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2017 Holiday Events in Coastal Orange County

Bryan & Siobhan Ulnick

The Ulnick’s are among the most successful real estate partnerships in coastal orange county and bring over 35 years of real estate experience inclu...

The Ulnick’s are among the most successful real estate partnerships in coastal orange county and bring over 35 years of real estate experience inclu...

Oct 3 11 minutes read

Looking for fun holiday festivities for the whole family? We have compiled a list of joy-filled holiday events in the San Clemente community!

Santa's Village by the Sea

The City of San Clemente presents "Santa's Village by the Sea." Filled with endless holiday family activities! The event begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:00 PM on the Community Center lawn, located on the corner of Avenida Del Mar and N. Calle Seville. After the tree lighting Holiday festivities expand to Del Mar Gliz!

Del Mar Glitz will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Community Center and along Avenida Del Mar. Holiday activities will include Santa visits, holiday games, an outdoor movie, hot cocoa factory, cookie decorating, train rides, Cinderella's Carriage, live holiday music and snow hill sledding.

Take a picture with Santa and delight in a night filled with holiday fun for the whole family to enjoy! After the event ends begin your holiday shopping as the shops along Avenida Del Mar will be open until 10:00 PM

Date | Dec - 02 - 2017 

Time | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location | Community Center
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, California 92672

More information | Recreation (949) 429-8797 | Casa at (949) 498-2139 | DBA at (949) 218-5378


Celebrate the holidays with wine tasting at the Barnoa Wine Bar. Sip on a variety of local and international wines and shop for Christmas gifts your wine-loving friends and family will be sure to enjoy. Be sure to savor some of their delicious sweet and savory pairings from their Wine Bar Menu.

Date | Dec-5-2017

Time | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

LocationBarnoa Wine Bar
831 Via Suerte #106 
San Clemente, CA  92672

Contact | 949-388-4378

Holiday Dinner - Cooking Class at Antoines Cafe

Join Antoines Cafe for a holiday cooking class taught by french culinary chef Caroline Cazaumayou! Impress your friends and family this Christmas with a delicious chef-inspired holiday meal. Caroline taught cooking in Orange County for 21 years in stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, and the Pottery Shack.  She is the co-owner of Cooking by The Sea in San Clemente and teaches at Antoine’s Café as well as privately. She is an adept, experienced and entertaining instructor with her main focus on delightful and elegant dishes with a special emphasis on simplicity and planning. 

The holiday menu includes Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Cranberry-Port Wine Sauce, Potato-Leek Squares, Haricot Vert with Chestnuts and Bacon, Kabocha Squash and Fennel Soup with Smoked Paprika and Candied Pecans. Finish dinner off with mouth-watering chocolate and brandy souffle tarts. An evening of learning and fun!

DateDecember 5, 2017

Time | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM PST

Location | Antoines cafe
218 South El. Camino Real
San Clemente, Ca 92672

Price | $60 + tax/per person

Register | 949-492-1763 or online

Lil' Elves Workshop

Bring your kids to the community center for a morning of holiday activities and cheer! The Community Center is being transformed into Santa's Workshop! Children will make gifts for family and friends, decorate holiday cookies, participate in holiday carnival games, and more fun holiday festivities! Enjoy special guest appearances from Santa's helpers 🎅🏻  

Lil’ Elves is open to children ages 3-5 years old 

Date | Dec - 08 - 2017 

Time | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Price | $15 per child.  

Location | Community Center
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, California 92672

Pre-registration is encouraged and parents are welcome, but not required.


Angel Tree Gift Exchange

Come share the holiday spirit by providing a gift for those in need. The angel tree gift exchange program benefits San Clemente children, adults, and seniors. Gift tags available at both the Community Center and Aquatics Center starting on Monday, November 27th. Gift tags list the age, gender, and gift idea. Purchase the gift, wrap it, and return it to the center where you selected the tag by Friday, December 8th.

Date | Dec 01- 08  2017 

Time | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Location | Community Center
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, California 92672

🎁 Friday, December 8th is the last day to provide your Angel Tree Gift at either the Community Center or the Aquatics Center. For more information call 949-361-8264.  

