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DECEMBER 2018 - FREE

ISSUE 08

LMVL SoCal A LIVING MI VIDA LOCA PUBLICATION

FAMILY OUTINGS

DIY WREATH

9 FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO DO THIS MONTH

MAKE A BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY WREATH FOR ONLY $5

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS LOCAL TREE LOTS TO ORDER OR PICK UP A FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE


CONTENTS GOOD EATS 09 Christmas Punch Recipe 10 White Menudo Recipe

HAPPENINGS 07

Outdoor Ice Skating RInks

15

Snow Play

19

Free family-friendly things to do and see this month

20

Pirates Christmas Show

21

Christmas lights display

24

Knott's Merry Farm

25

Kid-friendly New Year's Celebrations

SPOTLIGHT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAYS Where to see the best Christmas lights displays / p21

CHRISTMAS TREE LOTS WHERE TO GET A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE IN SOCAL A list of tree lots in SoCal / p17

FEATURES 06

Holiday Calendar

12

"Las Posadas" Songs

16

DIY project: wreath

17

Monthly 5: Elf on the Shelf Alternatives

LAS POSADAS

GIFTS UNDER $25

18

Now Playing: Mary Poppins

"LAS POSADAS", A LATINO TRADITION

UNIQUE WHITE ELEPHANT GIFTS UNDER $25

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Book Pick of the Month

History of "Las Posadas" and how to celebrate them / p11

You'll want to keep these gifts under $25 for yourself / p13-14

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What to stream on Netflix

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Get a letter from Santa

28

Guide to choosing your NYE underwear

LMVL SoCal is published monthly by Cordova Media Group LLC and available online at LMVLSoCal.com. All rights reserved. Copyright 2018.


EDITOR'S NOTE

Pattie Cordova EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

We are in full holiday swing and there is no better place to celebrate the holidays than in Southern California. There are tons of events to attend and memories to be made this month - many of which are free! We encourage you to read through the online magazine, take screenshots of things you want to do, and share with your friends! Want more information on some of the events? Don't forget to visit the website and our social channels. Before we leave you, we'd like to give you thanks for hanging out with us this year. Thank you for all your wonderful comments on our social channels, all your likes, your retweets and your shares. We wish you and your family a beautiful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

STAFF WRITERS

Alma Pedroza

Liby Flores

Stephanie Robledo LMVLSOCAL.COM | 02


Holiday Calendar We're lucky. to have a diverse population in SoCal - and we have the holidays to prove it! These are just a few of the holidays being celebrated throughout Southern California this month.

210

First Day of Hanukkah

12

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

1624

Las Posadas

24

Christmas Eve

25

Christmas

261/1

First Day of Kwanzaa

28

Day of the Holy Innocents


LOS ANGELES ICE at Santa Monica 11/2-1/21 Hours Vary 1324 Fifth Street, Santa Monica https://downtownsm.com/iceAtSantaMonica Just steps from Third Street Promenade. Skate rentals are included with the price of admission, and hot dogs, cocoa, and other treats are available rinkside. Cost: $15

OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS IN SOCAL Compiled by Alma Pedroza

Queen Mary Christmas 11/23-1/6 Mon-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-8pm 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach https://www.queenmary.com/calendar-ofevents/qmchristmas/home/ Stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary ship, experiencing thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, our outdoor skating rink atop the Sports Deck, meet and greets with Santa, and more! Cost: $22 Adult / Kids $16, Ice Skating requires additional fee of $15 for 45 minutes The Lakes at Thousand Oaks 11/8-1/27 Hours Vary 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks http://shoplakes.com/events/annual-holiday-ice-rink/ Get ready to skate The Lakes this season with festive music, hot chocolate, and plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Skate rentals are available. Guests may bring their own. Cost: $17, Offers Groupon Deal Downtown in Ice Pershing Square 11/15-1/21 Hours Vary Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles https://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/ Glide into the holidays at Pershing Square! The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown LA. Cost: $9 per one-hour session; Skate rental $5

