Orange County

Weekend roundup

December 15-18


Farmers Market Christmas Party

Dec. 17. The Orange Home Grown Farmers and Artisans Market invites you to their Farmers Market Christmas Party. Guests can enjoy a complimentary photo with Santa, decorate gingerbread with Crema Artisan Bakers (pre-order here), and make a scented pomander to take home for the holidays. Starts Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Photo session with Santa is from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 303 W. Palm Avenue, Orange. More Info

Home For The Pawlidays

Dec. 17. Hosted by OC Local Taproom, Home for The Pawlidays brings a collection of rescues together in the hopes of finding some forever homes. Visitors can enjoy craft beer from several independent breweries while choosing a furry friend. Friday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. 30100 Town Center Drive, Laguna Niguel.

Pet Soiree + Family Outing

Dec. 17. The District in Tustin is inviting pet lovers everywhere to a Holiday Pet Soiree. The event will feature pet-friendly activities, such as creating your own ornament or antlers for your pet, a holiday pet fashion show, a workshop to learn pet tricks, and more.Tickets can be purchased here. Saturday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. 2437 Park Ave, Tustin.

Holiday Lights at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Dec. 16-18. Heritage Hill Historical Park is hosting a festive light show for the holidays. Take photos with holiday-themed decorations while wandering through the park’s twinkling lights. The event is free to attend, with free parking. Inclement weather may cancel the event. Friday – Sunday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230.

Holiday Vintage Market

Dec. 18. The Vacation Bar in Downtown Santa Ana is holding a holiday market featuring all-female vendors. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails and live music while shopping for the holidays. For flyer information click here. Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 204 W. 4th Street, Santa Ana.

Food + Drink

Holiday Grilled Cheese Pop-up

Until. Dec. 23. This holiday season, the newly-opened Paragon at SOCO is hosting a cozy, upscale dinner pop-up celebrating their signature grilled cheese sandwiches. They will offer several type of grilled cheese sandwiches such as crab and chorizo. Pop-up dinners will take place every Thursday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 3321 Hyland, Ste. E, Costa Mesa, 657.247.0101.

New Fall/Winter Cocktails at Old Brea Chop House

Now Available. Old Brea Chop House embraces warm spices and cooler weather with its new seasonal cocktails and cozy classics. A must try from their new holiday cocktail list is the Fallback, made with rye whiskey, cinnamon syrup, orgeat, lemon and freshly grated nutmeg. Open daily, times vary. 180 S Brea Blvd, Brea, 714.592.3122.

Newport Boat Parade at Billys at the Beach

Through Dec. 18. Watch one of the biggest holiday events of the year at Newport, as guests are invited to watch the festive boat parade from Billy’s waterfront patio.Toast with a glass of champagne and indulge in an exclusive menu featuring a lux shrimp cocktail and Filet Mignon courtesy of Chef Robert Luna. Dining packages starts at $85 per person. Tuesday – Sunday, times vary. 2751 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.722.1100.

Arts + Culture

Storytime Saturday

Dec. 17. An art-inspired storytelling experience is being offered by the Laguna Arts Museum to foster children’s understanding of the value of art. This session features We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade. Free for children 12 and under. Saturday, 11 a.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Photo credits: Paragon courtesy of Knife and Spork Public Relations. Holiday Lights at Heritage Historical Park and Billy’s at the Beach courtesy of The ACE Agency. The District at Tustin Legacy courtesy of FWD Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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