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Celebrating Christmas in Santa Clarita

Christmas in Santa Clarita

In 2017, Santa Clarita begins transformation into a virtual holiday wonderland beginning in mid-November with the lighting of the town's Christmas tree and thousands of twinkling lights in Old Town Newhall, Santa's arrival to the mall, and the annual Festival of the Trees. Just after Thanksgiving, Six Flags Magic Mountain will open Holiday in the Park, where hundreds of thousands of lights will transform the park.

With the arrival of December neighborhoods across the valley light up with indescribable light displays. Nostalgic performances (both musical and theatrical) open at the local playhouse, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, and local churches.

Updated November 17, 2017

Christmas lights in Santa Clarita

Neighborhood Light Displays
December 1 - December 31, Rain or Shine
Operating hours: 5:00-10:30 pm
Free, but most neighborhoods offer an opportunity to donate to a charity.
Are you looking for that over-the-top Christmas light experience? You know, the one where you park the car and walk around listening to holiday music and there are so many lights to take in that you can't see it all in an hour? There are at least TEN neighborhoods that fit this description! Follow our link for descriptions.
Google Map of Lights

Light Up Main Street Old Town Newhall
Santa Visits Santa Clarita
27745 North Smyth Road

November 10 - December 24
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa will be here for photos starting Nov 10 and is located in Sears Center Court. See website for hours.

Light Up Main Street
November 18 - December 31, Rain or Shine
Free. November 18 at 7pm is the official lighting ceremony, but if you've missed it, you'll still want to shop and stroll among thousands of twinkling white lights and the 23-foot Christmas tree.
24500 Main Street

Holiday in the Park
November 19 - January 1, Rain or Shine
Visitors to the park will enjoy Six Flags' thrilling rides set against a backdrop of thousands of colored lights, yuletide entertainment and refreshments, and, of course, Santa Claus.
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy

A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story
November 24 - December 23
Take time from your hectic holiday schedule for this holiday classic. Between the performance in the historic theater and the twinkling lights on Main Street, it makes for a perfect Date Night or Girls Night Out.
24242 Main Street

Wm. S. Hart Museum Holiday Tours
November 28 - December 31
Operating hours: Weds-Fri, 12:00pm - 3:00 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 11am - 4pm
See website for tour times
Free. The museum is bedazzled and twinkling from Thanksgiving thru the first week of January!
24151 Newhall Avenue

Family Snow Day
December, specific dates
Play in the snow, learn to skate and have a hot cocoa & cookie! Includes admission and skate rentals, snow play area at end of public session rink to play in (skates required), 15 minute group lesson with one of our instructors, and a hot cocoa and cookie to enjoy in our restaurant. Offered Monday - Friday during our morning or afternoon sessions all year long
27745 N. Smyth Drive

Limited Dates

Come Christmas Sing!
November 30 - December 2
An annual celebration of Christmas and joyful worship to Christ the King!
21726 Placerita Cyn Rd

Holiday Jazz
December 1
Welcome the holiday season, as the band and guest vocalist Katherine Lench-Meyering perform many of your favorite holiday songs, including "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty The Snowman," "O Holy Night," and many others. $10 adults; $5 children 12 & under and seniors 60+
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road

Hot Cocoa and a Movie
December 1
Come and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.
18792 Flying Tiger Dr
Canyon Country

Lighted Boat Parade
December 2
In addition to the boat parade which begins at 5pm, holiday activities beginning at 2pm include snow to play in (bring your sled!), Santa, snacks and food. Collection for Toys for Tots.
32132 Castaic Lake Dr, Castaic

Holiday Memories Home Tour & Boutique
December 2
Holiday Boutique is Free. During the home tour visitors will have an opportunity to tour select homes decorated in unique themes of festive holiday decor.
25255 Pico Canyon Road
Stevenson Ranch

Community Holiday Celebration
December 2
Free. Come visit Santa's village with games, holiday crafts, a jumper, and refreshments. Santa will arrive at 11:00 am with a free gift for children!
26233 Faulkner Dr
Stevenson Ranch

