Press Release

December 2019 events at OC Fair & Event Center

COSTA MESA (Nov. 19, 2019) – Events happening in December include a Christmas tree lot, OC Taco Festival, Share Our Selves Adopt A Family program, Winter Fest OC and more.

♦ Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Crossroads of the West Gun Show

Two-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more.

When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
How much: $18 general admission; children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $9.
More info: Visit

♦ Nov. 30-Dec. 18, Seasonal Adventures Christmas Tree Lot

Explore Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes with this massive lot featuring the freshest-cut trees you’ll find.

When: Saturday, Nov. 30, through Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in Lot E
How much: Free admission and parking; tree prices vary.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 5, Fight Club OC

Pro Boxing and Pro MMA come together for a show featuring a 40-foot big screen with instant replay, 14 VIP Suites and guaranteed fun.

When: Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. at The Hangar
How much: $60 admission. Parking is $9.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 6-8, Gem Faire

Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop.

When: Friday, Dec. 6, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
How much: $7 general admission (admission is good for all three days); free for children 11 and younger. Parking is $9.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 7, Make It, Take It – Gifts From The Kitchen

Pamela Wnuck, a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver of Orange County and the OC Fair Culinary Arts Supervisor, will share her passion for cooking with fresh garden ingredients and priceless tips on preserving the harvest.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon at Centennial Farm. Must register by Dec. 5.
How much: $25 fee covers ingredients and handouts.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 7, OC Taco Festival

Fans can vote for their favorite taco, meet some of the area’s leading taco makers and, of course, purchase tacos for $3 each in a wide variety of options. The festival will also feature Lucha Libre Wrestling, a Tiny Taco Dog Beauty Pageant and a Hot Chili Pepper Contest.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, noon-4 p.m. at OC Market Place
How much: $15 general admission in advance, $20 at the door (admission does not include tacos tokens); $65 “primo” ticket in advance, $75 at the door (“primo” ticket includes early admission and 10 taco tokens). Taco tokens are $3 each or $20 for 7. Children 12 and younger are free.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 7-8, Holiday Classic Dog Show

The Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association will host its annual all-breed conformation and obedience show.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Hangar
How much: Free admission. Parking is $9.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 14, Make It, Take It – DIY Winter Wreaths

Learn to make a winter wreath from fresh greens! All tools and materials will be provided.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon at Centennial Farm
How much: $35 fee covers materials and handouts.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 16-19, Share Our Selves Adopt A Family Program

This holiday season marks the 50th year of the Share Our Selves annual Adopt A Family Program. This holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, the Adopt A Family Program will connect donors with more than 1,400 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, through Tuesday, Dec. 19; volunteer hours vary. To volunteer or to adopt a family, you need to register by Dec. 11.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 19-Jan. 5, Winter Fest OC

Enjoy 18 days of fun as the fairgrounds are transformed into a massive winter wonderland of attractions and live entertainment. Winter Fest OC features a redesigned outdoor ice skating rink, ice tubing down the 150-foot long Snowflake Summit, Snow Play with fresh snow daily, Yowie’s Sweet Shoppe, SoCal Dickens Village and more!

When: Open every day from Dec. 19, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020; hours vary.
How much: Pricing varies depending on package and day. Parking is $9.
Special offer: Save $10 off the Platinum Pass using online promo code OCFAIR.
More info: Visit

♦ Dec. 21, Make It, Take It – Holiday Terrarium

Need a last-minute holiday or hostess gift? Take a little time out of the holiday rush to come plant with us! You will create a holiday-inspired terrarium that will last you well into the New Year and beyond. Everything you need to design your terrarium is provided – just bring yourself and your creativity!

When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-noon at Centennial Farm
How much: $30 fee covers materials and handouts.
More info: Visit

Ongoing events

OC Market Place
Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is $2; free for kids 12 & younger. Located in Lot A
For more info, visit

Certified Costa Mesa Farmers Market
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 26)
Free admission and parking
Located in Lot D
Open year-round

Centennial Farm
Open daily
Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free admission and parking

Heroes Hall
Open Wednesday-Sunday
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission and parking

A look ahead: Events coming up in January
♦ Jan. 4: Bride World Expo
♦ Jan. 18-19: Crossroads of the West Gun Show
♦ Jan. 18-19: SoCal World Guitar Show
♦ Jan. 24-26: UVSA Tet Festival
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