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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights. The Granddaddy Of Holiday Events In Southern California

The Newport Beach Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but Southern California. With over 100 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over a million people each year. Newport Harbor comes alive with decorations for the boat parade.

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ALISO VIEJO

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

LOCATION:
Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo
50 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo

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

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ANAHEIM

Santa's Coming to Anaheim Town Square - Anaheim
Friday, November 28, 2014
12-3 pm

Join the Holiday Parade as Santa Makes a Grand Entrance!

Free event with real snow play area, Santa photos, crafts for kids, face painting, balloon artists and train rides.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
(Southeast corner of Lincoln Avenue and State College Blvd)
Anaheim, CA 92806



Nutcracker Christmas
December 6, 2014 10 am - 7 pm

Holiday Street Fair held at the Center Street Promenade. The celebration includes a tree lighting ceremony, snow area, free craft activities and train rides for children, entertainment, food and a visit from some special guests. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Anaheim Merchants Association, the Nutcracker Holiday Committee, the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Community Foundation.

Bring mittens and boots for the snow play area!

LOCATION:
Downtown Anaheim at Center St Promenade & Lemon St

INFORMATION:
714-956-3586



New Years Eve event - 80's Costume Countdown
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
9pm -2am

Richard Blade, formerly of KROQ and now heard everyday on SIRIUS/XM's First Wave (CH 33) will be hosting and DJing this 80's themed New Year's Eve celebration. The Reflexx, Southern California's 80's New Wave Cover Band, will be performing live. Titled, "80's Costume Countdown", this event will be an all out 80's party with 80's dress highly encouraged.

Cost: $23, includes champagne toast
online tickets

LOCATION:
House of Blues
Anaheim at Downtown Disney

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS
For dinner reservations, reserved seating or a VIP experience please call the House of Blues at 714-778-2583.

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BALBOA PENINSULA (NEWPORT BEACH)

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 Bay 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 Davey's Locker offers 2 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.

LOCATION FOR CRUISES:
Davey's Locker
400 Main Street
Newport Beach Ca 92661

INFORMATION:
949-673-1435

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BREA

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree lighting celebration. Live music and entertainment will put everyone in the holiday mood. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs. Santa drop in for a visit.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771




Nutcracker Craft Boutique - Brea
November 21-22, 2014

Get your holiday shopping done at our Nutcracker Craft Boutique! The Boutique features unique, hand crafted gifts from over 200 vendors. You will be able to find something for everyone on your shopping list.

$2 admission with proceeds benefit the City of Brea's Youth and Family Programs.

LOCATION:
The Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way (Corner of Madison & Randolph)

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

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BUENA PARK

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10 a.m.-4 p.m

A community holiday carnival that includes food and game booths sponsored by local non-profit groups, live entertainment, games, a craft area for kids, pictures with Santa Claus, and their famous snow slides!

LOCATION:
Ehlers Community Recreation Center
8150 Knott Ave

INFORMATION:
(714) 236-3860

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CORONA DEL MAR

Christmas Walk
Sunday December 07, 2014
11:00AM - 4:00PM

The Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events the Chamber is proud to present. It is absolutely a can't miss event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends and associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit.

Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, carolers, restaurant tastings, beer & wine garden, bouncy houses, Santa Visits and a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes. The merchants of Corona del Mar invite you to visit the village and their individual businesses on this spectacular day!

INFORMATION:
949-673-4050

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COSTA MESA

Sugarplum Festival
November 13-15, 2014

Celebrating the season with unique handmade gifts, decorations, garden and home decor, antiques and collectibles. Please no strollers. Free admission, $7 general parking

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive Bldg.#10
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
(562) 598-0857


A Christmas Carol
November 28, 2014 - December 27, 2014

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

South Coast Repertory
(714) 708-5555


Christmas with Sandi Patty

December 18-20, 2014

A wholesome, uplifting holiday concert for the entire family. Sandi Patty’s angelic voice has earned her five Grammys, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million records sold. Known simply as “The Voice,” Patty joins Pacific Symphony to celebrate the season with inspirational and joyful songs.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

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Handel's Messiah
December 14, 2014
3:00 p.m.

