Bust out the glitter. Decorate the tree. Hang the lights. Drape the garland. Ring the bells. Adorn gifts with ribbon and shine. No matter what your favorite holiday decor is, the holiday season is chock full of extravagance, beauty, and decoration. Office parties, white elephant gift exchanges, cookie contests, gingerbread houses, and caroling are just a few of the festive ways that we say goodbye to this year and celebrate the start of the next. Regardless of where or what you’re celebrating, the winter months hold a sort of magical aura that encourage cozying up to loved ones, the gift of giving, and much more holiday spirit. This year, holiday season is in full swing in Carlsbad. Here is a complete list of five of the best events happening throughout the city this month. Throw on your loudest holiday attire and dive in to the fun before the year is over.
LEGOLAND is Carlsbad’s go-to place for imagination, creativity, and fun. During the holidays, these attributes are on full display with over a month’s worth of activities and celebration working to user in the new year. Through December 31st, LEGOLAND is decorated from top to bottom with holiday cheer. There is a 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree that lights up every night while surrounded by music. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland, giving children the opportunity to have meet and greets with new holiday characters, partake in special holiday themed treats, and attend live entertainment on a nightly basis.
Two of Carlsbad’s most treasured resorts are partnering up to bring festive events for all ages to Carlsbad. On December 13th and again on the 20th, the resorts are hosting evenings full of sweets, fantasy, and delight. On Thursday, December 13th families can watch a Christmas Movie, roast S’mores, take a ride on the Holly Trolley, and sing their lungs out at Christmas Karaoke. On the 20th, kids can take last minute photos with Santa, try their hands at cookie decorating, and see if they have what it takes to complete a Christmas Scavenger Hunt.
This season, OAK+Elixir are partnering with Blush to Crush to make sure that singles have the same opportunity to pose underneath the mistletoe as everyone else. Singles aged 25-40 years old can make light of the season by wearing their ugliest Christmas sweater while going on 20 mini-dates. Daters will have the chance to grab a drink and mingle before the speed dating begins. Each date lasts 4-5 minutes and each participant will be given a CRUSH CARD to take notes and choose their best match. The ugly Christmas sweaters will add an extra twist as daters get to show off their ugliest attire while flaunting their best features.
Starting on December 17th and leading up until the weekend right before Christmas, Cape Rey is continuing their tradition of counting down to the big day with a full week of activities for kids. Activities begin at 6 p.m. each night and are family friendly. See here for a list of everything your family can enjoy this holiday:
No holiday party checklist is complete without a plan to ring in the new year. The Westin Carlsbad is one of the best ways to say ‘goodbye’ to 2018 and ‘hello’ to 2019. The resort hosts a party that is great for adults and kids alike. This year, The Westin’s NYE Bash is featuring a speakeasy theme. There is no secret entryway, guests are just encouraged to come with their best 1920’s garb. The night kicks off at 6:30 with a buffet dinner and dessert bar. A live DJ, dancing, and sparkly entertainment will keep guests moving all night in anticipation for the ball drop. The Kids Party Zone will host a gaming room, face painting, ping pong, and a variety of other age appropriate activities. The clock will strike twice, once at 9 p.m. PST for the kids and again at 12 a.m. PST for the adults.