Category: Holidays

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Deck the Hulls

Join over a millions of people at Annual Newport Beach Christmas boat Parade as beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor.

The 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 17 and ending Sunday, December 21, 2014. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times. 

Click the following links for Parade Route & Viewing and Direcctions & Parking. You can also find  the best viewing locations & reserved seating information here.


Legacy of the Carols

Legacy of the Carols
Legacy of the Carols

Legacy of the Carols | A Season · A Song ·  A Savior

We sing the songs of Christmas, but what is the story?  This live production tells the history of how some of our beloved Christmas carols were written, and how they impact us today. A joyous experience of music, drama, dance and media, featuring a full choir and orchestra.

When: Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 pm

Where: Calvary Church – 1010 N. Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

FREE Admission

Event takes place in the In the Worship Center

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Santa Arrives In Laguna Beach – tonight!

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Santa arrives in Laguna Beach tonight for the annual Hospitality Night, a fun-filled evening that takes place tonight, Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Enjoy Snow, Santa and fun activities. U.S. Bank is hosting FREE Ice Skating and FREE Ice Skate rentals. The rink will be set up for tomorrow evening only. The Ice Skating rink will be located at the U.S. Bank parking lot.

Some of the performers will include Bell Choir & Anneliese’s School Choir. There will also be live entertainment, dancing, a live nativity scene and a FREE viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at theS outh Coast Movie theater at 9:15 pm.

The highlight of the evening will be Santa’s arrival at City Hall at 6:00 pm.

Street closures will begin at 3:30 pm at Forest Avenue. The trolley will be operating from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm from Downtown North & South.

Downtown Laguna is located at 107 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Timeline of Scheduled Events:

3:30 pm Street Closures begin (Forest Ave between Coast Hwy. & Third St. (including Beach and Second Street)
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Santa rides through town on Coast Highway followed by the Laguna Beach Trolley with Fireside Caroler’s
5:00 pm- Bell Choir and Community Sing-along at the Presbyterian Church (415 Forest Ave), La Playa Pre-school Tamales Booth, Craft Bazaar & Live Nativity
5:00 pm- Laguna Beach Community Band at 326 Forest Ave. Parking Lot
5:30 pm- Thurston Middle School Band Performance on City Hall Front Lawn
6:00 pm- Santa Arrives at City Hall – Santa & Mayor Light the Peppertree @ City Hall
6:00 pm- Ice Skating rink with free rental skates opens at the US Bank & Broadway by Amar parking lot!! Rink will by open until 9pm.
6:10 pm- Santa Arrives at his house in front of Tuvalu at 295 Forest escorted by his Elves and his golf sleigh
6:10 pm -Anneliese’s School Choir Sings on Main Stage
6:30-9:00 pm- Live Music Entertainment-Main Stage located on Forest Ave at Glenneyre St.
9:15 pm – The Chamber of Commerce & South Coast Movie Theater is happy to offer FREE passes to the movie It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart.

Forest Avenue will reopen at 9:00 p.m.


Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights

The 40th Annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point ”FantaSEA Holiday”  takes place on Friday, December 5, Saturday, December 6, Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Water’s Edge.

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Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy.

You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor while enjoying the lights and sounds of IlluminOcean – 40 Nights of Lights or make reservations at one of the restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot.

For more information call the Harbor Info line at (949) 496-5794 or visit our website at

Dana Point Harbor Parade Map
Dana Point Harbor Parade Map

Dana Point Harbor is located at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA.

Take the I-5 Freeway to Dana Point. Traveling South, exit the Pacic Coast Highway o ramp 86 veer right and turn left onto Dana Point Harbor Drive. Traveling North, exit Beach Cities o ramp 86 veer left. Turn left onto Dana Point Harbor Drive. Parking & Shuttle available at Doheny State Beach $2.


Nativity Scene Exhibit

International Nativity Exhibit & Music Program

Community Christmas Celebration
Community Christmas Celebration

Inspired Art from Around the World

We have gathered hundreds of hand-crafted nativity displays representing the work of artists from over 115 different countries. You’ll see a stunning variety of nativity scenes from every continent–a heartwarming and awe-inspiring exhibit of creativity and faith.

You’ll see a stunning variety of nativity scenes from every continent–a heartwarming and awe-inspiring exhibit of creativity and faith.

The Community Christmas Celebration is a gathering of the most incredible display of nativity scenes I have ever seen. As your walking around taking in these gorgeous works of art from around the world, you’ll hear beatiful live music performaces of Christmas music in the background.

There is a Childrens Activity Area where your little ones can dress up as shepherds, wise men, angels, Joseph and Mary.  My all time favorite Christmas picture of my girls was taken here. In additon there are Christmas related crafts availble for the kids.

This non-denominational event is open to everyone and admission is FREE!!!

nativity_160x159Treat yourself, your family and friends to this is amazing gathering of Creche displays. This event fills your heart with the true meaning of Christmas.


LDS Chruch is located at 674 South Yorba Street, Orange, CA 92869

Friday Dec. 5 5-9 pm
Saturday Dec. 6 5-9 pm
Sunday Dec. 7 5-9 pm



Tustin Tree Lighting Ceremony

The 30th Annual Tustin Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Tustin Library outdoor Courtyard located at 345 N. Main St., Tustin, CA.

