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Brea Buena Park
Corona Del Mar
Costa Mesa Cypress
Dana Point Fountain Valley
Fullerton Garden Grove
Huntington Beach Irvine
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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

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.

Members: 10% OFF Non-Members: $24.95 (adult), $15.95 (ages 3-12), FREE (ages 2 and under)

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

 

ANAHEIM

Santa's Coming to Anaheim Town Square - Anaheim

Join the Holiday Parade as Santa Makes a Grand Entrance! Free Admission!

More details coming!

 

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



Nutcracker Christmas

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

 

BALBOA PENINSULA (NEWPORT BEACH)

Christmas at the Beach

Join us for Christmas at the Beach, a Balboa Village tradition to ring in this holiday season. Enjoy the Balboa Village as it becomes a holiday experience. Begin your afternoon with a complimentary horse drawn carriage ride around the village, participate in holiday arts and crafts and children's activities. As dusk arrives, stay for the annual tree lighting ceremony, don’t miss a special visit from Santa and enjoy the sounds of Christmas carolers spreading the holiday spirit. Visit explorocean.org for details.

All activities are FREE so bring your entire family to experience this local tradition.

LOCATION:
ExplorOcean
600 East Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, 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 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.

On the opening night of the parade (December 18) at about 6:20 pm, a special opening fireworks display will take place to kick off the parade.

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

 

BREA

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

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. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771




Nutcracker Craft Boutique - Brea

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

 

BUENA PARK

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire

A community holiday carnival that includes food and game booths sponsored by local non-profit groups, craft fair, entertainment, petting zoo, a “real snow” hill, Santa and more!

LOCATION:
Ehlers Community Recreation Center
8150 Knott Ave

INFORMATION:
(714) 236-3860

 

CORONA DEL MAR

Christmas Walk

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

 

COSTA MESA

Sugarplum Festival

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) 598-0857f


A Christmas Carol

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


Fiesta Navidad

The Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano returns to the Center to celebrate the holidays “mariachi style.”Take a musical journey through the various regions of Mexico, bringing the pageantry and excitement of Mexican holiday traditions to life. This unique concert begins with the time-honored petition for lodging (La Posada), followed by mariachi music selections, and concludes with a sing-along of holiday favorites such as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz,” and more.

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

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




Beach Boys Christmas Show

The legendary band makes its Center debut with a concert filled with the Beach Boy’s beloved holiday music and unforgettable top 40 hits. orchestra.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 556-2787

 

CYPRESS

Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Fair

Start your holiday shopping early! Featuring hand crafted items, sweet shop, holiday 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

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

 

DANA POINT

St. Regis Resort Holiday Afternoon Tea

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

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

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 $3 Donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club would be appreciated.

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

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

City of Dana Point event including Cookie Decorating, Santa’s Reindeer, Holiday Craft Fair and much 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

Holiday Menu
Children's menu available

Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day Special Menu
2 pm - 6 pm

4 Courses: Soup, Salad, Entrée & Dessert @ $75.00
Children's menu available.
Live entertainment - Complimentary Valet Parking
*Prices non-inclusive of taxes and gratuity

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 Dining
December

INFORMATION:
Reservations at 1-800-722-1543 or online

 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

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

 

FULLERTON

 

Winter Market

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
Fullerton

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





First Night in Fullerton
December 31

Check out the fun at First Night, the City of Fullerton's annual alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts. The event is FREE and includes a full line-up of live entertainment and activities. The event primarily takes place at varying locations between Harbor Blvd. on the west and Pomona Ave on the east in historic downtown Fullerton.

LOCATION:
Downtown Fullerton




Giant New Year's Eve Dance & Super Singles Social

Bring in the New Year with hundreds of singles as you dance to a variety of music by DJ Larry and DJ Rob. Enjoy the glamour of the CROWN LOUNGE with spectacular large chandeliers, wood dance floor (this room has its own built-in cash bar). Walk across the hall for more dancing in the CREST BALLROOM with beautiful chandeliers and large dance floor (this room is an alcohol-free environment).

Meet new single friends as men go to multiple tables during & after dinner (non-rotational tables available for couples). Then seek for the person who has the key to "unlock your heart." 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.