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

LOCATION:
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-755-5799


American Idol Winners Candice Glover and Kris Allen headline AnQi’s NYE concert & bottomless champagne party 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM - Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Inspired by the success of the Red Hour live jam sessions in Southern California, AnQi at South Coast Plaza turns “Red” for New Year’s Eve 2015 with an exciting concert-style soiree filled with Nicolas Feuillatte champagne and critically-acclaimed fare all night long. American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover headlines the night, teeming with other notable performers from American Idol and The Voice. Hollywood’s fave DJs spin the crowd into 2015.

Tickets are $234 which includes bottomless Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne and bottomless bites of various AnQi favorites, including Chef Helene AN’s legendary AN Famous garlic noodles™. Ultimate VIP package: Bottle service at your own banquette for an additional $1,000 (only 10 VIP packages available). Attire: Women - Glamorously red; Men - Sports coat chic.

LOCATION:
AnQi Bistro by House of AN
3333 Bristol St, Adjacent to Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS
Call Sarah Boyd at 714.557.5679, extension 211 or
click to purchase tickets online

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CYPRESS

Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Fair
November 22, 2014 9 am to 3 pm

Start your holiday shopping early! Featuring hand crafted items, sweet shop, bbq lunch and entertainment. Free Admission

There's also a Breakfast with Santa
8:00am-11:00am - $5.00 per person

LOCATION:
Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Avenue

INFORMATION:
714-229-6780

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Holiday Sing
December 11, 2014
6 pm

Festival Style Seating Blankets & Lawn Chairs Encouraged. Event includes School Performances, Visits with Santa, Cookie Decorating, Letters to Santa and Train Rides. $3 meal (cash only) provided by Youth Action Committee.

LOCATION:
On the Civic Center Green Corner of Orange Avenue and Grindlay Street. (in case of rain, event will be held at the senior center)

INFORMATION:
714-229-6780

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DANA POINT

Dana Point IlluminOcean
November 27 - January 4. 2014
5-10p Sun-Thur, 5-11 Fri-Sat

Like Rockefeller Center in New York or Millennium Park in Chicago, Dana Point is creating waves of excitement in Southern California this holiday season showcasing 40 Nights of Holiday Lights. With over one mile of larger-than-life sea sculptures and moving light tunnels dotting the coastline, every step is sure to enchant, excite, and electrify your night. Be there when the holidays brilliantly come to light in an amazing wonderland by the sand— it's the event premiere of Dana Point IlluminOcean. Free event

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor
34555 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, California

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Breakfast with Santa
December 14, 2014
8:00am-11:00am

Join us in the Richard Henry Dana Ballroom for a morning filled with treats. Children will enjoy a fun-filled time as they do arts and crafts, decorate cookies, or watch a movie. Face painting will also be available and don't forget a photo opportunity with Santa.

Adults: $35.00 all inclusive
Children ages 6-12: $15.00

Reservations required.

LOCATION:
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

INFORMATION:
For reservations please call: 949-487-7516 or the Concierge at 949-487-7577

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St. Regis Resort Holiday Afternoon Tea
December 4 – December 20, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
12 pm – 3 pm

Join us for our lavish holiday tea buffet featuring an international variety of teas accompanied by delicious delicacies created by Award-Winning Pastry Chef Frederic Moreau.

INFORMATION:
Please RSVP to 1-800-722-1543


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Holiday in the Harbor Open House
December 5, 2014

Join us to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will hear your Christmas wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera). There are many fun activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, and people painting.

The parking and events are FREE!

LOCATIONS:
The three areas of the Harbor, Dana Wharf Mariners Village and Mariner’s Alley will all host holiday activities geared to families and children. Activities start on the grass in front of Harpoon Henry’s at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (and Dana Point Harbor Drive).

INFORMATION:
(949) 923-2255 or (949) 496-2979


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Boat Rides with Santa
Deember 6-7, 2014
10am to 2pm

Come aboard for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those Christmas wishes as you cruise the Harbor. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservations required!

