Our home of Orange County sparkles with hidden holiday magic that will enchant residents and visitors alike. If you’re staying with us during this holiday season, three iconic destinations within a short drive from Anaheim – Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach, the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, and the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano – are ready to welcome you with their unique holiday flair. Join us as we explore what each destination offers this holiday season.

ROGER’S GARDENS – A Festive Flair in Newport Beach: Rogers Gardens, renowned for its stunning botanical collections, takes on a magical transformation during the holidays. This year’s theme, “A Coastal Christmas,” brings seaside charm to holiday decor. Visitors can wander through a dazzling array of twinkling lights, handcrafted ornaments, and elegant Christmas displays. Special events like the “Christmas Boutique Opening” and “Holiday Garden Workshops” offer unique experiences for gardening enthusiasts and families alike.

RICHARD NIXON LIBRARY AND MUSEUM – Presidential Holiday Elegance: Step into a world of historical elegance at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. The 2023 holiday exhibit, “Presidential Holiday Traditions,” showcases the festive customs of the White House. From replicas of the Nixon family’s Christmas tree to a series of special holiday-themed lectures and children’s programs (including the annual festival of holiday trains called “All Aboard, America!”), the museum offers a blend of education and seasonal joy. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the beautifully decorated grounds and experience a touch of presidential history this holiday season.

MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Illuminating History: Mission San Juan Capistrano, a landmark of California’s history, shines bright with its “Fiesta de Luces” event. This annual celebration features thousands of lights illuminating the mission’s historic architecture, creating a stunning backdrop for holiday photos. The “Christmas at the Mission” event includes traditional music, crafts, and storytelling, providing a culturally rich holiday experience. The mission grounds become a serene oasis of holiday tranquility, perfect for those seeking a reflective and peaceful holiday outing.

The 2023 holiday season here in Orange County is brimming with unique experiences. Whether it’s the coastal charm of Roger’s Gardens, the presidential elegance of the Nixon Library, or the historic illumination of Mission San Juan Capistrano, there’s something to captivate everyone’s holiday spirit. So, pack your festive cheer and embark on a journey to these three enchanting destinations for an unforgettable holiday experience!



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