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Greer's OC: Christmas comes to the fairgrounds

November 16, 2011|By Greer Wylder

The Christmas Co., a longtime annual tradition for many Orange County shoppers, returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa from Thursday through Sunday. It's a four-day shopping extravaganza with more than 100 unique vendors to shop from, as well as daily special events to benefit the Junior League of Orange County's supported charities.

Highlights from the special events includes Thursday morning's Preferred Shopping, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with champagne and a savory breakfast that costs $35.

From 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, soak up some inspiration and fitness tips when special guest and founder of YAS Fitness Centers, Kimberly Fowler, will share how yoga helped her recovery from brain cancer and sports-related injuries. She'll also teach a yoga class. Cost is $45 per person.

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Later on Friday night, come back for a Girl's Night Out, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy libations by Gallo Family Vineyards, delicious tacos and appetizers exclusively by Rasta Taco, exclusive shopping, and pampering. And get this: The first 200 guests to arrive will receive an incredible gift bag full of treats valued at over $450. Cost is $45 per person.

On Saturday, it's PJs and Pancakes, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a plate of fluffy pancakes from Francesca's OC Catering, arts and crafts, and a photo sitting with Santa.

And from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, attend a cooking demo and book signing by Zov Karamardian, owner of Zov's Bistro, who will demonstrate the preparation of delicious dishes from her latest book "Simply Zov." Samples will be served with wine pairings by Gallo Family Vineyards. Cost is $35 per person.

Lastly, on Sunday, attend the Fancy Nancy Tea Party from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 4 p.m. Don your frilliest tutu and shiniest tiara at this English tea party for moms and children aged 3 and up.

Author Jane O'Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will read their latest book in the "Fancy Nancy" series, and guests will take home a special edition "Fancy Nancy" book and other treats. Cost is $28 per adult, and $39 per child.

General admission tickets good for multiday entry for shopping at the Christmas Co. cost $10 and will be available at the door and online at http://www.ShopTCC.com. Special event tickets can also be purchased at the door or online.

The OC Fair & Event Center is at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

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