Best Ways to Spend the Holidays in Fountain Valley, CA!

The air is getting cooler, and the holidays are just around the corner! With the end of the year coming fast, it’s time to start thinking about your plans for the season. As lights go up here in Fountain Valley, the streets won’t be the only thing shining a little brighter this year.

Looking for local ways to celebrate or family-friendly activities nearby? Luckily, Fountain Valley is filled with fun and exciting activities to make your holidays extra special. Let’s take a look at some different activities, entertainment, and service opportunities you might want to add to your to-do list.


Shows and Performances


Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration


56,000 Lights Christmas House: Whether you want to get out and walk around or stay cozied up in your car, this neighborhood light show will have you in awe. Located right in Fountain Valley, this homeowner has not only decorated with thousands of lights but has synced them up to blink with a variety of music that plays through the radio. It’s the perfect place to stop on your drive home and the perfect destination for a neighborhood family walk.

Tree-Lighting Ceremony: This spectacular event has a wide variety of activities that are fun for the whole family. The main attractions include games, food, fireworks, music, and more. Happening the first weekend in December, there is surely something for everyone.

Winter Break Day Camp: If you’ve got children in school, grades K–8, you aren’t going to want to miss signing them up for this day camp. The Boys and Girls clubs want to make sure that your young kids have a fun winter break with a wide variety of activities. From arts and crafts to field trips and everything in between, Winter Break Day Camp is definitely an activity to look into this year.

Shows and Performances

The Nutcracker: Travel to Huntington Beach to enjoy a wonderful performance of The Nutcracker. The full-length ballet is performed by local dancers to transport you to a winter wonderland classic. It is worth the quick drive to see this outstanding production.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert: This year, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will be hosting Johnny Mathis. Singing both Christmas hits and personal favorites, this holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without going to see his performance. Get your tickets now before they sell out.


Hallmark: Hallmark has all of your holiday needs covered. With ornaments, cards, gift wrap, and gifts, you won’t need to make another stop after this one.

CA Jones Christmas Trees: Looking to bring home a live tree this year? CA Jones Christmas Trees has been providing the community of Fountain Valley with quality trees for over 50 years. You can even spice things up a bit with custom flocking, fresh garland, or custom wreaths. Nothing says “happy holidays” better than the smell of pine in the air and lights on the tree.

Swedish Christmas Fair: The feel of an authentic holiday market right here in OC. You won’t find traditional or generic gifts at this market—rather, you’ll find handmade craftwork and quality art. The SWEA OC hosts this fair to bring authentic holiday celebrations to southern California with crafts, treats, decorations, and much more. Come and see what unique gifts you can pick up for your loved ones this holiday season.

Opportunities to Share

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital: Being away from family is hard, especially this time of year. That’s why Fountain Valley Regional Hospital has an amazing volunteer program with a variety of positions that anyone can fill. Whether you are an adult or a junior, there is a program for everyone. Take this opportunity to lend a helping hand and make someone’s hospital stay a little more comfortable. This service opportunity is a special gift that can be given to families all over the city by just one person: you!

Volunteer Match: Has tons of volunteer opticians to sign up for. Look through their listings and find a date and time that works for you. Make sure you visit the website and read more about the requirements and guidelines for each volunteer opportunity.

Safe Celebration

There are many ways to celebrate the holiday season this year, but there are also a few things to keep in mind to keep everyone around you safe as you celebrate. Always be extra cautious when dealing with open flames. Candles are a great way to set the holiday atmosphere in your apartment—just make sure to keep an eye on the flame. 

Christmas trees also contribute to a large percentage of holiday fires, causing up to 200 fires each year. Learn more Christmas tree safety tips here to ensure that you have a safe and happy holiday season.

As you fill up your list of “must-see” and “must-do” this year in Fountain Valley, keep this list in mind.

We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.

From all of us at Serena Vista Apartments in Fountain Valley, CA, Happy Holidays!

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