Gearing up for tree lighting ceremonies in the Lehigh Valley

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Jingling all the way: Here’s a list of holiday events across Orange County.

Santa will return to Catonsville for the area’s traditional start to the holiday season this Saturday for the town’s 22nd annual Catonsville Tree Lighting Ceremony. Readers can find them in and around Washington County this holiday season by checking this list for old favorites or discover new experiences to savor. It will feature live music from Johnnycake Elementary School students, and free cookies and hot chocolate, in addition to the chance for Catonsville’s youngest residents to get a glimpse of the man in red. Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. $12, free for children 2 and younger. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. 714-997-3968 or Winter Fantasy: This annual event at the Sawdust Art Festival showcases works from over 175 artists, holiday entertainment, outdoor cafés, art classes and demonstrations, a petting zoo and an appearance by Santa. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Other events will include a visit from the Southwest Michigan Husky Club, appearances by two reindeer, a variety of local food trucks to sample, and live music by Nashon Holloway & Bryan Blowers, beginning at 6:15 p.m. General, $7; kids (6-12), $4. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-494-3030 or Disney-style Tree Lighting: Fashion Island’s annual holiday event will feature custom Disney holiday music and lights in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdales Courtyard. 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 3.

See zoo website for admission fee and schedule information: call 503-226-1561 Forest Grove tree lighting: The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Nicholas,” which is also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The ceremony will conclude with the traditional holiday “countdown” to Santa and Mrs. Stores and restaurants on Third Street, the borough’s main thoroughfare, will be decorated for the holidays and some will serve hot cocoa and Christmas cookies.

He will look out into the crowd this Saturday, he said, and spot mothers and fathers who were themselves small children when he first turned on the lights on the tree at 754 Frederick Road. “It’s been awesome to see the evolution — or renaissance — of the Catonsville business district,” he said, noting that Jennings Cafe was one of the few businesses in the area open past sundown during the first tree lighting. While Christmas in Catonsville may not rival the community’s spectacular Independence Day celebration just yet, Morgan said he likes to think he and his fellow volunteers have created an event that might be equal to July 4 in its importance to the community. Students from Neil Armstrong Middle School will sing carols, and Santa will visit with children at the adjacent Senior and Community Center after the lighting. Gabrielle Prevade, a junior at West Allegheny High School, is the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jamie Pachuta, a junior at Obama Academy in Pittsburgh,is the Queen of the Snow. Monica Ryan, choreographer and director of Carnegie Performing Arts Center, is celebrating the 40th anniversary production of the Christmas classic ballet.

Main Street and Ocean Avenue. 562-799-0179 or Puttin’ On the Glitz: Enjoy an evening of holiday shopping in downtown San Clemente. Hot chocolate will be available for those attending the celebration, with donations being accepted to benefit the YWCA of Greater Kalamazoo’s Domestic Violence Shelter. Settlers Cabin Park — The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is participating in REI’s #OptOutside campaign on Black Friday with guided tours at 11 am and 2 pm. Event features local entertainment and dining. 5-10 p.m. 949-218-5378 or Santa Brunch: Enjoy breakfast at Back Bay Bistro and take a photo with Santa. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $47-52. 949-729-1144 or Patchwork Show: This biannual festival will showcase local artists, designers, artisan food, craft workshops, indie music and crafters at the Artist Village in downtown Santa Ana. Wine Weekend: More than 150 wineries throughout the Willamette Valley are open for tastings and special events from Friday through Sunday, Thanksgiving weekend.

Sunday. Santa’s Arrival in Town Square: Children can enjoy a real snow play area, photos with Santa, craft activities, face painting, a balloon artist and train rides at Anaheim Town Square. See website for a list of venues and schedule. “A Taffeta Christmas”: What happens when a 1950s-era all women revue branches out into Christmas carols and holiday music?

Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. 714-836-4000 or Marbella Golf Club Holiday Boutique: This annual boutique will gather vendors from Los Angeles and Orange counties offering women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and more for sale. Tickets: $20-36. “A KBNB Kristmas Karol”: Bag&Baggage presents this spoof of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” set in the 1940s as a radio show making way for television. All proceeds benefit San Juan Elementary School. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 30800 Golf Club Drive, San Juan Capistrano. 949-248-3700 or La Palma Tree Lighting: Enjoy music performed by local students, take a picture with Santa and his elves. Santa will greet children after the performances. 6-8 p.m. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway. 949-542-4407 or Tustin Tree Lighting: Ceremony will include holiday carols and other entertainment at the Tustin Library. 6-8 p.m. 345 E.

Main St., Tustin. 714-573-3326 or Seal Beach Christmas Parade: Marching bands, dance groups, horses, classic cars and military troops will participate. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 10 Decades of Surf, Sun & Santa.” Participants will travel along Main Street from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway. 7-8:45 p.m. Breakfast With Santa at the Children’s Museum: This annual fundraising event includes a continental breakfast, an ornament art project, and a chance to meet Santa. Euclid St., La Habra. 562-905-9793 or Holiday Treats for the Animals: Celebrate the season with Santa divers who will deliver special treats to animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Santa Sing-Along: Broadway Rose Theatre presents a family-friendly sing-along of favorite holiday carols, led by Broadway Rose performers with live accompaniment and followed by a story time with Santa. Festival of Lights at The Grotto: Several Washington County high school choirs will perform at the Grotto’s holiday festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Event includes pictures with Santa. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 714-956-3586 or Holiday Garden Design: Design firm Molly Wood will hold holiday-inspired workshops at its Costa Mesa store: Live Wreath Workshop, Dec. 5; Holiday Tabletop Workshop, Dec. 10; and a Fresh Greens Tabletop Workshop, Dec. 18. The Wreath Workshop has a material fee of $60; the others are free, but reservations are required. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa. 949-548-1611 or Holiday Artisan Faire: Browse through handcrafted jewelry, wearable fiber and leather goods, ceramics, glass and mixed media art at Chemers Gallery. Noon-4 p.m. at Fullerton Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue. 714-738-6545 or Santa’s Village By the Sea: Enjoy cookie decorating, face painting, games and more at the San Clemente Community Center and Casa Romantica. 2-5 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair: Come shop for handmade gifts for friends and family at North Plains Public Library’s Holiday Craft Fair, during regular library hours starting at 10 a.m. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949-673-4050 or Old World Village German Christmas Market: Enjoy German food and drink, face painting, arts and crafts, shopping and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. City residents, organizations and businesses are encouraged to decorate ‘anything that moves’ and participate in the parade, which begins and ends at Jessie Mays Community Park and is followed by hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Tualatin tree lighting: Tualatin’s annual celebration, Starry Nights and Holiday Lights, includes singing, lighting of the holiday tree, children’s activities, refreshments and more.

Adult, $60; child (3-10), $27. 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. 714-776-4000 or Holiday Open House: Seaside Gallery and Goods, a collection of local artists and entrepreneurs in Mariner’s village, will host an open house that includes wine, appetizers and a raffle. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12. 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach. 949-290-7249 or Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade: View over 100 entries including marching bands, floats, special guests, exotic cars and a grand entrance by Santa Claus. 10 a.m. Dec. 12. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point. Boat Parade of Lights: Hundreds of decorated boats of all sizes will sail around Bay Island and Newport Harbor during the 107th annual event.

Parade runs nightly through Dec. 20. 6:30 p.m. 303 Palm St., Newport Beach. 949-675-0551 or Cruise of Lights: This annual, 45-minute narrated boat tour will sail through Huntington Harbour for a viewing of thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Adults, $19 ($17 on Dec. 17); kids (2-12), $12. 16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach. 714-840-7542 or Holiday Puppet Extravaganza: Professional puppeteers will perform a show about Eli the energetic elf at Yorba Linda Public Library. 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!: Theatre in the Grove presents Barbara Robinson’s classic holiday comedy at 7:30 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 4–20, at 2028 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove. Banks Union Point Cemetery Bazaar: This fundraiser for the Banks Union Point Cemetery takes place Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Banks Elementary School cafeteria, 42350 N.W.

Grand Marshals Penn and Teller will be joined by parade co-hosts Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada, guest hosts Dean Cain and Montel Williams and other celebrities. Information: email Holiday concert: “Tis the Season,” a holiday concert presented by the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus choirs, is at 7 p.m.

Oregon Chorale: The first of three candidates to become director of the Oregon Chorale, Robert Hawthorne, leads the chorale in carols and songs of the season. Winter Music Concert: The Nutcracker and other seasonal favorites will be presented by Beaverton School District’s Arts & Communication Magnet Academy students. Conestoga Winter Wonderland: The annual holiday festival at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Ave., in Beaverton is Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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