Night of Lights OC, a stunning and interactive winter wonderland drive-thru experience presented by Winter Fest OC, is delighted to return this November to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, following the overwhelming success of last year’s debut event. Visitors can enjoy a mile-long drive-through course packed with over a million lights, themed holiday scenery and immersive vignettes, animated light shows, snow flurries and tunnels linked to music, special effects, interactive characters, and more while staying safe.
Night of Lights OC Returns with a Reimagined Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience
“Building on the immense success of last year’s inaugural Night of Lights OC, we are thrilled to return with an even bigger and more magical holiday drive-thru event beginning Thanksgiving weekend through the New Year,” said Katrina Carlson, executive producer of Night of Lights OC. “Night of Lights OC allows you and your loved ones to enjoy the magic of the holiday season from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle, keeping annual holiday traditions alive.”
Night of Lights OC kicks-off the holiday season on Friday, November 26th and runs Wednesday to Sunday nights through January 2nd. The experience begins at 5:00 p.m. with ticketed time slots available until 10:00 p.m. (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday) or 11:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).
Guests will enjoy a drive-in movie line area when they arrive, with classic holiday movies playing and roaming entertainers offering seasonal favorite delicacies to savor before embarking on their wonderful holiday journey. Santa Takes Flight as St. Nick meets tourists until December 24th, with the return of the most popular vignette from last year: Winter Wonderland, with even more snow flakes to dust car windows!
Night of Lights OC is also pleased to announce a relationship with the Power of One Foundation’s Annual Toy Drive, which is new this year. Guests attending Night of Lights OC are urged to bring new gifts for boys and girls ages 1-15 to contribute beginning on opening night and continuing through December 17th. Toys will be collected by the elves at Santa’s Workshop in Night of Lights OC. Our objective is to put a smile on the faces of over 3,000 underprivileged children in Orange County over the holiday season by giving them a toy and making a lasting impression on their hearts. On certain nights, toys will be delivered to low-income families who qualify.
Night of Lights OC: Tickets & Pricing
The only way to get into the event is to buy tickets online at nightoflightsoc.com. There are a limited number of bookings available per time session, therefore customers are encouraged to purchase in advance to ensure that their preferred date and time are available before they sell out.
On select nights, early bird general admission (while supplies last) begins at $39.99 per vehicle (up to five persons). On certain nights, larger vehicle (six to nine people) tickets start at $59.99. Due to the light tunnels, vehicle height is limited to 8 feet or less. Silver Admission car tickets, which include express lane access, a digital in-vehicle photo, and Holiday 3D glasses, are also available. After the Early Bird tickets are sold out, the price will go up.
Night of Lights OC: Pre Order In-Car Holiday Food Treats
Holiday favorites can be pre-ordered with a ticket purchase before attending the Night of Lights OC experience. Hot cocoa, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, Mom’s Bake Shoppe cookie buckets and brownies, cinnamon roasted almonds, tamales, Holiday ‘Family 4 Pack’ meals, and more are all seasonal favorites. Food can be ordered online until 10 a.m. on the day of entry and picked up prior to entering the drive-thru experience.
Community Heroes Discounts
Every Wednesday, Night of Lights OC will honor local community heroes with a special $5 off online coupon code for teachers, military personnel, medical workers, firefighters and law enforcement. Tickets must be purchased in advance online using the online code.
- December 1st Salute to Teachers: Eligible guests can use the online code “TEACH” and bring their relevant Teacher ID for onsite verification.
- December 8th Salute to Military: Eligible guests can use the online code “HERO” and bring their relevant Military ID for onsite verification.
- December 15th Salute to Medical Workers: Eligible guests can use the online code “FIRSTAID” and bring their relevant Medical ID for onsite verification.
- December 22nd Salute to Firefighters: Eligible guests can use the online code “FIRE” and bring their relevant Firefighter ID for onsite verification.
- December 29th Salute to Law Enforcement: Eligible guests can use the online code “SERVICE” and bring their relevant Law Enforcement ID for onsite verification.