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An Anaheim Lunar New Year

January 14th, 2017

 

January 28th marks the Year of the Rooster, and Lunar New Year celebrations take place throughout Anaheim. Of course, Disneyland is a must with the beautiful lanterns and Chinese decorations covering Main Street U.S.A. You can also catch performances by traditional dancers, and snap photos of your beloved Disney characters in their own Chinese inspired costumes.

The San Gabriel Valley is a haven for authentic Chinese cuisine from all regions and is a great place to celebrate the Lunar New Year. From whole fish and rice cakes to your favorite mochi ice cream balls, check out a new restaurant or take a cooking lesson to learn how to whip up a delicacy at home (or your guest room!).

The Festivities Go On

The parties don’t stop with Christmas, Hanukkah and the western New Year. The tail end of January is also prime party season. The Los Angeles Saturday Dance Parade for the New Year is a big one, over 100 years old and featuring the famed lion dance. It’s a way to scare off bad spirits for the coming year, and you don’t want to miss it.

A midnight ceremony with firecrackers on January 28th at the temple in Chinatown is a major tradition, but if you missed it, you can visit the temple anytime during open hours. Light a lamp or candle, and enjoy some peace and quiet amidst your hectic travels.

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Anaheim

January 14th, 2017

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day offers a variety of options for celebrating in the Anaheim area. The annual Peace and Unity Parade kicks off at the MLK Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street intersection at 10:30 a.m. on January 14, and the celebration continues until 6 p.m. Each year, over 25,000 attendees come together for a day of live music, entertainment and honoring brotherhood and peace.

 

Kids enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts and are guided towards an understanding of justice and peace. Find out more about local groups that pay homage to the teachings of MLK Jr. Dreamland is a dedicated space where youth can uphold the teachings of Dr. King, and some of the best vendors and food carts in the area will be on site.

Living the Dream

The Cake for King celebration at the California African American Museum takes place each year on the major holiday. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., enjoy five full hours of commemorating the works and teachings of Dr. King. Kids have a bevy of free, fun activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and of course, indulging in some delectable birthday cake.

Check out documentaries and artifacts, and make this a day of remembering the vision Dr. King had for all people. How will you be celebrating?

Your Disney Christmas

December 10th, 2016

 

The most magical place on earth becomes even more magical during the holiday season. The season runs November 10 – January 8, giving you plenty of time to explore the park, special events, and surrounding festivals. The Festival of Holidays is a food bazaar and taster event with wine pairings (and sparkling cider pairings for the kids). Don’t miss the World of Color – Season of Light, which lights up the park in a new and wondrous way.

Christmas decorations cover the park, with thousands of lights creating a glowing wonderland. Garlands have been added to Main Street this year, and even more lights decorate the castle, making this the most festive Disney Christmas bonanza yet.

Light It Up

Somehow, Disney has outdone itself and replaced the famous Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show with the stunning Disneyland Forever show. A new gingerbread addition joins the fun, and you’ll find your favorite characters in the park with their uber-festive gear.

Make sure to visit each of the park’s restaurants for special, seasonal treats like eggnog, Christmas pudding, Christmas cookies and more. Help put out treats for Santa and his reindeer, and don’t forget to tackle seasonally-decorated rides.

When Christmas is at Disneyland, you can bet it will be one of the best holidays yet!

 

Come See Santa!

December 5th, 2016

 

Santa, along with his doppelganger helpers, are all over Anaheim, because they know the nicest boys and girls are treated to Disneyland vacations. Visit Santa at Anaheim Town Square throughout the month of December where you’ll enjoy a real snow play area, plenty of holiday crafts including face painting, train rides and a balloon artist on hand who specializes in reindeer.

 

Get your photo with Santa at 2180 East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, and don’t forget to come with your wish list and in your best holiday attire. Can’t make it to Anaheim Town Square? Don’t worry. You can drop your child’s wish list at any USPS box, simply addressed to Santa at the North Pole, and the letter will arrive swifter than a reindeer’s gallop.

More Santa Sightings

Santa loves malls because it’s where he picks up so many of his goodies! Head to the Anaheim GardenWalk for another chance to meet Santa and his elves. The outdoor shopping experience means even more decorations and bright lights, but, as always, Santa is the main attraction. Visit during the weekdays for shorter lines and more time on the big guy’s lap.

Natalie Mall and nearby Brea Mall also feature Santa as their resident celebrity of the month. At shopping destinations, special holiday events and bazaars around Anaheim, you’ll have plenty of photo opps with Santa and memories to be made.

 

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2nd, 2016

 

Only a “nut” would miss the 21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Anaheim. On Saturday, December 5, you can watch the inaugural lighting, and get treated to the yearly holiday bazaar where you can stock up on gifts, crafts, decorations and more. With free admission and parking, along with events from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in southern California.

There are free kids craft activities until 5:45, free snow play (in California, it’s made by machines and perfectly fluffy!), and free train rides so you can sit back and enjoy the holiday spirit. Family-friendly musical shows take place throughout the day, and of course, your favorite Christmas treats are on hand.

‘Tis the Season

An International Food Fair takes place throughout the day, with trucks and booths offering unique holiday treats from around the world. Authentic Christmas pudding pairs perfectly with your holiday shopping. At 6 p.m., gather in the square for the lighting of the 50-foot tree, or swing by any day after December 5 to check out the thousands of lights and decorations adorning Anaheim’s community tree.

It all happens at Feldhaus Circle, with plenty of parking and public transportation access.

