Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Saturday November 24-Monday December 24
Returning for its 39th year, South Coast Rep’s acclaimed original adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic represents a local holiday tradition. Returning too is actor Hal Landon Jr. as Scrooge for the 39th year. No shows most Mondays and some Tuesdays & Wednesdays. No children under the age of 6 will be admitted.
Friday November 9-Sunday January 6
You will experience plenty of holiday cheer at Disneyland and California Adventure. Both parks will present special entertainment, such as Festival of Holidays and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. Attractions like It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion get seasonal makeovers. There’ll be holiday happenings, decorations and treats too. Park hours vary; check the website for full details.
4 pm-8 pm weekdays; 10 am-8 pm weekends
This Christmas train takes passengers to the North Pole to meet Santa. Youngsters can share their wish list and have a photo with Santa. Santa’s Village presents more holiday merriment, like carnival games, “ice fishing,” cookie decorating, Rudolph Racers, Blizzard Ball and a Mrs. Claus story time.
Saturday December 1-Sunday December 23
This popular Christmas train takes passengers to the North Pole to meet Santa (4 pm-8 pm weekdays; 10 am-8 pm weekends). Youngsters can share their wish list and have a photo with Santa. Santa’s Village presents more holiday merriment, like carnival games, “ice fishing,” cookie decorating, Rudolph Racers, Blizzard Ball and a Mrs. Claus storytime.
Saturday December 1-Monday January 7
Experience Knott’s largest-ever Christmas display this holiday season! Don’t miss the family favorite productions: “It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown,” “A Peanuts Guide to Christmas” and the “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” ice show. Other highlights include Santa’s Christmas Cabin, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and the cool “Snow and Glow” experience. Daily hours and shows available on its website.
Saturday December 1-Sunday January 6
This popular rink returns to provide some wintry action. Normal hours are 3 pm-5:30 pm; 6 pm-8:30 pm; and 9 pm-11 pm, but hours differ December 24-25 & December 31-January 1. Thursday evenings (6 pm-8:30 pm) offer entertainment, giveaways and different themes. Come dressed in that week’s theme and get a $5 admission discount. The rink’s website has more details.
Saturday December 1-Monday December 31
The District at Tustin Legacy launches the holiday December 1 with a family fest, including free Santa photos (12 pm-2 pm). Santa is also part of December 15’s Winter Wonderland (6 pm-8 pm) along with magical snowfall, the Snow Queen and other wintry fun. The photo-friendly Wonderland Holiday House will be open December 1-31. Check The District’s website for additional details.
Saturday December 1-Sunday January 6
When you visit The Queen Mary Christmas, you can enjoy the Gingerbread Village, the outdoor ice rink and nightly tree lighting ceremonies, as well as check out the live entertainment and the pretty light displays. Make sure you make time to meet the ship’s jolly, new “captain,” named Santa Claus. QMC’s hours can be found on its website.
November 1 – January 13
Spanning the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the Romanticized Medieval revival of the 1800s, this exhibition showcases a treasury of armor. On display are nearly 100 pieces of antiquities, including full suits, helmets, corselets, shields, swords and paintings. Visitors to the museum (open 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Sunday) will have quite a day examining the age of the knights.
Saturday December 1-Wednesday December 19
On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 19, Santa Claus will take an early evening break from Christmas prepping and stop by Mission Viejo’s City Hall (4 p.m-6 pm) with Mrs. Santa and his elves. Stop by to say hi! Santa will be handing out peppermint candy canes and posing for photos.