections as well as a special visitor from the North Pole! They will have two shows: one on December 19 at 5:00 p.m. and one on December 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Another great event for the family, the Nutcracker for Kids is a 45-minute condensed version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, geared toward children ages five to 11. The shows will be on December 4 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The SCFTA will also be hosting the traditional Christmas oratorio Handel’s Messiah. Enjoy the beautiful instruments and angelic voices that come together in a spectacular performance. The program will be on December 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Last but not least, the legendary singer Johnny Mathis will be performing in a Christmas Show on December 21 at 7:30 p.m. An artist of a variety of styles, Matthis will be performing some of his Christmas hits and other personal favorites. With 65 years of experience in the music industry, Johnny Mathis is a performer you won’t want to miss.

Tickets for these shows are on sale now and can be purchased from the SCFTA website. Please note that all attendees must wear a mask and provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.

Shopping

For many, the holiday season means covering the house from roof to floor with tinsel, Christmas trees, lights, and a host of other decorations. Then, of course, there are presents: Is there anything better than seeing a loved one’s face light up as they open a holiday gift you picked out for them? Whether you’re looking for unique seasonal decorations or a special gift to show someone how much you care, Santa Ana is the perfect place to be!

 

Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland: Visitors get the opportunity to craft their own holiday decorations at this unique event, which also sells holiday accessories, decor, clothing, and jewelry. Gourmet foods and candy are also in large supply. Don’t miss the chance to shop for some truly unique gifts—and maybe even make some of your own!

Near Santa Ana, The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) in Costa Mesa will be featuring multiple holiday-themed performances this season. Here are a few:

Tis the Season!, presented by The Pacific Chorale, will set the mood for your holiday season. Their concert will include favorite seasonal selections as well as a special visitor from the North Pole! They will have two shows: one on December 19 at 5:00 p.m. and one on December 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Another great event for the family, the Nutcracker for Kids is a 45-minute condensed version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, geared toward children ages five to 11. The shows will be on December 4 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Sugar Plum Holiday Festival: This vintage market’s offerings will dance—if not outright take up residence—in your head. Over 165 exhibitors will be selling a mix of vintage, upcycled, chic, and handmade gifts and decorations.

Shopping

First things first: To get in the spirit of the holiday season, you need to decorate! Santa Ana has a number of stores with holiday decorations, including The Wrapper, Shinoda Design Center, and World Market. You can also find Christmas trees at Pumpkin City or these local Christmas tree farms in Orange County:

 

The next step you want to knock out early is to purchase holiday gifts. No one likes the stress of last-minute holiday shopping. Near Santa Ana, Main Place Mall, The Market Place, and South Coast Plaza are all great shopping centers with tons of options for stores and dining, so you can make a day of it! Check the websites to see the stores and find holiday sales and specials that will be going on.

Safe Celebration

A word of caution when it comes to decorating: It’s important to be aware of common hazards, such as candles, Christmas trees, and holiday lights. Be careful when lighting candles, and never leave a candle unattended. To be safe, consider alternatives to candles, including battery-powered candles and reed diffusers. Real Christmas trees can also be a hazard when the pine needles dry out. Make sure to keep your tree watered, and keep it away from potential flames. Additionally, be sure to turn off holiday lights when you leave and keep them from touching anything that could burn or melt.

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 Villa Del Sur Apartments in Santa Ana,
Happy Holidays!

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