Calling all Food Enthusiasts and History Buffs to the Anaheim Packing District, where guests can currently enjoy specialty holiday food and drinks, surrounded by cheerful scenery. This two-story food hall and marketplace houses multiple must-try restaurants and local small business vendors. Not only is the district a lively addition to the downtown area, but it also is a standing symbol of Southern California history.
A Repurposed, Historical Landmark
Built in 1919, the location served as a Sunkist citrus packing house that was used to wash, grade, and pack citrus prior to being transported across the country. The City of Anaheim preserved the house’s original Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and historical pieces from its original purpose. A section of the outdoor dining area, for example, sits on the very railroad that allowed for trains to arrive at the packing house and transport its citrus produce. This location reminds us of the once dominant agricultural era that put Orange County on the map. In 2015, it was officially known as the Anaheim Orange and Lemon Association Packing House, after it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Spectra Company announced its plans to convert the packing house into its current state of aesthetic and ambiance, influenced by its rooted culture and history in 2011. Its power and influence on the community was recognized as the project earned the California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award in 2013. The Anaheim Packing District has something for everyone within its dining options and market.
Something for Everyone
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a fun evening with family or friends, the Anaheim Packing District is a perfect, local choice. Each dining option offers unique menu items that can satisfy everyone’s cravings. Dine in at any bar or restaurant or grab a coffee and walk around the 714 Market. However you choose to spend the evening at the district, good eats and good vibes will accompany your visit.
Currently, the Anaheim Packing District is prepped for the holidays, hosting a venue full of festivities and cheer. Here are a few holiday additions that make this a must experience destination.
Holiday-Themed Menu Items: There are a variety of seasonal menu items that you want to get your hands on before they’re gone! The holiday item that takes the spotlight is the Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Mini Monster Cafe. The general manager, Greg, prepared my drink to perfection. The chocolate taste was rich, and the peppermint added a touch of cheerful perfection. As stated before, the District features a lot of unique food/drink creations that are creative, as well as tasty. The hot chocolate was topped with a cute marshmallow snowman with a jellybean nose, candy scarf, and pretzel arms. The only downside of this holiday themed drink was that it was so adorable, it was hard to eat! Seasonal items such as the Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Mini Monster Cafe are available until December 31st!
Festive Photo Ops and Decorations: It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in addition to the seasonal menu items, the Anaheim Packing District has decorations to add to the experience. The holiday photo op areas throughout the district include a wreath on the front of the Packing House, décor on the parking lot entrance such as the “Be Merry” sign and two giant roosters wearing Santa Hats, and lastly the red satin pillow tree on the Packing House mezzanine.
Upcoming NYE Celebration: The Anaheim Packing House is hosting a countdown to 2023, allowing visitors to ring in the New Year with an addition of live music to their variety of food and shopping options. This event happening on December 31st will feature an East Coast Countdown to 9 PM (12 AM on the east coast), making it family-friendly regarding time and can be a pre-party for those planning to attend a west coast midnight countdown.
The Anaheim Packing District can get busy during peak hours, and the parking can get full quite fast. Visitors have the option to pay for valet parking at less than $10, or park on permitted streets around the location.
The Anaheim Packing District
440 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805