Get Your Holiday Groove On in Yorba Linda, CA!
So, whether you live in Yorba Linda or are just visiting friends and family during the holiday season, here are 18 suggestions for you to check out and get on the calendar while enjoying the mild Southern California winter.
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Opportunities to Share
Families Together of Orange County Annual Christmas Together Toy Drive: This event gave away more than 7,000 toys to registered families last year. The event will be even bigger this season with 20,000 toys expected to be given away. Create an unforgettable experience for children on December 18. That experience—all for free—includes carnival rides, games, raffles, entertainment, pictures with Santa, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, holiday meals, and a variety of food options. Attendees must provide proof of Orange County residency to participate. Quantity is limited, so register early.
Santa Is Coming to Town: Get into the spirit of the season by decking the halls, exchanging some fa-la-la-la-las, and taking a portrait with jolly old St. Nick on December 3 in Villa Park. It turns out Santa is coming to town for more than just to deliver presents. Never mind that it’s the busiest time of year for him; set up an appointment for a portrait. Your kids—eventually—will thank you.
Christmas at Calvary Church: This Christmas celebration features carols, candle lighting, and uplifting messages. Sunday services at Calvary Church in Santa Ana run throughout December, with a special service taking place on Christmas Eve. Make sure to reserve a spot if you’d like to attend, as seating is limited.
NYE Yacht Party: Treat yourself this New Year’s Eve to quite possibly the most spectacular and luxurious way to start the new year! On the first level of the yacht, you’ll find the bar, food stations, and lounge. Floor two is where you’ll find the dance floor and the main room. The third floor is the scenic outdoor deck, which overlooks the coast and the beautiful lights of the city. The party starts at 9 p.m. on December 31 and continues into the new year.
hows and Performances
There is a plethora of holiday magic in Santa Ana this year, with some diverse performances scheduled to unfold. Concerts, circuses, cultural celebrations, and vocal performances will all brighten stages throughout Orange County.
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas: This whimsical Christmas production is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! This production is perfect for all ages, especially for children. The show will run from December 9 to December 23.
7th Annual California Country Christmas: This Country Christmas celebration features some of the biggest voices in California country, including Gethen Jenkins, Honey County, Timmy McKeever, James Rensink, Presley Tennant, Morgan Leigh Band, Robert Jon Burrison, Joe Peters, JT Harker, Daniel Bonte, Ted Zakka, Sean Oliu, Dave Bernal, Payton Howie, and DJ Coral. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on December 21.
The Vandals 27th Annual Christmas Formal: The Vandals, a popular Orange county punk rock band, will be performing their annual Christmas concert on December 23 at 7 p.m. Don’t be late!
For many, the holiday season means covering the house from roof to floor with tinsel, Christmas trees, lights, and a host of other decorations. Then, of course, there are presents: Is there anything better than seeing a loved one’s face light up as they open a holiday gift you picked out for them? Whether you’re looking for unique seasonal decorations or a special gift to show someone how much you care, Santa Ana is the perfect place to be!
Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland: Visitors get the opportunity to craft their own holiday decorations at this unique event, which also sells holiday accessories, decor, clothing, and jewelry. Gourmet foods and candy are also in large supply. Don’t miss the chance to shop for some truly unique gifts—and maybe even make some of your own! This event runs December 1–4.
Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees: It’s all fir one and one fir all at Pumpkin City’s Christmas Trees near Santa Ana. A wide selection of fresh-cut trees features the following types: noble fir, grand fir, Douglas fir, Nordmann fir, and Fraser fir. In addition to trees, Pumpkin City also sells Christmas decorations and wreaths.
Opportunities to Share
Receiving gifts is great, but the true meaning of the holiday season is giving to others. If you have the means or the time during this special time of year, consider giving to those less fortunate so they too can feel the joy of this winter season. Here are some great volunteer opportunities in Santa Ana:
Operation Santa Claus: Unfortunately, thousands of children in Orange County won’t be having a very merry Christmas without our help. 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 happiness and hope to our most vulnerable children in Orange County who wouldn’t have otherwise had much at all.
Volunteer with The Salvation Army: Have you ever had a secret desire to play a musical instrument so exuberantly that fans felt compelled to empty their pockets of excess coinage into a festive nearby container? If so, the Salvation Army has the perfect gig for you. OK, so that instrument is a bell and the fans are harried shoppers, but the basic premise remains the same. If performing in this manner isn’t in your wheelhouse, how about helping pick out gifts for kids or serving as a personal shopper for a needy family?
We all want our home to smell fantastic for the holidays. And the mixed aromas of a fresh tree along with a batch of the latest holiday baking experiment wafting from the kitchen are pure nirvana this time of year. Scented candles are extremely popular during the holidays. If you plan on firing up that favorite cinnamon candle—or any other scent—this year, please remember that up to 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles. So show extra caution when lighting candles in your apartment, especially in your bedroom. Consider using battery-powered candles or scented spray instead to address all your aromatic needs while avoiding any inherent dangers of an open flame. And if you do decide to use candles, please, don’t leave them unattended.
Naturally, live Christmas trees can also create another fire hazard. If bringing a real tree into your apartment is part of your plan this year, take every precaution to keep it watered so it doesn’t dry out. Take care to 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!
Yorba Linda and the surrounding areas are packed with holiday cheer. Enjoy the activities, shopping, performances, and opportunities to give back and stay safe.
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.
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