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And just like that, in what feels like the blink of an eye, the holidays are here. Whether you need a little boost in your holiday spirit or you’re already gung-ho for the festivities, there are plenty of things to do in the area to embrace the season. Amp up your holiday fun with a visit to one of these awesome holiday events near Irvine.

The Nutcracker

No Christmas is complete without a viewing of the classic ballet performance, The Nutcracker. With performances held Dec. 10-19, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, there are plenty of tickets for this holiday favorite to go around. Watch in awe at the impressive cast of more than 100 performers, amazing set props and costumes, and choreography that will likely bring a few (good) tears to your eyes.

The 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

If you’ve never seen the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in all its shining glory, this is your year. Now in its 113th year, the parade will move its way through Newport Harbor, featuring beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes. Every night, starting at 6:30 PM, from Dec. 15 to 19, the parade will start and end at tip of Lido Isle. There are plenty of public viewing spots, you can choose to Dine & Watch at the waterfront, or you can Dine & Walk.

Christmas at the OC Zoo

Combine your love for animals and Santa by taking in Christmas at the OC Zoo. On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 AM to 3 PM, guests will have a chance to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, make festive crafts, and get in on some fun games. Activities are free with zoo admission, so grab your friends and get wild.

Holiday Festivities at The Irvine Spectrum Center

The Irvine Spectrum Center magically transforms into a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. As you shop around for gifts, be sure to enjoy all the holiday activities. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining options. Lace up your skates and hit the outdoor ice skating rink. View the dazzling light show at the nightly tree lighting. There’s a little something for everyone at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Make it a jolly season with a visit to one or more of these awesome events near Irvine. For more holiday cheer, check out the Fusion Apartments blog.