Christmas at the Orange Circle

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Going to the Orange Circle is always a blast to the past, but around Christmas the area is magical. It amazes me that it can feel like a small town, when we’re in the middle of such a huge metropolitan area, but that’s exactly what it is like. You can take a stroll around the Circle and down a long block in each direction, and enjoy Christmas shopping at the little antique stores. Then if you work up an appetite, there are some great places to stop for a nibble or more.

Christmas in Orange

Christmas in Orange - photo by Cynthia Kirkeby

If you want a sweet bit of cake, stop by the Cupcakery. There are treats galore for chocoholics, and even some yummy ones for odd ducks like me, who can’t eat chocolate. Yes, I know, it’s a bummer. These are not the little cupcakes that you make at home. These are cupcakes that look like they have been working out at the gym. They are huge! Great to share with someone you love as you pick up a couple of things for the holidays.

They lit two Christmas trees this year, one in center of the Circle by the fountain, and the other by Citizens Business Bank, and there is also a huge Santa that is bright with Christmas lights and Christmas cheer that watches the cars pass by.

For me, Cafe Lucca is a little bit of Italian heaven. You can sit inside where it’s warm, or you can sit outside and soak in the beautiful holiday sights. They have great food, amazing gelato that they make themselves, and classic Italian cappucino. A perfect way to warm up on a chilly day. If you want to have a business meeting and go over things on your computer, Cafe Lucca is an excellent choice since they have free WiFi.

There are plenty of other places to visit as you stroll through the cheerful holiday streets of Old Town Orange. For a relatively small area, I can spend hours here with my daughter. It doesn’t get much better than this during the Christmas season.

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