IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2016) — Irvine Spectrum Center is the place to enjoy the holidays in Orange County, from outdoor ice skating and Santa photos to a towering LED Christmas tree with animated lights that dance to music. And there will even be snow.
This year, the center will debut its 50-foot, all-LED Christmas tree with color-changing lights that will glow and “dance” to six different holiday songs—it’s the only tree of its kind and size in Orange County. The tree, which will be installed by Black Friday at Edwards Court, will “perform” every 30 minutes nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. with a choreographed light show set to holiday music.
Come Dec. 10, there’s a 100 percent chance of snow at Irvine Spectrum Center, if only for a day. The team from Active Ride Shop will bring a special day of snow-packed action at Edwards Court, where children will have the chance to learn how to snowboard on mounds of real snow.
“We’re transforming Irvine Spectrum Center into O.C.’s official holiday hangout,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer of Irvine Company Retail Properties. “It will be the perfect place for families to bring their children to create some fun holiday memories and experiences.”
Guests can also look forward to new holiday décor throughout the shopping center: Irvine Spectrum Center’s palm and olive trees will be illuminated with more than 225,000 lights while festive garlands and snowflake projections will provide the perfect backdrop for selfies and photos. Holiday-themed music from Dickens carolers will also entertain shoppers throughout the season during the weekend from 2 to 5 p.m., beginning Nov. 25.
SCHEDULE OF HOLIDAY EVENTS
More detailed information can be found at: HolidayStyleOC.com
OC Chill (Oct. 28 – Jan. 16)
OC Chill, Irvine Spectrum Center’s ever-popular seasonal ice rink, opens in Giant Wheel Court on Friday, Oct. 28 in partnership with the Anaheim Ducks. Throughout the season, look for special Ducks-themed events as well as promotional skate nights. The ice rink will be open daily through early January with extended evening hours in late November and December. Cost: $20 for adults and children (includes skate rentals) and $16 if you bring your own skates. Hours and information: www.skatespectrum.com.
Black Friday Frenzy (Nov. 25)
Irvine Spectrum Center kicks off the holiday shopping season with “Black Friday Frenzy” at midnight after Thanksgiving. As Orange County’s favorite destination for Black Friday, guests are invited to enjoy a festive night (and morning) of shopping with free amenities such as: valet parking, ice skating, rides on the Carousel and Giant Wheel—all complimentary until 8 a.m.
Holiday Tree Light Show (Nov. 25 – Dec. 24)
Irvine Spectrum Center’s brand new 50-foot, LED Christmas tree with animated lights will “perform” every 30 minutes nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. The choreographed light show set to holiday music will be a dazzling crowd-pleaser for families and children to enjoy. The tree is at Edwards Court.
Santa Photos (Nov. 25 – Dec. 24)
Santa Claus is coming to Irvine. Visit jolly ol’ Saint Nick at his Crystal Cove Beach-inspired surf shack at Carousel Court. Decked out in his best red suit, he will be waiting there to hear your wishes and take photos with kids of all ages from noon Friday, Nov. 25 until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. In December, Santa House guests will be treated to complimentary fresh baked cookies and milk on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m., while supplies last.
Active Ride Shop “Snow Day” (Dec. 10)
Children can play in real snow and learn to snowboard at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, Dec. 10! Located in Edwards Court and hosted by Active Ride Shop, younger children are invited to join in on some snowy fun and learn to snowboard on a mini-mound, while older children can participate on a larger snow hill. Come enjoy an afternoon of fun and meet Wild Wing and the Power Play girls from the Anaheim Ducks, too! The event is free and open to the public.
About Irvine Spectrum Center
Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular entertainment and lifestyle destinations, visited by more than 17 million people annually. The center features Nordstrom, H&M and Target, along with more than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as Orange County’s most popular movie theater, a 6,400-seat, 21-screen movie theater with an IMAX screen. Recent additions include: Hello Kitty Café Pop Up Container, Honey & Butter, CREAM, Pressed Juicery, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Del Frisco’s Grille. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com.