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DANA POINT, Calif. – October 6, 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel invites guests and the community to enjoy the season’s warmth and decadent tidings as festive activities and sparkling decorations light up the resort for the holidays. Surprises are in store for both children and adults as the oceanfront resort decks the halls, ensuring each experience is merry and bright.

The holiday season kicks off at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel at the annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting.  The resort also provides guests with a variety of festive experiences creating memories to last a lifetime. Holiday delights include:

  • Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting. Enjoy holiday music and a special appearance from Santa Claus on Sunday, November 19. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include holiday music performed by The Jeeps. 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.
  • Gingerbread Extravaganza. Each year, the resort’s pastry team creates a spectacular gingerbread extravaganza that is on public display from November 18 through the New Year. This year's holiday-inspired gingerbread extravaganza theme was developed by Executive Pastry Chef Sylvain Haage and showcases today’s attention on climate change, sustainability and clean energy through a representation of the California landscape and how The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel supports and protects the environment The Greatest Gift. Chef Haage and his team will spend more than 500 hours creating the incredible confectionary display that will be fashioned out of an astounding array of homemade gingerbread, colorful candy, sweet treats, baked goods, and other tasty confections.
  • Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating. Gather with family on Sunday, December 17 to decorate your very own gingerbread house. Chef Haage will be on hand to provide tips and tricks for creating a gingerbread showpiece for the season. Held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the cost is $175 per Gingerbread House.
  • Holiday Tea. Treat someone special to the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea. Served in Bar Raya, tea features an array of teas, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant ocean view setting.  Holiday Tea is served Monday through Thursday, November 27 through December 14 and is $75 per person.
  • Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. Held Sunday, December 3, 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 support animals in need. The canine celebration will be held on The Dana Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Holiday Storytelling. Guests and locals 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 8, 9, 15, 16 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.

OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCES

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. Inspirations of the Season is available October 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018 with rates starting at $499 per night.

For the avid shopper, the resort has joined 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, making it Southern California’s premier shopping experience. 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. The package is valid through January 31, 2018 with rates starting at $699 per night.