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Gingerbread House Decorating Events in Orange County

One of my favorite family traditions is to decorate a gingerbread house with my children. Families who want to make gingerbread house decorating special this year can do it at one of these special gingerbread house decorating events happening this holiday season in Orange County.

Fantastical Holiday Gingerbread and Confection Journey of Oz’s Emerald City at Island Hotel Newport Beach
Unveiling on Monday, November 27, through December
There’s no place like home and There’s No Place Like Island Hotel during the holiday season. This year’s magical hand-built gingerbread plus vibrantly colorful sweets presentation will “bring to life” everyone’s favorite, “The Wizard of Oz,” written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Now 117 years later, hotel visitors can fondly follow the Yellow Brick Road into Munchkin Land and go on to The Emerald City. Expect the display to follow Dorothy and Toto, meet up with beloved characters like Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Glinda, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Lollipop Guild and more. The masterpiece will be fabricated of gingerbread, fondant, chocolate and various candies by pastry wizard Andy De La Cruz and his team. And once again, the hotel will be a drop-off spot for Toys for Tots – to add cheer to the homes of deserving children.

Where: Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-0808

Family Gingerbread Decorating at Montage Laguna Beach
Sunday, December 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Gallery Ballroom
The entire family can show off their creativity during Montage’s gingerbread house decorating class led by the resort’s pastry team. Attendees will leave with their own gingerbread houses, a Montage apron and cookie recipe to relive the magic in their kitchens at home. Beverages, hot chocolate, cider and light bites will be provided.
$45 per adult, $35 per child; reservations are required by calling (949) 715-6420.

Where: Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(866) 271-6953

Make Your Own Gingerbread House at L’Auberge Del Mar
Saturday, December 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A great way to start a family tradition that will carry on for generations! Each parent-child team receives handmade gingerbread pieces to assemble and decorate under the expert guidance of the resort’s pastry team. The family decorates their own special house with colorful gumdrops, marshmallows and an array of festive candies. Gingerbread house building can be challenging, so while builders are working, they’ll be able to enjoy a Hot Cocoa Bar with house made marshmallows and an assortment of toppings, yummy holiday cookies, decadent mini tarts and cheesecakes, satisfying breakfast pastries and festive bubbles for the grownups.
$125 for each parent-child team, $50 for additional team member (includes additional house). Parent must accompany children under 16.

Where: L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 259-1515

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