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From November until the end of the year, the ocean-inspired resort will feature a Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Gingerbread Extravaganza Display, Luxury Shopping Experience, plus more.

DANA POINT, Calif. – August 23, 2018 – The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel invites guests and the community to enjoy this holiday season as festive activities and sparkling decorations light up the resort. Surprises are in store for both children and adults as the oceanfront property decks the halls with a variety of experiences creating memories of a lifetime. Holiday delights include:

  • Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting: The resort kicks off the most wonderful time of the year with the annual holiday open house and tree lighting on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include 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 or canned goods and non-perishable food items to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission. The event is complimentary.
  • Holiday-Inspired Gingerbread Extravaganza: Each year, the resort’s expert pastry team creates a spectacular gingerbread extravaganza available on public display from November 18, 2018 until the New Year. This year's holiday-inspired gingerbread extravaganza theme will be developed by Executive Pastry Chef Sylvain Haage. Chef Haage and his team will spend more than 500 hours creating an incredible confectionary display that will be fashioned out of an array of homemade gingerbread, colorful candy, sweet treats, baked goods, and other delectable confections.
  • Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating: Guests can gather with family and friends on Sunday, December 16, 2018 to decorate their very own large-scale gingerbread house. Chef Haage and the pastry team will also be on hand to provide tips and tricks for creating a gingerbread showpiece of the season. The event is held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at $175 per Gingerbread House. To book a reservation, guests can call Resort Services at 949-240-2000.
  • Holiday Tea: Guests can enjoy the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea at Bar Raya, featuring an array of tea, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant ocean view setting. Holiday Tea is served Monday through Thursday, November 26 through December 13, 2018, with seating from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and $75 per person. Reservations can be booked in advance by calling Resort Services at 949-240-2000.
  • Yappy Howl-iday Celebration: Held Sunday, December 2 on The Dana Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this festive gathering of canines and their companions provide furry friends 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 support animals in need. The event is complimentary, with food and beverages available for purchase, and proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence.
  • Holiday Storytelling: Families and kids are invited to celebrate with tales of the holidays and stories of the season. Storytelling is held in the Eco-Adventure Center on Friday and Saturday, December 7, 8, 14, and 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. and is complimentary. Guests are asked to bring a new children’s book to be donated to Miracles for Kids.

For those seeking luxurious accommodations and unique experiences this holiday season, the resort will offer two overnight packages, available for booking online or by calling reservations at 949-240-2000, including:

  • Perfect for a holiday getaway or for hosting out-of-town guests, the oceanfront resort’s Inspirations of the Season Package will have guests relaxing by the Pacific in celebration of the holiday. The package includes overnight accommodations, full American breakfast for two, resort fee and overnight valet parking. Available October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019 with rates starting at $499 per night.
  • For the avid shopper, the resort has partnered with South Coast Plaza to present an exclusive Luxury Shopping Experience showcasing extraordinary boutiques, personal shopping services, and upscale amenities at the renowned global shopping destination. Home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, South Coast Plaza offers an unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, along with its customized concierge services. The Luxury Shopping Experience includes overnight accommodations; complimentary valet parking at South Coast Plaza; admittance to ACCESS, South Coast Plaza's VIP Hospitality Suite; South Coast Plaza VIP Passport featuring exclusive offers from more than 100 stores and restaurants; and a $100 South Coast Plaza Gift Card Voucher. Available October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019 with rates starting at $699 per night.