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Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and other holiday events throughout Orange County.

**Due to possible last minute changes to times & locations to the events below, we encourage you to click on the link of the event holder to get the most updated information.

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Balboa Peninsula (Newport Bay)
Brea Buena Park
Corona Del Mar Costa Mesa
Cypress Dana Point
Fountain Valley Fullerton
Garden Grove Huntington Beach
Irvine Laguna Beach
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La Palma Los Alamitos
Newport Beach
Orange San Juan Capistrano
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Seal Beach Stanton
Tustin Villa Park
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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights. The Granddaddy Of Holiday Events In Southern California

The Newport Beach Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but Southern California. With over 100 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over a million people each year. Newport Harbor comes alive with decorations for the boat parade.

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ALISO VIEJO

Breakfast with Santa - Hosted by Citrus Fresh Grill at Renaissance ClubSport - Aliso Viejo
2016 Dates TBA

Come together for a special breakfast with family and Santa and celebrate the holidays! We'll have all your breakfast favorites; just bring your appetite, camera and letters for Santa. This is a festive event with family seating and shared tables. Executive and Gold Members advanced registration begins November 1st, open registration for everyone else begins November 5. Registration deadline is Friday, December 18. Reservations will not be accepted after this date. Early reservations are recommended as this event sells out fast.

LOCATION:
Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo
50 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo

INFORMATION:
For more information or to register, please stop by the Club Desk or call (949)330-5560

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ANAHEIM

Santa's Coming to Anaheim Town Square - Anaheim
November

Free event with real snow play area, Santa photos, crafts for kids, face painting, balloon artists and train rides.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
(Southeast corner of Lincoln Avenue and State College Blvd)
Anaheim, CA 92806



Nutcracker Christmas

December
10:00am to 7:00pm.

FREE event featuring holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, a children’s train ride, free photos with Santa and holiday musical performances by local schools and community groups throughout the day. Purchase unique gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village and enjoy a wide variety of culinary treasures from the International Food Fair.

The day is capped off with a procession down Center Street Promenade led by the Combined Choirs of the Anaheim Union High School District at 5:45pm. Attendees gather around the living 50-foot Christmas tree, magically lit by a surprise guest and a holiday musical performance.

LOCATION:
Downtown Anaheim at Center St Promenade & Lemon St

INFORMATION:
714-956-3586



Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Celebration

December

Free Fun Family Event - Anaheim Plaza Food Court

Anaheim Plaza will be hosting a Holiday Celebration. Shop and save on all your holiday needs.

This event is for the whole family and will include giveaways, balloon art, face painting, airbrush tattoos and a kid friendly DJ.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Fwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

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BALBOA PENINSULA (NEWPORT BEACH)

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Bay Island at 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours. Over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

On the opening night of the parade (December 16) at about 6:20 pm, a special opening fireworks display will take place to kick off the parade.

And for the closing night of the parade (December 20) at 9:30 pm, a closing fireworks display takes place.

For those of you that would like to be in parade Davey's Locker offers 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

Can't make the 5 parade nights Davey's Locker offers holiday lights cruises Dec 4, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016.

LOCATION FOR CRUISES:
Davey's Locker
400 Main Street
Newport Beach Ca 92661

INFORMATION:
949-673-1435

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BREA

Nutcracker Craft Boutique - Brea
November

Get your holiday shopping done at our Nutcracker Craft Boutique! The Boutique features unique, hand crafted gifts from over 200 vendors. You will be able to find something for everyone on your shopping list.

$2 admission with proceeds benefit the City of Brea's Youth and Family Programs.

LOCATION:
The Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way (Corner of Madison & Randolph)

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771



Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

December

Light up the holiday at the City of Brea's annual tree lighting celebration. Live music and entertainment will put everyone in the holiday mood. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children's eyes sparkle when Santa drops in for a visit.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

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BUENA PARK

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
December
10 a.m.-4 p.m

A community holiday carnival that includes food and game booths sponsored by local non-profit groups, entertainment, games, petting zoo, a craft area for kids, pictures with Santa Claus, and their famous snow slides!

