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  • Wednesday, December 02, 2009


    Greater Orange is looking a lot like Christmas

    Metro TALK
    a community service of the Greater Orange Communities Organization

    Santa Claus to tour Villa Park before big Christmas Eve Trip
    Few people outside Villa Park may know that Santa and Mrs. Claus keep their Southern California vacation residence right here in Greater Orange at the Claus Villa in Villa Park. Each year before making the final push towards getting ready for that Christmas Eve world tour, the Claus family spends a weekend at their Villa Park get-a-way. Traditionally, Santa has thanked his home-away-from home neighbors with the Annual Villa Park Santa Tour winding his way through the Greater Orange “Hidden Jewel” in a bright red fire truck. This year’s tour is Saturday December 5, 2009 (in case of rain, December 12th is a back-up date) from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.

    Santa has been known to drop by or stop along the route where ever there is a gathering of believers. For more information contact the Villa Park City Hall at 714-998-1500. The Annual Santa Tour is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.

    For a map and times CLICK ON: TOUR

    15th Annual Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony is December 6th
    The holiday season’s official Greater Orange kickoff celebrates 15 years of tree lighting ceremonies in the Orange Plaza with Orange native and Broadway stage star Eden Espinosa returning home to join the traditional holiday program as the story narrator.The hometown star of Wicked will join the holiday program that features the 350 voice Orange Master Chorale choir led by Orange High’s world famous choir director Michael Short and a 60 piece orchestra in the traditional Choir Procession and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    The festivities start at 3:30 pm on Sunday December 6th with food booths and kids activities including those holiday photo ops with none-other than Santa himself followed by the official choir and tree ceremony starting at 5:15 pm.

    In case of rain please call the official Orange Special Events Hotline for details: 714-744-7278.

    For more information on Wicked star Eden Espinosa CLICK ON: Eden

    Holiday Toy Express rolls into the Old Towne Depot December 12th
    For the 13th year in a row, a very special 450-ton Metrolink Holiday Toy Express Train decorated with oversized garland and more than 50,000 twinkling lights, will roll into various stations throughout the Southland including the Old Towne Orange Depot on December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

    The train will bring Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a whole company of characters from the North Pole to present a live musical stage show and lead an audience sing-a-long. The show is put on to support the annual Firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive. So bring the whole family out to see the show and bring a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment in support of the "Spark of Love Toy Drive”.

    In conjunction with KABC-TV and the Orange County Toy Collaborative, representatives from fire departments throughout Orange County will be collecting new unwrapped toys and sporting goods as part of the local firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive. In addition to dropping off toys at the Holiday Toy Express, toys can be dropped off at all Orange County Fire Stations and at CVS Drug Stores throughout Orange County.

    The Orange County Toy Collaborative is a group of representatives from holiday charities that have combined their efforts to collect new unwrapped toys and sports equipment including: the OC Firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive; the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots; the Orange County Department of Social Services; Operation Santa Claus; and St. Vincent de Paul. Together these programs distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to Orange County children and their families who may otherwise go without during the holiday season.

    The train does not appear in rainy weather.

    For more information CLICK ON: Toy Express

    12th Annual Great Inland Boat Parade-December 13th, 2009
    Being land-locked never bothered many in Greater Orange, especially in Villa Park where the 12th Annual Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade takes place on Sunday December 13th, 2009. Winding through the backwaters of Villa Park, from Villa Park High School starting at 5:00 pm, the mighty Villa Park Fleet sails to the Villa Park Towne and Community Centre arriving around 6:00 pm. for more hometown festivities including a tree lighting ceremony and entertainment. The Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.

    For a map CLICK ON: BOATS

    Metro TALK
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    Greater Orange Communities Organization

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