Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Miguel’s Jr. Tamales Return With Holiday Gift Card Specials Available Online and In-store November 2 – December 31

Celebrate the Holidays With Miguel’s Jr. & Make Tamales the Feast of the Night!

Chile Rojo Pork and New Chicken Tamales Return to Miguel’s Jr With Holiday Gift Card Specials Available Online and In-store November 2 – December 31

Miguel’s Jr. tamales are available a-la-carte for $3.49 or by the dozen by pre-ordering online for $37.99. 

The Miguel’s Jr. seasonal tamales are available for purchase until December 31, 2022 online and in-store along with holiday gift cards. 

Now through December 31, 2022, receive two $5 bonus gift cards for every $25 gift card purchased online and one $5 bonus gift card for every $25 gift card purchased in store.

Orange County locations:

Costa Mesa: 141 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. (949) 646-2153
Huntington Beach: 19620 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. (714) 888-2255

Orange: 1325 Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867. (714) 633-4000

Tustin: 2855 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782. (714) 202 4676

Frosted by the Sea from November 17th to January 1st at the Iconic Hotel del Coronado

Iconic Hotel del Coronado & Luxurious Alila Marea Beach Resort Light Up the Holidays with Breathtaking Seasonal Experiences

EPIC Entertainment Group, the bi-coastal live experience and event production experts are pleased to announce their partnership with two holiday décor masterpieces in San Diego, California this holiday season. 

The EPIC experience experts are credited with transforming the historic Hotel del Coronado into a frosty, winter destination with the return of “At First Light” – a 12-minute light show spectacular, new beachside igloos, and more. Guests may enjoy Frosted by the Sea from November 17th to January 1st. EPIC has also expanded its SoCal partnerships to transform the holiday experiences of the opulent Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas with elemental design and decor for the community to enjoy.

“As experts in storytelling through creative activations, we are honored to be the team who dreams up new experiences for both Hotel del Coronado and Alila Marea resort guests,” shared Charity Hill, EPIC Entertainment Group. “We are grateful for the opportunity to expand theme curation and guest immersion through design and décor. We can’t wait for everyone to be a part of the holiday spirit at both locations this season.”

The crowd favorite “At First Light” – a light show spectacular will return to Hotel del Coronado’s 100+ year old trees, bigger and brighter than before. Following the debut of the light show in 2021, EPIC will feature over 75,000 lights showcasing choreographed shimmering illuminations for over 12 minutes. Guests can also celebrate Frosted by the Sea with NEW heated beachside igloos, each decorated with twinkling lights, cozy seating, and seasonal décor. 

EPIC will once again dazzle Hotel del Coronado’s historic lobby with a massive 22-foot Christmas tree in nearly ten thousand amber lights and nearly two thousand ornaments. EPIC’s storied holiday décor can be appreciated throughout the entire property with breathtaking bows of lush garland, shimmering oversized ornament displays, and over 20 themed Christmas trees ranging in size from 8ft, to the show-stopping 23ft lobby tree, and the 25ft garden tree. 

A short drive up the coast, Alila Marea Beach Resort will also shine bright for the holiday season thanks to EPIC Entertainment Group’s thoughtful and elegant creations. Recently named 2022 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Resort – Alila Marea is the newest hotel property to contract EPIC for holiday experiences and community immersions. 

“The architecture of Alila Marea Beach Resort is already telling a compelling story. Our goal is to reinforce that story through the use of existing coastal elements much like the property itself,'' commented Hill. “We are celebrating the season through a lens of local landscape, incorporating the natural mediums of pampas grass, sea glass, driftwood, copper, pewter, and gold.“ 

Perched atop a stunning seaside bluff along one of Southern California’s most dramatic stretches of coastline – Alila Marea is a crafted luxury resort, delivering authentic and bespoke experiences in a world-class beachfront setting. With 30+ oversized glowing dandelions and a 22ft coastal-inspired tree displayed on the hillside – this elegant seasonal display will be a beacon of the holidays for the local community. 

Co-founded in 2016 by Charity Hill and Steve Sheldon, EPIC Entertainment Group is known as the mastermind behind some of the largest haunted attractions in the country, including Dark Horizon in Orlando, and Dark Harbor at the Legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach, California – and recently as partners with Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania for Dark Nights as well as Hush! Haunted Attraction in Detroit, Michigan. 

As a multifaceted live production company, EPIC operates at world-class brands including Crayola, Hotel Del Coronado, NightGarden – Miami’s newest holiday light phenomenon, and is currently managing daily operations for the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – one of the top-rated gardens in the country according to USA Today.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Illuminate Silverlakes’ will run for select evenings, November 25 – December 30, from 6 pm to 10 pm

A festive Christmas party of nighttime enchantment and awe-inspiring installations!!

 Illuminate Silverlakes’ will run for select evenings, November 25 – December 30, from 6 pm to 10 pm PST at the Silverlakes Equestrian and Sports Park in Norco, California.

ILLUMINATE SILVERLAKES will be a festive Christmas party of nighttime enchantment and awe-inspiring holiday installations. It’s a feast for the eyes, a treat for the tummy, with holiday fun for all ages. 

Guests will enjoy delightful visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live musical performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful holiday light displays, tasty seasonal treats and Christmas appetizers, holiday gift offerings, and unforgettable moments for everyone! 

The family-friendly outdoor experience will take visitors around a lake on a magical illuminated journey through the festive grounds, touring six different captivating and fun-filled areas. Share the warmth of an enchanted Christmas season at SoCal’s all-new event, an ideal destination for Instagrammers and family Christmas card covers.

FAQS - Know before you go...

• ILLUMINATE SILVERLAKES is an AN ALL-NEW event. Not affiliated with past holiday events.
• Dates - Select evenings from November 25th – December 30th
• Where - Silverlakes Equestrian and Sports Park in Norco, CA
• Time - 6pm to 10pm PST
• This is an outdoor event, with food available for purchase.

Full details on this years event...

Guests can stroll through our charming Christmas Holiday Marketplace filled with seasonal crafts, last-minute Christmas gifts, lively and entertaining musical performances, and a visit to Mrs. Claus’ cottage to help decorate the halls with cookie decorating.

Holiday adventurers can walk through a tunnel of dazzling lights, guarded on both sides by two gigantic nutcracker soldiers, that lead you around a beautiful lake to various destinations such as Toyland, Electric Forest, Reindeer Grove, and Santa Village.

Here, oversized Christmas presents, snowflakes, and toys are sprinkled along the trail providing excellent opportunities for Christmas card photos and Instagram fun.
Emerging from Toyland, guests enter onto a magical Christmas tree lane, a pathway of electrified Christmas trees of various shapes, designs, and sizes, all brought to life through amazing illuminations where every 15 minutes, our beautiful 35ft tall pixel Christmas tree comes to life in a show of music, lights, and white Christmas snowfall.

In the peaceful realm of Reindeer Grove, guests will have a chance to take a picture in the world’s most famous sleigh before you venture through an oversized and whimsical ornament that leads you into Santa Village, where Santa himself is waiting to greet one and all.

Here in this rustic village, guests of all ages can visit Santa Claus to share their Christmas wishes, snap a family photo, and savor tasty food and drinks while enjoying the fun, music, and whimsy of this festival setting.

Get social and stay up to date with all the latest at... Instagram: @illuminatesilverlakes 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/illuminatesilverlakes
TikTok: @illuminatesilverlakes 

See calendar and purchase tickets at www.illuminate.holiday

Share your visit using hashtag #illuminatesilverlakes !!

Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures in SoCal - Tickets on Sale Now! #DisneyOnIce

Have you heard the news?! Disney On Ice is returning to SoCal!!!

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures... *** tickets on sale now***

Will take Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations

Playing SoCal from December 8 – January 2

Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on August 30th.

