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December

Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November.

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Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, December 9, 2018
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

$3 admission fee for adults, $2 for kids. Admission Tickets sold at #38. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Christmas and Nativity Play - Huntington Beach
Sunday December 16, 2018
starting at 6pm.
Doors open at 5:30pm.

Celebrating The True Spirit of Christmas... Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers & dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.

FREE Admission.

LOCATION:
Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

Moreno’s Restaurant 6th Annual Christmas Boutique - Orange
Sunday, December

Bring your friends and join us for a festive day of Christmas shopping!

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! Find something for everyone on your list while supporting a great community organization, Lestonnac Free Clinic.

Moreno's Restaurant will donate all proceeds from boutique to Lestonnac Free Clinic.

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

INFORMATION:
Linda Moreno-Magarro at (714) 313-1319

Tamale Festival - Placentia
December

The Placentia Santa Fe Merchants Association and the City of Placentia are proud to bring you the annual Tamale Festival to be held in Old Town Placentia in the 100-200 blocks of Santa Fe Street.

Additional festival activities include two stages of live entertainment, Christmas Palm Tree Lighting and visits with Santa.

LOCATION:
Santa Fe Street
Placentia, Ca

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 1-31, 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

INFORMATION:
949-675-0551

Irvine Park Railroad - Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus
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, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase.

Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary. For directions, costs and additional information or to purchase tickets, visit online at www.irvineparkrailroad.com

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library - Yorba Linda
Wednesdays, November - December

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year! Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10-foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

INFORMATION:
714-993-5075

Discovery CubePresents: Science of Gingerbread - Santa Ana
November - December

Aprons on, scientists! You’ll head into the world of the classic holiday dessert and find out how science plays a crucial role in the kitchen. Our favorite goodies, don’t come together magically though. We use heat, math, engineering and other important components in order to bake and create the confections everyone loves. Build a candy car out of holiday treats and then compete, sweet-to-sweet in the Gingerbread Derby, Santa Claus will make special appearances, and other fa, la, la activities are on the schedule.

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

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

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.

LOCATIONS:
You can book cruises at the following locations:

DANA POINT:
NEWPORT BEACH:
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
Sportfishing

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

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January

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 13, 2018
1:00 P.M. to 3:00 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 21st.

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

LOCATION:
Swallows Inn
Ortega Hwy & Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Snow Day - Fullerton
Saturday, January 27, 2018

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.

LOCATION:
Brea Dam Park
1700 N. Harbor Blvd

INFORMATION:
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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February

Valentines Day & Valentines Weekend Events

Special dinners, romance hotel packages, cruises, concerts and gift ideas!


Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon - Huntington Beach
February 2-4, 2018

This exclusive oceanfront course is a California Dream! Run on Pacific Coast Highway past the famous Huntington Beach pier and wind through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California. Retro surf bands entertain along the way and the Finish Line Party includes a beach side beer garden in the California sun. Finishers receive bodacious surfboard medals!

Location:
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, Ca

INFORMATION:
info@runsurfcity.com
888-422-0786

Annual Monarch Butterfly Day - Fountain Valley
Saturday, February 3, 2018

OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.

Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. Food will be available for purchase. There is no charge for this event. Recommended for ages four to 12.

LOCATION:
Mile Square Regional Park
Forest Shelter near parking lot C
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

INFORMATION:
(714) 973-6600

Rotary/CARE Car Show to Benefit Rotary charities, Capistrano Animal Rescue - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The Car Show once again promises a fabulous display of over 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. The return of the popular New-Car Row will show the latest models from local dealers. Bring the family!

This is a pet-friendly event and many of last years’ attendees had their four-legged friends in tow. Come and see the impressive rows of cars and trucks, shop the vendor’s booths and enjoy delicious food with your family. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park

Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 7-11, 2018

This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.

LOCATION:
Laguna Beach
- check site for venues

Taste of San Juan - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6 P.M. to 9 P.M

Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The San Juan Hills Golf Club. The Taste brings together many of San Juan's marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with 'tastes' of their fare. Come and be tempted by all there is at "The Taste of San Juan".

LOCATION:
San Juan Hills Golf Course
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
February 10, 2018

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

Timberwolf 5 K Run/Walk - Irvine
Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, and the 1K Fun Run, feature breathtaking views, fantastic food, event t-shirts and the company of hundreds of friendly fitness enthusiasts. Proceeds from registration and sponsorships benefit Northwood High School and Families Forward, a local non-profit providing supported housing programs, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services for families in crisis. Register by January 24th for the best price.

LOCATION:
Northwood High School
4515 Portola Pkwy
Irvine, CA

Celebrate Black History Month at Heritage Museum of Orange County - Santa Ana
Saturday, February 10, 2018
11 am - 4 pm

Free event featuring live music, historical photographic exhibits, storytelling, children's arts and crafts, face painting and more!

LOCATION:
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W Harvard St
Santa Ana,

TET FESTIVAL - Costa Mesa
February 16-18, 2018

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.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 17, 2018
(Rain Date is February 24, 2018)
10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Location:
Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Belly Dancer of the Universe Global X-PO & Competition - Anaheim
February 17-18, 2018
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

DANCE | HEALTH | FITNESS | BEAUTY - Come see some of the world's most talented belly dancers at the Belly Dancer of the Universe X-PO and Competition on February 17-18 at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim. This event combining belly dancing and fitness is the first of its kind to bridge the gap between the two activities! 16 Categories - $7300 in prizes - Live music & dance party Saturday night, and the finals on Sunday Afternoon!

Tickets are $30 per day or $50 for both days - and did we mention, there's free classes included with admission!

LOCATION:
Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

INFORMATION:
Click Here for more information

Los Alamitos 'Race on the Base' - Los Alamitos
February 23 & 24, 2018

The yearly event has continued to provide not only a forum for local avid runners and walkers, but has also instilled a sense of pride and teamwork between the Los Alamitos City Council, the citizens of Los Alamitos, the Rossmoor Community Services District, and the local business community.

The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family!

INOFORMATION:
562-430-1073

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 24–25, 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To celebrate their 21st year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversay weekend… including $2.00 train rides!

The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold (gold panning requires two $2.00 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

South County Pet Expo & Dog-a-Palooza - Lake Forest
2018 date TBA

This exciting and informative event, presented by Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, OC Animal Care, and the City of Lake Forest. Mount of Olives Church-Mission Viejo will perform a special Blessing of the Animals to all pets present. This family and pet friendly event will also feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, as well as the inaugural Dog-a-Palooza Pet Parade!

Free admission, parking and shuttle service.

LOCATION:
The Commons green belt area at the Lake Forest Sports Park
28000 Rancho Pkwy
Lake Forest, CA

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