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Largest Of Whales Begin Their Migration Southward In November - Newport Beach

Blue whales have been feasting on krill in ocean waters for months and begin their journey southward many speculate to have their young in the warmer waters of the tropics. November is the end of the typical blue whale migration and can see a large number of blue whales traveling south along the Newport Beach coastline. Great weather and lots of whales make November one of the best months of the year for whale watching. Add many of varieties of whales during this month and the grand slam of whale watching can become a reality.

Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661

Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari *With Underwater Viewing* - Dana Point
November 1 – 30, 2014

Feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins underwater, without getting wet! Only aboard our high-tech catamaran sailboat Manute’a can you BE one of the pod. Daily, year round, dolphin and whale watching trips can get you up close & personal with magnificent whales and wild dolphins of Southern California. In November you could see fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, killer whales, five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds of up to 10,000, maybe an early gray whale, and more for an educational and incredibly exciting wildlife adventure. Never crowded, our catamaran takes up to 49 passengers. Knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live while you see and touch our collection of whale and dolphin artifacts. On the bow our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up-close encounter with the breathtaking animals! You can listen below the surface too with our hydrophone. Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies served complimentary aboard the most unique whale watching boat in the world.

2 and 1/2 hours. Reservations recommended. 949-488-2828 or

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point CA 92629

(949) 488-2828

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Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November.

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Rainbow Chefs - Orange
Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Rainbow Chefs are offering a FREE Seasonal Event at the Dragonfly Shops and Gardens in the beautiful city of Orange!! We will be making some of our favorite warming treats: one savory and one sweet. ages 5+

Register online at and click on the Red Register button (top right of page).

The Dragonfly Shops and Gardens
260 North Glassell Street
Orange, CA 9286

Festival of the Trees
December 6-7, 2014
11 am - 5 pm

Come view the colorful and inspiring Christmas and Holiday trees. There will also be games & crafts, Santa photos, entertainment and food trucks at this event.

Take advantage of the artistic talents of our tree builders, and consider having one of these beauties in your home or office.

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Senior Living Community for the Order of the Eastern Star
16850 Bastanchury Rd.
Yorba Linda, CA

Holiday Tea at the Forster Mansion - San Juan Capistrano
Weekends, December 6-21, 2014
2 pm

Enjoy pots of specialty teas, sumptuous savories and delicate desserts surrounded by the Holiday warmth of the Forster Mansion while celebrating the joys of the season with festive music.

The Forster Mansion
27184 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675

For reservations call 949-489-1575

Third Annual Moreno’s Restaurant - Orange
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10 am - 4 pm

Enjoy 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!

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

For information call 714-313-1319 or email

Irvine Park Railroad – Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus
November 28 - December 23, 2014

Santa Claus arrives on Friday, November 28th!

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

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 997-3968

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach
December 17-21, 2014

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 two 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, 2013
Offered three times nightly (check websites for times)
Newport Landing Sportfishing
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661
Davey's Locker
400 Main St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661


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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