If you’re starting to feel like maybe this isn’t the “most wonderful time of the year,” perhaps you need to infuse the season with a little holiday magic! There are so many events happening in and around Laguna Beach that will inspire you, delight you, and help you to remember what this season is all about. We’ve put together a list just for you of the fun things happening in town to help you get your holiday mojo back. Whether you need some fa-la-la-la-laughs or some ho-ho-homemade treats, you’ll find just what you need for some holiday fun!
Sip & Savor Holiday Tastings at Montage
Montage Hotel is once again bringing in the magic this holiday season. One of the many delightful offerings is a series of holiday tastings and cooking demonstrations that will help get you in the mood to party. Take a look at what’s on tap:
- HOLIDAY SPIRITS – Dec. 5th from 2-4pm & DEC. 12th from 2-4pm – Explore the spirits of the season and sample brews from local distillers.
- PARTY READY PASTRIES – Dec. 6th from 10am-noon – The Montage Pastry team will lead you through a pastry-making extravaganza with delicious results.
- CHAMPAGNE TASTING – Dec. 7th from 2-4pm & Dec. 14th from 2-4pm – Sample some of the best champagnes in the world in preparation for your New Year’s celebration.
- MAKE YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE – Dec. 13th from 10am-noon – Learn the secrets to making this traditional holiday favorite, complete with all the best adornments that is sure to impress your guests.
For more information about all the holiday events at Montage, please visit http://www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach/holiday-events-2014/.
The holidays kick off in Laguna Beach on Friday, Dec. 5th, from 5-9pm, with Hospitality Night. Get your cameras ready because Santa Claus will be arriving at City Hall at 6pm. There will be ice-skating at the rink at U.S. Bank, live music, dancing, SNOW in Laguna Beach, and a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the theater at 9:15pm. Street closures begin at 3:30pm and the trolley will be running from 5-10pm from downtown north and south. For more information please visit http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/hospitality-night/.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland
If you miss Santa’s arrival on Dec. 5th, don’t worry! The big man will be in downtown Laguna Beach until Dec. 24th every day from 1pm-4pm. Santa’s Winter Wonderland takes place downtown on Forest Ave. and Glenneyre.
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
One of the most spectacular holiday events in Southern California is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, running until Jan. 4th. Homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go all out with decorations, including roof-top animated scenes and dancing Christmas trees. Prizes are awarded for judged categories – and some participants get very competitive! The boat parade is one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country, with hundreds of decorated ships of all sizes competing for top awards in over a half dozen categories. Over a million people visit to see the spectacle each year, making this a must-see event! For more information about the boat parade and the Holiday Lights Cruise, please visit http://www.christmasparadeboats.com/index.html.
So if your holiday spirit is flagging, be sure to check out some of these events! There’s almost no way you could not get into the spirit after experiencing the magic of the season in Laguna Beach!