Orange County Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 8-11

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of Dec. 8-11

Edited by Laura Okey

Dana Point Boat Parade
Dec. 9-10. Meet at the waters edge for the 42nd annual boat parade. Watch the Under the Sea-themed decorated vessels as they sail away, then head to Mariner’s Village, Mariner’s Alley and Dana Wharf for fun and free festive family activities. Parking will be available at the Doheny State Beach lot for $2 per hour each night of the boat parade. Free trolleys will be running from 4:30-10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive. 5:30 p.m. Free. Dana Point Harbor, 34624 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point.




santa-crawl5th Annual OC Santa Crawl
Dec. 10. Pull out your Santa hats and head to Newport for Orange County’s largest charity pub crawl of the year. Join hundreds of Santas as you take over the best watering holes in Newport Beach. Round up a larger crew of Santas and receive special group pricing. 1-6 p.m. $10-$50. Malarky’s Irish Pub, 3011 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.




the-triangle_stairs_bnHoliday Happening
Dec. 10. Celebrate the season at a special Holiday Happening at The Triangle. Enjoy a performance from the Orange County School of Arts premier performing group as they sing classic and modern holiday favorites. Other activities include holiday-themed face painting, a balloon artist and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Visitors can also enter to win gift certificates from various stores and restaurants at The Triangle. 3:30-5:30 p.m., upper-level courtyard between La Vida Cantina and Saddle Ranch Chop House, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732.




anaheim-gardenwalkTrombone Christmas on The Walk
Dec. 10. Knock out some holiday shopping while enjoying Christmas festivities at The Anaheim GardenWalk. Snap photos in the special holiday photo booth, pose with favorite holiday characters in life-size cutouts and listen to holiday carolers—an a cappella singing group from the Orange County School of the Arts. Lastly, see a Christmas concert performed by local trombone players attempting to break the current world record of most trombonists in a single concert. The first 500 guests will receive a free scented lip balm. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Trombone Christmas Concert 1-2 p.m. Free. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim.




oc-brew-ho-hoO.C. Brew Ho Ho!
Dec. 10. Enjoy unlimited tastes of craft beer and holiday ales, along with live music and games at the annual festival. Food truck fare will be available from Orange County favorites such as The Cut and Dogzilla. Noon-4 p.m. $55/pp; $20 designated drivers. Parking at Honda Center $20/vehicle. Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, 949.363.9960.




Katt WilliamsKatt Williams Conspiracy Tour
Dec. 10. Katt Williams returns to the stage at Honda Center for his Conspiracy Tour. Putting an end to his hiatus, the long-awaited rebirth of the comedian is more than a reinvention—it’s an articulate, sharp dialogue that surfaces with names like Trump, Cosby and NASA, but is rooted in evergreen conversations like politics, race relations and police brutality—all a reflection of the American political landscape. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 1.800.745.3000.




stag-bar-kitchenStag Bar Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Dec. 8. Don your ugliest Christmas sweater for an ugly Christmas sweater party at Stag Bar. Get on Santa’s “nice” list by donating a new, unwrapped toy, and also receive a complimentary Stag Bar smartphone case. Enjoy a complimentary buffet and a special appearance from Santa and his elves. 6-10 p.m. Free. Stag Bar + Kitchen, 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470.




Anaheim Packing HouseAnaheim Night Market
Dec. 10. This Saturday head down to Farmers Park for the Anaheim Night Market. Enjoy an evening filled with crafts, artisans and live music. Choose from more than 20 eateries inside the Packing House before or after you shop local crafters featuring handmade goods, goods with a purpose and sustainable apparel. Bring the kids and some blankets for a free movie, Elf. 6-10 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m. Free. Anaheim Packing District, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.533.7225.




Rancho-Wild-LifeChristmas with the Critters
Dec. 11.
Rancho Wildlife invites you to bring the entire family and enjoy a festive day with the critters. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances and more. You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with purchase of entrance tickets. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10-$20, children 2 and under free. Valet parking $8. Rancho Las Lomas, 19191 Lawrence Canyon
, Silverado, 949.589.7900.




molly-wood-live-wreathMolly Wood Garden Design’s Live Wreath Workshop
Dec. 8. Take your Christmas decorations to a whole new level with a live wreath workshop taught by garden guru and style-maker, Molly Wood. Learn how to create a beautiful living wreath that will bring holiday cheer to your home, as well as provide a gorgeous decoration for many months to come. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. $60. 1661 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611.




ralph-brennans-jazz-kitchenHoliday Gingerbread Workshops at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Dec. 10. Start a new tradition or carry on a time-honored institution at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen’s holiday gingerbread house building workshops. Purchase tickets online for $48, which includes the gingerbread kit (gingerbread house, candy, a chef’s hat and two jingle bells) plus two seats and unlimited sodas. Reserve additional seats for $18 per seat. Downtown Disney District, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.563.7261.




