Things to do in Anaheim

Happy New Year! Welcome to January in Anaheim

There's no shortage of fun events in Anaheim this January!

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With its warm weather and exciting attractions, Anaheim is an appealing destination year-round. This is especially the case during the winter, as we welcome a fantastic variety of events this January in Anaheim.

NAMM Show

If you love music, the NAMM Show is a must-see event. From January 24th to the 27th, the music, sound and event technology communities come together to promote the music products industry and celebrate the joy that comes from making music. You can check out the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, as well as special events, concerts, experiences and hundreds of invaluable industry education sessions.

Monster Jam Anaheim

If supersized, loud trucks are more of your jam, you’re in luck. Monster Jam Anaheim returns to Angel Stadium January 12th, featuring a star-studded lineup of drivers. There’s even a Pit Party event that offers unprecedented access to the trucks and opportunities to take photos, meet the drivers and get their autographs. It doesn’t get much better than that!

California Comic Convention

CalComicCon is a great opportunity for comic book fans to swap comics, check out vintage comics and meet special guests, including Ron Wilson and Mike Vonsburg. Admission for the next show, which will take place on January 27th, also includes entry to raffles that will have CGC graded comics, original artwork and sketches by guest artists.

If you’re visiting Anaheim for any of these January events, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is the preferred choice for a comfortable and convenient stay. We’re ideally located for attending all three events and provide our guests with an unmatched, first-class experience. Book your stay with us today to have some fun under the sun in Orange County.


Orange County Beaches near Anaheim: Simply Paradise

It’s no secret why Southern California beaches are visited by travelers from all over the world - they’re among the most beautiful on the planet. 

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Whether you enjoy playing in the ocean, exploring local towns and taking in the spectacular views, or simply soaking up the sun and sinking your feet in the sand, the top beaches near Anaheim are pure paradise for everyone who visits. Here's a quick look at some of our favorites. 

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach is known as Surf City USA for good reason. The beach town’s surf culture is second to none, so whether you’re a die-hard surfer or first-timer looking to jump in with a lesson, it’s the place to be. Laying back and watching the surfers on their endless quest to find the perfect wave isn’t a bad way to spend the day, either!

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is picturesque, to say the least. The community, which was discovered by a group of landscape painters in the 1920s, is a top choice today for its shopping, stunning mansions and fantastic views.

San Clemente
With its Spanish-style architecture, visiting San Clemente feels like a trip to another country. 20 acres of beaches, a 1,200-foot-long fishing pier, quaint sidewalk cafes and unique shops make San Clemente one of the most charming, family-friendly beach communities in the OC.

Seal Beach
If you’re searching for a quieter spot to escape to, Seal Beach offers that hometown appeal. It’s a great place for kitesurfing and windsurfing, too!

Whether you’re visiting Orange County for a long beach vacation with the family, or taking a short trip with your partner, there’s no better starting point than the Marriott Suites Anaheim. Our first-class amenities and accommodations invoke a home-away-from-home atmosphere and we’re conveniently located near so many of these favorite California beaches. 


Capture the Magic of the Holiday Season at Winter Fest OC

Southern California’s top winter festival is perfect for family fun and date night.

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It might not snow anytime soon this holiday season in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean you can’t soak up the magic of a winter wonderland.
Winter Fest is back for another season of fun, offering an experience you won’t find anywhere else in SoCal.

With fresh snow blown in daily, kids can play in a massive snow area, ice tube down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain and ice skate under the stars on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink. Each night, the celebration will feature a brilliant Christmas tree lighting, flurries of fresh snowfall, fireworks and a holiday parade, ensuring your evening will be magical no matter which day you stop by.

The 18-day festival, which runs from December 20th to January 6th at the OC Fair and Event Center, also features meet-and-greet opportunities with Santa and strolling characters like Ice Princess, Mayor Frost and Toy Soldiers, over a dozen carnival rides and games, a petting zoo,  train rides, winter bounce houses, craft tents, face painting and a snowboard simulator. You can even walk through the world’s largest ornament and take a ride on the world’s largest rocking horse!

There’s plenty of fun for adults too, making Winter Fest OC the perfect destination for work parties, date night in Anaheim and outings with friends. The SoCal Dickens experience offers a taste of the holidays in Victorian England, featuring over a dozen unique shops, traditional English foods, ballroom dancing and high tea. You can also take a stroll through the illuminated festival of lights maze and satisfy your cravings for holiday foods with candies, treats, seasonal foods, cocktails, craft beers and wines. When you need a break, there’s even a ski lodge with comfortable seating to catch one of the bowl games.

If you’re visiting Southern California this holiday season for Winter Fest, there’s no better place to stay than the Marriott Suites Anaheim. We’re conveniently located in the hub of the Orange County attractions and our staff goes out of their way to ensure every guest feels at home during their visit. Book your stay today for an unforgettable winter wonderland experience in Orange County.


Experience the always spectacular Tree Lighting in Downtown Anaheim

One of the top family events of the year is just around the corner!

