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Your Guide to Celebrating the Holidays in Southern California – Orange County Register ~ California

It’s the holiday season in Southern California. Click on the links below to learn more about celebratory community events, concerts, plays, immersive experiences and more.

Newport Beach's annual Christmas Boat Parade returns this holiday season.  (Photo by Matt Masin).
Newport Beach’s annual Christmas Boat Parade returns this holiday season. (Photo by Matt Masin).

Find a tree lighting, parade or other holiday event in Southern California

The Young Americans perform nine performances of The Magic of Christmas at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts.  ///ADDITIONAL INFO: young_americans_review.1212 Ð 12/11/14 Ð BILL ALKOFER, - ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - Young Americans is a 250-strong song and dance company with artists ranging in age from 16 to 25 years.  They will perform for nine shows at the La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts.
The Young Americans will perform “The Magic of Christmas” December 9-18 at the La Mirada Theater. (File photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

33 Southern California Christmas Concerts to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

Long Beach Ballet's version "The Nutcracker" is known for its production values.  It will take the stage at the Terrance Theater on select dates December 16-23.  (Courtesy of Long Beach Ballet
The Long Beach Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker will take the stage at the Terrace Theater on select dates December 16-23. (Courtesy of Long Beach Ballet)

Where to see The Nutcracker in Southern California this holiday season

Visitors walk through the Christmas decorations during the annual celebration of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside on Monday, December 6, 2021.  (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
The annual Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights returns for another year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

15 Family-Friendly Vacation Experiences in Southern California

"A Christmas song," at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa from November 26 to December 24 is one of the celebratory theatrical productions on the stages of Southern California.  (Photo by Jenny Graham, South Coast Repertory)
“A Christmas Carol” will be on view at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa from November 26th to December 24th. (Photo by Jenny Graham, South Coast Repertory)

Find a Southern California holiday play to attend

Grinchmas and Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter return to Universal Studios Hollywood on November 25 and run through January 1, 2023. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Grinchmas and Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter return to Universal Studios Hollywood on November 25th and run through January 1st. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Here’s what Southern California’s theme parks are doing for the holidays

Guests make their way through Lightscape, an after-dark light installation at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, California on Thursday, November 18, 2022.  The one-mile passage consists of multiple light installations paired with music and special effects that cover a portion of the 127-acre property.  (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)
The Lightscape, an after-dark light installation at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, runs on select nights through January 8th. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

This is what the LA Arboretum’s ornate Christmas lights look like

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring theirs "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" Show at Toyota Arena in Ontario for two shows at 3:00pm and 7:30pm on Saturday, December 3rd.  (Photo by Jason McEachern)
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing its show “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve” to Toyota Arena in Ontario on Saturday, December 3 for two shows at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Photo by Jason McEachern)

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its expanded show Ghosts of Christmas Eve to Ontario

Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa into a winter wonderland every year.  The event returns as an in-person celebration this holiday season.  (Archive photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Winterfest OC returns as an in-person celebration this holiday season. (Archive photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Winter Fest OC returns for an in-person event

The annual Disneyland Christmas tree is in Town Square at the base of Main Street USA in Disneyland.  (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The annual Disneyland Christmas tree is in Town Square at the base of Main Street USA in Disneyland. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

How Disneyland decorates the resort for the holidays each year

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