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Independence Day in Anaheim

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland isn’t the only Anaheim area destination known for a fantastic fireworks display. Head to the City of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration from 4 – 9:30 p.m. for carnival rides, non-stop live music, face painting and patriotic craft making. It all culminates in a huge fireworks show, and there’s plenty of food, drinks and ride tickets available. Located at Laguna Hills Community Center, it’s a charming low key option.

Fourth of July

There’s also the Laguna Niguel 4th of July All Day Celebration starting at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k run/walk. The pancake breakfast is from 7:30 – 11 a.m. and costs only $5, and the evening concert begins at 6 p.m. featuring Undercover Live at the Crown Valley Community Park. Stroll along the park trails to take in the fireworks display at 9 p.m. for a picture perfect holiday.

A Star Spangled Success

In La Palma, the Annual Run for Fun Event takes place July 4th featuring a quaint hometown vibe. Kids are welcome to the Yankee Doodle Dash at 8:30 a.m. just for little ones ages 2 – 12. Non-competitive with a variety of distances, everyone gets a bib and medal. Next is the Family Fun Zone starting at 8:30 a.m. with obstacle courses, potato sack races, tug of war and more. From the pancake breakfast to the evening fireworks, it’s a show to remember.

La Habra’s Annual 4th of July Spectacular features live music, food and drinks, a free kids’ zone with a giant slide, obstacle course, balloon artist and more. Pick up pre-sale wristbands early or at the gate. Where will you be celebrating?

Anaheim Spring Break Guide

March 20th, 2017

 

With more than 15,000 schools letting out for a full week throughout March and April, Anaheim is, and has always been, a popular spring break destination. Of course, the weather is perfect for a trip to Disneyland where you’ll find the park decked out for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as well as spring break revelers. However, what if you want a cooler option this time around?

Visit the many water parks the Anaheim area has to offer, like Great Wolf Lodge—perfect for families, singles and couples! Get a daily pass for their slides and pools, and there are many dining and shopping options. The Howlin’ Tornado twister of a ride, slick Coyote Cannon and Totem Towers await.

Wet Escapades

At Knott’s Soak City, just a few miles from your guest room, you can see what the 2017 expansion has ushered in. The biggest water park in Orange County boasts a brand new Shore Break, an almost vertical fall featuring S-curves that only the bravest should dare attempt.

Hopping on a whale-watching excursion is a leisurely and romantic spring break option. With migration season in full swing and the Anaheim area a sanctuary, it’s nearly guaranteed that you will spot gray and blue whales, dolphins and more marine life.

Go Green This St. Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2017

 

Irish pubs and southern California might not sound like a common pairing, but the Anaheim area is home to some of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Check out the top Irish bars in the area, like Tom Bergin’s, a tavern where you’ll be treated to Celtic music, authentic grub, and plenty of imported beer including the famous Guinness. (Green beer is also available on the big day!)

South Bay’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities include a family-friendly parade and festival at the Pier Plaza. Located close to Hermosa Beach, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday before heading to the Pacific for a surf lesson, sun bathing session, or hopping on a whale-watching expedition.

Luck of the Irish

Wear your green when going to the Hooley in San Pedro. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, a “good old-fashioned Irish hooley” is just what your next vacation in Anaheim needs. A dinner of corned beef and cabbage, a full dessert bar, and all the Celtic entertainment you can handle is yours at this annual 18+ fundraiser.

Of course, you can always loop back to Tom Bergin’s and take part in their annual marathon where the course is full of Guinness trucks, beer pong tables and Irish entertainment. The “Shamrock Hour” is where many go for low-cost beer, fare, and a little debauchery.

Make Mickey Your Man This Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2017

 

Disneyland knows how to do every holiday right, including Valentine’s Day! The decorations are stunning with the entire park decked out in pink, red and hearts galore. If you’re looking for a truly magical day with your special someone (or family!), head to Disneyland, and take in the festive, outlandish decorations that only Disney can pull off.

