A Covid Christmas

People around Orange County maintain the holiday spirit through various safe Christmas festivities

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Photo by Saddleback Church’s instagram @saddlebackchurch.

Here are a few more place to look at lights in Southern California!

Gracynn Crocker, News Editor

With the restrictions because of Covid-19, the holiday season has been very different than the ones from past years. Holidays are a time for traditions and family, but this year some things have had to change.

To keep the holidays in spirit many places have adapted their normal traditions to follow state guidelines. Places like churches have been creative in order to allow people to celebrate Christmas festivities.

“Our team is just beyond- no words great enough to describe the passion, skill, creativity and dedication of the staff and incredible volunteers,” said Kay Warren on Instagram.

Saddleback church in Lake Forest created a drive through lights experience called Light of the World. This free light show has been a hit by all people around Orange County. Saddleback even had to create more time slots to allow more people to experience the show. Click here for a preview.

“A magical interactive drive through a winter wonderland of lights.” said the Winter Fest OC website. “The one-mile drive will include over one million lights animated to music.”

Winter Fest OC created an experience that people can enjoy, while staying safe through social distancing. This is another show that can be experienced through the comfort and safety of your own car and is open until January 10th.

The Irvine Spectrum is doing its part through Holiday Drive-In Movie Nights, the Nightly Tree Lighting, Virtual Santa Visits, and the Take the Candy Cane Challenge. Along with the Spectrum, Fashion Island is doing its part to give people a way to celebrate Christmas through the state restrictions.

There are also many streets around Orange County where the residents have gone all out with their lights. Some of these streets are:

Nellie Gail Road, Laguna Hills

El Corzo Street, Rancho Santa Margarita

Belquest Drive, Lake Forest

“Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train.” said Irvineparkrailroad.com. “Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park.

Irvine Park is still putting on their annual Christmas Train through December 23rd by adapting to the guidelines. They are allowing an experience through Christmas lights and seeing Santa and Mrs. Clause while social distancing.

Although this year is uncertain and Covid-19 has taken away a lot of normal holiday traditions, there is still a way to make the most of the year through various safe ways put on by many people throughout Southern California.