Here Are Some Fun–And Free!–Ways to Spend Black Friday And The Weekend

NOV. 29 THROUGH DEC. 24
IRVINE SPECTRUM NIGHTLY TREE LIGHTING
Beginning at the end of November until Christmas Eve, the 75-foot tree at the Irvine Spectrum Center will come to life. Located near the Giant Wheel Court, watch as the tree lights up with a choreographed show every 30 minutes. Ice skating, valet parking, and rides on the ferris wheel and carousel also are free on Black Friday. Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949-790-4871, irvinespectrumcenter.com

NOV. 29
GOLDEN FRIDAY FUN RUN 5K
Instead of shopping on Black Friday this year, join Golden Road Brewing on their Golden Friday. This annual 5k run is for those 21 and older, where you will receive a race-day T-shirt, two beer tickets, and snacks. A portion of the registration fee will go toward the Orange County-based Barks of Love dog rescue organization. Golden Road Brewing Anaheim, 2210 E. Orangewood Ave., Anaheim, 714-912-4015, goldenroadbrew.la

NOV. 29 THROUGH DEC. 31
HOLIDAY AFTERNOON TEA
The Montage Laguna Beach presents an elegant holiday tea service filled with deliciousness. Guests can relax at the extravagant afternoon tea in posh, comfy chairs and choose savory selections such as lobster salad tartlet, and egg and cress with black truffle, as well as delectable house-made sweet indulgences that include gingerbread-Bosc pear pie, and classic and orange peel scones. The teas include herbal varieties, scented greens, and well-being green tea. Signature boutique blended tea choices include white strawberry Champagne and French apple streusel. Classic black teas include masala chai and Lady Blue Earl Grey. Call for reservations. Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-715-6420, montagehotels.com

NOV. 29
COOL YULE CHRISTMAS TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY
Join holiday carolers and a singing Santa Claus as they light a 30-foot tree overlooking Pacific Coast Highway for the Second Annual “Cool Yule” Tree Lighting Celebration at Paséa Hotel & Spa. Visitors will be welcomed with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies and are invited to stay for a day of artisan vendors, giveaways, and crafts overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Free to the public. Pasea Hotel and Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 855-636-6371, hotelpasea.com

NOV. 30
29TH ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE BAY
Kick off the holiday season at Newport Dunes’ 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay celebration as Santa picks a lucky kid to help him flip the switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. During this free event, families will enjoy live chorale performances by local school choirs, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, train rides, an outdoor holiday movie and a live performance by local favorites, The Tijuana Dogs. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949-999-3100, newportdunes.com

DEC. 1
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Kick off the holiday season with Balboa Bay Resort’s annual tree-lighting ceremony. Enjoy a performance from Orange County School of the Arts’ MONTAGE!, a high-energy performance featuring Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and friends. Complimentary treats and beverages complete the festivities. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949-645-5000, balboabayresort.com

DEC. 1 THROUGH DEC. 22
SUNDAY HOLIDAY DINNERS AT CAFE JARDIN
Enjoy a  holiday meal at Cafe Jardin restaurant at the Sherman Library & Gardens. The three-course dinner includes warm duck with pork belly pate, and roasted quail, among other dishes. Seating is limited and is $75 per person. Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-0033, slgardens.org

DEC. 1 THROUGH DEC. 29
HOLIDAY FIRESIDE SESSIONS & S’MORES AT OAK GRILL
Located at the Fashion Island Hotel, Oak Grill’s Holiday Fireside Session invites friends and loved ones to cuddle up and celebrate the season with live acoustic holiday music on the patio. Local guitarists perform as guests sip ordered featured cocktails and savor seasonal dishes from the fireside menu, including holiday s’mores with chocolate-peppermint bark and snowman-themed marshmallows. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-386-8361, fashionislandhotel.com

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