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Your Go-To List For Holiday Events This Season

With all of the excitement going on this holiday season, it may be hard to keep track of the events that are happening at resorts and hotels all over the country.

We’re making that easier for you — this list will serve as your go-to for a look at what’s happening near you, whether that’s at home or during your travels.

The 2017 Holiday Season’s Top Events

Monarch Beach Resort | Dana Point, CA

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While tradition is certainly not something to be messed with, there certainly isn’t anything wrong with adding a bit to tradition, and creating some new and excitement experiences along the way.

That’s what Monarch Beach Resort had in mind this year when they scheduled the following holiday activities for travelers to enjoy.

Mixology Class | December 9, 16, 23, 30

Master mixologists will show you how to craft the perfect holiday drinks with this hands-on instruction. Using premium spirits and the fresh ingredients of California, you’ll have a blast shaking up something new.

This class is priced at $40 per person and includes instruction and sample of three cocktails.

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Glasses & Brushes | December 8, 15, 22, 29

Local fave painted Tony Goodwin will be sharing his skill over some wine at this painting class. Enjoy learning how to paint alongside national award-winning artist Goodwin, and get a peek at his approach to oil painting.

This class is priced at $50 per person and includes canvas, paints, and two glasses of house wine.

Lighten-up Comedy Show | December 16

Laugh your way through Saturday night, and celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah by attending the comedy show of Brian Kiley.

Tickets are available via Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach.

For more information on these events, and other happenings at Monarch Beach Resort this holiday season, visit the resort’s website here.

 

Boulders Resort & Spa | Carefree, AZ

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With activities aplenty, your visit to Boulders Resort & Spa this holiday season will be guilt-free thanks to all the playing you’ll be doing!

The resort is offering a lot of fun-filled activities for you and your family to enjoy!

Horseback & Breakfast Rides

Enjoy a relaxing jaunt through the gorgeous nearby trails that provides stunning views of the Valley.

Walk The Rock

This guided walk takes guests through the Sonoran Desert and its prehistoric background, featuring a variety of flora and fauna, as well as the 12-million-year-old boulder that served as the inspiration for the resort’s name.

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Hot-air Ballooning

Take off into the gorgeous desert skies right from the convenience of the resort ground with a hot-air balloon ride. Head up at sunrise or sunset, and enjoy breakfast in the sky as well.

Desert Photography Tour

Capture the most beautiful spots in the desert with this guided photography tour. See all the up-close glory of not only the plants, but also the animal life in this vast desert.

Desert Fly Fishing

Learn how to fly fish on the Club Lake at the resort’s golf course with the beautiful desert all around you.

This only scratches the surface of what is available to enjoy this holiday season at Boulders Resort & Spa. To see all of the excitement, and to book your stay there today, visit the resort’s website here.

 

Amara Resort | Sedona, AZ

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There is something incredibly magical about Sedona — especially Sedona in the winter.

Just a short drive from the Valley, Sedona is an escape to an entirely different world, a different universe almost!

And the drive up there will definitely be worth it to check out the great views from Amara Resort.

Sedona Northern Lights

From December 14-17, four times per night, the country’s largest 3D projection mapping show on a natural canvas will be projected onto the famous Camelhead Rock, viewed perfectly from Amara Resort.

You’ll be able to view the show from Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row, but we guarantee you’ll enjoy the incredible show and views best from the comfort of the front row at Amara.

In celebration of the Northern Lights, Amara Resort is offering:

  • Room rates from $299/night
  • Three-course tasting menu at SaltRock ($55 per person)
  • Fun on the courtyard including:
    • Cornhole
    • Snuggling under a cozy blanket on the resort’s yellow Adirondack chairs
    • Roasting marshmallows on the outdoor fireplaces
    • Sipping your favorite holiday cocktail at the resort’s outdoor bar

To book your stay at Amara Resort to view the show of the year, visit the resort’s website here.

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