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Winter Fest: SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Experience Opens December 16 + Ticket Giveaway

This is a sponsored post. Some images and clips are property of Winter Fest. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Here in Southern California, we don’t get a lot of snow at Christmas time. Actually, we don’t get any snow ever. So you can see why I’m SO excited about the return of Winter Fest at the OC Fair and Event Center! It’s SoCal’s Ultimate Winter experience and a holiday must-do for everyone! We had the opportunity to go last year and it was so much fun! winterfest-signThis year, Winter Fest will open on Friday, December 16 and go through January 1! There is so much to see and do and you’ll find yourself smiling a lot, among all of the merriment you’ll find there. My daughter hasn’t stopped talking about the snow at Winter Fest since last year! winterfest-its-snowingHere’s a little preview of what you can expect to find at Winter Fest: 

Did you see they have real snow? I’m super excited for it again, as well as a lot of the other activities they’re going to have! I just love ice skating outdoors and also ice tubing, especially in the warm Southern California Winter weather! We are so fortunate to be able to have the best of both worlds: a warm Winter and (faux) snow! winterfest-nightly-snowWinter Fest admission tickets start at just $10 and are a great value. Here are some of the winter attractions and entertainment you’ll find inside Winter Fest this year:

  • Largest Light Display in the OC Stroll Through the Celebration of Lights
  • Ceremony with Snowfall
  • Nightly Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Photos with Santa
  • Unlimited Ice Tubing Down Snowflake Summit
  • Snow Play with Real Snow Blown in Daily
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus
  • Outdoor Ice Skating *additional cost
  • Gameswinterfest-rides
  • Santa’s Petting Zoo
  • Bounce Houses
  • Train Exhibits
  • Craft Making in Santa’s Workshop
  • World’s Largest Rocking Horse
  • Little Elves Play Area (Ages 3 and Under)
  • Cartoon Character Live Shows with Meet & Greets
  • Santa Takes Flight Snowboard Simulator
  • Nightly Fireworkswinterfest-skating

I highly suggest purchasing your tickets advance and online, so you’ll get the best price possible. To purchase tickets, go here. I forgot to mention how many yummy treats I tried last year! Just look at these giant cookies! Mmmm! winterfest-treatsAre you planning a visit to Winter Fest this year? I hope so! I’m also giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to this year’s Winter Fest that one of my lucky readers is going to win!  All you have to do to enter is follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below! Good luck everyone! Happy Holidays!
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Knott’s Merry Farm: A Southern California Holiday Tradition Through Jan. 8

This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to attend a media preview at Knott’s in order to write this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Part of our family’s holiday tradition every year includes a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm during Knott’s Merry Farm.It’s such a fun place to visit and a true Southern California holiday tradition. If you’ve never been before, you’ll want to get there this year before it ends on January 8.knotts-merry-farm-entranceAll throughout the Park, there are wonderful, festive decorations, special shows, tasty treats, and the usual thrilling attractions for guests to enjoy. As you stroll through Calico Ghost Town, you’ll literally feel like you’ve stepped back in time and right into the town’s old-fashioned Christmas celebration, “Christmas in Calico“.
christmas-in-calicoFor the first time ever, the bustling streets of Calico are overflowing with seasonal joy as its gleeful citizens, from this summer’s Ghost Town Alive!, help guests celebrate the holidays with Christmas in Calico. knotts-merry-farm-mercantileknotts-merry-farm-town-hallNew this year, Calico’s Town Hall offers plenty of holiday activities for all to enjoy.New this year, Calico’s Town Hall offers plenty of holiday activities for all to enjoy. Little ones can pen Christmas letters to jolly ol’ Santa Claus or gather round for a special reading of the holiday classic the Night before Christmas by the Calico citizens. knotts-merry-farm-decorations-birdcageEveryone can also lend a hand around town by delivering gifts to some of the folks in Calico. Just outside Town Hall, cheerful Calico Carolers roam the festive streets sharing the sounds of the season though songs and hand bell chimes. knotts-merry-farm-carolersAlso in Ghost Town, be sure to save time to watch a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”and O. Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” brought-to-life at the Birdcage Theatre.knotts-merry-farm-magiYou can also find the toe tappin’, hand clappin’, comedy and bluegrass of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies in the Birdcage Theatre. They’re always a lot of fun to watch!

