Looking for great venues to see Santa Claus in Orange County? Here is our list for favorite Santa visits in the OC.  We did not extensively list malls, since you probably already have your favorite.  So we listed our 2 favorite mall Santas, and instead, are sharing sites we also just love to visit that happen to have awesome Santas.  We prefer going to these beautiful settings and finishing our visits with some adult holiday cheer at the bar!

  1. The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach  
    22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach  (855) 315-8214  
Santa at Pelican Hill

Story time with Santa

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Montage at Laguna Beach

One of my favorite watering holes are hotel lobbies, and the spot that takes lounging to the next level is The Lobby Lounge in the Montage Laguna Beach.  

Montage lobby

Lobby decked out for the holidays

So let’s talk about the stages of my life:  there was a time when standing in a crowded bar or club trying not to spill my precious Bombay martini that is filled to the rim in a very impractical long stemmed glass was a regular and appealing night out.  Nope.  Not doing that anymore.  Fast forward ?? years. Please show me the way to comfy seats with table service.  If it has not occurred to you to hang out in hotel lobbies when you’re not on vacay, well, let’s think about it!  They are open late, you can lounge without getting the stink eye from servers,  and you can always find a comfy seat.  One of my favorite hangouts with my honey, with girlfriends, and even with the whole family are hotel lobbies.  That’s right, they are pretty good places to hang out with kids.  Order them a snack, hot chocolate, and bring a deck of cards or a board game – everyone is happy! View Post

Talk about decking the halls!  Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach is a great place to start your shopping for holiday decorations.   A little confession:  we were on our way to the tree lighting at Fashion Island, and we were late getting out there (you all know, taking about 20 mins to get socks and shoes on, then having a last minute bathroom emergency as we start loading up the car). When we realized as we sat waiting in a long line of cars to get into the packed parking lot that we would not be able to find parking and get to the lighting in 12 mins, we planned our escape. Yes, the kids were a little disappointed to miss the official Christmas tree lighting, but we promised to bring them back another evening to see the tree.  Seeing festive lights behind us, we flipped a U turn and followed the lights.  To our pleasant surprise, we drove into a twinkling oasis.  I have had Roger’s Garden on my list for awhile, so  this accidental discovery was so timely.

For those that are not familiar, Roger’s Garden is a spacious outdoor nursery with an equally expansive indoor store.  At the back of all this beautiful garden is their Farmhouse restaurant.  The kids were so excited to roam the nursery that is currently decorated with beautiful holiday lights – simply magical!  Holiday tip:  if you call the Farmhouse restaurant, they are completely booked for reservations until January; however, we simply walked up and put our name on the wait list before exploring the garden.  The wait was only an hour on a Thursday night, with plenty of open seating at the bar, but I will assume that it will be longer if you go on a weekend.  This was just the perfect amount of time for us to enjoy the lights and do a little shopping.  The have beautiful decorations and ornaments, with a good selection of traditional and marine themed holiday items – we are in Newport Beach, after all!  The kids got some adorable fuzzy beanies with koala ears and owl ears (yes, I probably overpaid, but they were so darn cute!).  There is also a coffee cart in the middle of the garden, so you can grab a coffee or a hot chocolate on a cold evening.  

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Recently we discovered a very promising brand new smartphone accessory company in Irvine, CA called Vibes Audio. They had us at vibration-powered detachable bluetooth speakers for iPhone. Intriguing. But that was just the start. You see, they created a line of new modular smartphone accessories that are swappable and shareable. They call this new line up the ROXON Modular Smarphone System. Named after the CEO’s dog Rox Von Wilder? (see about us page on company website). Probably. Whatever the source for this name we think the name is fitting — these things really do ROCK. 

Check out our unboxing and review video with all the fun ways we used Vibes Audio’s products!

The ROXON system consists of their BASEROX modular phone case for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones and some really cool snap-on accessories. They have an impressive product roadmap (Stay tuned for future posts). Two accessories we had the great fortune of reviewing is the VIBROX Sound Engine and the VOLTROX Power Bank. What are these delightful techie gadgets? For us, it’s a new way to enjoy your music on the fly and charge your phone in those moments when really need some juice. 

Before we get to the GIVEAWAY, here are some details about these exciting new products starting with what could be the most bad-ass smartphone speaker ever created:

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The Lido Theater in Newport Beach elicits charm and class. Especially during the holidays. Let’s get this holiday started!  All the malls are decked out, lights are going up around the neighborhood, and holiday music is playing on KOST.  And really, we need every single day that we can get to squeeze in all the fun activities around town and beyond!  Between our two families, we have so many holiday traditions, new and old, we’re lucky we’re not starting up in June!

Lido Theater Newport Beach

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