LOCATION:
Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks
34675 Golden Lantern - between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea.

INFORMATION:
(949) 496-5794 or (949) 923-2255


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Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2014
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.

LOCATION:
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 www.danawharf.com

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




Winter Festival & Tree Lighting
December 6, 2014
12:00pm-7:00pm

FREE holiday family event sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Santa, Snow, Reindeer, Crafts, Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Movie and more!

LOCATION:
La Plaza Park
Pacific Coast Highway, North of Golden Lantern

INFORMATION:
(949) 248-3530

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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Christmas Dining
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014
5:00pm-10:00pm

Join us this Christmas Eve in Vue Restaurant for a special holiday dinner. Special Holiday Menu
Reservations required.

Christmas Day
2:00pm-6:00pm

Join us on Christmas Day at Vue Restaurant for a delectable four-course dining experience.

Four Course Menu
Adults: *$85.00 Children's menu available

Prices not inclusive of tax or gratuity. Discounted valet parking rate $5.00. Reservations required.

LOCATION:
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

INFORMATION:
For reservations please call: 949-487-7516 or the Concierge at 949-487-7577

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 6, 2014
4:30 pm—8:00 pm

The event will feature live entertainment, pictures with Santa, games, crafts, food vendors, a firework show, and much more!

LOCATION:
Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

LOCATION:
714-839-8611

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FULLERTON

Winter Market
Saturday, December 6, 2014
12 p.m.

Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa, grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping and visit the beer and wine garden. "Spark of Love" toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters will also be there for those who wish to donate.

Free parking is available in surrounding streets and parking structures. Craft vendors, food vendors, businesses, non-profits and commercial vendors are invited to participate as vendors.

LOCATION:
Downtown Fullerton



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.

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




Fullerton & N. OC Singles NYE Party
Kiss 2014 Goodbye

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
8:00 pm-1:00 am

Featuring Non-Stop Dancing & Entertainment
Dancing till 1am
DJ Eva
With 80’s 90’s & Top 40

Admission: PrePay only $20 ($25 at Door if any Tickets Remain)
Only 200 tickets will be sold, so it will Sell Out. Reserve online
Free Indoor parking in Club Garage

Bar Prices: All beers $5, Wines $6, Well Drinks $7-$9 , premium $10 Champagne Only $5

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS:
The Exclusive Meridian Club
1535 Deerpark Dr.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Directions: Please copy these to take with you! Couple of Left turns in a Neighborhood off the 57 so takes a little attention your first Trip.

The Meridian Club (3 stories Tall, White Bldg) can be seen from the 57 Fwy at the Nutwood exit. It is on the opposite side of the Fwy from the Marriott. Take the Nutwood exit, go East (away from Marriott) to first Light & Left on N. Placentia Av., And Go ½ mile. At light go Left on Madison Av. about 200 yards, then Right on Deerpark Dr. thru a housing area about ¼ mile. Pull in Meridian Club on left to free parking garage and go to the Second Level and walk right into the Ballroom that is on the 2nd Floor.



GIANT New Year's Eve Dance & Super Singles Social ** Hundreds attend
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ages 21 to 91. It's not necessary to bring a date - It's fun to meet new people. Couples welcome!

"LOCK & KEY" MIXER plus Rotational Dinner
Meet new friends as men go to multiple tables during & after dinner (non-rotational tables available for couples). Then look for the person who has key to "unlock your heart" in the popular Lock & Key game. Prizes for the games.
Bonus points for the people who locate the Mystery Man and the Mystery Woman in the room. Couples will go on a Scavenger Hunt for prizes.

Bring in the New Year with hundreds of people as you dance to a variety of music by DJ Larry in the Crest Ballroom of the Fullerton Hotel with beautiful chandeliers and large dance floor. Play the fun social games to earn tickets for prize drawing. There will also be a Message Center in foyer to leave messages for all the new people you meet throughout the evening, couples games & scavenger hunt.