Holiday Ice at The Pike Outlets 11/6-1/6, Hours Vary 95 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach http://lakingsholidayice.com/the-pike-outlets-in-longbeach Join the LA Kings for their annual Holiday Ice! Cost: Starting at $12 per session Holiday Ice at LA Live 11/10-1/6, Hours Vary, 3 sessions per day 800 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles http://lakingsholidayice.com/la-live-2/ Make the most out of the holiday season by enjoying outdoor ice skating in the heart of downtown L.A. Cost: Starting at $15 per session The Rink in Downtown Burbank 12/13-1/6 ; Sun-Mon 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11:30pm Burbank City Hall, 150 N. 3rd St., Burbank https://dtnbur.com/event/the-rink-in-downtown-burbank2018/ The Rink in Downtown Burbank is just steps away from more than 400 shops and restaurants, and the recently renovated Burbank Town Center. Cost: $10; Skate rental $6 LMVLSOCAL.COM | 07


@WinterfestOC

ORANGE COUNTY

INLAND EMPIRE

Spectrum Ice Rink 11/2- 1/6; Hours Vary 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine https://www.irvinespectrumcenter.com/entertainment/attr actions/ice-rink

Peltzer Ice Rink 11/26-1/6 ; 3-9pm 40275 Calle Contento, Temecula https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/event/peltzer-icerink/1179/

Find the Spectrum’s annual ice rink in The Giant Wheel Courtyard. Come during the day or at night when the wheel lights up. Themed Thursdays, wear costume and save $5. Cost: $20 Adults / Toddlers $16

The farm is freezing over! For the first time ever Peltzer Farms will be featuring a 100ft x 65ft ice skating rink! Cost: $15 Adults / $11 Kids

Winter Fest OC 12/20-1/6 ; Hours Vary OC Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa https://winterfestoc.com Ice Skating under the stars on SoCal’s largest ice rink next to our 30 foot tall Christmas tree in the middle of Winter Fest OC. Cost: Starting at $12, Skating requires additional fee.

Temecula on Ice 12/13-1/6 ; Sun-Thu 10am-9:30pm Fri-Sat 10am-11pm Old Town Temecula, 41000 Main St., Temecula https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/event/temecula-onice-ice-skating-rink-old-town-temecula/628/ The Old Town Temecula Winterfest includes ice skating outdoors right in front of City Hall, food vendors, music, holiday lights, and more! Cost: $12 + $5 Skate rental / $8 Skating Aid

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MEXICAN CHRISTMAS PUNCH Ponche Navideùo is served during the holidays, including Christmas Eve and the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It’s a very fruity and sweet hot punch that is great for family get-togethers. You can serve it as is, or add a touch of alcohol for the perfect adults-only drink

INGREDIENTS 2

cartons of 33.8 ounces Jumex Guava Nectar

67

ounces water

2

apples, diced

1/2

cup hibiscus petals

1/4

cup shredded coconut

1/2

cup un-pitted prunes

12

1

ounces piloncillo

4

4" pieces of sugar cane, cut into strips

cup tecojote in syrup

3

cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS Pour the liquids into the pot and then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a full boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve hot.

TIPS You need equal parts water and Jumex Guava Nectar. The easiest way to do this is simply by adding water into the carton and then dumping that into the pot. Make an adults-only version by adding alcohol before you serve it. Ponche is best served hot alongside traditional dishes such as tamales. Serve in mugs and include a few pieces of the cooked fruit, including the cane. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 09


MENUDO BLANCO Hosting for the holidays? This easy white menudo recipe will help you feed a large crowd. The ingredients are simple – easily found at your local Mexican market. Best of all, you can throw everything together in under 30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS 2

gallons of water

1

tbsp of cumin

2

tbsp garlic powder

4

bay leaves

1

pound beef foot

3

pounds of tripe

1

105oz can of hominy

1/2

cup of salt

DIRECTIONS Pour water into large stockpot. Add salt, cumin, garlic and bay leaves to the pot. Rinse beef foot and tripe, add to pot. Drain and rinse hominy, add to pot. Cover pot with aluminum foil and add lid. Simmer menudo over low heat for four hours.

TIPS Ask the butcher to chop the trip into bite size pieces and the beef foot into chunks. It’ll cut down the prep time even more. Optional toppings include: cilantro, chopped onion, menudo mix, lemons. We also serve with bolillo bread.

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LAS POSADAS A Christmas tradition that goes back over 400 years. It is a re-enactment of the struggle Mary and Joseph had looking for an Inn, while traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

Las Posadas commemorates the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy. Beginning on December 16 and ending nine days later, on December 24. Each night, families the take turns hosting the posada.

The entire neighborhood comes out for a procession. The pilgrims line the street, with Mary and Joseph leading. Children often dress as angels and shepherds. They sing ‘Posada Song,” with pilgrims singing their verses outside and the host family, answering from inside the house. Once the song is over the pilgrims enter the house and enjoy tamales and hot chocolate.  

