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Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission. Join us on select days from December 3, 2022 through December 30, 2022 for daytime admission to the Mission and an evening of holiday programming and fun. Create lasting memories with family photos under our 10’ wreath, experience a Christmas tree lighting and music program with our 30’ tree and make your prayer for peace and goodwill by placing a candle near the large scale nativity in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church.

Enjoy performances by Dickens era Carolers and Selfies with Santa. Visit the Serra Chapel open after hours, California’s most historic chapel. Enjoy the Mission in lights, community Christmas trees around the grounds, extended holiday shopping hours in the Mission Store and more. Kids craft vendor and sweet treat vendor will be available on select days throughout the program as well as surprise performances.

Event Information

We are excited to announce the return of Capistrano Lights on select evenings from December 3, 2022 through December 30, 2022.

Capistrano Lights Super Ticket Admission Includes:
• Daytime admission to the Mission (9AM-4PM)
• New! Capistrano Lights Audio Tour
Holiday Programming from 4PM-6PM. The Mission closes at 6PM
• Christmas Tree Lighting and Music Program at 5:05PM featuring 3 new songs
• Performances by Dickens era Carolers and Selfies with Santa courtesy of Farmers & Merchants Bank
• Nativity in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church, circa 1806
• The Mission in Lights
• Community Christmas Trees
• Prayer Candles
• Large Scale Wreath
• Kids Crafts
• Sweet Treats
• Serra Chapel Open
• Extended Holiday Shopping Hours in the Mission Store

2022 Capistrano Lights Offered:

Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 9AM for Mission Members and Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 9AM for the General Public. Ticket sales will be available for purchase online only. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the know!

Mission Members

Mission Members receive discounted admission rates and advance purchase opportunity! Become a Member today to received discounted tickets and advanced purchase opportunity to Capistrano Lights. Ticket sales will begin Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will be sold online.

To purchase tickets during the Mission Member Presale, you will need your login information. Enter the last name associated with your membership followed by your 8 Digit Member ID number (shown in red below).

Mission Member Adults (12-59)$15
Mission Member Seniors (60+)$12
Mission Member Youth/Student (5+)$9
Children (4 and younger)FREE

General Public

Ticket sales will begin Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 9AM. Tickets will be sold online.

Adults (12-59)$20
Seniors (60+)$17
Youth/Student (5+)$14
Children (4 and younger)FREE

* The following vouchers/promotions/offers are NOT valid for entry to Capistrano Lights : Complimentary Admission Guest Passes, Members $9 guest tickets,  CertifiKID, Gold Star, Groupon, and Travel Zoo. 

Ticket Policies

All onsite events are subject to change.

Ticket sales are final. Mission San Juan Capistrano is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It requires immense effort and administration to process ticket orders. We are unable to accommodate refunds or exchanges. Thank you for your understanding.

Should there be conditions related to weather, rain, emergency or other conditions beyond control of Mission staff that should necessitate cancellation of the event, tickets will not be refunded. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Christmas Trees

Annually to promote the entire community as part of our Capistrano Lights nightly tree lighting, we have ten community Christmas trees sponsored by key organizations in San Juan Capistrano. Each of these entities will have their very own Christmas tree at the Mission and will decorate it in a way to promote their service as well as contribute to an overall sense of good will to our visitors coming from all over the world. In the same spirit of Franciscan hospitality, these community groups as well as members of the Heritage Tourism Association, will contribute to a setting of inspiration during the holiday season. To participate in the Community Christmas Tree Program, please email

We hope visitors will come see the Mission in lights, and leave with a sense of inspiration that our world famous Mission is known for.

Thank you to our 2022 Capistrano Lights Community Christmas Tree Sponsors

Mission Basilica School
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) San Clemente
Homefront America
San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club

Shea Center
Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano
Thomas Hunn Family
Rancho Mission Viejo

Family Christmas Wreaths

Last year Mission San Juan Capistrano was proud to debut the arrival of a limited number of Family Christmas Wreaths available for sponsorship. Up to twelve beautifully decorated Christmas wreaths will hang throughout the Mission grounds beginning Thursday, December 2 through Monday, January 3 and all throughout the run of Capistrano Lights Returns. Each sponsoring family will be invited to write a holiday message to be included on the Christmas wreath which will be placed in special locations at the Mission. Net proceeds will help offset the costs for the Capistrano Lights Returns program. The cost to sponsor a Family Christmas wreath is $150. There is one special opportunity for a family to underwrite the Christmas wreath that will be situated at the historic Serra Chapel for $500.

Businesses, non-profits and individuals are also invited to consider sponsoring a Christmas wreath too.The Mission Preservation Foundation is especially grateful to all of those who want to help support our Christmas programming in a way that is meaningful and purposeful. Each family Christmas wreath sponsor receives a voucher for 6 complimentary tickets to attend any evening of Capistrano Lights Returns programming.

If you are interested in this new sponsorship program, please reach out to our Events Director, Stephanie Montes de Oca at

Thank you to our 2022 Family Christmas Wreath Sponsors

The Baratta Family
The Gildea Family
The Griffith Family
The Treuhaft Family

The Busch Family

Elfs On A Mission

Each December Sullivan the Elf and his best friend Poppy make their way back to Mission San Juan Capistrano from the North Pole. Join us daily through the month of December to see if you can spot where these mischevious elves are hiding. Once you find them, snap a photo, post and tag #ElvesOnAMission. Follow along on Sullivan and Poppy’s journey and learn fun interesting facts about the Mission on the way on our social media accounts. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to join in on the fun!


Thank You to our 2023 Sponsors for their support of Capistrano Lights

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

Underwriting and Sponsorships

Underwriting and sponsorships available for all events, for more information please contact Stephanie Montes de Oca, Events Director at (949) 234-1316 or by emailing

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Closed for Annual Gala on September 22, 2023.
Closed early Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
Hours subject to change


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