Ring in the 2013 Holiday Season with The Balboa Bay Resort

In Travel Deals & Events by LA Travel Magazine

Ring in the 2013 Holiday Season with a variety of exciting holiday events, packages, and family celebrations at Balboa Bay Resort
Holiday Events:                                                                                                        
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Monday, December 2, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Bring family, friends and especially the children, for a complimentary evening of joyous festivities. Watch as the resort and our giant Christmas tree come to life with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor amidst a live musical performance of holiday harmonies.  Indulge in holiday cookies and hot beverages while an annual visit from Santa Claus delights one and all. Guests are encouraged to graciously donate a new, unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots Program. 
Holiday Afternoon Tea in The Library
December 1 – 23, 2:00pm and 4:30pm** 
Enjoy a timeless English afternoon tradition with a holiday twist in the comfort of the Library – decorated for the holidays with the fireplace aglow. An assortment of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries will be served with a selection of fine teas. The Governor’s Tea also includes a glass of Champagne or Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider.     
Traditional Tea, $34.00; Governor’s Tea, $39.00. Tax and gratuity not included. 
**Only the first seating is available during The Newport Beach Boat Parade (12/18 – 12/22) 
Holiday Parade of Lights – 105th Annual Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade
December 18 – 22
Begins at 6:30pm and passes by the resort’s shore at approximately 7:50pm
Recognized as a can’t-miss local event and now hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by The New York Times, the Boat Parade is truly a magical holiday tradition enjoyed annually by one and all right here at Balboa Bay Resort. We invite you to enjoy the parade as we offer the best venue for entertaining along the waterfront at First Cabin Restaurant where a special Boat Parade three-course prix fixe menu will be available during two seatings (5:00pm & 8:00pm). Of course for the most ideal view, take in the parade from the comfort and privacy of your own bay front guest room. And for those who prefer a more casual, family-friendly atmosphere, The Beach and Lawn offer exceptional viewing and will feature a Holiday Beach BBQ.  Experience, entertain and delight in a million lights amidst the best view in town.
Reservations for a guest room and First Cabin Restaurant are required for viewing the parade.
Strolling Dickens Christmas Carolers  
December 21, 24 and 25, 6:00pm – 9:00pm 
In the rich time-honored tradition of the holiday season, we are pleased to welcome a group of strolling carolers to delight one and all with beautiful harmonized Christmas carols.
Holiday Dining:
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner – First Cabin Restaurant
Thursday, November 28, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Enjoy an incredible four-course traditional Thanksgiving feast along the waterfront, overlooking Newport Bay at First Cabin Restaurant. 
$78.00* Adults, $40.00* Children 4 – 12. *Tax and gratuity not included.  A 48-hour cancellation policy of $25 per person will apply.   
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner – First Cabin Restaurant
Tuesday, December 24, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, December 25, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Enjoy a traditional five-course holiday meal in the warm and elegant ambiance of  First Cabin Restaurant.  Christmas spirit will fill the air with lovely piano melodies as you delight in great food with your loved ones amidst the views of the beautiful Newport Bay.   
$89.00* Adults, $45.00* Children 4 – 12. *Tax and gratuity not included.  A 48-hour cancellation policy of $25 per person will apply.
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Entertainment – First Cabin Restaurant
Tuesday, December 31, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Ring in the New Year with a decadent five-course gourmet dinner artfully created for this special evening.
$97.50* Adults. *Tax and gratuity not included.  A 48-hour cancellation policy of $25 per person will apply.
For complete menus and details, visit BalboaBayResort.com. For all dining reservations, please call 949.630.4145
Holiday Treatments at The Spa:
October Special: Autumn Bliss, Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
In honor of the beautiful autumn season, enjoy a wonderful transformation of our 50- minute Organic Facial with an amazing Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel – a delicious puree of yams and pumpkins accelerate the exfoliation process to peel away dead skin cells, reducing pigmentation, fine lines and sun damage. The natural enzyme content increases collagen production to leave skin firm and radiant with increased elasticity.
November Special: Harvest Glow, Cranberry Pomegranate Facial
The antioxidant superpowers of cranberry and pomegranate combine in a delicious facial loaded with whole fruits, seeds, and juice. The high levels of Vitamin C and polyphenols revitalize and protect while improving skin tone and the signs of aging. Antioxidant and vitamin-rich for all skin types$130, 50 min.
December Specials: Very Merry Cranberry Scrub
Your skin is caressed with the vitamin-richness of cranberry, enriching it with nutrition and softness that will leave your skin lustrous and radiant.
Scrub only $65, 25 min., or pair it with another spa service of 50 Minutes or longer, for $60, plus the price of the second service. Must be same person, same day, to receive the discount. No other offers or discounts apply.
Sugar Plum Facial with Cinnamon Lip Plumper
A wake-up call for fatigued or iron-deficient skin types. A delicious plum jam-like puree infuses fatigued skins with essential nutrients, iron and Vitamins A, E and C Ester. Skin will look fantastically revitalized and have a youthful rosy glow. A complimentary Cinnamon Lip Plumper will be added to complete this amazing treatment. $130, 50 min.
For details and reservations, please contact The Spa at 949.630.4772.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations: 
New Year’s Eve Black Tie Gala – An Elegant & Spectacular Affair in the Grand Ballroom
Ring in the New Year in glittering style!  Join us for an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration in the Grand Ballroom.  Begin the evening with a reception featuring a martini bar, sparkling Champagne and an amazing variety of delicious butler passed hors d’oeuvres.  Then, delight your taste buds with an elegant and decadent five-course dinner perfectly paired with exquisite wines. Next, dance the night away to the powerful twelve-piece ultimate party band “Rembrandt”.  Don party hats and noisemakers at midnight to ring in the New Year of 2014 with a celebratory Champagne toast.  This is certain to be an amazing evening and the best way to bid farewell to 2013 in splendid fashion. $205.00* per person. 
New Year’s Eve in Duke’s Place
For a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration of music, dancing, great food, drinks and fun, join us in Duke’s Place! Enjoy a wide variety of music selected by a live DJ from 8:00pm to 2:00am, certain to entertain all night long. At midnight, guests will don party hats and noisemakers to celebrate the arrival of 2014.  
New Year’s Day Brunch – First Cabin Restaurant
Wednesday, January 1, 10:00am – 3:00pm
After a memorable evening to welcome 2014, keep the festivities going and join us on the first day of the New Year for a delicious brunch in First Cabin Restaurant.  To begin, enjoy a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary, followed by all your favorite breakfast and brunch specials. 
$45.00* Adults, $22.50* Children 4 – 12. * Tax and gratuity not included.  A 48-hour cancellation policy of $25 per person will apply. 
For complete menus and details, please visit BalboaBayResort.com.
Holiday Getaways and Packages:
The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Resort Package
Make it a New Years Eve you will never forget. Package includes: luxurious guest room accommodations, two tickets to the elegant New Year’s Eve Black Tie Gala that consists of a reception, five-course dinner, live entertainment, dancing andmidnight champagne toast in the Grand Ballroom, New Year’s Day brunch at First Cabin Restaurant and valet parking at the Resort.  
Rates begin at $819.00. Room and rate are per couple and subject to availability at the time of reservation. New Year’s Eve Package is valid for one night only on 12/31/13. Taxes, fees and gratuity are not included.
Ultimate South Coast Plaza Holiday Shop and Stay Package
South Coast Plaza, internationally recognized for its unparalleled collection of over 250 retailers, is a shopper’s paradise – and the perfect place to spend the day tackling all your holiday shopping! Balboa Bay Resort’s Ultimate South Coast Plaza Shop and Stay Package is truly a shopper’s dream come true.
Package includes luxurious overnight accommodations, breakfast in the privacy of your room or at First Cabin Restaurant, and a day of VIP holiday shopping at South Coast Plaza with your Holiday Shopping Gift Bag**. Plus, this package includes a $50.00 gift certificate to South Coast Plaza. Rates begin at $269.00* per night.
Holiday 2013 Resort Perks Package
This holiday special package consists of luxurious guest room accommodations, breakfast for two in your room or at First Cabin Restaurant, valet parking at the Resort and the South Coast Plaza Holiday Shopping Gift Bag**. Rates begin at $244.00* per night. 
*Rates and packages are available from November 10 – December 30, 2013. Reservations are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Taxes, fees and gratuities are not included. Some blackout dates do apply. 
** South Coast Plaza Holiday Shopping Gift Bag includes:   
  • Complimentary Valet Parking at South Coast Plaza
  • Complimentary gift wrapping of two items
  • Entrance to the ACCESS VIP Suite offering complimentary refreshments, package check and private lounge space
  • VIP Passport featuring exclusive offers from more than 100 of South Coast Plaza’s premier stores and restaurants
  • Gift of South Coast Plaza leather luggage tag