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If there seems like there’s so much to see and do during the holidays, there is! From shopping to concerts to holiday teas and gingerbread art, the events and outings are on from Los Angeles to Orange County. Take a read on these happenings and get out there and enjoy the season.

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December 3, 2012

Macy’s Santa Bus Tour

Macy’s Westfield Mainplace
2850 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

It’s a free event for the entire family. Macy’s Santa Bus Tour is coming to Santa Ana on Dec. 3, as part of the Believe Campaign where a wish will be granted to a Make-A-Wish Child. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus when his tour bus makes a stop at the Macy’s Westfield Mainplace. Santa’s visit will include reading a special holiday story to the all. Festivities include Folklorico Dancers and Mariachis leading up to Santa’s arrival. Now in its fifth year, Macy’s “Believe” campaign invites children of all ages to mail letters to Santa using Macy’s Santa Mail letterboxes. Macy’s donates $1 for each letter mailed in store, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish.

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December 4, 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Honda Center 

2695 E. Katella
Anaheim, CA 92806

If you have your tickets, you’re the envy of all. If you don’t, you could always hope for last-minute luck. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be at the Honda Center for a stop on the fall leg of the ‘Wrecking Ball’ World Tour. The tour closes out an 11-week European run that has included three of the longest shows of Springsteen’s career and garnered universal acclaim, being called “gigantic” (Rolling Stone), “thrilling” (The Atlantic) and “the stuff of legend” (Irish Independent). Ticket prices start at $72.

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December 5, 2012

Lollipop Nail Studio

The OC Mart Mix at SOCO
3313 Hyland Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Lollipop Nails is a hip, healthy beauty stop for the holidays. Pick your eco seasonal shade at this swank new organic nail salon at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa. With coral walls and coordinating mid-century lounge treatment chairs embroidered with the Lollipop logo, the Lollipop Nail Studio offers a chic take on organic beauty. Creator, Jackie Dalton, a former fashion designer, who once owned Iconology, an ultra-luxe designer clothing store in La Brea, created the salon for causal drop-ins, great GNOs, mother-daughter escapes, or whatever your mani-pedi preference. The studio strives to ensure an environment where the only aromas circulating are from the four essential elements used in the manicures and pedicures: almond, rose, camellia and geranium. Lollipop is also an artful apothecary where signature products are mixed to match treatments and needs, using the finest quality organic ingredients and oils. Prices start at $25 for an adult manicure, $35 for an adult pedicure; $15 for a child manicure and $15 for a child pedicure. Stop in the salon see where organic and glossy meet.

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December 6, 2012

Frosty Flicks at The LAB

2930 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 966-6660

Throughout the holiday season, enjoy free outdoor holiday movies on Thursday evenings at The LAB, as well as live entertainment at both The LAB and The CAMP. On Dec. 6, see classics, such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and more. Bring a blanket and chair, shows start at 6:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.thelab.com.

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December 7, 2012

Children’s Holiday Tea

The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
WP24 Restaurant and Lounge
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8800

The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles’ upcoming Children’s Holiday Tea is on Friday, Dec. 7, as well as Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the hotel’s signature restaurant on the 24th floor, WP24 Restaurant and Lounge. The Children’s Holiday Tea features a delicious child-friendly menu with items such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mini ham and cheese croissants, along with cookies, hot chocolate, warm apple cider and milkshakes. The special family-friendly tea will also showcase Carlton the Elf, The Ritz-Carlton’s holiday mascot, a special reading of “The Lonesome Pine,” a cherished children’s holiday book.

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December 8, 2012

Gingerbread House Academy

The St. Regis Monarch Beach
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 234-3200

A sweet St. Regis tradition continues this year with the resort’s gingerbread academy. Through Dec. 23, children and families are invited to decorate a gingerbread house with all the frosting and candy imaginable. $65 per house, maximum of 4 people per house. Saturday Sessions are held at 10 a.m. and 1pm; Sundays at 10 a.m. only. Reservations required.

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December 9, 2012

Sawdust Art Festival

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030

The 22nd Annual Winter Fantasy concludes Dec. 9 at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. It’s your last chance to see the festival grounds transformed into a winter wonderland and the fine art and craft of more than 170 artists. Exhibitors create, display and sell original creations. Art media includes: jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, sculpture and more. Winter Fantasy is a favorite stop for shoppers seeking one-of-a-kind gifts. Check out art demonstrations and enjoy holiday entertainment and community performances, four outdoor cafés, and visits with Santa.

Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer who also writes for Laguna Beach Magazine, bask Magazine, OC Family Magazine and more. Keep up with her at @DebLavdas on Twitter or DebbieintheOC.com.