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Anaheim Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2017

 

An Anaheim Thanksgiving means blending tradition with California flare. It never feels like Thanksgiving in sunny southern California—until you walk through the doors of a restaurant known for holiday classics. The Anaheim Whitehouse serves Thanksgiving dinner from noon – 9 p.m. and is known for fresh turkey and sides like mashed potatoes and stuffing. For over three decades, this has been a landmark of holiday feasts.

Tangata restaurant is well-known for its mission-style courtyard and modern décor with soaring skylights. It’s a fine dining pick that serves an early holiday feast from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Don’t miss the Cinderella pumpkin soup with dates and local honey, the five-spice crème fraiche and of course slow roasted turkey, port wine beef ribs and Scottish salmon.

Giving Thanks in California

Book a table at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Mix Restaurant for a Thanksgiving buffet you’ll never forget. The carving station features turkey (of course) along with smoked duck frisee and non-stop side dishes. Start at the salad bar for a taste of California freshness, and leave plenty of room for the dessert table.

You can also opt for a children’s buffet for the little ones, complete with a half-priced menu. Here, service is from 4 – 9 p.m. for night owls, or for those who are starting their morning with one of the local turkey trots.

 

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

October 25th, 2017

 

One of the oldest Halloween festivals in the country takes place right in Anaheim. Since 1923, the Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade has drawn several thousand spooky lovers to the city, decked out in their best ghost and goblin costumes to take to the streets and watch this decades-old party unfold. Family-friendly and old-fashioned, it’s the perfect addition to your Anaheim getaway.

While Disneyland celebrates the witching season all month long with special treats and tricks, you don’t want to miss the charm of the festival and parade in downtown. Originally created to celebrate the harvest season, today it’s a mix of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with pumpkin patches and costume contests, pet promenades and mariachi bands, carnival games, live music, and your favorite fair food.

California Thrills

Always free and full of complimentary entertainment from storytelling to artisan vendor booths, you won’t find a fall festival like this anywhere else. The annual Halloween Parade on October 29th was originally designed to keep teens out of mischief, but it’s become the pinnacle of the events. The 45-minute procession is now the biggest Halloween party in California. There were 150,000 attendees at the biggest gathering!

Today, the parade is also an excuse for artists and entertainers to show off their best costumery. Businesses, individuals, schools and more rally to show off their skills. Don’t miss out on this mid-day adventure down the streets of Anaheim and become a part of history.

 

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?