Grab Your Phone—You’ll Definitely Want to Put These 11 Can’t-Miss Holiday Events at Pacific City on Your Calendar
Written By: Elyse Ford
Photography Provided By: Pacific City Holiday Events
Luxe beachfront lifestyle center Pacific City ensures your holidays are fun-filled and joyous with a myriad of festive events. From Santa meet-and-greets (with your pups!) and cookie crawls to live performances, this trendy shopping and dining destination invites you to experience holiday cheer all month long at “Orange County’s only premier oceanfront shopping center.”
1 | Santa’s Coming to Town! Pacific City Holiday Events
Surf City USA may not have snow, but Santa’s still coming to town by way of stylin’ skydiving. Dropping in from the North Pole, Santa and two elves will appear in the sky and land on the Pacific City beach on Nov. 23. Tasty candy canes, classic Santa hats and sing-along holiday songs are included from noon to 3 p.m., to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Come early to grab your spot!
2 | Santa Photos by Airstream on the Ocean Deck Pacific City Holiday Events
From Nov. 23 through Dec. 24, Santa’s taking up residency in an Airstream on Level 1. Take that selfie with Santa (with an ocean view!) after you visit and ask him which cookie he prefers.
3 | Santa Paws Photos With Santa on the Ocean Deck Pacific City Holiday Events
Don’t forget your four-legged family members! Every Sunday in December, your pooch can meet Santa and take an adorable picture with the big man himself. Who knows? Maybe Santa needs an honorary reindeer for his sleigh this year.
Native Knowledge: Pacific City is dog-friendly, so while there are designated dog days with Santa, feel free to bring your pooch to any one of these events.
4 | Black Friday “Cool Yule” Shopping Celebration Pacific City Holiday Events
Festive crafts? Hot cocoa stations? A performance by the Grinch himself? You get all this on top of the traditional holiday sales! From 2-6:30 p.m., Pacific City transforms Black Friday into a pleasurable experience. Listen to those carolers sing as you cash in on bargains.
Native Knowledge: Pacific City offers free all-day self-parking on Black Friday, so you can save even more on the most iconic shopping day of the year.
5 | Live Musical Performances Pacific City Holiday Events
Pacific City brings in talented musicians as well as local community children’s groups to provide live entertainment throughout different locations in the center. Experience free concerts in between shops or after you dine, allowing the music to set an enjoyable pace for the festivities.
Native Knowledge: More than 15 performers and groups will put on shows at Pacific City, this holiday season!
Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. starting Nov. 27, bring your sweater, some friends and the kids to watch holiday classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Story, Elf and The Grinch (2018 remake) on Pacific City’s outdoor second level deck. There will even be a meet-and-greet with everyone’s favorite characters!
Native Knowledge: Make sure to get there early—the meet-and-greet is before the showing, and they’ll be serving popcorn while it lasts.
The most magical time of the year continues Dec. 7, when two of OC’s most beloved children’s groups gather around the Pacific City Tree to perform cheerful holiday pieces from 1-5 p.m. Simply kick back and enjoy as OC Song & Dance Company Kids and OC Children’s Theater fill the space with merriment!
Meet Santa, firefighters and donate to charity? There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit. Pose with Santa in front of fire trucks and bring a gift to give for the Spark of Love Toy Drive on Dec. 14, from 2-4 p.m. Food vendors will also be present.
Native Knowledge: While 500,000 toys were collected at last year’s drive, you can aid in their mission to double that number this year.
On Dec. 17, treat the kiddos (or yourself) to the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie cartoon, showing from 10-11 a.m. Afterwards, join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for storytime, delight in holiday treats and refreshments and take photos with Santa!
10 | Holiday Cookie Crawl Pacific City Holiday Events
Wander through Pacific City amidst serenading carolers on Dec. 20, collecting cookies from participating merchants as you shop! The Cookie Crawl lasts from 5-7 p.m. and culminates at Surf Theater, where you can settle your full tummies during a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer showing.
Native Knowledge: Tanner’s restaurant from the four-star Paséa participates this year, they will be hosting a pop-up cookie spot under the Surf Theater screen right before the show!
11 | Getting Ready for Santa Cookie Decorating Pacific City Holiday Events
Prepare for Old Saint Nick’s arrival (and potential appearance) by decorating cookies and writing letters to Santa! The cheer-filled party lasts from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 23.
Native Knowledge: Located in Pacific City’s food hall, LOT 579, don’t be left in the cold… You’ll want to RSVP for this one!
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