Tis the Season! Magical Holiday Tour Ideas

The holiday season has arrived and there truly is nothing more magical than seeing the lights and decorations throughout Orange County and the surrounding area.  From celebrations to parades to tours, this is the time of year where the festivities are nonstop and lifelong memories are made.  

To honor this time of year, here are some of the top events happening in the area. Mark your calendars and make your event more special by booking your transportation needs now.

Newport Beach Annual Boat Parade - December 14 - 18, 2016

This year honors the 108th annual holiday boat parade where everything from yachts, boats, even kayaks and canoes are decked out in an amazing display of lights and sail along the bay.  Each evening, thousands of people line up for this free event, which means parking can be difficult.  To see this one of a kind display, gather your friends and family and make reservations with a party bus or limousine and witness this parade  how it’s meant to be seen: stress free!  Other suggestions, reserve VIP seating or view from available restaurants.  For additional information: http:www/

Street of Lights - Dates Vary

Every city has one, that house or neighborhood that takes holiday decorations to a whole new level.  While at the time of this writing, details for 2016 were not yet available, in the past several years, there are plenty of homes that must be seen to be believed.  For example, one of the best south Orange County displays in recent years is located in Lake Forest.  Two homes blink over 80,000 lights to music over FM 89.7. or

Other communities with eye popping light work include:

  • Eagle Hill Christmas Lights in Brea has offered in the past an amazing display of lights throughout various streets.  
  • Fountain Valley at 16801 Euclid at Mile High Park, you can drive through the neighborhood at Brookhurst and Heil Street where one house is known for decorating with over 65,000 lights alone!
  • The Nellie Gail Road community in Laguna Hills have seen more than 120,000 Christmas lights choreographed in the past.  Lights dance to festive music thanks to this Orange County neighborhood who take decorations to a whole new level.  

Major Holiday Attractions

No doubt, Orange County’s top amusement parks get into the holiday season in a very big way.  Disneyland and California Adventure are not to be missed.  Starting November 10, you will see Festival of Holidays, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle with magical snowfalls, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and old favorites will be dressed up, including It’s A Small World Holiday, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Jingle Cruise.

  • Knotts Berry Farm, or rather, Knott's Merry Farm as it's called this time of the year, offers live entertainment, Christmas crafts, spectacular holiday decorations, nightly tree lighting and ice show.
  • Universal Studios hosts “Grinchmas” with caroling, incredible Suess-like decorations, a 60 foot tree, story time as well as a nighttime studio tour with the Whos as they sing and dance their way through the backlot Grinchmas celebration.
  • In Carlsbad, California, the holidays will be in full swing at Legoland, with music, twinkling lights, nightly snowfall, and full sized lego brick Santa and Reindeer.  
  • A little further south, the San Diego Zoo has “Jungle Bells” where the zoo is aglow with holiday cheer, and Sea World offers Christmas shows, Rudolph, Santa’s Cottage, The Christmas Village, and Christmas Tree of Lights.

Family Fun Annual Traditions

Nothing says the holidays like cold weather, hot chocolate, and music.  While Orange County is not known for its snowy weather, we like to celebrate just the same with ice skating, Christmas shows and concerts.  Here is what’s coming up this year.

  • Ice skate at any one of these great outdoor rinks:  Olaf’s Frozen Rink in Downtown Disney, Irvine Spectrum, and The Chill located at Queen Mary which also offers Glacier Glide Ice Tubing Luge, North Pole Village and Swingin’ Sleigh Ride.
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts will be offering several holiday programs, including Nutcracker for Kids, Vienna Boys Choir, Christmas Fantasia, Nutcracker (original version), Holiday Organ Spectacular, Elf, Tis the Season and more.