LOCATION:
Ehlers Community Recreation Center
8150 Knott Ave.
(Please use the free shuttle to and from the Peak Park Pool at 7225 El Dorado Dr. Look for the shuttles marked Ehlers Express)

INFORMATION:
(714) 236-3860

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CORONA DEL MAR

Christmas Walk
December
11:00AM - 4:00PM

The Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events the Chamber is proud to present. It is absolutely a can't miss event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends and associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit.

Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, carolers, restaurant tastings, beer & wine garden, bouncy houses, Santa Visits and a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes. The merchants of Corona del Mar invite you to visit the village and their individual businesses on this spectacular day!

INFORMATION:
949-673-4050

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COSTA MESA

Sugarplum Festival
November

Celebrating the season with unique handmade gifts, decorations, garden and home decor, antiques and collectibles. Please no strollers.

Free admission, $7 general parking

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive Bldg.#10
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
(562) 598-0857


A Christmas Carol
November - December

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

South Coast Repertory
(714) 708-5555


Handel's Messiah

December

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799

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CYPRESS

Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Fair
November
9 am - 3 pm

Start your holiday shopping early! Featuring hand crafted items, sweet shop, bbq lunch and entertainment. Free Admission

There's also a Breakfast with Santa
8:00am-11:00am

LOCATION:
Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Avenue

INFORMATION:
714-229-6780

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Holiday Sing

December
6 pm

Festival Style Seating Blankets & Lawn Chairs Encouraged. Event includes School Performances, Visits with Santa, Cookie Decorating, Letters to Santa and Train Rides.

LOCATION:
On the Civic Center Green Corner of Orange Avenue and Grindlay Street. (in case of rain, event will be held at the senior center)

INFORMATION:
714-229-6780

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DANA POINT

Holiday in the Harbor Open House
December

Join us to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will hear your Christmas wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera). There are many fun activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, and people painting.

The parking and events are FREE!

LOCATIONS:
The three areas of the Harbor, Dana Wharf Mariners Village and Mariner's Alley will all host holiday activities geared to families and children. Activities start on the grass in front of Harpoon Henry's at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (and Dana Point Harbor Drive).

INFORMATION:
(949) 923-2255 or (949) 496-2979

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Winter Festival & Tree Lighting

December
12:00pm-7:00pm

FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Santa, Snow, Reindeer, Crafts, Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Movie and more!

LOCATION:
La Plaza Park
Pacific Coast Highway, North of Golden Lantern

INFORMATION:
(949) 248-3530

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Annual Boat Parade of Lights

December
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor
34555 Golden Lantern

** Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers boat rides so you too can experience the fun of actually riding on a boat and joining in the parade. Don't miss the opportunity to become a part of this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Reservations can be made at www.danawharf.com

Call and make your reservations at (949) 496-5794.

For more information or a boat or sponsor entry form call THE Harbor Info line at (949) 923-2255

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Boat Rides with Santa

Deember
10am to 2pm

Come aboard for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those Christmas wishes as you cruise the Harbor. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservations required!

LOCATION:
Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks
34675 Golden Lantern - between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea.

INFORMATION:
(949) 496-5794 or (949) 923-2255

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Breakfast with Santa

December
8:00am-11:00am

Join us for a day full of holiday fun and hand deliver your Christmas list to Santa before he heads back to the North Pole. Breakfast with Santa Breakfast buffet, chocolate fountain station and children's activities.

Reservations required.

*Includes tax and gratuity and discounted parking. Cocktails and alcoholic beverages available for purchase in ballroom. Keepsake photo with Santa, arts and crafts table, face painting, cookie decorating and a holiday movie for children.

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St. Regis Resort Holiday Afternoon Tea

Saturdays in December

Join us for a lavish holiday tea buffet in Club 19, with peerless views of the golf course and beyond to the ocean. This annual event is soaked in tradition and features an international variety of teas, finger sandwiches and delicious delicacies.

