Infographic: Holiday Wine Pairings

Tis’ the season to eat, drink and be extra merry! Did you know there are certain wines that go better with holiday desserts? Whether it’s sugar or shortbread, there are certain wines that complement cookies perfectly. We found this fun little wine pairing infographic from the California Wine Club and we just had to share:

 Infographic: Holiday Wine Pairings

It’s pretty obvious that we are wine & food friendly here at Fairplex and we fully plan on taking these suggestions home to our family Christmas parties!

Fairplex Snapshot: Winter Solstice at Fairplex

Dec. 21 & 22 marks the shortest day and longest night of the year! This also signifies the official start of winter, so if you’ve been holding off on getting into the holiday cheer, now is the perfect time to do it.

We thought we would share a quick snap of what our campus looks like at this time of year. It’s pretty calm around here and makes for perfect walks at sunset. Take a look:

L.A. Weekender: Holidays in Los Angeles

Our campus is fairly quiet this weekend but there is plenty going on around LA and the OC! If you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit we recommend checking out one of these local events this weekend!

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L.A. Zoo Lights: The L.A. Zoo transforms into a nighttime winter spectacular in December and word on the street is that it’s worth checking out. Glowing light animals, a beautiful water show and Santa and his reindeer take over the grounds for a festive holiday experience. This is an outdoor event so make sure you bundle up since it’s actually COLD in California for once! Purchase tickets and get additional information at lazoolights.org.

CHILL at Queen Mary: CHILL is back at the Queen Mary for another season of ice, ice and more ice. Walk through The Ice Kingdom, a giant igloo featuring larger-than-life intricate ice creations, ice tube down snowy hills, go ice skating, play paintball, take photos, enjoy live music and immerse yourself in all things December. For ticket prices and additional information visit queenmary.com.

WinterFest: New this year, Winterfest is yet another holiday festival taking place at the OC Fairgrounds. This one is perfect for families. Feed reindeer, say hello to Santa, go ice skating, ice tubing, and more. There are also carnival rides, cookie decorating, caroling and many other activities great for little ones and adults alike. For more information visit winterfestoc.com.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Holidays at Fairplex, Continued!

Holiday décor can be found in nearly every nook and cranny of Fairplex, and that is especially true at the Exposition Center.

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The walls are lined with cheery building facades, Christmas trees, brightly wrapped gift boxes, ornaments and other holiday paraphernalia. As one of our largest buildings, the Exposition Center plays host to many holiday parties, including our own end-of-year celebrations. The entire room shouts of holiday magic. Check it out!

expohall christmastrees 768x1024 Holidays at Fairplex, Continued!  There’s even a Christmas tree farm on one side of the building! In fact, there are Christmas trees as far as the eye can see. If we had to take a guess, we would estimate about 30 trees are in this building alone.

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Not all trees are alike! A variety of ribbons, ornaments and color schemes are selected for all the trees so that each and every one is unique in its own right.

expohall northpole 768x1024 Holidays at Fairplex, Continued!  Hand-painted signs greet guests as they enter the building. In fact, many of the decorations on the Fairplex campus are made by our Creative team and can’t be found in any craft stores or event venues.

expohall bldgdisplay 225x300 Holidays at Fairplex, Continued!  An underlying theme of the entire room are the storefronts that line the walls. Our team wanted to give guests the feeling that they were walking in the wintry cold of New York, browsing shops along 5th Avenue.

Favorites like Anthropologie, Nordstrom’s, Bergdorf’s and others can be spotted, featuring clothing, home decor and holiday decorations unique to that store’s look and feel.

Small kiosks also dot the walls, carrying cozy mugs, teas, coffees and baked goods. It’s impossible not to feel the holiday cheer after checking all of that out!

The best part? Although the general decor stays the same throughout the month, we see a wide variety of parties filter through: weddings, reunions, corporate holiday parties, meetings, dinners, receptions, brunches and the list goes on. Each event as it’s own special theme, accentuated by the decor we have set in place.

The Exposition Center remains one of our favorite buildings at Fairplex during the holidays!

For more information on our event facilities, visit our Fairplex Events page. We would love to accommodate your party!

Fairplex Snapshot: Neighborhood Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

We hosted our annual Neighborhood Holiday Cookie Decorating Party last night. It’s one of our favorite community events of the year!

Kids were able to take photos with Santa, decorate sugar cookies, play games and do crafts. We welcomed about 120 families this year and hope to have many more from our neighborhood join us next time.

Happy Holidays!

Souper Bowl 2015 = Success!

souperbowl students2 300x240 Souper Bowl 2015 = Success! We hosted our annual Souper Bowl fundraiser at Fairplex this evening! Each year we invite the public to join us for an evening of soup and the support of art education.

Our Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) students have been hard at work all semester learning the basics of ceramics, and now they’re ready to show their art to the public.

Attendees purchased a student-made bowl, filled it with a delicious helping of soup and spent time speaking with the students while enjoying their meal.

souperbowl students 225x300 Souper Bowl 2015 = Success! We love celebrating our talented students and appreciate the support of our patrons. Also a special thank you to our wonderful staff who helped set-up the event! 

All in all, it was a great night and we can’t wait to see where our CTEC kids go next! Thank you to all who came.

For more information on CTEC and The Learning Centers programs, visit tlcfairplex.org.  

Fairplex Snapshot: Neighborhood Care Packages

Today our team members played Santa to the surrounding communities and dropped off poinsettias and a Fairplex holiday greeting card to all our neighbors!

We would like to take this time to thank our neighbors for letting us be a part of their community. We appreciate their involvement with us. Happy Holidays!

ICYMI: Holiday Half Marathon

One of our favorite parts of hosting events is seeing all the fun photos guests post on their social media accounts! Here are some of our favorites from the Holiday Half Marathon: