Celebrate the Holidays at the OC Zoo and Heritage Hill Park

Nothing can beat the Holidays in SoCal. With temperatures hardly ever going below the 60s, outdoor fun is part and parcel of the Christmas season. Orange County is home to an amazing Parks and Recreation organization. And December features a full calendar of festive events and programs for families and friends.
Last Sunday, my family and I braved the rain for a media preview of the holiday event with the animals at the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park. If you haven’t been to the OC Zoo, now’s a good time to go. Christmas at the OC Zoo features storytime with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, crafts, and face painting. But what’s really fun is seeing the zoo animals, like the resident black bears Nacho and Yoyo, receive their Christmas presents.

From Instagram | Marcie Taylor

Nacho and Yoyo enjoy their Christmas presents – fruit to eat and a ball to play with.

Me rockin’ a yellow poncho in the rain at the Orange County Zoo.

We had planned to ride the Christmas Train at the Irvine Park Railroad after our zoo visit, but we decided to visit another time due to the rain.

Another fun holiday park event will take place at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest. On Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, the annual Candlelight Walk returns to Heritage Hill. During this event, the park transforms into an extravagant celebration with 1,000 luminarias lighting the buildings, illuminating the pathways and shining on the park grounds. There will also be holiday carolers, local musicians, storytellers and flamenco dancers. Santa will also be present and guests can enjoy warm cider, cocoa and homemade treats.

Heritage Hill Park | Lake Forest


December 8 – Christmas at the Zoo

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park)

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $2 per child over age 3 (includes 1 adult) Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (714) 973-6847

December 8, 9 – Candlelight Walk

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park

25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Cost: $4 Adults, $3 kids ages 3-12 Parking: FREE

Contact: (949) 923-2230 or (949) 923-2232

November 30 – December 2, 7-9, 14-23– Christmas Train

Location: Irvine Park Railroad (inside Irvine Regional Park)

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $10 per person (children under age 2 ride free) Parking: $5 per vehicle and free after 5 p.m.

Contact: (714) 973-6835 or (714) 973-3173

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