Are you planning to head to sunny California for the holidays this year? Despite the lack of snow and sub zero temperatures, the holiday spirit is strong on the coast, and it’s a beautiful place to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or to ring in the new year. And there’s still time to make a reservation at one of these beautiful destinations.
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
The infamous Queen Mary ship is now a stunning hotel with amazing tours and attractions, and the holiday season is the perfect time to visit. Right now the Queen Mary Chill, the annual holiday adventure, is in full swing. Until January 8, visitors can go ice skating, visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus, explore the North Pole Village and see Alice in Wonderland. They’ll serve a Christmas Dinner on December 24 and 25, and then they’ll host their annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The New Year’s Eve party offers live music at six different venues on the ship and a beautiful midnight fireworks display.
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
Hotel del Coronado is especially magical during the holiday season, transforming their property into a winter wonderland. They’ve got an outdoor ice drink, light displays, lavish feasts and festive parties happening now through January.
Montage, Laguna Beach
Montage at Laguna Beach has a host of upcoming holiday events including a special Hanukkah celebration, Sip and Savor champagne tasting on December 18, and gingerbread house making on December 11. They also have an incredible New Year’s Eve gala with a four course dinner, dancing, and a musical performance by Kenny Loggins.
The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
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The Ritz Carlton is a destination resort that lights up for the holidays. If decorated palm trees sound like your idea of a good time, book an Inspirations of the Season package between now and January 4. It comes with pool or garden view accommodations, breakfast for two and valet parking.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
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If you’re traveling with little ones, you’ll love staying at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. This year’s grand opening holiday celebrations last through Christmas and beyond, and they include family-friendly fun like Wonderland Pancakes with Santa (December 17), Campfire Carols with Santa (December 21), and ugly sweater party and (kid-friendly) happy hour (December 22), and a Christmas Day breakfast where guests are invited to wear their pajamas. The Ranch at Laguna Beach will make your holiday season unforgettable, and you won’t have to do any of the work.
The Apple Farm Inn and Restaurant, San Luis Obispo
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Looking for a great way to celebrate in Northern California this year? The Apple Farm Inn and Restaurant is hosting its annual “Holidays at the Apple Farm” through Christmas Day, which is a classic celebration of some of the seasons most time-honored traditions including free activities for families.
The Westgate Hotel, San Diego
Take the entire family to a Christmas Tea celebration or The Magic of Christmas Dinner at the Westgate Hotel on December 24 or 25, then leave the kids with a sitter and get ready to ring in the New Year in style. Return to Versailles is this year’s opulent New Year’s Eve event, and it’s sure to be a magical evening with a five course dinner, live music and dancing. Bring your masks.