Anaheim’s 21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village

November 21st, 2015


Saturday, December 5th is a special day in Anaheim. The 21st annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village extravaganza goes all day from 10am to 7pm! Admission is free, and it’s the local way to start the holiday season in style. Located in downtown Anaheim on Center Street Promenade, you’ll find holiday crafting activities for the family and a play area with real snow. There’s the children’s train ride and free meet and greets/photos with Santa too.


Kick back and enjoy holiday musical shows from local community organizations and schools all day long. The Holiday Shopping Village is open for business, offering unique presents at each downtown Anaheim shop. Culinary treats from the International Food Fair is readily available, and it all ends with a procession hosted by the Combined Choirs of the Anaheim Union High School at 5:45pm.

You’ve Never Seen a Celebration Like This!


By far, one of the most impressive feats is the lighting of the huge 50-foot Christmas tree. Each year there’s a surprise guest, so you have to come down to see who’s hosting this year! It lights up to the tune of a holiday musical performance compliments of the Anaheim Ballet and Combined Choirs of the AUHSD.


This day-long event takes up the entirety of Center Street Promenade, and the big redwood Christmas tree is located at the west end. A gift from Disney Resorts, the living tree grows one foot per year and this is its 19th year!




Schedule Your Fashion Island Extravaganza

November 21st, 2015

Newport Beach’s Fashion Island is the ultimate destination for shoppers and anyone looking for dining options, and is also home to a huge cinematic experience complete with a beer and wine menu for moviegoers. Throughout December, Santa will be taking up shop with fantastic photo opportunities and the perfect chance to tell the big man what the kids want—even while you’re traveling during the holidays.

Open seven days per week, with extended hours for the holidays, it’s the perfect place to pick up holiday gifts or do a little shopping for yourself. The latest stores and restaurants include Peloton, Sushi Roku, YogaSmoga, ZO Skin Centre, and Original Penguin. Soon you can experience American Tea Room, Calypso and HopDoddy Burger Bar too!

An Island You Want to Be Deserted On!

Personal shopping is a way of life in Southern California, and you have a bevy of assistants at your beck and call at Fashion Island. Call ahead to schedule your personalized shopping experience and get treated like Hollywood royalty. Parking can be a challenge, especially during the holidays, so depend on the affordable and fast valet service to expedite your visit.

You can easily spend the weekend at Fashion Island wining, dining, and taking in the latest feature films. Make sure you schedule a stop at the Island, where fashion is just the beginning of the adventure.



Best Trip Advisor Tips for Anaheim

November 20th, 2015


Disneyland attractions are a given, but did you know Anaheim is a top-ranked destination for several other attractions? Trip Advisor is full of travelers like you who have been there, seen that, and they’ve ranked Anaheim destinations for you. The City National Grove of Anaheim is a fantastic music venue, and December’s schedule is packed with holiday-themed events as well as some world-class entertainment.

Anaheim Plaza is a go-to spot for great shopping and is conveniently located close to Disneyland if you want to pack even more fun into your trip. Chance Theater is dubbed a “lovely gem” and offers an intimate environment for concerts and performances. There’s also Oak Canyon Nature Center, a “hidden gem” in southern California and the ideal place for a stroll.

Southern California Hidden Treasures

Muzeo is a local artist’s favorite, featuring exhibits that change on a regular basis so you never know what you might discover. The Anaheim Indoor Marketplace is massive and offers great bargains. It’s the perfect place to pick up a keepsake or souvenir. Don’t miss out on the Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk, which is worlds away from the big malls and features boutiques from local shopkeepers.

Backstreet Brewery is the perfect place for a cold pint, and the Hobby City Doll and Toy Museum gives kids of all ages a chance to discover something special. No matter where your Anaheim travels take you, it’s guaranteed to be memorable!



