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By Heather McRea

Our communities are filling with the holiday spirit, esidents have been giving generously to charity drives and homes are starting to glow as decorations

Over the next few weeks, communities will gather for traditions that have been enjoyed for years. Here is a listing of the week ahead of many of the main city tree lightnings and events:

Usher in the holiday season with the annual All is Bright Holiday Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain & Amphitheater. Enjoy holiday cheer, train rides, ornament making, Christmas caroling, “snowfall” and a visit from Santa as the 22-foot Christmas tree is lit.

The lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree will cap a day of free holiday fun Saturday at Center Street Promenade in downtown Anaheim during the 25th annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be pictures with Santa, snow to play in, shopping, a food fair entertainment and other activities for families. The tree lighting starts at 6 p.m.

The annual tree lighting at the Civic & Cultural Center will occur at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will stop by to greet folks. Local schoolchildren will entertain. Admission is free. Pictures with Santa Claus will cost a fee.

Santa will be on hand for the city’s annual Christmas treelighting celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at City Hall, 6650 Beach Blvd. There will be musical performances and dancers and refreshments. Santa will arrive via firetruck.

The annual Christmas Walk in the Corona Del Mar Business District will feature entertainment, food, prizes, a petting zoo, children’s activities, a beer and wine garden and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dana Point: The Winter Festival and tree lighting will be noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Activities


Santa Claus arrives at the Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting at Tustin Library in 2018. This year’s event is Friday.



include Santa visits, carnival games, craft fair, face painting, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Express train ride, petting zoo, pony rides and the annual tree lighting at 5:15 p.m. with free cookies and hot chocolate. Most activities are free. At La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza (Pacific Coast Highway, north of Golden Lantern).

Fountain Valley: The city will celebrate the holidays with the lighting of its tree at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center on Sunday. The event is 4:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature games, performances by local groups, food sold by area nonprofits and a visit by Santa. The tree will be lit between 5 and 5:45 p.m. and there will be fireworks after.

Fullerton: The annual Winter Market in Fullerton’s Downtown Plaza, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, will feature photos with Santa along with an array of vendors and food booths, entertainment and a beer and wine garden.

Garden Grove: Winter in the Grove on Sunday will feature children’s activities, a snow slide, a holiday boutique, a visit by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the city’s holiday tree. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m. at Village Green Park. Free admission, snow slide is $5. An unwrapped toy donation will receive two snow slide passes.

Huntington Beach: The Light a Light of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony features a children’s parade, entertainment and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus. At the end, the giant snowflakes on the pier will be lit. The 3:30-7 p.m. event on Monday is free at the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza; sponsor a snowflake to benefit the Waymakers Huntington Beach Youth Shelter.

Irvine: The Civic Center will celebrate the holidays with a tree lighting celebration from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be children’s activities, visits with Santa, a winter-themed train route and more fun at this free community event.

Ladera Ranch: There will be holiday performances, an Arctic Plunge slide, crafts and cookie decorating and more at the Miracle on Mercantile Way event and tree lighting on Sunday. Santa will make a visit and end the 1 to 5 p.m. event at the Town Green by lighting a 60-foot tree.

Laguna Beach: Hospitality Night 2019 begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2), where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting at 6:10 p.m. From there, the activities move to lower Forest Avenue with entertainment, crafts, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and merchant open houses. Free trolleys will run 4-11 p.m.

Laguna Niguel: The annual Christmas tree lighting, this year with a Hawaiian theme, will occur 5-7 p.m.

Sunday at City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway.

La Palma: The city’s 33rd annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony begins with visits with Santa Claus and crafts for kids at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Central Park Pavilion. The tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. There will be musical performances from local schools and a community sing-along. Santa will be taking pictures, and there will be a chance to write him a letter. Rain would reschedule the event.

Newport Beach: Crystal Cove Conservancy will conduct its 23rd annual tree-lighting and holiday bazaar Sunday; it will feature vintage ornaments, lights and a tree on the beach. The lifeguards will help Santa arrive in one of their vehicles at 4 p.m..

The bazaar will last from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the tree lighting will begin at 5:15.

Orange: The 25th annual tree-lighting ceremony and candlelight choir procession will be Monday, with events starting at 3:30 p.m. with activities for families in the Old Towne Orange Plaza. At 5:15, the city will light the tree, and the choir candlelight procession will begin. The event is free and open to the public.

Placentia: The Community Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday at the Civic Center Plaza, 401 E. Chapman Ave. Get into the spirit with holiday performances, kids’ activities and a special visit from Santa Claus.

San Clemente: Ring in the season in downtown San Clemente on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m. with a holiday hoopla at the Community Center, featuring games, cookie decorating, visits with Santa and snow hill sledding. A city tree-lighting event with the mayor will be held at 5:15 p.m. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. there will be crafts for kids, carolers, cookies and cocoa at The Casa. On Del Mar, enjoy holiday music, train rides, beer & wine garden and merchants from 5-9 p.m.

San Juan Capistrano:

University students will give musical presentations at Historic Town Center Park beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Capistrano Valley High School’s marching band will lead a procession downtown after the ceremony, where families can enjoy holiday activities until 9 p.m. At 31872 El Camino Real.

Stanton: “Celebrate Holidays Around the World” is from 6 to 8 p.m.

on Wednesday. Before the lighting of the city’s tree, there will be musical entertainment, arts and crafts and a storytime at the library. Activities are at Stanton City Hall.

Tustin: The city’s ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday will include holiday carols and other entertainment at the Tustin Library Courtyard, along with lighting the community tree. Activities include letters to Santa, crafts, train rides and more. Tamales and refreshments will be sold by the Tustin Area Senior Center.

Also, the Tustin Host Lions Club will hold its annual holiday boutique from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Clifton C.

Miller Community Center.

Villa Park: Santa Claus is coming to Villa Park for his annual sweep of the city on Saturday — and as usual for the city, he won’t be riding a sleigh but a fire engine. Each year for Santa’s tour, the fire engine makes stops all throughout the city so Santa can meet with residents and their children. A tour route and full schedule of stops is available at vpcsfoundation. org. In the evening, Santa will hangout with families at the Winter Wonderland party in the Villa Park Town Center.

The free event from 4 to 8 p.m. will have ice skating, snowballs and more.

Westminster: The annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony will be 6:30 p.m.

today at the Civic Center with caroling, performances by community groups and a visit by Santa. A community sing-along will end the evening. Bring food donations to help those in need.

Yorba Linda: For the 30th year, Holiday on Main Street will give the community will have a chance to visit with Santa Claus and enjoy festive music throughout the night. The event, which is hosted by the Main Street Merchants Association, is set for 4-10 p.m. Dec. 7 along Old Town Yorba Linda’s Main Street, just north of Imperial Highway and Yorba Linda Boulevard.

For a longer list of events, visit Christmas

A Christmas tree lighting hosted by the Crystal Cove Conservancy is one of the many ways residents can help usher in the holidays.


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