Holiday Festivities at ‘Capistrano Lights Returns’

November 28, 2021

Annual holiday traditions at historic Mission San Juan Capistrano will resume with Capistrano Lights Returns on select evenings from December 4 through December 30.  Tickets for Capistrano Lights Returns dates include all-day admission, multi-language audio tour, and evening holiday programming in a safe, outdoor setting.

Capistrano Lights Returns is an enchanting holiday experience as the California Landmark grounds are transformed with festive lights, community-designed Christmas trees, large-scale nativity scene in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church (circa 1806), Dickens-era carolers, and nightly 30-foot tree lighting and music at 5 p.m.

Children’s activities during Capistrano Lights include Selfies with Santa (courtesy of Farmers & Merchants Bank) along with children’s crafts and vendors on select dates. ‘Elf On A Mission,’ a daily challenge to find Sullivan the Elf on the Mission grounds, will be featured throughout December.

Other seasonal offerings include the opening of Serra Chapel during evening holiday hours, prayer candles to remember loved ones, a large-scale wreath for family photos, and extended holiday shopping hours in the Mission Store.

All ticket sales are final and other attendance details are available at

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 

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