santas-christmas-cabinDuring Knott’s Merry Farm, the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town is transformed into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. This is where you’ll find the jolly fellow himself.knotts-merry-farm-santa santas-christmas-cabin-toysSanta is sure to delight the young and young at heart. Send your season greetings to family and loved ones with special picture of the occasion, pictures can be purchased onsite.knotts-merry-farm-santa-photoYou’ll also want to indulge in one-of-kind seasonal treats like Santa’s freshly-baked cookies, mouthwatering pastries, exquisite chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, seasonal craft beers, gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot spiced holiday wine, plus much more.knotts-merry-farm-hot-cocoaknotts-merry-farm-north-pole-treatsKnott’s world-famous holiday treats can also be found all throughout Ghost Town, including fresh poured-to-order maple lollipops at the Gold Trails Hotel, delectable homemade holiday churros from the Churro Factory and extra creamy Santa’s Milk and Cookie shakes from Coasters.knotts-merry-farm-ice-showReturning this year, the PEANUTS® gang, and a cast of world class ice skaters perform in the breathtaking ice show, “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” in the 2,100 seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre. knotts-merry-farm-merry-christmas-snoopyIn this whimsical show, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival, and attending the Christmas Ball! This ice show is a must-see and is my absolute favorite thing to go watch at Knott’s Merry Farm every year! christmas-crafts-villageThe annual Christmas Crafts village includes artistic craft holiday shops featuring power chainsaw sculpting and elegant glass blowing demonstrations. Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Monday through Thursday, November 21 –December 8, and is included with theme park admission every day.whats-new-at-knotts-merry-farmYou’ll also want to make sure to check out what’s new for this year at Knott’s Merry Farm:

  • The all-new It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown at the Calico Mine Stage where the Peanuts gang put on the greatest Christmas pageant ever with Charlie Brown directing!
  • The all-new Calico Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring the Calico Citizens and Bell Choir followed by thousands of sparkling, dancing lights and delightful snowfall in Ghost Town set to beloved holiday tunes.
  • The all-new show A Peanuts Guide to Christmas at the Camp Snoopy Theatre has the Peanuts gang providing an entertaining primer designed to help everyone survive the holidays.

A visit to Knott’s Merry Farm is a true Southern California holiday tradition for so many families. Stop by between now and January 8 to join in on all of the fun!

Connect with Knott’s Berry Farm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For information about Knott’s Season Passes, go here.

 

 

