December Orange County Events Calendar

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Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy     Through Dec. 15
Our festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of four weekends. The Winter Fantasy is offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles.http://sawdustartfestival.org

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights and Holiday Cruises     Dec. 1-31
As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves it way through the Newport Harbor, you can view the parade from almost any place on the shore FREE of cost. $20-$36 for cruises with Newport Landing ($20-$36 for cruises with Newport Landing). (949) 675-0551 / www.christmasparadeboats.com

Light a Light of Love 2013     Dec. 1
The Light a Light of Love holiday parade is an annual tradition that features a children’s parade filled with community spirit and love. Parade participants include youth groups, a band, several classic cars and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus on a Huntington Beach Fire Engine. 2-7pm. Pier Plaza: 325 Pacific Coast Hwy. 714-842-6600 / www.cspinc.org

Winter Wiener Wonderland-Wiener Dog Races     Dec. 1
Bring the whole family and watch your favorite wiener dogs race it out in this last race of the year! Food, drinks and fun await you at Old World Village. 3-5pm. Old World German Restaurant: 7561 Center Ave., #49, Huntington Beach. www.oldworld.ws

Sand Sculpture Dedication and Tree Lighting Ceremony     Dec. 1
The whole family will enjoy the breathtaking 8-ton sand sculpture depicting a beach-holiday theme created each year in the resort’s lobby, visiting with Santa, holiday entertainment, and exclusive St. Regis prizes! 4:30-6:30pm. St. Regis Monarch Beach: 33000 Niguel Rd., Dana Point. (949) 234-3200 /www.stregismb.com

OC Jingle Bell Run / Walk and Rudolph Ramble     Dec. 1
Join for tons of fun with reindeer games, costume contests, milk and cookies and holiday themed actvities at the Start/Finish line festival and all along the course! 7-11am. Crown Valley Community Park: 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel. (949) 585-0201 / www.ocjinglebellrun.com

Hospitality Night     Dec. 6
Santa arrives in Laguna Beach to light the tree and launch the holiday season! Businesses and community groups join in the festivities in a beautiful and festive setting downtown! Forest Avenue will be closed for the event. Join friends and family for the annual showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Laguna’s South Coast Movie Theater. 5:30pm. 949-494-1018

Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show     Dec. 6-8
Where shopping and entertainment combine for a winter wonderland of fun. Bring canned goods for donation and get $2 off admission. Kids 12 & under are free, and tickets are good for the entire weekend so you can return for more. Pomona Fairplex: 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona. 800-346-1212 /www.harvestfestival.com

Holly Jolly Hoopla to Christmas at the Casa     Dec. 7
The City of San Clemente and Casa Romantica bring back a day of excitement and jubilee! It’s double the fun in San Clemente with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts and much more holiday cheer for the whole family to enjoy! Light the tree with the Mayor at 5:15pm. (949) 361-8264 / recreg@san-clemente.org (Recreation) or (949) 498-2139 (Casa Romantica)

Christmas at the Beach     Dec. 7
Join us for a day of holiday celebration in Balboa Village as we kick off the season with fun for the whole family Saturday December 7th from 2pm – 6pm. There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides, tree lighting (at 5:30pm), cookie decorating, wooden boat building, live music, Christmas carolers, visit with Santa, holiday movies and more.

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk     Dec. 8
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! 11am-4pm. Pacific Coast Highway. (949) 673-4050 / www.cdmchamber.com

SJC Chamber Christmas Party     Dec. 12
Join the SJC Chamber of Commerce for a festive Christmas party at the Residence Inn by Marriott (33711 Camino Capistrano)! 5:30-7:30pm. $15 Chamber Members/$25 Potential Members. (949) 493-4700 /info@sanjuanchamber.com

Christmas at the Zoo     Dec. 14
Celebrate the holidays with the animals of the OC Zoo. Special story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, seasonally inspired crafts and holiday face painting. Watch the zoo animals receive treats hidden inside Christmas Trees! 10am-4pm. 714-973-6847 / http://ocparks.com/zoo/

The Sweater Dash     Dec. 14
The ugliest 5k of the year! A fun filled Christmas themed 5k where runners sport the ugliest sweaters they can get their mittens on! Angels Stadium: 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. (951) 235-1546 /http://thesweaterdash.com

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting     Dec. 14
Includes a fabulous  Craft Faire where you can buy some great holiday gifts. The tree lighting is expected to happen around 5:30pm though schedule is subject to change. 12-7:30pm. Most Activities FREE. La Plaza Park: 34111 La Plaza St., Dana Point. 949-248-3530 / www.danapoint.org

Annual Candlelight Walk     Dec. 14-15
Watch the park transform into an extravagant celebration with 1,000 luminarias lighting the buildings, illuminating the pathways and shining on the park. 5:30-8:30pm. Heritage Hill Historical Park: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. (949) 923-2230 / http://ocparks.com/historic/heritage/

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade     Dec. 18-22
Set to run nightly, the parade is free to watch and will feature more than 100 decorated and lighted boats making their way along a 14-mile parade route through scenic Newport Harbor (309 Palm Street). 6:30-9pm. (949) 729-4400 / www.christmasboatparade.com

This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.