Fans can still sign up to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.

Location details in photos and Disney on Ice photos are courtesy of Disney on Ice.

Have some fun & get social with #disneyonice #Disney #disneyonicesocal

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

eyeXam in Newport Beach Now Open!

Our friends shared a new eye exam location with us. Since it's been a few years since I've had an eye exam of my own I'm looking into it.

Here are the details of the grand opening and location. Dr. Nikki Iravani cuts the ribbon and welcomes all to eyeXam!

From the press...

"Last week eyeXam in Newport Beach celebrated its opening weekend with a special VIP preview grand opening event. 

Over 100 friends, family, community members and OC notables toasted to the event with a special ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the City of Newport Beach, Chamber of Commerce, and a representative of Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. Each presented Dr. Nikki Iravani (eyeXam Founder and CEO) with certifications and commendations before she cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors to OC's newest eyeXam optometry practice

The introduction of the new Orange County location follows the company’s success in Silicon Valley. eyeXam’s second location in Newport Beach, which officially opened on November 4, will offer a truly exceptional eye care experience for all ages. “Our mission is to create a new eye care experience, one founded on the belief that vision is power and no measure is too great to take care of it,” shared Founder and CEO Dr. Iravani.

Located inside the Crystal Cove Shopping Center at 7976 E Coast Hwy. Newport Beach, CA, eyeXam is equipped with the most advanced clinical equipment and fully staffed with specialty-trained doctors as well as beauty, wellness, and high-end eyewear fashion experts."

For more information or to schedule an appointment visit eyeXam.com, and follow on social media at @eyexamoptometry.

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President Steve Rosansky, eyeXam Founder and CEO Dr. Nikki Iravani, and Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon cut the ribbon to celebrate eyeXam's grand opening at the Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Beach. Photo Credit: @2mb_imagery

Knott's Merry Farm kicks off November 18th to January 8th!! #KnottsMerryFarm #MerryFarm

It's the Merriest Time of Year at Knott's Berry Farm November 18th to January 8th

Tis' the season for our favorite theme park to turn into Knott's Merry Farm for the Holidays!

So much to see and do with the Holiday feeling all around you. This year Knott's has added some new shows, treats and eats and of course the merriment photo opportunities around the park.

Here are some of the details from Knott's today with their latest updates on Merry Farm...

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Knott's Merry Farm with Reimagined Favorites and Timeless Classics... Experience Festive Decor, Magical Holiday Shows and So Much More!

Knott's Merry Farm beginning November 18 and extending through January 8.

Every year during the joyous season, the park undergoes a complete transformation into a dazzling winter wonderland featuring a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of beautiful garland and a variety of picturesque settings.

A variety of new shows are in store this year to celebrate the merriest season of all. The beloved ice show is reimagined for the 40th anniversary of Snoopy on Ice. Snoopy's Night Before Christmas will have all of the aspects that guests have come to love from the ice show, with special technological additions to make it more magical than ever. The Camp Snoopy Theatre debuts Best Wishes, a heartwarming tale of the Peanuts gang spreading the word of the true meaning of Christmas.

“Knott’s Merry Farm has been a cherished holiday tradition for generations of guests and season pass holders, and we’re excited to offer a full lineup of reimagined favorites and timeless classics again this season,” said Jon Storbeck, Knott’s Berry Farm vice president and general manager. “With lively music and performances, shining décor and delicious treats, Knott's Merry Farm is sure to create lasting holiday memories for the whole family to enjoy.”

Yuletide cheer is in store with Home for the Holidays, where joyous merriment takes over the Calico Mine Stage with dancing and fun set to popular holiday tunes. In the intimate setting of Ghost Town's historic Bird Cage Theatre, the Knott's melodrama company brings to life Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a brand-new adaptation of a classic Christmas tale - The Gift of the Magi, 1885.  

Knott's own vocal quartet, the Calico Carolers, transport guests back in time to a Victorian Christmas as they perform the season's songs throughout the streets of Ghost Town. In Calico Park, guests can be serenaded by the a capella group, The Sleigh Bells, with a soulful version of Christmas classics. At Fireman's BBQ, legendary Bluegrass Duo takes the stage with a variety of classic bluegrass hits and old favorites, and this Duo will have toes tappin' and hands clappin'! A down-home dose of Christmas cheer is in store for those who join Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies for a foot-stompin' show with energetic music and comedy for the whole family. In Boardwalk Ballroom, the dance floor is open as the best swing bands around put their own spin on the season at the Tinsel Top Club. Nearby at Boardwalk BBQ, guests can enhance their meal with sounds from musical duo The Rockin’ Reindeer. 

Every night during Merry Farm, the park comes alive as the lights of the season brighten the night. In Ghost Town, a magical Snow and Glow experience fills the buildings and paths with thousands of lights dancing to the beat of Christmas music while “snow” gently falls. The Wilderness Dance Hall joyously transforms into Santa's Christmas Cabin, where the entire family can create fond memories by taking photos with Santa Claus and his friends. 

Throughout the park, guests can indulge in traditional holiday classics with a twist, including a Merry Farm favorite, crispy breaded turkey bites filled with perfectly seasoned stuffing and sweet cranberry sauce, or Prancer's pumpkin cheesecake roll funnel cake.

Knott's Christmas Crafts Village is back with dozens of local artisans selling their unique gifts, including chainsaw wood carvings and elegant glass blowing.

Give the gift that keeps on giving all year with a 2023 Season Pass. A 2023 Season Pass includes unlimited visits through 2022 plus all of 2023, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. A Regular Season Pass includes admission to Knott's Berry Farm and a Gold Season Pass includes admission to both Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City Waterpark. Regular Season passes are as low as 10 payments of $10 after initial payment and Gold Season Passes are as low as $14 after initial payment. These offers end January 8, 2023. Pricing and more information available at knotts.com.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

“Pirates Take Christmas” show returns to Pirates Dinner Adventure - Fun for Whole Family! #OCPirateCrew #piratesdinneroc

Pirates Take Christmas show returns to
Pirates Dinner Adventure

This fantastic Holiday-themed show runs Nov. 29 to Jan. 1.

We love Pirates Dinner Adventure!! Seasonal Shows make us smile. Pirates is always a blast with interaction from the audience, food, comedy, suspense and more!

The show is really cute... Christmas is in danger! It’s up to you and your family to rescue Santa and Mrs. Claus from a crew of rouge pirates and save the holiday season!

"Starting Nov. 29, Pirates Dinner Adventure’s hit, holiday-themed dinner show “Pirates Take Christmas” will return to provide guests with thrills and Christmas cheer. The magical special will run through Jan. 1.

Scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus, threatening to bring an end to the holiday season and disappointing all the good children around the world. With help from you, your family and a little bit of magic, you can ensure Santa beats the pirates and saves Christmas.

Guests will laugh and cheer as the pirates perform awe-inspiring stunts and festive songs. This Yuletide adventure combines audience participation, heart-pounding action and the spirit of the season, along with a hearty, three-course feast."

“‘Pirates Take Christmas’ has been a beloved tradition for families across Southern California for many years,’” said Julio Duran, the general manager of the attraction. “Our team can’t wait to open the show this holiday season and spread Christmas cheer to all!”

Pirates Dinner Adventure general admission includes a three-course dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Ticket prices for the Christmas special start at $65.95 for adults and $38.95 for children 11 and under. Upgrades are available for purchase.

To reserve your seats, call 714-690-1497 or click here.

SeaWorld San Diego Celebrates the Holiday Season with ALL-NEW Additional Entertainment This Year! #SeaWorld

SeaWorld San Diego Celebrates the Holiday Season with ALL-NEW Seasonal Shows, Fireworks, and Brings Back Fan Favorites!!

