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The holiday season is approaching fast and here is what your city is doing to celebrate the community. It is time to get out with your friends and family in Orange County.  

Laguna Niguel – Want to write Letters to Santa?

The city of Laguna Niguel has asked Santa to help him collect letters in their “North Pole” The mailbox in front of the Crown Valley Park office and will be up from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11. or mail your letters to: Santa Claus, 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Santa will be able to write one return letter to children who include a self addressed, stamped envelope.

Dana Point –  A Boat parade of Lights is a Family Tradition.

41st Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights is happening on Dec. 11, 12, 18, and 19. Arrive before 7:30p.m. because it gets packed. Boat Rides With Santa are held on Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Santa Paws will be held Saturday, December 5 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the El Torito courtyard where you can support the Pet Project Foundation and get a photo with your favorite furry pet.

San Clemente – Come Play at Santa’s Village by the Sea.

San Clemente Community Center and Casa Romantica collaborate together for their fun filled play-day on Dec 5 starting at 2 p.m. with games, cookie decorating and face painting. There’s a tree lighting at 5:15 p.m. and then those that participate are encouraged to stroll down the street for more fun at Casa Romantica for an open invitation of cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer! Calling all small ones for another day of play at the Lil’ Elves Workshop on Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Be prepared to register as there is limited space.

San Juan Capistrano – A Historical cherished tree lighting ceremony.

Fast-track right into the holidays because on Dec. 5 at the Historic Town Center Park, the annual Tree Lighting Celebration is one out of the loot of many not to be missed. Entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m. and the official lighting of the Christmas tree takes place at 5:45 p.m. Continue downtown at the Mission San Juan Capistrano and Historic District for a free photo with Santa Claus, a train ride, and storytime With Mrs. Claus, and Living Nativity performances at ZOOMARS. Also don’t miss Marbella Country Club’s Annual Holiday Boutique because it is the best place to Boutique in South Orange County if you want a unique experience this year?  Marbella Country Club’s Annual Holiday Boutique has a team of volunteers to meet your every need. The most hard to find items from L.A. and Orange County will be available from over 40 vendors selling ladies clothing, home decor, accessories and foodie items. Stay for lunch and a fashion show, but make reservations, it sells out quick! Be sure to arrive early and don’t forget raffle tickets, winner picks their own prize. All proceeds benefit the children of San Juan Capistrano.

Mission Viejo – The city where the holidays are packed bright.

Starting with Santa’s Village The community is encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to Santa’s Arrival and Celebrate on Sunday, Nov. 29 at the Civic Center Plaza. The family festivities take place starting at 3 p.m. If you would like to Break Bread with Santa, he will have breakfast, brunch and dessert with youngsters during a classic holiday tale at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. and on Friday, December 4, Santa will be on hand for cookie decorating, dessert and hot chocolate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He will come back Saturday for those who missed him on Dec.  5, for a hearty breakfast to share with families from 8 to 11:30 a.m. And do not forget about your history because ‘Christmas on the Prairie‘ is a special free one woman show on Saturday, December 12 that brings pioneering Laura Ingalls Wilder to life. Show starts from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Saddleback Room at City Hall. If you’re driving through Mission Viejo’s “Four Corners Holiday Display,” look for real people and live animals because there is a drive through Nativity on the southwest and northwest corners of the intersection at La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive.

For more information check out your city community-center websites.

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