Holiday Date Night In Orange County

Planning a date night in OC during the holiday season can be an adventure!  We are here to help guide you to some of our favorite date locations for a fun and festive night!

Even though another dinner and movie night with your significant other could be fun, why not take advantage of some of these festive locations! Venture out and enjoy some local festivities with your special someone.

OC Holiday Dates
Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light

Although this location is about a 20- minute drive from downtown Los Angeles, the experience will be worth the trip. As you walk through the property, you’ll experience an interactive lighting display. From illuminated lily pads to color-changing tulips, the Forest of Light will amaze you.

IlluminOcean Dana Point

The Holiday Light Parade is one to see. After a one-year hiatus, Dana Point has brought back this wonderful event. The “Merry Kiss Me” sign is the perfect photo-op for a romantic date night under the lights.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Rent a duffy boat or sit along the shore with your loved one. Watch extravagantly-decorated boats float by or walk through Balboa Island to enjoy the Christmas home displays and Boat Parade all at once.

Chill at Queen Mary

Adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach lies Southern California’s version of the North Pole. From Santa visits to favorite carnival foods, this annual event hosts a massive Ice Adventure Park. An indoor Christmas world created solely from ice is accompanied by an ice skating rink, tubing hill, and slide, making this a fun date night, snuggling in the “cold” without having to drive to the mountains.

The Nutcracker

Catch the world-renowned ballet while it is performed throughout Orange County this Christmas season. Getting dressed up and going to the theater can be a nice break from the hectic pace of the holidays.

Extreme Gingerbread House Decorating

Pelican Hill, The St. Regis, and Monarch Beach Resort all offer wonderful gingerbread house-making dates. The house is already built, and you’re given icing and lots of decorations to create your very own magical dream home for the holidays. Who knows? This sweet house might be just the first one you’ll be decorating together!

Winter Fest at the OC Fair

Indoor tubing and fresh snow in Orange County? Absolutely!  From December 21 through January 7, Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center offers ice skating, indoor tubing, and lots of fun for children and adults. Pretend you are in the snow for a few hours before you walk back out into the 70 degree SoCal weather.

Ice Skating at Irvine Spectrum

Hold hands and skate the night away in the outdoor rink at the Irvine Spectrum Mall.

Extravagant holiday light displays can be found in neighborhoods throughout Orange County, from Brea to Laguna Hills and beyond. Grab a cup of cocoa and take a drive, or park in one of the wonderful neighborhoods and take a romantic stroll with the holiday lights guiding your way.


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