The Best Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in Anaheim

Spending the holidays in Anaheim? You’re in luck! This city is full of things to do and see throughout the holiday season. From shows to shopping to giving back and more, here are awesome holiday activities for you and your crew in Anaheim.

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Holiday activities in Anaheim are abundant! When it gets dark earlier and earlier, it can be tempting to just hang out at home, watching TV or playing on your phone after work or school. To break the habit, it helps to have preplanned activities to look forward to. From Christmas tree farms to tree lighting to day camps, here are three holiday activities for everyone to enjoy:

Christmas Tree Selection

First, head over to Christmas Tree Village in La Palma to look for your own real Christmas tree. They “have the freshest Noble Firs, Douglas Firs and Grand Firs shipped direct from [their] farms in Oregon!” For an added wintery touch, they also offer flocking (i.e., artificial snow). Picking out your own tree is something you have to do at least once. Give it a try!

 

Tree Lighting and Holiday Village

Speaking of trees, the city is hosting a tree-lighting event on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4. The holiday-themed tree lighting will be at 6:00 p.m. and will be preceded by holiday entertainment, food, and fun in the Holiday Village. What could get you into the spirit of the season better?

Kids Activities

For kids, Anaheim’s Oak Canyon Nature Center has fun activities going on all season, including a winter walk on December 17, featuring a closer look at the winter habitats of local wildlife.

For more great holiday activities and events, check out the 2022 Anaheim Activity Guide.

New Year’s Eve Yacht Party

Start the new year off right with a luxurious Near Year’s Eve yacht party featuring a premium open bar and a multicourse meal. The party starts at 9 p.m. on December 31 at Newport Beach and runs into the new year!

Shows and Performances

After a yearlong break from live shows, it’s so much fun to be able to go to them again! There’s just something about seeing performers in person and feeling the electricity of their excitement that adds a great feeling of fun to the holidays. There are tons of shows for all different preferences for everyone to get into the spirit of Christmas in Anaheim.

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

Did you know that the popular children’s picture book Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas is also a stage production? From December 9 to 23, you can catch this heartwarming play at Chance Theater.

The Nutcracker

You can never go wrong with a ballet performance of The Nutcracker! On  November 25 and 26, head over to the City National Grove of Anaheim for a performance by Anaheim Ballet. This is their 36th season of Nutcracker performances, but they always update the staging to keep the performance fresh.

Shopping

One of our favorite holiday activities in Anaheim is gift shopping! There are few things as exciting as watching your loved ones open the presents you picked out just for them. These days, it’s super easy to shop online at larger retailers, and these retailers have tons of options. But if you’re looking for something a little rarer, Anaheim has some great and unique stores for you to check out.

Morning Lavender

Head over to Morning Lavender to check out a “boutique inspired by all things pretty.” There’s clothing, bridal dresses and accessories and options in curvy, petite, and maternity. They also have some kids clothing, lifestyle items, and pretty tea sets. Buy something you think your gift recipient will like or a gift card for them to spend later!

SEED Peoples Market

If you’re shopping for the outdoorsy person in your life, give SEED Peoples Market a try. They sell outdoor clothing and gear, like LifeStraws and rechargeable lanterns, as well as homeware and everyday items like wall calendars or sunglasses. There’s something for people of all ages, so you could get things for a few people on your list here!

Sugar Plum Holiday Festival

This vintage market’s offerings will dance—if not outright take up residence—in your head. Over 165 exhibitors will be selling a mix of vintage, upcycled, chic, and handmade gifts and decorations. Look for this festival in the month of November and December every year!

Opportunities to Share

They call it the season of giving, and it’s not just because of the presents. Giving back is a huge part of what makes this time of year so special. Even if you can only give a little, every little generous action makes a big difference.

Toys for Tots

This program exists nationwide, and you can participate by donating new toys or money or volunteering to help with things like warehouse tasks or meal delivery. If there are children in your life who could use toys or books this year, you can also fill out a form to request toys.

South County Outreach Food Pantry

Too many families are food insecure, and the South County Outreach food pantry is here to help, serving up to 3,000 families in South Orange County each month. The good news is there are so many ways to help, and it can be easy! Donate food or money, work in the food market, or do jobs like provide front desk support.

WISEPlace

WISEPlace is an organization with the goal of ending homelessness for unaccompanied women. If you have 45 minutes a week around noon on Thursdays, you can help get meals from the donors to the WISEPlace shelter. See the opportunities available through November and December here.

Safe Celebration

Candles are such a cozy addition to your holiday decor, but please know that 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles. Be careful when lighting candles in your apartment, especially in your bedroom, where you may fall asleep and then leave the candle unattended. You might consider trying battery-powered candles, which create a similar ambiance without the fire hazard. If you do use real candles, be sure to keep an eye on them and blow them out when you are done!

Speaking of fire hazards, Christmas trees can pose a hazard in two ways. First, real Christmas trees can dry out, so be sure to keep yours watered! Keep any candles away from the branches, and be sure to turn all Christmas lights off when you’re not at home. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

We hope you enjoy some of these holiday activities in Anaheim. We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.

From all of us at Beachwood Apartments in Anaheim,
Happy Holidays!

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