By reserving a limousine or party bus with The Perfect Limo & Sedan, you are ensuring that everyone in your party is guaranteed a great time.  With no worries regarding traffic, parking, or drinking, this is a safe yet memorable way to celebrate the holidays.  Grab your favorite beverage and snacks, whether it be hot chocolate, hot toddy, Christmas cookies, candy canes or anything else, add a stop for dinner, perhaps a trip to see Santa or do some shopping, and enjoy this very special time of year!

Simply Fabulous Birthday Ideas

Planning surprise birthday parties can certainly be fun, but also stressful.  Chances are you want to organize an event that is memorable, and perhaps a little unique and out of the ordinary.  Whether it be a celebration for a teenager or a senior citizen, all occasions should be a treat which everyone will remember for a lifetime.  And while it doesn’t have to be a full blown party, even romantic celebrations for two are often the best, a creative touch is always appreciated.  Of course, we have the perfect vehicle for any of your party needs!

Trip Down Memory Lane

Similar to a scavenger hunt, this party starts the moment your limousine arrives at the door.  Gather the surprised birthday honoree and take him or her on a tour of special and significant locations in your town that are meaningful and carry great memories.  The piece de resistance? Have friends and/or  family at each of the locations who played a significant part in that particular spot.  For example, travel to the high school where the guest of honor attended and have several friends there ready to join in on the fun! Then travel to other favorite spots, such as a church where married, or a hospital where child was born.  Again, each stop add more guests.  And don’t forget to include  a special music track with significant songs, favorite beverages, snacks and decorations..  At the end of the tour, continue the party at a favorite restaurant or club.  

Romantic Evening

As mentioned, sometimes the most cherished celebrations, are those that require only two people, you and your significant other.  There are many great options for those that want to keep the evening special, but unforgettable.  Whether planning a weekend getaway or an evening in one of the area’s most incredible hotels, here are some options worth considering!

  • The Resort at Pelican Hill - This elegant hotel has it all, from scrumptious afternoon teas, world class spa, to incredible suites and cottages with ocean views, this is a place  hard to beat.  Book one of their “Special Occasion” packages which includes a rose petal turndown upon request!
  • Hotel Del Coronado - Located in Coronado, this historic hotel is simply timeless and filled with romantic charm.  If you are looking for something different to honor a loved one’s birthday, how about arranging a private beach bonfire that includes a beach chair, warm blankets, and selections from their ala carte menu?  If the birthday guest is an artist or even has expressed an interest in painting, the Del offers a painting class overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While creating the masterpiece, attendees can sip wine and listen to relaxing and inspiring music.   Or perhaps a sailing lesson, paddleboarding or kayaking along the calm waters of Glorietta Bay would hit the spot.  
  • Temecula Wine Tasting/Hot Air Balloon Ride - Temecula is located in Riverside county and just a short hour drive from Orange county, but seems worlds away. Enjoy a day of wine tasting at one of the many wineries located in this region.  Amazing restaurants, some with incredible vineyard views, such as Callaway Vineyard and Winery and Thornton Winery & Champagne, are places that should not be missed.  Several offer special events, like Jazz concerts, barrel tastings or Winemaker Dinners.  Add to the festivities with a one of a kind sunrise or sunset  hot air balloon ride from one of the several balloon companies in Temecula, as there is no better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.  Most offer special deals, including a Harvest Package, and all-inclusive Birthday adventures.

Teenager Surprise Celebrations

Nothing is more exciting for a teenager celebrating their birthday  than being surprised with a limousine or party bus full of friends.  Some of the most memorable events include hotel sleepovers and swimming in the pool, dinners at fancy restaurants, spas, shopping, arcades, laser tag, bowling, sporting events and so much more.  Inside the limo, make sure there are plenty of snacks and beverages, and consider games as well.  Some of the more popular include:

  • Guess the celebrity:  Write down the name of different celebrities on index cards and tape on the guests foreheads so everyone can see, except for their own.  The idea is for each person to help the other guess the celebrity by acting out and portray the celebrity’s personality.  This is particularly fun if the party has a movie theme.
  • Trivia Game:  Write down questions that pertain to the birthday boy or girl that everyone goes around and tries to answer.  Some possible questions?  “Where was I born?”  “What’s my favorite sports team?”  “Who’s my favorite teacher?”  “Who’s my favorite musical group?”  
  • Guess The Location:  Keep your destination a surprise from everyone! Set up a game similar to 21 questions, and have each guest take a turn trying to guess where they are headed. Remember, the answer can only be “yes” or “no.”  The winner gets a prize!

