Celebrate the Holidays in la habra, ca

With the last vestiges of summer and fall now behind us, many are looking forward to the winter holidays in La Habra, California. This special time of year not only gives us time to reflect but also enjoy a myriad of events, experiences, and opportunities geared specifically toward the season.

The mild winters in California draw both locals and visitors alike to participate in many events that can only take place in cities such as La Habra. Summerwood Apartments has put together a list of some of our favorite winter holiday activities, performances, shopping, and volunteer opportunities in La Habra and its surrounding communities, guaranteed to put you and your loved ones in the holiday spirit!


Shows and Performances


Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration


From tasty treats to actual snowball fights, more and more winter activities in La Habra, California, and the surrounding communities are gearing up to provide crowds with plenty of holiday fun for the whole family.

La Habra Tamale Festival: This annual gathering returns on December 4, 2021, after last year’s event was modified to curbside pickup due to COVID-19. From 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, attendees can visit Portola Park in La Habra to check out the food, live performances, and local vendors as a kickoff to the holiday season. This includes the Tamale Festival’s popular tamale contest, which awards winners in three categories: Abuelita/Abuelito for those 65 and older, Muchacha/Muchacho for those age 17 and under, and Senora/Senor for all other ages. Be sure to stick around after the sun has gone down to see the city of La Habra’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, which is also part of the celebration.

Snow Day: Do you want to build a snowman? For a taste of some more traditional winter weather, visit Brea Dam Park in nearby Fullerton, California. The annual event ships in plenty of snow to provide opportunities for snowball fights, sledding, and more, including three 75-foot sled runs for the more adventurous. Crafts, games, and food trucks will also be on site for when you need to take a break to warm your body and stomach. Date and time TBD.

Breakfast with Santa: Along with a continental breakfast of tasty treats and a colorful craft for your little one, this traditional event also includes a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and admission to The Children’s Museum at La Habra. The event also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the museum and does require a reservation to attend. For more information, call 562-383-4240 or email the museum. Date and time TBD.

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, California, are a great way to spend an evening!

Pirates Take Christmas!: Take in dinner and a show as the popular Pirates Dinner Adventure in nearby Buena Park, California, provides a holiday adventure filled with magic and excitement aboard the high seas. This seasonal performance is a great family-friendly event that begs the question: Will the holiday season be saved? For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 866-439-2469.

The Nutcracker Ballet: This time-honored traditional holiday performance of a young girl who dreams of a magical sweet-filled world is presented at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts by Dance! To Your Heart’s Delight on December 4 and 5, 2021. Attendees can also visit the Nutcracker Boutique and take a picture for their Christmas card in the theater’s newly remodeled courtyard before and after the show or during intermission. Call the box office at 562-944-9801 for more information or to purchase tickets over the phone.


No matter who is on your gift list, these shopping opportunities in and around La Habra, California, feature local vendors, games, food, and more. Find that perfect present for your special someone while helping to support local businesses this holiday season.

La Habra Christmas Boutique: Scheduled to run December 4–5, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra, this boutique will feature up to 30 vendors selling crafts, religious articles, and plenty of food, including tamales, pozole, and champurrado. Admission to the La Habra Christmas Boutique is free.

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire: Ehlers Event Center in nearby Buena Park, California, will feature snow slides, craft booths, free raffles, and more on December 4, 2021. This year’s event also features cultural booths highlighting holidays around the world. Admission to the Candy Caneland & Craft Faire is free.

Fullerton Winter Market: Not only can you shop for gifts from a variety of vendors at Downtown Fullerton Plaza in Fullerton, California, but the Winter Market also collects donations for the Spark of Love Toy Drive hosted in partnership with Toys for Tots. Attendees can also get a free photo taken with Santa, and visit the beer and wine garden. Admission to the Fullerton Winter Market is free. Date TBD.

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, California, check out some of these organizations that work both seasonally and year-round to help those in the community. 

La Habra Meals on Wheels: This community-led organization recently raised over $40,000 during their Summer Solstice fundraiser. They provide more than 900 diabetic and low-sodium diet-friendly meals at little to no cost to those in need every week, including home-cooked Thanksgiving meals provided by Calvary Chapel of La Habra, when requested. Contact La Habra Meals on Wheels to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Holiday Social and Toys for Tots Drive: The Orange County chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) is hosting a Toys for Tots Drive on December 1, 2021, at The Twisted Vine in Fullerton, California. Attendees will enjoy hand-selected wines paired with hors d’oeuvre, and toys will be donated to the local Toys for Tots drive.

Safe Celebration

Decorating your home in La Habra, California, for the holidays is one of the great joys of the season, but 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, so it’s important to make sure you never leave a burning candle unattended. One safe alternative is to use battery-powered candles that can achieve the same effect.

Additionally, Christmas trees can pose threats in terms of both fires and damage if they fall. If you have a real pine tree, be sure to keep it properly watered to prevent it from drying out, and make sure your tree is safely positioned to prevent it from falling on pets or children. Click the following links for more information on Winter Holiday Safety and Christmas Tree Safety from the National Fire Protection Association.

This holiday season is shaping up to be a memorable one. With plenty of holiday activities, performances, shopping, and volunteer opportunities to choose from, you’re set for a joyous and safe time. 

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 Summerwood Apartments in La Habra,
Happy Holidays!

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