Fun Things to Do in the OC This Holiday Season

Orange County is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike who are interested in a variety of activities during the holiday season. The area is filled with fun and exciting things to do for people of all ages.

The Science of Gingerbread | Santa Ana | Nov. 23 – Jan. 6

One of the more popular events that runs through the holiday season until early January is the Science of Gingerbread at the Orange County Discovery Cube. It includes hands-on activities and cookie decorating for both children and adults. There are also a number of beautiful and impressive gingerbread houses on display.

A Christmas Carol | Costa Mesa | Nov. 24 – Dec. 24

Orange County is also home to a presentation of A Christmas Carol at the South Coast Repertory. This play is a Christmas classic that should be a big hit for the whole family. If you’re looking for another play, check out the Camino Real Playhouse on the weekends through the holiday season to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. The popular TV special comes to the stage on a double bill.

A Charlie Brown Christmas | San Juan Capistrano | Nov. 23 – Dec. 22

Charles Schulz’s beloved holiday television special comes to the stage on a double bill with “Archie Andrews Radio Preview before the show. Let your kids join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Linus  and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

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Snow Days with the Critters | Santa Ana | Dec. 15 – Dec. 16

This celebration features stations focusing on winter and snow. Your kids will enjoy watching animals receive icy treats, listening to festive tunes, looking at the winter decor, creating cool crafts and playing educational games and hearing delightful winter stories.

Winter Fest OC | Costa Mesa | Dec. 20 – Jan. 6

Families can also choose to go to the Winter Fest OC to take part in ice skating, tubing, playing in the snow, and cap off the night with a spectacular firework show. You can take your family to see Christmas lights and the tree lighting ceremony that takes place each night.

44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights | Dana Point | Dec. 7 – Dec. 15

Boat owners come out on the water to compete for a number of prizes and try to upstage each other with creative and entertaining Christmas decorations. The boats out on the water make for a spectacular photo opportunity and the entire evening is sure to be remembered.

Sherman Library and Gardens | Newport Beach | Dec. 14 – Dec. 22

Families looking for something more relaxing can head to the Sherman Library and Gardens for the Christmas light walk. Enjoy the colorful displays in the area, alongside some festive and creative Christmas decorations. The stroll is a peaceful way to take in some beautiful lights and makes for a good ending to a busy day.

Keep these in mind this holiday season if you are looking for some of the most popular and fun Christmas events in the Orange County area. With everything that is going on, there is something for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

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6 Ways to Sell Your Home Fast Around the Holidays

A lot of people think selling a home around the holidays is a hard thing to do. It doesn’t have to be, especially since a lot of people are trying to buy a home before the holidays get in full swing. As a result, it is actually easier than you think to sell a house and get moved out before the holidays start.

Read below to learn 6 ways to sell your home around the holidays.

1. Clean Up Online Listings

A lot of buyers around this time are going to be searching online and you should have a real estate agent make digital advertisements to entice people to make appointments to check out your place in-person. Make sure photos are crisp and up to date, while ensuring all information is filled in so buyers have a good sense about what they are going to see before making  a trek in cold weather to check out a home. A lot of buyers are going to make an early decision based on online information.

2. Put a Holiday Twist on a Listing

Buyers around the holidays want to dream about settling in before the holidays start, especially if they have a family. As a result, a decorated home would draw people in at this point of the year. You put garland on your staircase or a light up your beautiful fireplace. Adding in holiday lights or other decorations before taking listing photos can help people visualize what they could be moving into if they decide to purchase.

3. Offer Flexible Showings

Buyers are going to want to see a home before they purchase it, but the holidays can get busy with scheduling. So keep your plans open so buyers will be more apt to visit your home. Flexibility is key to making quick sales, especially during the holidays.

4. Make Your Home Move-In Ready

This means keeping things neat and tidy even if there is not a showing, and it also means having a pre-inspection done beforehand. These are helpful because they help homes sell faster and could result in saved costs on your end. It will give you another good chance to highlight the good parts about your home, especially if you have a lot of nice upgrades as well.

