Events | The Best Orange County Things To Do In December 2013

The best Orange County things to do in December 2013


Jay Z performs at Honda Center

Find the best Orange County things to do in December 2013, in our events roundup.

Jay Z
Dec. 6. On the heels of his summer tour with Justin Timberlake, the rapper, producer, entrepreneur and international icon comes to Honda Center for his Magna Carter tour. 8 p.m. $33-$175. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

Nutcracker Tree Lighting in Downtown Anaheim
Dec. 7. Enjoy holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, children’s train rides, free photos with Santa and holiday musical performances by local schools and community groups throughout the day. Purchase unique gifts from the Holiday Shopping Village, including new Downtown Anaheim shops, and enjoy a wide variety of culinary treasures from the International Food Fair. Witness the lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree, magically lit by The King of Medieval Times and a holiday musical performance featuring the Anaheim Ballet and Combined Choirs of the AUHSD. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 205 Center St. Promenade, Anaheim, 714,956.3586.

Christmas at the Beach
Dec. 7. Balboa Village kicks off the season with fun for the entire family. Begin your afternoon with a complimentary horse drawn carriage ride around the village, participate in holiday arts and crafts and enjoy holiday music and movies showing in the ExplorOcean galleries along with other Fun Zone attractions, retailers and restaurants. As dusk arrives, stay for the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Don’t miss a special visit from Santa and enjoy the sounds of Christmas carolers spreading the holiday spirit. 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.

OC Brew HoHo
Dec. 7. Spend your Saturday afternoon with unlimited beer tasting, great food, holiday music and a unique holiday shopping experience. Featuring more than 50 craft beers with an unprecedented line-up of limited releases, seasonal, first release and holiday ales. Noon-4 p.m. Phoenix Club Anaheim, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, 949.363.1774.

Dec. 10-22. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical returns to Segerstrom Hall. Witness how Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to fame and power. Hear the beautiful “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Kanye West
Dec. 13. See 21-time Grammy-Award winner as he returns for his The Yeezus Tour. Combining state-of-the-art staging, production and lighting design with his unmatched aesthetic, visionary creative mind and an increasingly impressive catalog of hits spanning his decade-long career, West won’t disappoint with this show. Kendrick Lamar opens the show. 8 p.m. $39-$199. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

McCoy Tyner Trio with Joe Lovano
Dec. 13-14. See the five-time Grammy-Award winner and NEA Jazz Master pianist McCoy Tyner, who has shaped modern jazz for more than half a century. He and his trio welcome Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano for a brilliant night of jazz in the intimate setting of Samueli Theater 9:30 p.m. $59-$79. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy
Through Dec. 15. Enjoy the holidays in Laguna as the Sawdust Festival grounds are turned into a winter wonderland where more than 170 artists create, display and sell original works. Live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, a petting zoo, Santa and much more will be featured. Open weekends. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 18-22. Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 105th annual event. For five nights, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze with a dazzling array of holiday lights and music—this year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’” Fireworks displays on both opening and closing night. 6:30-9 p.m. The parade starts off at Bay Island. Check website for route.

Chill the Ice Kingdom at Queen Mary
Through Jan. 5. Witness the Queen Mary as it is overtaken by a deep freeze for the second annual chill, bringing holiday cheer, enchantment and North Pole temperatures to families across sunny Southern California. See larger than life, hand carved ice sculptures that fill the 14,000 square-foot igloo called The Ice Kingdom, featuring scenes from The Nutcracker, such as life sized reproductions of Clara, the evil Mouse King, sugar plum fairies and The Nutcracker himself. Grab an oversized tube and race down one of the six slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long and ice skate in the 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink. Enjoy a holiday village with gingerbread houses, holiday carolers and Santa. $29.95 for adults; $14.95 for children. Open Tu-Su. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934.

Holiday on Ice at Irvine Spectrum Center
Ongoing. Enter a winter wonderland as the festive outdoor holiday ice rink returns to Irvine Spectrum Center this holiday season. Season passes, private lessons and private parties are available. Skate sessions are 75 minutes. $14 plus $3.50 for skate rentals. Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.748.8280.

Great Gatsby Style New Year’s Eve at The St. Regis Monarch Beach
Dec. 31. Spend a swank evening Jay Gatsby would be proud of—celebrating the roaring twenties with friends old and new! Dress in your finest Gatsby attire and dance to the popular Flashback Heart Attack band and multiple DJs. Enjoy culinary stations along with cocktails such as mint juleps and gin fizzes at one of the many full bars. $175 for early access beginning at 8 p.m., complete with food and three complimentary drinks. $100 for cocktail event only, which includes 10:30 p.m. entry and three complimentary beverages. VIP access and bottle service available. Space is limited. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3987.

NYE Voyage on the Queen Mary
Dec. 31. Be transported to the vibrant streets of India, carnival nights in Brazil, the extravagant Moulin Rouge in France and Times Square in New York before returning to the ship’s beginning in a village in Scotland, all while never leaving Long Beach. The sights, sounds and tastes will transform throughout the night, as the ship’s horn announces the arrival in a new Port of Call. Music, costumes, cocktails, food and activities will create the ultimate New Year’s Eve soiree with fireworks ushering in 2014. $99 for a Tourist Class boarding pass for general admission access; upgrades available for dinner, bottle service and New Year’s Day brunch. 21 and over. Reservations strongly recommended. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.