Rotational Dinner, Lock & Key, Mixer Games & Dance (6pm-1am): $59 prepaid or $75 at door
Dance Only (8pm - 1am): $39 prepaid or $50 at door

LOCATION: (FREE PARKING)
Hotel Fullerton & Conference Center (formerly Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Crest Ballroom
1500 S. Raymond Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
For tickets, call 714/622-4977 or pay online
Hotel reservations: Call 714.622.4977 for the special discount code

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GARDEN GROVE

Village Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday, November 15, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Village Christmas Craft Fair will feature vendors selling unique, hand-made items, a free gift for the first 100 customers, raffle-drawings throughout the day, a kids’ activity corner for ages 3-9 and a car wash fundraiser – get your car washed while you shop!

FREE admission

LOCATION:
Village Bible Church
12671 Buaro Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840

INFORMATION:
Sarah Ailes, 786.567.8287 or sarah.ailes@villagebible.com

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Tree Lighting Celebration
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:30 - 7:30

The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place under the clock tower in the Village Green, at the corner of Main and Euclid. The event is free to the public and will feature live entertainment and holiday refreshments, culminating with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a spectacular tree lighting and a flurry of winter snow.

LOCATION:
The Village Green/Clock Tower
Corner of Euclid and Main.

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5280

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West Garden Grove's Festival of Lights
December 4, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Performances by Pacifica High School and Bell Intermediate.

Activities include photo booth with Santa; vendor pavilion; food trucks; Polar Express Train Rides; Toys for Tots and more.

LOCATION:
Eastgate Park
12001 St. Mark Street
Garden Grove, CA 92845


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Winterfest
December 6, 2014
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Enter Atlantis Play Center as it is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with crafts, inflatables, a visit from Santa and 50 tons of snow for sledding and play! General admission $10

A limited amount of pre-sale tickets are available by phone or in person from Friday, November 17th through Friday December 5th at Garden Grove City Hall, 11222 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, CA 92840 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

LOCATION:
Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5200


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Christmas 4 Kids
Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:00 AM

For ages 3-12. Craft, games, music, cookie decorating, and a Bible Lesson

LOCATION:
King of Kings Lutheran School
13431 Newhope St
Garden Grove

INFORMATION:
714-530-2152

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HUNTINGTON BEACH

Swedish Christmas Fair - Huntington Beach
November 23, 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A traditional and authentic Swedish Christmas, complete with a St. Lucia procession brought to you by the SWEA of Orange County.

Wonderfully decorated exhibits, food, arts and crafts, traditional music, dancing and activities for children will be available as well as visits from both St. Lucia and the Swedish Santa Claus or "Jultomten". Cost: $5 Adults, $2 Kids (5-15)

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Banquet Hall
7561 Center Avenue, Old World Village
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA



The Nutcracker Ballet

December 12-24, 2014

For the 38th consecutive year, Ballet Repertory Theatre happily returns with its exuberant full-length Nutcracker. Nearly 300 performers in dazzling costumes gracefully bring to life beloved holiday music with the help of vibrant sets and props.

LOCATION:
Golden West College Mainstage Theater
15744 Golden West Street

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150



Cruise of Lights

December 17 - 23, 2014

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

LOCATION:
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.

INFORMATION:
Advanced ticket purchase call: (714) 840-7542

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IRVINE

Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Open through February 16, 2015

Outdoor skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum. Located in Giant Wheel Court adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy's.

LOCATION:
Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive, Irvine
949-456-6937

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Melody Makers' Holiday Jam Concert - Irvine
December 7, 2014
11:00am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm

The Melody Makers Annual Jam Concert features their students and young recording artists. Hosted by kid-friendly HotPop radio station

Tickets: $10 per person

LOCATION:
Melody Makers Irvine Studio
104 Discovery
Irvine, CA

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Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
Sunday, December 7, 2014
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This fun event will give Orange County families the opportunity to make a homeless animal part of their loving family - just in time for the holidays!

This event will feature 500+ adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, dozens of pet product vendors, low-cost microchips, a silent auction, food trucks and an opportunity drawing.

