Our Top Picks for Holiday Fun in Orange County
The holiday season is in full swing in Orange County with plenty to do and see for the entire family. You don’t want to miss out on these fun and festive events that will certainly get you in the spirit of the season!
The Chill at the Queen Mary
Where can you find a 38,000 square foot ice adventure park complete with skating, an ice track, and Amsterdam Bumper Boats? Nowhere else but at The Chill at the Queen Mary!
This is the spot for winter fun this holiday season. Besides the winter ice activities enjoy a tribute to cultures all around the world as well as a global sampling of food, music, and live entertainment. All of this takes place at the world famous Queen Mary in Long Beach. You can buy your tickets online, but don’t wait too long. This fabulous winter event will close for the season on January 7th.
WinterFest at the OC Fair
The magic of the season comes alive at WinterFest at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.
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Whether it’s ice tubing down a 150 foot mountain or catching a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer as they fly over the fairgrounds, there is truly something for everyone at WinterFest. There are carnival rides as well as a massive snow and slide play area for the kids. Don’t forget the nightly fireworks, snow fall and tree lighting. A model train exhibit and light maze are just a couple of the new items you’ll find at this year’s WinterFest. Get your tickets online. The WinterFest is open through January 7th.
Holiday Zoobilation at the Santa Ana Zoo
Sure you’ve probably visited the Santa Ana Zoo before, but have you seen the Holiday Zoobilation?
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The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with snow, music, and special decorations. Come see the mischievous monkeys, train and carousel rides.This event is almost over, so be sure to stop by the Santa Ana Zoo soon. When 2017 is over so is this seasonal exhibit as it only lasts through December 31st.
Holiday lights on Birch St. in Brea
Going to check out holiday lights is a tradition in Brea where an entire neighborhood lights the night.
Birch Street is known for its extensive holiday light displays. It all started in 1981 when one man decided to decorate his house for Christmas. Then one neighbor decided to join in, followed by another, and another, giving birth to this holiday tradition. You can drive through or park your car and stroll down the street to take in the sights. The holiday lights on Birch Street will stay lit through December 31st.
The Nutcracker at Irvine Barclay Theatre
It’s a holiday classic for the entire family. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is hosting the Nutcracker through Christmas Eve.
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Take a magical journey to mystical lands with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the rest of the sparkling cast. Renowned guest artists as well as professional company dancers make up the ensemble. Tickets can be bought online or at the box officeat the Irvine Barclay Theater.
Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train to Santa
The Irvine Park Railroad is the place to be for Christmas activities for the entire family.
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Come and get your picture taken with Santa, go ice fishing, play carnival games, or let the kids jump around on the moon bounce. While you’re there be sure to taste some great food! There are also free activities inside of Santa’s Village. Hear a story from Mrs. Claus, color some holiday pictures in the coloring corner or take some photos in the picture stands. Santa’s Village and all of the activities are open everyday until December 23rd.
Orange County is bustling with holiday fun for the entire family. Be sure to get in on the fun before the magic of the season is over!