LOCATION:
Hotel Fullerton & Conference Center (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
1500 S. Raymond Ave, Fullerton 92831

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
TICKETS: 714/622-4977 online tickets
Hotel reservations: 877.700-0688 714.635.9000

 

GARDEN GROVE

Village Christmas Craft Fair - Garden Grove

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



Winterfest

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

Bring a new, unopened toy to support the Spark of Love Toy Drive

LOCATION:
Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5200


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Tree Lighting Celebration

Presented by the City of Garden Grove and the Garden Grove Community Foundation, the event features 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.

New to the event this year is the sale of traditional Latin American food. Tamales and other delicious cuisine representing the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru will be prepared by members of the Orange County LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Foundation.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 741-5280



Christmas 4 Kids

FREE EVENT! 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

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Swedish Christmas Fair

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".

LOCATION:
Old World Village


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For the 37th 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


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Cruise of Lights


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

 

IRVINE

Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Opens November

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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Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair

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, 50+ silent auction items, low-cost microchips and free vet and trainer advice.

Admission costs $1

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 854-4646


"The Nutcracker" At the Barclay Theater

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


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The Maple Youth Ballet proudly presents The Nutcracker

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 in Irvine

INFORMATION:
949-660-9930

 

LAGUNA BEACH

Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Weekends, November - December

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: "A Christmas Memory"

Based on Truman Capote’s Depression-era short story, A Christmas Memory is a tender portrait of a rare friendship across the generations with a musical score that will bring love and light to your hearts for the holiday season.

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

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



The Rockin’ Laguna Beach New Year’s Bash at Seven-Degrees
December 31

This exclusive event promises to compete as one of the best value-added New Year’s Eve celebration packages anywhere. With the first 50 tickets being priced at $100 for entrance to the six-hour evening, all guests will enjoy the incredible benefits of complimentary fine cuisine hors d'oeuvres all night until 1 a.m., an open beer and wine bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that includes complimentary champagne, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

In addition to the unheard of free flowing food, beer and wine, the headlining band that’s performing is an all-star lineup of powerhouse rockers, which is alone worth the price of admission to see on such an incredible night.

LOCATION:
Seven-Degrees
Laguna Beach, CA

 

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

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

The Theme for this year's parade is "Through the Eyes of a Child". 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.

 

LA PALMA

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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

 

MISSION VIEJO

A Teal Holiday Boutique - Mission Viejo

Oxford Preparatory Academy's (OPA) Inaugural Fashion Boutique, "A Teal Holiday Boutique" will be held on December 6 at the Mission Viejo campus. Start and end your holiday shopping here and get a jump on some chic and festive items while supporting a great cause. We have invited select vendors to participate and we are excited for the day they will all be at OPA for all to see. There will be home decor, ladies clothing, jewelry, holiday items and so much more!

OPA is a K-8 charter school and attracts students from all over the district. In it's first year in Mission Viejo, OPA was the top performing elementary school in Orange County with an API score of 993 (out of a score of 1000)! Now in it's third year and still booming with an API score of 990, OPA continues to strive and work hard so that every student is a Champion!

LOCATION:
Oxford Preparatory Academy
23000 Via Santa Maria
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

 

NEWPORT BEACH

Christmas at the Beach

Join us for Christmas at the Beach, a Balboa Village tradition to ring in this holiday season. Enjoy the Balboa Village as it becomes a holiday experience. Begin your afternoon with a complimentary horse drawn carriage ride around the village, participate in holiday arts and crafts and enjoy holiday music and movies showing in the ExplorOcean galleries along with other Fun Zone attractions, retailers and restaurants. As dusk arrives, stay for the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:00pm, don’t miss a special visit from Santa and enjoy the sounds of Christmas carolers spreading the holiday spirit. Visit explorocean.org for details.

All activities are FREE so bring your entire family to experience this local tradition.

LOCATION:
600 East Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661



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Breakfast With Santa

The North Pole has informed Whole Foods Market Newport Beach that Santa Claus will be making a stop here to enjoy a breakfast with us and to jot down everyone’s wish list! Festivities include sumptuous breakfast feast full of holiday cheer, photograph with Santa Claus, and festive crafts at your table. Parents can enjoy some adult holiday cheer with Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Entertainment Provided by
www.CreativePartiesForKids.com

LOCATION:
Whole Foods Market
415 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA



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Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Beach
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 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

 

ORANGE

Irvine Park Railroad – Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus
November through December

Santa Claus arrives on Friday, November 29th!

