Holiday TrainFest & Toy Drive at LA Union Station

Celebrate the spirit of the season while also giving back to the community during the Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive at Los Angeles Union Station!

The free, family-friendly event will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m on Saturday, December 16th on Track 14 at Los Angeles Union Station. Attendees are invited to enjoy highlights such as holiday refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus, vintage rail cars, and an 874,346-pound steam locomotive decked out for the holidays.

During the festivities, staff will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys in support of Toys for Tots as well as brand new socks that will be donated to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Last year, at the first Holiday TrainFest more than 1,200 toys were collected during the four-hour event. This year’s event will continue to provide opportunities to brighten spirits and support those in need during the holidays.

This year’s Holiday TrainFest will feature:

  • The historic Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive for attendees to get up close and personal with;
  • Vintage rail cars from the 1940s and 1950s decorated for the holidays for guests to tour;
  • Amtrak® and Metrolink train cars to explore;
  • Holiday refreshments, including hot cocoa and cookies;
  • Local police, and firefighters with a vintage 1930s-era fire engine;
  • Holiday music;
  • And of course, Santa Claus!

Arrive to the event in style by train from points throughout southern California, including Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino and the Antelope Valley using Amtrak Pacific Surfliner or Metrolink service. Visit PacificSurfliner.com or MetrolinkTrains.com for additional information, including schedules and fares.

For more information about the Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive at Los Angeles Union Station, visit PacificSurfliner.com/TrainFest.

Frozen Themed Holiday Event

On Saturday, December 9th between 12-2pm, little ones (and their parents) are invited to come by Plaza Antonio to do a “meet and greet” with the snow princesses from Frozen and take a printable photo with Santa!

There will be balloon art, face painting, a kid-friendly DJ spinning holiday music, a photo booth, giveaways, and more! Children will be able to take photos with Santa and receive a special treat.

Pure Barre Santa Margarita will hold a magical wand making station, Starbucks will be featuring the “Frozen Frappucino” – an exclusive for the event, Sherwin-Williams will be offering 30% off paints & stains during the event, and  The Lil’ Dickens Carolers will also be roaming the center to spread the sounds of holiday cheer!

For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page.

Santa Gets High-Tech at Santa HQ

In partnership with HGTV, three SoCal shopping centers are hosting an interactive Christmas experience – Santa HQ. We were invited to check out the big guy’s arrival at Lakewood Center and enjoy some fun activities and a free photo package.

Santa HQ adds a special twist to your typical mall Santa. In the digital era we live in, it’s only natural that Santa gets an upgrade too! The interactive experience is fun for the whole family, and keeps the kids engaged and in awe while they wait for their turn with the big guy. [Read more…]

Have a High-tech Holiday with Santa HQ at Los Cerritos Center

Disclaimer: We were invited to check out the Santa HQ Welcome Party, a free event open to the public. We did receive a complimentary photo with the big guy as a thank you. No other compensation was received, and all thoughts and opinions are the author’s.

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Los Cerritos Center is bringing a special twist to your typical mall Santa. Everything is upgraded these days, why can’t Santa’s HQ be too? [Read more…]

The Third Annual OC Brew Ho Ho: The Naughty List is More Fun!

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Brew Ho Ho! is back! The third annual holiday-themed beer festival is taking place at The Anaheim Phoenix Club on Saturday, December 13. The event comes courtesy of Brew Ha Ha Productions, a team who consistently presents the most talked about beer festivals in Orange County and beyond. This year will be no different, and is already emerging as one of the most anticipated events yet, setting sales records and attracting the finest breweries from across Southern California.

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This year’s unprecedented selection of more than 60 beers on tap will span beloved familiar brews, seasonal and winter ales, and holiday-themed beers. Attending breweries include; Ballast Point, Bootleggers Brewing Company, and Cascade –  this is only a handful of the artisans who will be sampling their satisfying brews.

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Brew Ha Ha Productions are known for their exclusive collaboration brews, and this year’s Brew Ho Ho! special beer will unite Valiant Brewing in Orange with Black Market Brewing of Temecula. Their 13% ABV beer will be unveiled in the coming weeks and combines the flavors of vanilla bean, cherries, and smoked wood to create a complex and robust Russian Imperial Stout that will be available in bottles, as well as at craft beer-centric drinking establishments around Southern California for a limited time.

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The holiday ale festival will return to The Phoenix Club’s picturesque garden gazebo, located near the Pond in Anaheim. The event will offer the annual Brewery Merchandise Expo giving beer lovers a one-stop shopping experience. Photos with Santa Claus add to the jovial atmosphere, which is further enhanced by the Brew Ha Ha’s illustrious interactive games. Music from legendary DJ Richard Blade of Sirius XM and KROQ radio fame is back by popular demand, setting the musical tone for holiday celebrations.

The third annual OC Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival will take place inside The Phoenix Club’s garden gazebo, located near the Pond in Anaheim . In addition to beer tastings and food offerings, the event will also include photos with Santa Claus, interactive games, a Brewery Merchandise Expo, and music from radio DJ Richard Blade.

Tickets are $55 per drinker, and $10 for Designated Reindeer (drivers). Tastings are from 12 – 4 p.m. with the Brewery Merchandise Expo open until 5 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ocbrewhoho.com.

Get Your Tickets for Irvine Park Railroad’s 2014 Christmas Train

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Irvine Park Railroad has opened sales for their annual Christmas Train event! For select nights during November and December you and your family can visit the Irvine Regional Park ride the train and enjoy activities in Santa’s Village located just behind the train station inside of Locomotive Loop. Activities include a Santa moon bounce, cookie decorating, carnival games, coloring corner, story time with Mrs. Claus, and more!
This enchanting night ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park — to meet and have your picture taken with Santa Claus — is a very popular event for visitors from across the Southland and beyond, it is required that you purchase your tickets online, and in advance for the date and time that you would like to ride the train. If you plan on visiting with family or friends, we suggest that one person be designated to buy your group’s tickets to help ensure that you can ride the train together. Bring your own camera to capture that special moment or family photo with Santa.
Tickets will sell out very quickly as this is a very popular event every year. Advance ticket purchase is required for all nights, and tickets are sold ONLINE ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available for pick up at the will call window on the night that you will be riding the Christmas Train.
The Christmas Train is open on the following dates:
  • November 28th, 29th & 30th
  • December 5th, 6th & 7th
  • December 12th – 23rd

Please visit Irvine Park Railroad online for full details on this year’s Christmas Train including dates, times, costs and other information. You can also see picture’s from past Christmas Train events.

Also, beginning Friday November 28th the Irvine Park Railroad will have their Christmas Tree Ranch open. Families can pick out the perfect Christmas tree from a variety of Douglas, Noble, and Grand fir trees available for sale. Be sure to print out a $5.00 off coupon before you go.