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Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission with 30 days of festive programming and a nightly tree lighting. Create lasting memories with family photos under our 10’ wreath, our complimentary Christmas tree lighting and music program with our 30’ tree at 5:00 p.m. and make your prayer for peace and goodwill by placing a candle in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. Visit the Serra Chapel open after hours, California’s most historic chapel.

Event Information

We are excited to announce the return of Capistrano Lights from December 4, 2021 through December 30, 2021.

Typical highlights include:

• The Mission in Lights
• Prayer Candles
• 30’ Christmas Tree
• 10’ Wreath
• Community Christmas Trees
• Community Performances
• Photos with Santa & more!

Mission grounds will close at 3:00 pm for general admission and reopen at 4:30 pm for Capistrano Lights ticket holders. Guest are encouraged to be onsite by 5:00 p.m. to enjoy the Christmas Tree Lighting and Music Program in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. The Main Entrance & Admissions counter closes at 5:00 p.m. 

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale beginning of November 2021. Ticket sales will be online only, no tickets will be sold at the gate. 

Mission Members

Mission Membes receive discounted admission rates!! Limit of discounted tickets based on membership level, unlimited full price tickets. Become a Member today to received discounted tickets and advanced purchase opportunity to Capistrano Lights.

General Public

Ticket sales will begin in November 2021. Tickets will be sold online only. Stay tuned for more details. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to hear about Capistrano Lights 2021!

2021 Capistrano Lights Admission*

Mission Member Adults (12-59)$14
Mission Member Seniors (60+)$12
Mission Member Youth/Student (5+)$9
Adults (12-59)$19
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 $5 guest tickets,  CertifiKID, Gold Star, Groupon and Travel Zoo. 

Ticket Policies

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.

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 2021 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 2020 Capistrano Lights Community Christmas Tree Sponsors

Buy My Bikes, San Juan Capistrano
Carol and Don Dorkowski/Gardening Angels
San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association
Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission Basilica School
Providence Mission Hospital
Rancho Mission Viejo
San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club
San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce
The Shea Center
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

Elf On A Mission

Each December Sullivan the Elf makes his 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 this mischevious elf is hiding. Once you find him, snap a photo, post and tag #ElfOnAMission. Follow along on Sullivan’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 Sponsors for their past support of Capistrano Lights

Underwriting and Sponsorships

Underwriting and sponsorships available for all events, for more information please contact the Events Department at (949) 234-1317.

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 9AM - 4PM

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Closed early Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
Hours subject to change


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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1300

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