Holiday Activity Choices for Seniors in Orange County and Long Beach
Sugar plum visions are dancing in our heads, Jack Frost is nipping at our noses … it’s time to make plans for a magical holiday season. One ways to keep the holidays merry and bright is to have help with care for older family members with state-registered and background-checked professional in-home caregivers from Accredited Home Care, a state-licensed home care organization serving the Orange County and Long Beach area.
Along with the holidays come some of the most joyous outings for grownups and grandkids alike. Add some (pumpkin) spice to the festivities—we’ve put together the definitive guide to the best activities and events for seniors and their families in Orange County and Long Beach!
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises
Date: December 01, 2016 through January 01, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, & 8:30 pm daily
Location: 309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Cost: Free from the shoreline, $20 for a cruise (With Visit the OC Discount)
A holiday tradition since 1908, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is one of the most spectacular Christmas events in the country. Boat owners in Newport Beach seize the season by transforming their seagoing vessels and seaside homes into festive light displays during the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. This event features over 250 participants and more than one million spectators annually.
The parade is visible along the entire shoreline for free! This year the parade runs December 14 through December 18, with three cruises each night. Light displays remain up through the end of December. Sign up to take a cruise during the parade for the best view of both the ships and the estates. Follow this link for discount online booking: http://www.christmasparadeboats.com/newport_beach_christmas_boat_parade_20offer.html
South Coast Repertory Presents: A Christmas Carol
Date: November 25, 2016 – December 24, 2016
Location: 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Celebrate the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with the South Coast Repertory as they present Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Transport your family to nineteenth-century London for a traditional evening of traditional Christmas magic filled with classic characters and eerie entertainment. The performance is limited to children over age six; no children under six will be admitted.
South Coast Repertory is a mainstay in Orange County, staging productions in the area since 1964, and operating in their own theatre since 1965. SCR is one of the leading professional theatres in the country and is noted for having the nation’s largest commissioning program for playwrights, both established and emerging. This season marks their 37th production of A Christmas Carol, which has been delighting Orange County families and theater fans since 1980. For more information on A Christmas Carol or other SCR productions, call South Coast Repertory at (714) 708-5555.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Orange County Performing Arts Center – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost: Tickets start at $25.00
This traditional holiday staple comes to life through the talented performers of the Pacific Chorale and the Pacific Orchestra. Expertly conducted by George Hanson, the world’s most famous oratorio brings a message of hope and beauty to all listeners. Take a moment out of your busy holiday schedule to immerse yourself in the beautiful music, booming timpani, and uplifting chorus.
The Pacific Chorale is an exceptional outlet for artistic expression, recognized around the world as a leader in American-focused programming, and noted for their influential musical education programs. The Pacific Orchestra is home to innovative and influential music education programs, as well as a recognized leader in enhanced concerts through their Music Unwound programs. These two outstanding musical ensembles unite in this performance for an afternoon that is sure to be one of the most exciting and inspiring experiences in a lifetime. For more information about the performance, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, The Pacific Chorale, or the Pacific Orchestra, please call 714-755-5799
Snoopy House Holiday Display – Celebrating 50 Years!
Date: December 10 through December 23
Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly
Location: Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive
A tradition in Orange County since 1966, this whimsical holiday display brings delight to the kid inside us all! Celebrating a landmark 50th anniversary, Snoopy House is a Christmas staple that cannot be missed.
Running nightly, from Dec. 10 through Dec. 23, this annual display attracts over 80,000 visitors each season. Famous Peanuts characters populate the adorable displays, originally hosted by the Jordan family and currently hosted by the City of Costa Mesa at City Hall.
Opening night features a formal presentation at 5:00 pm, with special visits from Santa from 7:00 pm through 9:00 pm and free family photos. The event runs through December 23 and includes train rides and live music.
Breakfast with Santa at the Costa Mesa Senior Center
Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Costa Mesa Senior Center, 695 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
The only thing better than a free breakfast is a free breakfast with Santa! This Costa Mesa Senior Center tradition returns with games, activities, and jolly St. Nick. Join other local seniors for a delicious free breakfast, fun, and great conversation. Reserve your spot for this popular event right away; registration fills quickly. To register, either visit the front desk or call (714) 327-7550 for more information.
While you are at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, join their Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt! Buddy the Elf leaves clues at the front desk every day; once you track him down, tell the desk staff so they can give you a raffle ticket. Raffle winners will be announced during Breakfast with Santa. The hunt begins Thursday, December 1 and runs through Wednesday, December 14. Here’s the first clue: “On a hook, in a crook, on top of a bunch of books. Up high, not in the sky, come find me by and by.”
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