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Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay & Holiday Events

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One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups.

Friday, November 25th Event Details:

3 p.m. — Corona del Mar High School Choir and OC Children’s Song Group perform holiday songs.

5:30 p.m. – Santa arrives and leads the countdown to flip the giant switch to light the bay.

6 p.m. – Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the beachfront.

On Saturday the 26th, the Dunes will open its Christmas Tree Farm where Santa Claus will be on hand during select times to take photos with the kids. Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through December 24. There, families may choose from Nobles, Nordmans and Grand Firs ranging from 3’ to 10’.

Then On Sunday, December 3rd, the critically acclaimed Back Bay Bistro will serve a brunch with Santa from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Executive Chef Bruno Massuger will prepare a special holiday brunch designed to get families in the Christmas spirit, including a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Price is $45 for adults with endless Champagne and mimosas and $16 for children under 10. Free parking for event attendees and Sunday brunch is free with Bistro validation.

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