Orange County Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 1-4

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 12.1.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Pacific City’s 25 Days of Giving
Dec. 1. Witness the unveiling of a life-sized, advent-style holiday countdown calendar with surprises behind each door—one opened each day of the season. Behind the doors you’ll find inspirational messages, special offers, information on shopping events to benefit local charities and more. In addition, throughout the month of December, the Pacific City Pedal Squad will perform random acts of giving. The squad will roam Pacific City to offer shoppers fun, pop-up style holiday entertainment, free gifts and also awarding lucky shoppers and diners merchandise and food “on the house.” You also can enjoy feel-good holiday movies playing at Pacific City throughout the season, as well as festive live music. Unveiling of advent calendar Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Free.  21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.




sealegs-pinot-and-paintPinot & Painting: Brushes by the Beach
Dec. 3. Create an original holiday-themed painting while enjoying sips of wine at the beach. Channel your creative side with acclaimed artist Timree at SeaLegs at the Beach, located at Bolsa Chica State Beach. RSVP required: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. 17851 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.




velvet-59Velvet 59 Official Makeup Class
Dec. 1. Learn how to create Hollywood-worthy makeup looks while getting insider tips and tricks on how to promote yourself in a crowded industry. Once you complete the class, you will receive a certification from Velvet 59 and a goodie bag worth over $500. Open to all ages and skill levels. 6:30-9 p.m. $70. Velvet 59, 49 Vantis Drive, Aliso Viejo.




kaleidoscopeTree Lighting Ceremony & Carolers
Dec. 2. Kick off December with a festive tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live entertainment from The St. Kilian Choir as they sing holiday classics and modern favorites. Also, watch more than 30 dancers from Acceler8 Ballet Co. with the Pave School of the Performing Arts perform the Nutcracker. The celebration will end with Santa Claus appearing to light Kaleidoscope’s fresh Christmas tree. After the ceremony, children can visit with Santa and take their own photos with him in his sleigh. Select stores and restaurants will also offer special promotions during the event. 6-8 p.m. Free. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo.




costa-mesa-home-tourCosta Mesa Home Tour
Dec. 1. Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Costa Mesa High School’s Home Tour. See Orange County’s finest homes decked out for the holidays in a self-guided tour. Meet at Room & Board for your guide and a reception. Enjoy live holiday music while enjoying bites from Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. 3-8 p.m. Reception 6 p.m. $50. SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.




holiday-movie-nights-pacific-cityHoliday Movie Nights at Pacific City
Dec. 7. Get in the holiday spirit at Pacific City’s holiday movie series. Come early Wednesday nights through December to save your seats and grab a snack—Lemonade and Saint Marc will offer special movie night meals to go. This week’s film is Elf. Movie begins 7 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.




MoulinMoulin’s Holiday Market
Dec. 1-31. Moulin’s épicerie will transform into a Parisian holiday market for the month of December. Embracing Parisian holiday culture, the transformed market will feature holiday classics imported from France including vintage champagne, specialty chocolate truffles, linens, fine cooking oils and apothecary items as well as luxurious fresh-baked seasonal desserts and viennoiserie. Pre-made and customizable holiday gift baskets and cheese and charcuterie arrangements will also available. Moulin, 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.




anaheim-ducksDuck the Halls: Family Party
Dec. 3. Meet and take photos with the Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing and enjoy carnival games. See three Anaheim Ducks-themed trees lit up through the center. 2-4 p.m. Free. California Pizza Kitchen Courtyard, The Market Place, Tustin, 714.730.4124.




christmas-at-the-casaChristmas at the Casa
Dec. 3. Kick off Christmas celebrations at Casa Romantica’s annual Christmas at the Casa. The event will feature festive decorations, live music, carolers, a bell choir, a talking Christmas tree, crafts for children, cookies and refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.




