Here Are 14 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 14 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

Speaking of trees, the city is hosting a tree lighting event on Saturday, December 4. The Nutcracker-themed tree lighting will be at 6:00 p.m. and will be preceded by holiday entertainment, food, and fun in the Nutcracker 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:

  • Winter Workshop on December 17, featuring a pizza dinner, crafts, and games
  • Night Hikes on December 18 and January 15
  • Winter Day Camps December 20 to 22 (Winter Wonderland) and December 27 to 29 (Rockin’ Around the Ole’ Oak Tree)

See pages 30 to 31 on the Fall 2021 Anaheim Activity Guide for more information and prices.

Plaza Navideña: This tree lighting event takes place at Plaza Calle Cuatro in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana on November 20. The festivities are free and feature a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday entertainment, delicious food, beverages, and treats. Plaza Navidena runs from 5 to 8 p.m., so come and get your lights fixation turned on.

Snow Day with the Critters: This mid-December fete features winter activities and crafts for families, accompanied by holiday music and stories. Rumor has it that some cute animals will also be tasting winter treats. Who among us has the willpower to resist that? Santa Ana residents can enjoy free admission on December 16.

NYE at the Beach “Orange Country”: Lasso yourself a date and get in touch with your inner urban cowboy this New Year’s Eve by having a rip-snortin’ good time at this country music-themed howdy to 2022. There will be dining, dancing, and boot-scoot boogie-ing to the country music stylings of Redneck Rodeo, Scotty Mac Band, Timmy McKeever, and DJ David Bugenske. And it all comes with the beautiful backdrop of Huntington Beach. If that doesn’t put a little bounce in your giddyup, we’re not sure what will.

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.

Did you know that the favorite holiday movie A Charlie Brown Christmas is also a stage production? From December 3 to 19, you can catch this heartwarming play at Chance Theater.

The Nutcracker

You can never go wrong with a ballet performance of The Nutcracker! On Saturday, November 27, at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., head over to the City National Grove of Anaheim for a performance by Anaheim Ballet. This is their 35th season of Nutcracker performances, but they always update the staging to keep the performance fresh.

Elf

If you’re a fan of the movie Elf, get tickets to Elf the Musical in Baldwin Park. Experience the story live, with talented performers ranging in age from six to 18. The songs are sure to delight you, because as we know, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

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, accessories, and curvy, petite, and maternity-maternity options. 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 some 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!

The Enchanted Toy Store

Last but not least, go grab some toys at The Enchanted Toy Store, an awesome store with toys you don’t find at most stores. They’ve got toys for all ages, from newborns to 13 and over, including kits to make stuffed animals, unique board games, fun educational toys, active play toys, decor, fidget toys, arts and crafts, and more. 

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.

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

In 2020, the Orange County Toys for Tots program gave 20,063 toys to 9,721 children. 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 WISPlace 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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