Month: December 2016

Start New Year’s Eve In Center City

Center City sparklers

Right about now you’re probably planning out your New Year’s Eve celebration. Luckily December 31 lands on a Saturday this year, so instead of cramming all of your fun in after work hours, you can spend the whole day enjoying Center City as you say goodbye to the old and hello to the new year.

There’s no reason to wait until January 1 to start your New Year’s Resolutions. Try kicking 2016 to the curb with a good workout. The Yoga Mat is offering two morning classes to help you stretch your mind and body—a great way to set your intentions for 2017. Or cross “creative cardio” off this year’s fitness to-do list with a visit to The Rinks for a few laps around the ice.

Anaheim Packing House sign with list of venues.

Stop on in the Anaheim Packing House for a good time this NYE.


For a little outdoor fun, grab the gang and find a place to play at Farmer’s Park. Adjacent to the Anaheim Packing District, this family-friendly space is has some comfy spots perfect for picnicking, Bocce ball courts up for grabs, and grassy areas ideal daydreaming about the year to come.

The Kroft cafe in the Anaheim Packing House.

The Kroft cafe in the Anaheim Packing House.

If your stomach starts rumbling, there’re a few great stops to get your pre-game going. Head into inside the Anaheim Packing District and browse over 20 artisan eateries to find the perfect stop to fuel up for the evening festivities. To get you in the celebratory spirit, head over to the Mezzanine Stage between noon and 2pm where Swingergy will be performing live jazz.

Healthy Junk cafe in Anaheim

Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies at Healthy Junk in Center City Anaheim.

For those who prefer to start the New Year’s countdown with a clean conscience, try Healthy Junk to curb your cravings. Stop in for lunch or a pre-celebration snack (they’ll be closing early on December 31). Or if you prefer to sip something festive and fill your belly with some tasty bites, pop by Gypsy Den Café + Bar during their daily Happy Hour from 3pm – 6pm.

"Eat Good, Feel Good" sign outside of Healthy Junk restaurant in Anaheim.

“Eat Good, Feel Good.” At yours truly – the Healthy Junk cafe in Center City Anaheim.

For college football fans, Saturday December 31 is more than just the end of the year countdown. It’s also a day to watch two bowl games. With 15 TVs, all day happy hour drink specials, and a menu filled with your favorites, Primo Sports Bar could be the place you start, and possibly even end, your New Year’s celebration.

Note: Primo Sports Bar & Grill has since officially closed down as of January 2017.

Bartenders serving up cocktails at the Gypsy Den.

Grab a cocktail at the Gypsy Den this NYE.

For families looking for one last hurrah to close out the year, or anyone wanting to send 2016 off with a bang, find a spot at Farmer’s Park or atop the parking structure near The Rinks around 8:45pm. At 9:00pm the Disneyland New Year’s Eve fireworks will light up the night sky—creating the perfect backdrop for making a wish or stealing a New Year’s Eve kiss.

Holiday Gifts For Your Entire List

holiday gifts for everyone on your list

Yes, holiday shopping can be difficult, but what if you could get something for everyone on your list in one fell swoop? Follow our list of gift ideas through Center City Anaheim and you’ll be sipping on warm cider while wrapping presents by the fire in no time.

Primped and Polished

Located in the heart of Center City are three inter-connected shops that specialize in classic gifts for men. Stock up on the latest trends in California “winter” clothing at The GOOD Haberdashery where you’ll find plaid shirts, wool socks, jackets and more from brands like Levi’s, Filson, and Pendleton. Then pop into Heart & Sole to round out the look with a timeless pair of shoes. To really make your significant mister feel special this holiday season, surprise him with a gift card to BARBEER, where he can get a classic shave while sipping on a cold brew—the crème de la crème of “gifts for him” this year.

women's hair salon remedy hair shoppe anaheim

Treat your loved one to a fresh look to start the new year off right at Remedy Hair Shoppe.

We all love to be pampered and Remedy Hair Shoppe is a perfect place for it. A great gift for women on your list is a gift card to this unique salon. Their list of services covers the beauty spectrum and prices are reasonable. Hair treatment and style is just $65 and a blow out is $45—or two for $50! The best part is ladies can sip on a glass of wine or champagne while enjoying the beauty service of their choice!

Woman showing off fresh, funky hair cut styled by Remedy Hair Shoppe.

Classic or fresh and funky: Remedy Hair Shoppe specializes in a spectrum of styles.

Pop Culture Junkies

There is really only one go-to source for the comic fans, collectors, or TV and movie buffs on your shopping list. Located right in the heart of Center City, Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium offers toys, comic books, and collectable items featuring beloved characters, artwork and themes from the most popular characters and story lines. Find perfect gifts for kids or any kid at heart. Top gift ideas include designer vinyl, T-shirts, plush items and even pop-culture themed snacks.

Storefront display of collectibles at Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium.

Peruse comic books, toys, and collectibles at Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium.

