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Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
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
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


Las Posadas
December 20, 2014
5:00 pm until 7:00 pm

A traditional Mexican Christmas celebration re-enacting Mary's and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. Enjoy traditional Mexican music, dance, costumes, hot chocolate, and pan dulce (sweet bread). Mexican dress is encouraged. Museum and Gallery Store will be closed.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival
December 21, 2014

The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including home and gallery tours, performances, and an arts & crafts fair. The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

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

Breakfast with Santa - Hosted by Citrus Fresh Grill at Renaissance ClubSport - Aliso Viejo
Sunday, December 21, 2014
9:30 – 11:30am

Come together for a special breakfast with family and Santa and celebrate the holidays! We'll have all your breakfast favorites; just bring your appetite, camera and letters for Santa.

Registration deadline is Friday, December 13. Reservations will not be accepted after this date. Early reservations are recommended as this event sells out fast.

Adults: $19.95, Children ages 4-12: $12.95, Children 3 and under: Free with paying guest

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo
50 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo

For more information or to register, please stop by the Club Desk or call (949)330-5560

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

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

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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