December in Orange County + San Diego
Southern California may be sunshine and ocean, but this month and the promise of a lot of snow, get out and have some winter fun.
Winter Fest OC
Through January 5, 2020, Costa Mesa
OC Fair & Event Center | winterfestoc.com
Who says snow doesn’t fall in the cities of Orange County? This month welcome back the Winter Festival. Fresh blown snow, outdoor ice skating, high tea, and fireworks.
ART + CULTURE
Through Jan. 11
Irvine Fine Arts Center Photography Lab
Irvine | irvinefinearts.org
Spanning several galleries in the Irvine Fine Arts Center, this photography exhibition features 20 local artists.
Break Down, Build Up
Through February 9
Great Park Gallery
Irvine | ocgp.org/arts
This two-person exhibition by Daniel Dove and Marie Thibeault reflects on consumption, industrialization, and exploration of our relationship to the natural environment.
Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia
Through Jan. 19
Santa Ana | bowers.org
Annual Parade of Lights Dinner
Dec. 8 and 15
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego | $25–$60 | sdmaritime.org
Celebrating 50 years of Comic-Com, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is hosting two Sunday dinners. Come aboard the 1904 steam yacht Madea to enjoy the boat parade featuring bright light displays honoring the nostalgic world of comic books and the convention that has become a mainstay for fans.
San Diego Balboa Theatre
San Diego | $56–$66 | sandiegotheatres.org
Sawdust Winter Fantasy
$4–$8 | sawdustartfestival.org
See unique artists, carolers, holiday shops, and a winter wonderland.
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirate’s Christmas
$40–$80 | lagunaplayhouse.com
Lythgoe Panto Theatre presents a playful musical twist of a classic tale, starring John O’Hurley (Seinfeld’sJ. Peterman) as Captain Hook and Ashley Argota (of True Jackson VP) as Tinkerbell.
Brea Neighborhood Holiday Lights
Head for Birch Street and Kraemer Blvd. and Shadetree Circle (near Lambert Road and Wandering Lane). The entire neighborhood joins in at this local holiday decoration spot.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad | Omni Hotels San Diego
Celebrate the merry times and help put an end to hunger in America. Special room packages include 15 percent off on 2 nights, 2 holiday cocktail certificates, and late check-out—and Omni willmake a donation to Feeding America.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Celebrate at Back Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
Newport Beach | $79–139 | visitnewportbeach.com
New Year’s Eve in Harvest
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach | $125 per person | theranchlb.com/holidays
Enjoy a night with champagne toast, confetti drop, and dancing to the Shawn Jones Band.
On with the Show: The Roaring 2020s
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
$45–$80 | lafayettehotelsd.com