Holiday Light Displays in Anaheim

December 1st, 2016

 

There are many places to enjoy the holiday lights in Anaheim, but having an insider’s guide gives you a major advantage. Beyond Disneyland and the famous Nutcracker tree downtown, you’ll also want to head to Kraemer and Birch in nearby Brea. The so-called “Eagle Hills neighborhood” is known for putting on an incredible show, and this neighborhood gets into the spirit early!

 

In Fountain Valley, try the Brookhurst Street and Heil Avenue neighborhood, or plug 16801 Euclid into your GPS. This lit-up neighborhood features plenty of parking nearby, and you can cruise the street or park and walk to take in the twinkling lights and over-sized decorations.

Light it Up!

Long Beach gives you Daisy Avenue, located between the Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street. Families looking for Griswold-level lights need to come to the beach. Afterwards, swing by the golden coast for some legendary seafood-inspired Christmas fare at one of the many coastal restaurants.

Talega’s Seaside Neighborhood in San Clemente is another local secret, where the neighbors compete for who has the most, brightest and most spirited of decorations. You don’t want to miss out on this display, especially when there are cafes offering up hot cocoa (and something a bit more caffeinated) to keep those spirits shining.

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club

October 10th, 2016

 

Known as one of the best German pubs and restaurants in town, the Phoenix Club puts on an Oktoberfest like no other. With events held throughout September and October, there’s sure to be a festival for every visitor to enjoy. Even better, the restaurant underwent a big reconstruction in the summer, so this year’s Oktoberfest will be the best yet! It’s all leading up to “Karneval” in November, the Mardi Gras of German parties.

Costumes are always encouraged at the Phoenix Club, especially during the Oktoberfest season. Raucous singing and dancing can always be found, along with happy hours Tuesday through Saturday. Dining here during the autumn means more than indulging in the incredible menu. It’s a non-stop party filled with cultural traditions and plenty of imported beers.

Party On!

Try the fried mac and cheese or spicy sweet potato fries to get your appetite revving. It’s a must before those stuffed beet rolls topped with gravy and loaded with bacon arrive. The sauerbraten, or marinated sirloin roast, is a fan favorite complete with homemade ginger snap gravy served alongside red cabbage and spaetzle.

For travelers looking for a special banquet facility for wedding receptions, parties, business meetings and more, you’ll find it all at the Phoenix Club Banquet Room. Throw your own Oktoberfest, or take advantage of the surrounding festivities to create a party atmosphere for the record books.

 

Halloween at Disneyland

October 7th, 2016

 

Spooktacular events at Disneyland span the entire months of September and October, but nothing beats a night of trick or treating on the big night! Discover seasonal attractions like the Haunted Mansion Holiday hosted by Jack Skellington and all the citizens of Halloween Town. Can you get away from the phantoms at Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and are you up for the thrills waiting at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?

Main Street turns into a massive pumpkin festival with hundreds of unique, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. At Frontierland, celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a classical skeleton showcase. Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour whisks you through a one-of-a-kind, spooky tour of the park. Kids of all ages adore Mickey’s Halloween Party, where you can trick or treat amidst chilling celebrations, available on special nights throughout the season.

Halloween Magic

During this terror-ific time of year, Disney offers special-occasion experiences like “My First Disney Visit” complete with trick-or-treat bags of surprises. Contact the Disney Floral and Gifts department at 714-781-GIFT to connect with a Dream Maker and make all your “nightmares” come true.

This haunting season, let Disneyland help make your trip to Anaheim one to remember. Where will your autumnal celebration bring you first?


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Where to Watch the Fireworks in Anaheim

July 1st, 2016

Independence Day is taken seriously in Anaheim, with numerous restaurants offering specials for active-duty service members and veterans, but the fireworks are the real showstoppers. There’s Disneyland, which streams their show live at 8:50pm, but the party gets started well before the night falls! In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a DJ begins setting the mood at 5:30 and the adults-only Rockin’ Fourth of July Party kicks off at 10:30. You’ll also be treated to seeing your favorite Disney characters in patriotic costumes throughout the day.

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The annual OC Block Party stretches from 3-11pm, with the fireworks spectacular show at 9:45. It’s a food lover’s paradise where local vendors whip up special patriotic dishes to tempt you. Carnival games, merchandise vendors, live art installations and more can be found at this family-friendly event at the Angels Stadium.

Light Up the Night

Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay’s July 4 fireworks and parade cruises are a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday. Boat parades take place at 1pm and 4pm, and you can take a tour along Newport Beach to enjoy the California sunshine. The fireworks begin at 7pm.

Enjoy a quaint fireworks show at the annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival of Fullerton. Entertainment, food and live music are on hand to keep you entertained. Most activities are free, and the fireworks begin at 9pm, lasting 20 minutes!

Celebrate the First Day of Summer

June 16th, 2016

It’s officially summer, and you’re on the golden coast where (although it feels like summer year-round!), it’s an especially fantastic location to celebrate. Start your morning with a SUP or surfing lesson at one of the area’s famous beaches. Venice, Malibu and Muscle Beach are all fantastic options. Try the quintessential California roller blading along a boardwalk, and you’ll instantly be in the summer groove.

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There are more fro-yo options in California than you can shake a stick at, as well as bubble tea and gourmet ice cream. Cool off after your morning outing by stopping at Salt and Straw (a Portland, Ore. transplant), the classic local Pinkberry, or the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and treat yourself to some summer lovin’.

Easy Living

Disneyland, if you haven’t made it there yet on this trip, is full of easy living during the summertime. Book a character experience, or pamper yourself with a park spa visit. Inspired by Bali experience, the Disney Spa offers a Mandara Spa Ritual, a couples retreat, and a special sunrise 2+ hour massage experience.

There are summer solstice celebrations throughout the region, with a massive Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara (well worth the trip) with live music, a drum circle and plenty of events for the kids.