Admission costs $1

LOCATION:
Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
949-724-7740

Christmas Countdown - Irvine
December 12-23, 2014
times vary

It’s time to begin the 12 days of Christmas Countdown! The days that lead up to Christmas are an exciting and magical time for young children. Join us each day as we “unwrap” a new activity that celebrates the season.

December 17 (P.M. Activity): Christmas Stockings
December 18 (A.M. Activity): Twinkly Christmas Lights
December 19 (P.M. Activity): Presents & Sleighs
December 20 (A.M. Activity): Popcorn Decorations
December 21 (P.M. Activity): Christmas Snow
December 22 (A.M. Activity): Christmas Carols
December 23 (P.M. Activity): Christmas Eve Excitement
*All activities are subject to change and limited to availability.

Cost is included with museum admission. For preschoolers (3-5 years), kindergarteners (5-6 years)

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

"The Nutcracker" At the Barclay Theater
December 12-24, 2014

Celebrate the season with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, her dashing prince and our heroine Clara, while a cast of over one hundred takes you back in time to mystical lands of old world charm. Family-friendly and affordable, this professional production of The Nutcracker features internationally acclaimed guest artists, Festival Ballet Theatre’s professional company dancers, and exceptional budding young talent from across the Southland.

LOCATION:
4242 Campus Drive

INFORMATION:
(949) 854-4646

Hooray for Chanukah - Irvine
December 17-23, 2014
10:00 - 5:00pm

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City! Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukkah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday. We’ll have fun learning about this wonderful holiday through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.

Featured activities include:
Wednesday, December 17 (A.M. Activity): Menorah
Thursday, December 18 (P.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel
Saturday, December 20 (P.M. Activity): Star of David
Sunday, December 21 (Art Studio): Chanukah Art
Monday, December 22 (P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box
Tuesday, December 23 (A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time
*All activities are subject to change and limited to availability.

Cost is included with museum admission. For preschoolers (3-5 years), kindergarteners (5-6 years)

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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The Maple Conservatory of Dance presents The Nutcracker
December 20-23, 2014

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky's majestic score based on one of the world's most beloved ballets.

LOCATION:
Northwood Performing Arts Theatre
Irvine

INFORMATION:
949-660-9930

Frosty Treat Fun Mommy & Me Cooking Class - Irvine
December 22, 2014
11:00am – 12:00pm

The holidays are a time to bring the family together. With so many fun treats that can be made why not come together in the kitchen! Cooking with children is something not all grown-ups are comfortable with, not to worry! Child Development Specialist, Kunaal Kumar, is here to help guide grown-ups through the process of cooking with kids. Children will delight in making frosty, winter themed treats like Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips, Snowman Pizza, and a refreshing water infused with wintery yumminess.

$5.00 fee per one grown-up and one child pair. For children 2 years of age and up; Grown-ups. register online

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

Festival of Kwanzaa
December 26-30, 2014
10:00 - 4:00pm

Kwanzaa is here, and there are so many fun things to do! Join us each day during the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, we’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”! These daily activities are a perfect way to begin teaching your children about the meaning and traditions of this joyous holiday.

Featured activities include (Activity times vary):
Friday, December 26: Kwanzaa Kinara
Saturday, December 27: Kwanzaa Placement/Quilt
Sunday, December 28: Kwanzaa Corn
Monday, December 29: Kwanzaa Necklace
Tuesday, December 30: Kwanzaa Kufi & Kwanzaa Unity Cup
*All activities are subject to change and limited to availability.

Cost is included with museum admission. For preschoolers (3-5 years), Kindergarteners (5-6 years)

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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LAGUNA BEACH

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends
November 22 - December 21, 2014
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.

LOCATION:
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030
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Laguna Playhouse presents: "Striking 12"
December 3 - 28, 2014

Ring in the Holiday Season with STRIKING 12. This Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Choice concert-with-a-story is quickly becoming a holiday classic. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and an old-fashioned uplift with a 21st century sensibility, STRIKING 12 weaves Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl” with a modern-day New Year’s Eve twist and is a holiday treat suitable for audiences of all ages.

