Costa Mesa is Gearing Up for the Holidays with a Number of Festive Events

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Looking for a quiet place to take the family to get into the holiday spirit? Costa Mesa’s Westin South Coast Plaza will soon be brimming with the holiday spirit and festivities. On November 16, the annual tree lighting took place at the Westin South Coast Plaza just in time for Santa to arrive. It’s a great event for the whole family. This season, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa’s premier arts venue, has a full line up of holiday shows and events.

What to See

December 2: The Nutcracker for Kids

This condensed version of the Christmas classic is perfect for the little ones with a spirited grand finale sing-along and a visit from Santa himself. Designed for kids ages 5-11. The event starts early with an interactive musical carnival, where kids can play musical instruments, meet performers, and enjoy some Nutcracker-inspired arts and crafts.

December 3: Manheim Steamroller Christmas

This 30 -year holiday tradition is a great family show created by Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis and features Christmas classics with multimedia show effects.

December 5: Vanguard University’s Christmas Fantasia

Vanguard University's 200-member choir and orchestra performs your favorite holiday carols.

December 7 – 17: The Nutcracker Ballet

So many families make this iconic Christmas experience part of their holiday tradition. The American Ballet Theatre and the Pacific Symphony put on the show of the season. Check out the venue's Sweet Seats option with premier seating, a meet-and-greet selfie opportunity with a dancer, a special Nutcracker-themed gift and a special holiday sweet treat.

December 17 and 18: ‘Tis the Season concert with the Pacific Chorale

If the holiday spirit hasn't yet consumed you, this family-oriented holiday concert will you singing along with the Southern California Children’s Chorus.

Westin South Coast Plaza
Westin South Coast Plaza

Where to Stay

At Westin South Coast Plaza, sign up for the "Indulge in Style" Package, available November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018, for a weekend of designer shopping, theater and innovative dining. Receive a $100 South Coast Plaza gift certificate for holiday shopping when you book your consecutive two-night stay at participating Costa Mesa hotels. You will also receive VIP entry to South Coast Plaza’s ACCESS hospitality suite, along with a South Coast Plaza VIP Passport, ­providing exclusive offers and discounts at over 100 stores and restaurants.

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