Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade

Where to Find the Holiday Boat Parades in Orange County!

Here’s a fun holiday tradition that you can enjoy with your family and friends – Go see a holiday boat parade in Orange County! We try to do this every year. Since we are within close proximity to the beaches and harbors, we can select from several viewing spots along Dana Point Harbor, Huntington Harbor, or Newport Harbor. The parade can be enjoyed by land or by boat. We have done both, and they’re both great! Parade routes can be downloaded so you can plan your day accordingly. Some include minute-to-minute stops. As you can imagine some of the spots are busier than others. I personally like the quieter spots … Read more

Festival Ballet Theatre FBT

Festival Ballet Theatre NUTCRACKER Irvine Barclay Theatre 12/9-12/24

Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT)’s family-friendly production of THE NUTCRACKER will be at Irvine Barclay Theatre to delight all ages December 9th through 24th with colorful scenery and dazzling costumes. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and young talent from across the Southland. “Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands.” Nutcracker Tea Party A pre-show event before select performances of Festival Ballet Theatre’s lavish Nutcracker ballet. (Limited number of tickets available). Guests will enjoy … Read more

tanaka farms holiday tour sanrio village

Tanaka Farms Holiday Tour + Sanrio Village Select Weekends in December!

The Sanrio and Tanaka Farms collaboration continues through the holiday season as our favorite farm in Irvine, California has added special weekend tours to see Santa in the Sanrio Village! Take a wagon ride around their 30 acre farm to sample winter vegetables before arriving to Sanrio Village on the hilltop where Santa awaits. There will be lots of photo opportunities before you head back down to the Holiday Market Stand where you are able to shop for a fresh Christmas Tree. The total experience lasts about one hour. Plus each paying guest receives a limited edition Sanrio button! SANTA TOUR & SANRIO VILLAGE Now running each weekend:  12/2, 12/3, 12/9, … Read more

LEGOLAND California Holidays

LEGOLAND Holidays + New Year’s Eve Fireworks Before Bedtime + Ticket Giveaway!

Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort is officially open! This year’s special guest, actress and singer Hilary Duff, helped Santa pull the switch to light the world’s largest 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree in their 15th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The tree is made of more than 245,000 green DUPLO® bricks, has more than 400 LEGO ornaments, and illuminated with more than 11,000 LED lights. At the ceremony, LEGOLAND California Resort donated $10,000 on Duff’s behalf to Baby2Baby, which provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, foster care … Read more

South Coast Plaza Santa Village

South Coast Plaza’s Santa’s Village

South Coast Plaza is an upscale shopping destination in Orange County with luxury brands and a large selection of retailers that makes it a one-stop-shop to be considered, because they have everything! While everyone will be on a mission to cross everyone off their their Christmas List, families can make it fun for the children with a visit to Santa’s Village! Located in Carousel Court, you and your family can enjoy visits with Santa, rides on the Reindeer Carousel, holiday music performed by carolers and talented musicians, festive decor, a Craft Workshop, and a large wall display of a Christmas village with moving train. There’s also a Santa Mailbox for … Read more

Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays + Dining Guide 2017

Both parks at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, have made it hard to decide which park to celebrate the season because they are both decked out for the season! (In this post, I will only focus on Disney California Adventure, because there is a lot to cover.) This year Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street features a 1920s-inspired holiday theme to emulate Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney first moved to California. You will notice that surrounding buildings as well as the 50-foot Christmas Tree features vintage-style ornaments and decorations. For the first time, two Cars Land attractions have been transformed for the holidays – Luigi’s Rollickin’ … Read more

Aquarium Pacific Holidays + Ticket Giveaway!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Come celebrate the season at AQUARIUM HOLIDAYS December 2nd through December 24, 2017 with festive decor, music, snow fall in the Great Hall, daily Santa Diver appearances, daily Penguin Walks at 10 am, gingerbread displays, shopping, daily showings of the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a special holiday menu is offered daily in Cafe Scuba. Watch playful sea otters and other animals feast on their favorite treats, and enjoy all the Aquarium holiday festivities. That’s not all – if you go on the weekends (December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17), … Read more

Winterfest OC Ornament

Winter Fest OC Ticket Giveaway!

Winter Fest OC is coming back, and once again they will be “bringing winter to the OC” at the OC Fair & Event Center offering holiday experiences for all to enjoy. For 18 days, enjoy more than 20 family-friendly (or date-night) wintry activities including ice tubing, snow play, festival of lights, nightly tree celebrations with parade, crafts, live entertainment, ice skating, carnival games, and much much more! Hint: Santa and his reindeer will fly over the fairgrounds for four nights only before heading back to the North Pole on Christmas Day. Enter below for a chance to win tickets!  Each night, there will be a parade of winter characters around … Read more

Scooters Jungle Aliso Viejo

Scooter’s Jungle Indoor Play Arena + Giveaway!

We’re always looking for great options for playdates to meet with friends. The children like to run around, and although they’re more independent, we still want them to be safe. In Orange County, there are so many venues to choose from, and we are blessed with beautiful weather year-round. Playdates usually run about two hours so we don’t feel guilty being indoors. Most recently we were at Scooter’s Jungle, an indoor play arena in Aliso Viejo, for their first annual Halloween Bounce Party. It was pretty fun. It was on a school night but it was in the evening which gave us time to do homework beforehand, play for a few … Read more

Christmas Tree

Candlelight Evenings at The Nixon Library

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. These special events are a tribute to First Lady Pat Nixon, her legacy of opening the White House to the American people, and her love of Christmas. Included with admission, holiday activities include: A Whistling White House Wonderland – This fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10-foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels, Photos with Santa Claus (one complimentary download included), Live performances of Long Beach City College Evening Wind Symphony, Be … Read more