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"LAS POSADAS" SONGS Pilgrims (outside)

Host (inside)

1. En nombre del cielo

1. Aquí no es mesón

When the doors open, everyone sings:

os pido posada,

sigan adelante:

Entren santos peregrinos,

pues no puede andar

yo no puedo abrir

peregrinos, reciban este rincón

mi esposa amada.

no sea algún tunante.

Aunque es pobre la morada os

2. No seas inhumano,

2. Ya se pueden ir

Cantemos con alegría todos al

tenos caridad,

y no molestar

considerar

que el Dios de los cielos

porque si me enfado

que Jesús, José y María nos

te lo premiará.

los voy a apalear.

vinieron a honrar.

3. Venimos rendidos

3. No me importa el nombre,

desde Nazaret,

déjenme dormir,

yo soy carpintero

pues ya les digo

de nombre José.

que no hemos de abrir.

4. Posada te pide,

4. Pues si es una Reina

amado casero

quien lo solicita

por sólo una noche

¿Cómo

la Reina del Cielo.

anda tan solita?

5. Mi esposa es María.

5.

la doy de corazón.

es que de noche,

es Reina del Cielo,

¿Eres tu José? ¿Tu esposa María?

y madre va a ser

Entren, peregrinos,

del Divino Verbo.

no los conocía.

6. Dios pague señores

6. Dichosa la casa

vuestra caridad,

que abriga este día

y así os colme el cielo

a la Virgen Pura

de felicidad.

la hermosa María.

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THE NEWEST TECH & GEAR OF 2019 WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT RADAR FOR YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

IDEAS UNDER $25 by Liby Flores

Here are a few of our favorite picks that will make the annual White Elephant gift exchange a breeze.

Portable Karaoke Microphone Triple Threat- Sing, record and chat online with this new and exciting Mockins karaoke microphone. Amazon, $24.99

USB Cassette Player Rediscover those old songs with USB

Cassette Player by turning your tapes into MP3's to use on your computer, iPod or in the car! Amazon, $24.99

Handheld Game Console Return to the fun and nostalgia of the 80's. It contains most of your favorite classic childhood arcade games such as: Donkey Kong, CONTRA 1, SUPER MARIO, Pac-man and more. Amazon, $20.95

French press Using only hot water and your favorite coffee, you’l press the perfect cup every time. Savor the deep roasted flavor, full body, and subtle notes of your favorite beans, brought forth by this uniquely simple brewing method. Amazon, $24.95

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Electric Wine Opener Designed to fit all traditional wine bottles, this sleek, cordless unit effortlessly opens a bottle of wine in seconds, with fast, zero-effort cork removal that leaves plenty of time for enjoying. Amazon, $24.99

Bamboo bottle with infuser It's a tumbler, tea travel

infuser, cold-brew personal coffee maker, fruit water infuser and a sports bottle all wrapped into one. Tea Bloom, $24.95

Unstable Unicorns Base Game A strategic card game that will destroy your friendships...but in a good way. One of Kickstarter’s Top 50 Most Backed Projects of all time! Build a Unicorn Army. Betray your friends. Unicorns are your friends now.. Amazon, $19.99

Brew-poly Buy or trade your favorite beers and increase property value by purchasing Brewpubs and Microbreweries for your monopolies. Sounds easy enough until you have to put on your beer goggles and kiss your neighbor or stand and sing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall!" Amazon, $23.95

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SNOW PLAY GUIDE Compiled by Alma Pedroza EVERY FRI-SUN IN DECEMBER

12/1 9AM-4PM & 6PM-9PM

1/26/19 11 AM - 4 PM

RIVERSIDE

LOS ANGELES

LAKE FOREST

Winter Wonderland Arlington Heights Sports Park 9401 Cleveland Ave

Snow Day LA The Old Lodge 1199 Scott Avenue

SnowFest Pittsford Park 21701 Pittsford Dr

Enjoy snow sledding with over 50+ tons of snow! Free activities including photos with Santa, crafts, entertainment, prizes, and more!

Experience multiple winter themed tubing lanes built on the huge hills of The Old Lodge park. Ride a tube, walk through a lighted archways, and enjoy the snow fall.

Sleds and saucers will be available to slide down Mount Pittsford. There will also be a free snow play area for kids 10 and under open during the entire event. Preregistration is mandatory.

