Unusual Shopping Experiences

Holiday Boutique Offers a Shoppers’ Respite

The combined elementary choruses will again entertain boutique patrons.

This year’s Laguna Beach High School Holiday Boutique offers an alternative to the usual holiday shopping stampede on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBHS North Gym, 625 Park Ave. Admission is free.

One may enjoy gourmet soup and fresh-baked bread furnished by Ladle, Newport Beach, and Panera Bread, Aliso Viejo, respectively, as well as treats from the parents’ bake sale. Too, there is a selection of items from local artists and vendors. The holiday ambiance will include music from the LBHS strings ensemble and the Top of the World/El Morro Elementary Honors Chorus.

A vast array of local merchants offering hand-crafted fashions, jewelery, leather goods, and holiday floral items join in the annual community event. Anything Canine’s mascot, DeSoto, will be appear for a wag with the kids.  Proceeds benefit Laguna Beach High School students through their PTA.


Alt Market Opens, Anticipates Christmas

One of the vendors from last year’s alternative market.

Neighborhood Congregational Church invites one and all to the seventh annual Alternative Christmas Market on two consecutive Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bridge Hall located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

Shoppers purchase “gifts” as donations in the name of a friend or loved one, supporting a variety of projects that change lives, build communities, open doors of opportunity, and perhaps change a small corner of the world.

Additionally, crafts made by artisans in Central America, offered through Concern America will be sold. Jewelry and Christmas cards from The Illumination Foundation will be available. Fair-trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil from the Holy Land can be purchased.

Last year’s event raised more than $5,000, all of which was donated to the relief and support organizations represented.

Call 949-494-8061 for additional information or driving directions.


Beach Bazaar Combines With Tree Lighting

Last year, revelers met Santa at the sea.

The Crystal Cove Alliance Holiday Beach Bazaar and Tree Lighting Ceremony are

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park.

Items for sale include fine art paintings, hand-made jewelry, photography, and vintage themed toys and gifts. Local authors, Jessi Kirby and Doug Thompson will be on-site to sign their books.

There are free activities for kids of all ages. On Saturday, the Dana Hills High School choir will sing at 3 p.m. Afterward, Santa arrives at 4 p.m. The tree lighting takes place at sunset.

The Beachcomber Café will provide cider and cookies. All proceeds from the Holiday Beach Bazaar benefit Crystal Cove State Park.

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