The best part of your surprise party is letting The Perfect Limo & Sedan do the driving for you.  We'll take care of you, so you can enjoy your celebration!

Visit Beautiful Malibu in the Fall

Did you know that the very best time to visit Malibu is in the fall and spring? With the large summertime crowds gone, yet temperatures still desirable, this is an ideal getaway whether it’s for a weekend or a day trip.

Approximately 70 miles, or 1 ½ hours away from Orange County, Malibu, or the “bu” as it is called,  is set along 27 miles of beautiful coastline with approximately 30 spectacular beaches.  Home to the rich and famous and the generally affluent, this community is known for its oceanfront homes, one of a kind beaches, unforgettable sunsets, upscale retail centers, hiking trails and more.  And while it’s a haven for the Hollywood elite, Malibu is welcomed for its laid back, approachable lifestyle.  

Some of the best places to visit, people watch, dine and explore are listed below for those unfamiliar of all that the town offers.  From wine tasting to surfing, here is a compilation that is fit for any budget.


Of course, Malibu is known for its beaches.  And no visit would be complete without visiting at least one, or hopefully more, whether you want to see a sunset, surf or catch some sun.

Zuma Beach is perhaps one of the more popular and beautiful beaches around.  Here you can feel, especially in the fall months, like no one is around.  You won’t have to worry about crowds or people stepping on your beach towel.  If you want even more privacy, consider one of the lesser known beaches, such as Latigo Beach, Big Rock, Puerto, Escondido or Amarillo.  

Better yet, many consider Lechuza Beach not only the most private, but also the most scenic with sea cliffs, rock formations and tide pools.  Finally, if you want to hang  where many movie stars and moguls live, Carbon Beach, often referred to as Billionaire’s Beach, is open to all during the daytime hours.  However, non residents only have rights to the mean high tide line. Here you will discover one of a kind mansions built right on the sand for its unparalleled ocean views.

Malibu Pier:

Here is a great photo opportunity with a Malibu icon.  Adjacent to Surfrider Beach, this historical landmark built in 1905 offers good food and fun.  Enjoy the Malibu Farm Pier Cafe at the end of the pier for counter service, or the full service restaurant, Malibu Farm Restaurant, at the beginning of the pier.  This is not a long pier so to speak, but it does get crowded during the summer months, another reason to visit this fall. And Surfrider Beach? Simply beautiful.

Horses or Kayaks anyone?

Take your adventure a little further and rent a kayak at the Surf Shack and try and catch the dolphins in action.  You can also rent paddleboards, surfboards, body boards as well as wetsuits.  Guided kayak and paddleboard tours take you on a 2 hour coastal tour and a great way to see all of Malibu.

If horseback riding along the beaches or one of the many trails in Malibu is on your bucket list, there are several options.  Malibu Riders offers several guided packages through Malibu Creek, Paramount Ranch (takes you to a ghost town set used in several movies) as well as Zuma Canyon.  Planning to propose? How about a romantic, private horseback adventure via the company, Los Angeles Horseback Riding.  With three different proposal packages, you can ride up the Topanga Canyon with all the details you desire, and pop the question in beautiful scenery.

Where to shop?

Shopping would not be complete without visiting the very popular Malibu Country Mart. Rustic with a mix of architectural styles, but with high end boutiques, art galleries, and casual dining, this sought after destination is located in the heart of the Malibu Civic Center and not far from Pepperdine University.  A great place to relax, indulge and people watch!  Chances are, you can get your entire shopping fix from this locale alone as it personifies Malibu at its best.

