Capistrano Lights returns to historic Mission San Juan Capistrano

Capistrano Lights

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Capistrano Lights returns to historic Mission San Juan Capistrano on select evenings Now through December 30 with several new offerings. Tickets are on sale now which include all-day admission, multi-language Capistrano Lights audio tour and additional musical offerings. The holiday programming will be held nightly from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with the musical and tree lighting starting promptly at 5:05 p.m.


“We are thrilled to bring back Capistrano Lights as a softer holiday event that celebrates the spiritual, liturgical, and family traditions during a time when so many can feel overwhelmed. We hope that our members and their guests, will save a date in December to visit Capistrano Lights and take a pause to enjoy the beauty, religious, and historical significance of Mission San Juan Capistrano,” said Mission San Juan Capistrano’s executive director Mechelle Lawrence Adams.

Capistrano Lights transforms the California Landmark grounds with festive lights, community-designed Christmas trees, large-scale nativity scene in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church (circa 1806), Dickens-era carolers, extended backdrops for holiday photos and nightly 30-foot tree lighting with music.


Throughout the season, all attendees to Mission San Juan will experience the decorated grounds and new Capistrano Lights audio tour with details at each station while the Gospel telling of Christ’s birth can be heard in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church and historic Serra Chapel.

During Capistrano Lights, children’s activities include ‘Selfies with Santa’, crafts by AR Workshop and Elf on a Mission, a daily hunt for Sullivan the Elf and his best friend Poppy.

Other seasonal offerings include extended holiday hours in Serra Chapel and Mission Store, Rancho Capistrano Winery wine nights and family sponsored wreaths.

Event dates, pricing and additional details are available at Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano.

Capistrano Lights underwriters include Farmers & Merchants Bank, Providence Mission Hospital, Rancho Capistrano Winery, 3:16 Bakery Shop, Plant Depot and Mike Ahumada.