Living in Orange County, California, we have endless options for holiday events and activities. I never thought I would have too many options to consider but concerts, ballets, ice shows, and even an afternoon of skating can get expensive. It’s not like we can just sharpen our skates and hop on a frozen lake. We want to create holiday traditions for our family without breaking the bank. Dana Point IlluminOcean is a free event that lights up our hearts with holiday cheers. We drove down to Dana Point Marina last night to view the light show. Minus a few dollars for gas and ice cream treats, IlluminOcean is the cheapest way to ring in the holiday season.
Check out these stunning views of IlluminOcean courtesy of Matthew McNally. (I normally take my own photos but when it comes to holiday traditions, I focus more on enjoying the evening with my family.)
Athena ran from display to display with a smile on her face. She danced along the boardwalk and hummed to the musical selections. She’s really getting into the holiday season and the excitement exudes from her. One of the best parts of being a parent is seeing things for the first time all over again.
***Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills has a spectacular Christmas light show as well. It features dancing LED lights choreographed to holiday songs and there are more than 100,000 glimmering lights that make up this festive display. If you live in the Southern California area and you’re looking for cheap options to get you in the holiday spirit, these are two of my favorites.
What is your favorite holiday event? Do you attend a holiday parade? Do you put up a tree? How do you get in the holiday mood?