When I was a little girl I really looked forward to the holidays. My family would go into the city and look at the decorated windows. We’d bundle up & see the skaters and tree at Rockefeller Plaza. I have many fond memories that involve twinkling lights, carolers and cocoa. Which is funny, as I am Jewish. I don’t celebrate Christmas in my own home. But that doesn’t mean I cannot enjoy the season, the decor and sharing the holiday with friends.
Raising my kids as Jews in So Cal, I hadn’t found anything like what I grew up with on the east coast. There is certainly enough Christmas decor – everywhere from the drug store to the gas stations. Lots of plastic and foam trappings of the season. Every store, everywhere invites us all to celebrate and to share with cheap mechanical dancing Santas. But this is not at all what I’d consider destination travel, as Rockefeller Plaza and the stores along 5th Ave. were in my youth. There was nothing to compare.
Until I realized what South Coast Plaza has going on.
Over the years I have lived here, South Coast has grown up and matured into a destination for both shopping and the arts. Adjacent to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and full of hundreds of world class stores (see the map of South Coast Plaza stores here).
What they have done here is magical.
So this year, for the first time my children met Santa, marveled at the decorations, took a train ride and were wowed by the colorful decor, live musicians, twinkling lights, festive balloons and all the trappings of the holidays at South Coast. They loved it. So did I.
From the holiday craft stations where you can decorate a nutcracker or make an ornament, to the carousel near Santa’s village that has been switched out to reindeer. This is not your mall Santa. This is magical, and the first thing that’s measured up for me to the Christmas strolls of my childhood.
The only thing missing? The frozen toes. Didn’t miss that part at all!
Check out all the holiday happenings, schedules and more on the South Coast Plaza web site.