Each year, the holidays can offer a great opportunity for families to spend time together. We know, you’re probably looking forward to a day or two of doing absolutely nothing after the holiday rush. But there may be a few worthwhile activities that you can do before or right after the holidays that get the whole family making memories together. Check out the ones we found this month in Dana Point and the surrounding areas. You never know, it may inspire a new holiday tradition for your family!
Gingerbread Extravaganza at the Ritz-Carlton
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point
When: November 19 – January 2, all day
What: The Ritz-Carlton Executive Pastry Chef Sylvain Haage and his team create a gingerbread extravaganza each year. This year they will have spent more than 500 hours creating a one-of-a-kind display out of gingerbread, candy and other sweet treats for your viewing pleasure. The littlest details can sometimes be the most delightful.
Where: 1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point
When: December 23rd and 24th, 1pm – 3pm
What: If the Gingerbread Extravaganza at the Ritz-Carlton sparks your fancy, and you suddenly feel inspired to make a gingerbread house of your own, never fear – the Gingerbread Academy is near! The pastry team at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point offers an opportunity for families to receive tips and tricks as they make their own family gingerbread houses. Everything you would need to create a gingerbread house, including all the decorations, is provided with admission. You will also have access to a holiday treat bar, a glass of sparkling wine (for Mom and Dad), and photos with Santa, if you so desire.
Where: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
When: December 21st – January 7th (Note: Dana Point residents will enjoy a 50% discount on Saturday, December 30th with ID.)
What: Winter fun awaits the whole family at the Orange County Winterfest. Each night, there is a Christmas tree lighting, parade and fireworks. The wintery adventure also includes ice tubing, a snow mountain (fresh snow blown in daily), and ice-skating under the stars. Experience a holiday light maze, the world’s largest walk-through ornament, Santa’s petting zoo and other attractions. Entertainment includes carnival rides, live shows and festive music. And apparently, Santa and his reindeer can be spotted flying over the fairgrounds on Christmas Eve.
Where: Civic Plaza and Central Park – 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
When: December 31, 5pm – 9pm
What: Ring in the New Year family-style! Well, almost. The event actually ends at 9pm, but it is free for the whole family! If you are looking for a New Year’s celebration that is safe and fun for all ages, take a drive over to the city of Rancho Santa Margarita and join in the festivities. You can expect to find food, music, inflatable rides, interactive crafts, roving entertainers, games and a dance party (don’t worry, you still have a few days to start working on your moves).
Where: Dana Point Wharf
When: You’ll have to check this out next year!
What: A dazzling display of holiday lights adorn many of the private boats at the Dana Point wharf as they compete to be awarded for the “Best Use of Holiday Lights”. You have to book early, space runs out fast. You can get more details about the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and other great light displays in our blog, Best Holiday Lights in Laguna Beach and Nearby Towns.
We hope you enjoy your holiday season, and maybe even make some new holiday traditions! And when you are ready to think about purchasing a home in the Dana Point or surrounding areas, feel free to give The Reed Team a call. Someone from our crew would be glad to help you find a home that works for you and your family.