6 Things to Check Out This Winter in Newport Beach
Winter is coming…well maybe not the snow and sleet, but as we inch closer to the holidays, it’s almost time to bundle up! Nothing beats “winter” in SoCal, and we’ve got the inside scoop on what to look forward to this season in Newport Beach. From dazzling light displays to pop-up holiday markets, there’s so much to see, do and celebrate!
Stock up on holiday decor at the annual ‘Bright & Beautiful’ Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens. This lush indoor and outdoor oasis in the heart of Corona del Mar is a magical place to shop for seasonal home essentials. Enjoy a cozy dinner at the on-site restaurant Farmhouse, then browse through the festive displays of ornaments, wreaths, garlands and tabletop decor.
Holiday Events at Balboa Bay Resort
The beautiful Balboa Bay Resort has officially announced its calendar of holiday events—featuring everything from holiday brunches to New Year’s Eve soirees. Starting with the “Holiday Hullabaloo” BBC’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Musical-Review on Dec. 1, guests can enjoy a grand performance followed by the lighting of a 20-foot Christmas tree. And later in the month, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunches will take place, along with a NYE dinner and a swanky Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party!
New to the Neighborhood
Newport Beach is always welcoming new restaurants, shops and small businesses, and fresh on the scene is Salt & Straw! This ice cream shop opened its doors in late September of this year and is now a community staple in the Westcliff neighborhood. Stop by for a seasonal scoop of their creamy and delicious ice cream! Each flavor is crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, so you can feel good about indulging.
When it comes to holiday merriment, there’s no place like Corona del Mar’s Sherman Library & Gardens. The theme for this year’s Night of 1000 Lights 11-night event is “Hooray for Hollywood.” Visitors will walk a red carpet beneath a dazzling light tunnel that leads to “Moulin Rouge,” a Parisian dance hall in the Tea Garden with French cabaret singers and can-can dancers. But we won’t ruin the surprise—get your tickets now and experience this winter wonderland for yourself!
Don’t miss out on the event of the season! From Dec. 14-18, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will take place on Newport Harbor. Watch as beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes set sail during this famous seasonal celebration! Watch from the shores of Balboa Island or Marina Park, or dine and watch from one of Newport Beach’s many waterfront restaurants—this is a dazzling event you won’t want to miss!
Shop local this season at the Creative Communal Holiday Market on Dec. 14 at Marina Park on the Balboa Peninsula. This festive open-air market is a must-visit this holiday season; expect local vendors, kids activities, fireworks, photo ops and more! There’s no better place to pick up a few special gifts and experience the magic of the season.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger