Laguna Beach is a seaside resort town located in southern Orange County, California. Located just 19 miles southeast of the county seat, Santa Ana, Laguna Beach is known worldwide for its mild and temperate year round climate, beautiful beaches, scenic coves, and a thriving community full of art and culture.
Laguna Beach was settled in the 1870s and then later incorporated as the City of Laguna Beach in 1927. Shunning urban encroachment, due in part to the hills surrounding the city and limited highway access, Laguna Beach remains relatively isolated and untouched, with nearly 6 miles of Laguna Beach coastline being protected by a State Marine Reserve and another 1.2 miles of coastline designated as a California State Conservation Area.
Laguna Beach boasts a strong local economy, with tourism being the primary industry. Nearly 3,000,000 people visit the Laguna Beach community annually, taking in the scenery, nature, and the many events and festivals hosted annually in the city.
What to do this Holiday Season in Laguna Beach
The holiday season is particularly festive in Laguna Beach, and there is a wide range of activities and events for the whole family to choose from and enjoy:
Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights
Enjoy getting up close and personal with all of the boats and ships at the annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. Occurring on certain Fridays and Saturdays in December, these 90 minute holiday cruises include holiday music and a cash bar, as you take in the up close views of all of the boats in the harbor, as well as the breathtaking scenery.
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Light Cruises
Occurring daily from early December to early January, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Light Cruises is seen by over 1.5 million people each year and is the premier Christmas event in Southern California. The parade features 250 elaborately decorated boats and attracts over one million spectators each year.
Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy
Occurring every Saturday and Sunday between late November and late December, the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy transforms the festival fairgrounds into a winter wonderland, where nearly 200 artists create, display and sell their original artwork and creations over a 4 week period. Items for sale include clothing, jewelry, blown glass pieces, woodworks, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and much, much more. There is also live holiday entertainment, outdoor cafes, art demonstrations, and visits with Santa.
Make Your Own Gingerbread House
Learn the finer points of the art that is making your own gingerbread house. Learn the secrets to making this holiday favorite, complete with all of the traditional accoutrements. Here, you will make a gingerbread masterpiece that is sure to impress your friends and family.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland
Located downtown on Forest Ave. and Glenneyre, Santa can be found daily from 1 to 4pm at his Winter Wonderland. Come share in the holiday fun and tradition and be a part of this annual event.
Orange County Christmas Lights
Occurring annually between Thanksgiving Night and New Years Eve, this free event is hosted nightly from 5 to 9pm. Christmas lights and the home decorating show features over 100,000 lights dancing to holiday music, plus a spectacular display of Department 56 Christmas village displays. Be sure not to miss the warm apple cider and festive holiday cheer!
About Laguna Coast Real Estate
Laguna Coast Real Estate was founded in 2006, as the vision of our Broker Cynthia Ayers, who pictured a dynamic boutique brokerage focused on and driven by integrity, collaboration, and innovation. Fast forward to today, and Laguna Coast Real Estate in an industry leading, award winning full service realty firm that specializes in the marketing of premier residential properties, as well as luxury rentals along the Laguna Beach coastline.
Our Laguna Coast Real Estate team enjoys an unparalleled reputation and network within the industry, and we greatly enjoy working with our large network of loyal clientele.
Whether you are in the market to buy or sell Laguna Beach real estate, we are standing by to answer any questions you may have, or to assist in any way possible.
We strive to always make our clients our top priority and you can rest assured knowing that you will receive the personal attention that only a truly passionate and collaborative boutique firm can provide.
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