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Holiday Events

Holiday sings, performances, tree lightings, parades, and much more happening every week now throughout Orange County.

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Moreno’s Restaurant 5th Annual Christmas Boutique - Orange
Sunday, December 4, 2016
10:00am – 4:00pm

Shop for unique, hand crafted gifts, décor and more from 25 of Southern California’s most talented vendors while enjoying Moreno’s holiday atmosphere and tasty treats!

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.

Linda Moreno-Magarro at (714) 313-1319

Melody Makers OC Holiday Jam Concert -
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Three shows: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm

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

4120 Birch St. Suite #122
Newport Beach, CA 92660

UCI presents: O Magnum Mysterium - Irvine
Sunday, December 4, 2016
4 p.m.

Join UCI Chamber Singers and Concert Choir for a holiday concert featuring timeless gems from the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary choral traditions. Centering on a cappella settings of the Christmas text O Magnum Mysterium, the concert will also feature works by Korean composer Hyowon Woo.

Tickets: General $10.

Winifred Smith Hall - UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

Wine Pairing Dinner at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort
December 10, 2016

Indulge in a luxurious meal paired with wines from JUSTIN Winery. Take in the ocean view at Vue Restaurant while sipping the distinctive wine selection from JUSTIN accompanied by Justin Baldwin as our wine expert for the evening.

$95.00 per person.

25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

For reservations or for more information, please call Michele at 949-487-7516.

Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Event with Santa!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00am - 1:00pm

Free Fun Family Event in Anaheim Plaza Food Court.

Santa is coming to Anaheim Plaza. Bring your camera for a selfie with Santa. This event is for the whole family and will include giveaways for the first 100 kids, raffle prizes and a kid friendly DJ.

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

Breakfast with Santa
December 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016
Seatings at 9am & 11am

December 19 and 23, 2016
Seating at 10am

Santa Claus is coming to Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney®! Join Santa and his elves for a fun-filled, family event including a delectable family-style breakfast, carolers, hot cocoa station, activities for the children, elves, personalized stockings, 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”. During that time guests will also get to enjoy tableside hot cocoa and even be sent off with a treat from Santa’s elves!

Catal Restaurant
1580 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802


Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 14-18, 2016
(nightly cruises Dec 2 - Jan 1, 2017)

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 2, 2016 - January 1, 2017
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


Christmas Painting Fun Night at Mission Art
Sunday, December 18, 2016
3:00pm to 6pm

This workshop is a fun workshop. We will teach you how to paint with simple method. At the end of the session, participants will have 1 completed canvas to take home with them. All supplies are provided. No prior art experience is required. In fact, many times some of the best paintings are done by people who have never painted prior to the workshop. It isn't about talent; it's about the process and how much you will enjoy the painting!

For kids and adults (kids and parents also can join together). Pizza and refreshments included $38.00 each person. Ages: 6 years and up.

Mission Art Center
1730 N. Tustin Street
Orange CA 92865

Space is limited!
Please call us to book your space at: 714-402-8535

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 7, 2017
1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

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


January 27-29, 2017

Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

Snow Day - Fullerton
Saturday, January 28, 2017

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. Advance registration fee for the event is $12 per person for Fullerton residents and $15 per person for non-residents.

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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