INFORMATION:
Please RSVP to 1-800-722-1543

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Christmas Dining

Christmas Eve Dinner
December 24
5:00pm-10:00pm

Join us this Christmas Eve in Vue Restaurant for a special holiday dinner. Special Holiday Menu with a Children's Menu Available
Reservations required.

Christmas Day Buffet
December 25
2:00pm-6:00pm

Join us on Christmas Day at Vue Restaurant for a delectable four-course dining experience.

Children's Menu Available, Discounted valet parking
*Price not inclusive of tax or gratuity.

LOCATION:
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

INFORMATION:
For more information or to make your reservation, please contact Taylor at 949-487-7516 or the Concierge at 949-487-7577.

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Tree Lighting Ceremony
December
4:30 pm—8:00 pm

Watch the tree being lit by the mayor and some special guests from the North and South Pole, followed by an extravagant FIREWORKS SHOW.

The event will also feature live local entertainment, crafts, games, and much more! Fountain Valley’s firemen will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Spark of Love. Fountain Valley’s non-profit youth organizations will also be providing food for purchase.

LOCATION:
Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

LOCATION:
714-839-8611

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FULLERTON

Winter Market
December
12 p.m.

Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa, grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping and visit the beer and wine garden. "Spark of Love" toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters will also be there for those who wish to donate.

Parking may be found in any of the free downtown lots or in the parking structures at Wilshire (enter from Harbor);Lemon Street and Chapman Avenue;and in the Transportation Center on Pomona and Santa Fe Avenue.

LOCATION:
Downtown Fullerton



The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival
December
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including home and gallery tours, performances and an arts & crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections! The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

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GARDEN GROVE

Village Christmas Craft Fair
November
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Village Christmas Craft Fair will feature vendors selling unique, hand-made items, a free gift for the first 100 customers, raffle-drawings throughout the day, bounce house for kids and a car wash fundraiser – get your car washed while you shop!

FREE admission

LOCATION:
Village Bible Church
12671 Buaro Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840

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Tree Lighting Celebration
December
6:30 - 7:30

The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place under the clock tower in the Village Green, at the corner of Main and Euclid. The event is free to the public and will feature live entertainment and holiday refreshments, culminating with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a spectacular tree lighting and a flurry of winter snow.

This year, tamales will be available for purchase via the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

LOCATION:
The Village Green/Clock Tower
Corner of Euclid and Main.

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5280

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West Garden Grove's Festival of Lights
December
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Activities include photo booth with Santa; vendor pavilion; food trucks; Polar Express Train Rides; Toys for Tots and more.

LOCATION:
Eastgate Park
12001 St. Mark Street
Garden Grove, CA 92845

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Winterfest
December
4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Enter Atlantis Play Center as it is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with crafts, inflatables, carnival games, train rides, music, a visit from Santa and 50 tons of snow for sledding and play! General admission $10 (tickets limited to 1,000)

LOCATION:
Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Tickets will be available November 16 through December 4. To purchase tickets, visit the Recreation counter, located on the first floor of Garden Grove City Hall, at 11222 Acacia Parkway, or call (714) 741-5200.

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Christmas 4 Kids
December
9:00 AM through Noon

King of Kings Christmas for Kids provides both a fun morning for the children and a mini-break or mini-shopping time for the parents. We offer games, crafts, singing, and the story of Jesus' birth in a quick fun filled atmosphere. The end of the morning concludes with a family lunch so that you and your children may all leave fed and ready for the afternoon’s activities. All of this is FREE to you!

LOCATION:
King of Kings Lutheran School
13431 Newhope St
Garden Grove

INFORMATION:
714-530-2152

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HUNTINGTON BEACH

Swedish Christmas Fair - Huntington Beach
November
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A traditional and authentic Swedish Christmas, complete with a St. Lucia procession brought to you by the SWEA of Orange County.