The walkway near the It’s a Small World ride is always one of the most romantic areas in the park, with a tree-lined street and lanterns along with twinkle lights surrounding you. Surprisingly, the Storybook Land ride is incredibly romantic, whisking you under the light-covered rose arches on an intimate boat ride.

Sweet Things

Many sweethearts come just for the special Valentine’s Day food and desserts, and Disney doesn’t disappoint. In the morning, get the strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes at Carnation Café, and at Café Orleans you can get the “Bouchee of Love,” a puff pastry with savory delights.

Check all your favorite restaurants for surprise treats and special dishes throughout the month of February. Disneyland is one of the most romantic places in Anaheim and southern California if you plan your trip right. Where will your first romantic stop be?

 

Most Romantic Restaurants

February 10th, 2017

 

Wine and dine your special someone this Valentine’s Day at one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Make reservations at The Getty Center’s restaurant, a fine dining establishment with Chef Michael Cimarusti whipping up delights like grilled octopus, sea scallops with black quinoa, short ribs with ground grits, mussels and clams. A special menu is available with a decadent dessert.

The Little Door is a Parisian-style bistro known for fine wines paired with authentic pastries. Start with marinated seaweed and fresh shucked oysters, then move on to the grilled filet mignon with a demi-glace. The pine nut-crusted scallops are addictive, and the couscous “royale” with duck stew is unforgettable.

More V-Day Options

At Cliff’s Edge, you’ll find an outdoor patio that’s dripping with romance, and marinated olives or potato fritters are an excellent start. Roasted duck breast with foie gras or venison with braised cabbage are both popular entrees. Don’t miss out on the chicken liver mousse with bacon jam, too!

Head to Yamashiro Hollywood if you want sushi and Asian-Cali fusion while being surrounded by koi ponds. Tucked into the Hollywood Hills, you’ll overlook the city as you dine on wagyu steak and truffle Hamachi. End the meal with a dessert martini and dessert sushi with a strawberry and kiwi hand roll with melon.

Lunar New Year Guide

January 14th, 2017

 

There’s Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration, a must with the decorated streets, performers, and Disney characters in full costume, but what if you want to do more to celebrate the Year of the Rooster? Try visiting a temple like Thien Hau in Chinatown and Hsi Lai in Hacienda Heights, both known for having fluent English volunteers and staff members to help you make the most of your visit. Praying to both Chinese deities and ancestors is common, as is lighting a candle or lamp.

Reading a book about the culture, the New Year, or the history of Chinese immigrants in the Los Angeles area is a great way to celebrate January 28. Need a recommendation? Head to one of the many bookstores in LA’s Chinatown, and check out the works of Mo Yan who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012.

The Year of the Rooster

Taking a calligraphy or Chinese painting class is an excellent way to learn a new skill, fall in love with a new hobby, and make the most of the Lunar New Year. Check out Flax Pen to Paper, Fuji School or Kathryn Murray Calligraphy to get started.

An Asian cooking class at New School of Cooking, EATZ or Cozymeal is another fantastic way to celebrate the New Year. Great for a date, solo project or with family, learning how to whip up authentic cuisine will really heat things up for 2017.

 

Your MLK Jr. Guide

January 14th, 2017

 

Visiting Anaheim in January? There are a number of activities to check out, like the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebrations at the famous Jackie Robinson Park in nearby Pasadena. Hosted by the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition, January events start on the 7th with the Rekindling the Light of Peace at 10 a.m. at the Pasadena City Hall Chambers. It’s a free event with guest speakers, poetry readings and music, it’s the perfect way to kick off an MLK Jr. celebration.

On January 10, the MLK Essay and Visual and Performing Art Finalists have public readings, presentations and displays at Altadena Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy original speeches, gorgeous artwork displays, and discover some fantastic local talent.

