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April Bucket List

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Dye Easter Eggs

Read a Book
Pro Tip: Challenge the family to see who can read the most books in one month. The winner gets to decide the next month’s challenge.

Start a Vegetable Garden

Plant Flowers

Get Crafty– Make Your Spring Decorations
For Kids: https://onelittleproject.com/easter-crafts-for-kids/
For Teens & Adults: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/spring-decor-ideas-you-can-diy-4122269

Build an Outdoor Swing

Try new at home exercises as a family
Have Fun! Use canned goods or water bottles as weights!

Put a Puzzle Together

Spring Cleaning
Put aside clothes, toys and household items to donate

Cook Together As a Family
Hint: Watch YouTube videos to improve your technique!

Have a Family Game Night
Play card games, board games, or make your own!

Play “I Spy” With Friends and Family Via Skype
More Ideas: Truth or Dare, Charades, Pictionary, Hangman, etc.

Play Dress Up
Have Fun! Wear your spouse or brother or sister’s clothes to see who has the best/funniest/quirkiest outfit!

Paint a Flower Pot

Enjoy Some Jelly Beans

Make Ice Cream In a Bag & Have an Ice Cream Party
Directions
1. In a small resealable plastic bag, combine half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.

2. Into a large resealable plastic bag, combine air and salt. Place small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7-10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened.

3. Remove bag and enjoy your favorite ice cream toppings!

April 2020 Events

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Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
http://www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Walk MS: Irvine Apr. 4
The National MS Society’s mission is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. They are currently accepting registrations via, email, mail or over the telephone for this walk. After the two-mile walk enjoy a fun, festival-like event including food, drinks, and entertainment!
Location: Irvine, California
More Information: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/

Literary Orange Apr. 4
Orange County’s premier literary event featuring headlining authors and thought provoking keynote addresses. The day offers attendees and fans the opportunity to listen and engage with an exciting array of authors, have books signed, ask questions, and learn about the writing process. Included are morning refreshments, a delicious lunch, and a yummy dessert.
Location: Newport Beach Marriot
More Information: https://literaryorange.org/

Green Scene Plant & Garden Show Apr. 4-5
Find unique garden decor, plant-related goods and sustainability products and services from over 80 different vendors! Enjoy food, music and tours led by Arboretum staff.
More Info: http://fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

Dachshund Races Apr. 5
Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift ‘wiener dogs’ race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village.
More Info: http://www.oldworld.ws/dachshund-races.html

WonderCon 2020 Apr. 10-12
WonderCon is a pop culture and comic book expo explosion. The three-day jubilee features celebrity meet and greets, film and television cast and crew panel discussions, comic book author autograph sessions, exhibits, booths selling collectibles and memorabilia, a dance party masquerade ball and more!
Location: Anaheim, California
More Info: https://www.comic-con.org/wca/purchasebadges

Spring Egg Hunt Apr. 11
Crafts, Face Painting, Activities, Egg hunt for children 4-11, Special Activity Area for ages 0-3 plus visits with the Easter Bunny (Please, don’t forget your camera!). Don’t be late, this event starts at 10:00 a.m. SHARP!
Location: Oak Knoll Park
More Information: https://www.cypressca.org

Easter Celebration Apr. 11
Gather the whole family and celebrate Easter Weekend by the sea during our fifth annual Easter Celebration. The free, family-friendly event will include live animal shows featuring bunnies, hedgehogs, porcupines, boas, baby alligators and a kinkajou, face painting and crafts. Enjoy photo opportunities and a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny. Guests are encouraged to arrive photo-ready and bring their own cameras for free pictures.
Location: San Clemente, California
More Information: http://www.scchamber.com/

Bunny Days Apr. 11
This family-oriented event includes game booths, crafts, an egg hunt, pictures with the Bunny and much more! Please bring a bag to collect goodies and your own camera to take pictures with the Bunny.
Location: Oso Viejo Park- Village Green
More Information: http://cityofmissionviejo.org

Easter Champagne Brunch Apr. 12
Holiday Brunches are a tradition at the Old World family restaurant. Our Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch is one of our most popular brunches!
More Information: https://www.oldworld.ws/

Annual ‘Gardenfest’ Apr. 17
Hosted by the San Clemente Garden Club. Admission is FREE! Families are welcome. The event includes exhibits, demonstrations, water conservation information, local art, contests, kids gardening activities, and MUCH more!
More Information: http://www.sanclementegardenclub.com

California Wine Festival Apr. 17-18
The quintessential California wine tasting experience – sun, sea, food, wine and music – all come together at this sun-splashed wine fest overlooking the beach on a grassy, palm-lined Lantern Bay Park.
Location: Dana Point, California
More Info: https://www.californiawinefestival.com/dana-point

Newport Beach Film Festival Apr. 23-30
Celebrate Orange County’s largest film and food event! Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, NBFF seeks to bring Orange County the best of contemporary filmmaking from over 50 countries all around the world.
More Information: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/

America’s Family Pet Expo 2020 Apr. 24-26
With more than 1,000 animals onsite—dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, goats, horses, sheep, llamas, pigs, turtles and so many more— Pet Expo truly has something for animal lovers of all kinds.
Location: Costa Mesa, California
More Information: http://www.petexpooc.org

San Juan Capistrano Garden Tour Apr. 25
The San Juan Capistrano Garden Club is hosting its Third Annual Garden Tour– a tour through the city’s loveliest private gardens.
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California
More Info: https://www.sanjuancapistranogardenclub.com/

Doheny Wood Woodie & Car Show Apr. 25
Start your springtime Southern California style by visiting the annual Woodie Club and Car Show at Doheny State Beach! Woodies start lining up in the north day-use area at dawn and begin departing in the mid-afternoon. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled day!
More Information: https://sites.google.com/site/socalwoodieclub/

Taste of Huntington Beach Apr. 26
A unique sampling of favorite local restaurants in Huntington Beach, paired with the finest wines in California, all in the name of charity!
More Info: http://www.tastehb.com/

 

March 2020 Events

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Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
http://www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Festival of Whales Mar. 7-8 & 14-15
The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching, this festival includes a kick-off parade, sand sculpting contest, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, Whale of a Block Party, art shows, a pancake breakfast, BBQs, arts and crafts for kids, classic car exhibits, lectures/seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, and much more!
Location: Dana Point Harbor
More Information: http://festivalofwhales.com/

5th ANNUAL CRY OC – Holi By The Sea Mar. 8
Join CRY OC for the 5th annual Holi by The Sea fundraiser. Open to all – just be ready to get very colorful and enjoy amazing Bollywood music by Fusion Sounds! ALL proceeds support underprivileged children.
Location: Bolsa Chica State Beach
Contact: 714-512-6499
More Information: https://www.surfcityusa.com/

OC Restaurant Week Mar. 8-14
Dine on specially priced prix-fixe menus across Orange County. The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15, $20 and $25 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person for dinner. The only thing to make for dinner during Restaurant Week is a reservation!
Location: Orange County, California
More Information: http://www.ocrestaurantweek.com

Cherry Blossom Festival Mar. 13-15
A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids.
Location: Huntington Beach, California
More Information: https://occbfest.com/

Newport Beach Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl Mar. 14
Follow the rainbow with us this St. Paddy’s Day weekend and ring in the spring season with the best bars and drink specials!
Location: Newport Beach, California
More Information: https://pubcrawls.com/

Shamrock ‘n Run Mar. 15
The 5K Run begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by the 2K Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. The event also features games, food, a photobooth and more!
Location: Yorba Regional Park
More Information: https://www.reach4pylusd.org/

St. Patrick’s Day at Pretend City Mar. 17
It’s the luck of the Irish! Join us for this fun-filled day as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with story time, art, and fun activities. Wear your greenest outfit for our Irish heading home parade at the end of the day.
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum
More Information: https://www.pretendcity.org/

Persian New Year at Pretend City Mar. 18
Nowruz means “New Day” and is a joyful, colorful celebration dating back at least 3,000 years. Families can be seen dressing up, exchanging gifts, and visiting family. Join us as we explore and celebrate the Persian New Year through activities, art, and story time!
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum
More Information: https://www.pretendcity.org/

St. Joseph’s Day at the Mission Mar. 19
Join us for this historic celebration full of tradition, community, and festivity, on March 19 marking the return of our famous swallows to Capistrano and the coming of spring – a time of renewal and rebirth.
Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano
More Information: https://www.missionsjc.com

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Mar. 19-21
This event celebrates the composer’s 250th birthday all weekend by featuring all five of his piano concertos.
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts
More Information: https://www.pacificsymphony.org/

Foam Glow Run Mar. 28
As the runners/walkers reach the Foam Glow™ Zones, they will run through different color foam that glows in the dark under high intensity black lights. All products are 100% natural and non-toxic. At the end of the race there will be an after party filled with music pumping from the stage, Foam Glow™ and tons of black lights! Whether you are a long term runner or a walk around the park stroller, the 3 miles of the Foam Glow 5K™ course will have you shining bright and waiting for the next run.
Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
More Information: http://www.foamglow.com

Swallows Day Parade Mar. 21
The 62nd Annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire will be held in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Parade is part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas, which celebrates the return of the songbird on St. Joseph’s Day. The festival includes a plethora of community activities including a Kids Pet Parade, a Hairiest Man Contest, food, entertainment and much more.
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California
More Information: http://www.swallowsparade.com/

Glitterfest Mar. 29
This event features a collection of creative folks who express their talent through mixed media art. It includes handmade jewelry, sculpture, primitive dolls, paper whimsy and much more!
Location: Fullerton, California
More Information: https://www.glitterfest.com/

February 2020 Events

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Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Gondola Cruises Ongoing
Enjoy a romantic evening with someone special on a beautiful gondola ride through the harbor.
Location: Newport Beach
More Information: https://newportbeach.gondola.com/

Valentine’s Day Events & Ideas
A list of Valentine’s Day events and ideas to share with your significant other.
https://www.orangecounty.net/html/Weekend_valentines.html

Rotary/CARE Car Show Feb. 1
The Car Show once again promises a fabulous display of over 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. The event also features vendors, displays, food, beverages, and much more!
Location: Camino Center Sports Park
More Information: https://sjcrotary.org/

Laguna Beach Music Festival Feb. 5-8
This festival is featuring violinist Ray Chen as Festival Artistic Director, in collaboration with other artists. The Laguna Beach Music Festival is committed to offering free outreach events for students, seniors and the community-at-large.
Location: Laguna Beach, California
Contact: 949.553.2422
More Information: www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com

Taste of San Juan Capistrano Feb. 6
The Taste brings together many of San Juan’s marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with ‘tastes’ of their fare.
Location: A Stone’s Throw Winery
More Information: http://www.swallowsparade.com/

Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk Feb. 8
Enjoy breathtaking views as you run and enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast following the race.
Location: Irvine
More Information: https://www.timberwolf5k.com/

Monster Jam Feb. 8
Monster Jam is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks.
Location: Angel Stadium
More Information: www.monsterjam.com

Chinese New Year at Disneyland Through Feb. 9
Travel to the most magical place on earth to experience a vibrant, multicultural celebration brimming over with excitement to attract luck and prosperity in the new year.
Location: Disneyland
More Information: https://disneyland.disney.go.com

Art Crawl Experience Feb. 9
ACE was created by artists and community leaders with the intent of bringing arts and culture downtown by showcasing art in public places, street artisans, pop-up galleries, and the brick-and-mortar galleries. This event takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Anaheim
More Information: http://www.downtownanaheim.com/ace

Scots Festival & International Highland Games Feb. 15-16
Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine, paying homage to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.
Location: Long Beach
More Information: https://www.queenmary.com/

Kids’ Pet Parade Feb. 15 (Rain Date is Feb. 22)
The Kids’ Pet Parade is the ultimate bonding experience for kids and their furry friends. Children between the ages of five and 12 can enter contests for: Best Team Costume, Best Domestic/Household Pet, Best Exotic Pet, Best Barnyard/Farm Animal, and Best Bird. There is a $5 entry fee and all pets must be leashed, haltered, or caged, and an adult must accompany children.
Location: San Juan Capistrano
More Information: http://www.swallowsparade.com

Race on the Base Feb. 21-26
The race is held on the runways 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!
Location: Los Alamitos
Contact: 562.430.1073
More Information: https://www.raceonthebase.com/

Harlem Globetrotters Feb. 22
Witness ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and unequaled fan interaction. See the Harlem Globetrotters at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Location: Honda Center
More Information: http://hondacenter.com/

Pretend City Mardi Gras Feb. 25
Let the good times roll at the Pretend City Mardi Gras celebration! Sing, dance, and bake your way through the museum and end the day with a festive parade down the city streets.
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum
More Information: https://www.pretendcity.org/event/mardi-gras/

Irvine Railroad Anniversary Celebration Feb. 29-Mar. 1
For only $2 .00 per ticket, you can enjoy train rides, panning for gold, carnival games, and much more! Promotional ticket price is only valid during the Anniversary Celebration Weekend.
Location: Irvine Regional Park
More Information: https://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/

January 2020 Events

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Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Whale and Dolphin Watching Ongoing
Choose from multiple cruises and sightseeing tours to catch a glimpse of whales and/or dolphins in their natural paradise.
Location: Newport Beach
More Information: http://www.newportwhales.com/

Knott’s Merry Farm Through Jan. 5
Knott’s Berry Farm is transformed into a Holiday paradise with magical lights, snow, shows, and dozens of festive activities the whole family can enjoy!
Location: Knott’s Berry Farm
More Information: https://www.knotts.com/

Annual Surf City Splash & Pancake Breakfast Jan. 1
Celebrate the New Year with a dip in the Pacific Ocean. No wetsuits – that’s cheating! Participants also enjoy a pancake breakfast, costume contest, and vendor booths.
Location: Zack’s Pier Plaza
Contact: hbsurfcitysplash@gmail.com / 714.698.9837
More Information: http://www.hbsurfcitysplash.com/

Jurassic Quest Jan. 3-5
Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs. It also features a fossil dig site, rides, mazes, a petting zoo, crafts, and much more!
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
More Information: https://www.jurassicquest.com/

Farm & Garden Classes Jan. 5,12, and 19
Centennial Farm is hosting gardening classes for participants ages 16 +. Reservations are required.
Location: OC Fair & Event Center
More Information: https://ocfair.com/

Blue Man Group Jan. 7-10
The Blue Man Group returns to Orange County to perform their new show! The event features coloring stations, games, and photo opportunities before the show! Use code BLUEKID for a free child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts
More Information: https://travelcostamesa.com/

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 5K & 10K Jan. 9
This is a virtual race. Complete your race any time in January 2020, even better if it’s January 9th to honor all law enforcement officers everywhere.
More Information: https://www.virtualrunevents.com/

Irvine Half Marathon Jan. 11
Formerly known as the Southern California Half & 5K, the Irvine Half Marathon is taking place on Saturday, January 11.
Location: Mike Ward Park
More Information: https://www.irvinehalf.com/

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Jan. 13-26
Restaurant week showcases Newport Beach’s culinary scene, offering diners a wide variety of dining experiences. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner.
Location: Newport Beach, CA
More Information: https://www.visitnewportbeach.com/

Super Warrior 5K Jan. 18
Dress as your favorite super hero or warrior and join the Super Warrior 5K. The event also features a fun run for kids.
Location: Yorba Regional Park
More Information: http://stripesofawarrior.com/super-warrior-5k/

Amigo SoCal Jan. 18-19
This winter edition is the nation’s largest consumer guitar event!
Location: OC Fair & Event Center
Contact: show@stringswest.com / 918.288.2222
More Information: https://www.amigoguitarshows.com/

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Pretend City Jan. 20
This children’s event features crafts and artistic activities to teach children about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for a better world.
Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum
More Information: https://www.pretendcity.org/

Tet Festival Jan. 24-26
Tet, short for Tet Nguyên Đán, is the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in Vietnamese culture. Tet celebrates the arrival of a new spring where families reunite, enjoy each other’s company, forget about the troubles of the previous year and look forward to a better upcoming year.
Location: OC Fair and Event Center
More Information: https://tetfestival.org/

Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon Jan. 31- Feb. 2
This event features pre-race events and scenic a course on game day.
Location: Huntington Beach
More Information: https://www.motivrunning.com/run-surf-city/

Event Resources
www.visittheoc.com
www.orangecounty.net/html/events.html
www.visitanaheim.org/explore/events
www.visitsjc.com
www.missionsjc.com
www.lakeforestca.gov
www.destinationirvine.com
www.pretendcity.org
www.ocfair.com
www.newportwhales.com
https://socalpulse.com/
https://travelcostamesa.com/

Holiday Lights 2019

2019 Holiday Lights Orange County


ORANGE COUNTY HOLIDAY LIGHTS 2019

There are many places to view the wonderful sights of Orange County’s Holiday Lights. Here are a few of the popular places, in addition to a list of links to assist in guiding you around to some of the favorite areas.

ALISO VIEJO King Eider Ln. | Glenwood Community | 43 Woodswallow Ln.
ANAHEIM HILLS Bel Air Neighborhood (Santa Ana Rd. near Weir Canyon)
ANAHEIM Disneyland Festival of Holidays, 1313 Disneyland Dr. | 306 Barryknoll St. | 151 S. Jeanine Way | 2118 W. Minerva
BALBOA ISLAND 327 Sapphire Avenue (Zimmerman House)
BREA Eagle Hills, East Birch and South Starflower Streets | 515 Cedar Ave. | Shadetree Circle (Lambert & Wandering)
BUENA PARK 8419 Santa Berta Way (Cross Streets are Crescent& Western) | 8073 Calendula Drive
COTO DE CAZA Gooseberry Court
COSTA MESA 3150 Bear St. | 467 East 19th St. | Lilac & Santa Ana Ave. | 77 Fair Drive (City Hall) – Snoopy’s House
CYPRESS 5208 Cumberland Drive
DANA POINT Annual Boat Parade of Lights http://www.danapointharbor.com/| Monarch Beach Resort
FOUNTAIN VALLEY Brookhurst & Heil | 18323 Stanislaus Street
FULLERTON Woods and Amerige | Mountain View Ave. & Fullerton Creek Rd. |Sparkle Ball St. | North Yale
GARDEN GROVE 6531, 6541, 5521 Belgrave Avenue | 12112 Wutzke Street
HUNTINGTON BEACH Bolsa Chica Ave. | La Cresta Drive |Cruise of Lights Boat Parade, http://www.CruiseofLights.org/
LADERA RANCH 2011 Bramford Street | Shelton Ct. and Sutherland Dr. | Mayville Place
LAGUNA HILLS Mawson Dr. |25276 Orellano Way | 23561 Marsala
LAGUNA NIGUEL 2011 Eider Court | Nellie Gail Rd. | 5 Tunis
LAKE FOREST 22981 Belquest Dr.| 24952 Greenbay Dr.| Ashbrook St. | Buckwood St. | 25982 Dundee Dr. |Parkwood St. |25141 Steinway Circle | 22472 Sunlight Creek Ave.
LA PALMA Houston Avenue |Tiara Lane
MISSION VIEJO 26152 Cordillera (Whoville House) | 23446 Bolivar Street | 27093 Pinario |Via Amistoso St. | 21602 Criptana
NEWPORT BEACH El Paseo St. on Lido Peninsula | Harbor Island Dr. |327 Saphire Avenue | Annual Christmas Boat Parade https://www.christmasboatparade.com/
ORANGE 451 N. Citrus St. | 1431 North Shaffer St. | Locust & Glassell | Pine St.| 7633 E. Saddlehill Trail | 1767 N. Lindenholz St. | 463 N. Emerald Dr. | 1907 N. Ridgewood
PLACENTIA 444 Normany (“Frozen” House)
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA 22 El Corazon | 20 El Corzo (Candy Cane Land) | 11 Twilight Lane | 16 Calle Liberacion
TUSTIN Red Hill Avenue & Olwyn Drive | 2351 Caper Tree Drive | 1151 Windsor Lane
YORBA LINDA East Lake Village | 18665 & 18974 Seabiscuit | 4712 Via Del Rancho | 20630 Vista Del Sol | 5474 Berryhill Dr.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
https://www.orangecounty.net/html/christmas_lights.html
https://orangecounty.citymomsblog.com/mom/holiday-lights-orange-county/
https://www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com/orange-county/best-christmas-light-displays/

December 2019 Events

Orange County Events December 2019

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Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Christmas Lights Through December
http://www.orangecounty.net/html/christmas_lights.html

Knott’s Merry Farm Through Jan. 5
Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol. Plus stroll through the merry streets of Calico for unique seasonal treats, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village, an enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightly falling snow, and so much more.
https://www.knotts.com/play/merry-farm/attractions

Sawdust Winter Festival Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22
The Festival will feature 180 artists, three stages of live music, holiday inspired festival classes and ceramics, art demonstrations, daily visits with Santa, carolers, a petting zoo, and thousands of lights and decorations to capture your perfect festive selfie, and so much more! https://sawdustartfestival.org

Tamale Festival Dec. 1
This event is the largest tamale festival in Orange County, and is held on Euclid St., between La Habra Blvd. and Lambert Rd., as well as in Brio and Portola Parks, which are in that area. Activities will include a tamale contest, dance performances by local studios, musical performances, and the Mariachi Divas.
http://www.lahabraca.gov/677/Tamale-Festival

Night of a Thousand Lights Dec. 6 – 22
The 6th Annual Night of 1,000 Lights is to be the best yet! This year there’s twelve nights of holiday cheer! Enjoy “Blue Christmas” with Elvis, sweet treats on Gingerbread Lane, visit Santa and warm yourself with hot chocolate! http://www.slgardens.org

45th Annual Boat Parade Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14
Get ready for a Tiki Holiday takeover at Dana Point Harbor during the 45th Annual Boat Parade of Lights! Visit Santa, do some shopping, and enjoy all the holidays have to offer!
https://danapointharbor.com/boat-parade/

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Dec. 7
Join the City of Dana Point at the annual Winter Festival on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Activities include a visit from Santa, reindeer, snow, crafts for kids, cookie decorating, holiday entertainment, petting zoo, craft beer for adults, and the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m. http://www.danapoint.org

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire Dec. 7
This is a winter holiday celebration featuring wonderful activities for the whole family! This year’s event will once again feature snow slides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and over 100 artisan craft booths. http://www.buenapark.com/city-departments/community-services/special-events/candy-caneland-craft-faire

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 7
This special holiday event will feature guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more! The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. and is FREE to attend!
https://www.fountainvalley.org/856/Special-Events

Puttin’ On the Glitz Dec. 7
Get into the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa Claus, holiday carolers, shopping, dining, a beer and wine garden, train rides, sweet treats, and much more. https://scglitz.com/

Home for the Holidays Dec. 8
The Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair will feature more than 30 pet rescue groups and animal shelters along with, pet-related vendors (food, toys,micro-chipping, etc.). Help us find 500 furry friends a home this holiday season!
https://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/home-holidays

2019 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade Dec. 14
The parade includes 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!
http://www.lagunaniguelparade.com/

111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 18-22
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. each night. https://www.christmasboatparade.com

SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Festival Dec. 19 – Jan. 5
Come experience the magic when winter comes to SoCal! This festival features 18 days of winter fun including: outdoor ice skating, ice tubing down a 9 lane, 150 foot mountain, snow play area, a light maze, live music, food, drinks, and MUCH more.
https://winterfestoc.com/

Beach Clean Up Dec. 21
All are welcome! Join us as we preserve our beach’s natural beauty! http://www.saveourbeach.org/

Hooray for Hanukkah Dec. 22-30
Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! We’re celebrating Hanukah at Pretend City! Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have full days of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit!
https://www.pretendcity.org/event/hooray-for-hanukah/

Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 26
Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa at Pretend City! We’re bringing out our Kinara and learn about some of the principle and traditions behind this lively celebration that honors African-American culture and heritage.
https://www.pretendcity.org/event/festival-of-kwanzaa-celebration/

Run in the New Year 5K/10K Dec. 29
Write a New Year resolution on the back of your bib and RUN, JOG, or WALK it into the new year! https://runsignup.com/RunNewYears2019/

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Dec. 31
A list of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Orange County.
https://www.orangecounty.net/html/new_years.html
https://www.newyears.com/orangecounty