20 Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season In and Around Irvine

The holidays are just around the corner! There’s no right or wrong way to spend your holiday season—some people love going all out, I’m talking spending the entire month drunk on hot cocoa and candy canes, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas on heavy rotation and Christmas decorations galore. Others like to spend this time of year relaxing, unwinding and reflecting. Whatever your plans are, I hope you find some inspiration from this list of holiday activities to enjoy in and around Irvine. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Tree at the Irvine Spectrum
Christmas Tree at the Irvine Spectrum
  1. Irvine Park Railroad’s Annual Christmas Train
  2. Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
  3. Odysseo
  4. Irvine Museum
  5. Selfies with Santa at Irvine Spectrum
  6. OC Chill Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum
  7. DUCK the Halls Family Events
  8. Nightly Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum
  9. Santa’s House at Fashion Island
  10. Photos with Santa at Roger’s Gardens
  11. Christmas Countdown at Pretend City
  12. Whale Watching with Newport Landing
  13. OC Farm Bureau Farmers’ Market at Mariner’s Church
  14. Winterfest OC at the OC Fair
  15. CHOC Holiday Toy Drive and Donation
  16. Light Show featuring 65,000+ LED lights (Fountain Valley private home)
  17. Holidays at Disneyland Resort
  18. Santa’s Village and Santa’s Express Train at South Coast Plaza
  19. Snoopy’s Holiday House in Costa Mesa
  20. Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube
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End of Summer Bucket List

Here’s our End-of-Summer Bucket List to soak up the last bits of summer! Make sure you check out the links below!

End of Summer Bucket List
End of Summer Bucket List


See an outdoor movie: Movies on the Lawn * Go on a nature hike with friends (Quail Hill Trailhead, Bommer Canyon, Orchard Hills, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary)  * Play a golf foursome at dawn  (Oak Creek Golf Club, Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, Strawberry Farms Golf Club). * Go mountain biking through Bommer Canyon * Find a pick-up basketball/football game with your buddies * Take your yoga practice outdoors


Go to a farmer’s market at Mariner’s Church or the Great Park* Take a trip to Pretend City * Go to the water park at Boomers * Make sand castles on the beach * Go to Adventure Playground * Visit Irvine Regional Park * Have a water balloon fight * Rent bikes from Pedego Bikes


Make s’mores with friends* Take a nighttime ride on the orange balloon or ferris wheel * Listen to live music by a local band * Race go-carts at K1 Speed * Sit in the front row at the Irvine Improv * Host a poker night


Host a BBQ * Have a picnic at the park * Have breakfast in bed * Try a new recipe using seasonal ingredients  * Try out a new restaurant for date night (Pictured: truffle garlic bread from North Italia) * Visit a real chocolate factory at Choc XO


Get lost in one of these summer reads * Get that six pack * Donate your time or money towards a cause that speaks to you * Unplug for one day (no computer, tablet, cell phone or TV) * Be a mentor to someone/find a mentor for yourself * Get ridiculously good at something * Pay it forward

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