Capistrano Lights

Event Info

Food Drive
Mission Store

Capistrano Lights Nightly Program
December 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Nightly Christmas Tree Lighting at 5pm
Mission Grounds Close at 6pm

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

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.

Download Flyer (check back soon for the Capistrano Lights 2020 flyer.)

*There will be no Capistrano Lights Program on Thursday, December 24, 2020, Friday, December 25, 2019 or Thursday, December 31, 2020.

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 3:30 pm for general admission and reopen at 4:00 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 Regarding Rain

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, 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.

Serra’s Pantry Food Drive

November 16, 2020 – January 6, 2021
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 Capistrano Lights.

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

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.

Learn more about the Mission Store

12 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.