The Commemorations Continue

January 14 is the MLK Day of Service: A Day On, Not Off, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Pasadena High School. The Saturday before the big holiday has a school full of volunteers beautifying the space. You can help plant flowers, clean, and perform maintenance tasks. Lunch with live entertainment follows.

January 15 is the Celebration Service at 3:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Baptist Church. On January 16, the official Holiday Celebration and Student Awards commences at 8 a.m. at the Charles W. Eliot Middle School. A continental breakfast, teach-in, and celebration program is open to all.

 

NYE in Anaheim

December 21st, 2016

 

Nothing compares to New Year’s Eve in Anaheim, whether you’re more of a Disneyland fan or want to check out the exclusive nightclubs in town. Start your itinerary planning by checking out the Long Beach NYE Under the Fireworks Cruise Yacht Party! The Catalina King Yacht whisks party goers into 2017 with three decks of entertainment, five DJs, and two rooms of music. The cruise is limited to 400 partiers, so book your tickets early!

The 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel features a 7 p.m. reception before the lavish 8 p.m. dinner. DJs start at 9:30 and spin until 2 a.m. for hours of fun including a champagne toast and party favors. Early bird special rates are available, so reserve your tickets now for one of the most stunning parties in the area.

Ring in 2017

At Last Dance 2016 at the San Juan Hills Golf Club, you’ll enjoy premium admission and a party until 1:30 a.m. It’s a family-friendly event with complimentary tapas, appetizer stations and, of course, munchies at midnight to keep you fueled to dance all night. A champagne toast and souvenir photos complete the evening.

Check out the Hollywood New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl for something more low key, or the Resolution New Year’s Eve 2017 couture party if you want to go upscale. Where will 2017 find you?

Knott’s Merry Farm

December 2nd, 2016

 

Disneyland isn’t the only area theme park going all out for the holidays! Don’t miss the annual Knott’s “Merry” Farm where the entire park is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village Inn is spilling over with treats, ornaments and decorations from local artisans. A seasonal Snoopy Ice Show performance can’t be missed, and live shows happen every night in December.

At dusk nightly, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place, whisking you and your loved ones on a magical journey. Walk along the park avenues and take in the grandiose decorations, from the twinkling lights to the oversized garlands and rich red ribbons. Inside each of the shops and restaurants, you’ll find seasonal delights with holiday themes.

Planning Your Visit

Knott’s “Merry” Farm is conveniently close to a number of Anaheim hotels. Tickets for entrance and shows are available at the gate, or you can book online and save a little time. Season ticketholders don’t have blackout dates, so if you frequently visit Anaheim, this package is a great way to save on future visits beyond the holiday months.

Santa is available daily throughout December for photos and will be taking wish lists of nice boys and girls of all ages. Staying through the new year? Don’t forget to visit Knott’s for their annual New Year’s Eve show with live entertainment, fireworks and special rides!

Huntington Beach Light a Love Parade

December 1st, 2016

 

A quick drive to the beautiful Huntington Beach on December 4 benefits the local Huntington Beach Youth Shelter. The Children’s Holiday Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street and weaves from Orange Street to the Pier Plaza Surf Shop. You’ll find Santa and Mrs. Claus available for pictures, and they’re taking wish lists at 6 p.m., along with a special Snowflake Lighting at the Pier.

Holiday lovers can also arrive early at 2:30 p.m. and sponsor a snowflake! A flurry of snowflakes will be on display throughout the event at the Huntington Beach Pier, each illuminated and featuring the names of the sponsor. All snowflakes remain on display throughout the first week of January, and it’s a fantastic way to ring in the holiday season with goodwill.

In the Spirit

Every year, the CPS of Huntington Beach hosts this beloved event to raise awareness of local children and youth in need. Children ages 11 – 17 benefit from the program, which provides housing and emergency shelter. Reuniting youth with family is a top priority, especially during the holiday season.

This year, come with family and friends, consider a snowflake sponsorship, and take part in seasonal activities that will get you into the holiday spirit. Santa hats, ugly sweaters, and other holiday accoutrements are encouraged!