Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 18-22. Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 105th annual event. For five nights, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze with a dazzling array of holiday lights and music—this year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Fireworks displays on both opening and closing night. 6:30-9 p.m. The parade starts off at Bay Island. Check website for route.


NutcrackerThe Nutcracker at City National Grove of Anaheim
Dec. 21. The holiday season comes to life in Anaheim Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, the heartwarming tale of Clara and her nutcracker doll who changes her woeful winter into a fanciful feast in Candyland. The Symphony Irvine accompanies the performance. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $18-$38. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700. citynationalgroveofanaheim


Nutcracker-festivalThe Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theatre
Through Dec. 24. See the classic ballet showcasing colorful sceneries and dazzling costumes, making this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre will be featured on specific performances. $35-$40. 4242 Campus Drive., Irvine, 949.854.4646.


Ralph-Brennan'sJazz Kitchen Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 21. Join Chef Darin Finkel as you partake in this festive and fun tradition at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Bring a toy to donate to Toys For Tots for children who are less fortunate. 12-2 p.m. $48 per kit includes house, candy, one chef’s hat, two jingle bells, unlimited sodas and two seats. Additional seats $12. Reservations requested. 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200.

cookiesCookie Decorating Party at Greenleaf
Dec. 21. 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. 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950.


St-Regis-GingerbreadGingerbread House Academy at St. Regis Monarch Beach
Dec. 21-22. Join in the annual tradition and create your own gingerbread house. Children and families have the opportunity to decorate their house with all the frosting and candy imaginable. Reservations required. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.-noon. $70 per house, maximum of four people per house. 1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, 949.234.3200.

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Disney on Ice at Honda Center
Through Dec. 22. Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase featuring Disney’s loveable characters including Merida from Brave, Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. $15-$75. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.


PIRCHHoliday Cookie Baking Retreat
Dec. 22. Take a break from holiday shopping and join the culinary team of PIRCH at SoCo in baking four-dozen cookies to take home and enjoy during your own holiday festivities. With a variety of both traditional and festive cookies to choose from, including sugar cookies, traditional Italian cookies, peanut butter blossoms or good ole’ chocolate chip, there’s a flavor for everyone. $40. RSVP required. PIRCH, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.429.0805.


HSurfasands-On Holiday Dessert Cooking Class
Dec. 22. It’s no secret that the best part of the holiday season is the tasty desserts! Bring a friend and learn the basic baking techniques and scrumptious flavors, including chocolate, peppermint and pumpkin. Enjoy an afternoon of baking as the chef instructor takes you through the steps of creating delicious cookies and cupcakes, creating homemade ganache and frosting and the secrets behind the perfect pie dough. Sign up online. 12-3 p.m. $65. Surfas Culinary District, 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.452.2665.


LululemonWinter Wunderland with Lululemon and GRIT Yoga
Dec. 19. Enjoy an evening filled with yoga, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, merriment, music and great raffle prizes to support Olive Crest. Bring a toy that inspires kids and teens to be active and get off the couch to receive a complimentary yoga class at GRIT Yoga in Newport Beach. Tickets available at Lululemon at South Coast Plaza. $20.  Chuck Jones Gallery at SOCO, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.662.2732.


Through Dec. 22. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical returns to Segerstrom Hall. Witness how Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to fame and power. Hear the beautiful “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.