Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County




Coming up December 11 will be the Nutcracker for Kids! Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet – performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand holiday finale and is sure to sell out! Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings are fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-11. The event takes place at the Orange County Performing Arts Center – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (600 Town Center Drive). For more information you can call 714-755-5799


Tomorrow starting at 5:00pm until 8:30pm will be the Annual Tree Lighting! The City of Fountain Valley and the Recreation & Community Services Division invites you to the FREE annual Tree Lighting at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park (16400 Brookhurst Street). The City of Fountain Valley Mayor will have the honor of lighting the tree with a special guest from the North Pole followed by an extravagant FIREWORKS SHOW sponsored by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation. The event will also include live entertainment, crafts, games, pictures with Santa $2, and much more. Bring your appetite; Fountain Valley’s local organizations food vendors will be available for you to purchase their goodies.


Sunday, December 5th from 4:00-7:00pm is the Holiday Parade and Pier Lighting! Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at the Light a Light of Love Celebration. Activities will include a children’s parade on Main Street, entertainment at Pier Plaza, Taste of Main Street and a snowflake lighting ceremony at the pier. The parade will start at Orange and Main St. and will end at the Pier Plaza. After the parade, the entertainment will begin at the Pier Plaza. While at the Plaza, Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be available for children to take pictures!


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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Tonight, December 3rd is Newport Dunes – Lighting of the Bay! See the bay sparkle with holiday lights as Santa and friends light the bay with over 40 floating trees. Also, enjoy live musical performances and more! Newport Harbor Boat Parade has 200 beautifully decorated boats and bay front homes sparkle with holiday lights. For more information you can call (800) 765-7661.


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.


TODAY, 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. 


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


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