Wonderfully decorated exhibits, food, arts and crafts, traditional music, dancing and activities for children will be available as well as visits from both St. Lucia and the Swedish Santa Claus or "Jultomten". Cost: $5 Adults, $2 Kids (5-15)

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Banquet Hall
7561 Center Avenue, Old World Village
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA



Miracle on Main Street

November

2pm-7pm

t's the most wonderful time of the year when HB Downtown fills the 2nd block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, and refreshments.

The event starts on the street with entertainment beginning at 2pm with Tuba Christmas, benefiting the Harvey Phillips Foundation. The stage performers begin at 4pm- with Sunshine Generation, APA's Surf City Singers, and the world-famous All-American Boys Chorus. Hot cocoa and refreshments also start at 4pm. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6pm to help light our much-loved Christmas Tree. Santa stays around so boys and girls, young and old, have a chance to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas, and pose for pictures.

FREE event open to the public

LOCATION:
Main Street
Huntington Beach



Old World Christmas Market
- Huntington Beach
December
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

German Christmas Market with German Food, Bratwurst, Arts & Crafts, Handmade Gifts, Gluehwein and Christmas Cookies.

Take Photos with Santa Claus, Get Face Painting and craft a Christmas ornament for the Christmas tree, Enjoy German Food like Bratwurst, Goulash, Gluehwein, and more

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA



Cruise of Lights
December

Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event.

LOCATION:
Park in the Huntington Harbour Mall lot (corner of Algonquin and Saybrook) and get on the designated buses that travel a short distance to the boat launch area.

INFORMATION:
Advanced ticket purchase call: (714) 840-7542

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IRVINE

Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Open through early February

Outdoor skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum. Located in Giant Wheel Court adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy's.

LOCATION:
Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive, Irvine
949-456-6937

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Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
December
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This fun event will give Orange County families the opportunity to make a homeless animal part of their loving family - just in time for the holidays!

This event will feature 500+ adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, vendors, refreshments, free veterinarian and trainer advice, low-cost microchips and a silent auction of more than 40 items.

Suggested donation is $2 and parking is free.

LOCATION:
Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
949-724-7740

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Winter Wonderland

December
5-8 pm

The City’s newest event will feature a 25-foot-tall tree adorned with ornaments and holiday lights; a Joyful Jingles holiday concert; children’s activities; and train rides. Guests can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a festive tree-lighting as “snow” gently falls over the piazza. And children are in for a special treat when Santa stops by for a visit.

Guests at the free event are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12 to support the 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Toy Drive.

LOCATION:
Irvine Civic Center
1 Civic Center Plaza

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

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Hooray for Chanukah - Irvine
December
10:00 - 5:00pm

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukkah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday. We’ll have fun learning about this wonderful holiday through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.

Cost is included with museum admission. For preschoolers (3-5 years), kindergarteners (5-6 years)

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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Christmas Countdown
- Irvine
December

It’s time to begin the 12 days of Christmas Countdown! The days that lead up to Christmas are an exciting and magical time for young children. Join us each day as we “unwrap” a new activity that celebrates the season.

Cost is included with museum admission. For preschoolers (3-5 years), kindergarteners (5-6 years)

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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Festival of Kwanzaa

December

Kwanzaa is here, and there are so many fun things to do! Join us each day during the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, we’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”! These daily activities are a perfect way to begin teaching your children about the meaning and traditions of this joyous holiday.

Cost is included with museum admission. For preschoolers (3-5 years), Kindergarteners (5-6 years)

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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LAGUNA BEACH

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends
Five Weekends: November through December
open 10am-6pm

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

LOCATION:
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030
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Laguna Playhouse presents: 'A Snow White Christmas - interactive family musical
December

A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to fairytale fans of all ages. This British holiday tradition dating to the 1700s mixes classic fairy tales, family-friendly magic and modern pop songs.

