Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

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Disney On Ice
Through Dec. 21. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a royal Valentine’s Day ball with Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. 7:30 p.m. $15-$75. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500. hondacenter.com

 

Valenza1Valenza Chocolatier Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Dec. 18. Meet Certified Master Chocolatier Amy Jo and stock up on holiday gifts for family, friends and loved ones at this one-day pop-up shop featuring authentic Italian-inspired artisan chocolates and confections. Select from her signature tartaruga (turtles), bonbons, truffles, bars and more this holiday season and enter to win a five-piece tartaruga custom gift box. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Hood MRKT, 350 Clinton St., Suite A, Costa Mesa, 949.891.1206. valenzachocolatier.com

 

SOCO-HolidayHoliday Celebrations at SOCO and The OC Mix
Dec. 19-21. Take a break from the hustle-and-bustle and enjoy holiday activities like photos with Santa, sweet treats and wines, complimentary gift wrapping, and of course shopping. On Dec. 19 from 1-5 p.m., enjoy live piano playings by Trevor Wesley, visits with Santa, pictures at the SOCO photo booth and a real snow fall provided by 24 Carrots. Various merchants will be offering samples ranging from sips of wine to sweet treats. On Dec. 20-21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa returns to hear your holiday wishes. Pose for pics in the photo booth while listening to live music and relishing the holiday spirit. Free. 3301 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, southcoastcollection.com

 

TangataBreakfast with Santa at Tangata
Dec. 20-21. Welcome the arrival of Santa with an extravagant buffet, children activity areas with cookie decorating, gifts and a visit from the man himself. Enjoy a family-style breakfast including freshly baked muffins, croissants and pastries; soft scrambled eggs; brioche French toast; Yukon breakfast potatoes and apple wood smoked bacon and turkey breakfast sausage. 9 and 10:15 a.m. $50 adults; $29 for children 10 and under; family pack of two adults and two children for $135. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906. patinagroup.com

 

sawdust_custom-class-300x206Winter Art Series Classes at Sawdust Festival’s Winter Fantasy
Dec. 21. Create a unique pincushion from colorful fabric and a glass jar to give away as a gift or to keep for yourself. Carmen Gundelach teaches. Ages seven to adult. Peruse the work by more than 175 talented artisans as they showcase and sell their original artwork as the Sawdust grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland. 10:30 a.m. $2 or complimentary with admission. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustfestival.org

 

Boat-Parade106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 17-21. Join Parade Grand Marshals (and Newport Beach natives) actress Leslie Mann and actor/singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray for opening night (Dec. 17) of the holiday spectacular that Conde Nast Traveler hails as one of the “Worlds Best Christmas Parades” as Newport Harbor transforms into an illuminated wonderland. More than 100 vessels of all sizes are adorned from top to bottom with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers, music and more. View the Ring of Lights, beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor with their own holiday spirit, featuring everything from roof-top animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Check website for parade route and parking information. 949.729.4400. christmasboatparade.com

 

Village-InnBOAT PARADE DINING
The Village Inn
The beloved Newport Beach landmark has created some special cocktails this month to honor the first-ever Grand Marshals Leslie Mann and Mark McGrath. Try their GingerbreadMann with cranberry rosemary ice cubes, the McGrath Moonshine Mule served in a copper mug or the Village Inn Balboa Bar which is garnished with a piece of world-famous Balboa Bar frozen banana. 127 Marine Ave., Balboa Island, 949.675.8300. vbalboaisland.com

 

HornblowerHornblower Cruises
Dec. 17-18. Experience an unforgettable view of Newport Beach’s Christmas lights from the deck of a Hornblower yacht. Enjoy the incredible display of festively decorated yachts and waterfront homes while savoring a gourmet four-course meal along with entertainment and award-winning service. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $115 adults; $69 children 4-12. 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.2412. hornblower.com

 