Citadel Outlets: Disneyland for Adults

October 20th, 2015

You’re likely scheduling a trip to Disneyland while in Anaheim, but don’t forget about the other happiest place on earth—Citadel Outlets! Located at 100 Citadel Drive in Los Angeles, it’s the ultimate place to shop to your heart’s content with big bargains, big names and extended holiday hours. Regular hours are 10am to 9pm, but if you’ll be here for Black Friday, you can count on Citadel being home central for early birds.

With well over 100 stores, there’s truly savings to be found for everyone. Famous brands like Gap, Guess, Calvin Klein and OshKosh are here, as well as local favorite boutiques. If you’re planning a group trip with ten or more, you can schedule a special reservation and score some of the best parking available. Call ahead or ask your Anaheim Inn front desk staff for help with reservations.

Endless Shopping Options

Shop and shuttle packages are available; ideal for travelers who don’t have a rental car or don’t want to bother with the hassle of parking. LA’s Outlet Express Shuttle picks up shoppers from convenient locations around Anaheim, making this the easiest and most enjoyable shopping extravaganza.

Enjoy free bag check, free Wi-Fi, and foreign currency exchange on site. No trip to LA is complete without a shopping expedition and Citadel is just the place to start.



Day Trip to Temecula Wineries

October 18th, 2015

Forget northern California—Temecula in southern California, right near Anaheim, is where it’s at. Schedule a day or weekend tour of the best wineries, complete with flights, tastings, and some fantastic food pairings. Stunning gift shops and gourmet restaurants make this award-winning region a must. The Baily Vineyard and Winery is a great option, as is Bel Vino Winery.

Start off your tastings at Briar Rose Winery to sample the award-winning, handcrafted vino. Next up is Callaway Vineyard and Winery, where the wine is only matched by the views. Carter Estate Winery and Resort offers a once in a lifetime tasting experience, and Chapin Family Vineyards is a quaint, charming, and family owned affair.

A Taste of the Good Life

At Cougar Vineyard and Winery you’ll find expert connoisseurs, and Europa Village offers a truly meaningful experience along with fantastic wine. Doffo Vineyard and Winery is a little farther from town, offering a delicious getaway. Try Foot Path Winery, where it’s all handcrafted, all reds, and all family owned.

There’s Falkner Winery on the hill, another award winner, and Hart Winery which opened in 1973 with just 12 acres of luscious soil perfect for growing grapes. From Leoness Cellars to Longshadow Ranch, the pours never stop in Anaheim!

The Best LA Tours near Disney

October 18th, 2015

The only way to see the best of Los Angeles is with a guided tour. Otherwise, you might miss out on the best Hollywood action! Touring the homes of the stars is a classic, and one that’s constantly changing. As the stars get bigger, so do their homes and it’s incredible to see what some call a humble abode. A tour that includes a stop at Madame Tussauds is a must, or try out a movie locations tour—you might even see your favorite celebrity in action!

The TMZ Hollywood Tour keeps you up to date on the latest gossip, or enjoy a one-hour trolley tour that is fun for the whole family (and perfectly timed for little ones). The haunted Hollywood tour is perfect for this time of year, while the grand tour of Los Angeles gives you a glimpse into the best of the valley.

Destination: Fame

A city tour by night gives you a glimpse into the beauty of the bright lights and big city. There are also multi-lingual tours at the ready. Try out the hop on hop off tour or race, or reserve your space on a double decker tour of different parts of the city, from Beverly Hills to Malibu.

Touring Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and other hotspots is also yours for the taking. What will you discover first?

Anaheim Best Value Hotel

September 2nd, 2015

Best ValueWhat makes a great hotel even better? The perks, of course. Here at Best Western Anaheim Inn, we like to make your stay with us the best it can be. Our rates make your trip to Disneyland not only affordable but it puts a little extra jingle in your pocket. And what adds value to a great stay with affordable rates? A great breakfast, fantastic location, friendly staff and of course, clean comfortable rooms!

Look no further because you have just landed at the place to stay in Anaheim. Our staff is not only friendly but they go out of their way for our guests. Start your day off right with our daily breakfast that gives you your choice of delicious and healthy breakfast items. Our location can’t be beat! Look out your window and you will be looking eye to eye with Mickey himself. Relax in our clean rooms with plush beds after a long day in the park.

