Where to Stay for the Holidays in Newport Beach
‘Tis the season for a holiday escape! Newport Beach may not be frosty, but it sure is festive, and if you’re craving a salty breeze this season, you’ve come to the right place. Our city by the sea is all things merry and bright, with everything from dazzling light displays and Santa sightings to timeless traditions like the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. So come jingle on the waves with us this December and book a stay at one of these festive hotels in Newport Beach!
New to the Newport Beach neighborhood, Pendry Newport Beach opened its doors this fall, welcoming travelers and staycationers in search of a posh escape. Within its walls are 295 exquisitely appointed guest rooms, 114 suites, several on-site restaurants, a sumptuous spa, a kids club, grand event spaces, and an elevated members’ lounge. Guests of the hotel can delight in an array of holiday happenings this fall and winter, including a collaborative Chefsgiving event (Nov. 9), a “sea to shore” Thanksgiving dinner at SET Steak & Sushi (Nov. 23) and a tree lighting ceremony in the lobby (Dec. 1), featuring holiday decor and Dickens-style carolers.
Perched on the shores of the Back Bay, the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview is a beacon of comfort for families looking to visit during the holidays. This all-suite resort boasts an abundance of space, decked with every contemporary convenience your kin may desire. Each suite is a testament to style and comfort, showcasing chic furnishings, sumptuous bedding, pristine linens, sophisticated marble bathrooms and private balconies. And when families book the hotel’s Experience the Holidays in Newport Beach package, they’ll receive a $50 food and beverage credit per night, a holiday activity bag and complimentary hot chocolate for the kids, complimentary beverages for two and free self-parking!
A social sanctuary for travelers looking to experience the best of the city, VEA Newport Beach is a chic, newly renovated hotel in the center of it all. This stunning property features three curated dining concepts, coastal-inspired guest rooms and two new suite categories, a luxury spa, beautiful event spaces and a destination pool experience. And this season, adults can enjoy a festive cocktail at the hotel’s “Holiday Hideout” bar on Thursdays-Saturdays during the month of December. There will also be other festivities throughout the season, including VEA’s second annual tree lighting celebration featuring live entertainment, festive refreshments and Santa sightings. VEA Newport Beach is the destination of the season!
There are so many ways to celebrate this December at Balboa Bay Resort—get ready to soak up the SoCal sunshine and some holiday magic! Not only does this waterfront hotel offer a front-row seat to the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, but it’s also home to several holiday happenings this season. Catch the tree lighting on Nov. 29, the Strolling Dickens’ Christmas Carolers on select dates in December, the resort’s Christmas Eve brunch and the Diamonds and Pearls New Year’s Eve Party! To view the resort’s full calendar of events, click here.
The charming Lido House hotel offers holiday travelers a sumptuous seaside escape. Get cozy in one of the property’s coastal-chic guest rooms this season, or if you’re traveling with family, book one of the custom-designed cottages for a bit more living space. And when it comes to holiday happenings, you’ll be happy to know Lido House is situated in the center of it all. Do some holiday shopping at nearby Lido Marina Village, where you can also enjoy prime viewing of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. And during your stay, you’ll want to take the Balboa Island Ferry across to see the annual Ring of Lights home decorating competition on Balboa Island.
The Resort at Pelican Hill always embraces the spirit of the season with a jam-packed calendar of holiday events! Embrace magical moments at The Holiday High Tea & Songs of the Season, which will feature a lavish, three-course meal, a selection of traditional and royal teas, prestige champagne and live opera performances. Other events that guests can look forward to include Santa storytime, gingerbread house decorating, wreath-making and more. There’s no better place to celebrate the season than the beautiful Resort at Pelican Hill.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger