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Orange County January 2018 Events

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Annual Surf City Splash & Pancake Breakfast Jan 1
Celebrate the New Year with a dip into the chilly Pacific Ocean. No wetsuits – that’s cheating! The Surf City Splash also features a pancake breakfast (ends at 11) and vendor booths all day.
http://www.hbsurfcitysplash.com/

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 5K – Anaheim Jan 9
January 9, 2018 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! To honor law enforcement we are hosting a virtual race. We will be donating at least 15% of every registration to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), who’s mission is “Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.”
https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/

Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest Jan 13
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 March 21st.
http://www.swallowsparade.com

Rock it in Aliso & Wood Canyons 5K and 17K Trail Race Jan 13
The 5K is a fast out and back course along the Aliso Creek Trail (East) to Wood Canyon. The 17K (yes 17K, almost 11 miles) offers a few challenging climbs, including Rock it Trail, technical terrain, and nice long flat stretches. Both distances are almost entirely on trails except for one brief paved road crossing.
http://www.rockitracingoc.com/aliso–wood-canyons.html

Super Warrior 5K Jan 20
The Super Warrior 5K, is hosted by Stripes of a Warrior, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that originated in Anaheim, California. It will be held on January 20th, 2018 at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. Our mission is to help cancer Warriors FIGHT cancer financially. We provide financial assistance to those that have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to afford their medical bills, housing, medication, or food expenses, etc.
http://stripesofawarrior.com/super-warrior-5k/

The BRAVE Race 5k and 1kfun run for The Joyful Child Foundation Jan 20
The Brave Race 5k and 1k fun run is sponsored by the Joyful Child Foundation in memory of Samantha Runion. The Foundation works to raise awareness and provide educational opportunities to children, parents and educators regarding sexual abuse and child abduction.
www.raceplace.com

Irvine International Film Festival 2018 Jan 25-28
With a focus on creative expression, cultural differences and global issues, The IIFF celebrates the power of film as a language that transcends all geographical boundaries. Screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, producers, actors and artists from all over the world gather in Orange Country to showcase rare films to the community and enhance public awareness.
http://irvinefilmfest.com/

OC Chili Winter Trail Run (5, 7 or 10 Miles) Jan 27
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series takes place at O’Neill Regional Park, 11 miles east of the 405 Freeway in Trabuco Canyon and Rancho Santa Margarita. MEDALS to all series finishers!
https://chilitrailrun.bookthatevent.com/

Snow Day Jan 27
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.
https://www.cityoffullerton.com

Laguna Art Museum Centennial Kickoff Bash Jan 27
To kick off the centennial celebrations the museum will host a festive party featuring live music, art performances, video installations, specialty cocktails and creative hors d’oeuvres.
http://lagunaartmuseum.org/

2018 Laguna Niguel Triathlon Jan 28
The Laguna Niguel Triathlon is an adult and youth reverse sprint triathlon for all fitness levels and abilities. Even if you have never raced, competed or participated in a triathlon you’ll have a great time at this event because we will make it simple to get started. Coming soon, training programs and clinics to help you get prepared. The pool swim helps new swimmers feel more comfortable. If you have a few races under your belt this will be a great race to work the winter cobwebs out and get ready for longer races. We also have the 5k and kids fun run! It will include a community expo and finish line festival.
http://renegaderaceseries.com/laguna-niguel-triathlon

Gray Whale Migration Off Newport Beach Winter/Spring  Thru April
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport/Laguna Beach coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and travel along the Newport Beach coast during the months of December, January, February, March, & April. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view 5 or more gray whales a cruise making for excellent viewing opportunities. Other varieties of whales including finback whales, humpback whales, and minke whales can also be viewed along with several species of dolphin.
www.newportwhales.com/newport_beach_whale_watch_offer_16.html

Events Resources
www.visittheoc.com/events
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/ocf2
www.newportwhales.com

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

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Orange County December 2017 Events

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Seal Beach Christmas Parade 2017 Dec 1
This ‘continuous motion’ parade highlights youth groups, sports groups, schools, businesses, first responders and other organizations from Seal Beach and the surrounding areas.
http://www.sealbeachlions.org/christmas-parade.html

Free Boat Rides with Santa Dec 2-3
SANTA and his helpers listen to Christmas wishes during 20-minute harbor cruises on December 2 & 3 from 10am-2pm. Bring your camera and enjoy the tradition Dana Wharf has offered families for generations. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested.
http://visitanaheim.org/event/free-boat-rides-santa

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Dec 2
Activities throughout the day include Santa visits, carnival games ($1), craft fair, Dana Point Police Services Kid Print ID, face painting, cookie decorating ($2), holiday crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Express Train, petting zoo, pony rides and the Annual Tree Lighting! Most activities are free.
http://www.danapoint.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec 2
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!
http://www.fountainvalley.org

Santa’s Village by the Sea Dec 2
The event begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony to usher in the spirit of the season. Take a picture with Santa and delight in a night filled with holiday fun, carolers, cookie decorating, and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
http://ci.san-clemente.ca.us

Winter Market Dec 2
THE MARKET WILL FEATURE: holiday entertainment, free pictures with Santa from 12 to 4 p.m., Food booths, holiday shopping, face painting, bounce house, beer and wine garden, and “spark of love” toy drive with Fullerton firefighters
www.cityoffullerton.com

Walking in a Winterfest Wonderland Dec 3
Atlantis Play Center is located at 13630 Atlantis Way in Garden Grove Park. Be sure to dress warmly because there will be 50 tons of snow! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting from the North Pole from 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Activities at the event include crafts, inflatables, carnival games, train rides, music and more.
http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/commserv/winterfest-2017

Free Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Dec 5
Presented by the City of Garden Grove and the Garden Grove Community Foundation, this free event features live entertainment and holiday refreshments. The event culminates with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, spectacular tree lighting, and a flurry of winter snow.
https://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/node/8928

Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec 7
Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree lighting celebration. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
www.cityofbrea.net

Dana Wharf Santa Photos Dec 8-16
Santa wants to hear your wishes. Bring your cameras and snap a selfie with Santa
http://visitanaheim.org/event/free-santa-photos

43rd Annual Boat Parade Dec 8, 9, 15, 16
This year on the boat parade nights, we are excited to include family fun holiday activities throughout the Harbor starting at 4:30pm and providing entertainment and holiday cheer for everyone prior to the boat parade. The City of Dana Point, County of Orange and the California State Parks at Doheny will provide Trolley service which runs all four days of the parade starting at 3:30pm until 10:30pm.
http://www.danapoint.org

2017 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade Dec 9
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

HOLIDAY Gingerbread House Building Workshop Dec 9, 10, 16
This time-honored tradition just got a little more exciting and a lot more delicious! Featuring Jazz Kitchen favorites such as Bananas Foster French Toast, Louisiana Shepard’s Pie, Beignets, and more, this buffet will fill you up and get your creative juices flowing before you start building your masterpiece.
http://visitanaheim.org/event/new-holiday-gingerbread-workshop

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec 13-17
FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Bay Island at 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours.
https://www.christmasboatparade.com

Enchanted Forest of Light Thru Jan 7
As the days get darker, Descanso Gardens transforms its grounds into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting displays and interactive exhibitions. Visitors will stroll along a one-mile walk through the Gardens to experience the most beloved collections of Descanso illuminated in glorious color. Some of these displays will be interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.
https://www.patinagroup.com

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

Events Resources
www.visittheoc.com/events
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/ocf2
www.newportwhales.com

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