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43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor

I was invited to a media event in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own.


This holiday season, Dana Point Harbor will welcome more holiday festivities and entertainment than ever before during the 43rd Annual Boat Parade, which will take place on December 8, 9, 15 and 16.dana-point-harbor-boat-parade-of-lightsFamilies are invited to to come and celebrate this year with “A Superhero Holiday” theme at the 43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor. The young and the young at heart are encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroes during the Boat Parade. dana-point-harbor-duskEveryday heroes, including first responders and military, will be collecting unwrapped toy donations for Operation Santa Claus under the corridor of lights at the pergola. Donations
will also be accepted at businesses throughout the harbor.dana-point-harbor-superherosVisitors of Dana Point Harbor are invited to participate in jolly activities with a superhero twist on select dates December 8-16, by the water’s edge. On each evening of the
parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor

  • games
  • crafts
  • photos and selfies with Santa
  • superhero encounters
  • live entertainmentdana-point-harbor-boat-parade-of-lights-carolers

The family-friendly festivities begin at 4:30 p.m.and culminate each night with the spectacular boat parade which starts at 7:30 p.m.dana-point-harbor-snowmanThere are so many brightly-lit and festive areas to check out down by Dana Point Harbor, making for great photo opportunities. dana-point-harbor-parade-of-lights-family-selfieFree trolleys for each night of the Boat Parade will be running from 3:30 to
10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor
Drive at Doheny State Beach, The Visitor’s Center, Ocean Institute, Baby
Beach, Island Way, Retail Area and back to Doheny. For more information on the evening’s festivities, please visit DanaPointHarbor.com.


SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Featuring New Live Nativity Through January 6

I was invited to attend a media event in order to provide this coverage. All opinions are my own.


I was so excited when family and I were invited to a special night at SeaWorld San Diego to experience their Christmas Celebration. Wow, SeaWorld goes all out, with more than a million holiday lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and 5,000 feet of garland. The lights of SeaWorld’s 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights, which is the largest Christmas tree in Southern California, dance in sync with classic holiday songs.seaworld-celebration-family-photo-1

What’s New at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration for 2017
This year at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, there’s an all-new live holiday musical, O Wondrous Night. It brings the moving story of the Nativity and the meaning of Christmas to life through song and celebration, It is “The Greatest Story Never Told:.seaworld-o-wondrous-night The spectacular stage show is performed nightly, under the stars, in the Nautilus Amphitheater It tells the Christmas story from a new point of view: through the eyes of the animals. The musical features more than 30 carols, beautiful storytelling puppets and live majestic animals, including camels, a donkey, llamas, sheep and doves. seaworld-o-wondrous-night-nativity-sceneIt’s absolutely amazing and beautiful and will fill your heart with the true message of Christmas. Here’s a look at “O Wondrous Night”:
In addition to O Wondrous Night, all the seasonal favorites that have made SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration a family holiday tradition are back for park guests to enjoy. Here are some of the other fun holiday festivities you’ll find this year at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration:
Rudolph’s Christmastown

Returning this holiday season is the most famous reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in his very own area, Rudolph’s Christmastown. rudolphs-signWe were excited to see our friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer again this year. Did you know SeaWorld is the only theme park on the West Coast where people can meet Rudolph?rudolph-and-friends Yep! Rudolph is hanging out with his friends Clarice, Bumble, and Yukon Cornelius. You should get over there to visit him and take advantage of the fun photo opportunities. seaworld-christmas-celebration-just-rudolph Nightly Tree Lighting
There’s a nightly tree-lighting ceremony featuring the 40-foot Happiest Christmas Tree, which is accompanied by the Misfit Brass band. It was a delight to sip on hot cocoa and watch all the fun! seaworld-christmas-celebration-hot-cocoaFestive Food Offerings
There’s also an special holiday menu featuring Holiday Pizzas and delicious varieties of Mac & Cheese.  Feast on Mashed Potato, Cranberry Arugula and Classic Pepperoni Pizzas.seaworld-mashed-potato-pizzaThere’s also Holiday Mac & Cheese, Christmastown Mac & Chese and Classic Mac & Cheese.

seaworld-holiday-mac-and-cheeseSanta’s Christmas Village 
Friends and family can cozy up at Santa’s Christmas Village, where children listen to Mrs. Claus during story time. Kids can share their wish list and take pictures with Santa at Santa’s Cottage. seaworld-santa-and-mrs-clausParents can also check in for a pager that will hold their spot in line to meet Santa so that the family can explore the Village, including educational encounters with real reindeer from Santa’s workshop, “Merry Moments” with Santa’s friendly elves and delectable culinary creations. You’ll also want to join in the Christmas Sing-Along with Mrs. Claus and the Elves, as well as the Elves Dance Party. For extra fun, mae sure to stick around for when it starts to snow! seaworld-christmas-celebration-snowDolphin Island Christmas
SeaWorld’s Christmas-themed dolphin show celebrates the holidays with a tropical twist as dolphins and pilot whales perform amazing athletic feats set to island music.seaworld-dolphin-island-christmasClyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special
The park’s prank-loving pinnipeds Clyde and Seamore have a hilarious holiday time in this Christmas-themed sea lion and otter show!seaworld-christmas-sea-lionsCat’s Christmas Parlor
Outside Nautilus Amphitheater, guests will find the Cat’s Christmas Parlor, where the feline stars of Pets Rule! hang out in their own holiday-themed house. It’s so cute to see them hanging out!

seaworld-celebration-lightsAll of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration festivities are included with park admission. (with exception of arcade-style games and reserved experiences such as Breakfast With Orcas and Santa) SeaWorld has a variety of admission ticket offers that provide tremendous value perfect for both local residents and tourists, including the SoCal Annual Pass for less than $100. seaworld-family-photo-2.Did you know….a visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue programs as well as provide millions of dollars in donations and in-kind services to conservation projects around the world? Seeing animals at SeaWorld supports saving them in the wild. For more information, please visit http://www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (619) 222-4SEA.

Some images are property of SeaWorld and used with permission. 


Seasonal Holiday “Sanrio Village” at Tanaka Farms Now Open + Ticket Giveaway

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 


Have you heard about the collaboration between Sanrio and Tanaka Farms in Irvine, Ca.? Together they’ve been creating unique and memorable experiences for Sanrio fans of all ages and starting with a Hello Kitty Pumpkin Patch for Halloween. .sanrio-tanaka-farms-holiday-village-1
This season, Sanrio, Inc. unveiled seasonal holiday programming, expanding upon its unique year-long partnership with the Orange County farm of all things healthy and super cute will include a new hilltop “Sanrio Village,”, holiday wagon tours, and more fun activities. During the holiday wagon tour, tour guides will lead guests through a seasonal exploration of the 30-acre farm and its rich history, including pit stops to see and taste the delicious winter vegetables growing on the farm up close. tanaka-farms-fresh-produceOn the tour, guests will also be transported to the new hilltop “Sanrio Village,” specially decorated for the holidays with various Sanrio photo opportunities and with Santa himself.Following the visit to the “Sanrio Village,” attendees will re-board the wagon and head back down to Tanaka Farm’s Holiday Market Stand, with fun arts, crafts, and holiday activities for families and children.sanrio-tanaka-farms-holiday-village-2

During this holiday period the Holiday Village is open weekends, while the market stand remains open daily, through December 17, 2017. Each paying guest for the holiday wagon tour will receive a limited edition Sanrio button and holiday crown upon entry. Pre-registration is required for attendance and the price for admission is $18 per person (children ages 2 and under are free) To purchase tickets please go here.
Join in to Give Back
In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, guests are encouraged to bring a tin of canned food which will be donated to South County Outreach. Guests that bring a can will receive a free mini Hello Kitty storybook.
New Retail Items for Purchase
Sanrio and Tanaka Farms will also debut new seasonal co-branded retail items for purchase online and at the Farm’s Market Stand including limited edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and totes.

giveaway-enter-to-winI’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a pair of tickets to the Sanrio Tanaka Farms Holiday Village. To enter my giveaway, please visit my Facebook Page here. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 years and older, until December 8 and comments will close at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator and notified to arrange the date of their visit. Prize has no cash value. Giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook.
What’s to Come in 2018
The Sanrio and Tanaka Farms collaboration will continue  into 2018 with strawberry picking in the spring  and a melon celebration in summer 2018.
About the Sanrio and Tanaka Farms Collaboration
The yearlong collaboration between Sanrio and Tanaka Farms builds on Sanrio’s mission of cultivating unique lifestyle experiences that touch every aspect of their fan’s lives. Hello Kitty and Sanrio friends will be incorporated into the educational programming provided by Tanaka Farms, teaching visitors of all ages the importance of healthy eating, as well as sustainability, responsible farming and agriculture, all while supporting their local community. Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Chococat, My Melody and Pochacco will be integrated into photo ops throughout the farm as well as daily activities and seasonal celebrations throughout the year.

Some images are property of Sanrio and Tanaka Farms and used with permission. 


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