LOCATION:
Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

INFORMATION:
Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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LAGUNA HILLS

Orange County Christmas Lights
Thanksgiving night - New Years Eve

Free event hosted nightly from 5pm to 9 pm from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Christmas Lights and Home Decorating show featuring over 100,000 lights dancing to festive music plus spectacular Department 56 snow village displays with hundreds of houses and giant hand sculpted mountains.

Come by for some warm apple cider and holiday cheer!

LOCATION:
25473 Nellie Gail Road
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 13, 2014
10 a.m.

The Theme for this year's parade is "Silver Bells ~ Golden Dreams". The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!

LOCATION:
Crown Valley Parkway
between Nueva Vista and Crown Valley Community Park.

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LAGUNA WOODS

Vendors Club Holiday Sale
Thursday, December 11, 2014
9:30AM-3:00PM

Let Vendors Club help you celebrate the season with unique handmade gifts, holiday decor, antiques and collectibles from around the world. Also offered will be a nice selection of clothes, jewelry both vintage and modern plus pet accessories and much more.

Free coffee, admission and parking.

LOCATION:
24232 Calle Aragon
Laguna Woods, CA

Gated community - click on link above for gate pass

INFORMATION:
949-517-2680.

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LA PALMA

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Crafts & visits with Santa: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Ceremony: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join your friends and family for this annual holiday favorite. Every year this event brings the La Palma community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Join Santa and his elves in the activities area before the event.

This area features crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won’t want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus!

LOCATION:
Central Park Amphitheater
7821 Walker Street

INFORMATION:
(714) 690-3350

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NEWPORT BEACH

Festival of Trees - Newport Beach
November 20 - December 4, 2014

A new holiday tradition of hope is coming to the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach as South County Outreach launches its inaugural Festival of Trees fundraising event. The Fairmont will be transformed into a winter wonderland with elaborately decorated trees, each with its own unique theme. Trees will be decorated on Thursday, November 20, and will be on display to the public November 21 through December 4.

As part of the event, the Fairmont – the presenting sponsor of Festival of Trees – will host a Trees of Hope holiday toy drive to support the South County Outreach Adopt-A-Family program. The public is invited to bring toy donations to the Fairmont. The Fairmont’s Tree of Hope holiday toy drive will continue throughout December and the public is invited to drop off new toys for children of all ages. The donated toys will be distributed to families in need this holiday season..

LOCATION:
Fairmont Hotel
4500 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA


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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
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

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NYE Yacht Parties presents 12th Annual New Years Eve Yacht Party
December 31, 2014

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style on one of the most elegant and exclusive Yacht’s that Newport Harbor has to offer, The Ambassador. This 130 foot vessel will be popping with 3 levels as it cruises through the harbor bringing in the New Year. What could be a better way to celebrate the New Year? This event has SOLD OUT 11 years in a row so get your tickets early!

Entertainment:
Level 1: Bar / Lounge
Level 2: Main Room with Hip Hop, Dance & Top 40
Level 3: Scenic Deck (dance under the stars)

Cost: $140-$175. Price Includes: Four-hour luxury cruise through Newport Harbor, PREMIUM OPEN BAR ALL NIGHT, Champagne greeting, Appetizer buffet court, New Year’s Party Favors, DJ and Dancing, Plenty of restrooms!

YACHT LOCATION:
2901 W. Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
Get your tickets online 714.485.6543 or email

We have partnered with the beautiful Holiday Inn just minutes to the Yacht. To get our special rate please visit our website

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ORANGE

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

Santa Claus arrives on Friday, November 28th!

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, ice fishing, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $12.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary. For directions, costs and additional information or to purchase tickets, visit us online at www.irvineparkrailroad.com

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968


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Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Tree Ranch
November 28 - December 23, 2014
10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, families will be able to purchase Christmas trees at Irvine Park Railroad. Visitors will be able to choose from among Douglas fir, Noble fir, and Grand fir trees ranging in height from 4' to 12'. Christmas tree stands, preservatives, tree disposal bags, wreaths, and garland will also be available for sale.

