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The Ultimate Guide to Christmas in Orange County

The weather outside isn’t frightful and in fact, Orange County is full of winter activities that are quite delightful this holiday season. Visitors can experience the magic of the holidays with an exciting outdoor ice rink, award-winning boat parade, and interactive dinner show. At the area’s most popular theme parks, enjoy all new holiday décor, shows, rides, and even meet with Santa Claus himself.
Snoopy and Mr. Clause at Knott's Merry Farm in Buena Park, CA

Knott’s Merry Farm
From November 17, 2023 - January 7, 2024, Knott’s Merry Farm transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor. Join in the fun with the ice skating spectacular, Snoopy on Ice, sing-along with the Calico Carolers, meet Santa Claus in his Christmas Village, and be dazzled by the various stage productions, including 'Home for the Holidays.' At night, Ghost Town comes alive with Snow and Glow, a holiday celebration of music, lights and a blanket of snow that falls from the sky.

Skating Under the Stars
At the Irvine Spectrum Center, visitors can Skate Under the Stars to their heart’s content at one of Orange County’s only outdoor ice rinks. The rink will be open daily during the holiday season at varying times, so be sure to check their schedule before visiting. On select nights, enjoy holiday entertainment just outside of H&M.

Boat with lights at night at Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Christmas Boat Parade
A combination of opulence and beauty, the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade showcases luxury yachts, personal boats and kayaks covered in Christmas lights and holiday decorations. Running 5 nights in December, the annual tradition is one of Orange County’s most popular attractions and was even named “One of the Top Ten Holiday Happenings in the Nation” by the New York Times.

Pirates Take Christmas
Shiver me timbers…scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus and are threatening to put an end to the holiday season at Pirates Take Christmas. The two hour, interactive Christmas dinner show runs December 1, 2023 - January 1, 2024 and includes a delicious, four-course holiday feast.

Girl and boy on sleds in snow at Winter Fest at the OC Fair Ground

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
With a sprinkle of pixie dust, the Disneyland Resort is transformed into a winter wonderland that runs November 10, 2023 - January 7, 2024. The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle glimmers with Christmas lights, Jack Skellington takes over Haunted Mansion Holiday, and boughs of holly line Main Street. Visitors can also enjoy favorites like "it’s a small world" Holiday with over 100,000 lights, the beloved "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade, and the night-time firework spectacular "Believe...In Holiday Magic."

Winter Fest OC
Hitch up the sleigh and head over to Winter Fest OC, Southern California's biggest winter celebration at the OC Fair and Event Center. The festive event brings over 2 million lights, ice skating, a North Pole journey, holiday carnival, live entertainment, and more Orange County. The winter wonderland takes place November 24, 2023 - January 7, 2024.

After a long day of excitement, choose from over a dozen comfortable and affordable hotels in Buena Park. Check out our ‘suite’ hotel and ticket deals. To start planning your SoCal vacation, order your FREE Buena Park Travel Guide.

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