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Free in the OC: December 2016


Free in the OC: December 2016



“Festivals of Lights” is featured as part of admission-free programs on the first Sunday of every month. Celebrate international festivals of lights including Diwali, Hanukkah and Las Posadas. A total of 500 people will be admitted. Session times are 1-2:45 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St. lhcm.org

Enjoy the International Day with the Critters featuring stations, activities, educational crafts and games, animals and entertainment. Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Free with museum admission or free admission for Santa Ana residents. santaanazoo.org


The Malibu Kennel Club is a holiday classic, an American Kennel Club-approved, all-breed dog show. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11-12 at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. ns.ocfair.com

Children are welcome to attend in pajamas at Pajamarama Storytime at 7 p.m. Mondays at Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Ave., Suite 110, Huntington Beach. bn.com 


Surf City Nights in Huntington Beach is when three blocks of Main Street close to traffic and open to fun. Shops spread out with sidewalk sales, the streets fill with vendors, and farmers set up with fresh, seasonal produce and flowers. A variety of performers provides entertainment. 5-9 p.m. every Tuesday. Admission is free. surfcitynights.com


Shipley Nature Center’s Interpretative Center is the first stop on a tour where a docent is available to answer questions and direct visitors to trails and sights of particular seasonal interest. The nature center is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays at 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. shipleynature.org

Jolly Ol’ Santa will plan several return visits to his workshop. Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and a peppermint candy cane. You are welcome to take pictures of your visit. 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21 at Civic Center Plaza, 200 Civic Center Drive, Mission Viejo. mvactivities.com


Bring your children ages 3-8 for “Snowy Crafts” at 3-4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Newport Beach Library, Corona del Mar branch, 420 Marigold Ave.

Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree- lighting celebration at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle. Live music and other entertainment will put everyone in a holiday mood. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening and see children’s eyes sparkle when Santa and Mrs. Claus drop in for a visit. Pictures with Santa will be available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. cityofbrea.net


The Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association Holiday Classic is an American Kennel Club dog show and education event where attendees can learn about all phases of responsible dog ownership and experience the world of the purebred dog in conformation and performance events. 8 a.m.-
8 p.m. Dec. 9-10 at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Bring your children and take a photo with Santa Claus, who will be waiting to hear every child’s wish for this Christmas season. 9 a.m.-
6 p.m. Dec. 2-4 at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. rogersgardens.com

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