Monday, December 3, 2012

SoCalPhotoOpps Decembere 2012

SoCalPhotoOpps December 2012

Not much going on in  December except for the usual Holiday activities. If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to

Through-Jan 1 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Through-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgraounds.

Through-Jan 8 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Through-Dec 23 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas aTree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.

Through Febuary  -  Salton Sea
Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish.
Burrowing Owls can also be found in the area:
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Dec 1 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment.

Dec 8 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM

Dec 9 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706

Dec 14-15 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers. Horse drawn carrages, bonfires and carnaval rides and Santa! La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd.

Dec 15 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.

Dec 27 - Port of San Diego Balloon Parade - San Diego
Americas largest Balloon Parade includes giant charactor balloons, marching bands, drill teams and floats. Wiener National Finals (dog races) and a 5k run/walk. Downtown SD,

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