Where to stay?

Looking for a weekend getaway? You will need a place to stay.  The Malibu Beach Inn is a small yet posh boutique style hotel renovated by David Geffen in 2007.  It has 47 rooms and located right on the beach, just a three minute walk from the Malibu Pier. Other hotels include, Calamigos Guest Ranch (their restaurant Malibu Cafe serves a great brunch) and Beach Club and The M Malibu. If camping is your style, make a reservation for Leo Carrillo State Park with shaded spots and access to the beach.

Last Minute Suggestions:

Here are some additional stops you may want to include, depending on what you want to see during your visits.

Wine Safaris.  This is a tour through the beautiful vineyards in Malibu Mountains.  Drink wines from grapes grown locally while viewing the exotic animals that live on the property including water buffalo, camels and a giraffe.  Plenty of great photo ops.

Other than the beach, hiking is also very popular, and hike enthusiasts travel far and wide to experience beautiful trails down Solstice Canyon, or Zuma Canyon Trail.

If Malibu, or any getaway, is in your future, make the trip complete with a full service limousine service.  Not only will it start and end your visit  in style, you can enjoy without any stress, take friends, and leave the rest to us.

Tailgating this Football Season? Let Us Be Your Designated Driver

Are you ready for some Football?  It’s hard to believe, but football is now underway.  With the return of the Los Angeles Rams, this season should be especially exciting for Southern California residents.  As the saying goes, football isn’t just a game, it’s  a way of life for millions of diehard fans.  If you are planning on attending any of the games, whether it be the Rams, San Diego Chargers, UCLA, USC or any other college football game, now is the time to book your limo or party bus to ensure everyone has reliable and safe transportation.  

Why should you book our services?  Aside from the safety issues, we can assist you in creating a custom pre-game experience that will make your experience even more enjoyable.  

Tailgating Tips

No football game is complete without a tailgater.  Grabbing a group of friends/fans and celebrating pregame is an American pastime.  No matter if you want to bar hop before the game, or party at the stadium, the event is a game winner with a limousine or luxury party bus. To make your day even more stress free, consider the following:

  • Make a list of all of the items you are bringing
  • Don’t forget the tunes!
  • Food should be fun, but easy to eat. Keep it simple!
  • Plan to arrive four hours early
  • Dress in team colors
  • Meet your tailgate neighbors, after all the more the merrier
  • Bring your game day decor
  • Bring easy pick up items for appetizers, such as marinated olives, chips and cool dips, unique veggies, or prepared food from a deli or favorite restaurant as well as cupcakes or dessert..
  • Bring a football.
  • Know the rules.  Each stadium has different regulations. Charcoal grills are allowed in most, but not all areas at the Rose Bowl  At San Diego State, any tailgate which provides catered food or furnishes a keg must provide proof of liability insurance and obtain a permit from Qualcomm Stadium.

After The Game

Keep in mind that many stadiums close usually one to two hours after the game.  Tailgating afterwards is usually a time to celebrate the team’s win, or commiserate on their loss.  Knowing that you don’t have to drive home, you can continue to enjoy your day, or we can make sure everyone gets home safely.

No parking hassles  

Parking can be a complete and total nightmare at any of the Southern California football stadiums.  In fact, it’s the least desirable chore there is when planning the logistics.  You probably have to ask:  Who’s going to be the designated driver? Who wants to deal with the stress and traffic?  If you run late, finding a lot or spot in the vicinity is often difficult let alone impossible, so you must resort to places half a mile away or more.  And let’s not even discuss what happens when the game is over.  Let us drop you off at the time that is convenient for you, while you enjoy the ride all the way, and we will be there to pick you up and the party continues.

Football crowds are expected to rise this year.  With the return of the Rams, it isn’t any surprise that during preseason, their attendance surpassed capacity, therefore by leaving the driving to us, that is one less thing to check off your list.