Looking to make your season merry and bright? We’ve got the best places to set your holiday spirit aglow with festive Christmas light displays in and around Anaheim. Boats on parade, trains to the North Pole, and tons of community spirit make it a dazzling time of year!
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
For lights you must SEA, head to the 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade December 18-22, 2019. From yachts to canoes, vessels of every make and model will deck the hulls. Surrounding homes get into the holiday spirit as well, making a Ring of Lights. Free viewing is available along the coast, and various reserved seating options available as well. Or, take a boat tour from Newport Landing.
Orange County’s only mission, Mission San Juan Capistrano, celebrates Capistrano Lights for 30 festive nights December 8, 2019-January 6, 2020. Guests are invited to enjoy the gorgeous mission grounds, plus experience nightly tree lighting, nativity and prayer candles.
Night of 1,000 Lights in Corona del Mar
The holidays are in bloom at Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar, celebrating their 6th annual Night of 1,000 Lights. Sip on complimentary hot chocolate or coffee while strolling through illuminated scenes like a disco inFERNo, Gingerbread Land and Santa’s Workshop.
Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train (in Orange)
All aboard for family fun at Irvine Park Railroad where Santa’s Workshop is bristling with activities. Winter-inspired carnival games, cookie decorating, and visits with Santa will have your holidays chugging full-steam ahead. The Christmas Train experience takes passengers all the way to the “North Pole!”
Most Magical Time of the Year at the Disneyland Resort
There’s magic twinkling above Main Street as all of the Disneyland Resort is set aglow during the holidays. Enjoy the Christmas trees on Main Street USA in Disneyland and also Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park. Experience the magical holiday overlay on “it’s a small world” for lovely light displays. Then look up when the nighttime sky sparkles in the “Believe...in Holiday Magic!” fireworks spectacular dazzles guests.
Knott’s Merry Farm
You’ll get all the feels as Knott’s Berry Farm marries nostalgic holiday decor with thrilling light shows during Merry Farm, now through January 5, 2020. Stroll through Calico with a cup of cocoa and snap photos with the illuminated swans in the Charleston Circle Fountain or beautiful tree in Calico Square. Looking for an adrenaline-pumping light show? Catch a ride on HangTime, California’s only dive coaster, with its dazzling lights synced to the Boardwalk tunes.
Queen Mary Christmas
Sail into holiday spirit aboard the Queen Mary this Christmas. The merry ocean liner celebrates with an outdoor ice skating rink set below a dazzling lit 26-foot tree. Additional family-friendly fun includes gingerbread making, story time with Mrs. Claus, 4D screening of The Polar Express, and lots of dazzling decor on deck.
Brea Christmas Light Neighborhood
Fill your hearts with holiday spirit as you explore the Eagle Hills neighborhood in Brea, with entrance off of Birch Street. Walk or drive by creative home and yard displays, each glowing home as delightful as the next.
Fountain Valley 56,000 Lights Christmas House
Tune into holiday fun at 18323 Stanislaus Street in Fountain Valley, California. The private home displays over 56,000 LED lights all synced to dozens of songs. Make sure to set your radio to 91.3 FM before enjoying the presentation.