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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup December 7-10

Grab your friends and make merry at the 6th Annual Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival in Anaheim.

From spellbinding performances to holiday lights on the harbor, check out the top Orange County weekend events for December 7-10.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


43rd-Annual-Boat-Parade-of-Lights43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights
Dec. 8-9, 15-16. Enjoy four nights of holiday cheer as boaters light up the harbor with decorations based on the theme “A Superhero Holiday.” OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, photos and selfies with Santa, superhero encounters and live entertainment. Festivities 4:30 p.m., boat parade 7:30 p.m. $29 adults, $19 children. Dana Point Harbor Dr., 949.496.5794.



32nd-Annual-Candlelight-Walk32nd Annual Candlelight Walk
Dec. 8-10. Strolling carolers and musicians will fill the air with music as hundreds of luminaries light the park’s pathway. Children can visit with Santa in the Arbor, enjoy crafts with Mrs. Claus, puppet shows in the Wagon Wheel Corral and sit at a school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar School. Hot chocolate, apple cider and homemade cookies will be available for purchase. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5 GA, free for ages 3 and under. Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230.



6th-Annual-Brew-Ho-Ho!6th Annual Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival
Dec. 9. Don’t miss the annual Brew Ho Ho! festival with over 90 craft beers from the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond. Pair craft beer with bites from food vendors like the Viking Truck, MEAT UP BBQ, Fiesta Gourmet and more. Towne Park Brew Co., Bootleggers Brewing Company, Bottle Logic and Pizza Port San Clemente are only a handful of the artisans who will be sampling their brews. 21+. Noon-4 p.m. $55 online, $65 at the door; $20 for parking at The Honda Center. Anaheim Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim.



Alfredo-RodriguezAlfredo Rodriguez Trio
Dec. 9. Cuban jazz composer and pianist Alfredo Rodriguez makes his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut with two concerts in Samueli Theater. Rodriguez will be joined by bassist Munir Hossn and drummer Michael Olivera. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $64+. Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.




Barks-of-LoveBarks of Love Bash at Ways & Means Oyster House
Dec. 9. Bring your pup to Ways & Means’ outdoor patio for an afternoon of fun benefiting Barks of Love Bash. There will be dog-friendly activities, drinks, appetizers and fun offerings from other Pacific City vendors, including Pop Bar (serving PUP-SICLES) and Top Dog Boutique. 3-5 p.m. $20. 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.960.4300.




David-RosalesDavid Rosales
Dec. 9. Enjoy an evening of feel-good, acoustic music hits by local favorite David Rosales. Along with special guest Blake Flattley, the concert will feature songs from David’s newest album, Brave Ones. Arrive early to enjoy dinner courtesy of Back Bay Bistro’s new executive chef Daniel Jimenez or cocktails at the bar with a panoramic view of the Back Bay. Doors 5 p.m., concert 6 p.m. Free. Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144.



Night-Hike-photo-by-Jake-CampellHo-Ho-Ho Night Hike
Dec. 9. Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting—in the dark! Park Rangers will lead a night hike to the Redwood Grove highlighting the natural wonders of the park. There will be hot cocoa and cookies and a live animal presentation by the Nature of Wildworks. Make sure you dress for cold weather, wear good shoes for the trail and bring a flashlight. To register, email 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, 714.973.3161.



Lemon-Grove-MarketLemon Grove Holiday Market
Dec. 9. Looking for holiday gifts? Lemon Grove Market, the newly opened specialty market, features 40 makers and unique items including small batch natural bath and body products, fine leather goods, home accessories, clothing boutiques, jewelry and holiday succulent arrangements. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodbury Town Center, 6200 Irvine Blvd., Irvine.




Lido-Little-Holly-DaysLittle Lido Holly Days
Dec. 9. Bring the little ones to Lido Marina Village for the Little Lido Kids Club Holly Days event. The afternoon will include designing a special ornament, enjoying a special Grinch performance by the Clifton Dance Project, pictures with the dancers after, face painting, glitter tattoos and twisted balloon animals. 1-3 p.m. Free, RSVP required. Lido Marina Village, 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.





