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‘Tis the season for free holiday events in Mission Viejo

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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.

Holiday Home Lighting Contest

Mission Viejo residents are encouraged to brighten their neighborhoods by competing in the Annual Holiday Home Lighting Contest. Homes must be decorated and applications submitted to the Mission Viejo Activities Committee by 5 pm on Friday, December 1. For more information, call 949-830-7066 or visit this link

Santa’s Workshop (200 Civic Center)

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 29 - Dec. 20, 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 two photos during your visit. Santa and Mrs. Claus appear for photos on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings only, but the workshop is open every day for the community to enjoy.

Letters to Santa (200 Civic Center)

Nov. 27 - Dec. 20

Santa promises to answer every holiday wish list deposited in the mailbox next to his workshop between November 26 and December 20. 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.

Oso Creek Express (Village Green near Oso Creek Trailhead, 24932 Veterans Way)

Saturday, December 9, 1-4 pm

All aboard! Join us for an afternoon on the Oso Creek Express with special guests Jack and Sally! You can catch the Oso Creek Express on the far end of the Village Green near the Oso Creek trailhead. For more information, contact fitness@cityofmissionviejo.org

Holiday Carolers (Potocki Center for the Arts, 27301 La Paz Road)

Saturday, December 9, 5-7 pm

Feel the merriment of the season as you sip hot cocoa and listen to the four-part harmonies of Caroling Connection Entertainment. Performing in their elegant Dickens-style costumes, you will be whisked away to a winter wonderland as you enjoy the sounds of the holiday season.

Community Chanukah Wonderland

Sunday, December 10, 3-5 pm (Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way)

The Chabad of Mission Viejo will celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights with Chanukah music and entertainment, games, activities, a bounce house, creative crafts, face painting, cookie decorating and so much more. Come to experience all the wonderment of Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah, singing traditional holiday songs, eating latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (jelly donuts).

Mission Viejo Holiday Mix and Mingle (between Civic Center and the North Paseo, 25282 Marguerite Parkway)

Saturday, December 16, 5-9 pm

Join us in your own backyard for the Mission Viejo Holiday Mix and Mingle event, which has everything but figgy pudding. Celebrate the season and enjoy activities like the Whoville-themed Night Market with the Grinch; Santa’s Workshop with Santa and Mrs. Claus; a snow play area; Kris Kringle boutique; and food trucks. You will also savor bonfire pits and s’mores; make-and-take crafts; beer and wine; live entertainment; and tons of holiday cheer.

To view more holiday events in Mission Viejo, visit cityofmissionviejo.org.

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