Excursions
Recreation Excursions
 

November

Holiday Shopping at Rogers Gardens & South Coast Plaza

Thursday, November 15th, 7:30am – 4:30pm, $32pp

 

Rogers Garden is a local home and garden destination for those seeking creative inspiration and unique products for outdoor and indoor living.  Fine home décor, artisan collectables, seasonal items and the highest quality plants from vendors around the world are brought together in a coordinated presentation that compliments and enhances their value and inspires the shopper.  Walk through the outdoor gardens as well as the indoor garden rooms and gallery and experience what all eleven of our departments have to offer.

            After you visit Rogers Gardens you will head over to the South Coast Plaza for lunch (on own) and work on that Christmas shopping…or not!  I’m sure the Christmas decorations will be beautiful and you may get some great ideas of your own for the holidays.  The South Coast Plaza continuously brings in approximately 24 million visitors annually.  The shopping center has about 2.8 million square feet of gross leasable area and over 250 stores, making it one of the largest shopping centers in the United States.  Its stores generate revenue of nearly 1.5 billion dollars per year, making it the highest grossing center in the United States.  Please wear comfortable shoes as this trip requires a lot of walking.

 

 “American Christmas” Reagan Library

Thursday, November 28th, 8am – 5pm, $47pp

 

The holidays come alive at the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum!  Enjoy a tour through a winter wonderland depicting this year’s theme, An American Christmas.  The opulent display includes dozens of beautiful Christmas trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to modern day.  Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1700 and 2010, this tracing the evolution of our great nation.  The featured tree is an elegant reproduction of the Reagan’s White House tree complete with “Reagan Red” decorations and dozens of hand-blown glass ornaments.  Also on display is a collection of hand-crafted menorahs given to President Reagan while in the White House.  You’ll tour the massive exhibit hall, which integrates dozens of interactive displays along with thousands of artifacts and includes a full-scale replica of the Oval Office decorated as it was during Reagan’s presidency.  Plus, your ticket allows you to walk through the Pompei Exhibit and learn just exactly what happened on that frightful day 3,000 years ago!  Lunch will be on own on site.

 

December

The Sugar Plum Festivals

Thursday, December 6th, 8am – 4:30pm, $30pp

 

The Sugar Plum Festivals is one of the largest family-owned Arts and Craft shows of its kind.  Sugar Plum recognizes our Hand Made Vendors with a P.R.O.U.D. certificate… Proudly Represents Own Unique Design or Delicacy.  We represent the best in handcrafted. “Gifts to warm the Heart and Accessories that Make a Home.”

            Featuring handmade jewelry, home and garden décor, clothing, antiques and collectibles, breads, tamales and palate-pleasing delights.  Our Goal is to keep handcrafting thriving in America.  Sugar Plum is proud to have seasonal shows in the Buena Park Downtown Mall and at the OC Fairgrounds, featuring these outstanding talented artists and confectioners.  This year we are happy to once again present to you our Remnants show with a unique marketplace filled with over 90 inspiring boutique style booths with a little twist from our Sugar Plum Arts and Crafts Festivals.  We hope you will come and enjoy the day at Sugar Plum Festival in Buena Park.  For more details, please visit our website at www.sugarplumfestivals.com.

 

The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom

Saturday, December 15th, 9am – 6pm, $69pp

 

“This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite.  As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree!  With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.  The Orange County Register praised it as a “…colorful, cinematic creation filled with spectacle, humor and eye-popping costumes.”  Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, performed by Pacific Symphony Orchestra!  Ticket includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation.

 *Seating for this performance will be in the Front Lodge Rows E, F, G, H & D.  **Tickets available in the Rear Orchestra (4 Tickets in Row S, $86pp; 4 Tickets in Row T, $116pp)

 

Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights

Monday, December 17th, 2:30pm – 9:30pm, $72pp

 

Light up the holidays with an evening cruise through Huntington Harbour.  The fun begins with a Motherlode Lunch Buffet at the Claim Jumpers in Fountain Valley where you’ll enjoy hearty portions of Roast Beef, Rotisserie Chicken, House Salad, Caesar Salad, Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Veggies, and a Dessert Buffet!

            You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a bountiful buffet before heading to Huntington Harbour for the 56th Annual “Cruise of Lights”.  Every December, the residents spend days decking the halls for all to see as they cruise by.  Hundreds of these exclusive homes, docks, decks and boats are adorned with twinkling lights, mechanical displays and Nativity Scenes.  There’s no prettier sight than the reflection of the light upon the calm waters of the channel.  The narrated cruise lasts approximately 50 minutes and the boats offer inside and outside viewing.  Bundle up and grab your camera, were off to see the lights of Christmas in Huntington Beach.

 

January

Pechanga

Wednesday, January 16th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.

 

 

Hello Dolly at the Segerstrom

Saturday, January 26th, 9:30am – 6:30pm, $55pp

 

The darling of Broadway has returned!  Following on from a successful revival, this glorious new production of Hello, Dolly! Is heading out on a national tour, due to hit stages during the 2018/19 season.

          With four 2017 Tony Awards under its belt, including Best Revival and Best Actress for Bette Midler, Jerry Herman’s musical comedy is truly back where it belongs.  Featuring memorable classics such as ‘Before the Parade Passes By’ and ‘Put on Your Sunday Clothes’ Hello, Dolly! Is ready to reclaim the hearts of the American people.  Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! was an instant success when it first debuted in 1964.  Winning an unprecedented 10 Tony’s at that year’s ceremony it was soon adapted for the big screen featuring a cast led by Barbara Streisand and a young Michael Crawford.  This 2017 revival is directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks (Sister Act) whose talent has brought Hello, Dolly! back into the lime light.

What’s Hello, Dolly! about?

            In 1880’s New York a rich and cantankerous widower by the name of Horace Vandergelder is on the lookout for a wife.  To help him on his quest he engages the services of professional matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, but little does he know that Dolly has his perfect match in mind from their very first meeting – herself!  Now all she has to do is make Horace realize it as well…

Lunch will be on own at the South Coast Plaza before the 2pm show.