Irvine Holiday Happenings - Things To Do

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
Activities for kids of all ages - hayrides, face painting, Halloween bounce house, face painting, and more.
Through October 31, 2019

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch
Wagon rides, petting zoo, arts and crafts, corn maze and games. 
Through October 31, 2019

Halloween Zoo-tacular
Activities include trick-or-treating, kids crafts, a scavenger hunt, and fun games! The OC Zoo animals will receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day!
October 26, 2019

Trick-Or-Treat Through the City
Little ghouls and boys will have a howling good time at Pretend City Children Museum's creepy, creaky, critter city.
October 31, 2019


OC Chill Ice Rink
Irvine Spectrum Center is transformed into a winter wonderland when the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink returns to Giant Wheel Court during the holiday season. 
November 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates loved ones who have passed. Celebrate with vibrant, educational activities for little ones at Pretend City Children's Museum. 
November 2, 2019

Holiday Faire
More than 150 vendors displaying arts and crafts, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, holiday decorations and more at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
November 8 & 9, 2019

Remember Veterans Day
Recognizing Veterans with educational activities and memorable events. 
November 11, 2019

Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Take a trip to Plymouth Rock and celebrate everything we are thankful for! Children will have a blast participating in turkey activities and learning the meaning of giving thanks!
November 27, 2019

Santa Photos
Decked out in his best red suit, Santa will be at his Crystal Cove beach-inspired surf shack to hear your wishes and take photos with kids & pets of all ages.
November 29-December 24, 2019

Nightly Tree Lighting
Thee beautiful 75-foot tree will come to life every night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes in Giant Wheel Court.
November 9-December 24, 2019

Irvine Park Railroad's Annual Christmas Train
Activities for kids of all ages - pictures with Santa Claus, storytime with Mrs. Claus, carnival games, Christmas cookie decorating, a coloring corner and more.
November 29 - December 23, 2019


Run for a Claus 5K
Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, Toys For Tots, the Salvation Army and Kids Run the OC Foundation. All runners will receive a Santa Hat, Santa Beard, a finisher's medal and a commemorative mug for coffee/hot cocoa after the race.
December 7, 2019

Hurray for Hanukkah
Learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! 
December 22-30, 2019

Photos with Santa
Meet jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, tell him your holiday wishes, and sit on his lap for a photo!
December 12, 18 & 20, 2019

Christmas at the OC Zoo
Watch the resident animals open treat-filled gifts hidden inside of Christmas trees and gift boxes throughout the day. Children can join the holiday fun with festive face painting and create seasonally inspired crafts. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children and spreading holiday cheer, and the jolly fun continues with games and a photo station.
December 14, 2019

Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
A cherished holiday classic, perfect for all ages.
December 5-24, 2019

Countdown to Christmas
Each day leading up to Christmas, we will “unwrap” a new holiday activity at the museum.
December 12-23, 2019

Celebrate Las Posadas! Feliz Navidad
Colorful Mexican holiday celebrates the nine days leading up to Christmas! 
December 16, 2019

Winter Solstice
Themed art and activities for little ones to join in the winter wonderland fun! 
December 21, 2019

Kwanza Celebration
Each day we will light a candle on the Kinara and celebrate a new principle through a variety of activities. 
December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Noon-Year's Eve
Celebrate the new year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across different time zones! 
December 31, 2019



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