In Laguna Beach the holiday season isn’t ushered in by snow flurries, rather it’s the warm glow of twinkling lights on palm trees that lets us know the season of giving has arrived.  The city becomes a bustle with activities from Santa lighting the city’s pepper tree, to delectable winter dessert offerings from top chefs, to ice skating, and shoppers looking for the perfect gift. It’s a Laguna Beach style holiday, which means we’re celebrating in flip-flops, sunglasses and maybe a Santa hat for good measure.  Come celebrate with us this holiday season.
 

 Special Events

Hospitality Night
December 5th | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | FREE

Each year the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts one of the biggest street parties of the year, Hospitality Night. The evening will begin with Santa and his ‘reindeer’ riding down Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach style, in an open air trolley to light the Pepper Tree at City Hall. Other activities include ice-skating in the U.S. Bank parking lot, a special sing-along with the Presbyterian Church Bell Choir and live music, and meeting Santa. All the festivities will be broadcasted live on KX 93.5, so be sure to tune in. www.visitlagunabeach.com/blog/

Holiday Spirits Tasting at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach
December 5th | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | $45 per person

Explore the spirits of the season, Montage-style, and sample the wares of more than four distillers. Reservations highly recommended. www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach/dining/loft/

Free Boat Rides with Santa at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching 
December 6th and 7th | 10:00am – 2:00pm | $5 donation suggested

Santa and his helpers will listen to your Christmas wishes during this 20-minute harbor cruise. Bring your camera and enjoy. www.danawharf.com

Party Ready Pastry Tasting at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach
December 6th | 10:00am – 2:00pm | $45 per person

Renowned Pastry Chef Lee Smith leads a pastry-making extravaganza with delicious results. Reservations highly recommended. (949) 715-6420 www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach/dining/loft/


Holiday Glitz and Glam at RWorld Surf & Skate
December 6th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm 

Shop for unique, hand-made gifts from local artisans, order custom jewelry for that special person or upcoming occasion, get into the spirit with holiday music and cookies, and enjoy complimentary gift wrapping on all purchases. www.rworldsurfing.com

Champagne Tasting at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach
December 7th | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | $45 per person

Sip your way through some of the world’s most celebrated champagnes before you ring in the New Year. Reservations highly recommended. www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach/dining/loft/
 

Throughout the Season


Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy
November 22 – December 21 | Saturdays & Sundays | 10:00am – 6:00pm

The Sawdust Art Festival grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations including jewelry, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and more. In addition to the unique artwork, enjoy live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, a petting zoo, Santa and much more. www.sawdustartfestival.org

Visit Santa on Forest Avenue
December 6 – December 24 | Daily | 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Free

You better watch out and you better not cry, because Santa Claus is coming to town. Come share in the holiday fun and visit Santa in Laguna Beach. He will be in his “cottage” on the corner of Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street in downtown Laguna Beach.

Winter Wine Cruise
November 1, 2014 – January 30, 2015 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | $49 per person

Enjoy winter reds paired with delectable cheese and crackers, fruit and assorted nuts aboard this 90-minute winter wine cruise. Wines are from The Organic Wine Cellar,  and feature a signature wine by Wyland. Reservations are recommended. www.danawharf.com

Winter Warmers at 15FiftyFive
Saturdays | $12
 
Sample the season’s signature libations that capture the holiday spirit in a glass. 
Fine & Fancy – Bourbon, Cognac, cherry, orange wheel, chocolate bitters, agave nectar
Warm & Cozy – Baileys Irish Cream, espresso shot, Grand Marnier, cinnamon rim, mint

Milk & Honey Treatments at AquaTerra Spa
Daily | Prices vary

Slough off the dry layer of winter with one of these rejuvenating treatments. Milk products renew, clarify and calm winter skin. Packages include 60-minute pedicure, 60-minute manicure and several massage and facial treatments. www.surfandsandresort.com