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Holiday fun this winter in Mission Viejo

civic center holiday setup

The City of Mission Viejo and Mission Viejo Activities Committee are gearing up for the holidays with several fun family-friendly events for all ages.

Santa’s Arrival & Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 27, 3-6 pm

The community is invited to help usher in the holiday season. Fun activities, music, holiday performers, live reindeer and food will be available for purchase. Keep your eyes open to see some of Santa’s special friends from the North Pole. Santa will arrive atop of a fire engine at 6 pm and will help ring in the spirit of the season by turning on the holiday lights in Mission Viejo.

Santa’s Workshop

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 3-18, 6-8 pm

Jolly old Santa Claus will plan several return visits to his workshop. Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, Ho! Ho! Ho! and a peppermint candy cane. You are welcome to take pictures during your visit. Santa and Mrs. Claus appear for photos on Saturday and Sunday evenings only, but the workshop is open every day for the community to enjoy.

Letters to Santa

Nov. 27 – Dec. 18

Santa promises to answer every holiday wish list deposited in the mailbox next to his workshop between November 27 and December 18. The bearded soul will personally respond to the delight of adults and children alike. Make sure to get your letter in early and print names and addresses clearly.

Holiday Lighting Contest

Deadline to enter: December 2

Preliminary judging: Dec. 4-5

Final judging: Dec. 7

All Mission Viejo residents are encouraged to brighten their neighborhood and share the holiday spirit by competing in the annual Holiday Lighting Contest. Winners will receive prizes in addition to the “Winner Sign” for their front yard and a photo. Apply online.

Rudolph’s Rink

December 5-12

Monday-Friday, 4-8 pm (last session at 7 pm)

Saturday & Sunday, 2-9 pm (last session at 8 pm)

Back by popular demand! Come and enjoy this one-week only event. All are welcome to sit back, relax, and take in the holiday ambiance whether you skate of not. Skating can be a family fun activity. Each 40-minute session begins on the hour. Skate rental is $12. A signed waiver is required for each participant. The waiver will be available early December. Please note Rudolph's Rink is a synthetic skate rink that allows all to have the opportunity to skate outdoors in Southern California.

City Sidewalks & Night Market

Saturday, December 17, 5-9 pm

Take City sidewalks between Santa’s Workshop and the North Paseo while enjoying carolers, the Grinch and other characters, crafts, and live entertainment along the way. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in their workshop and the Night Market will host games, food, s’mores, beer garden and live entertainment.

All holiday events take place at 200 Civic Center other than the Gifts & Goodies Boutique which takes place at the Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way and the City Sidewalks Holiday Stroll is between City Hall and the North Paseo, 25282 Marguerite Parkway.

For more information, visit https://mvactivities.com or call 949-830-7066.

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