The Southern California coastal city of Laguna Beach remains a favorite with locals and visitors year-round. However, as the year ends, special holiday events unfold for the enjoyment of young and old alike. Even without snow, everyone can revel in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Book your room at a hotel in Laguna Beach now and get ready to enjoy some of these fantastic year-end activities when you’re here.

Visit the Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Get in the festive spirit by visiting this Fullerton facility to see the decorations and have some fun. The family-friendly venue offers art workshops for younger guests along with an arts and crafts sale. A variety of performers take to the stage to offer live music and dance. Special festivities take place on December 19th.

Venture to Tanaka Farms

This nearby Irvine-based location hosts the annual Hikari: A Festival of Lights through December 30th. Hikari is the Japanese word for “shine,” which this farm does with displays using more than a million lights. Your adventure might begin with a holiday wagon ride that takes you on a tour of the farm with a stop at the “Land of a Thousand Lanterns,” where you’ll be encouraged to exit the wagon and explore the light displays. Next, you might venture to the Gingerbread Forest, where little ones have the chance to meet Santa. There’s also live music to lift your spirit, animals to visit, arts and crafts to gaze upon, and food to enjoy.

Watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights

This waterborne procession takes place on Sunday, December 19th. Onlookers have the chance to view a variety of boats, canoes, kayaks, yachts, and other seagoing vessels decorated in elaborate holiday finery when the event starts at 6:30 p.m. The parade travels around the harbor and bay, beginning and ending at Lido Isle with a trip around Little Balboa Island to the West Jetty and back. There are a number of eateries positioned along the route if guests decide to enjoy a meal in anticipation of the participants’ arrival.

See the Trains

Through January 23rd, nearby Anaheim’s Muzeo Express welcomes railway enthusiasts to see their model train dioramas decorated for the holidays. Each of the 12 exhibits in the Main Gallery boasts an individual theme for the season. Thomas the Train, Disney’s Radiator Springs, and the Polar Express are some of the most popular collections. Train enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to enjoy the exhibits hosted by the Train Collectors Association and the Toy Train Operating Society.

You’re certain to find plenty of fun things to see at the end of the year in Laguna Beach. Explore this amazing city’s variety of enjoyable activities while staying with us at The Art Hotel. When they’re looking for comfortable local hotels, Laguna Beach visitors make us their top choice because we offer all the amenities our guests need for a relaxing getaway, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, and in-room refrigerators and coffee. Call us at 949-593-2188 today to reserve your room.