Guide to the Holidays at Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort is such a wonderful place to visit with your family or friends during the Holidays! This year, Holiday time at the Resort kicked off on November 10 and both parks were decorated and ready to welcome guests who were visiting for some holiday joy. disneyland-holidays-photo-passNow through January 8, guests at the Resort will find many different experiences and offerings. Although it’s possible to see it all in one day, I recommend purchasing a 2-day Park Hopper (or more days) so you can take your time because there’s a lot to see and do. disneyland-holidays-park-hopper-ticketsHere’s my own personal guide to the Holidays at Disneyland Resort.must-dos-at-disney-california-adventure-parkFestival of Holidays
One of the new additions to the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park this year is the Festival of Holidays. There’s music, dancing, food, and heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world.festival-of-holidaysfestival-of-holidays-guideWith so many little food and drink themed houses set up in the Festive Foods Marketplace, it’s a foodie’s holiday dream come true! If you’ve ever been to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, it may remind you of that. It’s so much fun to go “house to house” and sample different beers, wines and savory & sweet treats! Check out the Complete Guide to Festive Eats here on the Disney Parks Blog. festival-of-holidays-christmas-craftsAnother fun part about the Festival of Holidays are the craft tables set up around the park. Kids can sit and spend time learning about different traditional holidays celebrated around the world and make a craft, card, or ornament to take home with them.festival-of-holidays-hanukah-craftsEntertainment during Festival of Holidays
The daily lineup of entertainment includes nearly 50 performances of nine unique shows including: 2 special Disney characters, street parties, cavalcades, musical ensembles and dance performances. The celebrations include Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day. Guests can look for performances of traditional Indian dance that builds to a Bollywood party, a Klezmer band with a new global sound, the Mariachi Divas and an a cappella vocal group that puts an R&B spin on holiday songs.viva-navidad-wreathThe popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is sure to wow you as it also returns as part of the fun at Festival of Holidays.disneyland-holidays-viva-navidadThere”ll also be a wonderful finale to celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes).The special festivities for Three Kings Day will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, including music and storytelling in Paradise Garden. Treats for this holiday will include traditional Rosca de Reyes bread.disneyland-holidays-balloonsMeet Elena of Avalorwelcome-elena-of-avalorSanta at Redwood Creek Trails 
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is where guests can go for Santa’s Holiday Visit. His joyful elves have transformed the trail into a magical playground of holiday fun and games, including opportunities for guests to join the ranks of Santa’s elves.meet-santa-guidedisneyland-holidays-redwood-creekWhen you enter the area, a Cast Member will give you a fun guide to help you find Santa and join in on some fun Elf Games.santas-elves“World of Color—Season of Light
All-new this holiday season is “World of Color—Season of Light”! This nighttime water spectacular that will inspire guests with cherished holiday music and treasured Disney animation. This fourth all-new production of “World of Color” creates a sparkling winter fantasy with magical storytelling, brilliant lights, lasers and high-definition projectors, along with fountains that shoot as high as 200 feet to create the giant screens of water. You’ll want to grab a FastPass for World of Color, first thing in the morning!Disney-Holidays-Buena-Vista-Street

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Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Breathtaking Decor
There are so many holiday happenings this time of year in Disneyland Park too. The entire Park is decorated with fun, festive decorations and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is dressed up for the Winter time.disneyland-holidays-castle-dayAt the top of Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll find twinkling lights, festive holiday garland and nearly 1,800 ornaments decorate the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.. It’s an ideal place for guests to begin their holiday traditions. The Christmas tree becomes an enchanting place for guests to take their holiday photos, up close or with all 60 feet of the shimmering tree.holidays-at-the-disneyland-resort-family-memoriesThe classic Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle brightens the park nightly with magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A., concluding with “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.disneyland-holidays-castle-nightSpecially Transformed-for-the-Holidays Attractions halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-haunted-mansion-holiday-signGuests at Disneyland Park can enjoy the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday, Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Now celebrating its 20th holiday season, “it’s a small world” Holiday has added some “Hidden 20s” for guests to discover on their voyage.Disney-Holidays-Small-World-Facade“It’s a Christmas Fantasy” Parade
Celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession during the Holidays complete with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer.disneyland-holidays-parade-mickey-and-minnieSanta, who makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his special location in Critter Country while he visits Disneyland.Disney-Holidays-Santa-floatThere’s so much to see and do during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort and it’s a perfect time to create new family memories together! For more information, please visit http://www.disneyland.com.disneyland-holidays-carslandA very special thank you to Disneyland Resort for hosting our family for a festive day in the parks

 

 

 

Book Your Snowland Suite at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

Make this holiday season a memorable one with Great Wolf Lodge Southern California  as they celebrate their favorite winter howl-i-day…Snowland! Create new family traditions this holiday season with uninterrupted time together under the enchanting spell of Snowland’s twinkling lights, holiday trees and indoor snow showers that melt into perfect 84-degree basking weather in the Great Wolf Lodge water park. The entire resort is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. snowland-snow-in-lobbyStarting November 26 and running through January 1, Great Wolf Lodge will have a limited number of Snowland Suites available, so book yours here today!
Watch this festive “Snowland” video from Great Wolf Lodge’s YouTube:

