Holiday Entertainment & Epicurean Experiences at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Christmas and Hanukkah are my favorite time of the year because there is so much food associated with both holidays! A great way to celebrate these holidays is with  chef-led cooking classes, Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating, Nutcracker Tea Holiday Parties and other festive family experiences at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach. Special Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s menus will also be available at Andrea, Coliseum Pool & Grill and Pelican Grill.

Featured seasonal offerings include:

Pelican Hill Culinary Academy

Fridays in November & December

Explore the flavors of the season with fresh, local ingredients from the Irvine Ranch®, as one of Pelican Hill’s chefs du cuisine leads a hands-on preparation course paired with wines. Classes take place Friday evenings in a luxurious Villa kitchen and feature a distinct menu theme:

  • November 8: Italian Traditions with Andrea Chef Marco
  • November 15: Chef’s Secrets for Thanksgiving with Pelican Grill Chef Derek
  • November 22: Holiday Entertaining Small Plates with Villa Chef Jack
  • December 6: A Christmas Family Feast with Coliseum Pool & Grill Chef Marc
  • December 13: New Year’s Gourmet Menu with Executive Sous Chef Arnaud

$175* per person per class, including wine pairings. $195* per person for December 13 class, including wine pairings Limited to 14 guests per class.  Reservations are required and may be arranged by calling 800-820-6800.

Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch

Thursday, November 28

Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray creates an exquisite Thanksgiving brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.

$110* per adult; $50* per child

Pelican Hill Veranda Panorama


photo credit “Courtesy of Pelican Hill.”

  Tea Time Renaissance

November 23 – December 30

Capture the essence of a traditional tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. throughout the holiday season in the Great Room, along with a classical harpist. (Tea Service not available New Year’s Day.)

$50* per adult; $30* per child

Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating

Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 8

Pelican Hill’s Pastry Chef highlights a favorite holiday tradition in this culinary class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when children will enjoy lunch and create a masterpiece to take home. Classes are available for children ages 5 and up, with parent supervision required throughout the class for all children ages 10 and younger.

$75* per person



photo credit “Courtesy of Pelican Hill.”

 Nutcracker Tea Holiday Party

Sunday, December 15 & Sunday, December 22

Children and their families are invited to enjoy an enchanting holiday season tradition, featuring a delightful Nutcracker ballet performance and holiday tea in the Resort’s elegant ballroom from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Tea sandwiches, pastries and scones will be served.  Parent supervision is required throughout the tea and performance.

$80* per adult; $40* per child

holiday tea


photo credit “Courtesy of Pelican Hill.”

 Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 21

Come and tell Santa your holiday wishes from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Mar Vista Ballroom. Children and their families will enjoy seasonal music and a traditional breakfast buffet, featuring favorites such as scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausages and French toast. A to-go candy buffet and Santa photo souvenir are included. Parent supervision is required throughout Santa visits and breakfast.

$50* per adult or child

Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch

A Christmas celebration with traditional offerings accompanied by a classical harpist is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Children’s activities include Santa Claus photos, cupcake decorating and a puppet marionette show at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.

$110* per adult; $50* per child

New Year’s Eve Party Cabanas at Coliseum Pool

From 6 p.m. – midnight, ring in 2014 with a private cabana party, as you view the evening’s celebrations on a flat-screen TV. Enjoy an a la carte New Year’s Eve celebration menu and a complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight. Live music is available nearby at Coliseum Pool & Grill.

$175* per cabana for up to 8 guests

New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at Camp Pelican

Children ages 4 – 12 are invited to a celebration just for kids from 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., with festive games, crafts, dinner and a holiday movie to ring in the New Year!

$120 per child; available for Resort guests exclusively

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, CA. Dining and event reservations may be arranged by calling 800.820.6800. Additional information is available at

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