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OCTA Shuttle to Carry Visitors to San Juan Tree Lighting

OCTA continues to go above and beyond to mitigate the impact of the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange construction project on San Juan Capistrano businesses and residents.  From Metrolink promotions to Mission-branded OCTA buses to radio spots, OCTA has spent significant resources to offset the adverse impact of Ortega construction.  Now, an OCTA press release encourages visitors to attend San Juan Capistrano’s iconic holiday tree lighting ceremony on December 7th by providing a free shuttle to and from downtown San Juan.  Details are available below, or at

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – A free shuttle will carry visitors to San Juan Capistrano’s downtown Holiday Tree Lighting on Dec. 7 in an effort to help offset the impacts of the Ortega Highway interchange reconstruction.

The shuttle will run north on Camino Capistrano, east on Junipero Serra Road, south on Rancho Viejo Road, east on Calle Arroyo, south on La Novia Avenue and then west on San Juan Creek Road back to Camino Capistrano. Two shuttles will run approximately every 20 minutes from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The city’s event begins at 4 p.m. with a live stage show and official tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. in Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real. Festivities continue at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and in the Los Rios Historic District.

Downtown shops will host open houses with special sales and complimentary refreshments. The evening also includes a live Nativity presentation at ZOOMARS, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a free Christmas train ride, face painting, crafts and much more.

The shuttles will stop at OCTA’s system of regular bus stops along the route, and visitors are encouraged to use the Park-and-Ride lots at Junipero Serra and Rancho Viejo roads, the Marbella Shopping Center on Rancho Viejo Road or Calle Arroyo Park for off-site parking.

See for more information about the shuttles and Holiday Tree Lighting.

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