Christmas at the Mission
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 3rd, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy this fun, festive and memorable evening together at the beautiful Mission!
Christmas at the Mission features:
- Real snow sledding and play area (bring mittens!)
- Dickens Carolers
- Children’s and School Choirs
- “Merry-achi” Music
- Chamber Orchestra
- Visits with Father Christmas
- Nativity Scene in the Great Stone Church
- Cookie decorating for kids
- Tamales, chili, sweets, spiced cider and hot cocoa
- Handcrafted gifts and more at the Mission Store
Christmas at the Mission is FREE for Mission Preservation Society Members!
Admission is FREE for the following groups:
- Mission Members with Member I.D. Cards
- Parish Members with Active Parish Pass
- 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 Mission Store all year. Join now!
Admission: $6.00 Adults; $4.00 Children (Age 4 – 11)
WAYS TO PURCHASE TICKETS
AT THE MISSION: You can purchase tickets at the Mission Gate House anytime, seven days a week 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase in advance and at the time of entry for the event! They will not sell out.
Ticket Policy Regarding Rain
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
November 21 – December 21, 2016
Spread goodwill and the spirit of Christmas by donating to the Serra’s Pantry Food Drive!
Drop off a food donation anytime during the holiday season to the Mission Gate House 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or upon entry for Christmas at the Mission.
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
Christmas at the Mission features holiday shopping for unique gifts, nativity scenes and beautiful handcrafted items from around the world. Visit the Mission Store and also the Mission Store Holiday Market, a special extension of the Mission Store located in the recently conserved Sala Building inside the Mission grounds.
Enjoy warm food and treats at Christmas at the Mission from our local restaurant partners:
3:16 Bakery Shop
Serving holiday treats
The Riders Club Cafe
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food
Serving spiced cider, water and sodas
Enjoy Historic San Juan Capistrano
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 3rd 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 a whole evening of holiday festivity, dining and entertainment in beautiful, historic San Juan Capistrano. 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.
Plan your visit by clicking here for San Juan Capistrano Historic Downtown 2016 Map & Guide
Getting to San Juan Capistrano: There will be a free shuttle service in San Juan Capistrano from 3:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. for the Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities. Click here for details: Shuttle Service Map. 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 2016 Sponsors for their Generous Support
Santa’s Workshop Sponsor:
Laura and James Baratta
Comfort and Joy Sponsor:
Bryan Krueger Enterprises
Thank You to Our Event Partners for Their Generous Gift-In-Kind Support
Baked in the Sun
DM Color Express Inc.
Sierra Springs Water Company
Signature Party Rentals