Price: Starting at $12, kids 3 and under Free. Free limited parking www.snowdayla.com/

Price: $7 per time slot www.facebook.com/LakeForestSpeci alEvents/

Price: $13 pre-sale, $15 day of event Family Pack (4): $40 pre-sale, $50 day of event www.riversideabp.com/portfolio/wi nterfest-in-arlington/

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FOUR ULTIMATE PLATINUM PASSES TO WINTER FEST OC WINTER FEST OC December 20 - January 6 Costa Mesa WinterFestOC.com

Get into the holiday spirit at Winter Fest, Southern California’s largest winter experience, and their 40,000 square feet of new attractions! They're bringing back their popular activities including an outdoor ice-skating rink, ice tubing at Snowflake Summit, real Snow Play, and so much more. This year, Winter Fest OC will debut new entertainment and attractions including SoCal Dicken’s Village, Candy and Snowflake Wonderland, and an expanded Festival of Lights tunnel. Visit LMVLSoCal.com for a chance to win four Ultimate Platinum Passes ($300 value). Contest ends 12/15/18.

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DIY WREATH by Stephanie Robledo

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'Tis the season of festive do-it-yourself projects, our favorite time of the year. We wanted to create something super easy and super budget-friendly. This Christmas wreath was under $5 dollars! Products Wreath $3 Michaels Christmas stems  Pinecones (or anything you want to add to your wreath) Glue Gun Directions Place the Wreath on a table and arrange the accessories how every you want on your wreath before gluing them on.  With the Christmas Stems, I wrapped some of the wreath branches on the stem, for extra protection and then glued them on. After gluing everything, you are ready to hang that beautiful wreath and drink some hot coco.


MONTHLY 5: ELF ON THE SHELF ALTERNATIVES Lupita A partner in kind in encouraging children to do good deeds throughout the holiday season. Target, $29.99

Stitch Teach Stitch about your own traditions and create lasting holiday memories together!

Shiraz on the Shelf The ideal gift for harried, underappreciated moms who might need a little help to survive the holidays. Amazon, $39.99

Elf on the Shelf Pets This scout elf's best friend comes with a book which tells the story of how reindeer use Christmas magic to help Santa's sleigh fly. Amazon, $19.95

The Elf on the Shelf Pets: A Saint Bernard Tradition A beautifully illustrated hardbound children's book encourages kids to do good deeds. Includes a Saint Bernard puppy.  Amazon, $24.95

OUR FAVORITE TREE LOTS

Compiled by Stephanie Robledo

Peltzer Pines Christtmas Tree Farm 7851 Black Star Canyon Rd, Silverado This tree farm does not accept credit cards only cash and checks, ATM available on-site for your convenience. Trees start at $49. Last day to get a tree is December 23rd. |9am-5pm |Sat & Sun |11:30am-5:pm| Mon-Fri http://peltzerpines.com/farms/silverado Tanaka Farms 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA 92612 Hello Kitty and her friends are taking over Tanaka Farms, so get your camera ready for those photo ops. Tanakas Trees are shipped to them from Oregon immediately after cutting. They deliver in Orange County. 9am-7pm | Daily http://www.tanakafarms.com/tours-christmas-trees Johnson Brothers- Irvine 15500 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92618 Hundreds of fresh Christmas Trees, and you can order over the phone. They deliver in Orange County. Get a $5 off coupon for your tree on their website. Trees start at $49 9am-9pm | everyday until Christmas http://www.johnsonbros.net/christmasindex.html Shaw’s Christmas Trees 3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 The oldest individually owned Christmas tree lot in the area. http://www.shawnschristmastrees.com Greenspot Farms 10133 Ward Way Mentone CA. 92359 Tucked away in the foothills of Mentone in the Inland Empire and only one of very few farms left in the area. 9am-6pm | Mon-Sun https://www.greenspotfarms.com LMVLSOCAL.COM | 17


WHAT TO STREAM ON NETFLIX

Keep this list handy for a holiday movie night during Winter break!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Star 48 Christmas Wishes Get Santa George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Trolls Holiday Special Dreamworks Home: For the Holidays The Christmas Chronicles Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

BOOK PICK OF THE MONTH

NOW PLAYING MARY POPPINS In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place,” “The Girl on the Train”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin- Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, SOCIAL MEDIA STAR by Kate Kennedy A fun and quirky gift for the social media obsessed, Twinkle Twinkle Social Media Star will also strike a chord with anyone who uses social media professionally, or new parents who are finding to their horror that personal branding starts with a sonogram. Ages:18+; Amazon, $14.99 LMVLSOCAL.COM | 18


DECEMBER

9 FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS* *change. Events,Please venues,callandahead dealstocan be subject to confirm.