Casa Kinetic - The Nutcracker

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the Nutcracker ballet performed with panache by the Orange County Ballet Theatre. This bestselling event is a must for the whole family. The Casa Nutcracker features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location | Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens 
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA  92672

Contact | 949-498-2139

Tickets | $40

Christmas at the Casa: Holiday Open House with Santa & Live Music

Come to Christmas at the Casa holiday open house to experience a festively decorated Casa Romantica, live music, choral groups, a visit from Santa, a talking tree, children's crafts, holiday décor and refreshments. The Casa Romantica open house will close at 7:30 PM.

Date | Dec - 9 - 2017

Time | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location | Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, California 92672

Tickets | Free for all ages

Event registration 

Letters to Santa 

Ho Ho Ho! Send your letter to Santa!

Do your kids want to ask Santa a question or tell him what they want for Christmas? They can send him a letter and receive a response! Mail their letter along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 

Address |

Santa Letters c/o San Clemente Recreation Division
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, California 92672


⭐️ Letter must be received by December 14th. 

Twas the Night Before Christmas

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Ring in the holiday spirit with The Cabrillo Playhouse live performance of the classic story Twas the night before Christmas. Bring the whole family to enjoy a night of Live theatre and refreshments! 

Date | Friday, December 1 - 17 2017

Time | 8:00 PM

LocationCabrillo Playhouse
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA 92672

Map & Directions

Phone |  (949) 492-0465 Email | [email protected]

🎭 Buy tickets 

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

Jingle All the Way,' what a way to kick off the holiday season by going to see the Laguna Nigel hometown parade! View over 100 exciting entries including marching bands, floats, special guests, youth groups, equestrian units, exotic cars, visits from Santa, military members, local heroes and fun attractions! 

This event is a Southern California tradition with more than 3,000 parade participants and an anticipated crowd of more than 10,000 people.

Date | Dec. 9, 2017 

Time | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location | Crown Valley Parkway ((Between Nueva Vista and Central Park Drive)
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 

Parking | Parking lot off of Dorine/El Lazo. Parade watchers are encouraged to bring chairs and take advantage of the free shuttle, available from the Federal Bldg. 

More Information 

Dana Point Holiday Tree Lighting Festival 

Join the Dana Point Community for an evening of fun holiday activities! Warm up with cup of hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies while you enjoy visits from Santa, holiday characters, stunning tree lighting, dog costume parade, and carolers! 

Date | Dec -04-2017 

Time | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

LocationPines Park
34941 Camino Capistrano
Dana Point, California 92629

Fall Favorites Exhibit

The Festival of Arts Third Floor Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank celebrates the autumn season with selections from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection. Fall Favorites features a variety of photographs and painting that highlights the vibrant colors and feelings associated with fall. Artwork on display includes “The Gates – NYC” by Tom Lamb, “Evening at Lucia” by Scott Anthony, “Arizona Desert” by Roy Ropp and “Sculptured Sand” by Stillman Sawyer.

Date | Dec-5-2017 Recurring Event (See all)

Location | The Festival Arts Third Floor Gallery
260 Ocean Avenue
Laguna Beach, Ca 92651

Glass Blown Ornament Workshop

Looking for a unique and creative experience the entire family can enjoy? Come to the Sawdust Art Festival to create your very own glass-blown holiday ornament you can enjoy on your tree every year! Pick from a variety of colors and designs.

Date | Friday, December 15, 2017

Time | Hour workshops from10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location | Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, Ca 92651

Registration | $75/ Per Person

Contact | 949-494-3030

42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Wharf

Watch the lights from afar or come aboard any one of the decorated boats, joining boaters from all over parading through the Harbor. Boat parade lasts approximately 90 minutes and charter rides are 2 hours. Seating may be limited. Standing areas offer the best views.

Date | December 8th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th

Time | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 

Location | Dana Wharf Sportfishing
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Price | $29 Adults – $19 Kids 12 & Under – 2 & Under are FREE


Have questions? Send an email

Winter Wonderland Light Decorating Contest

Do you go all out with holiday decorations? You could win a prize! Join the city of San Clemente in their Winter Wonderland Light Decorating Contest. You can enter the residential or business division. 

Participation form CLICK HERE

✨DEADLINE for entries December 11, 2017

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