Christmas at the Mission

Event Info
Event Schedule & Map
Snow at the Mission
Food Drive

Mission Store
Food Vendors
Downtown San Juan Capistrano & Tree Lighting


Event Info

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 1, 2018 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!

Check back soon for our full schedule of events for 2018!

Download the 2017 Christmas at the Mission Event Program 

Download your own 2017 Christmas at the Mission Flier 

Information for 2017 Performers and Performers’ Parents

View 2017 Christmas at the Mission photos



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! Join or renew your membership now to make sure you receive your membership ID card in time for the event!


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.



Check back soon for our full schedule of events for 2018!


Serra’s Pantry Food Drive

November 20 – December 20, 2017
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

Mission Store

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 Trunk Show, a special extension of the Mission Store located in the recently conserved Sala Building inside the Mission grounds.

Learn more about the Mission Store

Food Vendors

Check back soon for our full list of food vendors for 2018!


Enjoy Historic San Juan Capistrano

Tree Lighting Ceremony
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.

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City of San Juan Capistrano’s Tree Lighting Ceremony: An annual tradition celebrated in Historic Town Center Park. Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 4:15 p.m. on December 2nd 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 2017  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 2018 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 2017 Sponsors for their Generous Support

Click here to see 2017 Christmas at the Mission Sponsorship Opportunities

Holiday Cheer – Entertainment Sponsors:

Eve and Mike Ruffatto

San Juan Hills Golf Club


Santa’s Workshop – Activities Sponsor:

Laura and James Baratta


Thank You to Our Event Partners for Their Generous Gift-In-Kind Support


Baked in the Sun
Baked in the Sun

DM Color Express
DM Color Express Inc.

Shine! Lighting

Sierra Springs Water Company
Sierra Springs Water Company

Signature Party Rentals
Signature Party Rentals

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Events Department at (949) 234-1317.