Christmas 2013 at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Christmas at the Mission San Juan CapistranoThe twinkle of Christmas lights and the wonderful ringing of the historic bells greet visitors to the annual Christmas at the Mission event, December 7, 2013. Located inside the beautiful and peaceful grounds of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, this is the perfect beginning to the holiday season for young and old alike.

From 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Christmas at the Mission is an entertaining evening. You’ll be transported back to the early days of the community with song, dance and food. The magical night gets off to a rollicking start with rousing mariachi music followed by the ringing of the beloved mission bells. The bells then usher in the performers of Ballet Folklorico, twirling and swirling to the music that once was the heart of mission life. More music performances follow including the Dickens Carolers who showcase authentic period costumes and sing favorite Christmas songs from across the world.

In addition to the wonderful music and dancing entertainment, children can decorate ornaments and cookies at Santa’s Workshop located in the Soldiers Barracks Gallery. Other food vendors will be enticing hungry families with tamales, pizza, hot cider and chocolate and more delicious sweets.

Visitors can also participate in guided tours of the Serra Chapel and watch demonstrations of traditional methods of native basket weavers. Families can take a moment to reflect on the true reason for the season while viewing the nativity scene tucked into the ruins of the ancient church.

Captivating hands-on activities for children will be located in the west wing of the Central Courtyard. Kids will find St. Nicholas holding court on the patio of the Soldiers Barracks and they can go home with a photo of the fun.

The Mission San Juan Capistrano glows in the warm winter evening, cheering the hearts of visitors with its wonderful history and tradition. This Franciscan enclave dates to 1776 and the days of Spanish occupation. It is the birthplace of southern Californian wines and is beloved for the aerial acrobatics of its nesting Cliff Swallows. The mission has survived looting, abandonment, earthquake, disease and crop failure and perseveres today as the heart of the local community.

The grounds of the Mission are the perfect place to celebrate the Christmas season and become immersed in a hint of life from another era. The past and current vitality of San Juan Capistrano captivates all who enter its tranquil atmosphere.

[More information here: Christmas Mission San Juan Capistrano]


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