Chill in Long Beach, Tiki Xmas in Marina del Rey, Holiday Fireworks On Snow in Mammoth, Wine and Snow in Ventura and Brew Ho Ho in Anaheim: Some Fun Holiday Events


‘Tis the season for some fun, some joy and some ho ho wow! Four events coming up will bring holiday cheer to all those who attend.

First, CHILL, the Queen Mary’s holiday ice extravaganza, is being taken over December 17th by the cast of Disney’s Liv and Maddie. Between 6 and 8:00 pm, the entire cast will be there to meet and greet fans, pose for photos and to sign autographs. Chill is more than that, though; a chilly nine degrees worth of holiday fun including a skating rink, Ice Village and ice slides over two stories tall. Live music, fun food and more. There are special VIP cabanas available on the skating rink for rent with optional food and bottle service. For info, visit the event website, or call (800) 437-2934.

The Warehouse, the wonderfully located tiki bar and restaurant located right on the water in Marina del Rey, will be spending their December 17th celebrating the holidays with a tiki party featuring live music by Unkle Monkey. Unkle Monkey’s bright island tunes, classic rock covers and sparkling originals will set the mood for much fun and frivolity. Drinks, dancing, Xmas trivia contests, a raffle and more are the theme of this Christmas in the Islands Party. 6-9:00 pm. For information call (310) 210-6659.
Mammoth Mountain is up and running, with the snow falling right now and lifts in operation. On December 20th, the Canyon Lodge hosts a party with tubing, sledding for kids, live music, a torchlight parade and FIREWORKS, as you see the snow at Mammoth really light up. The event takes place from 4:00-8:00 pm. The tickets for the event provide a choice of Rooftop Viewing, with a cash bar and food for sale, or a Family Viewing Room, with tables, food for purchase, games and plenty of room to view the fireworks. Throughout Mammoth, there should be plenty of great viewing spots for the fireworks show at 6:45 pm. Info is at the event’s website or call 1-800-MAMMOTH.

Brew Ho Ho, Orange County’s Holiday Beer Festival,  is premiering its latest collaboration at a special release party at Fullerton’s Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen on December 10th at 6 p.m. The release event will feature gastro culinary samples and live music from Sean & Sander with Steve Soto and Allison June & Joey of Old Man Markley. This year’s Brew Ho Ho collaboration features two outstanding Southern California breweries; Valiant Brewing from Orange, CA and Black Market Brewing Co. from Temecula, CA. Together with the Brew Ha Ha team, the breweries developed an unapologetic collaboration that represents the best of both breweries. The new 13% ABV beer, coined “Chernyy Medved,” combines vanilla bean, cherries, and smoked wood to create a complex and robust Russian Imperial Stout that will be available in bottles and at craft beer centric drinking establishments in Southern California.

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Brew Ho Ho itself, with over 100 breweries participating, will take place at the Anaheim Phoenix Club December 13. The third annual OC Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival is a rain or shine event. Tickets are currently available for $55 online, and Designated Reindeer (driver) tickets are available for those accompanying a regular ticket holder for $10 on-site at the event. Unlimited 2 oz. tastings will be provided with a commemorative festival glass. Tastings will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. with the merchandise expo open until 5 p.m. Visit the event website for information.

At the Ventura Winter Wine Walk, the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of Main Street in Ventura are transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday vendors, great live entertainment, and of course – snowfall!  Street Fair (12 Noon – 8P.M.) Wine Walk (4pm. – 7:15pm) Experience the joy of snowfall and beautiful holiday lighting at the intersection of Main St. and California St. from 6:45 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The Ventura Winter Wine Walk features many local wineries and breweries, each sampling their products at the wine walk. The Street Fair is free. The Wine Walk tickets can be obtained through the event website.

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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