Families can walk the Christmas Tree Ranch to find their perfect Christmas tree. Irvine Park Railroad staff will help you load your Christmas Tree into/onto your car.

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


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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

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Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession includes holiday music. Local non-profit groups also provide delcious food and youth activities for a nominal charge.

Holiday Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. Main Musical Program & Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Town Plaza
Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street

INFORMATION:
Special Events Hotline - 714-744-7278

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SAN CLEMENTE

Puttin on the Glitz
November 29, 2014
5-9 pm

Proudly presented by the San Clemente Downtown Business Association, our time honored tradition, Puttin’ on the Glitz! Come and bring the whole family to an evening of holiday cheer and enchantment. Enjoy roasted chestnuts, shopping, carolers, delicious food from local restaurants, Cinderella carriage rides and much more! So what better way to kick off the holiday season by joining in on the festivities as the Downtown Business Association is Puttin’ on the Glitz!

LOCATION:
Avenida Del Mar

INFORMATION:
(949) 218-5378


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Santa's Village by the Sea

December 6, 2014
2-7:30 pm

It’s double the fun in San Clemente with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts and much more holiday cheer for the whole family to enjoy!

Begin your day with a holiday spectacular at the Community Center. Decorate a holiday cookie in Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, visit with Santa (bring your camera), walk through the Candy Cane Factory, snack on popcorn while watching Polar Express, and listen to sounds of holiday cheer. Light the tree with the Mayor at 5:15pm.

The fun continues down the lane to the Casa Romantica, splendidly decorated for the holidays, with Santa, Dickens carolers, hot chocolate and cookies, crafts for kids, holiday entertainment, and holiday exhibitions.


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Cabrillo Playhouse presents: "Greetings!"
November 14 - December 14, 2014

Andy returns home to visit his family at Christmas including his sweet Catholic mother, sour Catholic father and mentally handicapped younger brother, Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. Yet, the family comes together around Mickey when he makes the greatest revelation of all.

LOCATION:
202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 492-0465

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas' - San Juan Capistrano
November 28 - December 21, 2014

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic.

"If Alfred Hitchcock had done A CHRISTMAS CAROL, he'd have done it exactly like this. Wilson's high-spirited and intelligent handling of the 1843 novella is scary, delightful, dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny." — Hartford Advocate.

LOCATION:
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082



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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 2014
4-9 pm

Event starts at 4:00 p.m. with a pre-show including choir, orchestra and dance performances by local high school students. The lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:30 p.m.

Festivities continue at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, in the Los Rios Historic District and at ZOOMARS Petting Zoo. Downtown Shops will host and "Open House" with special sales and complimentary refreshments.

LOCATION:
Historic Town Center Park
31852 El Camino Real

INFORMATION:
949-493-5911



New Years Eve at Ciao Pasta

December 31

Celebrate and enjoy the festivities at Ciao Pastra across from Mission San Juan Capistrano!

LOCATION:
Ciao Pasta
31661 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675

INFORMATION:
Call for reservations (949) 496-5002

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SANTA ANA

Discovery CubePresents: Science of Gingerbread
November 28 – January 4, 2015

The holiday season is back at Discovery Cubefor the Annual Holiday Festival! Cookies and gingerbreads are taking over and showcasing the science behind your favorite holiday treats! Participate in hands-on kitchen science activities, see award-winning gingerbread creations, and enjoy a classic gingerbread derby. With cookie decorating and more there is holiday fun for the whole family!

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

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823



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.

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(714) 567-3679

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Discovery CubePresents: NoonYears Eve

December 30, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Celebrate the New Year at Discovery Cube’s “Noon Year’s Eve” party! Ring in 2015 with a giant balloon drop, countdown, hats, streamers, and a ginger ale toast. Party while the sun is still up with kids and parents while also taking part in learning stations themed around celebrating the coming New Year.

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

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

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SEAL BEACH

Annual Christmas Parade
Friday, December 05, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade Ushers in the Holidays each year with bands, floats, lots of kids and of course Santa. The parade runs down Main Street from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway.