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Anaheim is a wonderful destination spot year-round, but the holiday season is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit. The 24th Annual Nutcracker Tree Lighting and Holiday Village (which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday December 8th) is an experience you won’t want to miss if you’re visiting with your family. Everyone in Anaheim looks forward to this day, as the downtown area lights up and sparkles with holiday magic.

The tree lighting ceremony features performances by the Anaheim Ballet, Anaheim Union High School Combined Choir and Loara High School Marching Band, as well as a family music show.

Kids can enjoy free craft activities, play in a snow area, go on train rides and take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause, while parents can shop for unique gifts and sample the selection at the International Food Fair. Santa himself makes quite the entrance as well, from what we hear!

If you’re visiting for the tree lighting in downtown Anaheim and other holiday festivities, the Marriott Suites Anaheim we'd love to see you! As the premier and largest Marriott all suites full service hotel, we provide first-class accommodations and amenities with a convenient location near many of Orange County’s best fun and leisure activities. Book your stay with us today for a family holiday experience you’ll look back fondly on for years to come.


Spend your Halloween in Anaheim!

There’s plenty of fun for kids at Halloween in Anaheim

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Halloween in Anaheim is a unique experience. With a mix of traditional fun, like the Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade (which has been rolling through town since 1923) and new thrills, like scary haunted houses, there’s something here for everyone.

Fall Festival and Parade

Anaheim’s Fall Festival & Halloween Parade which takes place on October 27th, is one of the top family-friendly events of the year. Led by a headless horseman, the 1.5-mile parade features an assortment of pumpkins, moons, witches, cats, spacemen and other creatures. It’s a celebration that the community takes great pride in, and it shows! The festival also includes a costume contest for kids and a Halloween pooch parade featuring the best-dressed dogs. If you’re a dog-lover, you should also consider checking out the Happy Halloweiner Doggy Dress Up the following day at Huntington Beach.

Boo at the Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event offers a safe and fun environment for kids to trick-or-treat from ten stations spread across the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Children can also check out animal presentations, storytime, ride the “Boofari” express train, Ferris wheel and a carousel. There’s even a “Teen Scream” haunted house for older kids.

With nearly a hundred Orange County events worth checking out, including haunted houses, tours and Mickey’s Halloween party, there’s a great assortment of fun for kids at this time of year. If you’re looking for a place to stay, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is your ideal spooky host - we’re conveniently located near Disneyland and close to many of the top Anaheim Halloween events and attractions.


Anaheim Marketplace

The Marketplace’s Fall Carnival is one of the Top Reasons to Visit Anaheim in the Fall

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With over 200 specialty shops and market vendors, the Anaheim Marketplace is one of the top shopping destinations in California. In fact, the Marketplace is the largest indoor swap-meet in Orange County. With live entertainment, weekly events and a fantastic carnival, you don’t need to be a big shopper to have a lot of fun, either.

Fall Carnival

The Marketplace’s Annual Carnival, which runs from October 18th through the 21st, is one of the top fall events in the OC. It’s the ultimate family getaway, with international food booths, carnival rides and live music providing thrills for all.

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If you love a great deal, the Marketplace is your one-stop shop for great discounts. You can find unique items in nearly every category, including jewelry, electronics, cosmetics, menswear, sporting goods, shoes and much more. It’s like having all the selection of online shopping, but in-person.

Other Events

If you can’t make it for the carnival, there are plenty of other great events worth checking out this fall at Anaheim’s Marketplace. Stop in for fantastic weekly events including salsa and merengue classes, bingo, karaoke and great live entertainment from many of our local groups.

Whether you’re taking a trip to the Marketplace with the family for the carnival or simply checking it out for some good deals, the Marriott Suites Anaheim South is conveniently located and ideally suited to be your host. We’re just a couple miles away and provide our guests with first-rate accommodations and amenities. Don’t miss out on a unique fall experience in Anaheim. Book your stay with us today.


Planning Your Anaheim Vacation Just Got Easier!

Relax in one of our spacious suites and have a fabulous Anaheim vacation! 

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Planning a vacation is one of the absolute best things that we can do for ourselves, but finding the right place to stay can sometimes be a bit complicated. We look forward to it for so long that we want every detail to be perfect, and at the end of a long day we want to find ourselves in a comfortable room with plenty of space.

Lucky for you, our hotel suites in Anaheim have room to share, and are the perfect accompaniment to all of your travels. When you stay with us, here's just some of what you can expect. 

  • Comfort. All the comforts of home, with the added luxury and extra amenities of a hotel. 
  • Space. A separate living area gives you that extra space for when you (or the kids) need it.  
  • Privacy. The bedroom is separated from the living room, giving everyone a more restful night's sleep.
  • More In-Room Amenities. High speed internet, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, mini-refrigerator, desk and ergonomic chair, two televisions and so much more. 
  • Convenience. A great location, right in the center of Anaheim. Close to restaurants and many local attractions. 
  • Friendly. Our team are always ready to assist you and enjoy suggesting local places for you to visit, dine or explore. 
  • Pets Welcome. We have designated suites for you and your furry pals.

