Category: Holidays

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade


Huntington Harbour Boat Parade celebrates their 52nd year on December 13 & 14, 2014

The Huntington Harbour Boat Parade event starts at 5:15 pm and boats begin lining up at 4:30 pm. You can enjoy the beautifully decorated boats for about 2 1/2 hours as they float through the Huntington Harbor channels.

Viewing is best from the bridges along the channel, beaches which surround the channel, Peters Landing Marina and at several parks including: French Park and Trinidad Park.


Huntington Beach Harbour Boat Route


A Groovy Christmas Gift

**This post was sponsored by Groovey Lab in a Box.Opinions are completely my ownThe links in this blog post are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, I will receive a small commission from Groovy Lab in a Box.

My 8-year-old is not a difficult child but if I take her into a toy store, there’s not much that’s grabs her attention. It becomes difficult when someone calls and asks “what can we get her for Christmas or what is she into?” My answer usually sounds like this….bugs, nature, how things work, science, technology, building things, geography and reading – and that is when I hear the silence on the other end of the phone. So, no – you can’t go into the local department store and get her a gift she’ll love and my little one is quickly following in her footsteps.

One of the ads I feature on my blog is from Groovy Lab in a Box, this is the type of Christmas gift any kid would love.

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 Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly subscription STEM in a box gift. Each month your little STEMists receive a brand new box filled with STEM related learning opportunities.

The box comes complete with everything you’ll need to complete the activity. If you need a paper clip –  it’s in the box,  scissors – it’s in box, popsicle stick – it’s in the box – even any necessary tools are included. Once you open the box, your ready to get going on your experiment. They take it a step further by offering a website that allows them to take that months activity to the next level.


Groovey Lab in a box

They are currently offering “Groovy Holiday Bundles” and you can get your first box delivered to you in time just in time for Christmas. They offer non-recurring prepaid plans in 3-, 6- and 12-month packages that are billed at the time of order. The plans do not renew (but you ‘ll probably want to continue). Right now, each plan is bundled with a unique single box at 20% off! 

I think this is an awesome choice for a Christmas gift. Giving your little STEMist a monthly box filled with the fun of learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Both Popular Mechanics and Mothering Magazine have included Groovy Lab in a Box in their 2014 holiday gift guides!



Follow the Star & Creche Exhibit

Come celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season at this annual living nativity. Follow the Star is a living portrayal of Christ’s birth as recorded in the New Testament.

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The show repeats every 30 min with the last show at 8:30 pm. The International Creche exhibit is open from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm. Hot Chocolate will be served.

This wonderful event is presented as a gift to the community and sponsored by the Santa Margarita Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.


  •  – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


  • LDS Chruch – Altisma Building 29441 Altisima, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA


  • FREE

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade 2014

This is a “Laguna Niguel Cheers to 25 Years” anniversary event. The 2014 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade takes place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10 a.m.

The Theme for this year’s parade is “Silver Bells ~ Golden Dreams”.
The parade will include 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!


Drive Thru Nativity

Sorry for the late notice but some of you in the Huntington Beach area can still make it tonight. First Christian Church of Huntington Beach has a Drive Thru Nativity that begins tonight, Wednesday, December 10th from 6-9:30pm,  tomorrow, Thursday, December 11th  6-9:30pm and Friday, December 12th  6-10pmDrive Thru Nativity

Drive Thru Nativity

The Drive Thru Nativity at First Christian Church of Huntington Beach has been a staple in our community for almost 50 years. Actors and live animals tell the story of Jesus’ birth through 9 different stations. Whether you’re driving through or walking, you’ll remember the true magic of Christmas as you celebrate with friends and family.

First Christian Church is located at 1207 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA


Las Posadas Celebrations

Niños pidiendo posadas - Diego Rivera
Niños pidiendo posadas – Diego Rivera

The posadas  is a re-enact of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. Las Posadas are tradionally celebrated each evening from December 16 to 24. The nine evenings represent the nine months of Maria’s pregnancy with Jesus in her womb.

The celebrations begin at dusk Children dress as shepherds, angels and sometimes, Mary and Joseph. An angel leads the procession followed by Mary and Joseph and then guests carrying candles and signing a song to ask for shelter. At the final stop of the posada guests are served traditional food and drinks, such as bunuelos, pan duelce, tamales and hot chocolate or champurrado. Children partake in a pinata in the shape of the Christmas star.

This Christmas tradition can be both spiritual and educational. Here is a list of upcoming Posadas Events:

Tamale Festival & Las Posadas

I posted this event yesterday but it’s a posada event so I’ve added it to this as well – The 20th Annual Placentia Tamale Festival and Las Posadas Festival in downtown Placentia.

  • When: December 10th, 2014 from 4:00pm – 9:00  pm.
  • Where: 100-200 block of Santa Fe Avenue of Old Town Placentia.




