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Date/Time Event
Sun, Jan 1st - through
Sun, Dec 31st
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Whale Watching
Newport Landing Whale Watching, Balboa CA
  • 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

  • Sun, Nov 12th - through
    Sun, Nov 19th
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    San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
  • Now in its 14th 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.

  • Fri, Nov 17th - through
    Sun, Jan 7th
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    Knott’s Merry Farm
    Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
  • From November 17 through January 7, Knott’s Merry Farm provides the perfect backdrop for your family’s holiday memories with a park transformation that surrounds you with the glorious sights, sounds and scents of the season. Guests of all ages can enjoy classic shows like the festive ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! Stroll through the merry streets of Calico for seasonal treats, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, the enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightly falling snow, plus so much more.

  • Fri, Nov 17th - through
    Sat, Nov 18th
    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Fashion Island Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Fashion Island, Newport Beach
  • 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

  • Sat, Nov 18th - through
    Sun, Dec 17th
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sawdust Winter Fantasy
    Sawdust Art Festival Grounds, Laguna Beach
  • Just like its summer counterpart, the Sawdust Winter Fantasy offers a unique shopping experience for everyone on your holiday list. Mingle with local artists, enjoy live entertainment, partake in hands-on art projects and capture picture-perfect moments. Weekends, November 18 through December 17th www.sawdustartfestival.org Location: Laguna Beach

  • Thu, Nov 23rd
    7:00 am - 8:30 am
    Dana Point Turkey Trot
    Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
  • 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

  • Fri, Nov 24th - through
    Sun, Dec 31st
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    The Science of Gingerbread
    Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana
  • You know it, you love it and, as the holidays approach, you can’t get enough of it. Ah, gingerbread. Now the science of gingerbread is revealed through recipes, hands-on kitchen activities and decoding royal icing. Don’t forget to decorate your very own cookie, too, and check out the annual Gingerbread Competition to see who does it best! www.discoverycube.org. Location: Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana

  • Fri, Dec 1st
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    Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade
  • Deck the palm trees this holiday season at the annual Downtown Holiday Parade taking place along State Street in beautiful Santa Barbara. High-stepping marching bands, Christmas-themed floats, celebrity Grand Marshal and more. And, of course, Santa will be there ready to mingle and jingle! Starts at 6:30pm. www.downtownsb.org Location: Santa Barbara

  • Sun, Dec 3rd
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival
    Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach CA
  • It’s a home-grown holiday happening at this much anticipated annual event with high school bands, a Fireman’s barbecue, carolers clad in Dickens garb, restaurant tastings, beer and wine garden, opportunity drawings and more. www.cdmchamber.com Location: Corona del Mar along PCH

  • Thu, Dec 7th
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Brea’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Brea Civic and Cultural Center, Brea
  • After checking off items on your Christmas gift list, head over to the Brea Civic and Cultural Center for the annual Tree Lighting Celebration featuring live music and entertainment with a visit and photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Refreshments served. www.cityofbrea.net Location: Brea Civic and Cultural Center

  • Sat, Dec 9th
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    Naples Island Boat Parade
  • Take a trip to Italy via Long Beach and its exclusive Naples Island neighborhood for the 71st annual Boat Parade. Gather along the canals (modeled after Venice, Italy’s) or sit perched atop an arched bridge. Afterwards, explore the area’s many fine restaurants and pubs. Buon Natale! www.naplesca.com Location: Long Beach

  • Wed, Dec 13th - through
    Sun, Dec 17th
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    Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
    Newport Beach Harbor, Newport Beach CA
  • It’s 109 years and counting! The annual boat parade is the ultimate SoCal way to ring in the holidays featuring hundreds of boats decked out in thousands of lights parading up and down the harbor. Newport Landing offers cruises nightly allowing would-be sailors an opportunity to be part of the action! www.christmasboatparade.com Location: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island

  • Sat, Dec 16th
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Holiday Sing-A-Long
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles CA
  • Join the LA Philharmonic as you belt out your favorite holiday tunes within the confines of the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall. Enjoy all your favorite songs—Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Jingle Bells—along with some sure to be new favorites. Lyric sheets provided. Fa la la la la! www.laphil.com Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown L.A.

  • Sun, Dec 17th
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    Hanukkah Celebration
    Farmers Market, Los Angeles CA
  • Celebrate the start of Hanukkah with the annual lighting of the menorah at 2pm at the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles. Throughout the season enjoy traditional caroling, holiday arts and crafts, live swing and jazz plus some of the best food offerings in all of L.A. www.farmersmarketla.com Location: Farmers Market – Los Angeles

  • Sun, Dec 31st - through
    Mon, Jan 1st
    6:00 pm - 1:00 am
    New Year’s Eve Aboard the Queen Mary
    The Queen Mary, Long Beach CA
  • Have a shipload of fun aboard the Queen Mary as you usher in a new year. It’s anchors aweigh as the ship pulls out all stops with multiple parties in its bodacious ballrooms, pre-dinner celebrations, live entertainment, and fireworks just after the stroke of midnight. Hotel packages available, too. Your ship has arrived as you set sail into the New Year. www.queenmary.com, Location: Long Beach

  • Sun, Dec 31st - through
    Mon, Jan 1st
    7:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Fullerton’s First Night
    Downtown Fullerton, Fullerton CA
  • Ring in the New Year with the entire family at the 25th annual First Night in Downtown Fullerton. This alcohol-free celebration includes a full line-up of live entertainment and activities that everyone from ages 1-100 can enjoy. www.cityoffullerton.com location: Historic Downtown Fullerton along Harbor Boulevard.