Mary R. Garrison LA Budget Travel Examiner

Families visiting Southern California this holiday season might want to check out some of these holiday happenings in Irvine, California, the center of Orange County.

For family friendly fun, the Irvine Spectrum Center is now transformed into a winter wonderland with the return of the Giant Wheel Court until February 17, 2014. After taking a spin on the ice. be sure to ride the 108-foot tall Giant Wheel that was hand-crafted and custom designed in Italy. Also, check out the Disney Magical Holiday Lights on display until January 5, 2014.

Other area holiday events worth exploring include...