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Celebrating Christmas in Santa Clarita

Listing of Holiday Events in Santa Clarita

Christmas in Santa Clarita

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Santa Clarita begins transformation into a 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 30, 2018


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 (Various locations)

Light Up Main Street Old Town Newhall
Santa Visits Santa Clarita
November 9 - December 24
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa is located on Level 1 of Westfield Valencia Town Center by H&M. See website for hours.
24201 Valencia Blvd, Valencia (Westfield Valencia Town Center)

Light Up Main Street
November 17 - December 31, Rain or Shine
Free. November 17 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, Newhall (Old Town Newhall Library)

Holiday in the Park
November 17 - December 30, 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, Valencia (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

It's a Wonderful Life!
It's a Wonderful Life
November 23 - December 22
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, Newhall (Canyon Theatre Guild)

Wm. S. Hart Museum Holiday Tours
November 23 - January 6
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, Newhall (William S. Hart Museum)

Family Snow Day
November-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, Valencia (Ice Station Valencia)

Limited Dates

Holiday Celebration and Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 29, 5-8pm
Holiday entertainment, the lighting of the marketplace Christmas tree, entertainment.
25528 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch (Valencia Marketplace)

Craft Fair
December 1
Free. Create and decorate your own holiday wreaths, centerpieces, and ornaments using a large assortment of fresh-cut greenery, pine cones and other beautiful natural treasures.
19152 Placerita Canyon Rd, Newhall (Placerita Canyon Nature Center)

Holiday Boutique
Dec 1-2
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday giving, crafted by talented local artists. Fine art, crafts, books, jewelry, and small gift items will be on display. Enjoy holiday treats and musical entertainment, too!
23340 Cinema Dr, Valencia (Home Care Services)

Symphony of the Canyons Holiday Celebration
December 1
Celebrating the music of the holidays with the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Prelude Strings, Prelude Winds and Brass, and Guitar Ensemble.
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita (Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center)

Cowboys & Carols
December 1
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 (William S. Hart Museum)

Lighted Boat Parade
December 1
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 (Castaic Lake Recreation Area)

Holiday Memories Home Tour & Boutique
December 1
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.
Address provided with ticket purchase.

Military Honor Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1
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.
24275 Walnut Street, Newhall (Veterans Memorial Park)

Holidays on the Homestead
December 1
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, and a country craft boutique. The historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style. 15701 East Avenue M, Lancaster (Antelope Valley Indian Museum)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
December 1-9
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)

Santa Clarita Philharmonic Holiday Concert
December 2
Free. Offering a lighter approach to the holidays, the concert will feature orchestral holiday selections.
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita (Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center)

Advent Celebration
December 2
This event will include great food, craft-making, tree decorating and lighting, games, singing, worship--and SNOW!! Call the office to purchase tickets. Space is limited!
25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia (Valencia United Methodist Church)

Christmas Cafe
December 2
Free. Showcasing a range of singer/songwriters covering multiple generations. . It's a time to hang out and enjoy an appetizer and a dessert while listening to original Christmas songs, as well as fresh arrangements to the classics.
28310 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Valencia (NorthPark Community Church)

Holiday Jazz
December 7
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, Valencia (Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center)

Holiday Concert & Sing-a-Long
December 7
COC's Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band kicks off the holiday season with a concert of holiday favorites culminating in an audience sing-along!
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita (Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center)

Hot Cocoa & a Movie
December 7
Free. Come and watch a Christmas classic and enjoy hot cocoa and sweets. Open to all ages.
18792 Flying Tiger Dr, Canyon Country (Canyon Country Community Center)

Visit Santa Claus in Santa Clarita
Christmas Concert
December 7-9
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 (Grace Baptist Church)

Holiday Boutique
December 8
Free. Over 30 Vendors will be selling their artisan crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more! Charles Dickens Carolers at specific times.
27801 N. Dickason Dr. Valencia (Valencia High School)

A Holiday Tapestry
December 8
This family-friendly "Welcome all Wonders" holiday concert with the Chamber Singers and Voices of the Canyons features festive, familiar music and our annual sing-along, which is sure to get you into the spirit of the season. Includes delicious holiday treats.
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia (Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center)

