Celebrate the Holidays in Santa Ana, CA

The winter holidays are everyone’s favorite time of the year! Holiday lights and decorations adorn the streets of Santa Ana, and homes in every neighborhood sparkle with holiday cheer. The holidays are a special time of year in Santa Ana because cultures and traditions from all around the world are celebrated.

One of the benefits of celebrating the holidays in Santa Ana, is the mild California winter.  Great weather means more opportunities to enjoy the holidays outdoors, no matter what age or group size!

Whether you live in Santa Ana or are visiting for the holidays, you will feel the magic of the season! Here are a few of the festivities that make Santa Ana the place to be for the holidays this year:

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Christmas at Calvary Church – Taking place at the Calvary Church of Santa Ana, this Christian Christmas celebration features carols, candle lighting, and uplifting messages. Sunday services run throughout December, with a special service taking place on Christmas Eve. Make sure to reserve a spot if you’d like to attend, as seating is limited due to COVID.

Plaza Navideña – This annual event and tree lighting take place November 20, 2021 at Plaza Calle Cuatro in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana. This community event is free to attend and features a tree lighting ceremony, holiday entertainment, delicious food, beverages, and treats. Plaza Navidena runs from 5 to 8 p.m., so don’t be late!

Snow Day with the Critters – This winter celebration at the Santa Ana Zoo features fun winter activities and crafts for children and families, festive holiday music and stories, and cute animals tasting winter treats. If you’re a Santa Ana Resident, you’ll enjoy free admission on December 16! This mid-December activity is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and learn new facts about the zoo animals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Shows and Performances

Treat yourself to some holiday magic in Santa Ana, CA. This year has brought some truly spectacular performances to the area. Circuses, vocal and band performances, and cultural celebrations are just a few of the holiday treats in store for you this season in Santa Ana!

A Magical Cirque Christmas – This dazzling holiday performance by the brave performers of A Magical Cirque Christmas is full of high-flying feats and whimsical choreography. All performances are set to live Christmas music, making it perfect for all ages and a great place to take the whole family! Book your tickets early; seats won’t last long.

Concordia Christmas: Repeat the Sounding Joy! – Every year, Concordia University puts together a spectacular Christmas concert, including vocals, instruments, and even handbells. Enjoy nostalgic carols and Christmas favorites, both new and old. This event is a popular Christmas tradition, and Concordia’s Christmas Concerts sell out every year, so don’t delay! Get your tickets soon!

The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas – Put a little jazz in your Christmas this year with a performance by Grammy-winning performer Kurt Elling. His holiday performance consists of a mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. Whatever traditions and beliefs you hold about the holiday season, you’ll feel the magic and peace of this special time of year while listening to the vocals of Kurt Elling this holiday season!

Shopping

For many, the holiday season means decorating the house from roof to floor with tinsel, Christmas trees, lights, and a host of other decorations. Then, of course, there are presents: Is there anything better than seeing a loved one’s face light up as they open a holiday gift you picked out for them? Whether you’re looking for unique seasonal decorations or a special gift to show someone how much you care, Santa Ana is the perfect place to be!

Holiday Faire – This Orange County fair hosts over 50 local artists selling one-of-a-kind holiday decorations, unique handmade gifts, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, clothing, and more.

Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees – If you’re looking for Christmas trees near Santa Ana, look no further than Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees. They have a wide selection of fresh-cut Christmas trees, including noble fir, grand fir, Douglas fir, Nordmann fir, and Fraser fir. They also sell cute woodcut Christmas decorations and wreaths.

Sugar Plum Holiday Festival – This vintage market is host to over 165 exhibitors selling an eclectic mix of vintage, upcycled, chic, and handmade gifts and decorations.

Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland – This unique event offers visitors the chance to craft their own holiday decorations and buy holiday accessories, decor, clothing, and jewelry. There’s also a selection of great gourmet foods and candy. Don’t miss the chance to shop for some truly unique gifts—and maybe even make some of your own!

Opportunities to Share

Receiving gifts is great, but the true meaning of the holiday season is giving to others. If you have the means or the time during this special time of year, consider giving to those less fortunate so they too can feel the joy of this winter season. Here are some great volunteer opportunities in Santa Ana, CA.

Operation Santa Claus – Unfortunately, thousands of children in Orange County won’t be having a very merry Christmas without our help. This holiday season, donate toys and gifts to children and families in need. Last year, Operation Santa Claus distributed over 39,000 toys and gifts, bringing happiness and hope to our most vulnerable children in Orange County who wouldn’t have otherwise had much at all.

Volunteer with The Salvation Army – Whether you like to get out and interact with the community or work behind the scenes, the Salvation Army is the perfect place to volunteer. Dress up as Santa Claus and help collect donations with the jolly ring of your bell. If a red jumpsuit isn’t your style, you could help pick out gifts for kids or be a personal shopper for a family in need.

Safe Celebration

Everyone loves a good pine-scented candle this time of year, but up to 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles. Be extra careful when lighting candles in your apartment, especially your bedroom. Consider using battery-powered candles to achieve the same ambiance without the added danger. Whatever you do, never leave your holiday candles unattended!

Christmas trees can be another fire hazard you need to be aware of. If you’ve brought a real Christmas tree into your apartment for the holidays, make sure you keep it watered so it doesn’t dry out. Keep all open flames, such as candles, away from the branches and make sure you turn all lights off when you’re not at home. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!

From all of us at Artists Village Apartments in Santa Ana,
Happy Holidays!

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