There are few things that get us into the holiday spirit more than lights! Glimmering holiday-themed lights adorning houses, landscaping and even boats add to the magic of the season. Laguna Beach is known for its idyllic canyons overlooking the ocean, as well as its appreciation of the arts; celebrate both at the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. Nearby marinas offer a spectacular backdrop for holiday lights and even fireworks! For a more low key holiday light experience, cruise through a few neighborhoods that go all out for the holidays.
Where: Laguna Canyon
When: Saturday and Sunday – Dec 16th and 17th from 10am to 6pm
What: Tap into Laguna Beach’s historical celebration of the arts at the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. Over 175 artisans from Laguna and all over the world showcase their original artwork, surrounded by festive holiday decor. The unique shopping experience offers one-of-a-kind creations, an outdoor winter wonderland setting, cameos from Santa, outdoor cafes, and live holiday music. Handmade artwork includes glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography and mixed media.
While you are there, you might want to look into signing up for the beginner to advanced art classes offered through the Sawdust Art Festival artists. Many of them are simply for a few hours one day, so no long term commitment is required!
Where: Newport Landing: 309 Palm Street, Suite A, Newport Beach
When: Cruises run Dec 1st -31st, 2017
What: Newport Beach ships and estate owners create an annual parade of holiday lights that kicks off with fireworks! The official Christmas Boat Parade runs from Dec 13th to December 17th. While you may be able to see the lights from the land, the best view is from the water. And although this may not be within the borders of Laguna Beach, it is worth the short trip to experience the dazzling holiday display shimmering on the marina.
Where: Dana Point Wharf
When: Friday and Saturday, December 15th and 16th
What: Another short drive from Laguna Beach for a unique holiday light experience. At Dana Point, if you book early enough, you have a chance to become part of the Boat Parade of Lights! Get onboard one of the vessels decorated with lights, and set sail to join the competition for the Judges Choice Best Use of Lights. Not only will you meet private boaters, but the evening includes holiday music, dazzling light displays, and enchanting harbor scenery. If there is no availability on the boats, you can still enjoy the fun from the wharf.
Homes Spreading Holiday Happiness
Next time you are passing through Laguna Niguel or Lake Forest, take a drive over to a few neighborhoods that go all-out for the holidays.
Where: 2011 Elder Court- Laguna Niguel
The entire street participates in a Christmas light display that sparkles with holiday cheer. Lights strung between houses dance to holiday music.
Where: 24952 Greenbay Drive- Lake Forest
This house displays over 40,000 Christmas lights and over 100 Christmas display figures each year. Lights blink in sync with Christmas songs you can tune in to hear over the car radio. A neighboring house also blinks in sync.
And if you are looking to enjoy the culture and beauty of Laguna Beach (and surrounding areas) year-round, The Reed Team can help you find a home that suits you. Give us a call (or text) today at 949-392-6400.