Celebrate the Holidays Near Buena Park, CA!

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! Streets are lined with flashing bulbs of light, store windows are adorned with holiday decor, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town can be heard blasting from car radios. Something about this time of year encourages people to be a little more giving and a little more loving. 

For those who are ready to embrace the holiday spirit, we’ve compiled our favorite activities, performances, shops, and service opportunities that will help you celebrate the holidays in and near Buena Park, California. Whether you’re visiting our lovely city for the holiday season or you’re a long-time resident, these ideas are the perfect way to enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Below are a few of our favorite holiday activities near Buena Park that are perfect for all ages. Whether you’re going solo or with a group, these activities will be well worth it. 

Soups and Succulents

What better way to embrace the cooler weather and Thanksgiving season than by donating canned soup and arranging holiday succulents? At Soups and Succulents, all succulent materials and tickets are FREE. Bring a can of soup to contribute to a local food bank, and enjoy designing your very own water-efficient plant for the holiday season.

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Is your home decorated for the holidays? If the answer is no, it’s not too late to add a handmade holiday wreath to your front door. With the help of this holiday wreath workshop, your home can be ready for the holiday season in no time. Invite a friend or two and design a wreath with step-by-step instructions. Refreshments and drinks will also be provided and are included in the ticket price. 

Tree Lighting

Christmas trees with bright bulbs, custom-painted ornaments, and holiday decor are a sight worth seeing. Embrace the holidays in Buena Park by attending the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting on December 3 at City Hall Plaza. Enjoy entertainment, festivities, a visit from Saint Nicholas himself, and stunning Christmas trees. You don’t want to miss this event! 

Knott’s Merry Farm

From November 19 to January 2, walk through a winter wonderland this holiday season in Buena Park by visiting Knott’s Merry Farm. Park-goers will have the opportunity to see winter-themed decor, including twinkling lights, jumbo snowflakes, seasonal settings, and garland. Additionally, park-goers can watch Christmas movies, Merry Christmas Snoopy! on ice, and a nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 

Shows and Performances

There are a variety of live performances near Buena Park that can help you celebrate the holidays; however, there is one, in particular, that is a holiday favorite for everyone: The Nutcracker. Thanks to the American Ballet Theatre, you can see this performance live starting on December 10. 

The winter-themed costumes, live symphony, and choreography will surely blow you away. Take a step back from reality for a night and follow Clara as she befriends a live nutcracker who wages war against the evil Mouse King. Travel to the Land of Sweets and sit in awe as the sugar plum fairy puts on a regional dance for the audience. Full of grace, beauty, and magic, this ballet is a must-see during the holiday season!

If ballet isn’t your favorite, there are other types of performances that will help you celebrate the holidays. Here are a few options near Buena Park:

Whether you opt for a night at the ballet, an orchestra performance, or a Christmas concert, the events above will help you and your loved ones feel the holiday spirit this season.

Shopping

Ready to shop until you drop this holiday season? There are a few shopping events near Buena Park that will help you celebrate the season. Here are a few of our favorites!

The Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Extravaganza

The Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Extravaganza is the perfect place to enjoy food, music, arts, and crafts while browsing local vendors. If you need a special gift this holiday season, stop by this event on November 20 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you have time, don’t forget to enter a few giveaways for a chance to win prizes!

Christmas Holiday Boutique and Day of the Horse

Looking for a holiday boutique? Christmas Holiday Boutique and Day of the Horse is on December 11 in Huntington Beach from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy boutique shopping, activities, food trucks, holiday horses, Santa, and more! This is the perfect shopping experience for groups of friends or families.

Opportunities to Share

A great way to celebrate the holidays is through the gift of giving. There are many individuals, families, and children living in our community that need help. Community Action Partnership of Orange County is a trusted resource for finding and helping people in need. Some of their volunteer opportunities near Buena Park this holiday season include the following:

  • Turkey drive: Donate money to provide turkeys for families in need this Thanksgiving.
  • Adopt a family: “Adopt” a family for the holiday season and provide new clothes, toys, or gifts.
  • Provide a holiday meal: Help make a meal for a family in need. 
  • Sponsor a family in need: Support families struggling to pay rent and obtain basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. 

Safe Celebration

Did you know that up to 7,500 fires are started because of household candles? Before you light your Christmas-scented candle this holiday season, commit to following safety protocols. This includes never leaving a candle unattended while at home and always blowing out candles before leaving your apartment. 

Another fire hazard is live Christmas trees. Make sure to water your tree regularly to prevent it from drying out, keep all open flames away from the branches, and turn off any decorative lights when you leave home. These protocols will ensure that you have a safe and happy holiday celebration!

Refer to this holiday guide for activities, performances, shopping events, and service opportunities near Buena Park that will help you celebrate the holidays. We hope you have a great festive season. Happy holidays to you from us!

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.

From all of us at Cantabria Apartments in Buena Park,
Happy Holidays!

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