California Christmas Tree Ceremony


Newport Beach: Fashion Island Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 22-23, 2019, 6 p.m.

Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA

Join the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Allison Holker! The 25-minute show includes a live musical performance by The Young Americans, a visit from Santa, and a magical snowfall!

Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay

Thanksgiving Weekend  November 30, 2019, 3-6 p.m.

Newport Dunes
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Lighting of the Bay

  • Live Performances
  • School Choirs.
  • Train Rides
  • Cookie Decorating, Holiday Crafts
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Full bar being offered. No outside alcohol allowed.
  • Countdown to the Lighting of the Bay (around 5 p.m.)
  • Santa Claus flips the giant switch to illuminate the bay (around 5:30 p.m.)
  • 50+ electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the bay illuminate the holiday season.
  • Elf, holiday movie on the gazebo (around 6 p.m.) Bring blankets.

Taking center stage at the actual Lighting of the Bay is Santa Claus, who arrives not by sleigh but on a lighted paddleboard. He flips the switch that will turn on 50+ electric Christmas trees that will illuminate the bay. 

 Come to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for the kick off the holiday season with the 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay celebration, featuring a full schedule of holiday festivities, and a live concert by The Tijuana Dogs, on Saturday, November 30, 2019, 3-9:30 p.m.

Live chorale and concert performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by Waverunner and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 LED-lit Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor  Movies on the Beach screening of ELF will be featured. The day’s schedule includes:

3 p.m.  Choir and Talent Groups Performances begin Train Rides, cookie decorating and holiday crafts will be offered for as long as supplies last. Food trucks will be serving a wide variety of food and full bars will be offering your favorite cocktails and hot toddies. 5 p.m. Countdown to the Lighting of the Bay featuring Santa Claus arriving by wave runner. Get your picture taken with Santa following the lighting of the bay.

6 p.m. Movie of the Beach featuring ELF! Bring your blankets and beach chairs. Concert with the Tijuana Dogs The Tijuana Dogs will perform live during a ticketed concert, with full bar service, to culminate the evening with festive decorations, full bar service and additional food favorites in our main tent (concert light show included). Hot cider and cocoa are also available. Parking is limited. Tickets will be released shortly to the general public.

Fashion Island Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Atrium Courtyard

Celebrate Chanukah at Fashion Island with singing and festive traditions

Newport Beach, CA

In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, every night after 5 p.m., enjoy the lit Fashion Island's towering tree as it twinkles to life with custom holiday music and glittering lights.

One of Orange County's most popular holiday traditions returns to Fashion Island for two exciting evenings. If you can't make it one night, maybe you can attend the other!

Holiday musical performances and the arrival of Santa Claus accompany the splendid spectacle, a dazzling holiday tree that's absolutely huge!

The evening begins at 6 p.m. both nights with entertainment and culminates with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard.

Stick around after the Tree Lighting to see Santa in his Christmas cottage. He will be waiting in his cozy shelter at Atrium Lawn to hear your wishes and to take photos.

If you love the holidays and enjoy celebrations, be sure to visit Newport Beach during other lively seasons that include Newport Beach summer concerts.

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

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