Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County




Coming up Sunday, November 28, 2010 is a traditional and authentic Swedish Christmas, complete with a St. Lucia procession brought to you by the SWEA of Orange County. Wonderfully decorated exhibits, food, arts and crafts, traditional music, dancing and activities for children will be available as well as visits from both St. Lucia and the Swedish Santa Claus. Located at the Costa Mesa Community Center (1845 Park Ave).


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Coming up December 2 is Home for the Holidays” – Auction and Dinner Event.
The volunteer club has raised funds annually to support the Huntington Beach Community Clinic, Project Self Sufficiency and other local charities for over a decade while providing the community with its “kick-off” holiday shopping event. It will be an evening of music, dining, friends and good cheer, with silent and live auctions. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort (21500 Pacific Coast Highway). For more information you can call 714-969-7100


Starting December 11 through 24 is The Nutcracker” At the Barclay Theater. This full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features a cast of professional dancers along with more than 100 Southern California children. Featuring guest artists from American Ballet Theatre held at 4242 Campus Drive. For more information you can call (949) 854-4646.


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November 19 and 20th will be the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremonies! This event is one of Orange County’s most popular holiday traditions and returns when Fashion Island hosts an evening of holiday festivities including a musical performance, culminating with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale’s Courtyard located at the Fashion Island Mall. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. on both evenings. For more information you can call (949) 721-2000.


Coming up November 26-28 and December 3-5 & 10-23 is the 15th Annual Christmas Train to Meet Santa Claus!  Take an enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park (1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869) to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. In addition to riding the Irvine Park Railroad, activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas cookie decorating, a Santa Claus moon bounce, Christmas coloring corner, carnival games, picture stands and more. Hot food and snacks are available for purchase. The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $8.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free. Prices for activities vary. For directions, costs and additional information or to purchase tickets, visit us online at or call (714) 997-3968.


Starting Dec 11, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011 is the Discovery Science Center Presents: Science of Gingerbread. Discovery Science Center’s The Science of Gingerbread exhibition features hands-on kitchen science activities, decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. Who knew science could be so tasty? In addition, don’t miss The Great Trains, an exhibit for everyone who enjoys building, operating, or simply watching scale model railroads. The event is held at the Discovery Science Center (2500 N. Main St). For more information you can call 714-542-2823.


Coming up December 3rd is the Annual Holiday Parade!
The 30th Annual Christmas Parade of Seal Beach is along Main Street. There are bands representing schools from Marina, Ocean View, Los Alamitos and more. Boy Scouts and Girls Scout Troops from all over the area will be represented. The parade begins promptly at 7:00 pm along Main Street starting at Ocean Avenue and proceeding to PCH. Do some Christmas shopping and have cocktails and/or dinner before and after the parade. For more information you can call 562-799-0179.


Coming up December 10-11 will be the Holiday Boutique. Friday, December 10, 2010 (4:00 – 8:00 PM) – Holiday Boutique will be open for your holiday shopping needs before and during the City of Tustin’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 40+ Crafters/Vendors, Mrs. Santa’s Bake Shoppe, Miss Tustin Sarah Salazar & Her Court, and Raffle Prize Giveaways and Saturday, December 11, 2010 (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM) –
40+ Crafters/Vendors, Mrs. Santa’s Bake Shoppe, Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 – 10 a.m., Lunch/Snack Bar from 11 – 2 p.m., Miss Tustin Sarah Salazar & Her Court, Picture with Santa (Proceeds will benefit the Miss Tustin Scholarship Program), Holiday Entertainment, Opportunity Drawing for Christmas Money Tree, and Raffle Prize Giveaways Throughout the Day. The event will be held at Clifton C. Miller Community Center (City Hall) 300 Centennial Way.


Coming up December 12th is the Great Inland Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration. This fun filled event consists of a parade of Christmas decorated land yachts (anything from a small boat pulled by a car to a horse wagon!) followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony. The parade will begins at Villa Park High School at 18042 Taft Ave., ending about 6:30 p.m. in the Villa Park Shopping Center on Santiago Boulevard, where holiday festivities will continue. For more information you can call 714-998-1500.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI      

Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900


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