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Live in or planning a visit to Orange County in December? Looking for things to see and do there? Then please check out our December Orange County Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues, Peggy Sue, Catherine and Kathleen, at First American Title: 

Newport Landing Boat Parade & Holiday of Lights Cruises | Nov. 30-Jan. 1 | Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The parade takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday to the third Sunday in December. For more information: www.christmasparadeboats.com

Sawdust Winter Fantasy | Through Dec. 22 from 10am-7pm | 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments. For more information: www.sawdustartfestival.org

La Habra Tamale Festival | Dec. 1 from 9am-6pm | Euclid Street

Tamale contest, dance performances by local studios, and musical performances by Soto, with its top 40, cumbias and salsa tunes, and the Mariachi Divas. There will be many vendors selling a variety of items, as well as many tamale vendors. For more information: www.lahabratamalefestival.com

Cars & (Santa) Claus | Dec. 2 from 10am-2pm | The Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin

Get a family photo with jolly St. Nick and our red Ferrari, or simply tour the museum with a cup of hot cocoa and brownie. For more information: 714-258-300 | www.marconimuseum.org

Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 2 from 6:30pm | Civic Center Sunken Garden

We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the “food closets” for the needy, and of course be visited by Santa Claus himself. For more information: www.westminster-ca.gov

Cypress Holiday Sing & Tree Lighting | Dec. 3 from 6-10pm | Civic Center Green

School performances, letters to Santa and veterans, holiday activities, train rides, visits with Santa and refreshments. For more information: www.cypressca.org

La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 4 at 4pm | Central Park Amphitheater

Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Take a picture with Santa and his elves. Crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won’t want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! For more information: www.cityoflapalma.org

West Grove Jingle Jam | Dec. 5 from 5-8pm | Eastgate Park, Garden Grove

Performances, vendors, train rides, Santa and more! Bring a toy donation for Spark of Love for a front line pass to see Santa. For more information: www.ggcity.org

Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 5 at 6:30pm | Brea Civic & Cultural Center

Live music and entertainment. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Mr. and Mrs. Claus drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more information: www.ci.brea.ca.us

Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting | Dec. 5 from 6-8pm | Stanton City Hall/Civic Center

“Celebrate Holidays Around the World” Live music, arts & crafts, storytime with Stanton Library, and the lighting of the Stanton Christmas tree. For more information: www.ci.stanton.ca.us

Seal Beach Christmas Parade | Dec. 6 from 7-8:45pm | Main Street from Ocean Ave to PCH

Our theme this year is “Christmas Movies” and with more than 100 entries and 3,200 participants, Main Street will be alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas. For more information: www.sealbeachlions.org

Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting | Dec. 6 at 6pm | Tustin Library Courtyard

Tustin Family and Youth Center Kids Corner Preschool, Tustin Dance Center, HBP Dance Extreme, Academy of Dance, CT Middle School Choir and Compass Bible Church. Letters to Santa, Craft Area, Booths, Pictures w/Santa and Tree Lighting. For more information: www.tustinca.org

Dana Point Boat Parade of Light | Dec. 6-7 & 13-14 at 4:30pm. Parade begins at 7:30pm | Dana Point Harbor

Enjoy this holiday extravaganza throughout the harbor each night of the Boat Parade that features carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, and free photos with Santa, and culminates with the Boat Parade. For more information: www.danapointharbor.com

Nights of 1000 Lights | Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 19-22 | Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

Guests will enjoy a ‘Blue Christmas’ with Elvis. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a make your own ‘smores station. There will also holiday photo booth and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there will be a no-host wine and beer bar, food available for purchase and holiday shopping in the Garden Shop. For more information: 949-673-2261 | www.slgardens.org

Anaheim Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village | Dec. 7 from 10am-7pm | Downtown Anaheim

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. For more information: www.downtownanaheim.com

Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland | Dec. 7 from 4-7:30pm | St. Isidore Historical Plaza

Play in the snow, activities, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, refreshments, and entertainment. For more information: www.cityoflosalamitos.org

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar | Dec. 7 from 10am-5:30pm | Crystal Cove, Newport Coast

Crystal Cove is transformed into a holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. The tree lighting ceremony begins at dusk. For more information: www.crystalcove.org