So, whether it's a last minute romantic weekend getaway, or the long-awaited family vacation that you've been saving up for, we just know that staying at the Marriott Suites Anaheim will make this your very best vacation ever!  


Fall Festivals in Anaheim

Why Not Plan Your Next Vacation Around The Fall Festivals In Anaheim?

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Some destinations are great to visit year-round, and Anaheim certainly falls in that category. With plenty of sun, cool breezes, and festivals and fairs nearly every week, there’s no shortage of fun in Anaheim during the fall. Whether you’re taking a weekend trip with the family or a much-needed getaway with friends or your significant other, there’s something for everyone.

Los Angeles County Fair
The LA County Fair (August 31- September 23) features a variety of performances, roadside attractions, competitions and, of course, lots of good food. This year, there will be award-winning wine, beer and spirits, rare and classic cars, a performance by the Beach Boys and much more.

Annual Elvis Festival
No one captured the nation quite like “The King”, Elvis Presley. Each year, the Elvis Festival pays tribute to Presley with tribute artist performances, special Elvis-themed food, memorabilia, collectibles and more.

California Wine Festival
The California Wine Festival (November 9-10) offers attendees with a unique opportunity to experience why California is known for its world-class vineyards. Guests can enjoy hundreds of vintage wines, delicious gourmet food and great live music. If you can appreciate a fine glass of wine, this is as good as it gets.

This is just a taste of the fair and festival lineup, too. The Orange International Street Fair (August 31), Catalina Festival of Art (September 14-17) and Anaheim Fall Festival (October 27) are among some of the other highlights this year.

When you've decided which one's you want to visit, just give us a call. The Marriott Suites Anaheim South is the ideal host if you’re attending any of these fall festivals or fairs in Anaheim. Conveniently located with top-rate amenities and accommodations, it’s the perfect starting point for your fall vacation in Anaheim. Book your stay today for a unique California experience.


Events at the Anaheim Convention Center

With a variety of upcoming events, including the Fit Expo and the Home and Garden Show, there’s something for everyone.

The Anaheim Convention Center hosts great events year-round, but the months of August and September will be particularly exciting.

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The Anaheim Home and Garden Show features the most extensive array of home and garden products and​ services in Southern California, will take place from August 17th-19th. This one-stop shopping event offers attendees with the opportunity to find great new products, look at the hottest styles in home fashions and check out DIY seminars. You can also gather inspiration for your own home remodeling and decorating projects.

Fitness enthusiasts from all over descend upon Anaheim for Fit Expo. This family-friendly event offers​ opportunities to meet fitness celebrities, discover health and wellness products and services and watch live competitions. It’s interactive, fun and a great learning experience no matter your fitness level.

LA Cookie Con runs from September 25th-27th, providing an outlet for those who loves all things sweet.​ The biggest baking and pastry convention on the West Coast will feature decorating competitions, an abundant selection of samples and appearances from celebrities including Duff Goldman and Ron Ben-Israel.

If you’re attending any upcoming events at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is both conveniently located and uniquely suited to host your trip. Come for the event and stay​ with us for our refreshing pool, 24-hour fitness center and great onsite dining options. Book your stay today to experience all that Anaheim offers.


Free Things To Do in Orange County

Keep Having Fun This Summer with Our List of Free Things To Do In Orange County

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There’s no place quite like Orange County in the summertime. With a seemingly endless supply of wonderful things to do, there are still plenty of ways to have fun without barely making a dent in your budget. Here's a few of our favorite free things to do in Orange County to get you started.  

Free Bowling and Movies

Everyone loves to go bowling - so if you want to spend some time indoors, find a lane, lace up some shoes and spend a couple of fun hours together. Kids bowl free at many Orange County bowling alleys, but if you're family is in the mood for sitting down and kicking back, there are lots of free movie events happening throughout the summer. 

Zoo Discounts 

The OC is home to a few unique and interactive zoos, including the Santa Ana Zoo, which offers free parking and half-price admission after 2 p.m, and the Orange County Zoo, which is just $2.00 for entrance into the park.

Concerts in the Park

Summer in Orange County wouldn’t be complete without free concerts in the park. Grab a blanket, close your eyes and listen to your favorite tribute band or invite some friends over and enjoy an evening of great music under the stars.   

Beaches, Parks & Splash Pads 

We sometimes forget about them, but many Orange County beaches are free, including Huntington Beach which was just voted best California Beach for 2018. Pack a picnic, explore the coast, and find the perfect spot to spend the afternoon. Towards the end of August, the beaches are much less crowded, making for an even more relaxing day out for everyone.
For a day of fun and exploring, why not check out our scenic parks and hiking trails or head out in search of the nearest splash pad.   

These are just a few of the free things that are happening in and around Orange County. You can also take advantage of Kids Eat Free menus at local restaurants, or bring the fun closer to home with local craft fairs, farmers markets and all sorts of interesting community events.   

Conveniently located in the middle of all the fun, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is the perfect host for your summer getaway. Book your stay and start making memories.