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Holiday Happenings Around the OC

Now that we have officially started the holiday season, here is a list of holiday events happening around Orange County:

Discovery Science Center Presents: Science of Gingerbread
November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Gingerbread-logo-220x225The holiday season is back at Discovery Science Center! Cookies and gingerbreads are taking over and showcasing the science behind your favorite holiday treats! Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing – it’s science at work! The DSC holiday festival is filled with festive activities designed to bring families together this holiday season.

Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Seal Beach Christmas Parade
December 06, 2013
7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

The 35th Annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade Ushers in the Holidays with bands, floats, lots of kids and of course Santa. This year’s theme is Surf, Sand and Santa and we hope you will adopt this theme for your entry. The parade runs down Main Street from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway. This is a continuous motion and continuous performance parade due to it’s relatively short distance. Line Up begins at 5pm and the parade starts promptly at 7pm and concludes by 8:30pm.

Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade
December 18, 2013 – December 22, 2013
6:30 p – 9:00 pm

Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a XmasParadedazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.


Christmas Train at the Irvine Park Railroad
December 2013

Railroad‘Tis the season, once again, for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad.
After visiting with Santa, hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village.