South Coast Plaza Santa's Village
Christmas is not only about Black Friday shopping and decking the halls as early as the beginning of November. Christmas is the most magical time of the year probably because of festive mood, family time, and childhood memories. One of those memories for me and now for my kids is visiting with Santa and taking pictures. Yes, my 9 and 7 year olds are already wondering about this whole Santa thing, but I intend to hold on to him as long as I can.
Things to Do at South Coast Plaza During Holidays
As soon as we are done with spooky Halloween stuff, retail stores become winter wonderlands and start offering all kinds of fun for families. Some do that so scarily early that Halloween has nothing on them. One way or another parents love those mall winter magic villages because it means that kids might want to go shopping with them for once. Plus everybody loves some Santa, decorated stores, and courtyards, not to mention various sales and magically good deals.
Angelitos Card Week at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa
This event is organized by Angelitos de Oro, a branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Orange County, who are raising funds for support of the organization’s mentor educational programs. The OC group has been around since 1958 and so far raised over $6 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The local headquarters are located in Santa Ana and oversee the operations of Orange County. The entire organization helps support over a quarter million children, while OC branch together with Inland Empire, which opened in 2013, are serving over 3,400 children. If children stick with the program and their mentor, they have a better chance to stay at school, avoid violence, and illegal activities. The importance of that can’t be underestimated for families with difficulties and for kids without role models.
Fashion Island Mall
Newport Coast Fashion Island mall opened up in 1967 and was initially made of four stores: JC Penney, Buffum’s, J.W. Robinson’s, and The Broadway. There were a few smaller shops around the giants too, but just a few. As time went on, more stores opened up, including Neiman Marcus in 1978. JC Penney closed in 1982 and its building became an “Atrium Court” for small shops and food court.
How to Save at South Coast Plaza
Most malls in Southern California might look and feel like luxurious destinations with their palm trees and perpetual sunshine, but few are as perfect as South Coast Plaza. This shopping heaven is the crown jewel of luxury shopping on the West Coast. The mall is well-known not only in California or the U.S., but world over.
Shoppers are welcomed by exceptional architecture, clean lines, and beautiful surroundings everywhere in the mall. Even if you don’t feel like spending money there, it’s beautiful to just walk around, window shop, and people watch. Shopping includes a lot more than just going from store to store here.
Art of Fashion on September 12th in South Coast Plaza
If you think you might be interested in a trip through England and Scotland, a golf package from Foresight Sports, a New York City get away from Alaska Airlines and Life Hotel, or a South Coast Plaza “Shop, Stay, and Play” package, you might want to come to the South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa on September 12th. Why, you might ask? Because this is a day of fashion and over $54,000 worth of auction prizes and raffle drawings at The Country Friends Art of Fashion at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
This celebration is rooted in tradition as it’s the 15th year it has been happening in the middle of September. Local people and visitors love to gather and celebrate giving and fashion at South Coast Plaza, which is among the patrons and organizers.
September Festival of Children in Costa Mesa
South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa is at it again in September and it’s a go time for all the kids. The Festival of Children is organized by Children Foundation, a non-profit organization of OC and brings an entire month of family-friendly fun at Costa Mesa mall.
This event started 18 years ago and today over 70 local charities are expected to participate in the celebration with over 2 million local and tourist visitors estimated to attend. Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, the founder of the foundation, is very excited about the place this event occupies in more and more hearts year after year.