Celebrate the 2021 Holiday Season in Westminster, CA
Can you believe the holidays are already upon us again? That’s right: The “most wonderful time of the year” is back, and here in Westminster, we are ready to celebrate!
Here in Southern California, we are lucky enough to have mild winters, allowing us many opportunities to get out and do all of the many holiday activities that are available! In fact, there is so much to do here that our team at Point Pacific has put together a list of upcoming holiday events, activities, and more! Gather your loved ones and mark your calendars, because there is a lot to enjoy in Westminster and the surrounding areas this holiday season.
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Opportunities to Share
Knott’s Merry Farm: Knott’s Berry Farm may already be a favorite destination for you and your loved ones, but during the holiday season, it just gets better! From November 19 to December 24, “Knott’s Merry Farm” takes over the whole park, filling it with holiday lights, decor, food, treats, activities, and more. Knott’s Berry Farm is always fun for the whole family, and during the holiday season, it is even more memorable and magical! For a sneak peek of Knott’s Merry Farm, check out this teaser video!
Turkey Trot: Do you have some delicious food in mind for this coming Thanksgiving? After you enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, join us on the Sunday following Thanksgiving as we walk/wobble off those Thanksgiving calories in the Turkey Trot 5K/10K! The price of entry for this race will include the race fee, an event packet with your bib, a medal, and a $5 donation to It Starts with Friends (a nonprofit organization that feeds, clothes, and helps provide for the homeless community). Your tickets can be purchased through this link.
Night of Lights: There is nothing better than seeing the amazing lights that accompany the holiday season. This year, see the most beautiful light displays in Orange County from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle! At Night of Lights, you’ll drive through a mile-long display of millions of lights while listening to festive holiday music! The Night of Lights event is the perfect activity for families or friends to gather together for a cozy holiday activity. This winter wonderland will run from November 26 through January 2, and tickets can be purchased here.
Tree Lighting Ceremony: Gather together with the city of Westminster for the tree lighting ceremony! Hear from our mayor, listen to live music, and see Santa! Canned foods will also be collected for those who are in need at this time. You’ll love celebrating this holiday kick-off with your local community!
Aquarium Holidays: For a fun and memorable holiday activity that is especially perfect for kids, The Aquarium of the Pacific is the perfect place to go this year! At Aquarium Holidays, you’ll see festive decorations, shop for souvenirs and holiday gifts, and even get to see the Santa Diver and aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. Photo opportunities will also be available so you can document this experience and remember it for years to come.
Long Beach Christmas Lights: The lights along Long Beach are some of the most beautiful light displays around! Hundreds of lights light up the waterfront, making it a magical holiday experience! Naples Island is known to have some of the best lights, so add this to your route so you don’t miss them! The light displays go up at different times every year, but going between early December and Christmas should be the best time to walk around and enjoy these amazing holiday lights!
Shows and Performances
A Magical Cirque Christmas: Have you ever seen a real-deal cirque performance in person? If you haven’t, you are missing out! Lucky for you, some of the world’s greatest performers are coming to a city near you—and in holiday style! Come and experience the awe of these breath-taking cirque performers in A Magical Cirque Christmas! The performance will occur on December 26, so mark your calendar for this incredible experience!
A Charlie Brown Christmas: It isn’t a real holiday season without your favorite shows, stories, and movies! This year, see one of the most well-loved holiday classics come to stage as the all-new stage adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas! Come see Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang in this special performance, perfect for the whole family! Opening night is December 5 at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Check out their website for information on purchasing tickets!
The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas – Put a little jazz in your Christmas this year with a performance by Grammy-winning performer Kurt Elling. His holiday performance consists of a mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. Whatever traditions and beliefs you hold about the holiday season, you’ll feel the magic and peace of this special time of year while listening to the vocals of Kurt Elling this holiday season!
Let’s be honest: Shopping during the holidays is one of the best parts of the season! Here in Westminster, there are many great places to shop. Here are some shops and events to check out this holiday season!
Huntington Beach Winter Wonderland Event: Celebrate the talents of the community at this Winter Wonderland Event! Come and purchase or just admire the crafts, decorations, gourmet foods, candies, clothing, accessories, and more! The event lasts just four days (December 2–5), so don’t miss it!
Piecemakers Christmas Festival: With over 70 of the finest vendors of hand-crafted items, the Piecemakers Christmas Festival will be the perfect place to get some thoughtful holiday shopping completed! Make sure to set December 4 aside to enjoy this festive shopping event!
The Better Half Boutique: Take a drive out to Long Beach to stop by this small, charming boutique. At The Better Half Boutique, you’ll find unique gifts, home decor, party supplies, candles, and more. You can also purchase personalized gifts like cutting boards and wall hangings, providing some of the most personal and thoughtful gift options! You may find some of your best holiday gifts at this adorable and inviting boutique!
Swedish Christmas Fair: Switch up your regular holiday routines, and experience Christmas from a different culture’s perspective this year at the Swedish Christmas Fair! This Fair is put on by the Swedish Women’s Education Association and is a unique and memorable holiday activity! Come and experience this cultural holiday event, only on Sunday, November 21, in Huntington Beach.
Opportunities to Share
Another great activity that you can do this holiday season is to serve the people around you! Service is a great way to bring joy to others and also make happy holiday memories of your own. You don’t need a lot of time or money to serve, but the results of your efforts can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others! For some ideas to get you started, Inc.com has put together this helpful list of simple ways that you can serve the community during the holiday season:
- Volunteer your time.
- Donate to community causes.
- Provide a drive-thru surprise.
- Adopt a family.
- Purchase gifts that give back.
- Show your gratitude.
- Ask, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
- Support local businesses.
- Invite someone to your home.
- Become a mentor.
There are so many ways to serve others in simple ways! This list is just the beginning of endless ways to brighten someone’s holiday season. Make sure to set aside some time during the upcoming holidays to give back, and you may be surprised by the amount of joy it gives you! For more detailed information on the points listed above, click here to read the full article by Inc.com.
Light a Light of Love Pier Lighting Ceremony: Come celebrate love, family, and friendship and see the beautiful snowflakes light up Huntington Beach Pier! The Light a Light of Love Ceremony is presented by the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, and its purpose is to shed light on the children of Orange County. This free event will take place on Sunday, December 5. Gather with your community to enjoy the magical pier while supporting this organization!
Although it is important to focus on all the fun of the season, it is also very important to consider the safety hazards that can arise as well. Candles present a huge safety risk as they are the reason for an estimated 8,200 home fires each year. As you light more candles during the holiday season, be sure to never leave a candle near anything flammable, and never leave your candle unattended. Flameless candles are a great alternative as they produce the same aromas and atmosphere in a much safer way.
Christmas Trees are another risk for fire safety. When you have a live Christmas tree in your home, make sure to keep it well watered so it doesn’t dry out and become more flammable. Keep your tree away from any flames, and turn the lights off when you’re not at home. Taking simple safety precautions like these will keep your holiday season much safer and happier for you and your family!
You’ll love celebrating the holidays in Westminster, California! With the holiday activities, events, shopping opportunities, and ways to serve, your holiday season will be filled with joy and special memories. If you plan to stick around Westminster, Pointe Pacific Apartments could be the perfect place for you to call home! With our spacious floorplans, prime location, and incredible amenities, Pointe Pacific is a great fit for anyone!
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.
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