Snowland-themed suites – Great Wolf Lodge transforms 10 of its suites during “Snowland” into an enchanting Snowland Suites, just for the holidays. Each one comes complete with glimmering garlands, twinkling lights and a fully decorated holiday tree. You’ll open the door to your personal winter wonderland and receive a free copy of the winter story book, “Unique as a Snowflake”. Great Wolf will also surprise your children with an evening milk and cookies delivery by one of our Great Wolf Kids characters! great-wolf-lodge-snowland-suite

In addition to Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor waterpark access, guests will be treated to countless themed activities during Snowland.snowland-mailboxSpectacular decorations throughout the lodge
As you enter the lodge at Great Wolf, you’ll be mesmerized by how it’s been transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with spectacular decorations,snowland-1

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Visits with Santa Claus
Santa Claus will make his grand entry on Saturday, November 26 at the Great Wolf Lodge Tree Lighting Ceremony. He also visits regularly throughout the holidays. You’ll find Santa’s “Letter Depot” in the lodge where you can mail letters to Santa in order to make sure he receives them on time.snowland-santaNorth Pole University activities
During your stay, your children can enroll in North Pole University for their winter, 2016-2017 snow-mester. They’ll delight in completing our holiday-themed activities and receiving their official “Snowploma”. They also receive a limited edition Rowdy the Reindeer trading card you can only get here!snowland-university

Life-Size Gingerbread Houses You Can Dine In
The Great Wolf Lodge culinary team spend weeks cooking up and creating the intricate beauty of their life-size gingerbread houses. Each unique-as-a-snowflake masterwork welcomes you with amazingly detailed gingerbread walls, candy trim and plenty of white icing snow. When you dine in, your fee goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities®! You can request to dine in one when you book your dining reservation.snowland-gingerbreadAs you can see, there’s a lot going on over at Great Wolf Lodge during Snowland. It’s the chance to create some new holiday memories with your family and you won’t want to miss out!snowland-gingerbread

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
is located at
12681 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, California

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This is not a sponsored post. Images and logos are property of Great Wolf Lodge. All opinions are 100% my own. 

The Queen Mary’s 5th Annual CHILL Now Open Through Jan. 8

The Queen Mary’s 5th Annual CHILL returned to the majestic ship on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with a special opening night of festivities including the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year, the ceremony was hosted by Pitch Perfect 2 star, Chrissie Fit, and Teen Choice Award nominee, New District, with help from Santa Claus.chill-image Open select dates through January 8, 2017 CHILL is Southern California’s coolest holiday adventure complete with ice-skating, ice tubing, swingin’ sleigh rides, visits with Santa, gingerbread decorating and the all-new interactive attraction, Alice in Winterland.alice-image

2016 CHILL Attractions Include:

  • NEW Light up the night and follow The Queen down the rabbit hole this holiday season with the all-new interactive and digitally immersive Alice in Winterland, a 14,000-square foot walk-through adventure. Experience larger than life lanterns as you venture with Alice and friends into the Hall of Doors, the White Rabbit’s Kitchen, Mad Hatter’s Work Shop, the infamous Tea Party, Hedge Maze, Caterpillar Garden and the newest addition to the beloved story, Queen of Diamonds.
  • Grab a tube and barrel down the 150-foot, two-story Glacier Glide Tubing Run.
  • NEW Experience a one-of-a-kind interactive bar with RFID technology featuring Winterland Vodka Flights and Magical Martinis in the all-new Magic Mushroom Martini Bar.
  • Lace up some ice skates and glide upon The Looking Glass Rink, a 6000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink under the stars.
  • Visit North Pole Post to pen letters to Santa.
  • Test your trimming skills with Crafty the Elf by trimming your very own stocking at Santa’s Stocking Stop.
  • Build the ultimate hot cocoa in a souvenir mug at the Cocoa toppings bar and nestle up with Mrs. Claus for story time at Mrs. C’s Sips and Stories
  • Treat the littles to Candy Lane Bounce House and The World’s Largest Rocking Horse ride.
  • Beware of Snow flurries throughout the day: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
  • Stroll through Holly Grove and take photos in front of the larger than life CHILL Christmas Tree while taking in the sounds of the season on North Pole Point Stage
  • Capture memories in Claus Cottage for pictures with the big man in red.
  • Decorate Gingerbread with Ginny the Gingerbread and The Singing Baker hourly in the life size Gingerbread House
  • Test your shooting skills in the Tinsel Toy & Paint: Paintball Shooting Gallery
  • Sit back for an exhilarating ride on Polar Express 4-D Experience in The Queen Mary’s state of the art 4-D theater

