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December

Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November.

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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.

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

INFORMATION:
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!

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

INFORMATION:
For information call 714-313-1319 or email

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

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

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.

LOCATIONS FOR CRUISES:
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

INFORMATION:
949-675-0551

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

Discovery CubePresents: Science of Gingerbread - Santa Ana

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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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
2015 Dates TBA

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.

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

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Snow Day - Fullerton
Saturday, January 31, 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. The day of the event admission will be $15 per person for Fullerton residents and $18 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!


Rotary/CARE Car Show to Benefit Rotary charities, Capistrano Animal Rescue - San Juan Capistrano
January 31, 2014
9am - 2pm

The Car Show once again promises a fabulous display of antique and classic cars and trucks, as well as the return of the popular New-Car Row from the 11 dealers of Capistrano Auto Center. Also, South County Lexus will display the stunning LFA sports coupe (starting at just $375,000).

Bring the family to enjoy the Disc Dogs Demo Team and kids’ face-painting. Shop the vendors’ booths to the tunes of DJ Thumper MacDowell…try the delicious food from Las Golondrinas with your family. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park

Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon - Huntington Beach
February 1, 2015
Start time 6:30 am

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

Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 12-15, 2015

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. This year's festival is bringing world-class musicians from Brooklyn and Los Angeles to present a diverse range of concerts and events in Laguna Beach.

LOCATION:
Laguna Beach - check site for venues

Starr Ranch Sanctuary - After School with Starr Ranch Biologists
Located in Trabuco Canyon
2015 Dates TBA
3:30 – 5:00 pm

The staff at Audubon’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary invite kids ages 8 – 12 to come visit the Ranch after school over three days this winter to learn how our biologists conduct research on wild animals and their habitats. Starr Ranch protects 4000 acres of wildlands in southeast Orange County. The cost is $30 for the three-day session and reservations are required. Wear clothes for outdoor walking. Rain dates by arrangement.

LOCATION:
Starr Ranch Sanctuary
100 Bell Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon

RESERVATIONS OR INFORMATION:
Reservations: 949-858-0131 or online at www.starr-ranch.org. Questions: 949-858-0309.

TET FESTIVAL - Costa Mesa
February 20-22, 2015

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

Timberwolf 5 K Run/Walk - Irvine
2015 Dates TBA

The Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, and the 1K Fun Run, feature breathtaking views, fantastic free 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 27th for the best price.

LOCATION:
Northwood High School
4515 Portola Parkway
Irvine, CA

Taste of San Juan - San Juan Capistrano
2015 Dates TBA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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:
El Adobe Restaurant
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Los Alamitos 'Race on the Base' - Los Alamitos
Saturday, February 28, 2015

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
2015 Dates TBA

To celebrate their 18th 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 require 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

The Kid's Pet Parade
2015 Dates TBA
12:00 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:
Zoomars Petting Zoo
31791 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

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