WaterlineWaterline
Dine at the restaurant with prime viewing of the famous Newport Beach boat parade. Enjoy a special three-course menu including selections such as cauliflower soup with truffle cream; tuna crudo with compressed apple, lemon vinaigrette, baby fennel and watermelon radish; braised short ribs with parsnip, blue cheese fondue, creamy polenta and wild mushroom; seafood chowder with mussel, clams, oyster, scallops and grilled bread; hot buttered rum with brown butter cake and salted caramel ice cream or pistachio pot de crème. $70 adults; $35 children 4-12. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4145. balboabayresort.com

 

AandOA&O Kitchen + Bar
Nosh on a variety of shared plates like bacon wrapped dates, steak frites, popcorn and pig and baked lamb meatballs while watching the boat parade. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4145. balboabayresort.com

 

BillysBilly’s at the Beach
Enjoy a special three-course prix fixe menu with four seatings that guarantee viewing of the entire parade.  Select from dishes such as New England clam chowder; shrimp and scallops scampi style; prime charbroiled filet mignon and panko-crusted chicken. Four sides including lobster mashed potatoes, sautéed winter green beans, island stir fry vegetables and fingerling potatoes will be served family-style in addition to an assortment of holiday pastries. 2751 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.722.1100. billysatthebeach.net

 

The-WineryThe Winery Restaurant & Bar
Indulge in a prix fixe dinner menu with culinary creations including Colorado buffalo carpaccio; vine ripened tomatoes and fresh burrata; herb crusted rack of lamb; New Zealand venison rack and warm vanilla beignets for dessert. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $139 adults; $49 children 10 and under. 3131 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622. thewineryrestaurant.net

 

Rare-by-GoodwillSHOPPING
RARE by Goodwill
Now Open. Check out the new community concept store in Anaheim which focuses on the shopping experience with hand-selected donated items sold at competitive prices rather than re-purposed designer goods. Find unique items from clothing and shoes to home goods and décor allowing you to turn a picture frame into a chalkboard for your kitchen or transform a jacket into a stylish vest–RARE by Goodwill let you be the designer. 92% of each purchase will help generate jobs for those facing barriers in the community through job placement, education and vocational programs. 411 W. Broadway, Anaheim, 714.786.6642. ocgoodwill.org

 

Granola-BabiesN’ice Cream and Granola Babies
Dec. 20. Visit ecobaby boutique Granola Babies at SOCO to do some of your holiday shopping as the first 100 people to stop in the shop on Saturday (opens at 10 a.m.) will receive a ticket for a free scoop of ice cream at N’ice Cream the same day. Flavors include a special granola in honor of the collaboration and seasonal flavors like Bosc pear, mint chip and more. The OC Mix, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.445.4848. granolababies.com

 

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Tempo Urban Kitchen
Now Open. The new restaurant offers a bold menu of modern American cuisine including 48-hour braised short rib tacos with Guinness mole, dried chili crème fraiche, abuelita chocolate tortillas and crispy cauliflower; fish and chips with tartar and hot sauce gelee; watermelon sashimi and tableside liquid nitrogen ice cream. Sip handcrafted drinks from the craft cocktail bar which focuses on scratch cocktails created with house-made bitters, syrups and infusions as well as craft beer and wine from around the world. 1060 Imperial Hwy., Brea, 714.529.2900. tempourbankitchen.com

 

CaseysCasey’s Cupcakes
Try the sparkling December cupcake, Glamorous Gingerbread–a ginger spiced cupcake with rich cream cheese frosting, festive holiday red or white jimmies and topped with a peppermint Hershey’s Kiss. 507 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.379.7300; 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 657.400.9097; 1041 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.2525; 6258 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, 949.333.2228. caseyscupcakes.com

 

Coffee-BeanThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Grand Opening in Santa Ana
Dec. 18. Join in on the fun at the grand opening of the new Santa Ana store. Stop in during the event for giveaways such as gift cards, t-shirts, tumblers and more. Meet Mr, Ice Blended while sipping holiday beverages such as the toffee nut latte, peppermint mocha latte or the red velvet hot cocoa and ice blended drink. 2-6 p.m. or until supplies last. 2640 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana. coffeebean.com

 

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