Ruby's-Diner-35-YearsRuby’s Diner Celebrates 35 Years
Dec. 7. Ruby’s Diner celebrates 35 years of America’s favorite burgers, fries and shakes. On the milestone date, grab a classic RubyBurger with French fries for just $2.99 while supplies last. Proceeds from each sale will directly benefit The Ruby Dooby Foundation and Spark of Love. All Ruby’s Diner locations.




Yard-House's-21st-AnniversaryYard House’s 21st Anniversary
Dec. 7. Celebrate Yard House’s 21st anniversary with the limited-edition cognac barrel-aged Amber Tripel brewed in partnership with Brasserie de Silly and available exclusively at Yard House. Brewed in the Belgian village of Silly, this beer perfectly blends sweet malts with Kent, Saaz and Hallertau hops and a unique Belgian yeast strain to create a complex beer with a rich mouthfeel. Don’t miss your chance to win prizes, raise a glass of this commemorative beer and cheers to 21 years. 5-7 p.m. 401 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.



Champagne-Holiday-BrunchChampagne Holiday Brunch
Dec. 10. Montage’s Champagne Holiday Brunch on the Studio Lawn features Piper Heidsieck champagnes and unobstructed views of the Pacific. Enjoy live musical entertainment, chef-attended buffet stations, a raw seafood tower and oyster bar, bottomless Piper Heidsieck champagne as well as an opportunity to sample the exclusive Piper Heidsieck Rare 2002. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $125+/pp. Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.



A-Restaurant-8-Days-of-Holiday-LunchA Restaurant’s 8 Days of Holiday Lunch
Dec. 5-8, Dec. 12-15. A Restaurant will offer a seasonal holiday lunch menu, courtesy of corporate executive chef Jonathan Blackford. The lunch menu offers a variety of classic starters including the Roasted Garlic Soup, Chopped Winter Salad and A’s signature Spicy Yellowfin Tuna. A diverse list of entrees features the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Jumbo Diver Scallops and the A Burger. A Restaurant’s classic steak cuts are also available for lunch. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3334 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505.



American-Ballet-Theater-'The-Nutcracker'American Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Dec. 7-10, 13-17. One of the great joys of the holiday season, American Ballet Theatre returns with its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic. See website for showtimes. $29+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.




Aladdin-and-His-Winter-Wish‘Aladdin and His Winter Wish’
Dec. 7-31. An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, Aladdin and His Winter Wish is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing, contemporary music and more. See website for showtimes. $20+. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.



Eight-Reindeers‘The Eight: Reindeer Monologues’
Dec. 8-23. Written by Jeff Goode and directed by resident artist James McHale, Chance Theater presents its 14th annual production of the irreverent, raunchy holiday satire, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Not suitable for children. See website for showtimes. $35. Chance Theater at Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.




Thierry-Mugler‘Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel’ Exhibit
Dec. 9. Celebrate the opening of petite exhibition Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel with a luncheon and talk about French fashion and fragrance designer, Thierry Mugler. The exhibition explores the unconventional and otherworldly work of Mugler and will include garments, sketches, runway photography and perfume bottles, painting a holistic picture of this provocative fashion icon. 12:30-4 p.m. $95. FIDM Orange County Campus, 17590 Gillette Ave., Irvine. Tickets



Festival-Ballet-Theater-'The-Nutcracker'Festival Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Dec. 9-24. Orange County’s premier ballet company, Festival Ballet Theatre presents the traditional full-length production of The Nutcracker. Children, adults and the young at heart will enjoy The Nutcracker’s colorful scenery, magnificent costumes and sensational dancing. See website for showtimes. $42+. Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.




The-All-American-BoysThe All-American Boys Chorus presents ‘Sounds of Christmas’
Dec. 10. It wouldn’t be Christmas without beautiful singing and lots of fun, and the All-American Boys Chorus can serve both in generous holiday style helpings. 4 p.m. $27+. Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4000.





VIctor-&-Tatiana-Kasatsky's-The-NutcrackerVictor and Tatiana Kasatsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Dec. 10. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky’s The Nutcracker features more than 50 local dancers for this magical holiday production. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. $25 adults, $20 children and seniors. Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 949.215.1553.



Ho-Ho-Ho Night Hike photo by Jake Campbell.

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