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December

Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November.

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Cars & (Santa) Claus - Tustin
Sunday, December 2, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Santa Claus is making a pit-stop to The Marconi on December 2nd! Get a family photo with jolly St. Nick and their red Ferrari, or simply tour the museum with a cup of hot cocoa and brownie. Purchase general admission tickets today, admission price goes up on the day of the event.

General admission is $5 per person, children under 12 get in for free.

LOCATION:
The Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Dr
Tustin, California 92780

INFORMATION/TICKETS:
(714) 258-3001
Purchase tickets online

Tamale Festival - Placentia
December 5, 2018
4:00pm - 9:30pm

The Placentia Santa Fe Merchants Association and the City of Placentia are proud to bring you the annual Tamale Festival to be held in Old Town Placentia in the 100-200 blocks of Santa Fe Street.

Additional festival activities include two stages of live entertainment (Darden Sisters, Groupo Fenix & Mariachi Divas), Christmas Palm Tree Lighting and visits with Santa.

LOCATION:
Santa Fe Street
Placentia, Ca

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, December 9, 2018
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

$3 admission fee for adults, $2 for kids. Admission Tickets sold at #38. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Christmas and Nativity Play - Huntington Beach
Sunday December 16, 2018
starting at 6pm.
Doors open at 5:30pm.

Celebrating The True Spirit of Christmas... Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers & dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.

FREE Admission.

LOCATION:
Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 19-23, 2018

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

For those of you that would like to be in parade both Newport Landing and Davey's Locker will offer 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

LOCATIONS FOR CRUISES:
December 1-31, 2018
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

Discovery CubePresents: Science of Gingerbread - Santa Ana
December - January 6, 2019

Aprons on, scientists! You’ll head into the world of the classic holiday dessert and find out how science plays a crucial role in the kitchen. Our favorite goodies don’t come together magically though. We use heat, math, engineering and other important components in order to bake and create the confections everyone loves. Build a candy car out of holiday treats and then compete, sweet-to-sweet in the Gingerbread Derby, Santa Claus will make special appearances, and other fa, la, la activities are on the schedule.

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

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

Holiday Trains at the Nixon Library - Yorba Linda
December through January 8, 2019

This fan-favorite, annual Christmas celebration will feature large displays of whistling miniature model trains and the annual Pat Nixon White House Gingerbread House.

NEW THIS YEAR: Enjoy a 20-foot tall Nixon White House Christmas tree — decked out in red, white and blue.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

INFORMATION:
714-993-5075

GIANT New Year's Eve Dance & SUPER SOCIAL PARTY - Fullerton
Monday, December 31, 2018

Bring in the New Year 2019 with hundreds of singles as you meet new friends during popular mixer games. Both Singles & Couples welcome!

This year's party features "DANCING THROUGH THE ERAS" with a variety of good dance music by Live Band: Marvin" SweetwaterBass"Banks & TYGHTSHIP plus popular DJ Larry.

TICKET PRICES for full event (7pm-1am):
Supper Shuffle (Dinner), Ice Breakers, Dancing
$55 by Nov 22; $65 after Nov 22; or $75 at door

TICKET PRICES dance only (8:30pm-1am dancing):
$29 by Nov 22 $39 after Nov 22; $50 at door

For ages 19 to 91. 300-650 usually attend. Ticket price includes noise makers. FREE PARKING

LOCATION:
Hotel Fullerton
1500 S. Raymond Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831

INFORMATION
Call 714/622-4977 or order tickets online

Candelight Evenings at the Nixon Library - Yorba Linda
Wednesdays (2018 dates TBA)

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year! Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10-foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

INFORMATION:
714-993-5075

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January

New Years Eve Events in Orange County

Listed by city, find both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events in Orange County

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
January 6, 2019
10 am and 2 pm

Wind down with a visit to the vivid gardens at Casa Romantica with FREE admission and self-guided tours!

D. Yoder Family Sundays are held on the first Sunday of each month for activities and a program thematically based on Casa Romantica’s Casa Captivating programs for all ages.

Free Admission

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest - San Juan Capistrano
January 12, 2019
1 P.M. to 3 P.M.

One of the wackiest contests the Fiesta Association holds. You must come to the sign-ups with a "Smooth Puss" (clean shaven) and ready to be photographed for the "Most Wanted" poster. You then have 8 weeks to grow a beard or moustache that will be judged at the Fiesta Grande in March

There is a $5.00 entry fee which goes to support the Swallow's Day Parade.

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

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Pretend City presents: Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 21, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Every child is unique, and they should know that no matter how different their friend may look from them, everyone should be treated fairly. On this special day at Pretend City, we want to have an open discussion with your child about equality. Don’t miss out on this important life lesson for your child!

Cost is included with museum admission.

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

Irvine, CA

Aliso Viejo Christian School Prospective Parent Informational Tour/Luncheon
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Aliso Viejo Christian School, a highly rated Orange County private school, that serves children in grades junior kindergarten to eighth grade, invites prospective families its 2018-19 annual Open House Admission events. Come and see our facility, meet our staff, check out our curriculum and amazing programs offered. We would love to share our school with you and answer any questions. We believe in Christian education with a focus on strong academics and enrichment programs to teach the whole child.

