The holidays have come to Irvine! Ice skate under the sparkling lights of the Giant Wheel, stroll the pathways of fantastic shopping and tell your wishes to Santa Claus. This season is magical! Holiday time at Fashion Island and The Irvine Spectrum brings delight to all visitors. Here’s what each shopping mecca has to offer:

Fashion Island


Holiday Tree Lighting

A special tree lighting ceremony with live music, a snowfall, and Santa visits will take place on Nov 22 and 23 from 6:30 - 9 pm.  This towering Holiday Tree is a delight to enjoy. Stop by the Neiman Marcus / Bloomingdale’s Courtyard to visit this beauty and take your photo in front of it.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Details and Hours

Santa Photos

Santa is waiting in his beautiful home on the Atrium Lawn to visit him and tell him your holiday wishes. Come take a photo with him to capture the holiday magic starting November 22 until December 24.

Santa hours

Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine Spectrum ice skating during the holidays is a fun way to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping.

Ice Skating

Skate under the stars and the lights of the Giant Wheel from November 1 - January 5. Every Thursday, special entertainment and giveaways from One West Bank make the experience even more fun! Come dressed in the weekly theme and you will get $5 off your ticket.

Dates and pricing

Holiday Tree Lighting

A 75-foot tree lights up every night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes from 5 pm - 11 pm. Come to the Giant Wheel Court between November 29 and January 5 to see this marvel of light.

Dance and run through the mist fountain of Palm Court and then visit Santa Claus during November and December

Santa Photos

Santa is waiting in his surf shack to hear your holiday wishes. Kids can dance and run through the mist fountain of Palm Court and then visit dear Santa Claus from November 29 - December 24.

Details on daily hours and pricing

Shopping - Black Friday Frenzy starts midnight after Thanksgiving

Find all the perfect holiday gifts at the Irvine Spectrum Center for everyone on your list. Black Friday Frenzy is an all-night event of festive fun with amazing deals. Enjoy free ice skating, free valet parking, and free carousel and Giant Wheel rides until 8 am (based on availability).

Pet Photos with Santa

Bring your pet for a special event on December 14. Your furry relatives can enjoy meeting Santa and you get to take home a memorable photo.

Get your pets a photo with Santa Claus at Irvine Spectrum Center and Fashion Island

Photo Credit: Irvine Spectrum Center

All other photos: Michelle McCoy Photography