Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Balboa VillageEVENTS
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-HoHoOC Brew HoHo
Dec. 7. Spend your Saturday afternoon with unlimited beer tastings, great food, holiday music and a unique holiday shopping experience. The event features 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.


Santa-Ana-Art-WalkEast End Artwalk in Downtown Santa Ana
Dec. 7. Experience pop up art exhibits, the first ever Konsept Art and Music Festival, a variety of boutique shopping and niche culinary options as you peruse art from a community rich with artistic talent. Enjoy live music, fashion and photography. 2-11 p.m. E. Fourth St. & N. Bush St., Santa Ana,



DTAnaheim-Tree-LightingNutcracker Tree Lighting in Downtown Anaheim
Dec. 7. Enjoy holiday craft activities, a real snow play area, a children’s train ride, 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.


VicXmasVictorian Christmas at Fullerton Arboretum
Dec. 7-8. Begin the Christmas holiday season with a full evening of entertainment as you partake in hors d’ oeuvres and wine. Join in songs and laughter, listen to Christmas tales and short stories, meet Father Christmas and “the missus” and dance the Grand March. $25. 3-7 p.m.1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407.


Waterfront-christmas-cover-lobbyHoliday Open House at The Waterfront Beach Resort
Dec. 5. Visit the resort as it opens its doors to one and all to celebrate the season. See all of their “halls decked” while enjoying a mini-performance of The Nutcracker Suite, hot cocoa, cookies, coffee, tea and some spirits to make the season bright. Children can write letters to Santa while choirs will be heralding your arrival in the lobby. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or higher to be donated to children in need at Huntington Beach’s own Colette’s Children’s Home. Complimentary valet parking.21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000.


Laguna-Books101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach
Dec. 8. Meet British transplant authors, Sally Eastwood and Helen Polins-Jones, at the launch of their new book “101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach.” The book is an illustrated love letter to their adopted hometown Both locals and visitors will enjoy this whimsical guidebook of the unique town and its strong community spirit. 4-6 p.m. Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.4779.


St-Regis-TeaHoliday Tea at St. Regis
Dec. 5-7. Enjoy a lavish holiday tea buffet featuring an international variety of teas and delicious delicacies created by award-winning Pastry Chef Frederic Moreau. Thur-Sat, Noon-3 p.m. $49 adults; $24 children 5-12. 1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, 949.234.3200.



cookiesCookie Decorating Party at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop SoCo
Dec. 7. Let your kids show off their baking skills as Greenleaf hosts a holiday cookie decorating party. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate housemade sugar cookies in a variety of designs. Reservations requested. $10 per child. 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Greenleaf at South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.862.2480.


Island-CowgirlIsland Cowgirl Jewelry Meet the Artist Holiday Party
Dec. 10. Meet Island Cowgirl Jewelry’s Heather Kraty, as she offers holiday gift giving advice over eggnog and peppermint bark. Celebrate the holiday season with exclusive discounts, food and spirits. 6-9 p.m. 320 ½ Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.580.9909.



Anaheim-Packing-DistrictChristkindlmarkt at Farmers Park in the Anaheim Packing District
Dec. 7. Stroll through the newly opened Farmers Park for Christkindlmarkt, a genuine family-friendly German Christmas Market. Shop for locally handmade gifts from artisans and crafters set up among twinkling lights and festive decorations, while listening to live holiday music from the German American Brass Band. The Anaheim Historical Society will host a wine garden featuring Gluwein, a German mulled wine while light bites will be provided by merchants. 3-9 p.m. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim,

Dana-WharfDana Wharf Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 6-7 & 13-14. Get up close and personal with all the ships as you board one of the fine vessels to actually get out on the water and into the parade. Join private boaters throughout Orange County decorated for the festivities. Seating is limited, however standing areas offer the best views of the parade. $29 adults; $15 children 3-14; under 2 are free. 7:30-9 p.m. Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794.


12 Spa Days of Christmas at The Spa at Laguna Cliffs
Begins Dec. 10. Pamper yourself or a loved one with luxurious spa treatments during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Book the spa special that is featured each day beginning Dec. 10 and and receive a complimentary glass of wine or seasonal sparkling beverage. See website for daily specials. Laguna Cliffs Marriott, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7576.


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.


BB-KingB.B. King
Dec. 8. Watch the legendary blues guitarist as he makes his long awaited debut at Segerstrom Hall. One of the most influential bluesmen of all time, King continues to perform more than 100 concerts annually with a long list of achievements including over 40 albums and 15 Grammy Awards. 7 p.m. $59-$89. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Howie-DayHowie Day
Dec. 7. See the singer-songwriter perform hits such as “She Says” and “Collide” as well as new material from his upcoming studio release, Sound the Alarm. Tyler Hilton opens. 8 p.m. $17-$20. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930.



A Christmas Carol
Opens Dec. 6. Watch 19th century London come to life with the beloved Dickens classic about Tiny Tim, the Cratchits, the Fessiwigs, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and, as always, Ebeneezer Scrooge. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.


A-Christmas-MemoryA Christmas Memory
Opens Dec. 7. Witness this tender portrait of a rare friendship across the generations with a musical score that will bring love and light to your hearts for the holiday season. Based on Truman Capote’s Depression-era short story. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.