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December 29 – January 1


Surfs Up – A Beach Boys Tribute

Dec. 30. A resounding tribute to the sounds of Southern California set the stage for a beautiful night out. Get tickets now for an evening you won’t forget as Surfs Up – a Beach Boys tribute band – takes the stage at one of the best live music venues in Brea. A show at The Copper Door should be on everyone’s checklist before the year ends, and no better time than now. Tickers can be found here. Starts Friday, at 9 p.m. 180 S Brea Blvd, Brea.

Cars and Coffee

Unofficial Tour D’ Orange

Jan. 1. Kick-off 2023 in style, and behind the wheel as the annual New Year’s Day “Unofficial” Tour ‘D Orange cruise of Orange County begins. Come out and start 2023 with a great cruise of beautiful Orange County. Everyone will meet in the parking lot at Fashion Island in front of the Cheesecake Factory. Cruise routes will be handed out at that time. Sunday, 8 a.m. – Noon. 1141 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach.

The Gingerbread Holiday Display

Through Dec. 30. Guests of all ages will delight in the walk-in, life-scale gingerbread house inspired by the resort’s Southern California beachfront setting. Custom designed and created by Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith with his talented team, the gingerbread house is made entirely out of gingerbread and confectionary sweets. Guests can experience a sense of wonder with this one-of-a-kind extravagant display. 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

Food + Drink

NYE at Calaca Mamas Cantina

Dec. 31. On New Year’s Eve, guests can enjoy two Prix Fixe Menus featuring new limited edition items and a few classic favorites from the Basic Menu ($75) and Bougie Menu ($90). Limited-time New Year’s Eve cocktails, such as Ponche, will be available for guests to enjoy while catching a glimpse of Disneyland’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display from Calaca Mamas’ outdoor patio. Reservations recommended. Saturday, 7 p.m. 1550 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim. Reserve Now

A Rooftop NYE

Dec. 31. Atop the Rooftop Lounge, guests can count down to midnight with handcrafted cocktails and champagne, live percussionists, and can order a selection of the Rooftop Lounge’s popular appetizers. La Casa del Camino has everything guests need for a luxurious coastal holiday to end 2022. Hours might change on N. 1289 S Coast Hwy 4th floor, Laguna Beach.

Hilton Anaheim Rings in 2023

Dec. 31. To kick off 2023, Hilton Anaheim’s MIX restaurant has created a New Year’s Eve menu for hotel guests and visitors. The menu features a lineup of dishes such as lobster bisque and a wedge salad to start, for mains a rosemary crusted rack of lamb or bone-in rib eye steak. Dessert selections include the Winter White Torte and Drink Your Dessert which are the perfect treats to enjoy with friends and family. 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim. For times and more information visit Hilton Anaheim or call +1 714-750-432. 

Laguna Fish Company Opens

Dec. 29. The year may come at a close, but Laguna Fish Co. aims to celebrate it with a special dining celebration. The new dining destination sits adjacent to the ocean and beckons guests to enjoy its robust ocean offerings such as Spanish octopus ceviche, signature oyster platters, seafood sandwiches and much more. Friday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 400 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

Collage Makes Plans for the New Year

Open Now and Coming Soon. Collage Culinary Experience continues to establish itself as an elevated global dining collective. It has recently welcomed Bruxie, the original fried chicken and waffle sandwich destination, and Mochinut, the famous donut brand that marries Japanese mochi with the American doughnut. Three new spaces are also set to open at the beginning of 2023, and locals should be very keen on these new developments. 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa.

Arts + Culture

Kids’ Night Out: Surfing Into the New Year

Dec. 29. Celebrate the new year with a Kids’ Night Out. Kids take over the museum for a special, fun-filled night with dinner, art activities, and an interactive surf-themed scavenger hunt around the museum. Caregivers and parents can enjoy a night out, too, as the education team takes over to guide the young learners in exploring the museum exhibitions. 307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach.

Photo credits: Collage courtesy of The ACE Agency. MIX restaurant, Anaheim Hilton. Rooftop Laguna Beach and Calaca Mamas courtesy of Ajenda Public Relations. Laguna Art Museum courtesy of The Ace Agency. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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