Capistrano Lights

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To Our Wonderful Friends, Supporters, Public and Volunteers,

On behalf of the Mission Preservation Foundation, I regret to inform you that due to state orders to stay at home, Mission San Juan Capistrano has canceled its Capistrano Lights holiday programming.

We are all deeply disappointed that the pandemic has shuttered our programming and invite the public to join in the “stay at home” order so that we can stop the spread of the virus and get back to business.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult chapter.

To help Mission San Juan Capistrano, we invite all of you to make a year end gift by clicking here.

Mechelle Lawrence Adams
Executive Director

We are excited to announce the return of Capistrano Lights from December 3, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, we will not be hosting the Capistrano Lights Opening Night this year. However, please plan on joining us for our nightly tree lighting in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church on select evenings. Enjoy the Mission in lights, say a prayer or make a wish for peace and goodwill and sing along with the cheerful songs of the 30-foot Christmas tree. The Front Courtyard features a 10-foot wreath, perfect for a holiday photo op. Stroll through the Mission grounds and enjoy seeing our community Christmas trees, festively lit and themed for the occasion. Medical or cloth face masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced.

December 3 – 6, 2020
December 10 – 13, 2020
December 17 – 20, 2020
December 23, 2020
December 26 – 27, 2020
December 30, 2020
January 1 – 3, 2021

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Admission Tickets Prices

  • Non-Member Public General:
    • $5
  • Mission Members:
    • $3 – Limit of discounted tickets based on membership level, unlimited full price tickets

On Sale Dates

  • Member Pre-Sale: Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Public Sales: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mission grounds will close at 4:00 pm for general admission and reopen at 4:30 pm for Capistrano Lights ticket holders, general admission tickets are not valid for Capistrano Lights. Ticket sales are ONLINE ONLY, no tickets will be sold at the gate.

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. 

The Mission grounds close at 6:00 p.m. and the Mission Store will close at 7:00 p.m.

All Ticket Sales are Final and Ticket Policy.

Please Note: Capistrano Lights will be held rain or shine. Ticket purchases for Capistrano Lights are final. No refunds, exchanges or transfers will be honored. Thank you for your understanding. If you are unable to attend Capistrano Lights or if the event is cancelled, 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. 

The Mission Store 

Capistrano Lights 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 Cart, a special extension of the Mission Store, located near the West gate area inside the Mission grounds.

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11 Community Christmas Trees

Community Tree Sponsorship Program: This year 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.

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.

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.

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2019 Sponsors 

Thank you to our 2019 Capistrano Lights Sponsors for their Generous Support.

Premier Sponsor

Coming in 2020!

Supporting Sponsors

Production Sponsors

Community Partners

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Events Department at (949) 234-1316.