Santa Clarita Master Chorale
December 8
The Master Chorale performs holiday music with brass and percussion
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia (Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center)

Breakfast with Santa
December 8-9
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and join them for a wonderful full breakfast, crafts and photo ops.
20870 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita (The CENTRE)

Hart Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair
December 8-9
Free. Get your holiday shopping on!
24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall (Wm. S. Hart Park, Hart Hall)

Cookies with Santa
December 9
Free. Join us for a fun afternoon with Santa! We will have cookies, crafts, story time, and a picture opportunity with Santa in front of our beautiful Christmas tree! Skip the long lines and high prices elsewhere, the entire event is free and geared for children 10 and under! Please bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to local charities.
28310 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Valencia (NorthPark Community Church)

Santa's Village
December 9
Lunch, pony rides and petting zoo, games, music and much more
23670 Wiley Canyon, Newhall (His Way Community Church)

A Very Merry Christmas with The Lettermen
December 9
The letter sweaters may only make a brief appearance, but The Lettermen harmony is non-stop. From their first hit in 1961, "The Way You Look Tonight," through current hits of today, the sound is undeniably Lettermen.
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita (Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center)

Milk and Cookies with Santa
December 11 & 13
Participants can enjoy a visit with Santa, listen to some of his stories of the North Pole and will have an opportunity to tell them their holiday wishes. Holiday cookies, milk (and almond milk). Bring your camera for photo ops. For children up to 12 years old.
18792 Flying Tiger Dr, Canyon Country (Canyon Country Community Center)

Jingle Bell Jamboree
December 14
Free. Arts and crafts, games, music, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus.
22421 Market St, Newhall (Newhall Community Center)

Winter Nights
December 14
Free. Snow on the patios and a showing of "White Christmas".
24201 Valencia Blvd, Valencia

Winter Wonderland Snow Day
December 15
Free. Real live snow! Snow sledding and play for children of all ages, photos with Santa, giveaways, games, and prizes.
26233 Faulkner Dr, Stevenson Ranch (Richard Rioux Park)

Santa's Workshop
December 15
Free. Holiday arts & crafts.
24201 Valencia Blvd, Valencia

Holiday Dance
December 15
Free, age 18+. Get moving and burn off some of those cookie calories! Participants are encouraged to wear their holiday ugliest attire. Movie trivia.
18792 Flying Tiger Dr, Canyon Country (Canyon Country Community Center)

Living Nativity
December 16
Enjoy this popular living nativity event put on by SCUMC.
26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus (Santa Clarita United Methodist Church)

Santa Brunch
December 16
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, Valencia

Milk and Cookies with Santa-Sensory Friendly
December 17
Children and their families are welcome to come and enjoy holiday treats while listening to Santa tell stories of the North Pole in a sensory friendly environment. The set up will include dim lights, reduced sound levels and sensory friendly activities for children with special needs. Children will also have the opportunity to share their holiday wishes with Santa, while getting their photo taken with Mr. Claus himself. All are welcome at this free event. To reserve a spot, attendees can register in person at the community center or call 661-290-2266
18792 Flying Tiger Dr, Canyon Country (Canyon Country Community Center)

Holiday Light Tour
December 20-22
Take in the dazzling sights of some of Santa Clarita's most festively decorated neighborhoods in comfort and convenience onboard a classic wooden Hometown Trolley or a Dial-A-Ride (DAR) bus. 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

Cracked Nuts Circus
December 20-23
A hilarious and spellbinding journey that captures the innocence, wonder and whimsy of the holiday season. Held inside the Crystal Palace Spiegetent, one of the most unique venues in the world. Very few of these unique tents have survived the test of time.
25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita

Gingerbread House Contest
Cancelled for 2018
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, 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

NorthPark Community Church
Free. "God is in the Manger." Join us for one of three identical services to celebrate the true gift of Christmas...that God was in the Manger!
28310 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Valencia

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, Valencia

Updated December 11, 2018

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