The Newport Beach Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but Southern California. With over 100 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over a million people each year. Newport Harbor comes alive with decorations for the boat parade. Homes, yachts, docks whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience. Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving and by the first of December the harbor is richly illuminated with thousands of lights and hundreds of themed estates.
"Every yuletide holiday, Main Street, U.S.A.—Walt’s idyllic vision of the main thoroughfare of his childhood hometown—is transformed into an avenue aglow with seasonal splendor, and this year is no exception!
Festive garlands, cheerful wreaths and thousands of white and colored lights illuminate the night sky. A towering 60-foot Christmas tree, festooned with more than 70,000 lights and 2,000 custom-made ornaments, reaches for the sky while the smells of freshly made peanut brittle and fudge fill the air." (Disneyland website)
"Enjoy more than 4 million dazzling holiday lights, appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest manmade mistletoe measuring 12’ x 8’, horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, an elaborately decorated Christmas tree in the hotel lobby and delectable holiday confections at the original famous Casey’s Cupcakes® located at The Inn. The Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights is an annual gift to the community from property Owners Duane and Kelly Roberts who saved the margin-top:10px; margin-bottom:15px;historic landmark from destruction in 1992." (Mission Inn Festival of Lights website)
"The Rose Parade, also known as the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America’s New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year, a festival of flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians and the Rose Bowl college football game on New Year’s Day (but moved to Monday, January 2 if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday), produced by the non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association." (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Parade)
"The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats now feature high-tech computerized animation and exotic natural materials from around the world. Although a few floats are still built exclusively by volunteers from their sponsoring communities, most are built by professional float building companies and take nearly a year to construct. The year-long effort pays off on New Year’s morning, when millions of viewers around the world enjoy the Rose Parade." (Tournament of Roses website)
"Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet — performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand holiday finale sing-along and is sure to sell out." (Segerstrom Center of the Arts)