Category: Holidays

Celebrate Chanukah

Celebrate Chanukah at Prentend City and attend an Olive Press Workshop on December 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am.

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City! In honor of the miracle which occurred with oil, Pretend City hosts the Olive Press Workshop. Children will be taken back to a time of chance, drama and triumph! They will laugh, thrill and cheer as the adventure of Chanukah unfolds. They will also learn customs and traditions associated with Chanukah all while making olive oil for the Menorah.

  • When: Friday December 19, 2014 at  11:30a.m.
  • Where: Prentend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups
  • RSVP: Highly Encouraged. Register here. Walk-ins welcome based on availability.
  • Fee: Included with museum admission
  • Visit their website: for further information

Holiday at SOCO

You’re invited to celebrate the holiday season at SOCO and The OC Mix


Friday, December 19th from 1-5pm

Bring your family and friends and enjoy live piano playing’s by Trevor Wesley, and of course-visits with Santa Ron and pictures at our Photo Booth, ending with a real snow fall provided by 24 Carrots! Between all the activities and shopping for gifts, enjoy wines from around the world at LCA’s wine garden, sweet treats from SusieCakes and ST Patisserie, and complimentary gift-wrapping – donations are encouraged and will benefit Project Hope Alliance – an OC based charity ending homelessness for children in our community, & don’t forget to bring in toys for our Toys For Tots donation boxes. What’s more? Granola Babies will have their annual letters to Santa station up and running, it’s a must visit for the kids.  #SOCOCollection


SOCO Holiday will be all weekend at SOCO and The OC Mix!


Saturday and Sunday, December 20th  and 21st from 11-3pm 

There will be even more visits with Santa, Eva Lempert Photo Booth and live music. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, December 19th 1:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday, December 20th 11:00-3:00pm
  • Sunday, December 21st 11:00-3:00pm
Participating Stores:
*Mixing Glass – Free $10 gift card with every purchase of a $100 gift card
*Local Fare – Free Nora Fleming tea light holder with a $75 purchase
*Granola Babies – Saturday Only – The 1st 100 people to stop in Granola Babies will get a free ticket & scoop of ice cream at Nice Ice Cream that same day (3 tickets per household)
*Milk & Honey Baby – Make Your Own Ornaments – Saturday Only
*Pomeus – Friday – Decorate our own kids’ hangbag (limited quantity available)
*Saturday & Sunday – Bejwel Christmas Cards
*Smocking Birds Baby & Children’s Boutique-  Enjoy holiday sales and specials all weekend long.
Friday & Saturday Only – Join TUTU School Laguna Niguel and decorate a beautiful crown.
*Nice Ice Cream – Saturday Only – The 1st 100 people to stop in Granola Babies will get a free ticket & scoop of ice cream at Nice Ice Cream that same day (3 tickets per household)

Also, Eva’s Trunk will be hosting a Toys for Tots drive all of December. Share the merry!

SOCO/OC Mix is located at 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, California


The Nutcracker for Kids

Join the Newport Beach Library for a holiday program for children and their grown-ups. “The Nutcracker” for kids is an abridged narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. This shortened performance is intended to introduce children to The Nutcracker story and ballet.



Honeyky Hanukah

Join Barnes & Noble for a Honeyky Hanukah – A fun story celebrating Hanukah. Come for fun activities and get a free CD at the event. For an event near you click here.




Holiday Classics Storytime

Holiday Classics Storytime   Barnes   Noble

Barnes & Noble will host a Holiday Classics Storytime on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Bring the family and have the kids come in their pj’s ready for a special holiday story time reading of the classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas.



Menorah Lighting

Fashion Island will host a Menorah Lighting  on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

The celebration will include Chanukah entertainment by Friendship Circle & Orange Jewce Band, Chanaukah crafts, gifts and treats for kids, face painting, Driedles & Donuts and more.

There will also be a community Toy Drive, so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy.


  • When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Where: Fashion Island: 401 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information visit:

DIY Nativity Set

A couple of years ago I found this cute little printable Nativity set from Since then, this “prized possession nativity scene” finds a spot in our home every Christmas.

As I was setting it out today, it inspired me to look for the source of this DIY nativity set. I was so happy to find it again, so I thought I’d share it with you.


We made our Nativity set using a shoebox for the manager that we covered with a paper bag. I cut out a piece of cardboard for the roofline. My daughter colored the pictures, I cut them out and we glued them to the toilet paper rolls. Simple dimple and it didn’t cost a thing to make.


The original is set up a little differently than ours, use your imagination and make it your own!


Pinecones, Crafts & Cookies!

Our local libraries are offering some some fun holiday events that range from creating pinecone crafts to decorating cookies. There’s something for kids of all ages!


Orange Public Library

Children ages 4-12 are invited to Holiday Crafts with Miss Grace. This is a free program to hear seasonal stories and make a related craft.

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.
  • No registration required
  • Orange Public Library & History Center – 101 N. Center Street, Orange, CA 92886

Tustin Library

Tustin Library will have a “Decorate Pinecones” event for children ages 5 and under.

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • No registration required
  • Tustin Library 345 E. Main St. Tustin, CA 92780

 Newport Beach Library

For children K -3rd grade, Newport Beach Library will create a winter wonderland of crafting fun.

  • Thursday, Decmember 18, 2014 – 4:00 – 5: 00 pm
  • No registration required
  • Central Library Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660

For teens in 7th – 12th grade – ‘Tis the season! Join us for cookie decorating and crafting, along with holiday-themed entertainment.

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • No registration required
  • Central Library Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660

A Night in Bethlehem

Experience the Sights, Sounds and excitement of the very first Christmas.

Bring your friends and family and experience first hand the excitement of a first century market-place. Meet Bethlehem’s citizens. Create crafts, enjoy delicious treats and a FREE family photo as a memento of the your evening in Bethlehem.

A Night in Bethlehem – Liberty Baptist Church

  • When: Tonight, Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Where: Liberty Baptist Church, 1000 Bison Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660


Christmas Chalk Walk

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“Christmas Chalk Walk” is a free street chalking festival for the whole family to come and see. It is a three day event where local artists of all levels will chalk Christmas related art in the large parking lot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 22851 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo.

All of the community is invited to come watch these amazing scenes of Christmas come to life in chalk over the days of Dec. 18, 19 and 20, 2014

Hours are as follows:

Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, December 19, 2014 from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm