I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas time! I love to go see all the beautiful lights, listen to the Christmas carols, watch Christmas plays and movies, enjoy the sights and smells that can only be found when Christmas is in the air.
I try to find as many fun Christmas things to do during December. This year is no different.
It's only the 2nd and so far I've already done several Christmas things.
I took my Girl Scout troop last night to San Juan Capistrano where they had the whole Downtown area joining in the Christmas cheer.
There was lots to see and do. There were hay rides, Christmas train rides, Mission San Juan Capistrano was full of activities such as crafts, Santa, men and women dressed up in Dickens's style clothes wondering around singing carols, shops were having great sales too.
There was free photos with Santa and free candy canes.
There was a Christmas play, groups singing, a living Nativity, food and drinks.
There were big crowds yet everyone was friendly and nice. It seemed like many came out for one event that their families waited for every year.
The yearly lighting of the Christmas tree! This isn't the best picture. In fact, it's not even the whole tree, really it's just about 1/3 of the tree as I was standing back pretty far.
If you missed this outing this year, be sure to mark your calender for next year. It's fun and most of the things going on are free.
From there we went over to what is known as The Christmas House tour. It's a beautiful large house that is located at 25473 Nellie Gail Rd, Laguna Hills, CA.
They go ALL out for Christmas here. The outside has thousands of lights that are set to music. Outside they offer warm cider to sip on while you watch the show.
They also invite everyone in to tour their home that is decorated from floor to ceiling.
I love the big larger then life Toy Soldiers that guard the front door.
But, not nearly as much as I do the large snowman and reindeer that greet you before you enter what can only be described as a Christmas Wonderland.
The owner has collected many treasures and has them all on display. She has several different Christmas villages all set up. She carves Styrofoam to make the backdrops. It's so pretty all lite up. I could spend hours looking at everything.
Every inch of the home was decorated. I loved her kitchen and how it was done with gingerbread and Holiday chefs.
These light up gum drop snowmen were so darling.
I love how she covered her pictures with Santa Suits.
You must look up too because if you don't, you may miss some pretty decorations too.
They do this every year and people come from all over to step into what seems like a fantasy. If you live near by you MUST go.
They open their doors every night and you won't be sorry you went. It's a great place to take the family for a bit of Christmas fun and best of all...it's FREE!