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  • Friday, December 05, 2014

     

    Greater Orange celebrates the holidays

    Greater Orange Holiday Traditions:

    Plaza Tree lighting, Santa's Tour and the

    Villa Park Dryland Boat Parade!

    The Christmas holiday season’s official Greater Orange kickoff celebrates 20 years of tree lighting ceremonies in the Orange Plaza on Sunday December 7, 2014.

    This year's guest narrator will again be retired former Orange Police Department Lt. Dave Hill.

    The free community event as always features the 350 voice Orange Master Chorale choir led by Orange High’s world famous choir director Michael Short with a full orchestra for the traditional Choir Procession and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    The festivities start at 3:30 pm 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. Food will be sold by local non-profit groups for a nominal fee, which goes to support their works in the community. 

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

    Santa to Tour Villa Park December 13th before heading to back to the North Pole
    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 time at their Villa Park get-a-way. Traditionally, Santa has thanked his home-away-from home neighbors for their welcoming hospitality 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 13, 2013 from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.

    The Santa route map is below. For approximate times on various streets and at various intersections CLICK ON:  SANTA TOUR
    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.

    17th Annual Villa Park Great Inland Boat Parade-Sunday December 14th

    Being land-locked never bothered many in Greater Orange, especially in Villa Park where the Annual Great Villa Park Dryland Boat Parade takes place on Sunday December 14th, 2014.

    This year's 17th Annual Dryland Boat Parade called the Parade of Holiday D'Lights, will return to its original starting point of Villa Park High School on Taft Street and again end at the Villa Park Towne Centre.


    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 holiday festivities including a tree lighting ceremony and entertainment.

    The Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.

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