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Tickets on Sale to the Public beginning Tuesday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m.

Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission. Join us on select days from December 4 through December 30 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 4, 2021 through December 30, 2021.

Capistrano Lights Admission Includes:
• Daytime admission to the Mission
• Multi-language Audio Tour
Plus Holiday Programming from 4PM-6PM
• Christmas Tree Lighting and Music Program at 5PM
• Performances by Dickens era Carolers and Selfies with Santa courtesy of Farmers & Merchants Bank
• Large Scale Nativity in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church, circa 1806
• The Mission in Lights
• Community Christmas Trees
• Prayer Candles
• Large Scale Wreath
• Kids Craft Vendor
• Sweet Treat Vendor
• Serra Chapel Open After Hours
• Surprise performances throughout the month
• Extended Holiday Shopping Hours in the Mission Store

Capistrano Lights Offered:

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, November 2, 2021 for Mission Members and Tuesday, November 9 for the General Public. Ticket sales will be available for purchase online. 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 2, 2021 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)$14
Mission Member Seniors (60+)$12
Mission Member Youth/Student (5+)$9
Children (4 and younger)FREE

General Public

Ticket sales will begin Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Tickets will be sold online.

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 $7 guest tickets,  CertifiKID, Gold Star, Groupon, Travel Zoo and the 4 for $45 ticket bundle. 

Ticket Policies

All onsite events are subject to change due to COVID-19 conditions.

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 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 2021 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 the Events Department at (949) 234-1317.

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Member benefits include free daily admission and other exclusive perks.

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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
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