The Holidays Come to Life in Anaheim, CA!

November and December are some of the very best months to find yourself living in or visiting Southern California. The weather is gorgeous, your thoughts often turn to service and doing things for others, and it’s definitely a time for sharing with family and friends.

Things can get pretty hectic during the holidays. So take a moment to plan ahead and take part in the things that will bring you and your loved ones the most joy this year. Here are a few of our suggestions of local shows, opportunities to share, activities, and shopping destinations in and around Anaheim, CA, to put you in the holiday spirit:

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Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Holiday Quartermania: The Labradors & Friends Dog Rescue will employ paws for effect on November 7 as it hosts a family-friendly fundraiser to aid animal rescues in need. Highlights include a fun auction game played with quarters, with chances to win prizes ranging from $10 to $150. There also will be a silent auction, raffles, and vendors. The event will be held at Straub Distributing in Anaheim from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Night of Lights Orange County: If seeing a million lights in the course of a one-mile drive sounds like the kind of illumination you seek this holiday season, then pile your family or friends in the car and head to the Orange County Fair and Events Center between November 26 and January 2. This drive-thru experience should be truly electrifying.

Families Together of Orange County Annual Christmas Together Toy Drive: Organizers are promising that this year’s event, scheduled for December 18, will be bigger and better than ever, with 20,000—count ’em, 20,000!—toys set to be handed out. The experience includes carnival rides, games, raffles, entertainment, pictures with Santa, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, holiday meals, and a variety of food options—all for free.

Disney’s Festival of Holidays and Merriest Nights: Certainly, one can’t talk about holiday activities in Anaheim and ignore the gigantic mouse in the room. Disneyland is featuring a pair of holiday celebrations this season: Festival of Holidays and Merriest Nights. Festival of Holidays, being held at Disney California Adventure Park, is a multicultural event taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. The festival runs from November 12 through January 9. 

Ticketed separately, Merriest Nights is essentially an after-hours party on six select nights with a Mark Twain Riverboat-ton of special attractions and entertainment available. While some rides will be closed, you don’t have to worry about It’s a Small World. That attraction will be open, meaning guests will be able to keep that obnoxiously catchy theme song stuck in their minds all the way into 2022.

The 4th Annual Winter in the Grove: Experience a tree-lighting ceremony, snow slides, and maybe even a surprise visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s all happening at Village Green Park in Garden Grove on December 4 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Shows and Performances

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang will take to the Chance Theater stage in Anaheim for a live rendition of the timeless Charlie Brown Christmas tale—catchy music and initially underwhelming Christmas tree included. The heartwarming story unfolds December 3–23.

Disney on Ice: Hint: This is not happening at Disneyland! This touring production is going down at Toyota Arena in Ontario. There will be 10 shows over a span of six days (December 22–27), offering plenty of scheduling flexibility. 

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular: Nothing says holidays in Southern California like over-the-top, high-flying acrobatics set to Christmas music. The cast of Cirque Musica will take to the air with a dazzling array of stunts and aerials on November 12 at 7 p.m. at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Grove of Anaheim: Perish the thought of a holiday season without seeing Clara falling asleep and turning her woeful winter night into a fanciful feast, accompanied by wooden toys come to life. Come out of your shell and satisfy your Nutcracker quota this holiday season when the Anaheim Ballet performs the timeless classic in all its glory with the Irvine Symphony at the Grove at Anaheim on November 27 at 2 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”: If you find that doses of classical music go down easier when laced with raucous electric guitars and all the trappings of a special-effects laden rock concert (think pyrotechnics, lasers, smoke, and amazing lights), then the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has the antidote for what ails you this holiday season. TSO celebrates the 25th anniversary of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” the album and tour that started it all for the band, with two shows on December 4 at Toyota Arena.

Shopping

The 50th Annual Golden Candy Caneland and Craft Faire: Food and crafts booths will be in plentiful supply for holiday purchases, but there also will be games, snow slides, and a visit from Santa to divert the kids’ attention away from what you’re buying for them! The Ehlers Event Center in Buena Park is the place to be on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to check out the popular “Holidays Around the World” cultural booths as well.

Sugar Plum Arts and Crafts Festivals: This festival is so awesome it runs for five days! Happening in downtown Buena Park, the festival features homemade crafts, unique holiday and home decor, garden accessories, clothing, jewelry, food items, and fine arts by more than 150 vendors.

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.

Opportunities to Share

Volunteer with The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army wants you to ring someone’s bell this holiday season. Or, if you’re worried about how your arms will hold up under the constant strain of shaking that bell for hours on end, how about volunteering as a personal shopper for a needy family? 

Light a Light of Love – Waymakers: Journey to Huntington Beach on December 5 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. for holiday revelry. One of the main happenings will be the Light a Light of Love, a celebration to benefit the Huntington Beach Youth Center. The festivities also feature a parade down Main Street, a visit on the beach from Surf City Santa, and a ceremony to light the Snowflakes on the Huntington Beach Pier.

Operation Santa Claus: 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 hope, happiness, and caring to the most vulnerable children in Orange County.

Univision Toy Drive: Health screenings, COVID-19 vaccines, and haircuts may not be the first items on your child’s wish list this holiday season, but those services will all be available at this December 4 event in Huntington Park. Oh, and children also will receive a toy. The event is free and open to all families.

Safe Celebration

Scented candles are extremely popular during the holidays. But they also create the potential for danger. Did you know that up to 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles? So please take extra care when lighting candles in your apartment, especially your bedroom. Consider using battery-powered candles or scented spray instead. And if you do use candles, do not leave them unattended.

Christmas trees, of course, can also create another natural fire hazard. If you’ve purchased a real tree this year, 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!

Holidays are the perfect time to reach out to family and friends, especially those who you may have lost touch with in recent times. With activities, shopping, shows, and opportunities to serve, Anaheim, CA, has everything you need to share good times with a friend or family member.

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 The Evergreens Apartments in Anaheim,
Happy Holidays!

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