Military Honor Christmas Tree Lighting
December 2
Free. Heartwarming ceremony honoring our military heroes, past and present. Spectacular musical performances and the lighting of the "Military Honor Christmas Tree," which will stay lit with it's vibrant red, white and blue lights through New Years. Hot cocoa, coffee and treats will be provided. For additional details, please view this event on our calendar.
24275 Walnut Street

Cowboys & Carols
December 2
The Mansion will be decorated for the holidays, including candlelight. Enjoy listening to carols and holiday music. Carols by the Valencia High School Madrigals. Shuttles will be available to bring visitors up and down the hill.
24151 Newhall Avenue

Visit Santa Claus in Santa Clarita

Holidays on the Homestead
December 2
An old-time Christmas celebration with live acoustic music around an open campfire, a chili cook-off, tour of the grounds, real cowboy coffee brewed over a fire, hot chocolate or cider for the kids, a country craft boutique. The historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under free.
15701 East Avenue M

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
December 2-10
Santa will be out once again this year on the Castaic Lions Santa Float spreading Christmas cheer throughout Castaic. Collecting food for needy families in Castaic and eye glasses at each stop. See website for times and locations.
Castaic (Various locations)

Advent Celebration
December 3
This event will include great food, craft-making, tree decorating and lighting, games, singing, worship--and SNOW!! Tickets are $8 pp/$30 max per family. Call the office to purchase tickets. Space is limited!
25718 McBean Parkway

5K and 1K Holiday Costume Fun Run
December 6
Join us this year for a holiday themed race and get a chance to run through Magic Mountains first "Holiday in the Parks".
Six Flags Magic Mountain

"Finding Christmas" Christmas Concert
December 8-10
Free, but please visit the website for these free tickets to reserve your space. The Christmas Concerts at Grace have come to be known in our valley as a great way to start your Christmas celebration. Join us for a celebration of the arrival of Jesus as we listen, sing and reflect on God's provision through His perfect Son.
22833 Copper Hill Drive
Santa Clarita

Breakfast with Santa
December 9
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and join them for a wonderful full breakfast, crafts and photo ops.
20870 Centre Point Parkway
Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Master Chorale
December 9
It is called the "Magnificat," Mary's celebration of the angel's news that she will give birth to Jesus.
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road

Gingerbread House Contest
December 9-10
Free and open to all ages, children to adults. Deliver your gingerbread house, with completed entry, by December 8 to the Valencia Library. Public viewing is December 9-10.
23743 Valencia Blvd

Santa's Village
December 10
Lunch, pony rides and petting zoo, games, music and much more
23670 Wiley Canyon

Milk and Cookies with Santa
December 11
Spend some time with the old guy from the North.
18792 Flying Tiger Dr
Canyon Country

Holiday Swing Dance
December 16
Get moving and burn off some of those cookie calories!
18792 Flying Tiger Dr
Canyon Country

The Nutcracker
December 16-17
The Santa Clarita Ballet presents a classic program and favorite holiday tradition for Santa Clarita families and patrons of the arts from all over Southern California.
26455 Rockwell Canyon Roads

Live Nativity
December 16-17
Stay warm and cozy in your car as you listen to the CD handed to you explaining the Christmas story recreated with live actors. Allow 15 minutes to drive through once you reach the beginning of this popular event.
26640 Bouquet Canyon Road

Santa Brunch
December 17
Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be Making their Annual Visit to the Club for Photos with the Kids and a Gourmet Brunch Reservations Required.
26550 Heritage View Ln

Holiday Light Tour
December 21-23
Jump aboard the Santa Clarita Hometown Trolley to tour the Christmas lights with friends and family members. Tickets can be purchased upon boarding the trolley for $3 per person, or for free with the donation of a canned food item benefiting the SCV Food Pantry.
24589 Mall Entrance, Valencia

Where to Attend Church

Grace Baptist Church
Free, no tickets needed. Christmas Eve at Grace has become a longstanding tradition for many families and we'd love to have you join us. Whether you are new to Grace or have made this evening part of your celebration for years, we look forward to seeing you!
22833 Copper Hill Drive
Santa Clarita

Real Life Church
Free, but tickets for seating and childcare are required. Real Life Church invites you and your family to Christmas at Real Life Church--featuring awe-inspiring music, a beautiful tree lighting ceremony.
23841 Newhall Ranch Road

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