Thursday, November 7, 2019

Perfect Holiday Family Fun at Queen Mary Christmas...

Fill up on Holiday fun in SoCal with The Queen Mary Christmas this season.

Experience True Holiday Magic at Queen Mary Christmas November 29, 2019 - January 1, 2020
25 Days of Holiday Adventure Featuring an All-New Event Footprint on and off-ship; 6,000 sq. ft. Ice Skating Rink, Live Entertainment, Art & Crafts.

We love Holidays at the Queen Mary at have really enjoyed making memories and making it a tradition over the years.

The Ice Skating Rink has got to be my favorite with the setting it is in, the Queen Mary behind as a back drop is beautiful.
All the details...
The Queen Mary invites one and all to experience the spirit of the holiday season at Queen Mary Christmas, sailing into Long Beach November 29, 2019 through January 1, 2020, on select dates. Queen Mary Christmas will offer 25 days of holiday cheer with on-and-off ship activations, pairing an outdoor wonderland of fun with hints of maritime magic with strolling entertainment, libations, treats, gingerbread and stocking decorating, Santa meet and greets, ice skating on the True North Ice Rink, and much more.

Take in the vintage yuletide atmosphere by strolling down the sparkling tree-lined Promenade Deck, to find Ol’ Saint Nick. When Santa is away from his North Pole workshop, his Captain’s Quarters in the Shipyard are his home away from home. Join Santa here for a meet and greet, help him chart the course to the North Pole, and pose for a souvenir photo with the jolly fellow. Head to the Main Hall to hear the tales of Christmas like never before during Storytime with Mrs. C and sip on hot chocolate topped off with fixings at the hot chocolate bar.

The Christmas Village, located inside the Exhibition Hall, boasts a festive workshop where all elves in attendance can decorate stockings, trim gingerbread houses, enjoy live entertainment and create jolly arts and crafts. From the Christmas Village, wander through a winter pathway of ‘Instagrammable’ backdrops and photo moments to the 4D Theatre for an intimate screening of The Polar Express, that will take viewers on a 4D sensory adventure complete with snow flurries and the smell of hot cocoa.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sea World San Diego Christmas Celebration Returns with New Additions

The holiday festivities at SeaWorld San Diego are back this year!

Make spirits bright at this favorite family Christmas event, happening daily from Nov. 23, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020.
Have you been in the past? We have not but I hear it is entertaining, beautiful, fun and festive. This year there are new additions to the event too.

Hot off the press from Sear World, Here we Go, Have a Merry Time
As holiday music fills the air, a sea of over one million lights sparkle, transforming SeaWorld into a marvelous holiday event.
Enjoy live shows like the all-new Winter Wonderland on Ice and Cirque Christmas. Plus, meet festive friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown and the new Sesame Street® Christmas Village.
Savor holiday flavors of hot cocoa and warm desserts as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.
NEW Sesame Street Christmas Village
Oh what fun it is to gather with family and friends at Sesame Street® Christmas Village. Here, treetops glisten with twinkling lights, snow falls and children can dance with their favorite furry friends. Families can enjoy Sesame Street story time with Mrs. Claus and share their wish list with Santa.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

MainPlace Mall Unveils “A Christmas Story”-Themed Interactive New Holiday Experience

More From MainPlace Mall & Holiday Festivities - You Wont Want to Miss This!

MainPlace Mall, a three-story super-regional shopping center in Santa Ana, California, announced it's holiday activities schedule as well as the introduction of an exciting new Santa set inspired by the fan-favorite Warner Bros. film A Christmas Story

The new set modernizes the traditional Santa visit, offering guests a branded family entertainment experience that will appeal to visitors of all ages - not just families with children. The new walk-through set combines the best elements of today’s highly popular “selfie museums” and augmented reality interactive experiences. A rendering of the new set can be viewed and downloaded here:

“The brand-new ‘A Christmas Story’-themed holiday experience debuting this year at MainPlace Mall is an incredible change from the traditional Santa sets shoppers have grown accustomed to over the years,” says Jonathan Maher, Senior General Manager of the shopping center. “The new experience, based on the film, A Christmas Story, features an array of photo opportunities, an augmented reality app that really brings the set to life, and period-specific décor that will immerse our visitors in the Parker family home and the 1940s-era time period. With this new interactive attraction, the journey to see Santa has just become as much fun as the visit itself.”

According to MainPlace Mall’s owner, Centennial, a real estate investment firm with a national portfolio of shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, the new set is one of four being introduced nationwide this year. Centennial also plans to tour these experiential holiday sets annually among several of its malls to provide visitors at each property — including MainPlace Mall — with an exciting new encounter year after year.

MainPlace Mall: “A Christmas Story” Holiday Set: Debuts November 13th
A cherished holiday film, A Christmas Story is the heartwarming narrative about Ralphie, a young boy in the 1940s who yearns for a special present for Christmas. The experience at MainPlace Mall incorporates many of the most famous scenes from the movie, and because the movie was set in the ‘40s, it provides an opportunity for different generations to share memories as they admire replicas of period-specific food items, appliances and furnishings and hear the sounds of an antique radio playing in the background.


