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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How to Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Are you wondering how to sell your house during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between holiday celebrations, looming family visits, and school vacations might seem like miserable timing, home sellers can actually benefit by using this period strategically to show and possibly even sell their place.

Most home sellers take a holiday hiatus until the New Year. This can mean that your home may suddenly become a hot commodity. Also if buyers are truly squeezing in house showings between shopping trips and holiday school programs, you know these potential buyers must be serious.

So if you are ready to put up a “For Sale” sign under the pretty glow of your holiday lights, now is the time! Here is some advice on how to sell your house during the holidays.

A little mistletoe will most likely help rather than hurt.

You should be festive and decorate your home. It is when your home looks the best and you take the most pride in it. This will show better and most likely net more.

Avoid going overboard.

Go easy on the Christmas decorations. Christmas lights and a tree in the living room are okay, but staging a nativity scene in the front yard and going crazy on decorations can scare off potential buyers.

Throw a holiday party.

You should consider squeezing in the time to host a holiday party. This can be a great way to showcase your home to family, friends and neighbors. Chances are that at least one person at the holiday party is looking for a new house or knows someone who is.

Preheat the oven.

December is a wonderful time for potential buyers to walk into a home that smells of fresh-baked cookies, treats and holiday cakes. Sweeten up potential buyers a tad more by leaving a plate of treats out for them to enjoy.

Don’t encourage thieves to make a visit.

Even though most people are wishing peace and goodwill, not everyone will take this message to heart. For this reason, you should play it safe and don’t leave gifts under a holiday tree during a home showing. You should consider leaving empty decorative boxes instead.

Let your home shine.

Winter days have never been darker or shorter, so to ensure your home gives off a warm vibe, you should replace some of your lights with brighter bulbs to add more light for evening showings.

Be giving.

Give a little more time than you might if you were selling at a less frantic time of year. Prepare to let people into your house even when it is not convenient for you. Everyone doesn’t celebrate the same holidays, so you might be asked to show on days you normally would not want to.

Use the cold weather in your favor.

If it is raining, you should have umbrellas handy for people to look at outside areas. Boot covers by the front door are a nice touch as well. This is the time to accentuate your attached garage and update heating systems and fireplaces.

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Fall Events in Orange County

The temperature might not be dropping too dramatically in southern California, but Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating, preparing and cooking for the season. Locals love this time of year because there is not only excitement about the holiday season approaching, but also so much happening in Orange County. Here’s your guide to all Fall events happening in these next couple months!

1. Knott’s Scary Farm

Kicking off the Fall season is a fan favorite among Orange County locals! Knott’s Scary Farm is a tradition hosted by the Buena Park amusement park! This experience is so extreme that it calls for its own ticket! On select nights, beginning at the end of September and running through the end of October, visitors have the chance to visit this unique haunted house experience. Their tagline for the attraction is “where nightmares never end.” It’s certainly an ‘enter at your own risk’ experience, but many people love the attraction and even get big groups of friends to go together!

2. Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

An event targeted at the over 21 crowd of Orange County, the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is a three day festival takes place at the end of September, and locals or visitors are welcome purchase different levels of tickets. In addition to decadent cuisine and tasty dishes, there will be over 60 different craft beer, specialty wine and even a few cocktail vendors. Although this event is not exactly Fall specific, it’s a great chance to find good holiday/ dinner party gifts.

3. Oktoberfest at Oak Gille

At this extravagant dinner hosted by Oak Grille in Newport Beach, attendees will be treated to a five course meal. In addition to the food, attendees will also be served a variety of craft beers that are special to the season. Seats are limited for this October 27th event so make sure you book your spot soon!

4. Holiday Faire in Irvine

Need to get some Christmas shopping done? What better way to do it than all in one place. This Holiday Faire takes place November 4 and 5, so you can get most of your shopping out of the way early. At the Holiday Faire there will be over 100 vendors of all different sorts. This is a great place to find holiday gifts for dinner parties, in laws or friends!

5. Surfing Santa Competition

Have you ever seen Santa surf? Well, if you head down to Salt Creek Beach, in Dana Point, on November 18 or 19 you can see hundreds of them! This fun and friendly competition requires all participants to dress up in some form of a Santa costume. The event raises money for the Surf Healing foundation, and surfers are awarded prizes depending on how extravagant their costumes are. This is a very fun event to bring the whole family to!

For more details on events happening this Fall in Orange County, feel free to reach out to us! We are more than happy to help!


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