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December 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Newport Beach Christmas Parade

What:
With more than 105 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights is viewed by more than 1.6 million people each year.

Since 1908, boat owners in Newport Beach have “decked the hulls” of their vessels and homes for the annual boat parade. It features approximately 250 elaborately decorated boats, with prizes awarded in categories such as Best Lights and Animation and Best Humor and Originality. As the parade moves through the harbor, spectators can view the parade from almost any location on shore for free.

By Dec. 1, thousands of lights illuminate the harbor and hundreds of themed estates over the five nights from the third Wednesday in December to the third Sunday, which fall on Dec.¬¬ 17-21 this year.

Cruises during the holiday nights offer views of all the light displays at bay-front estates and many of the competing ships in the parade.

Where:
Newport Landing
309 Palm St., Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661

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December 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Recycled Dog Rescue

What:
Join the Recycled Dog Rescue for their first Holiday Fur Ball on Dec. 6. The event features a potluck, silent auction, T-shirt sales and a raffle. Enter your dog in the contest and stick around for the auction, with raffle winner announced at 3:30 p.m. Dogs are invited to enjoy a doggy agility course. The first 100 attendees will receive a $5 gift card to Native Foods Café.

Where:
7104 Slater Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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November 28th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Orange County Coffee Shops

What goes better with winter than the warmth and aroma of a cup of coffee?

  1. Kean Coffee – This shop is best known for its beans. It features fine organic and fair-trade specialty coffee from around the world. All coffee is roasted in-house at its peak of freshness. Locations: Tustin and Newport Beach
  1. Alta Coffee & Restaurant – A quaint and cozy coffee shop in what used to be a bookstore. Alta offers fresh coffee and a variety of munchies. Location: Newport Beach
  1. The Night Owl – This shop offers a bohemian coffee experience and features a variety of events. Visit their Facebook page for the most current events schedule. If you’re a writer, be sure to stop in for the open-mic poetry night. Location: Fullerton
  1. Portola Coffee Lab – Coffee is serious business at this shop and the Portola way doesn’t start and finish with finding the right bean. Roasting and brewing are treated as equals and Portola knows the perfect cup of joe requires the perfect brewing technique. Locations: Costa Mesa, Tustin, Orange, Santa Ana
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November 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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What:
Join NBA legend, two-time Hall-of-Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker Magic Johnson and Dana Point mayor Lisa Bartlett for the 14th Annual Sand Sculpture Dedication and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Admire the massive 8-ton beach-themed sand sculpture constructed in the Lobby of the resort; visit Santa Claus himself; enjoy holiday entertainment, cookies and refreshments; and purchase raffle tickets to enter to win exclusive St. Regis prizes. All proceeds from this year’s ticket raffle sales go toward the Magic Johnson Foundation – a nonprofit public organization that works to fight HIV/AIDs.

One lucky child will be chosen at random to flip the switch and help with the tree lighting that brings both the St. Regis Monarch Beach Christmas tree and the holiday spirit to life. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Where:
Five-star, five-diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point, CA 92629

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November 25th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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What:
Roger’s Gardens creative director Eric Corina is hosting a decoration seminar just in the nick of time for the winter holiday season. The event will focus on using natural elements from your garden to create interior décor that will enhance your home’s elegance. It’s free and open to the public.

Where:
Roger’s Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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