One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
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2013 Holiday Festivities

Poised to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2014, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel invites guests to experience the surprise and delight of the holiday season as the resort is transformed into a holiday wonderland with sparkling lights, sweet treats and special events.

In celebration of the season, the resort is collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the Orange County Rescue Mission and toys and books for Miracles for Kids. Help us make the holiday season special for those in need by bringing a donation when you attend one of our festive holiday events.

Surfing Santa Competition
Saturday, November 23; 7:30 a.m. at Salt Creek Beach
A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing. Enter at

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, November 24; 4 p.m.
Holiday music performed by The Jeeps and a special appearance from Santa Claus.
Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids.

Holiday Surf Board Auction
November 23 through December 31, 2013
The Sixth Annual Surf Board auction 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 with bidding closing at noon on December 31.
Bid online at

Gingerbread Spectacular
On display November 23 through December 31, 2013
This year’s display is dedicated to all of the Community Footprints partners the resort supports throughout the year. Each year our incredible pastry team creates a sweet fragranced decadent voyage that is on display throughout the holiday season. Watch as the Gingerbread Spectacular comes to life.

Holiday Tea
Monday through Thursday, November 18 through December 19; Seating from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Raya. $55 per person.
A more contemporary version of tea served Oceanside from Raya.
Click here for more information on our 2013 holiday dining options.

Yappy Howl-iday Celebration
Saturday, December 7; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dana Lawn
This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Paws. Guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to be donated to the Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets.

Holiday Storytelling
Friday and Saturday, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21; 5 p.m.
Complimentary in the Eco-Adventure Center. Guests are asked to bring a new children’s book to be donated to Miracles for Kids.

Holiday Shopping Package
Celebrate the season with luxury shopping experience at South Coast Plaza, showcasing extraordinary boutiques, personal shopping services and upscale amenities. Starting at $695 per night, the Shopping Package includes overnight accommodations, $100 food and beverage credit at the resort, round trip transportation to South Coast Plaza and admittance to the ACCESS Hospitality Suite, and a VIP Passport featuring exclusive offers from 100 stores and restaurants. Click here to make reservations.

Gift Certificates
A Ritz-Carlton gift certificate makes the ideal gift. Purchase them for your friends and family through The Gift Shop or by calling Resort Services at (949) 240-2000.

Season of Giving Recipients

Each year the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel select organizations in our local area to which we give back through our Community Footprints.

Surfers Healing is an organization seeking to enrich the lives of children with autism and their families by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.
Visit the Surfers Healing website.

Orange County Rescue Mission Serving the least, the last, and the lost of Orange County. The programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women, and children to self-sufficiency.
Visit the Orange County Rescue Mission’s website.

Miracles for Kids’ mission is improving the lives of children with cancer.
Visit the Miracles for Kids’ website.

For the full calendar of holiday festivities click here.