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Details of holiday events beginning in November.

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Holiday in the Harbor Open House
December 4, 2015

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!

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).

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

Nutcracker Christmas
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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.

Downtown Anaheim at Center St Promenade & Lemon St


Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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.

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

Annual Moreno’s Restaurant - Orange
Sunday, December 6, 2015
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.

Moreno's Restaurant Banquet Hall
4328 E. Chapman Ave.

For information call 714-313-1319

Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
Sunday, December 6, 2015
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.

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


Winter Solstice Festival
Sunday, December 6, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice with a free family festival including art-making activities, cultural traditions, and live music and dancing!

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

Christmas Walk
Sunday December 6, 2015
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!


Yappy Howl-iday 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
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.

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

Old World Christmas Market - Huntington Beach
December 6, 13, 20, 2015
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

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

Irvine Park Railroad - Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus
Now through December 23, 2015

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.

Christmas Tree Ranch will also be open 7 days a week from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 997-3968

Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 11, 12 & 18, 19, 2015
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.

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

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

Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 12, 2015
11:00am - 1:00pm

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.

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

Breakfast with Santa - Anaheim
December 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Disney! Join Santa and his elves at Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney for a fun-filled, family event including a delectable family-style breakfast, activities for the children, carolers, elves, ice skating and the best part, Santa!

Breakfast with Santa will make the holidays come to life as soon as you walk through the door. Guests will be greeted by Charles Dickens’ carolers and then escorted to their tables by Santa’s little helpers. As families await Santa’s arrival, they will enjoy Catal’s customized breakfast menu and the children will be kept entertained with tableside activities including building their own ornaments. Once Santa makes his grand entrance, his elves will take each table one-by-one to visit Santa and share their “Christmas Wish List”. But wait, the fun doesn’t stop there! After breakfast commences, guests will have the option of taking their family to Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, Downtown Disney’s outdoor ice rink!

Catal Restaurant
1580 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Seatings at 9am and 11am, and one seating on December 21st at 10am. For more information or questions, please call 714-776-4000.

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 16 - 20, 2015

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.

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


Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Through February 15, 2016

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

Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive


Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through early April.

Since the Gray Whales migrate just a few miles off the coast, simple cruises from Dana Point and Newport Beach enable you to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

You can book cruises at the following locations:

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, Ca 92661
Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661

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New Years Eve Events in Orange County

Listed by city, find both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events in Orange County

Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
2 PM

One of the wackiest contests the Fiesta Association holds. You must come to the sign-ups with a "Smooth Puss" (clean shaven) and ready to be photographed for the "Most Wanted" poster. You then have 8 weeks to grow a beard or moustache that will be judged at the Fiesta Grande March 19th beginning at 6:30 pm. Existing beards and moustaches are also welcome.

There is a $5.00 entry fee which goes to support the Swallow's Day Parade.

Swallows Inn
Ortega Hwy & Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano


Snow Day - Fullerton
Saturday, end of January

Tons of the frosty stuff is delivered to the dam to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves.

Space is limited to 900 persons, and early registration is recommended.

Brea Dam Park
1700 N. Harbor Blvd

Registration can be made through the Park's Class Sign up or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (714) 738-6575.

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