Over 100 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Orange County

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If you are looking for family-friendly holiday events in Orange County, we found a source with over 100 that are happening soon.


Christmas is rapidly approaching and there are too many holiday events in Orange County to count.  You can view the Gingerbread Houses at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, enjoy the Nutcracker performance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, be dazzled by Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular with Live Orchestra and Amazing Feats at the Honda Center, and so much more. There are special holiday events to suite everyone.

A big thank you to our friend Jilleen from  SoCal Field Trips for compiling the list of over 100 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Orange County.

If you have guests coming to Orange County this holiday season, be sure and share this list with them!

Here a few detailed examples to give you a taste:

1. Festival Ballet-Nutcracker Performance at Pretend City in Irvine

Join us for a full day of fun as Pretend City gears up for the holiday season! Today we are enjoying a performance of the Nutcracker from the Festival Ballet! Bring your little ones to the museum to see this holiday classic. Show times are at 11 am and 11:40 am.

2.  Join Santa Claus & His Tap-Dancing Elves in GEM Theater’s Holiday Revue, Garden Grove(Nov. 25 – Dec. 18)

Featuring live music, stunning costumes, and a whimsical set, The show begins with a journey to the magical world of Christmas where you’ll enjoy beloved standards and contemporary holiday favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Sleigh Ride”. The fun continues when the second act curtain opens to reveal a breathtaking scene that evokes Victorian England from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Dressed elegantly in ball gowns and top hats and tails, the cast brings to life the traditional songs of the season including “White Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Silent Night.” Lighthearted, fun and entertaining, This show is a holiday treat for the whole family.  

3. Winter Fest @ The OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa 

Winter Fest 2016 is blowing into the OC Fair & Event Center on December 16 through January 1!  Winter Fest celebrates the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to Southern California. This is a giant wonderland of immersive wintry fun featuring a full outdoor ice rink, a huge ice slide, a new-for-2016 play park featuring real snow created daily for snow angels and snowman building, photos of the world’s largest rocking horse, strolling carolers and personal visits in the cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  Plus an entirely new Festival of Lights walk-through holiday light show featuring more than two million sparkling lights.

Where you can find snow in Southern California? Check out Winter Fest 2016 - blowing into the OC Fair & Event Center on December 16 through January 1! Winter Fest embodies the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to sunny Southern California. Tickets start at low as $7 for kids / $14 for adults.

These are only a few of the wonderful events taking place in Orange County this holiday season. To get a full list with all the details take a look at all of your choices at  SoCal Field Trips and make some plans to celebrate.

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