Compiled by Liby Flores

01 01 07 08 08

Sunday Concert Series

Patrick Music School Fall Festival. Performances at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm Nixon Library www.nixonlibrary.gov Candy Making Demonstrations

See the craftsmanship and care they put into all of their handmade, gourmet candies. This demonstration is during the annual Christmas on Euclid craft fair Logan's Candies www.loganscandies.com Boat Parade of Lights

Boats parade into the Harbor showing off their country western themed decorations, animation, color and lights. Dana Point Harbor danapointharbor.com/boat-parade Winter Holiday Festival

Snow play, free churros from 124pm, arts & crafts, merry-go-round, ferris wheel, Dj & Santa pictures. Pershing Square www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/win ter-holiday-events

Ho-Ho-Ho Hike

The night hike includes hot cocoa and cookies, a Nature of Wildworks live animal presentation and a hike through the wilderness area to the Redwood Grove. (714) 973-3160

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Christmas Festivities

Celebrate the holidays with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, Dickensian carolers and more! 90 minutes free parking in lots with merchant purchase. Farmers Market LA www.farmersmarketla.com Family Game Day

Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park. Lawn games, board games, and other activities will be provided. Orange County Great Park www.cityofirvine.org/orange-countygreat-park Riverside Festival of Lights

Enjoy music, activities, piñatas and a confetti celebration at 9:00 p.m. Plus, all of the fun Riverside Festival of Lights vendors and activities. The Mission Inn Hotel www.riversideca.gov/fol/ Live on Green

Live on Green is a a three-day family festival with five pavilions of entertainment, discovery and fun. Pasadena Convention Center www.visitpasadena.com/events/live -on-green LMVLSOCAL.COM | 19


BUENA PARK

"PIRATES TAKE CHRISTMAS" By Alma Pedroza

Come on board and join Santa Claus and his crew to save Christmas!

‘Pirates Take Christmas!’ is the holiday dinner and show spectacular at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. A group of scoundrel pirates capture Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the Christmas presents too. Come along for the adventure at high seas, and help pirate Jacob Randolph and his wife, Treasure, return Santa to safety. Will they be able save Santa and Christmas in time? The show has acrobats, fight scenes, and tons of audience involvement. The entire family will love singing along and being part of the crew. The audience is separated into color sections, making it a fun competition. Tons of laughs thanks to goofy crew members. The two hour show will keep kids and adults alike entertained. Not just a show but a four course meal is served while all this action is happening. They offer kids meals, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. The feast starts with appetizers at the bar area before show starts. Make sure to arrive early to enjoy pre-show performances and a chance to shop at gift store. Once inside choose soup or salad, then comes the main course of chicken and shrimp. End the meal with a tres leches cake drizzled with chocolate (for adult meal option). Plus a full bar menu. Making it a family tradition this holiday season. ‘Pirates Take Christmas’ will be showing nightly till December 25th. *Mon-Fri: 7pm *Sat.: 2pm, 5pm, & 8pm *Sun.: 3:30pm & 6:30pm Adults $62 / Kids $37 

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Christmas lights display

Compiled by Liby Flores

Orange County

Zimmerman House on Balboa Island 327 Sapphire Ave Eagle Hills (Brea) Enter on East Birch and South Starflower Streets or East Lambert Road and Sunflower Street. Make sure you visit Primrose Street Fountain Valley Stanislaus Street & Apache River Ave. Laguna Niguel 2011 Elder Court, Laguna Niguel, CA Lake Forest 24952 Greenbay Drive, Lake Forest, CA 22981 Belquest Drive, Lake Forest, CA Best in Buena Park 8419 Santa Berta Way, Buena Park Cross streets Crescent and Western. Fountain Valley 65,000 Programmable Light Show 18323 Stanislaus St. Costa Mesa City Hall “Snoopy House Holiday Display” 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA Ladera Ranch Must-See Lit Neighborhood 2011 Bramford Street, Ladera Ranch, CA Mayville Place Shelton Ct. & Sutherland Circle Old Town OC Christmas Lights 1431 North Shaffer St., Orange, CA LMVLSOCAL.COM | 21