SeaWorld just announced all the details for their Holiday Festivities. 

We are so excited to celebrate the holiday season with sea-life and more. SeaWorld does such a fantastic job of bringing seasonal events for all ages to life.

This winter SoCal gets a dash of everything Holiday entertainment when you visit SeaWorld... here are all the details we know so far!!

Hot off the press...

"SeaWorld San Diego is bringing festive cheer and special traditions to families this holiday season at its annual Christmas Celebration with new and returning fan favorite offerings. 

Exciting new offerings includes two all-new holiday theater shows, live reindeer available for viewing, Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Cavalcade, an all-new holiday fireworks show, and more. Returning holiday fun includes photo opportunities with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the beloved SeaWorld Christmas Brass Band, delicious hot chocolate and more. 

The park will transform into a winter wonderland of snowfall that guests can enjoy as well as a daily tree lighting of a newly reimagined 320-foot SkyTower Tree of Lights and a twinkling 30-foot Christmas tree. Holiday celebrations, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa festivities, are running on select dates November 14 through January 8, 2023

ALL-NEW festive Entertainment for the Whole Family

Make new holiday traditions with ALL-NEW shows and experiences sure to become guest favorites in no time! From soulful renditions of holiday classics to a special cavalcade with Mrs. Claus, there’s no shortage of ways that guests can fill their days and evenings at Christmas Celebration! 

ALL-NEW performances and activities include:

  • A Stocking Full of Soul Theater Show – Join “America’s Got Talent” Finalist Bryan Cheatham as he and his friends sing and dance the night away while getting ready for his big Christmas Celebration! Experience a soulful celebration of Holiday classics with appearances by some of your favorite SeaWorld characters in this original production. Located at Mission Bay Theater on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays starting Nov. 18.
  • A Joyous Celebration Theater Show – The magic of Christmas will come alive at A Joyous Celebration! This family-friendly show combines energetic dancing, familiar Holiday songs, bright lights, and a Broadway-style set to bring out the Yuletide cheer in everyone! Located at Nautilus Amphitheater nightly starting Nov. 18
  • Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Cavalcade – See Mrs. Claus and her band of merry elves as they make their way throughout the park on a festive procession for guests to view several times daily.
  • The Holly Pops and Holiday Hipsters –Two acapella Christmas caroling groups will surprise and delight guest throughout the park. Their fresh and inventive arrangements of holiday favorites will bring the magic of the season to life.
  • Donner and Blitzen’s LaZer LAZER with a ‘Z’ Light Show – This NEW show will bring festive laser light fun to guests twice nightly at the front of the park.
  • A Christmas Wish Fireworks Show - There’s nothing like seeing the magic of Christmas light up the sky above SeaWorld. With festive colors and brilliant pyrotechnics Don’t miss the thrilling spectacle of this special new holiday fireworks display, showing on select nights in December.

Experience a Winter Wonderland in Southern California

With wintery décor, snowfall throughout the park, and eye-catching displays including the iconic and newly reimagined 320-foot SkyTower Tree of Lights and holiday fireworks, guests will enjoy a wonderland of holiday fun. Guests can renew holiday traditions by following the reindeer hoof prints to visit Santa and have an opportunity to share their Christmas wishes with him. Plus, everyone’s favorite reindeer is nearby at Rudolph's Christmastown where Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ will make spirits bright with a photo to take home and cherish. 

