California Christmas Tree Ceremony


Crystal Cove Tree Lighting

Crystal Cove Alliance Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony CANCELLED IN 2021 DUE TO COVID

Crystal Cove Conservancy canceled its annual tree lighting and holiday bazaar, a holiday tradition for 23 years. 

Crystal Cove State Park
Newport Beach, CA
Parking $5/hr (maximum $15)

HOLIDAY BAZAAR 10am-5:30pm
Jewelry and Handcrafts by local artists
Seaglass wrapping activity (free)
Holiday arts & crafts (free)
SANTA ARRIVES  4pm on the beach

Adorned with ornaments and twinkling lights, the tree decor reflects the vintage character of the Historic District's time period between 1935 and 1955, transforming the seaside cottages into a stunning seasonal display.

Parking  at Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway; $ shuttle each way.

Historic District New to the holiday festivities this year, the Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit restoration and education efforts for Crystal Cove State Park and the Historic District. Every year, just after Thanksgiving, Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The first Saturday in December is the Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar complete with Santa arriving via a lifeguard vehicle to greet the crowd.

As Santa and strolling carolers join the event, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and home- baked goodies will be provided by The Beachcomber Cafe. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk.

The Holiday Bazaar usually takes place in the newly restored Education Commons. Items for sale will include fine art paintings by Crystal Cove Park Store artists as well as hand-made items and holiday gifts. Orange County authors may be on-site to sign books.


Tree-Lighting Ceremony where guests can find a prime spot on the sand to prepare for Santa Claus arrival. Santa Claus arrival in the Historic District at 4 p.m.

The Coastal Tree, located next to The Beachcomber Cafe, usually remains lit and decorated throughout the holiday season. As the only holiday tree display on the beach of the California coast, it is the perfect place to snap a family holiday photo. 

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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