Old Town San Diego

Folks in Mexico have been reenacting the biblical journey of Joseph and Mary looking for shelter throughout Bethlehem for over 400 years. In San Diego’s Old Town, it’s been done for over 60 years.

This free event is on Sunday, December 14th with caroling starting at 2:00 p.m. and the procession of Las Posadas starting at 5:00 p.m. “In the name of heaven, I ask you for shelter, because my beloved wife can continue no longer,” cries Saint Joseph. “Let us sing with joy, all bearing in mind that Jesus, Joseph, and Mary honor us by having come,” answer the townspeople.

 Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

A traditional Mexican Christmas celebration re-enacting Mary’s and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Enjoy traditional Mexican music, dance, costumes, hot chocolate, and pan dulce (sweet bread). Mexican dress is encouraged.

  • When: Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: Bowers Museum – in the North Wing Parking Lot for procession; program in John M. Lee Court
  • Cost: Free

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Museum and Gallery Store will be closed. Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation.

Olivera Street, Los Angeles

On Olvera Street, Las Posadas is one of Los Angeles’ oldest Christmas events and will be played out for nine nights by the Olvera Street Merchants. The event runs from December 16 through Christmas Eve. Entertainment will start at 5:30 pm, the candlelight procession starting at the historic Avila Adobe begins at approximately 7:00 pm.The public is invited to join in or merely observe.

The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

located between Main and Alameda streets north of downtown Los Angeles. Public transportation is available via the Metrolink, MTA railand bus service to Union Station, across from Olvera Street.  Paid parking is also available at nearby lots on Main, Los Angeles and Alameda streets.

  • When: December 16 through December 24, 2104 begins at 5:30 pm
  • Where: Olvera Street , 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free


Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove

The Hispanic Community is hosting a Posada on Saturday, December 20, 2014 in the Chritst Cathedral Academy Gym at 6pm.

  •  When: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00PM
  • Where: Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
  • Cost: free
La piñata - Diego Rivera
La piñata – Diego Rivera

 Prentend City, Irvine


Although this isn’t a true Posadas event, children can learn about the Posasads through special activities. On December 16, 2014, Pretend City celebrates the first day of this 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Children will have fun learning about the history of this celebration. Activities of the day will include:

  • Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio to make colorful Las Posadas mementos to take home:
    • Posada Piñata Ornaments – In Mexico the breaking of a piñata accompanies almost every festive occasion. Make your very own Piñata ornament to hang on your tree this holiday season.
    • Posada Placemat – On the 9th day of Las Posadas families gather for a delicious feast. Make sure you are prepared by creating your very own holiday placemat.
    • Luminaria Path– Children will have the opportunity to create their own glowing replica of a Hispanic Christmas Luminaria Path, which is a deep rooted Las Posadas tradition.
  • Sensational Story Time: Introduce your child to Las Posadas through rich holiday literature. Enjoy special one-on-one story time with your child by reading Las Posadas stories in the Pretend City Library.
  •  Where: Prentend City 29 Hublle Irvine, CA
  • When: December 16, 2014
  • Time: Activity times vary
  • Specifically for:  Preschoolers (3-5 years), Kindergarteners (5-6 years)
  • Costs: $12.50 for children12 months + and adults $12.50 per person for complete details visit Prentend City’s website.

Tamale Festival & Los Posadas

The 20th Annual Placentia Tamale Festival and Las Posadas Festival in downtown Placentia will take place tomorrow, December 10th, 2014 from 4:00pm – 9:00  pm.

This FREE event  has live entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus to give toys to local children, a holiday tree lighting and a Posadas re-enactment.


Be sure to bring your appetite as there are plenty of Incredible Tamales and other delicious food and drinks to purchase.

 The event takes place in the 100-200 block of Santa Fe Avenue of Old Town Placentia.  There is a free shuttle from Sam’s Club parking lot.



Christmas at the Zoo

Join the OC Zoo for Christmas at Zoo. Visit with the animals Santa while Mrs.Claus will for a special holiday event.


Mrs. Claus will have special story times through out the day. Kids can enjoy holiday crafts and face painting as the animal receive special treat filled “gifts”that have hidden inside specially made CHristmas trees,

This special holiday event is included in the regular admission and no reservation are required. While you there at Irvine Regional park be sure to visit

  • Saturday, December 13, 2014
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Reservations are not needed.
  • Activities are free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 & under free).
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • OC Zoo is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92669



Build a Gingerbread House

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Candy Classic Gingerbread House – Image from

On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, the Tustin Library will host a “Build a Gingerbread House” event from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The program is FREE and designed for school aged children but younger children are welcome to take part with a parent’s assistance.

Tustin Library is located at 345 E Main St., Tustin, CA


FREE Boat Rides with Santa – Today!

FREE BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA TODAY!!! Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm,


Santa and his helpers will listen to Christmas wishes during this 20-minute harbor cruise.

Cruise departs every 20 minutes. A donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested. No reservations required!

Dana Point Harbor is located at 34624 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA – Parking is FREE!