Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival, my favorite summertime treat, is all dressed up and deck-out for the holidays. OK, so there are eucalyptus trees towering overhead instead of snowy pines and there’s sawdust underfoot instead of snow. It may be Christmas “California-Style,” but the 21st Annual Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is sparkling with holiday spirit.
I spent the evening, strolling past artist booths, twinkling with lights, listening to holiday music and sipping on hot apple cider to keep away the chill. Over 170 artists display their creations at the Sawdust Festival, many of whom were on hand to say hello. Just like in the summer, the Winter Fantasy gives visitors a chance to get a taste of Laguna Beach’s famed art culture in an informal, relaxed environment.
Santa is on hand. It even manages to “snow” on festival-goers once and awhile. But, by far, the best part of the Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is the shopping. Most artists have created holiday themed pieces that are for sale at very affordable prices. Where else can you find beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art to please everyone on your shopping list?
I decided that it would be a Laguna Art Christmas this year, and began to pick out unique gifts that matched my loved ones perfectly. I happily snatched up glittering artisan glass ornaments for $15 each. There were jeweled bracelets, bright beaded key chains, and wooden wine bottle stoppers. I found festive glass plates and Christmas corsages covered in colorful ribbons and delicate, ceramic flowers.
By the end of the evening, I had a heart full of Christmas spirit and shopping bags full of special treasures that couldn’t be found in the local mall.
It’s not too late to find your holiday treasures at the Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy. There’s still one more weekend to shop!
Final Weekend of the Sawdust Winter Fantasy.
December 9,10, 11. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, children 6-12 $3. Season pass $9. 936 Laguna Canyon Rd.