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Published: December, 2012

Short days, warm hearts

Enjoy the holiday season!

This time of the year, summer is little more than a bright, warm memory, and your cute little ghosts and goblins have haunted their neighborhood, bagging their sweet Halloween treats and the holiday season is just around the corner. On that note, OC Family’s Winter Family Fun Directory is just what the doctor ordered to help you and your gang get an early jump start on holiday fun. Why wait for a Jack Frost sighting?

Acting Academy for Kids
31776 El Camino Real & 22521 Avenida Empresa
SJC & RSM • 714.747.4915

Where the kids are the stars! Learn from credentialed teachers in a genuine theatre. Offering Musical Theatre, Vocal Training, Summer Camps, Piano/Guitar, & Dance.

27696 Camino Capistrano
Laguna Niguel

Plan your next party with us! Let the kids have fun in our party room and Airsoft gallery.  We also have party packages available.

Amtrak California
800.USA.RAIL / 800.872.7245

There’s a better way to travel with your family.  On the Pacific Surfliner, you have room to stretch, relax and grab a bite to eat. No traffic or traffic jams.

Broadway on Tour Family Theater
Ebell Theater, 625 French Street 
Santa Ana • 714.542.6939

For over 20 years, Broadway on Tour has provided affordable, live musical theater suitable for the entire family! Coming in December, “Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Star”. 

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point
949.493.5794 ext. 7

Free kid’s fishing clinic dockside every Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. No reservations needed, 1/2 day trip after clinic available (reservations required).

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream
Los Angeles, Staples Center: Dec. 12-16, 2012
Anaheim, Honda Center: Dec. 18-23, 2012
Citizens Business Bank Arena,
Ontario: Dec. 26-30, 2012
Long Beach Arena: Jan. 3-6, 2013

Get tangled up with Rapunzel, jazzed with Tiana and enchanted by Cinderella at Disney On Icepresents Dare To Dream. Playing an arena near you in the Southland from December 12th – January 6th! Reserve your tickets today at disneyonice.com.

Disneyland Resort


Dress up and trick-or-treat in the ultimate Disney neighborhood, Disneyland® Park, during Mickey’s Halloween Party select nights through October 31, 2012. For more information visit Disneyland.com/party

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park

Knott’s Berry Farm will be filled with the magic of the season as it transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm and celebrates with seasonal entertainment.

Legoland California Resort
1 Legoland Drive • Carlsbad
760.918.5346 • california.legoland.com

Snow has fallen at LEGOLAND California Resort. And that means Holiday Snow Days are back. And now there are Winter Nights! Visit LEGOLAND.com for details.

Long Beach Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach • 877.852.3177

For 29 years Southern California’s favorite holiday production.  The only Nutcracker with full symphony orchestra, it is a “Holiday Must!” (Press Telegram).

Mariners Church Tree Lighting
5001 Newport Coast Dr.
Irvine • 949.769.8100
Sun, Dec. 2, 4:30-8:30 p.m.,
Program from 6:30-7:30 p.m.,
Free, Irvine Campus

A festive night of fun for the whole family! Sing Christmas carols, enjoy crafts for kids, cocoa, shopping, cookie decorating and more.

Mountain High Resort
24510 Highway 2
Wrightwood • 888.754.7878

Bring the family closer this season with a trip to Mountain High. Enjoy, beautiful snow covered trails offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.

Old World Oktoberfest / Kinderfest
7561 Center Ave #49
Huntington Beach

Kinderfest at Oktoberfest every Sunday, NOW through October 28th. Come participate in the Oom-pah-pa action, watch the Dachshund Races, eat Bratwurst, pretzels more.

Orange Coast College Theatre Arts
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa • 714.432.5880

Join OCC for Holiday Fun at our annual Old Fashioned Family Christmas Melodrama & Ice Cream Social - DEC 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16th.

Orange County Private School Association
1 Technology Drive, Suite J728
Irvine • 714.234.2785

Meet with representative from over 60 private schools.  Ask questions, collect materials and find the school that is right for your child.

27231 La Paz Road, Suite C
Laguna Niguel

Where kids can be kids and parents can be carefree”.  Childcare by the hour.  Drop in anytime you need us.  Open weekdays, weekend and evenings.  No reservation required. 

The Reptile Zoo
18818 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley

Enjoy displays exhibiting over 100 varieties of exotic reptiles including TWINKIE the World’s Largest Snake, Thelma & Louise the Two-Headed Snake, Alligators, and California Rattlesnakes.

San Diego Zoo
Tis the season for Jungle Bells!  Visit the San Diego Zoo December 15th through January 6th for a magical holiday wonderland of music, lights, treats, and animal encounters.

Santa’s Wonderland
2719 White Road
Irvine • 855.578.6425

Elves have transformed our 25000 sq. ft. space into a dazzling Wonderland.  Reindeer Games, Gingerbread Decorating, Elf Academy, Naughty/Nice List, Santa, his Sleigh and more.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa

Your home for the best in live entertainment this holiday, or any season, is Segerstrom Center for the Arts. See what great shows are coming next!

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