Anaheim’s 24th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village

All aboard the magical Christmas train! This track leads straight to the 24th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village on Saturday, December 8th in Downtown Anaheim. The event runs 10:00am to 7:00pm. Kids and adults alike throw on some comfy pajamas and head to this FREE event! There is tons of stuff to enjoy on this holiday journey such as a magical children’s train ride, holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, free photos with Santa and holiday musical performances by local schools and community groups throughout the day. Purchase unique gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village, as well as mom and pop CTR Street shops, and enjoy a wide variety of culinary treasures from the International Food Fair. The day is capped off with a procession down Center Street Promenade at 5:45pm. Attendees gather around the living 50-foot Christmas tree, magically lit by a surprise guest and a holiday musical performance featuring the Anaheim Ballet and Combined Choirs of the AUHSD. This event is made possible by our sponsors including Health Net, Reel Lumber, Lighthouse Treatment Center, AT&T Entertainment Group, Anaheim Community Foundation, the City of Anaheim, Anaheim Public Utilities and Republic Services.

The event spans the entire length of Center Street Promenade, with the giant redwood Christmas tree anchoring the traffic circle at the west end. The beautiful Christmas tree was a gift from Disney Resorts.

For more information, please visit or call (714) 956-3586.


On October 28, 1995, a vision was born; a vision of a community bustling around in happy holiday surroundings, in a true hometown atmosphere.  The ideal place for such an experience would be what all knew as Anaheim’s old downtown on West Harbor Place.  On that day in October, dreams and schemes were filling air.  Activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, choral groups and services from local places of worship, marching bands, entertainment provided by our children’s groups, and Santa arriving via one of Anaheim’s gleaming fire trucks were planned.  From East to West Anaheim, something for everyone.  And what a better center point would there be than to have a beautifully decorated tree at the foot of West Harbor Place for an annual tree lighting ceremony. A legacy that the children of Anaheim could experience and pass on to their children.  

At that point, Anaheim’s 1st Annual Nutcracker Holiday began.  

And the rest is history...