5:00 p.m.
Evening Apps Admissions Presentation (appetizers & refreshments to be served)

5:30 p.m.
Campus Tour/Classroom Visits

LOCATIONS & TIMES:
AVCS Campus - the Cove
1 Orion
Aliso Viejo, Ca 92656

INFORMATION/OPTIONAL RSVP:
Please confirm your space by calling 949-3890300, or e-mail Kim Winters at kwinters@avchristianschool.org with the number of people in attendance.

Snow Day - Fullerton
Saturday, January (2019 date TBA)

Tons of the frosty stuff is delivered to the dam to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves.

Space is limited to 900 persons, and early registration is recommended. Advance registration fee for the event is $15 per person for Fullerton residents and $18 per person for non-residents.

LOCATION:
Brea Dam Park
1700 N. Harbor Blvd

INFORMATION:
Registration can be made through the Park's Class Sign up or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (714) 738-6575.

Aliso Viejo Christian School Prospective Parent Informational Tour/Luncheon
Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Aliso Viejo Christian School, a highly rated Orange County private school, that serves children in grades junior kindergarten to eighth grade, invites prospective families its 2018-19 annual Open House Admission events. Come and see our facility, meet our staff, check out our curriculum and amazing programs offered. We would love to share our school with you and answer any questions. We believe in Christian education with a focus on strong academics and enrichment programs to teach the whole child.

2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Tea Admissions Presentation (tea & cookies to be served)

2:30 p.m.
Campus Tour/Classroom Visits

LOCATIONS & TIMES:
AVCS Campus - the Cove
1 Orion
Aliso Viejo, Ca 92656

INFORMATION/OPTIONAL RSVP:
Please confirm your space by calling 949-3890300, or e-mail Kim Winters at kwinters@avchristianschool.org with the number of people in attendance.

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February

Valentines Day & Valentines Weekend Events

Special dinners, romance hotel packages, cruises, concerts and gift ideas!


Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon - Huntington Beach
February 1, 2019 - February 3, 2019

This exclusive oceanfront course is a California Dream! Run on Pacific Coast Highway past the famous Huntington Beach pier and wind through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California. Retro surf bands entertain along the way and the Finish Line Party includes a beach side beer garden in the California sun. Finishers receive bodacious surfboard medals!

Location:
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, Ca

INFORMATION:
info@runsurfcity.com
888-422-0786

Annual Monarch Butterfly Day - Fountain Valley
Saturday, February 2, 2019
10 am - 2 pm

OC Parks Invites children and families to learn all about Monarch butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at these magnificent creatures at the tenth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! Activities will include interpretive presentations, children's crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. This event is recommended for ages 4 to 12.

LOCATION:
Mile Square Regional Park
Forest Shelter near parking lot C
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

INFORMATION:
(714) 973-6600

Rotary/CARE Car Show to Benefit Rotary charities, Capistrano Animal Rescue - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, February 2, 2019
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The Car Show once again promises a fabulous display of over 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. The return of the popular New-Car Row will show the latest models from local dealers. Bring the family!

This is a pet-friendly event and many of last years’ attendees had their four-legged friends in tow. Come and see the impressive rows of cars and trucks, shop the vendor’s booths and enjoy delicious food with your family. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park

Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 6 - 10, 2019

This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.

LOCATION:
Laguna Beach
- check site for venues

Taste of San Juan - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, January 31, 2019
6 P.M. to 9 P.M

Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The San Juan Hills Golf Club. The Taste brings together many of San Juan's marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with 'tastes' of their fare. Come and be tempted by all there is at "The Taste of San Juan".

LOCATION:
San Juan Hills Golf Course
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
February (date TBA)

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

Timberwolf 5 K Run/Walk - Irvine
Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, and the 1K Fun Run, feature breathtaking views, fantastic food, event t-shirts and the company of hundreds of friendly fitness enthusiasts. Proceeds from registration and sponsorships benefit Northwood High School and Families Forward, a local non-profit providing supported housing programs, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services for families in crisis. Register by January 24th for the best price.

LOCATION:
Northwood High School
4515 Portola Pkwy
Irvine, CA

Celebrate Black History Month at Heritage Museum of Orange County - Santa Ana
February (date TBA)

Free event featuring live music, historical photographic exhibits, storytelling, children's arts and crafts, face painting and more!

LOCATION:
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W Harvard St
Santa Ana,

TET FESTIVAL - Costa Mesa
February 8-10, 2019

Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 16, 2019
(Rain Date is February 23, 2019)

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Location:
Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Los Alamitos 'Race on the Base' - Los Alamitos
February (dates TBA)

The yearly event has continued to provide not only a forum for local avid runners and walkers, but has also instilled a sense of pride and teamwork between the Los Alamitos City Council, the citizens of Los Alamitos, the Rossmoor Community Services District, and the local business community.

The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family!

INOFORMATION:
562-430-1073

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 23-24, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To celebrate their 21st year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversay weekend… including $2.00 train rides!

The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold (gold panning requires two $2.00 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

South County Pet Expo & Dog-a-Palooza - Lake Forest
2019 date TBA

This exciting and informative event, presented by Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, OC Animal Care, and the City of Lake Forest. Mount of Olives Church-Mission Viejo will perform a special Blessing of the Animals to all pets present. This family and pet friendly event will also feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, as well as the inaugural Dog-a-Palooza Pet Parade!

Free admission, parking and shuttle service.

LOCATION:
The Commons green belt area at the Lake Forest Sports Park
28000 Rancho Pkwy
Lake Forest, CA

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