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If you love to shop, plan to stay at least a week in Irvine, bring an empty suitcase and wear comfortable shoes. Irvine offers fashionistas, casual shoppers and people-watchers five major shopping destinations.



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Blue Whale Migration Fall 2014-$16 Whale Watching Cruise Special Newport Beach

Nov 22 – Nov 30
The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds…

Celebration of Orange County's "Quasquicentennial."

Nov 22 – Dec 31
OC's 125th Birthday - Quasquicentennial In 1889, locals voted to separate from Los Angeles…

Selfies with Santa

Nov 28 – Dec 24
Santa returns to Irvine Spectrum Center, this year in Orange County style! Clad in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts, St. Nick will greet visitors…

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises

Dec 4 – Jan 4
 The 2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event for Southern…

Run for A Claus

Dec 6
Join us for what will become Orange County's newest Holiday Tradition. The OC Marathon Presents the Inaugural Run For a Claus 5K and Kids 1 Mile…

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2014-2015 Visitors Guide

Visitors Guide

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Welcome to Irvine!

Irvine, CA is a city like no other: a master-planned balance of urban living and preserved natural space at the center of Orange County in coastal Southern California.

Reflecting the visionary spirit of its University of California campus, Irvine is not only a great place to vacation, it's an exceptional destination for meetings and events, a multicultural home to over 100 company headquarters.

At the same time, Irvine is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the country, ranked "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI since 2005 and less than half an hour from some of California's best-loved attractions, including Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm.

If you love sunny days and mild nights, world-class shopping, hiking and biking, and diverse dining, find it all at the center of Orange County: Irvine, California.

Be sure to check out our Blog, written by local Irvine experts, to get tips on things to do, what to see, events and more.


Where To Stay

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All Irvine hotels are just minutes from I-5 and/or I-405, putting Irvine's and Orange County's best shopping, beaches, meeting venues, hiking and biking, restaurants, amusement parks and major attractions in easy reach. More on Irvine Hotels

Where to Play

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From an energetic rock concert, a stroll through a museum, to biking and hiking outdoors, visitors will find plenty of exciting things to do in Orange County. More Things to Do in Irvine

Where to Eat


Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of foods from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores. More on Irvine Restaurants



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Destination-Irvine Enjoy the newly renovated Bistango's expanded 360 degree bar as well as other interior updates which lend to the perfect backdrop to the newly installed contemporary art exhibit. Bistango is known for its diverse menu of American cuisine set in an airy atmosphere distinguished by fine art exhibits and large umbrellas that suspend for the ceiling lending great intimacy. With an extensive cocktail list of classics and house specialties as well as a varied wine list, there are also beers on draft and 30 craft beers by the bottle. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222. bistango.com
Friday, November 21 5:00PM
Destination-Irvine Selfies with Santa now through Dec. 24 Irvine Spectrum Center - Shoppers are invited to share holiday wishes and take complimentary Selfies with Santa. Every visitor can take two complimentary photos with their cell phones or cameras. A complimentary professional digital photo will also be available and emailed to you.
Thursday, November 20 5:00PM
Destination-Irvine Where is Wendy Wednesday? Hint: Born in Southern California’s culinary melting pot, this restaurant's menu revolves around California and traditionalbibim bap complemented by an array of tapas or small plates. Brain child of OC Restaurateur Bronnie Lee and Chef Kacy Jun, this restaurant's borderless kitchen™ draws inspiration from the cultures and communities it serves.
Wednesday, November 19 5:00PM
Destination-Irvine Join the Segerstrom Family for their traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony - Thursday, November 20th, Town Center Park at 6:30pm Adjacent to The Westin South Coast Plaza Enjoy a spectacular performance by the Orange County High School of the Arts. Welcome the arrival of Santa Claus and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
Tuesday, November 18 5:00PM
Destination-Irvine Check out what travel writer Ramsey Qubein says about Embassy Suites Irvine -
Arrival Experience: The proximity to Orange County Airport is exceptionally close, as are many airport hotels and the city of Irvine.
Monday, November 17 5:00PM