Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County



Tomorrow 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


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December 17-23 is the Cruise of Lights! Take a narrated cruise through the waterways of Huntington Harbor to see the holiday lighted homes and decorations in this annual event. The event will be at the Park in the Huntington Harbor Mall lot (corner of Algonquin and Saybrook) and get on the designated buses that travel a short distance to the boat launch area. Advanced ticket purchase call: (714) 840-7542


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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December 3-29 is the 102nd Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade! FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights from December 15-December 19, 2010. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over 1 million people view the parade each year. For those of you that would like to be in parade Newport Landing offers 2 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone. For more information you can call 949-675-0551.


December 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.


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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.


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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