101 Guide to Holiday Activities in OC

Lobby decorated during Holidays

There is so much to explore this Holiday season, from ice skating on the beach to magical boat parades. Here are 10 enjoyable activities you can do this winter in Orange County:

Grand Legacy At The Park is located just minutes from some of Southern California’s most exciting attractions. Celebrate one of the largest Christmas festivities at Knott’s Merry Farm, transforming the entire park into a classic holiday festival!The fun starts November 18 through January 8, 2023. Purchase your tickets at 

If you don’t have a Disneyland® Park ticket, don’t worry…. Enjoy the beauty of Downtown Disney® District during this holiday season. From now until January 8th, Downtown Disney® is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring Holiday food, shopping, and live entertainment. 


The adorable Snoopy House located in Costa Mesa has been a traditional Holiday house since 1966 featuring displays of characters from the comic strip, “Peanuts”. The Snoopy House can be viewed from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM nightly.

The largest winter festival returns to the OC Fair & Event Center with dazzling lights, music, interactive activities and photo ops! New activities will take place this year with a North Pole Journey, ice skating under the stars, ice tubing, and so much more! This spectacular winter event will be open to the public until January 1, 2023. Make sure to check it out!

Join the holiday fun at Bella Terra this winter season! There are so many fun activities to explore this December including live music, Holiday storytimes, Christmas caroling, a meet and greet with Santa, and ballet lessons from Mrs. Claus herself. Visit for more information!

Check out Christmas in Downtown Brea, located only 25 minutes from Grand Legacy At The Park! Experience Holiday performances, live music, and a picture with Santa! It doesn’t get better than that! 

Every weekend through December 18th, from 12PM to 5PM.


Experience the enchanting Christmas train at Irvine Regional Park and enjoy a personal meet and greet with Santa Claus! Children will have the opportunity to share their wish list and have their photo taken with him too. After visiting Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations! 

Holidays in Dana Point is a place that everyone should check out once in their lives. Dana Point is spreading holiday cheer by hosting the annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights featuring the iconic “Merry Kiss Me” arch. 

Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor for the 114th Newport Beach Boat Parade. The parade will be held from December 14-18, 2022.