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.

The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $10.00 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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Second Annual Moreno’s Restaurant - Orange

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

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

LOCATION:
Old Town Plaza
Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street

INFORMATION:
Special Events Hotline - 714-744-7278

 

SAN CLEMENTE

Puttin on the Glitz

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 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 presents Holly Jolly Hoopla to Christmas at the Casa


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.

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'Miracle on 34th Street' - San Juan Capistrano

A classic and enchanting Christmas story to warm your heart during the holiday season. If you doubt the existence of Santa Claus this play will make you a believer! A holiday treat for the entire family.

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 489-8082



Marbella Golf Club Holiday Boutique - San Juan Capistrano

The most anticipated Boutique in South Orange County!!! A team of volunteers have "scoured" boutiques in L.A. and Orange County bringing you the best and the most hard to find items at reasonable prices. There will be over 40 vendors selling ladies clothing, home decor, jewelry, accessories, just to name a few.

-Make reservations for lunch & stay for annual fashion show!
-Holiday Happy Hour (4-7 pm) w/complimentary hor d'oeurves.
-Complimentary champagne (while supplies last)

Opportunity Drawing - Each vendor has donated one item worth $30.00 or more. Winner picks their own prize!! Be sure to arrive early and buy raffle tickets. Tickets $1 or $20 for 25 tickets

All proceeds benefit San Juan Elementary, a Title 1, dual immersion school located in downtown San Juan Capistrano. This event is open to the public and there is no fee to get in.

LOCATION:
Marbella Golf and Country Club
30800 Golf Club Drive
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675




Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

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 5:45 p.m.

Afterward, many local stores and restaurants will offer great sales, specials and many offering free goodies. Stroll down to the Los Rios Historic District where there will be free photos with Santa Claus and a free Christmas train ride.

A holiday marionette show will be held on Verdugo Street with two show times; 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Zoomars will offer free admission to their petting zoo. Zoomars will have a hay ride for $4.00 and a train ride $3.00. Pathway to hope will have two evening performances of a live nativity at Zoomars; 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Mission San Juan Capistrano will host entertainment and activities on the mission grounds. Admission is $5.00, kids 4 - 11 are $3.00.

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

 

SANTA ANA

Come snuggle up with the Golden West Pops while we musically celebrate that magical "night before...." A perfect evening for the whole family.

LOCATION:
Orange County Worship Center
1440 E Santa Clara Avenue
Santa Ana, California

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Discovery Science Center Presents: Science of Gingerbread

The holiday season is back at Discovery Science Center for the 8th 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 Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823



Las Posadas

A Traditional Mexican Christmas Celebration re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s journey as they seek shelter in Bethlehem. Join us for traditional music, dance and food. Entertainment by the Guitar ensemble of OCCTAC (Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center) and Cantamerica. Enjoy traditional Mexican 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 Science Center Presents: NoonYears Eve

Ring in 2014 like a Hollywood superhero! Dress as your favorite superhero and celebrate the New Year with us at noon with Hollywood themed activities for the whole family.

Take fun photos in front of a real green-screen, Create and experience sound effects on a Foley stage, Save the party with superpowers in the “Dr. Party-Pooper” stage show, Decorate hats & horns to take home, Celebrate with balloon drops at noon & 2pm, and join in on the ginger ale toast at noon & 2 pm

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

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

 

SEAL BEACH

Annual Holiday Parade

The 35th Annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade Ushers in the Holidays with bands, floats, lots of kids and of course Santa. This year's theme is Surf, Sand and Santa and we hope you will adopt this theme for your entry. 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. Line Up begins at 5pm and the parade starts promptly at 7pm and concludes by 8:30pm.

INFORMATION:
562-799-0179

 

STANTON

Christmas Tree Lighting

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.

 

TUSTIN

Tree Lighting

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 photos with Santa and performances by Community Groups

LOCATION:
Tustin Library Courtyard
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326 -

 

VILLA PARK

The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade

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.

INFORMATION:
714-998-1500

 

 

YORBA LINDA

Annual Handel's Messiah community sing-along

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).

Music scores are available to borrow. Scores also available for purchase. Non singers are also invited to come and enjoy the music!

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Library

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960


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

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