Saturday, December 5th is a special day in Anaheim. The 21st annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village extravaganza goes all day from 10am to 7pm! Admission is free, and it’s the local way to start the holiday season in style. Located in downtown Anaheim on Center Street Promenade, you’ll find holiday crafting activities for the family and a play area with real snow. There’s the children’s train ride and free meet and greets/photos with Santa too.
Kick back and enjoy holiday musical shows from local community organizations and schools all day long. The Holiday Shopping Village is open for business, offering unique presents at each downtown Anaheim shop. Culinary treats from the International Food Fair is readily available, and it all ends with a procession hosted by the Combined Choirs of the Anaheim Union High School at 5:45pm.
You’ve Never Seen a Celebration Like This!
By far, one of the most impressive feats is the lighting of the huge 50-foot Christmas tree. Each year there’s a surprise guest, so you have to come down to see who’s hosting this year! It lights up to the tune of a holiday musical performance compliments of the Anaheim Ballet and Combined Choirs of the AUHSD.
This day-long event takes up the entirety of Center Street Promenade, and the big redwood Christmas tree is located at the west end. A gift from Disney Resorts, the living tree grows one foot per year and this is its 19th year!