We offer the best value here at Best Western and we know you will see it too. Book your Anaheim hotel with us today and be on your way to getting the most bang for your buck. Reservations can be made online with a click of a button. We look forward to seeing you soon and showing you what value really is!

More Customer Reviews

August 28th, 2015

more customer reviewsWe just love seeing how much our guests enjoyed their stay with us. Here are more customer reviews from recent guests that had a top notch experience.

Christopher D from East Bay

Across Disneyland main gate and breakfast was a + with friendly breakfast staff. This was a family vacation and with a toddler it makes it extremely convenient to head back to take a quick break or retrieve anything that was left behind. Breakfast was above average with warm food like scrambled or patty eggs, waffles, pancakes, seasoned baked potatoes, sausages. And English muffin, pastries and doughnuts. Breakfast was welcoming and professional they delivered a lot of food choices for the price.

Melanie K from Coquitlam, Canada

Great location! Great room! Great staff! We really appreciated the proactive customer service of calling our room shortly after check in to confirm that our room was satisfactory (it was!) The location is great! Our son enjoyed the pool and the room was comfortable, clean and quiet. The breakfast room was clean and the staff great. We felt we got great value for our stay and would not hesitate to stay here again or recommend it.

Jessica B. from Santa Clarita, CA

Great room with lots of space. Plenty of amenities. It stays cool in the summer when it is extremely hot out. The beds are really comfy and they have a lot of pillows. It is really close to the park so it is easy to go back and forth if you need a rest or just want to drop things of in your room. The complimentary breakfast is great and they have both inside and balcony type seating outside. great way to wake up and start a day. Overall a great stay.

If you stayed with us, be sure to share your experience online with other travelers so they know the best place to stay when traveling to Anaheim.

Best Western Rewards Points

August 18th, 2015

Best Western Rewards PointsStart earning Best Western Rewards points today. With each stay you have with us, you can earn your way to a free stay or other sweet rewards. For guests who sign up, you can earn Best Western Reward points in a number of ways. These points build up to sweet sweet rewards that you don’t want to miss out on. Signing up is free and easy online so there is no need to delay. Also, you can check out our extensive list of partnering companies that allow you to earn Best Western Reward points through them as well. Oh, and lets not forget the rewards! Take a look at all the rewards that you can earn.

Best Western Rewards was ranked as one of the top loyalty programs by US News. There is a reason we came in at the top. Along with the rewards you can earn and the many many ways to earn Best Western Reward points, we also offer an elite status match program. That’s right! We will match your elite status with other hotel loyalty programs. It is a win/win for you. Sign up today and start earning your way to fantastic rewards.

Once you sign up, head over to our online reservations and book your next stay right here at your chosen Anaheim hotel. Enjoy a relaxing night in our clean, comfortable rooms. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you start your way to some great rewards.

Mickey’s 2015 Halloween Party

August 13th, 2015

Mickey's 2015 Halloween PartyOne of the top events at Disneyland is just around the corner and you better get moving to get your spot reserved! Mickey’s 2015 Halloween Party isn’t far away and tickets are going fast. For those of you new to the best ever Halloween Party in Anaheim, select nights throughout the Halloween season are reserved for a special Disneyland style party. Families are invited to enjoy thrills, chills and lots of family fun throughout the park without the crowds, lines and chaos of normal Disneyland visits. Kids can enjoy pictures with their favorite characters, trick-or-treat stations, dance parties, lively music, and their favorite rides all while flaunting their creative Halloween costumes. Parents can enjoy making memories with their kids in a safe, family friendly environment.

Since this is an ever popular event, you need to get rolling and pick up your tickets today. Tickets, dates, times, costume guideines and more information can be found online.

If you want to make a full evening of it, enjoy a relaxing night stay with us. Our rooms are clean, our beds are comfortable and are rates can’t be beat. Book your Disneyland hotel online or by giving our friendly staff a call. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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