Also, this year you can start your Saturday morning with Pajama Breakfast with Santa in Royal Salon on the Promenade of Trees aboard the ship from 9am – 12pm. Decorate gingerbread, photos and stories with Santa, live entertainment, carolers and more!

CHILL is open to the public on select dates and times from November 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017. For a calendar view of available dates, go here.
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  • Adult General Admission (ages 12+) starts at $39.99 online
  • Child General Admission (ages 4-11) starts at $29.99 online
  • Skating $15 (includes skate rental)
  • March Hare Hideaways start at $99.00
  • Holiday Date Night for two starts at $69.99
  • Family-5-pack starts at $149.99
  • E.L.F. (Express Lane Fast) Pass starts at $15.00
  • Breakfast with Santa starting at $19.99
  • Additional experience upgrades available onsite starting at $5.00
  • Parking is $20 upon entrance.

The Queen Mary is located at:
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to attend a media preview of CHILL. Images and logos are property of CHILL and The Queen Mary. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Kaiser Permanente Orange County’s 4th Annual Get Fit Festival

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Saturday, November 4 was the perfect sunny, Southern California day for the 4th Annual Get Fit Festival held at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center. Although the event was held at the Irvine location, people from all over Southern California made the trip for this fun and pro-wellness-filled day!get-fit-festival-balloonskp-teamKaiser Permanente strives to promote wellness and preventative care to its members and its employees. I have seen 100% buy-in to this program from the doctors, nurses, and staff who have been there to assist me on my visits to Kaiser Permanente Orange County. They even sport the “Thrive” apparel to work!2016-get-fit-festivalHere’s an overview video of the Get Fit Festival: 

Some of the events they offered to participants included:

  • Thrive 5K Fun Run/Walk—Proceeds benefited Special Olympics Southern California
  • a 30-Mile Bike Tour of Orange County
  • a 6-Person Relay (36 miles)get-fit-festival-bikes-startingthrive-starting-line

Other activities not requiring running or biking at the event included: 

  • The Thrive Zone – Challenging carnival games to test anyone’s luck
  • The Fitness Zone – Zumba, yoga, and line dancing sessions
  • The Kid’s Zone – activities for kids ages 4-12, to bounce & blast their way through
  • Food trucks – some of OC’s finest food trucks
  • Live music – the great sounds of Catfish Junction played live on the main stage
  • Fitness and Health Expo – a select group of fitness and health professionals were on hand as health vendors at the Festival. get-fit-festival-yoga

Kaiser Permanente hosts a variety of “Get Fit” events throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events, go here.kp-team-2Open enrollment for Kaiser Permanente kicked off November 1. If you’re looking for a new provider, explore plans with Kaiser Permanente Orange County and you’ll have the ability to select from many services for you and your family including primary and urgent care, emergency facilities, labor and delivery, pharmacy, and lab all housed under one roof. Find out more today at: kp.org/orangecounty.kp-orange-countyConnect with Kaiser Permanente Orange County on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Always seek medical advice from a medical professional. Video is property of Kaiser Permanente. 

