Make the Most of this Holiday Season in Garden Grove, CA

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed! The air is cooling off, lights are going up, and the holiday spirit is in the air. 2022 is coming to a close, and you deserve to enjoy it while it lasts.

Are you looking for ways to make the most out of the holiday season this year? Look no further! It can be hard to find activities, shows, or service opportunities that spark your interest. That is why we have done the research for you. Read through this article and find ways you can enjoy the season locally in Garden Grove, CA.


Shows and Performances


Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration


Santa Is Coming to Town: If you’re looking for an exciting and unique picture for a Christmas card or just want memories of your little ones, make an appointment for these pictures with Santa. Make sure you get your tickets early and get in the holiday spirit for this fun and festive photo op.

Be Sew Bizzy Fourth Annual Christmas Event: Grab your sewing and embroidery materials because you are not going to want to miss this Christmas celebration. From 9 a.m. to midnight on December 2, you can be a part of a festive sewing event and enjoy games, movies, meals, and more! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer, come and enjoy the atmosphere and learn to create gifts for everyone in your life this year.
Orange County Christmas Lights: Lights are going up all around Orange County, and there is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than to go see the Christmas lights. Houses all over are lit up to create spectacular shows and indescribable joy. The best part is that there are homes right here in Garden Grove that are decorated for a miraculous display. Some of these light shows have even taken first place in various holiday contests. Check out this list of Orange County Christmas lights and find the addresses closest to you.

Shows and Performances

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas: Let’s face it, everybody has their own idea of what constitutes the perfect Christmas. Fancy Nancy wants her elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, and Christmas cookies with sprinkles, and she has her eyes set on a sparkly new tree topper. But if everything went according to plan, there wouldn’t be any interesting conflicts to solve in a play, would there? This attempt at a splendiferous Christmas unfolds over five shows, December 9–11, at the Chance Theater in nearby Anaheim.

The Magic of Christmas: Another show-stopping performance held at La Mirada this year is The Magic Of Christmas. The Young Americans perform a spectacular show full of lights, music, and dance—what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than hearing some of your favorite classic Christmas tunes? You’ll want to get tickets early and reserve your spot for this festive holiday event.
The Nutcracker at the Grove of Anaheim: Perish the thought of a holiday season without seeing Clara falling asleep and turning her woeful winter night into a fanciful feast and wooden toys come to life. Yes, The Nutcracker will be performed by the Anaheim Ballet in all its glory with the Irvine Symphony at the Grove at Anaheim on November 25 at 7 p.m.

Regal Garden Grove: Who doesn’t love a classic holiday movie? This year, some of your favorites are playing at The Regal Theater in Garden Grove, including Elf, The Polar Express, and more. Just visit the website to browse showtimes, dates, and tickets. These movies make great family nights out, weekend dates, or company bonding activities.


Candy Caneland and Craft Faire: Come for the food and craft booths, but stay for the games, snow slides, and meet-and-greet with Santa as this event marks its 51st year. The event features more than 100 local artisans, so shop for unique gift ideas. 

Christmas Boutique: Zion Lutheran is hosting its 32nd Annual Christmas Boutique this year in Anaheim. They have invited over 75 crafters to offer a wide variety of handmade gifts, perfect to complete your holiday shopping list. This boutique is open December 2–4, and admission is free admission to anyone who wants to come. Support local crafters by shopping small and picking up meaningful gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

The Gift Shoppe: Located inside the Asian Garden Mall, The Gift Shoppe has been considered one of the top three places to buy gifts in Garden Grove. Because of their massive selection of toys, games, and accessories, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for and more. No matter what circumstance you find yourself in while holiday shopping this year, check out the Gift Shoppe and find the perfect gift. 

Opportunities to Share

Garden Grove Holiday Drive: The City of Garden Grove is reaching out to the community and asking for help to bring gifts to local families and children who may not have any gifts to open this year. If you are looking for ways to give back to your community and help a family in need, this is the perfect opportunity: You can donate a toy, board game, or art supplies—unwrapped—by December 9 and be a part of the force that will bring the holiday season to those who are struggling. Monetary donations are also accepted, and tax receipts are available upon request. Give back to your Garden Grove community this year and experience the true joy of giving.

23rd Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive: The APA Community Holiday Toy Drive Committee is composed of volunteers from nonprofits and professional organizations with a mission to give young children of low-income families the gift of joy and hope during the holiday season. In the past 22 years, more than 30,000 toys have been collected and given during the Holiday Toy Drive.

Kitchen Assistance: Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a warm home-cooked meal this holiday season. There are people and families right here in Orange Country that cannot provide even basic necessities for themselves or those they love. To answer this need, Bracken’s Kitchen is preparing and providing more meals now for the community than ever before, and they hope to continue increasing the number of people they can serve. If you are able to volunteer your time, your skills, or even extra fresh food, Bracken’s Kitchen can use the help. Learn more about volunteering in the kitchen and sign up for a shift to come help.

Safe Celebration

We at Solara Apartments want to make sure that our residents and everyone around the town have a fun and safe holiday season. As you leave your apartment for various shows and shops, make sure you extinguish any open flames—like burning cinnamon candles—and unplug the festive lights that might adorn your tree. And if you have chosen to go with a real tree this year, make sure you are keeping it hydrated all season long to reduce the risk of a house fire.

Sticking around Garden Grove for the holidays has its perks. Make the most of this holiday season by exploring some of these great ideas. We can’t wait for the fun moments you will have and the memories you will make. 

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 Solara Apartments in Garden Grove, CA, Happy Holidays!

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