Christmas at the Mission

Mission San Juan Capistrano

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 The Mission at San Juan Capistrano is the perfect place to ring in the Christmas season!  The Mission itself feels magical at night time with the live music, delicious food, fun crafts and subtly lit bells and gardens.  Enjoy all this event has to offer with your family.  

Dress warmly in your holiday best as you enjoy a magical evening of Christmas music under the stars. Visit the nativity scene; enjoy the sounds of “Merry-Achis,” a holiday steel drum band, full orchestras, or a choir in Serra Chapel. Or stroll the gardens sharing tamales and some hot cocoa with friends and loved ones. Feeling crafty? Santa’s Workshop is open 5:30 – 7:30, a magical place where you can decorate a holiday cookie or write a Christmas card to the troops serving overseas.

The official City ceremony and lighting of the San Juan Capistrano Christmas tree begins in Historic Towne Center Park at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30, visitors are invited to walk over to the Christmas at the Mission festival. Guests of the Mission are invited to attend for a reduced admission.

Christmas at the Mission event includes: orchestra, choir and mariachi performances, and Santa’s Workshop craft activities. In addition, refreshments will be offered for sale, including tamales, pizza, Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate), water, soda, cocoa and coffee.

Bring your camera and a canned food donation for Serra’s Pantry. A donation box is available just inside our Front Gate, or across the street at Starbucks.

Gates on Ortega Highway and El Camino Real open at 5:30 p.m.Performances will take place all throughout the evening in the Great Stone Church, Central Courtyard, Front Courtyard, Serra Chapel and Sacred Garden areas. Santa’s Workshop may be enjoyed in the Soldiers Barracks Gallery from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Christmas at the Mission ends at 8:00 p.m., so be sure to arrive early.

  • Event Category Holiday Events, Other Museums, City History and Tours
  • Event Cost Under $10
    $2.00 per Person (age 4 and older) at the Front Gate Box Office $2.50 Online - Please click here to purchase Admission is FREE for the following groups: • Kids 3 and Under • Mission Members and Parish Members with Member I.D. Cards • Mission Volunteers with I.D. Badges.
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 234-1300