Every year, Orange County residents sit down to watch Christmas movies, and they are shown feet of snow, people wrapped up in parkas and scarves, and ice skating on frozen ponds. We are told that Christmas time is always cold and white. It can sometimes feel like we are not getting the full Christmas experience when it is in the low 70’s in late December. If you have felt this way, there is hope! Surrounding yourself with Christmas spirit is the best way to fill yourself with the joy of the season. Here are our favorite way to have a holly jolly December around Irvine.

Holiday Drinks at Red Bar

We’ll ease you into the holiday season with drinks at Red Bar. This bar is found in the Hotel Irvine, and it might just be the place you find your heart growing three sizes like the Grinch. Red Bar is offering a Holiday Happy Hour every day, with special themed drinks and snacks, along with live holiday music in the lounge. For those who are fans of making drinks at home and are on the lookout for new recipes, join Red Bar for a Holiday Mixology class, where you will be provided with the materials and instruction to create some truly amazing beverages! Become a master mixology elf and impress your friends at your own holiday parties.

Christmas at the OC Zoo

You might not think of the zoo as a place to go for Christmas cheer, but they go all out to make sure you have a happy holiday! Along with the joy that already comes from a visit to the zoo, Christmas time bring fun activities During Christmas at the OC Zoo that are great for the young or young at heart. Visit with Santa, make Christmas crafts, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, and watch the adorable animals find their own Christmas treats!

Christmas at the OC Zoo

Pretend City Children’s Museum

December is a big month at Pretend City! Families with children will find plenty of opportunities to fill your heart with joy at the many holiday events going on. Members of Pretend City can have breakfast with Santa and enjoy homemade pancakes with the Jolly Old Elf himself on the 15th. The next day, enjoy carols and more by the International Peace Choir, which features young singers from around the world! Finally, starting on the 12th, join Pretend City for their Countdown to Christmas, where every day will see new surprises and activities leading up to the big day.

Pretend City Christmas

With so much going on around Irvine this December, you are sure to get in the Christmas Spirit in no time! If you go to one of these events, tell us about it on Facebook or Instagram. And be sure to follow our blog here for more events in Irvine!