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Orange County Christmas Bucket List

After publishing a much loved Orange County Bucket List (seriously y’all…I love seeing your posts checking things off the list!) I decided it only made sense to create an Orange County CHRISTMAS Bucket List!! I am obsessed with the holidays and I love everything about the entire months of November and December. And Orange County has a lot to offer during the Christmas season…surfing Santas, tree lightings, ice skating, sledding, boat parades and the list goes on! So without further ado, the Orange County Christmas Bucket List…

November

Explore the Winter Wonderland of the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy (Laguna Beach, tickets required, five weekends beginning in November)

Santa watching at the Surfing Santa Competition (Laguna Niguel, FREE, mid-November)

Attend Fashion Island’s Holiday Tree Lighting (Newport Beach, FREE, mid-November)

December

Attend the Seal Beach Christmas Parade (Seal Beach, FREE, early-December)

Go sledding at the Christmas at the Mission (San Juan Capistrano, tickets required, early-December)

Take a candlelight walk at Heritage Hill Historical Park (Lake Forest, tickets required, mid-December)

Head out on the water for the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Cruise of Lights (Huntington Beach, tickets required, mid-December)

Holidays Around the World (Costa Mesa, mid-December)

Watch the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade (Huntington Beach, FREE, mid-December)

Attend the Golden West College Nutcracker Performance (Huntington Beach, tickets required, mid-December)

Snoopy House (Costa Mesa, FREE, mid-December)

Travel the world at the International Celebration of Christmas (Huntington Beach, FREE, mid-December)

Watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights (Newport Beach, FREE, mid-December)

Drive through the Living Nativity Drive-thru at First Christian Church (Huntington Beach, FREE, mid-December)

All Season Long

Drive through Christmas lights displays (Throughout Orange County, FREE)

Go ice skating at the Downtown Disney Winter Village (Anaheim, village is FREE, ice skating requires tickets)

Enjoy the falling snow at Knott’s Merry Farm (Buena Park, tickets required)

Visit the Joyeux Noël Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Garden (Corona del Mar, FREE)

Sledding at Winterfest OC (Costa Mesa, tickets required)

Visit The North Pole at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, combination of FREE and tickets required)

Watch A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, tickets required)

Experience the Magical Flurries snow shows at Bella Terra (Huntington Beach, FREE)

Visit the Gingerbread Extravaganza at the Ritz Carlton (Laguna Niguel, FREE)

Have a cup of tea at Yuletide Tea at The Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach, tickets required)

Ride the train at Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train (Orange, tickets required)

Explore the Science of Gingerbread exhibit at the Discovery Cube (Santa Ana, tickets required)

An Orange County Christmas Bucket List for the season! Boat parades, tree lightings, festivals and more ways to celebrate Christmas in Orange County

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Cupcake Crawl: Orange County

Right about now you might be wondering, “What in the world is a Cupcake Crawl?!?” And I’d have to say this…

Perfection.

Deliciousness.

A genius idea.

So I’m pretty sure you get the idea 😉

If you’re new here to Girl on the Move, here’s something you should know…I am OBSESSED with cupcakes!  A few months ago I saw a post somewhere on social media about a pub crawl and realized that what would make a pub crawl better is that instead of traveling from one pub to the next, you traveled from one cupcake shop to the next!

And so the idea for a Cupcake Crawl was born!

For this first crawl I teamed up with Pavé Group to host this awesome afternoon.  We journeyed through Orange County, CA along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) so our crawl not only included fantastic cupcakes, but ocean views!

Our first stop was French’s Cupcake Bakery in Costa Mesa, where we tried several delicious cupcakes.  My favorite was the Lemon Blueberry and if the lines were any indication, French’s won Best Bakery in Orange County in 2015 for good reason!

Cupcake Crawl in Orange County, CA with stops at 3 cupcake shops

From there we traveled to B Candy! You might remember my trip to B Candy a couple of years ago…well, they’ve only gotten better!  I mean, these sprinkles though!  A visit to B Candy is not only delicious, but a visual treat!  Filled with ice cream, dessert novelty items, cupcake stools at the counter and a unicorn mural on the outside, B Candy is a must-see if you’re in the Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, CA area!

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And finally we headed over to Sweet & Saucy Shop in Newport Beach! This is where my cupcake affair began so they had to be a stop on the tour.  And they did not disappoint!  The cake pops are always a hit but this visit my favorite was probably the Strawberry cupcake…so yummy!

Cupcake Crawl in Orange County, CA with stops at 3 cupcake shops

I am confident our first Cupcake Crawl was a big success and I have to say, I’m already dreaming and planning about when I can organize another Cupcake Crawl, so I’d love to hear…where should I take the Cupcake Crawl next?!?

Other Cupcake Adventure posts you might like:

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Mountain Cupcakes

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