This is a contiinuous motion and continuous performance parade due to it's relatively short distance.

INFORMATION:
562-799-0179

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STANTON

Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 4, 2014
5:30-7 p.m.

Join your family and friends for this wonderful Christmas event! Sponsored by the Stanton Community Foundation and the City of Stanton, his event brings the Stanton community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents of the Rancho Alamitos High School Choir and the lighting of the Civic Center Christmas tree. Of course the young-at-heart will not want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! This special evening will conclude with tasty refreshments and an opportunity to meet your friends and neighbors.

LOCATION:
Stanton Civic Center
7800 Katella Ave.

INFORMATION:
For additional information please call 890-4270.

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TUSTIN

Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5, 2014
6:00 p.m.

The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join in the holiday fun as they celebrate their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. The evening will include a special reading of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and performances by Community Groups.

Refreshments will be sold by the Tustin Community Foundation

LOCATION:
Tustin Library Courtyard
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
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VILLA PARK

The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade
Sunday, December 14, 2014
5-8 pm

Be a part of this great event and celebration as parade participant, viewer, or vendor.

The Villa Park asphalt harbor will be filled with “Yachts and Yachts of Holiday Fun” as the annual procession of wheeled vessels sets sail for the VP Towne Centre celebration with many happy campers waving to them from neighborhood shorelines. Great food, and fun and/or funky vendors, plus musical entertainment await everyone in the Centre, as do special trophies for many unique crafts. Why knot seize the opportunity to decorate and enter your truck, trailer, ski boat, homemade submarine or jazzy yacht full of friends or kids in this wacky entourage.

LOCATION:
Parade starts at Villa Park High School & ends at Towne Centre

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YORBA LINDA

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along
November 30, 2014
Two concert seatings: 1:00 pm and also 3:30 pm.

The audience is invited to sing along with the Master Chorus and Orchestra in the favorite Messiah choruses, which include Glory of the Lord, Thou that tellest Good Tidings, For Unto Us a Child is Born, Glory to God in the Highest, His Yoke is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, Lift up your heads, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus. If you are a singer, please bring your own music scores (G. Schirmer edition).

Admission and parking is free. Seating is unreserved, and doors open half hour prior to each concert.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Library

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

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Festival of the Trees

December 6-7, 2014
11 am - 5 pm

Come view the colorful and inspiring Christmas and Holiday trees. There will also be games & crafts, Santa photos, entertainment and food trucks at this event.

Take advantage of the artistic talents of our tree builders, and consider having one of these beauties in your home or office.

event flyer

LOCATION:
Senior Living Community for the Order of the Eastern Star
16850 Bastanchury Rd.
Yorba Linda, CA

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Shopping for Christmas Trees

Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Tree Ranch - Orange
November 28 - December 23, 2014
Open 7 days a week, 10 am - 8 pm

Find the perfect Christmas tree from among the hundreds of trees that fill Irvine Park Railroad in Orange. Visitors will be able to choose from among Douglas fir, Noble fir, and Grand fir trees ranging in height from 4' to 12'. Christmas tree stands, preservatives, tree disposal bags, wreaths, and garland will also be available for sale.

Be sure to plan and spend time in Santa's Village, too, and enjoy the many Christmas activities that are sure to help make this experience even more fun for your entire family.

LOCATION:
Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92689

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Christmas Party Planning

Creative Parties for Kids

Creative Arts & Parties for Kids is busy helping OC families celebrate the holidays by providing Santa Claus , Mrs. Claus, Elves and more. We also have Chanukah Storytelling and Sing A Long ! Call us today....no party is too big or too small.

SANTA VISITS $100.00 plus travel for present drop off and visit 1/2 hour $1.00 per mile travel starting at 20 mile mark from Santa's office.
SANTA $150.00 per hour for costume bearded
SANTA $200 per hour for real bearded Santa
MRS. CLAUS ALONE : $125 per hour
MRS. CLAUS WITH SANTA $100. per hour
ELVES : $100 per hour - they can do balloons and facepaint

More Christmas Party Planning ideas

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