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July 17, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

Holidays In The OC: Montage Laguna Beach Announces December Events Calendar

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF. – Montage Laguna Beach has introduced a festive calendar of special events for the month of December. WHAT: The oceanfront resort offers something for everyone in the family, with events that reveal culinary secrets for home entertaining, showcase the latest designer gift items, teach children how to create holiday keepsakes, and engage the senses in ways that range from relaxed to New Year’s Eve chic. WHY: Add sparkle and spice to treasured holiday memories by engaging in unique experiences with family and friends HOW: Culinary Events: Learn insider epicurean secrets, enjoy a special holiday dinner or treat yourself to a New Year’s three-night gala stay; contact Dining Reservations for more information and to reserve, 949-715-6420

Artistry of Food & Wine Week, December 8 – 12, 2 – 4 p.m. A series of two-hour interactive seminars with the resort’s food and wine experts designed to enhance your at-home holiday entertaining Each day features a specific topic: learn to select new holiday wines, make gift-perfect candies and cookies, concoct specialty holiday drinks, select cheeses and homemade accoutrements or build your own gingerbread house 48-hour advance reservations requested, $50/ person

Christmas Eve in The Loft, December 24, 5 – 9:45 p.m. Enjoy a special four-course holiday tasting menu in the resort’s elegant bistro-style restaurant featuring creative American cuisine Choice of soup, appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert, $90/adults

Christmas Eve at Studio, December 24, 5 – 9:45 p.m. Treat your loved ones to a five-course holiday prix fixe meal in the resort’s signature fine dining restaurant featuring the innovative cuisine of Executive Chef James Boyce $115/person, $185/with wine; ala carte also available

Christmas Day in The Loft, December 25, 12 – 9:45 p.m. Experience a four-course holiday tasting menu Choice of soup, appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert, $90/adults

New Year’s Eve in The Loft, December 31, two options 5 – 7:30 p.m.: four-course prix fixe menu accompanied by harpist, $90/adults 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.: five-course prix fixe menu accompanied by jazz duo, followed by da ncing to the Michael George band and Champagne toast at midnight, $160/adults

Masterpiece New Year’s Eve Gala in the Ballroom, December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 am. Enjoy cocktails, a four-course dinner with wine pairings, spirited dancing to the Leonard Neal Orchestra, party favors galore and a Champagne toast at midnight, $350/person, includes tax, gratuity, beverages and wine pairings

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New Year’s Eve at Studio, December 31, 8 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of 2009 in fine style Begin with a cocktail reception on the restaurant’s patio, then be seated for an elegant five-course dinner, followed by a dessert buffet and Champagne toast at midnight. Features a string quartet, a solo guitarist and then dancing to a jazz trio, $350/person with cocktails, $150/person additional with wine pairings

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza A three-night stay with luxurious oceanfront accommodations. Includes daily breakfast for two, overnight parking and admission for two to the New Year’s Eve Gala. Priced based on choice of accommodations: $2,009 for Horizon King, $2,309 for Coastal King, $2,609 for Surf King; subject to availability

Holiday Shopping Excursion to South Coast Plaza, December 1 -24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shop the many fine boutiques and more at Orange County’s celebrated South Coast Plaza destination shopping mall without the hassles of driving or parking. Includes round-trip transportation from the resort, gift wrapping and lunch for two 48-hour advance reservations requested. Please contact Concierge for more information and to reserve, 949-715-6140

Holiday Celebrations: Make new family traditions at these complimentary resort events; contact concierge for more information, 949-715-6140 Style Discovery at The Shops at Montage, December 26 – 30, 4 – 6 p.m.

Get a jump on 2009 with this exclusive sneak peek at new designer collections at Treasures, the Art of Living and the Spa Boutique, complimentary to resort guests and visitors. Meet various famed designers and sip Champagne or sparkling water as they assist you with your selections

The Art of Montage, December 8, 15, 22, 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy demonstrations of plein air painting by local artists, who will discuss landscape techniques and the artistic heritage of the Laguna Beach arts community. At 3 p.m., take a guided tour of the resort’s extensive museum-quality art collection of early California works and commissioned public works by contemporary artists, led by the Redfern Gallery; meet at concierge desk

Sunset Tradition, December 12-13, 19-20, 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. Gather at the fire pit to hear holiday tales and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as the sun sets Christmas Eve Magic, December 24, 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. The magic begins with the reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, followed=2 0by a twilight search for Santa’s sleigh complete with cookies, hot cocoa and egg nog at the fire pit. Children may even write a personal message to St. Nick and take cookies and milk back to the room to welcome Santa

Chanukah Tradition, December 22-29, 4:45 p.m. Gather with friends and family for the lighting of the menorah Just for Children: Inspire delightful memories with an array of festive activities and events designed to please resort guests ages 5-12; contact Paintbox, the resort’s exclusive children’s club, for more information and to reserve, 949-715-6005

Santa’s Workshops, December 6-7, 12-14, 18-24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children have a chance to make special mementos and holiday gifts for family members at these fun half-day workshops. Projects include handprint wreaths, ornaments, photo frames and gingerbread houses. Available to resort guests only, $60 per child, lunch is included

Santa Claus Tuck-ins, December 12 – 24, 7 – 9 p.m. Arrange for Santa himself to tuck in your children and read them a short holiday story while they enjoy milk and cookies, before they drift away into visions of sugarplums and more. $50 per room

Holiday Stocking Delivery, December 12-24 Add additional in-room magic by having Santa deliver a personalized holiday stocking $85 per stocking, 48-hour advance notice requested; call stocking delivery line, 949-715-1264

Children’s New Year’s Eve, December 31, 6 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The resort is throwing a party just for guests ages 5-12. They’ll ring in 2009 with a festive dinner party filled with karaoke, arts and crafts, video games and entertaining galore. $100 per child, advance reservations requested

WHERE: Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 866-271-6953

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS: Director of Food & Beverage Director Victorio Gonzalez can discuss holiday event planning and entertaining, and creating seminars that provide guests with useful culinary and epicurean tips they can use for at-home entertaining Paintbox Manager Stacy Adelman is available to speak about creating relevant, stimulating programs for children, teens and their families Retail consultant Anne Salcedo can discuss discovering the latest designers and their unique creations that define beach chic

About Montage Laguna Beach Montage Laguna Beach, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 250-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Montage Laguna Beach toll-free, at 1-888-715-6700; or visit the Web site at www.montagelagunabeach.com.

About Montage Hotels & Resorts Montage Hotels & Resorts is an ultra-luxury hotel and resort management company founded by Alan Fuerstman in 2002. The company’s flagship oceanfront resort, Montage Laguna Beach, opened in February 2003 in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, California. The company currently has hotels, resorts and Montage residences under construction in Beverly Hills, scheduled to open in fall 2008; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Deer Valley, Utah and Royal Island, Bahamas, scheduled to open in 2010. www.montagehotels.com

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