Holiday highlights

Celebrate the season at Irvine Spectrum Center

A kaleidoscope of colors lights the night sky at the Irvine Spectrum Center, marking the start of the holiday season. This year’s festivities include a nightly lighting of the center’s 75-foot holiday tree, ice skating under the stars and family (even pet) photos with Santa Claus.

When: Through Jan. 5

Where: Irvine Spectrum Center (670 Spectrum Center Drive)

Details: irvinespectrumcenter.com


 Snow in Irvine

Much to the delight of Irvine’s kids, there will again be a snow day in Irvine this year. The city’s annual holiday celebration returns with a tree lighting, snow flurries, a visit from Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and a winter-themed train route. This free community event is open to all.

When: 4-6:30 p.m. Dec. 7

Where: Irvine Civic Center (1 Civic Center Plaza)

Details: cityofirvine.org, or call 949-724-6606


 OC Zoo gets festive

Move over Rudolph, the native animals of The Irvine Ranch are ringing in the holiday season with decorations, crafts and games. Special guests Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also pay a visit. All holiday festivities are free with paid zoo admission.

When: Dec. 15-24

Where: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park) 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange

Details: ocparks.com/oczoo