Visitors to the experience at MainPlace Mall can take pictures in front of Ralphie’s family home, inside the Parker family kitchen, and as a paid addition, alongside the movie’s iconic leg lamp. Using the set’s free augmented reality app, guests can even don a pink bunny suit or watch the neighbor’s bloodhounds knock over the table and steal the Christmas turkey - all before visiting and taking professional photos with Santa and sliding down the movie’s famous slide to exit the set.

“Working so closely with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been an incredible experience,” says John Carter, CEO and Design Director at Parker 3D. “By taking the key scenes from such a treasured Warner Bros. holiday film and combining them with the artistic talents of our very creative design team, we’ve developed an incredible multi-sensory experience that will engage, entertain and amaze families waiting to visit with Santa Claus as well as teens and senior citizens looking for a new and interesting way to experience the holidays.”

 Visit with Santa Claus: November 13th - December 24th

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


MainPlace Mall brings so many festive events all year long.

Much more than a shopping center to us, we love hanging out at MainPlace Mall.
It's a place for family outings, shopping, dining, playing and more.
This Holiday season...
MainPlace Mall has unveiled a series of fun-filled family-friendly seasonal events and activities to make the holidays an extra-exciting time for shoppers and their families. From a very special Santa’s arrival that showcases the mall’s brand-new “A Christmas Story”-themed journey-to-Santa experience to memorable visits with Santa Claus for children and pets, MainPlace Mall is the place to be this holiday season.

Visit with Santa Claus: November 13th - December 24th: Children and their families are invited to drop off letters to Santa, share their Christmas wish lists with Santa Claus and have a professional photo taken from November 13th through December 24th. Santa will be located in his new “A Christmas Story” home on Level 1 in Macy’s Court. The new “A Christmas Story” interactive Santa set, which will entertain people of all ages - from families with children to teens, single adults and senior citizens - is free and open to the public. For more information, including Santa’s hours, photo package selections, and to make reservations to alleviate waiting in line, please visit

Santa’s Arrival: November 15th: The entire community is invited to join MainPlace Mall in welcoming Santa Claus to his new “A Christmas Story” home on Friday, November 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Following Santa’s arrival, children and their families will be able to meet some of Santa’s favorite elves, enjoy face painting and balloon twisting, and sip hot cocoa while listening to a DJ play festive holiday music. There will also be exciting giveaways available to the first 300 children to attend. This special fun-filled event, which takes place on Level 1 in Center Court is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. For more information, including Santa’s hours, photo package selections, and to make reservations to alleviate waiting in line, please visit
Pet Photos with Santa: December 1st and December 11th: 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is Back... Tickets Sell Out... Plus #Giveaway

Ho, Ho, Ho, The Christmas Train to Santa at Irvine Park Railroad is back this year!

**This event sells out every year**
Take some time to spend with the family in Santa's Village playing games, hearing a story from Mrs. Claus, decorating cookies and so much more.

Enjoy all of the activities before you board or after. You can event play in the village if you don't have tickets to see Santa!
Here are all the deets for this years event and also a surprise flash giveaway!
It’s the season, once again for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart every 15 minutes from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole.
Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time — get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY and can be purchased beginning Monday, November 4th at 8:00 am; tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit for details. 
While waiting to board the train, there are many activities for children to enjoy in Santa’s Village located next to the train station. Activities will be open when the Christmas Train runs and include:
Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Christmas Cookie Decorating

Carnival Games

Ice Fishing
Santa Claus Moon Bounce
Craft Corner
Blizzard Ball
Christmas Coloring Corner
Picture Stands

Prices for activities vary; for additional information and costs, visit
At the North Pole, visitors may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, freshly-popped popcorn, hot pretzels, and cookies from Santa’s Snack Shop. A full kitchen menu is available at the train station.
Visitors may take their own pictures with Santa or you may purchase a picture taken by Irvine Park Railroad. Each 5” x 7” photo will be presented with an Irvine Park Railroad frame and available for pickup shortly after being taken.
After visiting with Santa, 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 the station.
When visiting the Christmas Train, remember to dress warmly, bring a camera, and arrive early to avoid crowds.
The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is open beginning Friday, November 29th through Sunday, December 23rd. Please visit our web site for hours and to purchase tickets.   
The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $20.00 per person. Children younger than 24 months ride free.
The parking for Irvine Regional Park is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends; parking for the Christmas Train is free after 5:00 PM.
Annual Irvine Park Railroad events include the Anniversary Celebration, 4th Grade California History Education Program, Easter Eggstravaganza, Pumpkin Patch, Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and Christmas Train. 
During the day, visit Irvine Regional Park’s other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park — fun and unique bike rentals that can be enjoyed by single riders or an entire family — paddle boat rentals, the Orange County Zoo and pony rides.
Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park.  The address is:
                    Irvine Park Railroad
                    1 Irvine Park Road
                    Orange, CA 92869
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For pricing, park directions and complete details, please visit
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4 Christmas Train Tickets
6 Activity Tickets
1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park Bike Rental (excludes the double surrey)
Good luck to all and happy early Holidays!