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Date/TimeMon, Jan 1st - through
Mon, Dec 31st Check Website for Times
LocationNewport Landing Whale Watching
Take to the high seas on an adventurous whale watching expedition with Newport Landing and be on the lookout for one of the hundreds of Grey Whales during their migration along the Pacific Coast. Witness huge pods of dolphin, seals, killer whales and, yes, even sharks. No two cruises are alike! www.newportlanding.com Location: Newport Beach
Date/TimeSun, Nov 11th - through
Sun, Nov 18th Check Website for Times
Now in its 15th year, this event has expanded from five days to an entire week and features cuisine and an all-star line-up of rock star chefs, cookbook authors, foodie personalities, and world-class winemakers. Highlights include cooking classes, wine tastings, a star-studded celebrity chef luncheon, and wine auction. www.SanDiegoWineClassic.com. Location: Downtown San Diego.
Date/TimeFri, Nov 16th - through
Sat, Nov 17th Check Website for Times
Size really does matter when it comes to Christmas trees, and no one can top Fashion Island’s stunning 90-foot tree. Just after dusk, near the Neiman Marcus- Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, officials “light it up” marking the official start of the holiday season. Enjoy live entertainment, family fun, and a head start on your holiday shopping – Fashion Island is filled with all the top stores, boutiques and restaurants. 949.721.2000, www.shopfashionisland.com. Location: Fashion Island
Date/TimeFri, Nov 16th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tour a trio of Tustin homes showcased on this lifestyle tour including an elegant French chateau, mon oui! and a lovely craftsman-style home along with a Tuscan, not Tustin, villa! You can also enjoy a catered lunch and shop the holiday boutique. Proceeds benefit CHOC’s Jack and Jill Guild. www.jackandjillguild.org Location: Various Homes – Tustin
Celebrating the Asian culture, enjoy a day of delving into the arts, cuisines, cultures and marine environments of Asia. Hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific, landlubbers can also get up close and personal with underwater wonders, including sharks, jellies and sea urchins. www.aquariumofpacific.com Location: Downtown Waterfront Long Beach
Date/TimeTue, Nov 20th - through
Tue, Jan 1st Check Website for Times
LocationKnott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm transitions into a winter wonderland celebrating “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with seasonal entertainment, holiday décor, and spectacular entertainment. Check out the 65-foot tall Christmas tree (Charlie Brown would be proud!) and don’t miss the colorful Christmas parade daily. www.knotts.com. Location: Buena Park
While the name may imply food (hint: turkey), you can get a head start and run off that big Thanksgiving feast before a drop touches your lips. So, run the race before you stuff your face! The annual 10k race starts at 7am, while the 5k gets underway at 8:30am – then reward yourself with some stuffing and gravy. But before you do, lace up those running shoes and enjoy a scenic course that travels through Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. You can choose to pant or gobble gobble (but still shed the waddle) as you trot along for a good cause: the race benefits the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. www.turkeytrot.com. Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date/TimeFri, Nov 23rd - through
Sun, Jan 6th Check Website for Times
LocationDowntown Santa Barbara
Emulating the Christmas markets of Europe, Santa Barbara, dubbed the “American Riviera,” will host a Santa Barbara Night Market at Paseo Nuevo along State Street every day from 4-10pm except Tuesday. Shop ‘til you drop for unique items, enjoy music and carolers, food, beverage and some seriously good Central Coast wine. It’s a ho-ho-ho-liday just a couple hours north of OC! www.santabarbaraca.com Location: Downtown Santa Barbara