20 things to do this weekend in Orange County (Dec. 8-10) – Orange County Register

If you love a boat parade, you’re in luck. There are 3 to choose from this weekend in Orange County. There are also two ‘Nutcracker’ perfomances and holiday concerts, tree and menorah lighting and Santa sightings. Here are 20 picks for this big pre-holiday weekend in Orange County:

Gillian Murphy and Stella Abrera will perform the role of Clara the Princess in American Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


‘THE NUTCRACKER’: There are two multi-day productions of the Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker” on Orange County stages this weekend.

  • The American Ballet Theatre brings the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Segerstrom Center for the arts in Costa Mesa from Dec. 7-17 (except Mondays and Tuesdays). Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic. The beloved classic brings a cast of more than 100 performers to the stage, along with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the Pacific Symphony. The starring roles rotate and include Misty Copeland and Gillian Murphy. Tickets start at $29. Information: scfta.org.
  • The annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker” by the Nouveau Chamber Ballet, based in Fullerton, will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre. Tickets are $28-$35. Information: nouveauchamberballet.com

BOAT PARADE: In Yorba Linda’s East Lake Village, homes are decorated for the holidays, and the community is having its 30th annual boat parade – with the boats decorated as well – at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Food trucks will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. at the East Lake Clubhouse. The community can watch from the public streets around the lakefront neighborhood. Information: elvca.com or 714-779-0657.

CANDLELIGHT WALK: Experience a historic park in a unique, once-a-year opportunity during Heritage Hill’s Candlelight Tours in Lake Forest. More than 1,000 luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music. Ages 3 and under are free. $5. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10. Information: ocparks.com


BOAT PARADE: At the 43rd annual  Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point, guests are invited to meet Santa and enjoy festive crafts and holiday games. Free. Dec. 8-9 and 15-16. 34555 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. Information: 949-923-2255 or danapointharbor.com.


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