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Tree Lighting

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season! Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony tonight at the front steps of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m with live music and entertainment followed by watching the holiday tree light up the evening. Admission to the event is free. Visit for more details.


Purchase a Brea Keepsake Ornament

If you need some holiday Brea spirit in your home, Brea keepsake ornaments are available to purchase for $5. You can buy an ornament at the Brea Tree Lighting event on December 5, Brea Community Center or at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center 3rd floor (while supplies last).

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

Attention all good little Brea boys and girls! Write a letter to Santa and get a personalized reply. Letters may be dropped off until December 18 at a special mailbox located at the west entrance of the Community Center, or mailed to Santa Claus, North Pole c/o Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821. Be sure to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope so Santa can reply quickly.

City Hall

City of Brea Holiday Schedule and Reminders

In observance of the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City of Brea administrative offices, along with the Curtis Theatre, will be closed beginning on Tuesday, December 24 and will return to normal operations on Thursday, January 2, 2020. The Brea Gallery’s next exhibition will open in February 2020. 

The Brea Community Center will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24 and 25, as well as on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, but will offer hours of operation on December 26 from 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and on December 31 from 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Brea Family Resource Center and Brea Senior Center will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Emergency Police and Fire schedules are not affected by the holiday schedule. 

Trash collection and street sweeping services will be delayed by one day from the normal schedule beginning December 26 through the rest of the week. Christmas tree pick-up will begin from December 30 through January 10, 2020. Recycle trees by cutting them up and placing in the brown yard waste container or you may place it curbside near the trash cans. Trees over 6’ tall must be cut in half. Remove all ornaments, lights and stands. Trees with flocking are not recyclable. Cut and place in black trash container or schedule a bulky item pick-up. Call Republic Services at 714-238-2444 for more info.

Holiday Shopping

Shopping Safety Tips

With the busy holiday season upon us, we encourage the community to take these steps to prevent burglary and theft while out shopping:

  • Try to park in a well-lit area.
  • Always lock your car and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse or handbag and parcels. Don't put them down, in a shopping cart, or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • Limit the amount of cash you carry.
  • Designate an area to meet your kids in case they get lost.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables in your car.
  • Keep all of your receipts in case of returns or exchanges.
  • If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
Note: If you are going out of town for the holidays, you can request a Vacation House Check from Brea PD. Simply use the “Vacation House Check” form at and submit at least one week prior to your departure date. 
Fire Hazard

Stay Fire Safe this Holiday Season

Here are some helpful fire safety reminders from the Brea Fire Department:

  • Cooking is the top cause of holiday fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Make sure to keep a kitchen fire extinguisher that’s rated for all types of fires, and check that smoke detectors are working.
  • Inspect decorative light strings, and throw out any with frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets.
  • When decorating, don’t run more than three strings of lights end to end.
  • Extension cords should be in good condition and UL-rated for indoor or outdoor use.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
  • Never leave flames unattended. Before bed, walk through each room to make sure candles are out.
  • Make sure your fireplace and chimney are clean. Before the holiday season begins, have your chimney inspected to see if it needs cleaning. When cleaning out the fireplace, put embers in a metal container and set them outside to cool for 24 hours before disposal. 
Toy Drive

Brea Fire Department
Holiday Toy Drive

Help Brea Firefighters make the holidays bright for children in need. Donate new, unwrapped toys to the first annual Brea Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive. Simply drop-off your donations to any Brea Fire Station until December 20. Toys will benefit children in Brea and others served by local nonprofit organizations. 

Food Donation

BCEC Annual Food Drive

Lend a helping hand to your local community! Participate in the Brea Community Emergency Council's annual food drive and know your donations directly assist neighbors in need.

Collection boxes will be at various sites until December 13 to accept non-perishable food items. Locations include the Brea Community Center and local Brea schools. Each year about 1,000 Brea residents benefit from this program.

Volunteers are needed on December 13 and 14 to sort and pack donated goods. Call 714-337-7666 to volunteer your time. You can also help by making a tax-deductible contribution payable to BCEC. Mail to P.O. Box 8624, Brea, CA 92822, or simply drop your check off at the Brea Resource Center. 

Wish Tree

Wish Tree Displays

The Brea Resource Center is seeking gift card donations to distribute to Brea residents with practical needs for the holidays. If you are interested in contributing, please look for Wish Tree displays at the Civic Center (3rd floor), Brea Community Center, or Resource Center. Ideal gift card donations would be from grocery stores, gas stations, Target, Walmart, fast food venues/restaurants, pet stores, shoe stores, etc. Gift cards will be distributed during the holidays and all year round.

Adopt a Senior

Adopt-a-Senior / Angel Tree Program

In partnership with Brea Mall, the Brea Senior Center participates in an annual program called “Angel Tree.” This holiday program provides gifts to qualifying older adults who may be isolated or lack local support.

Volunteers are needed as table monitors for 2-hour shifts at the mall from December 11-13. The Senior Center also hosts a separate “Adopt-a-Senior” program for those interested in donating multiple gifts to fulfill a senior’s wish list. Call 714- 990-7750 for more information and to inquire about other holiday volunteer opportunities.

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