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Ring in the Holidays with OC Parks

Orange County, Calif.) - Spend the holidays experiencing the outdoor winter wonder of OC Parks. This season presents a full calendar of festive events and programs for families to enjoy together.

Join OC Parks and OC Public Libraries on November 28 for the inaugural Holiday Tree Lighting at Irvine Ranch Historic Park, home to the Katie Wheeler Library. The event will feature Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Campbell, Third District, holiday performances, music and refreshments, and a special appearance by Santa Claus in a beautiful, historic setting. Complimentary festivities will culminate with the lighting of the large redwood tree adjacent to the library.

On December 3, Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest welcomes the 30th Annual Victorian Christmas. Experience the traditions of the holiday season at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The park's historic buildings will be festively decorated for Christmas. There will be musical performers, local craft vendors, and food for purchase. Families and friends will also enjoy fun, hands-on activities including butter churning, candle dipping, Victorian-inspired crafts, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus. Come celebrate with us as herald trumpeters open the event in honor of its 30th anniversary!

Also at Heritage Hill Historical Park, the Candlelight Tour returns on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. Annually, the park transforms into an extravagant celebration with 1,000 luminarias lighting the buildings, illuminating the pathways and shining on the park grounds. Holiday carolers, local musicians, storytellers and flamenco dancers provide seasonal entertainment throughout the evening. Visit Santa and enjoy warm cider, cocoa and homemade confections.

On Saturday, December 17, celebrate the holidays with the animals of the OC Zoo! Christmas at the Zoo welcomes all to story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, seasonally inspired crafts and holiday face painting. Children can watch the zoo animals receive treats hidden inside Christmas Trees! While enjoying Christmas at the OC Zoo, take a ride on Irvine Park Railroad's annual Christmas Train through Irvine Regional Park, running December 2-4,9-11 and 15-23!

The holidays are just beginning. Bundle up, gather the family and ring in the winter season with OC Parks!