Creative Types

For the art buff in your life, we think they’ll love an annual membership to Muzeo. Just $50 gives the access to all the exhibits both galleries—even the must sees coming in 2017 like “Dressing Downton Abby” and “Pacific Standard Time.” Membership includes exclusive invites to receptions and events plus previews of what’s to come. For $150 you can get memberships for the whole family—including admission to 100+ museums nation-wide.

If you’re thinking something a little lower key, try popping into Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon & Wordshop. Any coffee aficionado will appreciate a case of their festively packaged “Winter Cheer” cold brew. Or, gift a bag of the “Snow Day” seasonal blend coffee beans to let the artsy introvert in your life snuggle up to a piping hot mug of joe at home. Much more than your average coffee shop, check out the long list of signature goods for sale—including sketch books, note pads, vintage typewriters, and a long list of specialty items and novelties. A gift card is a safe bet for any poets and writers on your shopping list—given the café’s ongoing writer’s workshops, write-in nights and other creative events hosted on site.

Hard-to-Buy-For

We all have them on our lists, those friends and family members who have everything. Don’t worry, we have a few solutions. For the fitness minded, try a gift card to The Yoga Mat. A five-day class package is $80 and they’ll have 90 days to stretch out the sessions.

Front exterior of the Yoga Mat Studio in Center City Anaheim.

Spread the zen this holiday season by giving the gift of yoga with Yoga Mat’s 5-class packages.

For the beer and wine connoisseur, there are a few great options in Center City. Grab a growler or six-pack of his or her favorite local brew at Anaheim Brewery. Or, create your own handcrafted holiday gift baskets with a collection of varietals from the Colony Wine Merchant and pairings from Center Street Cheese Shop.

Growlers of craft beer from the Anaheim Brewery.

Seasonal brews at Anaheim Brewery make the perfect holiday gift for the beer snob on your list.

Wine basket from Colony Wine Merchant at Center City Anaheim.

You can never go wrong with a nice bottle of wine from Colony Wine Merchant–put together a basket for an extra special touch.

If you still haven’t met your quota of holiday cheer, swing by the weekly Farmer’s Park Market and Craft Fair. Here you’ll find unique local and hand crafted goodies sure to stand out under the tree.

Holiday Activities for Everyone

holiday activity guide in Center City, Ahaheim

It’s the holiday season and Center City is lighting up with a full spectrum of fun. From the sparkle of the Christmas tree to the toot-toot of mini-trains, these holiday activities will quickly become your favorite annual traditions.

Get your holidays off to a sweet start with a stop at Popbar in the Anaheim Packing House. Indulge your taste buds in a delicious hot chocolate on a stick, available in dark, milk and white chocolate. This unique take on a traditional treat combines steamed milk with a frozen chocolate pop to create one mouth-watering mixture.

Popbar hot chocolate on a stick

Popbar’s hot chocolate on a stick is the perfect treat for a day filled with holiday cheer.

Next give your kids (or those kids at heart) a chance to experience the Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains exhibit. Sponsored by the Toy Train Operating Society and Train Collectors Association, this must-see mini display brings back memories of model trains meandering under the tree. The traditional Thomas the Train is surrounded by California landmarks, all set up to look just like a vintage Macy’s department store window.

Stay on the Muzeo holiday track on either December 2 or 10 for a Polar Express Pajama Party. Kids can come decked out in their bedtime best for a chance to snuggle up and enjoy a special viewing of The Polar Express staring Tom Hanks. Craft making, hot chocolate and treats round out the fun. The party lasts from 5:30pm – 8:30pm and drop offs are welcome for kids 8 and up.

You definitely don’t want to miss your chance to see Center City light up for one special night. On December 3 the 22nd annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village brings the season to life with tons of free fun. From 10am – 7pm enjoy crafts, shows, shopping, and of course a photo with Santa! Teach the kids how to make a snowball or hop on a train ride. Then be sure to stick around to ooh and ahh as the 50-foot Christmas tree comes alive with light at 6pm.

Looking for more sounds of the season? Stop by Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center on December 4 and fill up on Christmas carols and yummy treats during the Holiday Tea and Celtic Christmas Show. From 2pm – 4:30pm sip hot cider, snack on savory tea sandwiches, and scones while the Starlight Carolers and the delightful Celtic Christmas bring the season alive.

Celtic Christmas Show details in Center City Anaheim

It’s a Celtic Christmas wonderland! Enjoy tea and treats while listening to the sweet sound of carolers singing your holiday favorites.

If you still have the time—or energy—to take in one more seasonal specialty, add a little skate (or slide) around the ice to your list of holiday traditions. The Rinks Anaheim Ice offers pubic skating Saturdays from 1pm–3pm, 7pm–9pm, and a late-night session from 9:30pm–11:30pm for the night owls. Beginners welcome.

Girl having fun ice skating at The Rinks.

Ice skating at The Rinks in sunny Center City Anaheim is a December must-do for conjuring up all of the holiday feels.


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