SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - December 2013
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 email@example.com
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. www.holidayoflights.com
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-Jan 20 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids. Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
Through-Dec 22 - 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. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Burrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm
Dec 7 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment. www.missionsjc.com
Dec 14 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM
Dec 8 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706 www.bowers.org
Dec 13-14 - 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. www.lmvma.com 5pm-10pm
Dec 21 - 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 30 - 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, www.holidaybowl.com