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Event Information:

Celebrate the holidays with Mission San Juan Capistrano! Held in conjunction with the City of San Juan Capistrano’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and community-wide holiday celebration, Mission San Juan Capistrano will host Christmas at the Mission on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bring the family and enjoy this fun, festive and memorable evening together at the old Mission!

Christmas at the Mission features:
· Ringing of the historic bells
· An exhibition of local music performance groups throughout the Mission
· “Santa’s Workshop” with cookie and ornament decorating for kids (free while supplies last!)
· Food Vendors serving tamales, burgers, coffee, hot cider, hot cocoa, sweets and more
· The beautiful historic Mission festively lit up for this special after-hours event, and more!

Performance Groups Include:
· Dickens Carolers
· Chamber Singers
· Orchestra Musicians
· Mariachis, and more!

Event Program & Schedule

Event Map

Parking, Directions and Shuttle Information

Download Christmas at the Mission Flyer: Send to friends, family or neighbors to invite them too!

Enjoy San Juan Capistrano: Find out more about this community-wide holiday celebration and activities to enjoy before and after Christmas at the Mission

Christmas at the Mission
Photo courtesy
Lisa Renee Photography
Christmas at the Mission
Photo courtesy
Lisa Renee Photography

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Admission: $5.00 Adults; $3.00 Children (Age 4 - 11)

Admission is FREE for the following groups:  
• Kids 3 and Under
• Mission Members and Parish Members with Member I.D. Cards
• Mission Volunteers with I.D. Badges.
• Active Military with I.D. Card – Free military prayer coin for military personnel

Mission Members attend Christmas at the Mission for FREE and receive 10% off at the Misison Store all year. Join now!

Purchase Tickets:

ONLINE: Purchase tickets now!

Purchase tickets in advance at the Mission Gate House anytime during regular hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. seven days a week (except Thanksgiving).

Tickets may also be purchased at the evening of the event upon entrance. There are three locations open for admission at Christmas at the Mission. CLICK HERE to see where these gates are located

Those with pre-purchased tickets and with valid ID for free admission (see criteria above) may avoid ticket purchasing lines and enter at the QUICK ENTRY GATE. This is located at the corner of Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano, around the corner from the main entrance to the Mission. CLICK HERE to see where this gate is located.

Rain Policy: Please Note: Christmas at the Mission will be held rain or shine. Ticket purchases for Christmas at the Mission are final. No refunds, exchanges or transfers will be honored. Thank you for your understanding. If you are unable to attend Christmas at the Mission, please consider the cost of your tickets a charitable donation in support of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization #95-1904079.

Serra's Pantry Food Drive:

Spread goodwill and the spirit of Christmas by donating to the Serra’s Pantry Food Drive!

November 21 – December 19, 2014

Drop off a food donation anytime during these dates to the Mission Gate House 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or upon entry for Christmas at the Mission.
Donate to the food drive and receive a ticket good for a return visit to the Mission in 2015! (Limit one per family, please. Ticket for return visit valid January 1 - March 31, 2015.)

The following items are usually in short supply and are much appreciated: cooking oil, cereal, tuna, one pound bags of sugar and flour, peanut butter, jelly, dry pinto beans, canned vegetables and fruit, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and pop/flip top food items. Hygiene items in demand: toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, bar soap and toilet paper. Learn More About Serra’s Pantry
Food Drive
Cynthia in Guest Services happily receives donations of food for the needy this holiday season

Mission Store:

Visit the Mission Store for unique holiday gifts and beautiful handcrafted items from around the world.

Open late for Christmas at the Mission until 9:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Mission Store

Mission Store

Food Vendors:

Enjoy warm food and treats at Christmas at the Mission from our local restaurant partners:

Hidden House Coffee
Hidden House Coffee

Serving coffee and hot cocoa

Donna B's
Donna B's

Serving holiday treats

Las Golondrinas
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food

Serving tamales

Rubys Diner
Ruby's Dinner

Serving burgers and hotdogs

Enjoy Historic San Juan Capistrano

Christmas at the Mission is part of a community-wide holiday celebration in San Juan Capistrano. Before and after visiting the Mission, plan an evening full of fun, festivity and memories in historic San Juan Capistrano, home to the Jewel of the Missions.

City of San Juan Capistrano’s Tree Lighting Ceremony:
An annual tradition celebrated in Historic Town Center Park. Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. on December 6th and is followed by a variety of free activities for families in the downtown walking area. Check out the full program of downtown activities here: City of San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting & Festivities 

Shopping and Dining in San Juan Capistrano:
Enjoy warm food and treats available for purchase at Christmas at the Mission! (See participating restaurants above.) If you are looking for a place to visit after Christmas at the Mission, many restaurants and shops are open late and offer special discounts or entertainment for this community-wide celebration. Check out our list of recommended restaurants here: Restaurant Members 

Getting to San Juan Capistrano: The City of San Juan Capistrano and OCTA will offer a shuttle service from 3:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. for the Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities. Click here for details: Shuttle Service. The Metrolink is also a great way to get into town with a train station located just two blocks from the Mission. Click here to check train schedules: Metrolink.

Thank You to Our Sponsors for their Generous Support:


Baked in the Sun
Baked in the Sun

Classic Party Rentals
Classic Party Rentals


DM Color Express
DM Color Express Inc.

Shine! Lighting



Mission San Juan Capistrano plans fun, day and night for the whole family! For event dates and times, visit our calendar.

Underwriting and sponsorships available for all events, for more information please contact Christine Robinson at (949) 234-1321.

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