Christmas in the OC

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Christmas in the OC


     This time of year brings a lot of change to Orange County, CA.  Warm autumn nights give way to chilly temps (all the way down to the 40's!) in the evening, days become shorter, retail lines become longer, traffic heavier, and streets a bit brighter thanks to the Christmas lights all around.


     Newport Beach & Huntington Beach (I live between both in Costa Mesa) Newport Beach Christmaseach offer wonderful tree lighting events, with Newport's taking place at Fashion Island, and Huntington's right on Main St.  I was away for Newport Beach's lighting this year, but my main photo is the tree in Huntington Beach, lit by Santa Claus himself.  


     Each year Huntington Beach closes a part of Main St, sets up vendor booths, and welcomes thousands of people to enjoy Christmas music, local choirs, and the ceremonial lighting of the tree.  In an odd twist, the 2016 tree lighting was once delayed by rain, and was threatened by rain on the rescheduled day, but things managed to stay dry to make for a great evening.  While the Huntington Beach tree is somewhat underwhelming in stature (compared to the ginormous tree in Newport Beach), it's always a special moment to see it light up for the first time.


     In the Balboa Island & Newport Peninsula areas, some residents go above & beyond to shine lights on the street and give passerby's quite a show.  I wouldn't care to ask what the electric bills look like, but I'm glad that many residents are paying them to spread Christmas cheer and turn just an ordinary walk down the street into an entertainment spectacle.  


Balboa Island Christmas     Next week brings another of my favorite OC Christmas events, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which runs each night from Wednesday, Dec. 14 thru Sunday, Dec. 18.  Opening night will be accompanied by Grand Marshal Mickey Mouse from nearby Disneyland and a fireworks show to get the parade weekend started.  


     For those interested in checking out the boat parade, waterfront reservations can be tough to come by, but I prefer watching indoors at Billys at the Beach.  There are several locations to get a good view, both indoors & out.  You can see a list of good locations here.


     Orange County, CA offers a ton of great things to do for the holidays - whether it's lights, events, excitement, or relaxation you're after, the OC is a great place to find it -- and the best part?  You can leave your winter coat and hat at home - most nights, we get by with a light jacket.  It doesn't get any better than Christmas in SoCal!


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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi John, I love this time of the year, so festive. Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us.

Dec 08, 2016 03:55 PM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

John this time of the year is like no other time.  The tree lightings and all the homes decorated make this time of year very special, and even the most grumpy of people like me can't help but smile.

Dec 08, 2016 04:01 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi John

This was a wonderful visit to OC for Christmas, something we have never done. It's always fun to see what other communities are doing, nearby and around the country. You captured some terrific scenes!


Dec 08, 2016 04:04 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi John - although snowfall is not a part of the scene, there's still an abundance of holiday cheer in The OC as your post clearly shows.   

Dec 08, 2016 04:20 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi John- I love all of the lights and decorations that abound this time of year.  We used to take our boat out to watch the boat parade and it was fun (and hectic).  

Dec 08, 2016 06:08 PM #5
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Lovely photos John Meussner so certainly looks like Christmas in the OC!

Dec 08, 2016 07:08 PM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi John - thanks for sharing what it looks like at Christmas Time in Orange County.  It is worth a trip this time of year.

Dec 08, 2016 09:05 PM #7
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a nice overview of what this season looks like in the "other" Orange County!

Dec 09, 2016 03:32 AM #8
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I love looking at all of the lights and decorations at this time of the year. Your pictures are certainly wonderful. That house is lighted up so nicely, too. The boat parade sounds like fun, too, and something I would love to see. Thanks for sharing your pictures and for taking time to enter the challenge. 

Dec 09, 2016 07:12 AM #9
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

So lovely! Interestig to see how each area decorates and shares the Christmas Spirit! The Boat Parade sounds FUN! Lets see some pictures from that !!

Dec 11, 2016 01:32 AM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I would love to see all the Christmas lights in person. I haven't been to Newport Beach but once and that was 16 years ago. 

Dec 11, 2016 05:53 PM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful photos, it must be even more gorgeous in person!

Dec 12, 2016 05:42 AM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Your photographs are so beautiful! 

Wishing you and yours continuous holiday cheer, long after it's over. 

Dec 21, 2016 04:34 AM #13
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