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Holiday Shopping at The Sawdust Art Festival

 

The Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach is my favorite summertime treat, but now it’s all dressed up and decked-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 22nd Annual Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is sparkling with holiday spirit.

 When the Winter Fantasy Festival opens on Saturday, November 17th, I’ll spend the evening strolling past artist booths that are  twinkling with lights. I’ll listen to holiday music and sip hot apple cider to keep away the chill.

 

Over 170 artists display their creations at the Sawdust Festival, many will be there 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?

 

 

Last year, I decided that it would be a Laguna Art Christmas, and  picked out unique gifts that matched my loved ones perfectly.

 

I snatched up glittering artisan glass ornaments for $15 each.

 

 

There were jeweled bracelets, bright beaded key chains, and wooden wine bottle stoppers.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is open for four weekends of holiday shopping.

2012 WINTER FANTASY DATES

Open weekends only:
November 17 & 18
November 23, 24 & 25
December 1 & 2
December 8 & 9

HOURS

10 am – 6 pm weekends only (open rain or shine)

ADMISSION

$6.00 Adult one-day
$5.00 Senior one-day (65+)
$3.00 Children (6-12)
FREE Children (5 & under)
$9.00 Season pass

Information Line (949)494-3030

Note: this is an outdoor festival

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