Events | Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 12.17.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 12.17.15

Winter Fest

Dec. 18-Jan. 3. Brace yourself as winter hits Orange County. Enjoy ice-skating, ice-tubing, the world’s largest walk-through ornament, live entertainment, reindeer feedings and more. See a theater-sized screen playing holiday films in the background while you revel in the nightly snowfall and magical lights. Taste seasonal foods and craft cocktails as you stroll through the whimsical wonderland. Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $10-$30. Season pass $25-$45. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Screen-Shot-2015-12-09-at-1.43.45-PMWaggin’ Trails and Wine
Dec. 17. Dress yourself and your pup in your best holiday attire for an evening of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate and desserts. A selection of small bites will also be available for purchase. Enjoy opportunity drawings, live music and tons of pups all while supporting Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation. RSVP’s are requested. 6-9 p.m. $30/pp. The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, The Tides Ballroom, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.328.8661.


ColonyColony Wine Merchant
Dec. 20. Celebrate Colony Wine Merchant’s first anniversary with an open house event. Enjoy live music, raffle prizes and complimentary small bites. Guests can enjoy $5 craft beer and fine wine as well as 10% off all retail sales. 1-5 p.m. Free. 280 S. Lemon St., Anaheim, 657.208.1860.


NB-Boat-ParadeNewport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 16-20. “Seas the Holidays” and join over a million viewers to view beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sailing along the harbor. From fireworks to live entertainment by contestants from The Voice, it’s the perfect way to ring in Christmas. Thursday, see U.S. Women’s National Soccer players Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press and Whitney Engen for a fan meet and greet at ExplorOcean at 4:30 p.m. Friday, The Voice season 8 contestants will bring their talents to the harbor. Don’t miss the fireworks finale on Sunday! See website for full schedule of events each day. Boat parade begins at 6:30 p.m each evening. Free. See website for map of full parade route. Newport Pier, Newport Beach.


Elsa-FrozenDisney on Ice Presents Frozen
Dec. 16-21. Bring the kids to see the wintry world of Frozen, the No. 1 animated movie of all time and Academy Award winner, come to life on ice. Hear the film’s instant-classic songs, including “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” The show will be hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with special appearances by Disney princesses and other characters. Visit website for full list of performance times and dates. Tickets start at $30. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 1.800.745.3000.


static1.squarespace.comMuckenthaler’s Annual Holiday Festival
Dec. 20. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day with activities including home and gallery tours, performances and an arts & crafts fair. Feast on fare from delicious food vendors and taste exclusive craft beer selections. The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 12-4 p.m. Free. 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.


Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Dec. 17. See Bone Thugs-N-Harmony this weekend as they perform live at The Observatory. Open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25. The Observatory Orange County, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.


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Saint Marc Pub – Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage
The flagship Saint Marc Pub-Cafe fuses four distinct restaurant concepts together under one modern roof. The unique dining experience offers classic dishes such as grilled cheese and southern grits to elegantly-served charcuterie and ahi tuna cooked on salt rocks. Enjoy intimate dinners, late night bites, business lunches or family brunches. M-W 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Th-Sa 8-2 a.m., Su 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite M230, Huntington Beach, 949.629.2591.


eatsmasTwelve Days of Christmas and EATSmas Holiday Bash
Dec. 12-25. Count down the twelve days of Christmas with Chef Jason Montelibano at EATS Kitchen + Bar. EATS will be serving specialty dishes crafted straight from the beloved folk song – enjoy coq au vin (French hens), cinnamon toast ice cream (maids a-milking) and a pink lady cocktail (ladies dancing). Come back on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the EATSmas Holiday Bash to revisit some of these items. Dec. 24, 5-9 p.m.; Dec. 25, noon-8 p.m. Limited quantities of featured dishes available each day for lunch and dinner. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.


Valenza Chocolatier Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Dec. 18-19. Get your holiday treat shopping done when Valenza Chocolatier sets up shop this weekend at The Hood Market. Stock up on the holiday collection of gourmet Italian favorites. F 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 350 Clinton, Suite A, Costa Mesa, 949.891.1206.


Baumvision Warehouse SaleBaumvision Warehouse Sale
Dec. 18. Shop for eyewear from your favorite brans like Retro Super Future, Wonderland, Paul Frank, Leisure Society, Linda Farrow, Toms and more. Noon-7 p.m. Baumvision HQ, 3100 Pullman St., Costa Mesa.


VitraVitra Eyewear Trunk Show
Dec. 18-19. Preview the latest cutting-edge frames from the Chrome Hearts Eyewear fall/winter 2015 collection. The trunk show will be hosted at Vitra Eyewear, brand new boutique in South Coast Plaza. Guests can indulge in champagne and chocolate covered strawberries while shopping! F 2-8 p.m., Sa 12-8 p.m. Free. Vitra Eyewear, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.2186.


FI-PersonalShopping-Hero-Dec2015Fashion Island Personal Shoppers
Ongoing. Let Fashion Island’s in-house personal shoppers and stylists help lighten your holiday shopping load this year. Fashion Island offers complimentary shopping and styling services just in time for the holidays. The shopping specialists will spend anywhere from 30-minutes to a full day to help guests find the best holiday gifts or the perfect holiday outfit — no matter the budget. The personal shoppers canvass the center daily to stay up-to-date on new items, top gift ideas and hot buys, and they don’t charge you a thing. There is no minimum purchase required and the stylists don’t take commission or tips. Call to schedule. Free. Fashion Island, Concierge Desk in Atrium Court, 401 Newport Center Drive, 949.701.3166.

Dec. 17. ChocXO Chocolatier is hosting a special holiday shopping event at their bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Irvine. Guests will receive 10% off all purchases while enjoying samples of ChocXO’s gourmet chocolates and glasses of champagne. The 10% off sale includes luxury gift sets which range from $29 – $139. Stock up on last-minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers at a discounted price! 5-8 p.m. 9421 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.825.5781.