Temperatures may still be in the seventies in Southern California, but Santa’s on his way and holiday cheer is everywhere. Here’s how some of our favorite venues and destinations are celebrating.

At the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, the grand lobby is being transformerd into a holiday wonderland with an ornate and edible life-size gingerbread house and a 12-foot Douglas fir. Bringing back a holiday tradition for the first time in 15 years, guests will be greeted with freshly roasted chestnuts at the property’s porte cochère while real snow falls from above. 

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has partnered with the Los Angeles Ballet and luxury tea blender Tealaves to offer a Nutcracker tea menu in the Lobby Lounge. The menu features chestnut and mushroom pie, pumpkin quiche, tea sandwiches, Gruyere popovers and an assortment of sweet treats. Guests can enjoy a special Nutcracker holiday package that includes an overnight stay for two guests, the holiday tea, dinner at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills and two tickets to The Nutcracker ballet.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will be offering free candy canes, photo opportunities with Santa, a “Sound of the Holidays” musical series and a special prix fixe holiday menu at Peaks Restaurant on Christmas and New Year’s days. 

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will celebrate its 109th year during the five nights of December 13-17. One of the longest holiday traditions in the country, the “Ring of Lights” parade can be enjoyed from a variety of viewing locals in the new 10.5 acre Marine Park. Fireworks on opening and closing nights.

The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square has returned to downtown Los Angeles for its 20th anniversary season. Framed by skyscrapers and historical landmarks, the 7,200-square-foot Ice Rink welcomes more that 54,000 skaters and 450,000 spectators annually. Open through January 15, the rink is hosting a series of festive special events including sets by DJ HowLy on select Thursday nights, Aladdin-themed skates every Wednesday evening, curling lessons, silent skate parties and a Polar Bear Skate on New Year’s Day with a dress code of beach attire.

Oxtail-stuffed tomato, grilled shrimp with lotus root chips, strawberry & buttermilk panna cotta. These are just a few of the dishes that will be on the menu during three Mondays in March when Luce at InterContinental SF Hotel partners with the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies program for the 11th Annual Culinary Clash 2022, a fundraiser for CCSF's Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies scholarship program.

 

If you’re anywhere near San Francisco on January 13, you might want to take advantage of “Meeting Essentials: A One-Day Conference and Exhibition.” Developed by Arnie Roberts (pictured here), founder and president of Smart-Reg International, a leader in the emerging registration technologies for the trade show and meeting industry, the conference, which is free to qualified meeting and event professionals, will take place at South San Francisco Conference Center. 

 

Mark your 2022 calendar for two key MPI Southern California Chapter gatherings. On January 13, the annual “State of the Industry” event will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Michael Dominguez, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International will be the keynote speaker, discussing where we are headed, how to navigate the challenges associated with resuming in-person events and how to move our industry, and our role as event professionals, forward. Following the presentation, MPISCC’s Office of the President will host a 30-minute town hall.