The holidays are here, and there’s no better place to get a big dose of holiday cheer than near your Laguna home! Take a break from your last-minute shopping or from getting those presents wrapped to put under the tree and enjoy some fantastic light shows, inspiring live performances and festive celebrations. No matter what your taste, one of these events is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises
Rated by the New York Times as one of the “Top 10 Holiday Happenings in the Nation”, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier holiday event in Southern California. The parade has been a local favorite for almost 100 years, and delights over a million people each year when Newport Harbor comes alive with decorations. Homes, yachts, docks, and whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience that is fun for the whole family.
Newport Landing features five ships that offer cruises to the general public during the boat parade and throughout the month of December. There are three cruises nightly during the five days in December when the Christmas Boat Parade takes place. The parade is comprised of hundreds of water vessels of all kinds and travels down miles of waterfront estates during each evening. It takes place from December 18 – 22 with cruises nightly at 5:30pm, 7:15pm and 8:30pm. Holiday season cruises take place from December 1 – 17 and December 23 – 31. Cruises depart nightly at 5:30pm, 7pm and 8:30pm. Tickets are $36 for adults and $31 for children ages 3 – 12.
For more information about the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises please call (949) 675-0551.
A Christmas Memory at the Laguna Playhouse
A Christmas Memory is a stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s Depression-era short story. It is a tender portrait of a rare friendship that spans generations and features a musical score that will fill your heart this holiday season. Set in 1933 rural Alabama, the story follows young Buddy and his three eccentric cousins as Christmas nears. The show runs until December 29th. For a complete list of show times and to purchase tickets please click here or call (949) 497-2787.
The Laguna Playhouse has been providing enriching theatre for Southern California audiences for over 90 years. More than 100,000 patrons attend shows at this prestigious regional theatre every season, with countless more participating in their educational and community programs. It has been awarded the “Outstanding Arts Education Entity” by Arts Orange County for their contributions to education. The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
Holiday Events at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Nigel
Celebrate the holiday with family and friends at festive holiday events at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Nigel! Experience the surprise and delight of the season as the resort is transformed into a magical wonderland with sparkling lights, delicious treats and fun events.
- Gingerbread Spectacular – every year the hotel’s pastry team creates a sweet, fragranced, decadent voyage that is on display until December 31st.
- Holiday Surf Board Auction – this year celebrates the sixth anniversary of this event that benefits Surfers Healing. More than three dozen surf boards donated from well-known surfers and local artists that have painted the boards will be on display until bidding closes at noon on December 31st.
- Holiday Tea – this more contemporary version of tea is served oceanside from Raya. Available Monday through Thursday until December 19th. Seating from 2pm to 2:30pm, $55 per person.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located at One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. For a full list of holiday offerings at the hotel please click here or call (949) 240-2000.