Other returning festive fun includes:

  • Clyde and Seamore’s Christmas Special – Guests can join our lively sea lion pals Clyde and Seamore in this spoof of a nighttime television Christmas Special. Clyde, Seamore, and their mischievous co-host, OP Otter, are together again to create a family favorite show filled with laugh-out-loud holiday cheer.
  • Holiday Cocktails, Craft Beer, Hot Chocolate & More - Grown-ups will want to get even more festive with an ice-cold brew, a glass of wine or one of SeaWorld’s specialty holiday cocktails. Or for the whole family, experience SeaWorld’s famous hot chocolate with candy toppings. 
  • Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt – Get started on a merry quest with a Reindeer Round-Up Map! Explore the park to find all of Santa’s beloved reindeer and mark each location on your map to collect a special gift.  Plus, see live reindeer at Santa’s Village. Follow Donner and Blitzen’s magical reindeer hoof prints, throughout the park as the lead you directly to Santa.
  • Holiday Lights & Magic - Explore the magic and wonder of SeaWorld’s beautifully decorated outdoor park grounds and the iconic SkyTower Tree of Lights, redesigned to look more like a Christmas tree than ever and bring holiday magic to all who can see it. Plus, enjoy a 30 ft. Christmas tree with twinkling lights and Christmas songs programmed to the movement of multiple lighting designs.
  • The Holiday Brass - Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like the energetic and iconic sound of our SeaWorld Christmas Brass Band. Starting on Nov. 18, Holiday Brass can be found throughout the park and at the Wild Arctic stage at select times.


“We’re excited to once again bring holiday magic to our guests during SeaWorld Christmas Celebration and help create special memories for the families who have made us a part of their holiday traditions,” said Tim Hamilton, Vice President of Entertainment at SeaWorld San Diego. “We hope guests will love the new offerings we have this year, as we made sure there was something for everyone – from our new shows featuring beloved holiday songs, to our new holiday fireworks show, snowfall throughout the park our dazzling Christmas lights, and of course Santa Claus.”

SeaWorld will also be celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with more details to come. Event times and dates are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please see seaworld.com/san-diego/park-info/theme-park-hours for the daily schedule."

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates the Holiday Season with Fan Favorite Merriments! #universalstudios

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates the Holiday Season with Fan Favorite Merriments “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas”

Tis' the season to celebrate all things Holiday at Universal Studios Hollywood!

We love having our Season Passes to enjoy festivities all year long. The holidays at Universal are so much fun. 

From the shows and rides to the decor around the park and of course the eats and treats to try... everything puts you into the spirit of the season.

Best part about this event... All Holiday Festivities are Included in the Price of Theme Park Admission. Beginning Friday, November 25, 2022 and Running Daily Through Sunday, January 1, 2023

Here are all the deets from USH!

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” brings the spirit of the holiday season to the village of Hogsmeade™, which is transformed with festive décor and merriment. Guests can savor a delicious Hot Butterbeer™ while enjoying a special holiday a capella performance from the Hogwarts Frog Choir. Activities also include holiday shopping for exclusive items within the village shops, including personalized ornaments and notebooks, and dining on hearty holiday fare at Three Broomsticks™.

As night falls on the snowy town, Hogwarts™ Castle will come to life in a dazzling spectacle, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” The impressive light projection show will amaze audiences with its stunning imagery and animation as the castle infuses the land with joyous wonderment and features music and sounds from the Harry Potter film series.

The cheerful “Grinchmas” Who-bilation will return in jolly fashion to Universal Plaza, located in the heart of the theme park. Festive park-goers can marvel in amazement at the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree decorated with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. Every evening, a jovial tree lighting ceremony will excite guests as they listen to the Grinch himself tell his story along with the Who-ville Whos, ending in a snowball flurry, bringing joy and merriment to all.

A variety of activities are available to guests looking to get into the “Grinchmas” spirit. The Grinch and his faithful dog Max will be available for photo opportunities throughout the day. Cindy-Lou Who leads daily story time for young visitors looking to learn of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the Who-ville post office will be accepting postcards with holiday messages. Additionally, an array of sweet holiday treats, including hot cocoa, will be available for purchase.

Adding to the theme park activities, Universal CityWalk will be dressed for the holiday season with spirited décor and a 40 foot-tall Christmas tree featuring more than 200,000 LED lights. The infamous Voodoo Doughnut will tempt guests with delicious seasonal flavors to celebrate the holiday spirit.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets to Experience the

“Awesomest Celebration of the Season”