25-days-of-giving-pacific-cityPacific City’s 25 Days of Giving
Through Dec. 25. See 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.” Free.  21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.




Irvine Spectrum HolidayHoliday Tree Light Show
Through Dec. 24.
See Irvine Spectrum Center’s brand new 50-foot, LED Christmas tree with animated lights as it “performs” a choreographed light show set to holiday music every 30 minutes nightly from 5-11 p.m. Free. Irvine Spectrum, Edwards Court, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.




Vue Restaurant
Dec. 10. Indulge in a luxurious four-course meal paired with wines from Justin Winery. Take in the ocean view at Vue Restaurant while sipping the distinctive wine selection. Menu highlights include hamachi tartare with black garlic puree; and pan-seared venison with Justin cabernet huckleberry jam on a bed of parsnip puree and oyster mushrooms with marble potato and bacon hash. Justin Baldwin will be the wine expert for the evening. 6 p.m. $95. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516.




public-houseThe Public House Happy Hour
Stop by The Public House in downtown Fullerton for their new happy hour. Offerings include $4 Evans Pints beers along with half-off hand stretched flatbreads. The Public House is the first restaurant and tasting room from international, award-winning Evans Brewing Company. The restaurant features elevated pub fare that pairs with the large selection of Evans Brewery craft beers on draft. 4-6 p.m. daily. The Public House, 138 West Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.708.0082.




popbarPop Bar Grand Opening
Dec. 10. Mark your calendar for the official grand opening event for Popbar Costa Mesa at The LAB Antimall. The shop offers a wide selection of handcrafted gelato—more than 40 rotating flavors—on a stick with various toppings of your choosing (think white chocolate, nuts, caramel, sprinkles and more). Enjoy live music, free pops, prizes and more. Noon. Free. 2930 Bristol St., Suite A108, Costa Mesa, 714.884.3735.




eats-kitchen-bar_patioTwelve Days of Christmas
Dec. 12-23. Begin your Christmas feasting to the tune of everyone’s favorite ditty, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” At Eats Kitchen, it starts with the chef’s version of “A Partridge in a Pear Tree,” presented as roasted Scottish partridge with an anjou pear and Gorgonzola tart. Other items include day five’s “Five Golden Rings”—feast on five golden Berliner housemade doughnuts with blackberry sauce and chocolate soil. And on the last day “Twelve Drummers Drumming,” taste grilled spiced chicken wings and drumsticks with shishito peppers and chile gastrique polished off with Julian Hard Cider. Call for reservations. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.




nutcracker-clara-nutcrackerARTS + CULTURE
Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Dec. 10-24.
See the cherished classic, The Nutcracker by Festival Ballet Theatre. The breathtaking, family-friendly production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. The Sugar Plum Fairy, heroine Clara and a cast of hundreds will take the audience on a magical journey to mystical lands, to the grandeur of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. See website for showtimes. $42-$55. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.




sleeping-beautySleeping Beauty
Dec. 7-30. Relive a childhood favorite as Sleeping Beauty comes to life on stage. Princess Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse—she pricks her finger on a spindle and falls asleep for 100 years. A handsome prince saves the day by defeating the wicked fairy and giving Aurora a true love kiss. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $45. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.




American Ballet Theater NutcrackerAmerican Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Dec. 9-18. Fulfill a holiday tradition as American Ballet Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts present Alexei Ratmansky’s production of The Nutcracker. A cast of more than 100 performers will take audiences on a dreamlike adventure amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, dancing toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.




Waggin’ Trails and Wine
Dec. 14. Dress yourself and your pup in your best holiday attire for an evening of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate and desserts. Enjoy a silent auction, raffles, live music and tons of pups all while supporting Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation. RSVP’s are requested. 6-9 p.m. $35-$45. The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, The Tides Ballroom, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.328.8661.




Sealegs timreePainting & Pinot
Dec. 12-13. Create an original holiday-themed painting while enjoying sips of wine. Channel your creative side with acclaimed artist Timree at SeaLegs. RSVP required: 6-8 p.m. $50. 21022 Beach Blvd., Suite 105, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.