The holiday season in Irvine, CA, features many special events and activities for the entire family. Thanks to Irvine’s cultural diversity, residents and visitors can enjoy a great variety of festive events through the end of the year. The six activities listed below are highly recommended for your holiday enjoyment.
1. The OC Chill Ice Rink at the Spectrum
The Irvine Spectrum Center is known to provide year-round family entertainment, but the best time of the year is during the holidays through January 7th because this is when the area surrounding the Giant Wheel Court is converted into a winter wonderland, complete with an outdoor ice skating rink that draws people from all across Southern California. The rink is open during the mall’s operating hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) except on Christmas Day, when it will be closed.
2. Holiday Tree Lighting at the Spectrum Center
Tree-lighting ceremonies are special events around the world. For this reason, Irvine likes to give families many opportunities to take part in this activity. The holiday tree at the Giant Wheel Court comes to life with an elaborate light show taking place every half hour from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The last night of this event will be December 24th. The tree will then stay lit until it is removed in January.
3. Children’s Hospital Toy Drive at Pretend City
The Pretend City Children’s Museum is one of Irvine’s favorite destinations for children, and this is where the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group will hold a toy drive that lasts until December 23rd. Families who bring a toy get 25 percent off their Pretend City admission tickets, which is a great deal and a good opportunity to teach kids about the spirit of kindness and giving.
4. Holiday Market at the Hotel Irvine
From now until Christmas Day, the elegant Hotel Irvine will feature a holiday market where treats such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, caramel mochas, and s’mores kits can be purchased and enjoyed on the premises. The s’mores kits can even be roasted over the fire pit of the hotel’s courtyard and patio.
5. The Irvine Christmas Train
A section of the Irvine Regional Park will be transformed into a Holiday Railroad Station that takes children and families to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole. Tickets start at $12 per passenger, but children under two years of age ride for free. Parking is free after 5 p.m., and the final rides will take place on December 23rd. Whether you’re already an Irvine resident or just starting to look for homes for sale in Irvine, California, this event is sure to be on your list of favorite holiday adventures to enjoy year after year.
6. The Nutcracker Ballet at the Irvine Barclay Theater
On December 23rd and 24th, Sara Mearns and Jared Angle of the New York City Ballet will be among the performers in the Irvine Barclay Theater’s annual holiday production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Tickets are available not only for the ballet performance but also for a special tea party that features champagne for adults at The Jade Room wine bar.
December in Irvine means you and your family have a wide variety of things to do and sights to see. These activities and more will keep you jolly and bright throughout the holiday season. For more information about holiday events or festivities throughout the year, you’d have a hard time finding someone with better insider information than experienced Irvine real estate agents. The friendly agents at Irvine Residential Living can give you all the details on where to find Irvine’s hidden gems. Call us today at 714-454-6304.