LOCATION:
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

INFORMATION:
Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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LAGUNA HILLS

Breakfast with Santa
December
9:00-10:30 AM

Join in on this special celebration complete with a scrumptious pancake breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts! Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. (Registration closes December 9)

Resident $10, Non-Resident $15

LOCATION:
Community Center & Sports Complex
25555 Alicia Parkway

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Orange County Christmas Lights
Thanksgiving night - New Years Eve

Free event hosted nightly from 5pm to 9 pm from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. Christmas Lights and Home Decorating show featuring over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music plus spectacular Department 56 snow village displays with hundreds of houses and giant hand sculpted mountains.

Come by for some warm apple cider and holiday cheer!

LOCATION:
25473 Nellie Gail Road
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

Ritz-Carlton Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
November
42 p.m.

Holiday music performed by The Jeeps and a special appearance from Santa Claus.

Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids. Event is complimentary.

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629



Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Saturday, December
10 a.m.

The Theme for this year's parade is California Dreamin'. The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!

LOCATION:
Crown Valley Parkway
between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park.



Yappy Howl-iday

December
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance for the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Claus. In keeping with the resort’s Season of Giving, guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to an animal rescue organization.

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629


Holiday Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Holiday Tea

Description: Treat someone special to the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea in Raya Restaurant featuring an array of teas, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant oceanfront setting. $72 per person

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Christmas Day Holiday Buffet
December 25; Seating from noon to 3 p.m.

Description:

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Raya New Christmas Day
December 25; Served 3 to 9 p.m.

Serving a four-course holiday menu, Limited lunch and dinner menus;

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enoSTEAK Christmas Day
December 25; Served 5 to 10 p.m.

Description: Full enoSTEAK menu and special holiday menu

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

INFORMATION:
(949)-240-2000

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LA PALMA

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
December
Crafts & visits with Santa: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Ceremony: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join your friends and family for this annual holiday favorite. Every year this event brings the La Palma community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Join Santa and his elves in the activities area before the event.

This area features crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won't want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus!

LOCATION:
Central Park Amphitheater
7821 Walker Street

INFORMATION:
(714) 690-3350

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LOS ALAMITOS

Winter Wonderland
December
4:00 to 7:30pm

Winter Wonderland at the Plaza will feature an area to play in the snow, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment.

The event is FREE - be sure to bundle up and bring your family and friends along to join in the fun! Canned food drive - bring 3 canned goods to donate.

LOCATION:
St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan St, Los Alamitos, CA

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NEWPORT BEACH

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

For those of you that would like to be in parade both Newport Landing and Davey's Locker will offer 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

LOCATIONS FOR CRUISES:
December 1 - December 31
Offered three times nightly (check websites for times)
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A, Newport Beach Ca 92661
Davey's Locker
400 Main St., Newport Beach, CA 92661

INFORMATION:
949-675-0551

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ORANGE

Irvine Park Railroad - Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus
November - December

Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. In addition to riding the Irvine Park Railroad, activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, a Santa Claus moon bounce, Christmas coloring corner, carnival games, ice fishing, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $12.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary. For directions, costs and additional information or to purchase tickets, visit us online at www.irvineparkrailroad.com

LOCATION:
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

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Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Tree Ranch
November - December
10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, families will be able to purchase Christmas trees at Irvine Park Railroad. Visitors will be able to choose from among Douglas fir, Noble fir, and Grand fir trees ranging in height from 4' to 12'. Christmas tree stands, preservatives, tree disposal bags, wreaths, and garland will also be available for sale.

Families can walk the Christmas Tree Ranch to find their perfect Christmas tree. Irvine Park Railroad staff will help you load your Christmas Tree into/onto your car.

LOCATION:
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

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5th Annual Christmas Boutique at Moreno’s Restaurant
- Orange
December
10 am - 4 pm

Enjoy a fund day of shopping for great stocking stuffers, hostess and teacher gifts, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, jewelry, children gifts, designer clothes, Christmas cookies, sweet tamales, Christmas decorations, and gifts from your favorite vendors!

Please join us for fun shopping and bring your family, friends, and neighbors! Benefitting Lestonnac Free Clinic.

LOCATION:
Moreno's Restaurant Banquet Hall
4328 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange

INFORMATION:
For information call 714-313-1319

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Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional

December
3:30

Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession includes holiday music. Local non-profit groups also provide delcious food and youth activities for a nominal charge.