Winter in the Grove | Dec. 7 from 3-7pm | Village Green Park, Garden Grove

Holiday refreshments and kids’ activities. $5 unlimited snow slides. Tree lighting. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donate and unwrapped $10 toy and receive two snow slide wrist bands. For more information: www.ggcity.org

Fullerton Winter Market | Dec. 7 from 12-4pm | Downtown Fullerton Plaza

Come enjoy the entertainment, take free pictures with Santa, grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping and visit the beer and wine garden. “Spark of Love” toy drive with Fullerton Firefighters will also be there for those who wish to donate. For more information: www.cityoffullerton.com

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 7 from 4:30-8pm | Recreation Center and Sports Park

Features guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local nonprofit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more! For more information: 714-839-8611 | www.fountainvalley.org

Candy Cane Land & Craft Faire | Dec. 7 from 10am-4pm | Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park

This year’s event will once again feature snow slides, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and over 100 artisan craft booths. For more information: www.buenapark.com

Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting | Dec. 7 from 12-5:30pm | La Plaza Park

Features Santa, entertainment, an artisan craft fair, carnival games, rides, crafts for kids, cookie decorating and more! The Tree Lighting takes place at 5:15pm with free hot chocolate and cookies. For more information: www.danapoint.org

Santa’s Village by the Sea | Dec. 7 - See website for schedule of events | San Clemente

Children’s activities, tree lightings, Santa, shopping and more! Features Holiday Hoopla at the Community Center, Christmas at the Casa, and Puttin’ on the Glitz. City Tree Lighting event with the Mayor will be held at 5:15pm. For more information: www.san-clemente.org

SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 7 from 4:15-9pm | Historic Town Center Park, San Juan Capistrano

Includes dance, orchestra, mariachi and musical theater performances. Holiday activities throughout downtown following the event. Downtown shops will host “Open House” with special sales and complimentary refreshments. For more information: www.sanjuancapistrano.org

Irvine Holiday Tree Lighting | Dec. 7 from 4-6pm | Irvine Civic Center

Celebrate the season as “snow” falls and the community gathers for the holiday tree lighting ceremony. The free event will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and winter-themed train route. For more information: www.cityofirvine.org

Capistrano Lights | Dec. 7-Jan. 6 from 5:30-6pm | Mission San Juan Capistrano

Experience the Mission at Night featuring a nightly tree lighting and music program. For more information: www.missionsjc.com

Corona del Mar Christmas Walk | Dec. 8 from 11am-4pm | Village of Corona del Mar

High School bands, Fireman’s BBQ, live entertainment, restaurant tastings, beer & wine garden, bouncy houses, Santa Visits and a grand opportunity drawing. For more information: www.cdmchamber.com

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Processional | Dec. 8 at 3:30pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza

Join us for an evening of holiday cheer and family fun as we sing traditional carols of the season with the Orange Community Master Chorale led by musical director Michael Short. The Main Musical Program and Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15pm. For more information: www.cityoforange.org

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair | Dec. 8 from 10am-2pm | Irvine Animal Care Center

Features dozens of pet-related vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping, and an opportunity drawing. For more information: www.cityofirvine.org

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade | Dec. 14 at 10am | Crown Valley Parkway

‘Jingle All the Way’ The parade will include beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation! For more information: www.lagunaniguelparade.com

Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa | Dec. 14 from 9-11:30pm | Yorba Linda Community Center

Join Santa for breakfast, crafts, entertainment and photos! Parent participation is required and all participants must be registered. For more information: www.yorbalindaca.gov

Live Nativity & International Celebration | Dec. 15 from 6-8pm | Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Brings together a diverse group of churches, singers, dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season. For more information: www.oldworld.ws

The Great Dry Land Yacht Parade | Dec. 15 at 4pm | Villa Park High School & ends at Towne Centre

Procession of wheeled vessels sets sail for the VP Towne Centre celebration. Great food, and fun and/or funky vendors, plus musical entertainment await everyone in the Centre, as do special trophies for many unique crafts. For more information: www.villapark.org

Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights | Dec. 17-23

Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbour to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event. For more information: 714-840-7542 | www.cruiseoflights.org

Winter Fest OC Dec. 19-Jan. 5 | OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Ice tubing down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area, ice skating on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters. For more information: www.winterfestoc.com

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival | Dec. 22 from 12-4pm | 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton

Live stage performances and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections! For more information: www.themuck.org

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