The Best Holiday Activities in La Habra, CA

The air is getting colder as the special holiday spirit arises in La Habra, CA! Holiday lights glitter along the streets and wreaths adorn every door as the people of La Habra prepare for the holiday season. As the holidays get closer and closer, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate this joyful season!

Luckily, La Habra’s mild winters allow for a myriad of festivities, both indoor and outdoor! These winters draw both locals and visitors alike to participate in the many events available in the area. While the holidays can be overwhelming with everything that’s going on, don’t fret! Fair Oaks Apartment Homes in La Habra, CA, has put together a list of some of the best holiday activities, performances, shopping, and volunteer opportunities to help you get a clear view of what’s going on this year as you celebrate a joyous holiday season!


Shows and Performances


Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration


Winters in the La Habra, CA, area are truly hard to beat! With activities involving animals, snowball fights, festive art, and more, there’s sure to be something that will appeal to the whole family’s unique tastes and get you into the holiday spirit. 

Aquarium Holidays: Who doesn’t love the aquarium? This festive holiday event taking place at The Aquarium of the Pacific is sure to get your kids into the holiday spirit! Featuring festive décor, shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, and appearances by Santa and aquarium characters adorned in their holiday outfits, this activity will be fun for the whole family! Running December 3–23, reservations are required and capacity is limited, so don’t wait to purchase your tickets!

La Habra Tamale Festival and Tree Lighting: First held in 2014, La Habra’s Tamale Festival offers exciting dining, shopping, activities, and performances that are sure to thrill people of all ages. This year’s festival will take place on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., so don’t forget to add it to your calendar! The City’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is now part of the event, and you may even get to experience a fireworks display! Last year, the Tamale Festival added a Holiday Firework show. Best of all, the festival offers free admission! 

Christmas Chalk Walk: Looking for an artsy way to celebrate the holidays this year? This free event invites people of all skill levels and ages to participate and create festive chalk art to celebrate the holiday season. On December 9–11, visitors will have the opportunity to drive or walk through and view the amazing creations by the many talented artists. This event is a way to truly feel the spirit of the holiday season with beautiful lights, drawings, and live music!

Shows and Performances

A fun night out is a great way to spend time with friends and family, and many venues are hosting holiday-themed events throughout the season. Whether you’re looking for more classical fare or an exciting adventure, these holiday shows and performances in La Habra, CA, are a great way to spend an evening!

The Magic of Christmas “A Season of Light”: An annual tradition at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, this show never gets old. Presented by the Young Americans, this show will be hosted every day from December 9 to 18. The show features a combination of your favorite moments from past Christmas shows, as well as a peek at those yet to come. This is sure to be a night you won’t forget, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets now!

Pirates Take Christmas!: Enjoy dinner and a show as you help save Santa from scoundrel pirates! You and your family, with the help of a little holiday magic, can help ensure that Santa defeats the pirates and saves the season! Located in nearby Buena Park, Pirates Dinner Adventure will perform a holiday dinner show stuffed with magic, wonder, and adventure that’s perfect for family fun or holiday parties! Reserve your seats now!


There’s no joy more special than the joy that comes from watching a loved one open a unique gift you picked out for them. No matter who is on your gift list this year, these shopping opportunities in and around La Habra, CA, are sure to have something for everyone! Featuring local vendors, performances, food, free activities, Santa Claus, and more, bring the whole family down for a fun shopping experience!

Holiday Boutique – Makers Market: This boutique is the perfect place to find the perfect gift for that special someone! Talented crafters will be offering wonderful crafts, delicious food, entertainment, and much more. Hosted on December 3, entrance to the boutique is free: Simply pay for the beautiful and unique gifts you find for your loved ones!

Magnolia Vintage Home & Gift: There’s nothing better than giving someone you love a unique gift that reflects their personality and interests. At Magnolia Vintage Home & Gift, you’ll find one of a kind treasures, including antique gifts perfect for the charming homebody in your life! Plus, they even offer classes for jewelry making, card making, and essential oils if you’re interested in creating your very own handmade gift. 

Nutcracker Tree Lighting and Holiday Village: This combination of a shop, performance, and activity has been an annual tradition in nearby Anaheim since 1995. Along with a holiday bazaar for finding special gifts for your loved ones, enjoy tasting delicious foods from the International Food Fair that will be participating at this event. As you shop, watch live performances from choirs, marching bands, and ballerinas from Anaheim high schools. Bring your kids for photos with Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony, and free activities including snow play, crafts, train rides, and a family music show. This event will run on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Opportunities to Share

One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is giving back to those less fortunate. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in La Habra, CA, check out some of these organizations that work both seasonally and year-round to help those in the community. 

Help Feed Neighbors in Need with Pathways of Hope: We know that the holidays are a busy time of year. If you want to give but just can’t find the time, consider Pathways of Hope’s food drive. With open shifts on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and select Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30-4:30 p.m., this is a great opportunity to donate your time to those in need in your community. What a perfect way to spend the holiday season!

Holiday Social and Toys for Tots Drive: If you’re feeling social, head on over to the toy drive hosted by The Orange County chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). On December 12 at Eureka! In Irvine, CA, the Toys for Tots Drive will include a gourmet food and wine networking event with hand-selected wines paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres. Bring an unwrapped toy, and it will be donated to children in need, all while you enjoy lovely wine and networking. Get your tickets now!

Safe Celebration

Almost everyone enjoys a winter-scented candle during the holiday season. However, it’s important to do so safely. According to the American Red Cross, fires caused by candles are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays. One thing you can do to prevent fires in your home this season is to make sure you never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-powered candles that can achieve the same effect for a less-risky holiday season this year.

Another fire hazard this time of year is Christmas trees. This doesn’t mean you should throw the whole tree out, but you should take some proper precautions. Christmas trees can cause fires and damage if they fall over, so make sure they are somewhere stable. In addition, if you are one of the many Americans who decided on a real tree this year, be sure to keep it properly watered so it doesn’t dry out. Dry pine needles are extra flammable.

There are so many different ways you can feel the holiday spirit this season. Be sure to take full advantage of the holiday activities, performances, shopping opportunities, and volunteering experiences in and around La Habra, CA, to get the most out of this holiday season. Follow the proper precautions, and we’re sure this will be the best holiday season yet!

We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.

From all of us at Fair Oaks Apartments in La Habra,
Happy Holidays!

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