The Magic of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Starts on November 10

It’s the season for celebrations and the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are about to begin on Nov. 10!  It’s the perfect opportunity for family and friends to make magical memories together at The Happiest Place on Earth! This year, guests will have even more to celebrate as they discover the new Festival of Holidays, with music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world.Disney-Holidays-Small-World-FacadeAlso new for the season is the holiday-themed “World of Color—Season of Light,a nighttime water spectacular that will inspire guests with cherished holiday music and treasured Disney animation. This fourth all-new production of “World of Color” creates a sparkling winter fantasy with magical storytelling, brilliant lights, lasers and high-definition projectors, along with fountains that shoot as high as 200 feet to create the giant screens of water.
Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut at the Disneyland Resort during Festival of Holidays, performing in a colorful cavalcade.Disney-Holidays-Christmas-Fantasy-MickeyHolidays at the Disneyland Resort is a time many guests celebrate as an annual tradition,
visiting the parks for Disney-themed treats, snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., the glistening décor and holiday entertainment. This year, Park guests will find Santa Claus in a fun, new location at Disney California Adventure Park, at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Whenever Santa heads over to Disneyland Park, guests will be able to find him there in Critter Country  in a special location.Disney-Holidays-Haunted-Mansion-HolidayAt Disneyland Park will enjoy the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday, Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Now celebrating its 20th holiday season, “it’s a small world” Holiday has added some “Hidden 20s” for guests to discover on their voyage.Disney-Holidays-Buena-Vista-StreetHoliday Highlights at Disney California Adventure Park

  • All-new Festival of Holidays – celebrate the holiday festivities of diverse cultures with music, dance and craft-making, plus food at the Festive Foods Marketplace. The daily lineup of entertainment includes nearly 50 performances of nine unique shows, with 2  special Disney characters, street parties, cavalcades, musical ensembles and dance performances. The celebrations include Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day. Guests can look for performances of traditional Indian dance that builds to a Bollywood party, a Klezmer band with a new global sound, the Mariachi Divas and an a cappella vocal group that puts an R&B spin on holiday songs. Disney-Holidays-Viva-Navidad-Santa
  • Princess Elena, the first Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures -Princess Elena will make her Disneyland Resort debut as part of the Festival of Holidays. She will perform a song in “Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival,” and she will appear at a character greeting location. Guests will recognize this brave and adventurous teenager from the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor.”
  • The popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! also returns as part of the fun at Festival of
    Holidays, with a wonderful finale to celebrate Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes). The special festivities for Three Kings Day will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, including music and storytelling in Paradise Garden. Treats for this holiday will include traditional Rosca de Reyes bread.Disney-Holidays-Viva-Navidad-Donald
  • “World of Color – Season of Light” brings the warmth and heartfelt spirit of the
    holidays to this stunning, nighttime water spectacular, with its 1,200 powerful fountains shooting water as high as 200 feet to help tell the story. The show’s musical soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes, including “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel. With classic holiday music, humor and memorable moments from Disney animated films, this becomes an ideal way for guests to conclude their holiday visit.
  • Jolly old St. Nick arrives at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for Santa’s Holiday Visit. His joyful elves have transformed the trail into a magical playground of holiday fun and games, including opportunities for guests to join the ranks of Santa’s elves.
  • The residents of Cars Land decorate for the holidays, beginning with a whimsical
    “snowcar” that greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Each address along Route 66–from Flo’s V-8 Café to Luigi’s Casa della Tires–features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there.
  • “a bug’s land” transforms for the holidays, too, as Flik and his bug friends deck their land with oversized lights and ornaments.
  • A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle, drawing guests into the
    holiday magic along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, create scenes of another era with vintage-style decor. disney-holidays-family-tree-photo

Holiday Highlights at Disneyland Park

  • Disney characters celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily
    procession with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer. Santa, who makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his special location in Critter Country while he visits Disneyland. Disney-Holidays-Santa-float
  • The classic Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle brightens the park nightly with magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A., concluding with “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.
  • Twinkling lights, festive holiday garland and nearly 1,800 ornaments decorate the
    soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A., an ideal place for guests to begin their holiday traditions. The Christmas tree becomes an enchanting place for guests to take their holiday photos, up close or with all 60 feet of the shimmering tree.
  • On Friday, Nov. 18, guests and cast members in Disneyland will celebrate the birthday of Mickey Mouse, applauding him as he appears in a special birthday cavalcade preceding “A Christmas Fantasy” parade.

Disneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of the following park attractions:
“it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday for the 20th time, celebrating children around the world and the distinctive holiday traditions of their nations. (The Holiday theme debuted in 1997.)Disney-Holidays-Peace-on-EarthHaunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, with Jack Skellington
and his friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a
collision between Christmas and Halloween. Disney-Holidays-Haunted-Mansion-Holiday-FacadeJungle Cruise is transformed into Jingle Cruise, as the jungle skippers gather
jettisoned holiday gifts and decorations to brighten the rugged landscapes
surrounding their riverboats.Disney-Holidays-Haunted-Mansion-HolidayMerriment in Downtown Disney
The Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the
Disneyland Resort join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday
displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. One highlight is the
gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Designed to resemble the exterior of the hotel itself, the gingerbread house stands 7 feet six inches tall and 12 feet wide. Holiday snacks, cider and hot chocolate are sold from a window in the gingerbread house. holidays-at-disneyland-resort-family-pictureThere’s so much to see and do during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort and it’s a perfect time to create new family memories together! For more information, please visit http://www.disneyland.com.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Tickets Now on Sale for Irvine Park Railroad’s Christmas Train + Ticket Giveaway

I am so excited for the real holiday season to begin! Yes, I know Halloween is a holiday but my most favorite time of year starts the day after Halloween because then we get to countdown how many days until Christmas!irvine-park-christmas-train-family-pic-1One of our favorite annual traditions this time of year is to visit Irvine Park Railroad for their Christmas Train! Have you been before? It’s open 7 days a week from December 1-December 23rd and it’s a family event that’s not to be missed! It’s also so popular that it sells out very quickly! (Tickets for the Christmas Train may only be purchased in advance, online and are $12.00 per person. Children 24 months and younger are free. Click here to check the calendar and grab your tickets now!christmas-train-nightIrvine Park Railroad’s Christmas train will take you on an enchanting night ride through the historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train departs from the brightly-lit train station and drops passengers off at the North Pole. wish-listChildren can share their wish list with Santa (print out a free wish list to fill out and bring to Santa here.) and have their photo taken with him too. irvine-park-railroad-christmas-train-family-santa-photoIn addition to an option to purchase a Santa photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad, you may also take pictures with your own personal camera.irvine-park-railroad-smiling-with-santaAfter visiting with Santa, you’ll hop back aboard the train and enjoy the colorful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the magical “Tunnel of Lights”, on the ride back to Santa’s Village.tunnel-of-lightsSanta’s Village is a fun area that includes a variety of festive activities, some require tickets, while others are free.frostys-mazeSanta’s Village Activities include:

  • Ice Fishing
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Carnival Games 
  • Moon Bounce (1 ticket per person for 10 minutes of jumping time.) 
  • Picture Stands (free)
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus (free)
  • Coloring Corner (free)
  • Frosty’s Maze (free) 
  • Great Food (prices may vary)mrs-claus

Santa’s Village is located at the train station and is free to enter. Please note that if you were unable to purchase tickets to ride the Christmas Train, you are still able to come out and enjoy these fun holiday activities.with-lights

Please note: Regular train tickets, tokens, complimentary tickets, discount tickets, and/or coupons are not valid for the Christmas Train. All customers must ride the train to visit Santa Claus.giveaway-enter-to-win

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my lucky winners to win a great package including 4 Christmas Train Tickets, 6 Activity Tickets, and 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Double Surrey Bike Rental. To enter, go to the Rafflecopter below and follow the instructions. Good luck everyone!

