Your Guide for Celebrating the Holidays in Fullerton, California
Our city offers a lot to see and do: There are holiday crafts and fairs, shows, shopping, giving opportunities, and a lot more. Keep reading to find out how this year’s Christmas in Fullerton can be the best one yet.
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
The holiday season in Fullerton is a fun time—our city really does a great job at providing lots to see and do! This is great news, because it can be easy as the weather gets chilly to just hunker down inside. It’s so nice to have activities to look forward to! Here are three holiday activities in Fullerton that are great for the whole family:
Check out the arts and crafts classes hosted by the Fullerton Community Center! The Art at Home program will provide instructional videos and materials to make decoupage napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table on Tuesday, November 9, and four holiday greeting cards on Tuesday, November 14. The CRAFTernoons with Aimee Aul program is providing in-person crafts: watercolor fall leaves on Friday, November 19, and mixed media holiday cards on Friday, December 17. Both of these programs are $9 for artists under 60.
To kickstart your holiday shopping and support local businesses, join the annual Shopping Soiree on Friday, December 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. You’ll get “gift store discounts, holiday refreshments, free gift wrapping, free hands-on crafts,” and more as part of the monthly Fullerton Art Walk. Admission is free!
Don’t miss out on this year’s Winter Market! Head over to the Downtown Fullerton Plaza on Saturday, December 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for yummy food, holiday crafts, kids’ activities, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, and the Beer and Wine Garden. This will also be the closing weekend for the exhibition, “Land as Kin: Fullerton Art Institutions Celebrating Native Land.” Admission to the Winter Market is free.
Shows and Performances
There’s something about a live performance that really gets you in the mood for the holidays. The anticipation of the performers coming on stage, the excitement of the audience, and the shared love of music and theater all mirror the excitement of the holiday season. There are plenty of shows for everyone to enjoy in and around for a great Christmas in Fullerton.
First, head up to Santa Ana to see Rend Collective’s “Jolly Irish Christmas Extravaganza” on Tuesday, December 7. This energetic, folksy group hailing from Northern Ireland will get you excited for Christmas! Check out their song “Merry Christmas Everyone” to get a feel for their sound.
Feeling like a dance party? Join La Sonora Dinamita, a full band from Colombia, for an all-night celebration of Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 6. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the band begins playing at 11 p.m., but there will be music and dancing all evening. This 21-plus event is being held at Sage Restaurant & Lounge in Whittier, and costumes and face masks are welcome!
Tired of A Christmas Carol? How about a more unique yuletide theatrical experience. Watch the play Santa Claus Conquers the Martians for a wacky sci-fi comedy. Based on a 1964 film of the same name, this awesome adaptation runs from November 20 to December 23 at the Maverick Theater in Fullerton.
Finding that perfect present for a friend or loved one can be such a thrill. It’s especially exciting when you’ve been paying close attention all year, storing away nuggets of priceless information that will help you find a unique and unforgettable gift. This year, don’t just scroll on your phone to look for those perfect gifts. Head out to one of these spots to find unique gifts and support local businesses along the way:
Stitch + Feather is a boutique women’s clothing store located in downtown Fullerton. On top of classic staples and trendy statement pieces, you can also find gift items like coffee table books, scented candles, statement mugs, and makeup bags.
For the curio-collector in your life, The Brick Basement has lots of gems to pick from! They’ve got jewelry, antique tea sets, retro handbags, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, handmade decor, movie premier banners—you name it! Find the store on Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton.
Let’s not forget about toys! The Wonder Emporium is an awesome store with toys you don’t find at most stores. They have a physical location just 15 minutes away from us in La Habra and an extensive collection available for purchase online. They’ve got toys for everyone from babies to 13 and over, including cute stuffed animals, board games, educational toys, arts and crafts, decor, fidget toys, active play, and more.
Opportunities to Share
To make the holidays extra special, it makes such a difference to reach outside of your regular circle and give to those less fortunate. Even if you can only give a little, it warms your heart and truly makes a difference!
Toys for Tots gives “toys, books, and HOPE to less fortunate children” all over the country. In 2020, the Orange County program gave 20,063 toys to 9,721 children. You can donate new toys or money, or you could volunteer to help with things like warehouse tasks or meal delivery. If your children or children you know could use some toys this year, you can also fill out a form to request toys.
Every month, the South County Outreach food pantry serves up to 3,000 families in need in South Orange County. As so many families gather around delicious meals over the holidays, it can be sobering to think about those around us who may be wondering where their next meal is going to come from. The good news is there are so many ways to help! You can donate food or money, work in the food market, or even provide front desk support.
WISEPlace is on a mission to end homelessness for unaccompanied women. There are lots of people already helping with their efforts, but they need people to help get meals from the donors to the WISPlace shelter. It takes about 45 minutes once a week. See the opportunities available between Halloween and New Year’s Eve here.
Did you know that each year, up to 7,500 fires are started because of household candles? Yikes! We all love a good holiday-scented candle, but with that risk in mind, be extra careful when lighting candles in your apartment, especially your bedroom. Battery-powered candles might be a good alternative, giving you the same ambiance without the added danger. But if you do decide to light real candles, be sure to never leave them unattended!
Another fire hazard to be aware of is live Christmas trees. We all know how easily forest fires can start, and when you bring a piece of the forest into your home, the same principles apply. Make sure you keep your tree watered so it doesn’t dry out, keep all open flames away from the branches, and make sure you turn all lights off when you’re not at home. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!
As the holiday season kicks into gear, consider trying out some of these fun holiday activities in Fullerton. From holiday crafts and fairs to shows, shopping, and giving opportunities, there are so many options that will make Christmas in Fullerton the best one ever.
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