Your Guide to Holiday Fun in Anaheim, CA!
Home to Disneyland, Anaheim, CA, is already a pretty magical city year-round. But add in the holiday spirit, and there’s nowhere more spectacular to be this time of year than Anaheim! Holiday cheer fills the city as streets are lit up with decorations and holiday music pours from every shop.
Anaheim puts out a wide array of holiday festivities with dozens of fun activities this time of year. Whether you live in Anaheim or are just visiting for the holidays, you are sure to find joy in one of the many activities, shows, shops, or volunteer opportunities happening this year!
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
Home to both Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim is obviously the perfect place for holiday activities! After enjoying the magic and delight of these parks, be sure to check out the other fun holiday activities Anaheim has to offer as well!
Disney Festival of Holidays: There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Disneyland! With multicultural music, food, and entertainment, Disney goes all out! From November 12 to January 9, Disney throws a multiholiday festival in its California Adventure Park celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings’ Day. Learn about the various holiday celebrations around the world while enjoying music, dance, and interactive experiences for the whole family! Tickets are on sale now, so don’t wait to purchase them!
Knott’s Merry Farm: This yearly Christmas celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm is one that the whole family will enjoy! Filled with special attractions, live entertainment, nightly tree lighting ceremonies, holiday decorations, ice shows featuring the cast of Peanuts, and even nightly snow, you won’t want to miss this! Running from November 19 through January 2, be sure to stop by and make some fun holiday memories!
Christmas Bingo: The Phantom Projects Theatre is putting out a unique mixture of bingo and comedy this year! With winning fantastic prizes, answering fun holiday questions, and competing to be the first to yell “Bingo,” this event is sure to have the whole family entertained. Tickets are on sale now for December 9 at 8 p.m., so reserve them soon!
South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW Event: If you prefer a more peaceful holiday, check out the South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW event! This event features thousands of lights, food, drinks, and gorgeous views of the beach, waterfalls, bayou, and kelp forest. Running from November 20 to January 17, this beautiful event will have you drinking wine on the bayou and chasing waterfalls.
Shows and Performances
Whether you like exciting circuses or story-filled ballets, you will love the shows happening in Anaheim this year! With a truly spectacular lineup for this holiday season, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular: Who doesn’t love the circus? Featuring some of the most popular holiday songs, the cast of Cirque Musica will be putting on a fantastic show with acrobats and aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and holiday cheer! This performance will only be showing once on November 12 at 7 p.m. at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Spots are filling fast, so get your tickets now for a fun night with the whole family!
American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker: The Nutcracker is a traditional holiday ballet, and The American Ballet Theatre’s performance is one of the best! With more than 100 performers, sets and costumes designed by Tony Award-winner Richard Hudson, and amazing choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, this show is truly breathtaking. Critics have described this rendition of The Nutcracker as a “colorful, cinematic creation filled with spectacle, humor and eye-popping costumes.” The event is showing December 10–19, and tickets are on sale now, so don’t wait to get seats for this spectacular show!
Concordia Christmas: Repeat the Sounding Joy!: Concordia University puts together a spectacular Christmas concert every year featuring vocals, instruments, and even handbells. This event is a popular Christmas tradition, and Concordia’s Christmas concert sells out every year, so don’t delay! Get your tickets soon!
The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas: Jazz your Christmas routine up a bit this year with a performance by Grammy-winning performer Kurt Elling. His holiday concert consists of a mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. Whatever traditions and beliefs you hold about the holiday season, you’ll undoubtedly feel the magic and peace of this special time of year by checking out Elling’s performance.
The holiday season doubles as the season of giving. There isn’t a better time to show your loved ones how much you care about them! If you are looking for a truly unique gift for your loved ones this year, check out one of these places!
Christkindlmarkt Christmas Bazaar: This traditional German Christmas market is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to explore a new culture this year. With nearly 50 vendors, you can find handmade German goods such as art, food, and entertainment. The event even features a children’s play area and a beer garden. The bazaar takes place at the German Cultural Center, so stop by to learn about German culture while shopping for unique gifts for your loved ones!
Old World Arts & Crafts Show: This arts and crafts show is the perfect place to stop by if you’re looking for a gift that’s truly unique. This event features custom-made clothing, ceramics, jewelry, baskets, hand soap, holiday decor, and more from various unique vendors. Check the website for which days this arts and crafts show is open!
Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees: It’s all fir one and one fir all at Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees near Santa Ana. A wide selection of fresh-cut trees features the following types: noble fir, grand fir, Douglas fir, Nordmann fir, and Fraser fir. In addition to trees, Pumpkin City also sells Christmas decorations and wreaths.
Opportunities to Share
The holidays are a magical time of year, but not everyone gets to experience the holiday cheer. If you have the time and resources, consider donating time or toys to a charitable organization. Your donations can help those less fortunate to have a taste of the holiday joy.
Grandma’s House of Hope: Getting involved with this nonprofit organization in Orange County is the perfect way to give back to your community! The organization gives free meals to those in need and is looking for volunteers who can cook and deliver these meals. Whether you’re a great cook or not, this is a great way for you to help feed the hungry and get involved in your community!
Holiday Social and Toys for Tots Drive: This dual-purpose event is a great way to have a good time while also helping those in need in your community. Bring an unwrapped toy to The Twisted Vine on December 1 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and enjoy hand-selected wine paired with hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy socializing and networking, knowing that you are doing a good deed by donating toys to children in need.
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice winter candle this time of year? Candles can be hard not to love, but did you know that up to 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles? Be extra careful while enjoying your holiday candles, and consider eliminating the risk completely by using battery-powered candles that can achieve the same ambiance. Whatever you do, never leave your holiday candles unattended!
Another fire hazard you should be aware of this time of year is Christmas trees. If these trees fall over, they can lead to a fire or other damages. Real Christmas trees are extra dangerous because their pine needles become more flammable when they dry out. If you do have a real Christmas tree, make sure to keep it watered. Keep all open flames—whether they come from a candle, a fireplace, or something else—away from the branches, and make sure to turn all holiday lights off when you leave the house. Following these simple precautions can help you to have a safe holiday season!
With so many activities, performances, places to shop, and opportunities to give service, Anaheim, CA, is set for a splendid holiday season.
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.
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