The evening is filled with live performances, games, activities and a special reading of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Be sure to arrive early.

Tustin Tree Lighting
Tustin Tree Lighting

Christmas Walk at Corona Del Mar

36th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk
A Holiday Festival & Community Tradition

FREE to the public
Sunday December 07, 2014 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Christmas Walk is the Corona del Mar’s Chamber of Commerce most popular event of the year! This is an absolute can’t miss special event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit!

Festivities include:

  • Corona del Mar merchant promotions throughout Corona del Mar’s Business District
  • Live Entertainment with over 12 signature bands in strategic locations
  • The popular Fireman’s Grill BBQ provided by the
    NB Fire Department
  • Restaurant tastings and celebration parties.
  • Kid’s entertainment including snap shots with Santa Clause, bouncy houses, bungee jumping, holiday characters, a petting zoo and more.
  • Unique vendor exhibits in the popular vendor faire at the center stage.
  • Beer & Wine Garden located in Bandera’s Lower Parking Lot with Signature band “Pinch Me”
  • Famous Opportunity Drawing with over $15,000 worth of prizes.
  • Performances by High School and community organization

Event will be held at the Corona Del Mar Village located at: 2855 E Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA .




Christmas at the Mission


Bring the family and celebrate the holidays with Mission San Juan Capistrano! Held in conjunction with the City of San Juan Capistrano’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and community-wide holiday celebration, Mission San Juan Capistrano will host Christmas at the Mission on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Christmas at the Mission features:

· Ringing of the historic bells
· An exhibition of local music performance groups throughout the Mission
· “Santa’s Workshop” with cookie and ornament decorating for kids (free while supplies last!)
· Food Vendors serving tamales, burgers, coffee, hot cider, hot cocoa, sweets and more
· The beautiful historic Mission festively lit up for this special after-hours event, and more!

Performance Groups Include:

· Dickens Carolers
· Chamber Singers
· Orchestra Musicians
· Mariachis, and more!


Event Program & Schedule

Parking, Directions and Shuttle Information

Enjoy San Juan Capistrano: Find out more about this community-wide holiday celebration and activities to enjoy before and after Christmas at the Mission

Christmas at the Mission
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Lisa Renee Photography
Christmas at the Mission
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Lisa Renee Photography


Admission: $5.00 Adults; $3.00 Children (Age 4 – 11)

Admission is FREE for the following groups:
• Kids 3 and Under
• Mission Members and Parish Members with Member I.D. Cards
• Mission Volunteers with I.D. Badges.
• Active Military with I.D. Card – Free military prayer coin for military personnel

Mission Members attend Christmas at the Mission for FREE and receive 10% off at the Misison Store all year. Join now!

Purchase Tickets:

ONLINE: Purchase tickets now!

Purchase tickets in advance at the Mission Gate House anytime during regular hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week (except Thanksgiving).

Tickets may also be purchased at the evening of the event upon entrance. There are three locations open for admission at Christmas at the Mission. CLICK HERE to see where these gates are located

Those with pre-purchased tickets and with valid ID for free admission (see criteria above) may avoid ticket purchasing lines and enter at the QUICK ENTRY GATE. This is located at the corner of Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano, around the corner from the main entrance to the Mission. CLICK HERE to see where this gate is located.

Rain Policy: Please Note: Christmas at the Mission will be held rain or shine. Ticket purchases for Christmas at the Mission are final. No refunds, exchanges or transfers will be honored.


A Christmas Carol Performance

Today, December 2, 2014, Heritage Park Library in Irvine, CA  will host Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson, in  “A Christmas Carol”.


Duffy Hudson performs “A Christmas Carol” as a one man show without the aid of props or costumes. Join in as he brings this magical tale to life while playing all 46 characters.

  • Where: Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA
  • When: December 2, 2014 from 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Other upcoming performances of “A Christmas Carol” will be held at local libraries through the month of December at the following locations:

A Christmas Carol
December 4th – 7pm
Sun City Lincoln Hills
Lincoln, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 5th – 7pm
The Arbour Lodge
7700 Del Webb Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 6th – 1pm
Aliso Viejo Library
1 Journey
Aliso Viejo, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 7th – 2:30pm
Cypress Library
5331 Orange Ave
Cypress, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 11th – 7pm
Woodbridge by Del Webb
2401 Morningbrook Dr.
Manteca, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 12th – 7pm
The Club at Westpark
3240 Kennerleigh Pkwy
Roseville, CA

A Christmas Carol
December 13th – 2pm
Lucerne Valley Library
33103 Old Woman Springs Rd.
Lucerne Valley, CA


Balboa Park – December Nights


San Diego’s Balboa Park celebrates December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 37th consecutive year on December 5 & 6, 2014.

On Friday, December 5 from 3:00 -11:00 pm and Saturday, December 6 from noon – 11:00 pm. the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”


Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

**NEW THIS YEAR!! “December Flights” Zipline! Take a two hundred foot Zipline ride past the historic and beautifully lit Moreton Bay Fig Tree!

Balboa_park_decnights2Click here for complete details on parking and transportation for this event.

Balboa Park is located at: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

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