5. Make Curb Appeal a Big Priority

Picking up leaves or trimming trees outside make a home seem more enticing to potential buyers. Don’t be afraid to decorate with lights, wreaths, and other decorations to give off a holiday spirit that is inviting to potential homeowners. People will be more inclined to buy if the exterior is looking good, clean and well-manicured.

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6. Offer Incentives

Since people are looking to buy around the holidays, making a small incentive for buyers can seal a deal. This could come in the form of new appliances, offers to pay closing costs, or more flexibility with negotiations. These can help you stand above other houses and offers and entice people to speed up the purchasing process so they can move in even faster. This means you’re out of your space with money in hand, while the buyer gets to settle in before the holidays get in full swing.

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Christmas Events in Orange County!

Orange County is bursting with Christmas events this year! Here are a few of our favorites:

 The Newport Boat Parade

The Newport Boat Parade is just around the corner! Be sure to get your tickets to take in the lights, festivities and this year’s unique holiday boats. If you haven’t been yet, this will be sure to be one of those events that you plan to make it to each and every year. ?

Meeting Santa

Have you seen Santa this year? Well, you can meet him daily in the city of Irvine and enjoy a moon bounce, snacks, carnival games, ride the Christmas Train, and much more! BUt hurry, the train sells out early every year!

Gingerbread, YUM!

If your kids like crafts, head over to the Discovery Cube Presents: Science of Gingerbread event where they can make gingerbread houses and much more until January 1st. The Discovery Cube has tons of other science exhibits for them to explore too while you’re there!

Want More?

These are just a few, but there are so many more events to choose from! Email us at stacyandnicole@stacyandnicole.com, or call us at 714-333-7327 to find out how to buy a home in Orange County and become part of the fun each year!


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Holiday Events in and Around Costa Mesa

We can guarantee very few things in life, but one of them is that we will probably not be shoveling snow out of our collective driveways on Christmas Day here in Southern California. So while we are not singing songs around a roaring campfire at an inn in Vermont, we do have a wide variety of holiday events for you, your friends, and family between now and New Year’s Day to make you merry and bright.

A Christmas Carol at the South Coast Repertory

It was Charles Dickens’ most classic tale: “A Christmas Carol.” The Ghost of Christmas Past will delight you with his tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchit family. You will be transported back in time by the South Coast Repertory Company. One thing to keep in mind if you are going to “A Christmas Carol” is that children under the age of 6 will not be admitted to the show because it contains smoke and fog effects. So hire a babysitter for the young ones, and come enjoy a Christmas classic.

The OC Marketplace

Now,who doesn’t like a good old-fashioned swap meet? While this may not be a holiday event in the strictest sense of the term, great food is! So if you are you looking for food, funky furniture, and fun, the Orange County Marketplace is the place to gather on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am-4pm. Here you can find fresh produce, a hot bagel, custom-built furniture, sometimes you’ll hear live bands… pretty much anything your heart may desire. It’s $2 for general admission to the OC Marketplace, but parking is free. To find your next ‘have to have it’ deal, drive to the OC Fair & Event Center and enter Gates 1, 2 or 10.

SOCO Farmers’ Market

Let’s stay with the local markets for a minute. The SOCO Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 9am-2pm. This is real farm-to-your-table fare, with fresh produce, eggs, juices, local meats, fresh warm bread, sauces, nuts, dips and live music. What else could you possibly want? Are you getting hungry just thinking about it? Your support helps local small businesses thrive, and it is a great outing for your family.

Creative Saturdays at Chuck Jones

From 9:30 am until noon most Saturdays, it is time for creativity at the Chuck Jones Center. You can just walk in and enjoy the center and express yourself by drawing or using other available media. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It costs nothing to enter, but a donation is suggested to help cover the cost of all those creative materials. Click the link above and check out their calendar to make sure your creative Saturday is available!

Gershwin’s Concerto

How about enjoying a live classical music performance? Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F is considered his most classical piece. It will be performed at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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