Winter Wonderland at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes will kick off the holiday season with its 28th Annual Lighting of the Bay, featuring a full schedule of festivities on Friday, November 23. Admission is free for Winter Wonderland will feature a snow-filled winter wonderland for the family and children, the opening of the Christmas Tree Lot, boutique craft fair, live musical performances, special holiday Brunch with Santa on the Weekend at the Back Bay Bistro and a lineup of other festivities.

Taking center stage at the actual Lighting of the Bay will be Santa Claus, who will arrive not by sleigh but on a lit paddleboard. He will flip the switch that will turn on 50+ electric Christmas trees that will illuminate the bay. Friday’s ceremony will be held at the gazebo this year to accommodate the growing number of attendees, expected to exceed 500.


Happy Holidays

Event Dates: 
November 23, 2018 – Lighting of the Bay
November 24 & 25 – Santa at the Tree Lot
December 8 & 22, 2018 – Brunch with Santa

Lighting of Bay Event Schedule:
3:00 pm – CDM High School Musical Performance
5:00 pm – Lighting of the Bay with Santa Claus
6:00 pm – Holiday Movie on the Bay ft. Elf

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Lighting of the Bay Schedule:

3:00 p.m.– Live Performances by OC Children’s Song Group, Newport Harbor, and Corona Del Mar High School Choirs.
Train Rides, Cookie Decorating, Holiday Crafts, and Hot Cocoa.

5:00 p.m. – Countdown to the Lighting of the Bay featuring Santa Claus, who will flip the giant switch to illuminate the bay.

5:30 p.m. – Santa Claus will flip the switch that will turn on 50+ electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations in the bay! Photo Ops. with Santa!!

6:00 p.m. – Holiday Movie: Elf on the gazebo. Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets.

Full bar being offered. No outside alcohol allowed.

Be sure to visit the Christmas Tree Lot in Newport Beach and purchase your premium trees for the upcoming holiday season. The public may choose from Nobles, Nordmans and Grand Firs ranging from 3’ to 10’. Aside from Christmas trees, we will also have fresh wreaths, garland, and poinsettias delivered weekly. Christmas accessories such as the following will also be available for sale: Ornaments, hats, mistletoe, cards, lights, etc. Santa will also be visiting the Tree Lot on November 24 & 25.

Hours of operation are 10:00 am – 9:00 pm daily

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Brunch with Santa

May your days be filled with peace, hope, and joy this holiday season. Here is an added treat for everyone at Newport Dunes. Dine with Santa Claus and share your holiday wishes with him! Enjoy a delicious buffet, make holiday crafts and take selfies with the big guy.

Brunch Dates:

December 8, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
December 22, 2018 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Movies on the Beach

Movie Dates:

December 1 – 5:00 pm: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
December 7 – 4:00 pm: Home Alone
December 8 – 4:00 pm: Home Alone 2
December 14 – 4:00 pm: A Christmas Carol
December 15 – 5:00 pm: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 21 – 4:00 pm: The Polar Express
December 22 – 5:00 pm: Elf

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