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Connect with Irvine Park Railroad on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.irvine-park-railroads-christmas-train-signIrvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park, which has a fee to enter. Prices are as follows:
Weekdays $3.00 per vehicle
Weekends $5.00 per vehicle
Holidays $7.00 per vehicle
Parking FREE after 5:00 pm

This is not a sponsored post. I will be attending a special media preview night at Irvine Park Railroad in exchange for sharing about their annual Christmas Train in this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Registration Still Available for the 2016 CHOC Walk at Disneyland Resort

If you have ever participated in CHOC Walk at Disneyland Resort, you already how amazing it is. An experience that’s all for the kids! We’ve had the opportunity to participate in this annual event for a few years now and it’s something you don’t want to miss out on.chocwalk_logo


This year, the walk will take place on Sunday, October 30. Beginning at 6:15 a.m. on October 30, an estimated 14,000 walkers from across the U.S. and around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan will walk approximately 3 miles through the Disneyland Resort to celebrate the life-saving, compassionate care CHOC provides Southern California’s children. The event culminates in the resort’s Downtown Disney® District where sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for participants at the CHOC Festival. It is CHOC Children’s largest fundraiser of the year. choc-walk-peter-panThe walk route is filled with Disney magic, including entertainment and the world-famous characters and gives you the opportunity to experience the magic of being in the Parks before they’re open to regular guests. theres-something-magicalAs the largest and most unique single fundraising pediatric walk event in the nation, last year’s walk raised more than $2.5 million dollars for the hospital’s KidsCare Fund bringing the quarter-century total to over $26 million. Now in its 26th year, the 2016 walk promises to be extra “spooktacular” as it occurs on Halloween weekend this year and will be packed with fun for the whole family! choc-walk-dca

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This year’s CHOC Walk goal is to raise 2.7 million dollars. All monies raised provide funding to the programs and services in the greatest need both at the hospital and in the community, from mental health services to an expanded neonatal intensive care unit to care for children and families who cannot afford to pay. Every dollar counts for Southern California’s kids!choc-walk-halloween-timeWith your help, this goal can definitely by made and hopefully surpassed! There are a few different ways that YOU can help! First of all, you, yourself, can participate in the CHOC Walk. (Register here.) Also, grab your friends, your family, even grab some of your Instagram followers if possible, and join in! There are few things that can drag an adult out of bed this early on a weekend but I can guarantee that you’ll be beyond touched when you are surrounded by this crowd. I shed quite a few tears during the event. It’s beautiful to see all of the families participating, who have received amazing care over the years from CHOC Children’s Hospital. youll-be-touched choc-walk-ambassadors-luauCHOC Walk participants also have the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual CHOC Walk Ambassadors’ Luau, the afternoon before the walk, on Saturday, October 29 at at the Disneyland® Hotel’s Adventure Lawn. The luau is hosted by CHOC Walk Ambassadors, past and present, as a way to raise additional funds for the CHOC Walk in the Park and celebrate the courage and strength that they, and thousands of other CHOC patients and families, have shown during their medical journeys. dancers-at-the-2015-choc-walk-ambassadors-luauThis special Polynesian-themed event for the whole family will be the perfect way to celebrate the day before the CHOC Walk. The event will feature activities for attendees of all ages, including: special photographs with Disney® characters; tattoos by Kaman’s Art Shoppe; Ambassadors’ silent auction; delicious luau-inspired dinner; authentic Polynesian entertainment with special appearances by Tupua Productions, Loa Greyson, Jerome Grey, Halau Hula Lani Ola and “Auntie” and an exciting finale featuring world-famous Polynesian fire dancers! Guests will also enjoy a dash of Disney magic with a special visit from artist Jimmy Mulligan. This year’s master of ceremony will be KTLA’s Henry DiCarlo. To purchase tickets for the luau, visit hereluau-attendees-each-get-a-photo-with-a-disney-character

So, won’t you consider helping the kids of Southern California! Join in on the fun by registering for the 2016 CHOC Walk! For more information about the 2016 CHOC Walk and to register, visit http://www.chocwalk.org, Event information can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join in on the conversation by following #chocwalk.

This is not a sponsored post. I am a huge supporter of CHOC Children’s and CHOC Walk and wanted to help spread the word to my readers. Some images and logo are property of CHOC Children’s.