The Downtown Orange Business and Professional Association and the city of Orange put on Treats in the Streets in October for thousands of local children. The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza were closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorated their shops and handed out candy to the children of Orange. Families also enjoyed games, old-fashioned hayrides and Halloween arts and crafts. Treats in the Streets provides a safe environment for children to enjoy Halloween trick-or-treating.
In 1999 on October 29, the Mark and Brian Halloween Parade was held at the Old Towne Orange Plaza and drew an estimated 8,000 people. There was the typical zaniness that parade goers have come to expect from this event.
Armistice Day on November 11 was celebrated countywide, and the location would rotate each year among the cities. Orange always provided a strong showing whether in Orange or another city. In 1922 for example, the Orange Women's Auxiliary created the winning float.
Day Before Thanksgiving Parade
KLOS 95.5 FM radio personalities Mark and Brian held their Day Before Thanksgiving Parade at the Plaza in 1995. The event drew a crowd of over 15,000 people, and included floats, Tai the elephant, a turkey car, the Cerritos High School Band, bikers, and various floats.
Tree Lighting & Candlelight Choir Procession
The City of Orange Tree Lighting and Candlelight Choir Procession is held early in December at the Plaza. The tree lighting tradition began in the 1920s. About 6,000 people attended the event in 2000. The City of Orange Department of Community and Library Services sponsor it with assistance from city staff and the community, including Orange Unified School District, and church choirs. A typical program includes the lighting of the menorah, candlelight orchestra, bell choir, presentation of colors by local Girl Scout Troop, lighting of the tree and speeches by city officials.
Uncle Sam's July 3rd Celebration
Away from the Plaza, Orange celebrates the 4th of July with its Uncle Sam's July 3rd Celebration at El Modena High School. The program held in the Fred Kelly Stadium features live music, a fireworks show, games and activities, and a selection of food and beverages. This event provides a safe way for families to enjoy fireworks and non-profit service groups to raise funds.