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Capistrano Lights


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The Mission will host Capistrano Lights 2018: a nightly tree lighting at 5:00 p.m. The Mission’s new nightly lighting and music program will be held from December 2 through January 6, 2019. Guests must be on the grounds before closing at 5 p.m. to enjoy the lighting experience. After the Mission closes, guests can take their complimentary downtown San Juan Capistrano map and discover the historic downtown district with plenty of holiday shopping, dining, and wine tasting all season long. No 5:00 p.m. tree lighting and music program on Monday, December 24, 2018, Tuesday, December 25, 2018, and Monday, December 31, 2018.

Additionally, throughout December weekends, families will also have the chance to meet and take “Selfies with Santa or Mrs. Claus” in the historic Sala building. Featuring an 18th century St. Nicholas. Event dates are December 8, 9, 15, 16, and 22, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Both the nightly tree lighting and weekend holiday fun are free for Mission Members or with paid admission to the Mission as part of our holiday programming. Learn more.

For more fun, join us for Winter Break: Crafts and Activities for Kids. This event will be offered daily starting Saturday, December 22 to Sunday, January 6, 2019., nominal fee in addition to paid admission. Nominal fee to Mission Members.

Winter Crafts on Weekdays 11:00 .m. to 1:00 p.m. Adobe Brick Making, Arrowhead Necklace and an Alternate Craft. $5 per craft/activity for non-members. $3 for Mission Members. Bundle price for all three crafts is $10 per person for non-members. $5 per Mission Members.

Weekends 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Adobe Brick Making, Arrowhead Necklace, and Panning for Gold. $5 per craft/activity for non-members. $3 for Mission Members. Bundle price for all three crafts is $10 per person for non-members. $5 per Mission Member.

*There is no Capistrano Lights Program on Monday, December 24, 2018, Tuesday, December 25, 2018, and Monday, December 31, 2018

*There is no Winter Crafts on Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

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