Holiday Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. Main Musical Program & Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Town Plaza
Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street

INFORMATION:
Special Events Hotline - 714-744-7278

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SAN CLEMENTE

Puttin on the Glitz
November

Proudly presented by the San Clemente Downtown Business Association, our time honored tradition, Puttin' on the Glitz! Come and bring the whole family to an evening of holiday cheer and enchantment. Enjoy roasted chestnuts, shopping, carolers, delicious food from local restaurants, Cinderella carriage rides and much more! So what better way to kick off the holiday season by joining in on the festivities as the Downtown Business Association is Puttin' on the Glitz!

LOCATION:
Avenida Del Mar

INFORMATION:
(949) 218-5378

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Santa's Village by the Sea

December
2-5 pm

It's double the fun in San Clemente with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts and much more holiday cheer for the whole family to enjoy!

Begin your day with a holiday spectacular at the Community Center. Decorate a holiday cookie in Mrs. Claus' Bakery, visit with Santa (bring your camera), face painting and games. Light the tree with the Mayor at 5:15pm.

The fun continues down the lane to the Casa Romantica, splendidly decorated for the holidays, with cookies, hot chocolate, and more holiday cheer!

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Goin Native Holiday Boutique - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, November
10 am - 4 pm

Goin Native is excited to host a holiday boutique on November 14th, 2015. Come shop, enjoy the fresh air and hang out in their Garden with local vendors and experience what Orange County has to offer under the trees.

LOCATION:
GNTG Headquarters
31661 Los Rios St
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Camino Real Playhouse presents: A Child's Christmas in Wales - San Juan Capistrano
November - December

All your Christmases will live again in the magic of Dylan Thomas' poetic language. "I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or twelve days and twelve nights when I was six." Dylan Thomas has managed to universalize the very essence of Christmas as any child anywhere might perceive it. The message of the play is the story of Christmas Day itself, from its quiet, magical beginning full of thrilling expectations to the end when the boy Dylan creeps up to the bed, replete with the joy of a perfect Christmas.

LOCATION:
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082

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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

December
4-9 pm

Event starts at 4:00 p.m. with a pre-show including choir, orchestra and dance performances by local high school students. The lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m.

Festivities continue downtown at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and Historic District on Los Rios street. downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late for convenient holiday shopping and complimentary refreshments. Stroll down to Los Rios Park for a free photo with Santa Claus, a Holiday Train Ride, Arts & Crafts, Story Time With Mrs. Claus, Living Nativity performances, and admission to ZOOMARS. There is a nominal fee to ride an old fashioned tractor pulled hay ride. Musicians and String Quartets will be located throughout the area adding to the ambiance of the evening.

LOCATION:
Historic Town Center Park
31852 El Camino Real

INFORMATION:
949-493-5911

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SANTA ANA

Discovery CubePresents: Science of Gingerbread - Santa Ana
November – January

Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing - it's science at work! Discovery Cube's holiday festival is filled with festive activities designed to bring families together this holiday season. Don't miss your chance to meet Santa Claus and decorate your own holiday cookies on select dates!

Hands-On Holiday Fun:
Hands-on kitchen science activities. Cookie decorating on select dates. Santa Claus visits on select dates. Award winning gingerbread displays

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

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Melody Makers OC Holiday Jam Concert
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Santa Ana
December

The Melody Makers Annual Jam Concert features their students and young recording artists. Hosted by kid-friendly HotPop radio station

Tickets: $10/$20 per person

LOCATION:
Hybrid Studios
3021 South Shannon
Santa Ana, CA

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Kidseum New Years Celebration
December
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fun New Year’s themed craft projects. In the Art Studio all day, kids will create hand-made reusable confetti poppers and colorful noisemakers that they can use at home during the real countdown. The kiddos will need to practice their countdowns so that every hour on the hour, beginning at noon, we will practice our best New Year’s countdowns. Kids can practice making as much noise as possible with their hand-crafted noise makers and practice shooting their confetti! In the Glow Cave we will make glowing wish wands that will even glow in the dark when you take them home!

