December 2-30, 2023,
$20, tickets: missionsjc.com
Actual dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2023
Mission San Juan Capistrano's annual holiday event, Capistrano Lights, is an all-ages, family event that includes a nightly musical tree lighting and decorative light displays. Admission allows you to spend the day starting at 9 a.m. and stay for the holiday programming starting at 4 p.m.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Historic Mission Grounds
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
$20, $17 age 60+, $14 age 3-17 years, free under age 3 years: missionsjc.com
Mission San Juan Capistrano welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to the opening night of this holiday event. Tickets may sell out so it's recommended that you purchase in advance. If occupancy limits are not met, you may be able to buy a ticket at the door, but there is no guarantee--so why wait?
Capistrano Lights Attractions
In general, the Mission welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors annually as it has more than 5000 art and artifacts in its collection, interactive educational programming and nearly 10 acres of open space just a 5-minute walk from the train station for Amtrak and Metrolink transportation and the Historic Los Rios District.
December 2, 2023, 4 p.m. | 5:45 p.m. Tree Lighting
Historic Town Center Park
31852 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Free trolley from JSerra Catholic High School 3-10 p.m. 20 minute intervals approx.
Pre-show Entertainment 4 p.m.
Main Stage Show 5 p.m.
Tree Lighting 5:45 p.m.
Activities in the Park 6 p.m.
The downtown businesses district also hosts an Open House with strolling entertainment, musicians and more. The festive atmosphere rekindles the old-fashioned Christmas celebrated during the mission era.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.