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Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade - Newport Beach / Newport Bay
December 13-17, 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 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


Swedish Christmas Julbord
Friday, December 15, 2017
Seating Times: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the folks at Ikea Costa Mesa on December 15, 2017 for their annual Swedish Christmas Julbord!

IKEA FAMILY Member price
$12.99 /per person & $2.99/ kids
Regular price:
$16.99/person & $4.99/child.

Seating is limited. **Restaurant closes at 1:00pm for event set-up.

IKEA Costa Mesa
1475 S Coast Dr
Costa Mesa, CA

Annual Boat Parade of Lights - Dana Point
December 15 & 16, 2017
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

Cruise of Lights - Huntington Beach
December 15-18 & 21-23, 2017

Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event.

Park in the Huntington Harbour Mall lot (corner of Algonquin and Saybrook) and get on the designated buses that travel a short distance to the boat launch area.

Advanced ticket purchase call: (714) 840-7542

Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Event with Santa! - Anaheim
Saturday, December 16, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm

Free Fun Family Event - 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, balloon artist and a kid friendly DJ.

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

The Nutcracker by Ballet Repertory Theatre - Huntington Beach
December 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7 pm
December 9, 16, 22 & 23 at 2 pm
December 10, 17 & 24 at 1 pm
December 10 & 17 at 5 pm

Enjoy Ballet Repertory Theatre’s cherished 41-year-old tradition of bringing beloved holiday music to life with nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes. Travel alongside young Clara through a magical world of life-size dolls, toy soldiers, colossal mice, and delicate snowflakes to the fabulous Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Exuberant French, Spanish, Arabian, Russian, and Chinese dancers await you, along with twirling candy canes and waltzing flowers. With 15 enchanting performances, Orange County’s longest-running Nutcracker is the ultimate feel-good family tradition.

Ticket prices: $19 general admission; $15 seniors, veterans, students, children under 12

Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647


Take a Picture with Santa!
Sunday December 17, 2017
12-2 pm

Ho ho ho! Have you been naughty or nice? Come to IKEA Costa Mesa to get a free printed photo with Santa and a small gift to take home! Make plans to sit down with Santa from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the front entrance of the store and enjoy his visit. Don't miss out!

*Give away activities are for children 12 years old or younger, until supplies last.

IKEA Costa Mesa
1475 S Coast Dr
Costa Mesa, CA

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Breakfast with Santa - Dana Point
December 17, 2017

Santa will be taking a break from checking his list twice to taking pictures with your family. Enjoy breakfast, movies, Holiday Belgian Waffles decorating and arts & crafts at Vue restaurant.

Reservations are required. Adults: *$35.00 Children (ages 6-12): $10.00 Add bottomless Mimosas for only $10.00

*Price does not include tax and gratuity.

25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

For more information please call us at 949-487-7577 To make a reservation please visit us at OpenTable

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival - Fullerton
December 17, 2017
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including live stage performances and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections! The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. There is no admission fee for this outdoor event.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

17th Annual Live Nativity & International Celebration - Huntington Beach
December 17, 2017
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Show starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm.

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.

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

Christmas Painting Fun Night at Mission Art - Orange
December 17, 2017
3:00pm to 5pm

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

Sawdust Winter Fantasy - Laguna Beach
Five Weekends: November 18 through December 17, 2017
open 10am-6pm

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd


Irvine Park Railroad - Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus - Orange
December 1-23, 2017

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

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

(714) 997-3968

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.

Summer and fall bring the giant blue whales. They can be seen from June through September

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

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Sunday Brunch

Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
Sundays from 12pm to 6pm

Watch the games and chill out to lounge music with friends while enjoying bottomless champagne, Michilidas, buckets of beer, and delicious entrees, such as: Fruity Pebble French Toast, Chorizo and Potato Benedict, Short Rib Chillaquilles and the Envy Burger. Price $13 to $15 for entrees and $29.99 for entrée with bottomless champagne. No reservations necessary. Must be 21.

Envy Lounge
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA

Orange County Mining Co.
9:30 am - 3 pm

Sunday Brunch in Orange County is a wonderful way to enjoy your weekend. At our View Restaurant, Sunday Brunch is always accompanied by champagne, rustic favorites, spectacular views and unique atmosphere. Our elaborate brunch menu includes-but is certainly not limited to-traditional breakfast foods and lunch favorites like barbeque, prime rib, teriyaki chicken and fresh fish selections. You can also choose to view sporting events in the bar or enjoy your Sunday Brunch on the Terrace. With enough variety to satisfy every appetite from the kids to the adults, this is one Sunday Brunch you'll keep coming back to!

1000 Crawford Canyon Rd.
City of Orange

(Discount $5/each adult seated before 10 am. Additional Sunday Brunch Coupons on Website)

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