mum of four people per house. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point. 949.234.3200. www.visitdanapoint.org.
HOLIDAY DIY CARD AND CANDLE MAKING
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Attendees will learn ornamental calligraphy techniques and make a set of holiday cards with ink and color. After a break for lunch, the owners of Makana candles will guide guests through a candle-making class. This class is limited to sixteen students only, so register at www. scartsupply.com. Cost is $125 and includes the candles made at the class to take home. 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.369.6603. www.scartsupply.com.
HERITAGE HILL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA
4:30-7:30 p.m. Bring your cameras and snap a selfie with Santa at the Dana Wharf Courtyard. Photos are free. El Torito Courtyard. 34521 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.496.5794. www.danapointharbor.com.
HOLIDAY IN THE HARBOR
4:30-7:30 p.m. Bring the family down to the Dana Point Harbor for a fun afternoon of holiday events, live music, kids’ treats and specials throughout the village. Mariner’s Village/Alley and Dana Wharf. 34624 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. www.visitdanapoint.org.
‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’
8 p.m. The Camino Real Playhouse continues performances of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street. The show runs every weekend through Dec. 18. Tickets range from $27-$37. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082. www.caminorealplayhouse.com.
BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Santa and his helpers listen to holiday wishes on a 20-minute harbor cruise. A $5 donation, which will be given to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club, is suggested. No reservation required. Event also runs Sunday, Dec. 4. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 888.224.0603. www.danawharf.com.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE ACADEMY
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sit in on one of two gingerbread house decorating workshops at Monarch Beach Resort. The pastry team will offer tips for decorating with the seemingly endless amount of candy and frosting available. There will also be a special visit from Santa, complete with pictures. Cost is $85 per gingerbread house, with a maxi-
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Relive the holiday customs of yesteryear for one final time as Heritage Hill Historical Park holds their last-ever Victorian Christmas. The park’s four historic buildings will be festively decorated for the season with live music, dance performances, local craft vendors and food for purchase. Enjoy hands-on activities including Christmas ornament and card making, candle dipping, butter churning, Victorian-inspired crafts and games and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. 949.923.2230.
WINTER FESTIVAL AND TREE LIGHTING
Noon-7 p.m. Head down to La Plaza Park in Dana Point for an afternoon of holiday festivities, culminating in a tree lighting ceremony. From noon-5 p.m., there will be visits with Santa, a synthetic ice skating rink, a craft fair, face painting, cookie decorating, entertainment and more. There will also be a toy drive, and anyone who brings an unwrapped toy will be entered into a raffle to win a bicycle from Buy My Bikes. The tree lighting occurs at 5:15 p.m., and a showing of A Christmas Story, with free popcorn and candy, will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. 34111 La Plaza St., Dana Point. www.danapoint.org.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
4:15 - 9 p.m. The annual San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting Ceremony includes pre-show entertainment, a live stage show and, of course, the lighting of the holiday tree. Elsewhere, there will be free photos with Santa Claus at Los Rios Park, a puppet show and a free Christmas train ride and crafts. Mrs. Claus will entertain children at the O’Neill Museum, and ZOOMARS will open the gates to their petting zoo at no charge and offer train and hay rides for a nominal fee. Historic Town Center Park. 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.5911. www.sanjuancapistrano.org.
PINES PARK TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 4-6 p.m. The city of Dana Point and Capo Cares hosts a tree lighting ceremony at Pines Park. There will be crafts for kids, caroling, handmade wooden ornaments and more. There will also be hot cocoa and homemade cookies. Pines Park. 34941 Camino Capistrano, Capistrano Beach.
CHRISTMAS AT THE CASA
5-7:30 p.m. Christmas at the Casa is a public holiday celebration featuring festive decorations, live music, carolers, a bell choir, a talking Christmas tree, crafts for children, cookies and refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus. The bell choir will walk with guests from Casa Romantica to the San Clemente Community Center at approximately 7:30 p.m. for the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting at 8 p.m. Casa Romantica. 415 Avenida Grande, San Clemente. 949.498.2139. www.casaromantica.org.
SANTA’S VILLAGE BY THE SEA
5-10:30 p.m. Avenida Del Mar and the Community Center turn into a holiday village. There will be the local favorite snow hill, Santa meetings and other activities, all leading up to a tree lighting ceremony at 8 p.m. on the corner of Del Mar and Calle Seville. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente. www.san-clemente.org.
CHRISTMAS AT THE MISSION
5:30-8 p.m. The historic Mission San Juan Capistrano turns into a winter wonderland with carolers, school choirs, real snow sledding and play area, “merry-achi” music, visits with Father Christmas and more. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.234.1300. www.missionsjc.com.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. This gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself, Santa Claus. Guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to local pets in need. Proceeds from food and beverage purchases benefit The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point. 949.240.2000. www.visitdanapoint.org
7-8:30 p.m. The Orange County Ballet Theatre performs the holiday classic production. The Casa Nutcracker features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon. Tickets are $40. Casa Romantica. 415 Avenida Grande, San Clemente. 949.498.2139. www.casaromantica.org.
LIL ELVES WORKSHOP
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Playschool is decking the halls for a morning of holiday cheer and excitement. Santa’s elves are in need of extra special help from tiny tots putting crafts and games together. Children will sing holiday songs, enjoy special guest appearances from Santa’s helpers, make gifts for family and friends, decorate holiday cookies and more. Tickets are $20 per child, and registration at www.san-clemente.org is required. San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente.
DANA POINT HARBOR BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS
7:30 p.m. The 42nd annual edition of the boat parade kicks off on Friday night. You can join in on the parade by watching from the shore or hopping on a boat with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching or The Ocean Institute. The parade also runs on Dec. 10, 16 and 17. www.danapointharbor.com.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy breakfast, movies, arts and crafts, and a photo op with Santa himself as he visits Dana Point from the North Pole. Adults are $30, kids are $15. Laguna Cliffs Marriott. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point. www.visitdanapoint.org.
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