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Discovery CubePresents: NoonYears Eve

December – December

Celebrate the New Year at Discovery Cube’s “Noon Year’s Eve” party!

Ring in 2017 with a countdown, hats, streamers, and a ginger ale toast. Party while the sun is still up while also taking part in learning stations themed around celebrating the coming New Year. Be sure to come dressed as your favorite superhero, kids and parents too!

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

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SEAL BEACH

Annual Christmas Parade
December
7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

The Annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade Ushers in the Holidays each year with bands, floats, lots of kids and of course Santa. The parade runs down Main Street from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway.

This is a contiinuous motion and continuous performance parade due to it's relatively short distance.

INFORMATION:
562-799-0179

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STANTON

Christmas Tree Lighting
December
5:30-7 p.m.

Join your family and friends for this wonderful Christmas event! Sponsored by the Stanton Community Foundation and the City of Stanton, his event brings the Stanton community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents of the Rancho Alamitos High School Choir and the lighting of the Civic Center Christmas tree. Of course the young-at-heart will not want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! This special evening will conclude with tasty refreshments and an opportunity to meet your friends and neighbors.

LOCATION:
Stanton Civic Center
7800 Katella Ave.

INFORMATION:
For additional information please call 890-4270.

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TUSTIN

Tree Lighting
December
6:00 p.m.

The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join in the holiday fun as they celebrate their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. The evening will include a special reading of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and performances by Community Groups.

Refreshments will be sold by the Tustin Community Foundation

LOCATION:
Tustin City Hall
300 Centennial Way,
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326 -

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VILLA PARK

The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade
December
5-8 pm

Be a part of this great event and celebration as parade participant, viewer, or vendor.

The Villa Park asphalt harbor will be filled with "Yachts and Yachts of Holiday Fun" as the annual procession of wheeled vessels sets sail for the VP Towne Centre celebration with many happy campers waving to them from neighborhood shorelines. Great food, and fun and/or funky vendors, plus musical entertainment await everyone in the Centre, as do special trophies for many unique crafts. Why knot seize the opportunity to decorate and enter your truck, trailer, ski boat, homemade submarine or jazzy yacht full of friends or kids in this wacky entourage.

LOCATION:
Parade starts at Villa Park High School & ends at Towne Centre

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YORBA LINDA

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along
Saturday December
noon

The audience is invited to sing along with the Master Chorus and Orchestra in the favorite Messiah choruses, which include Glory of the Lord, Thou that tellest Good Tidings, For Unto Us a Child is Born, Glory to God in the Highest, His Yoke is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, Lift up your heads, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus. If you are a singer, please bring your own music scores (G. Schirmer edition).

Admission and parking is free. Seating is unreserved, and doors open half hour prior to each concert.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Library

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

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Shopping for Christmas Trees

Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Tree Ranch - Orange
November - December
Open 7 days a week, 10 am - 8 pm

Find the perfect Christmas tree from among the hundreds of trees that fill Irvine Park Railroad in Orange. Visitors will be able to choose from among Douglas fir, Noble fir, and Grand fir trees ranging in height from 4' to 12'. Christmas tree stands, preservatives, tree disposal bags, wreaths, and garland will also be available for sale.

Be sure to plan and spend time in Santa's Village, too, and enjoy the many Christmas activities that are sure to help make this experience even more fun for your entire family.

LOCATION:
Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92689

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Christmas Party Planning

At Your Service Catering, Huntington Harbor Bay Club
Experience your party at the Huntington Harbour Bay Club

"At Your Service Catering & Receptions" is a full-service Catering & Receptions company based in Orange County, offering you a very personalized approach to the important details that will make your holiday party a pleasure to plan! With years of experience and a true love for her calling, Priscilla Granger will coordinate your event from beginning to end; leaving you free to enjoy your day with your guests.

More Christmas Party Planning ideas

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