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Capistrano Lights: Experience The Mission at Night

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The most wonderful time of the year is coming to San Juan Capistrano with the official lighting of Capistrano Lights! It will light up the town this coming December 7, 2019, and will continue to be a holiday attraction until January next year. Every night, there will be a tree lighting and a music program in town.

The special opening night will feature a lot of activities that locals and guests will surely enjoy. This event is one of the best ways to kick off the yuletide season. Kids and adults alike will feel a warm Christmas feeling we all love.

Come with your family and friends so you can create loving memories under the 30’ Christmas tree, 10’ decorated wreath, and you even get lucky and snap a selfie with Santa every weekend.

‘Selfies with Santa’ is a part of the month-long event where you can pose with Santa in the historic Sala building. You can also drop by the Soldiers Barracks for the Holiday Crafts AR Workshop. These events will be offered to guests from 4 PM until 6 PM on December 14, 15, 21, and 22.

Opening Night Information:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Reading of the First Christmas
  • Musical performances by The Filharmonic and The Goode Time Carolers
  • Capistrano Lights Cookie Decorating Kits by 3:16 Bakery Shop available for purchase
  • Merry-achi Music by Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano
  • Visit the Serra Chapel open after hours, California’s most historic chapel
  • Santa’s Workshop presented by AR Workshop SJC
  • Community Christmas Trees
  • Photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
  • Tamales, Sweets & more!

Ticket Prices:

Mission members can get a discount on the Opening Night ticket prices. Individuals who are 12 to 60 years old are considered adults.

Opening Night (Pre-Sale Ticket Prices):


  • $10 for Adults
  • $9 for Seniors
  • $5 for Children (ages 4-11)


  • $13 for Adults
  • $10 for Seniors
  • $7 for Children (ages 4-11)

Opening Night (Day of the Event Ticket Prices):

Mission Member:

  • $13 for Adults
  • $10 for Seniors
  • $7 for Children (ages 4-11)

Non-Member Public General:

  • $15 for Adults
  • $12 for Seniors
  • $10 for Children (ages 4-11)

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