Riverside

Murrietta Neighborhood 39000 Bainbridge Circle Beaumont Neighborhood 1456 Moonlight Drive Sais Home 5785 Alessandro Blvd. Los Angeles

Long Beach Rivo Alto homes on Naples Canal The Grove  100 foot tall Christmas tree is lit with over 15,000 lights and over 10,000 ornaments.Snow between 7-8pm. Beverly Hills  Rodeo Drive  Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival Train Ride  An evening train ride for $5 takes you around a festively decorated one mile track. Magical scenes and tens thousands of lights. Pasadena Balian Home (Alta Dena)- 1960 Mendocino Lane, Alta Dena, CA Famous Ice Cream manufacture decorate their 3.5 acre mansion lavishly. A drive away is also, Christmas Tree Lane, turn right on Altadena to Allen. Yolanda Lights, Reseda 7300 Yolanda Ave., Reseda San Diego

Balboa Park December Nights This free holiday festival features incredible light displays, choirs, bands, and much more. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights This 47th annual boat parade 1-1.5 hours is a time honored San Diego tradition for all. 12/9 and 12/16 Starts at 5pm. Approximate arrival times: Shelter Island (start of parade) - 5:30pm Harbor Island - 6pm The Embarcadero - 6:30pm Seaport Village - 7pm Ferry Landing on Coronado - 7:30pm https://sdparadeoflights.org/ LMVLSOCAL.COM | 22


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Get a letter from Santa Getting a letter from Santa is easy and fun! Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa: 1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. 2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response. 3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child. 4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope. 5. Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Christmas Carols Forever stamp to the envelope. 6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to: North Pole Postmark Postmaster 4141 Postmark Drive Anchorage, AK 99530-9998 “Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

TIPS The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.


#MerryFarm

Knott's Merry Farm in Buena Park

by Pattie Cordova

Every winter, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park wondrously transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Spend the most wonderful time of the year with your family at Knott’s Merry Farm enjoying thrilling attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol. P. Knott’s Merry Farm is Southern California’s ultimate holiday festival full of Christmas activities and attractions that the entire family can enjoy. The Christmas celebration runs select days November - January. For more information, please visit www.Knotts.com.

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KID FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS - ORANGE COUNTY -

Compiled by Alma Pedroza

Pretend City, 29 Hubble,Irvine 12/31; 9-5 The annual New Year’s Celebration is in the middle of the day! Celebrate the new year at different times throughout the day as the sun travels across the different time zones! There will be a confetti countdown 4 different times to celebrate the new year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London, as it turns to midnight in these different cities! They will have New Year’s activities and art for little ones to do. Cost: $13.75 / Infants Free https://www.pretendcity.org/ OC Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 12/31;  Opens at 2pm, 6:00pm Early Bird Countdown Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6pm and midnight. Live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of a new one. Cost: Starting $19 Adult / $14 Kids https://winterfestoc.com/winterfestdec31/

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KID FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS LOS ANGELES & CARSLBAD

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena 12/31; 10am-3pm Ring in the almost New Year at Noon with 2 live DJs, party hats, noise makers, and more. Dance with us as we countdown the stroke of noon. Must arrive early to avoid lines, no one will be allowed in after 11am. Cost: $14 https://www.kidspacemuseum.org/ Legoland California, 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad 12/31; 10am-7pm LEGOLAND California re-creates the Times Square ball drop with a giant LEGO brick falling 22 feet in the air! Countdown ends at 6pm with fireworks. Cost: $109 Adults / $103 Kids https://www.legoland.com/california/ Zimmerman Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, Los Angeles 12/23; Museum Hours: 12:30-4:30pm / New Years Activities 1-3pm 10… 9… 8… let the countdown begin! The annual New Year’s Eve (eve) has balloon drops at 1:18pm, 2:18pm, and 3:18pm! Decorate your own accessories and noisemakers and get ready to ring in 2019! This program is FREE to the general public with paid museum admission. Cost: $7.50 http://zimmer.sharewell.org/ LMVLSOCAL.COM | 26


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Christmas tree lots in Southern California, where to see holiday lights displays, what to expect at Knott's Merry Farm, how to get a letter...

LMVL SoCal - Issue 8 (December 2018)  

Christmas tree lots in Southern California, where to see holiday lights displays, what to expect at Knott's Merry Farm, how to get a letter...

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