‘Tis indeed the season to be jolly as holiday cheer spreads across the globe. For the locals and tourists spending Christmas in the OC, take advantage of the string of events in the area. After all, you can only experience these once a year.  you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of holiday events in the Orange County that you surely cannot miss!

Santa’s Village @ Irvine Park Railroad Park
Ongoing until December 23, 2018

santa's village @ irvine ParkOne of Southern California’s most historic places, Irvine Park Railroad Park has transformed into Santa’s Village. The holiday attraction features fun-filled activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy for tickets worth $5.00 each. Activities include cookie decorating, frosty’s maze, blizzard ball, and many more. You can save $15.00 by buying a book of 15 activity tickets for $60.00


Visit & Photos with Santa @ Pretend City Children’s Museum
December 21, 2018 | 9:30-11:30

Pretend CitySince 2009, pretend city has been a place of learning through play for the children of the Orange County. Take your kids out for a visit to the interactive museum. This month, Santa Claus will be making a stop to say hello and take pictures with museum-goers. This will make every child’s experience in the museum extra fun! Make sure you bring him a cookie or two by the way.


Yuletide Tea with Santa @ The Resort at Pelican Hill
Ongoing until December 24, 2018, | Friday-Sunday | 2:00-5:00 pm

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Those looking for something a little bit more luxurious, The Resort at Pelican Hill invites you to a one of a kind experience this holiday season. Join Santa for tea at the Great Room Social Lounge. Afternoon tea time has never been this festive. Take a sip of the various selections of beverage they offer. Nibble on sweet treats and savory snacks that complement your drink while you’re at it.



Holiday Zoobilation @ The Santa Ana Zoo
December 1-31, 2018

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For the animal lovers looking for a special holiday adventure, The Santa Ana Zoo is the place to be. This month, “Winter Zoobilitation” takes over and transforms the zoo into a holiday wonderland. From snow, festive lights, Christmas carols to dazzling decorations, everything to raise the holiday spirit is there for you to enjoy. All this while learning about the different creatures in the exhibit spells a whole lot of entertainment.



Snowland @ Great Wolf Lodge
Ongoing until January 4, 2019

snowland greatwolf lodgeIf you’re ready to be amazed, Great Wolf Lodge invites you to a magical place full of holiday wonders. Snowland lets you celebrate the yuletide season with fun activities and spectacular attractions. You and your family can enjoy visits with Santa, Snow ‘N’ Glow Dance Parties, North Pole University activities and a life-sized gingerbread house. Book your stay today and don’t miss out!