Festival of Lights – Image from riversideca.gov
I had to start out the Christmas lighting displays and events with my absolute favorite Christmas light display…the Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA.
This incredible display of more than 4 million lights happens every year the day after Thanksgiving. The “Switch-On” ceremony and fireworks display kicks off on Friday, November 28th, 2014 and begins at 4:30 p.m..
Festival of Lights – Iamge from riversidecvb.com
Besides the amazing display of lights that highlight the Mission Inn’s beautiful architecture, don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour of the beautiful Mission Inn.
Presidential Lounge – image from missioninn.com
At the entrance to the Mission Inn, you are greeted by giant nutcrackers and displays in the gardens that lead you into the lobby where you’ll find a gorgeous Christmas tree. There are several restuarants that host stunning outside eating areas as well as the historic Presidentail Lounge.
Mission Inn Dining Patio – Image from missioninn.com
Outside you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, an ice skating rink, food and holiday vendors and live entertainment.
Festival of Lights – Image from riversideca.gov
The festivities run from Friday, November 28, 2014 through Saturday, January 3, 2015.
People magazine ranked the Festival of Lights as the 2nd best lighting ceremony in the United States (second only to Rockefeller Center).
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The event is free, parking is $5.00 at most parking lots. Vendors and restaurant fees vary.
Van Gogh – Starry Nights
Ok, so the Star Party won’t quite look like Van Gogh’s Starry Nights painting but you get the idea. Take a grand tour of our starry night skies at Caspers Wilderness Park‘s Star Party and wonder at the beauty above us.
Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the marvels of the sky.
Come and take a guided tour of the constellations while learning myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars.
Event – Free
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy. San Juan Capistrano, CA
Parking- $5.00 per vehicle
Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the Park at (949) 923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information.
Storytime in the Garden-OC Great Park
Enoy a fun-filled, enchanting hour of food related stories, songs, games, and activities designed to help kids build strong language and literacy skills, and lifelong healthy eating habits.
The garden setting stimulates curiosity and imagination, and enables participants to make personal connections with the stories by seeing firsthand how fruits and vegetables are grown.
Structured 30 minute interactive presentation followed by craft activities.
All ages are welcome to attend
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:00 am- 11:00 am
Story: The Ugly Pumpkin, Blue Bowl Down, and Very First Thanksgiving Day
This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with the University of California Irvine’s Jumpstart Children First program.
Ylang Ylang, while famed for its exquisite fragrance and long history as a component of perfumes, has much to offer therapeutically. It is an effective mood uplifting agent as well as having calming properties.
Ylang Ylang oil comes from greenish-yellow flowers that are shaped like starfish. It is a tropical tree native to tropical Asia, but can be sourced in other parts of the world. Historically, Ylang Ylang’s primary use is as an anti-depressant. It is known to reduce anxiety, be an aphrodisiac and to help individuals release anger. It is also considered an effective antiseptic. The Essential Oil Ylang Ylang (complete) is of the botanical family Annonaceae, it is grown in Madagascar where it is steam distilled from the flower.
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It’s time to sign up for the OC Zoo Winter preschool program! The preschool program is geared for children ages 3-4 years old and the fee is $5.00 which includes the program and the entrance to the zoo.
The program we attended began with crafts and hands-on learning as the staff bought out zoo animals. The children were all given a chance to touch (almost all) the animals while providing animal facts.
Classes start promptly at 10:15 am and last for one hour. I was a little concerned that a room full of preschoolers would not sit still for a full hour but during the hour we did 3 crafts and had at least 7 animals brought out in between. Afterwards we enjoyed the zoo and storytime under the beatiful trees.
Arrive at the zoo gate by 10:00 am so you have time arrive so you have time to wait in line at the ticket booth. Parents must accompany their children for the entire program.
Here’s the Winter program line up:
Creatures In The Cold
Fri, Dec 5th & Wed, Dec 10th
Animal Art II
Fri, Jan 9th; Wed, Jan 14th, & Thurs, Feb 12th
Nose, Toes & Ears
Thurs, Jan 22nd & Fri, Feb 20th
Scales, Feathers & Fur
Fri, Jan 30th; Wed, Feb 4th, & Thurs, Feb 26th
PHONE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
To register for a class call (714) 973-6846.
*Please call to cancel no later than 1 week prior
to class so that we can allow someone from
the waiting list to attend instead.