22nd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village22nd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
Dec. 3. Kick-off the holiday season in downtown Anaheim on Center Street Promenade. Enjoy holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, a children’s train ride, free photos with Santa, holiday musical performances and more. Choose from a variety of culinary treasures from the International Food Fair. The day is capped off with a procession down Center Street Promenade at 5:45 p.m. Guests can gather around the 50-foot Christmas tree, which will be magically lit by a surprise guest. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tree lighting 6-7 p.m. Free. 201 Center St. Promenade, Anaheim, 714.956.3586.




socoCelebrate the Holidays at SOCO and The OC Mix
Dec. 4. Enjoy free, family-friendly days filled with photos with Santa, a festive photo booth, live music and holiday activities. Complimentary gift-wrapping will be available for holiday shoppers for a suggested donation to benefit Project Hope Alliance. In addition, MaxLove Project will host arts and crafts and a book drive for CHOC Hospital. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.



holiday-kick-off-at-pacific-citySurfing Santa
Dec. 4. Catch Santa catching some waves at the beach this December. Head to Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach for a prime viewing spot. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4893.





chill-queen-maryQueen Mary’s Chill
Through Jan. 8.  Experience frozen magic as The Queen Mary is overtaken by a deep freeze for the fifth annual Chill. In addition to ice skating, ice tubing, sleigh rides and visits with Santa, jump in on a new interactive and immersive experience—Alice in Winterland. The re-imagination of the classic Lewis Carroll story features stunning, larger than life lanterns as you follow Alice and her adventure into the hall of doors, the White Rabbit’s kitchen, Mad Hatter’s work shop, the proverbial tea party and much more. See website for select dates and times. $39.99, Children ages 4-11 $29.99. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.




halfsies doughnutsFOOD + DRINK
Halfsies Doughnuts Grand Opening
Dec. 2. Let your creativity run wild at the brand new custom doughnut shop. Halfsies makes doughnuts fresh when you order them and the toppings are up to your imagination. Get two doughnuts in one with up to five toppings on each half of your doughnut. Toppings include housemade whipped cream, cinnamon, apples, strawberries, coconut, chocolate and so much more. Noon-10 p.m. 13812 Newport Ave., Suite 107, Tustin, 714.308.7050.




AnQi GourMondayGourMonday at AnQi
Dec. 5. Head to AnQi for the first Monday of each month for a new and innovative themed dinner with a prix-fixe menu. This month, the theme Breaking Bread features unique and creative dishes using a variety of breads intertwined with incredible flavors and additions including meat, poultry, vegetables and spices. Menu highlights include air bread with Wagyu beef and white truffle brunoise, honey mustard and nasturtium; and hen egg, imperial osetra caviar and jamon iberico (cured ham produced in Spain and Portugal) on an English muffin. Each course is accompanied by a wine pairing. Reservations required. $170. Adjacent to Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679.




skyloftTaps and Tastes at Skyloft
Dec. 7. Indulge on a decadent six-course menu featuring beer pairings from brewing company Modern Times. The menu includes fried green tomatoes with spicy avocado dressing; chef Arthur Ortiz’s gumbo with pulled chicken, smoked andouille sausage and garlic sticky rice; in-house smoked Salmon with lemon dill aïoli; black cherry glazed ribs, Brussels sprouts with charred, Cajun-seasoned pork belly bacon and for dessert key lime cake. 6 p.m. $55. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.




nutcracker for kidsARTS + CULTURE
Nutcracker for Kids

Dec. 3. See your children’s eyes light up when the beautiful ballerinas dance and twirl in a holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Brought to you by Pacific Symphony, the concert will bring to life the enchanted world of toy soldiers, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy in a 45-minute version adapted especially for kids. Enjoy a musical carnival before or after the show. Musical Carnival 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. guests) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 a.m. guests). Showtimes 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $35-$60. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.755.5799.




A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol

Through Dec. 24. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $55. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.




BocelliAndrea Bocelli
Dec. 4. Hear the legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli as he performs a new popular repertoire from his latest album, Cinema, along with his beloved repertoire of arias, love songs and crossover hits. Guest performers include former American Idol finalist Katherine McPhee, conductor Eugene Kohn and soprano Ana Maria Martinez. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $121. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.




LCA-wineLord of the Strings: Fan Appreciation Holiday Show
Nov. 20. Enjoy the Lord of the Strings concert series featuring legendary acoustic guitarist Peppino D’Agnostino and finger-picking master RIchard Smith. During the concert, enjoy wine selections curated by LCA Wine at SOCO—but first—grab some light bites from one of SOCO’s culinary partners to bring in and savor. 3 p.m. $30. Food not included in ticket price. LCA Wine, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,