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Xmas lights around Anaheim

Skokie, Illinois
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Xmas lights around Anaheim


We'll be spending 5 days in Anaheim with 3 days in Disneyland. We've been in Orange County few times in the past, but this is our first during Xmas. I heard DL has the best Xmas decorations, but I'm wondering what other holiday activities outside of DL that we could see while we're there. We have 2 days after DL and I haven't decided where to go yet. Maybe we go San Diego, maybe LA ( we have no specific agenda, just hoping to enjoy few days off). What would you recommend?


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1. Re: Xmas lights around Anaheim

Welcome to the forums Lavender M,

San Diego is a wonderful City to visit with lots to do. And LA has alot of good things to visit, so it would just depend on what you are most interested in. Keep in mind that LA is about a 1 hour drive North of Anaheim, and San Diego about a 2 hour drive South of Anaheim, so neither place is going to be that close for daytrips from Anaheim if thats what your thinking?

For things to do in the area around Christmastime, the Disboards which is a Disneyland planning website has a Christmas superthread which is pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about Christmastime at Disneyland. In post #10 it has a list of things to do in the area around Disneyland as well.


Edited: 11:21 pm, November 13, 2014
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2. Re: Xmas lights around Anaheim

Most big stuff after Christmas heads towards Pasadena for the Rose Parade.

There are things like Marching Band Showcases and Horse Shows.

Link - http://www.tournamentofroses.com

Around OC is relatively quiet but a walk around Balboa Island is beautiful.

I would also send you over to nearby Knott's to have a chicken dinner.

The OC register will publish an article/list on the best local displays.

There is place in Brea that goes all out but it gets quite crowded.

And finally don't forget to walk around the Disneyland Hotels.

Santa Rosco

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3. Re: Xmas lights around Anaheim

I love the Balboa Island area at Christmastime. Both the island and peninsula area homes are decorated beautifully. I don't know your dates but the Newport Beach boat parade is always fun to watch. You could walk around and see the decor and watch the boat parade. Newport Beach is around 30 mins from Anaheim.

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4. Re: Xmas lights around Anaheim

What are the exact dates?

Balboa Island is great to stroll in the evening after dinner when all the lights are on. Up the road from there Fashion Island has a great Christmas tree.

I'd consider two days in Newport/Laguna instead of going all the way down and back to San Diego.

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