Orange County Weekend Events Roundup Dec. 22-25

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of Dec. 22-25

Edited by Laura Okey

Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Dec. 21-25. Four Disney favorites are coming together this holiday season on ice. See high-speed stunts as the crew of Cars race across the ice and dive into adventure with Ariel from The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room.  Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa from Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. Tickets start at $25. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 1.800.745.3000.



Winter Fest OCWinter Fest
Through Jan. 1. Brace yourself as winter hits Orange County. Enjoy ice skating, ice tubing, carnival rides, live entertainment, Santa’s Furry Friends petting zoo and more. Transport yourself to a wintry wonderland in a play park, which features real snow, the world’s largest rocking horse, strolling carolers, personal visits in the cabin home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a walk-through holiday light show with two million sparkling lights. See website for daily hours. Tickets start at $10. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.



arts-crafts-and-draftsArts, Crafts & Drafts
Dec. 22. Enjoy live music, raffles, a silent art auction and a craft station. The Craft Your Own station includes a craft beer, art materials and instruction. The featured brewery is Cismontane Brewing Company. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free entry; Craft Your Own $20. 1409 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana.




holiday-movie-nights-pacific-cityHoliday Movie Nights at Pacific City
Dec. 21. 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 How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey. Movie begins 7 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.




HornblowerHornblower Christmas Dining Cruises
Dec. 24-25. Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch or Christmas Day dinner aboard Hornblower Cruises. Take in the beautiful views and enjoy live entertainment while indulging at a buffet. 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. Brunch $67.95 adults, $40.77 children ages 4-12; Dinner $86 adults, $52.40 children ages 4-12.  2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 310.301.9900.




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.



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 HolidaySanta Photos
Through Dec. 24.
Don’t miss your last chance to take photos with Santa. Visit jolly ol’ Saint Nick at his Crystal Cove Beach-inspired surf shack at Carousel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center. Decked out in his best red suit, he will be waiting there to hear your wishes and take photos with kids of all ages. Noon-6 p.m. Free. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.




MoulinMoulin’s Holiday Market
Through Dec. 31. Moulin’s épicerie transforms into a Parisian holiday market perfect for last-minute gifts. Embracing Parisian holiday culture, the market offers holiday classics imported from France including vintage Champagne, specialty chocolate truffles, linens, fine cooking oils and apothecary items as well as luxurious freshly 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.



eats kitchen fireside-lounge1FOOD + DRINK
Heat Up the Holidays
Through Dec. 26. Head to EATS Kitchen & Bar to gather ‘round the fire pit—there will be hot chocolate and apple cider (spiked if you like), roasted marshmallows and a mulled wine station. It’s Hotel Irvine’s way of spreading a little holiday cheer. No reservations required. 3-5 p.m. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.



camerons-dallas-bbq-burger-with-real-sugar-pepsi-and-thin-fries-at-umami-burgerUmami Burger
Dec. 31. Inspired by digital celebrity and entrepreneur Cameron Dallas, Umami Burger brings the BBQ Burger by Cameron Dallas to the menu. Featuring a special patty, which is half Umami Burger’s signature beef blend and half wild mushrooms, the burger is then topped with sharp cheddar cheese, miso-maple bacon, tempura serrano peppers and savory barbecue sauce. The burger includes free truffle fries. $14. See website for all Orange County locations. 2981 Bristol St., Suite B-2, Costa Mesa, 714.957.8626.



goodtown-doughnuts-1Goodtown Doughnuts
Pick up a delicious handcrafted brioche doughnut from brand new Goodtown Doughnuts at The LAB. Indulge on flavors like raspberry pistachio, California strawberry lemonade, toasted coconut, hibiscus, blood orange and many more. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.




Watertable-RestaurantChristmas Dinner at Watertable
Dec. 25. Celebrate Christmas with a seasonal four-course menu. Appetizers for the table include brie and cranberry relish crostini; Kenter greens mixed salad with fennel, cashews, pomegranate seeds and goat feta; and farmers market veggies with spiced roasted carrots and caramelized Brussels sprouts with pancetta. Don’t forget the endless white cheddar thyme biscuits. Entrees include choices of roasted Christmas goose, salt crusted prime rib, spiral baked ham and more. Each guest will choose a savory side like sour cream mashed potatoes, mac and cheese with jalapeno bacon panko crumble and chestnut and sage dressing, to name a few. Among eight options for dessert, highlights include eggnog mint cupcakes, warm apple cobbler and a flavored popcorn bar. Call for reservations. Adults $54, children ages 4-12 $25. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234.


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Elf the MusicalARTS + CULTURE
Elf The Musical
Dec. 20-Jan. 1. See the modern day Christmas classic Elf, hit the stage, but this time, in the form of a musical. Watch the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati CanoFiesta Navidad
Dec. 23. Begin your holiday celebrations with the world renowned Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for a celebratory evening of Mexican and American holiday songs. The performance features inspired choreography performed by Folklor Pasión Mexicana as well as audience sing-alongs in Fiesta Navidad. This joyful concert also features the Latin Christmas tradition of La Posada, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Gucci ManeGucci Mane
Dec. 22. Gucci Mane, whose hit songs include “Lemonade,” “Icy” and “Haterade,” will hit the stage at The Observatory. See him perform hits from his latest album Everybody Looking. Doors open at 7 p.m.  $55. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.





A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 24. Catch this Christmas classic before its gone this holiday season. Relive the timeless Dickens classic with 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.




The Nutcracker Festival Ballet THeatreFestival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Through Dec. 24.
This is your last chance to 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.