Epicurean Traditions And Holiday Splendors For All Ages Abound At The Resort At Pelican Hill Along The Coast Of Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 20, 2015 – From Thanksgiving Day gatherings and gingerbread house decorating to traditional Hanukah feasts and festive New Year’s entertainment, The Resort at Pelican Hill® invites guests from near and far to celebrate the spirit of the season. As the holidays arrive, Newport Beach’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort presents chef-crafted dining, enticing entertainment and delightful children’s activities.

“The holiday season marks a magical time at Pelican Hill, as the Resort presents a Tuscan seaside wonderland, adorned with festive décor and twinkling lights, plus Southern California’s mild year-round climate,” said Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “We invite you to gather around our dining tables, celebrate on oceanview terraces and savor seasonal specialties, while cherishing friends and family and creating lasting memories along the coast of Newport Beach.”

This holiday season, Pelican Hill presents the following family activities:

Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating
Sunday, December 13 & Saturday, December 19 at 10 a.m.
Pelican Hill’s Pastry Chef highlights a favorite holiday tradition in this culinary class. Children ages 5 and older will enjoy lunch and create a masterpiece to take home. Parent supervision is required throughout the class for all children ages 10 and younger.
$80* per person

Winter Wonders at Camp Pelican
December 19-31
Special seasonal activities, crafts and games fill Camp Pelican with holiday cheer for children ages 4 – 12. Morning, afternoon or full-day sessions available.

Nutcracker Tea Holiday Party
Sunday, December 20 at Noon
Children and their families are invited to enjoy an enchanting holiday season tradition, featuring a delightful Nutcracker ballet performance and holiday tea in the Resort’s elegant ballroom. Tea sandwiches, pastries and scones will be served. Parent supervision is required throughout the tea and performance.
$90* per adult; $45* per child

New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at Camp Pelican
Children ages 4 – 12 are invited to a celebration just for kids from 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., with festive games, crafts, dinner and a holiday movie to ring in the New Year!
$135 per child; available for Resort guests exclusively

Beginning in November, Pelican Hill offers the following Thanksgiving dining offerings and holiday experiences:

Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch
Thursday, November 26
Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray creates an exquisite Thanksgiving brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
$120* per adult, $60* per child under age 12 and $20* per child under 5

Thanksgiving at Andrea Ristorante
On Thursday, November 26, enjoy Chef Marco’s rustic Tuscan holiday menu from 3 to 10 p.m.
$135* per adult

Thanksgiving at Pelican Grill
On Thursday, November 26, Chef Luke presents a delectable four-course California grill menu from 10:30 am to 10 p.m. Entertainment includes a pianist, bass player and vocalist.
$125* per adult; $60* per child

Thanksgiving at Coliseum Pool & Grill
On Thursday, November 26, a classic California breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. to noon. From noon to 10 p.m., a Thanksgiving à la carte dinner menu features turkey specials.
Breakfast Buffet: $60* per adult, $30* per child

Holiday Caffè & Market
November & December
For holiday gatherings and gifting, shop a variety of gourmet gift baskets, seasonally inspired Resort-made gelatos, pastries, panettone, seasonal treats and other holiday prepared fresh daily. Custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance for holiday entertaining.

Holiday Tea Moderno
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. on November 27 – December 27
Santa stops by the Great Room Social Lounge, where there’s a modern twist on the time-honored tradition of gathering for English Afternoon Tea. Sip contemporary blends featuring classic selections and emerging tea markets, while noshing savory and sweet small bites with an Italian accent. Tea-based cocktails and sparkling wines available à la carte.
$60* per adult, $40* per child under age 12 and complimentary bomboloncini and hot cocoa for children under age 4.

Fireside Bungalow & Villa Holiday Dining
Cozy up by your fireplace on Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with traditional holiday dinner fare, available from 5 to 10 p.m. through in-room dining.
In December, Pelican Hill’s holiday entertainment and epicurean experiences include:

Twelve Days of Dishes
December 6-14 
Coliseum Pool & Grill presents a dozen distinct à la carte specials inspired by the spirit of the season. Pair each day’s dish with a seasonal beverage from our special menu of cocktails.

Hanukkah Feasts
December 16-24
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with lunch and dinner specials at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Chef Micah serves up traditional Hanukkah dishes, such as braised brisket, crispy latkes and baked kugel. Does not include kosher cuisine.

Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate Christmas overlooking the Pacific Ocean with an unforgettable feast of traditional cuisine, accompanied by a classical harpist. Children’s activities include Santa Claus photos, cupcake decorating and children’s entertainment programs at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
$120* per adult; $60* per child under age 12 and $20* per child under 5

Christmas at Andrea Ristorante
Chef Marco brings an Italian holiday festa to Andrea on Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Andrea features an all-day special menu from noon to 10 p.m. with a variety of holiday dishes served in the oceanview dining room.
$140* per adult

Christmas at Pelican Grill
Chef Luke presents a California prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Live entertainers perform in the lounge from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, enjoy a California grill three-course menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as a limited regular menu and special lounge menu.
$125* per adult; $60* per child

Christmas at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Delight in a classic California Christmas overlooking the Pacific Coast, with an ocean-view breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon, three-course dinner menu from 5 to 10 p.m. and à la carte menu from noon to 10 p.m.
Breakfast Buffet: $60* per adult; $30* per child
Three-Course Dinner: $85* per adult; $40* per child

Ring in the New Year along the coast of Newport Beach with the following celebration offerings:

New Year’s Eve in the Great Room Social Lounge
Starting at 6 p.m., celebrate with live DJ performances, creative cocktails, small bites, a midnight balloon drop and a complimentary Prosecco toast.
Complimentary for Resort guests or $35 per non-resort guest.

New Year’s Eve at Andrea Ristorante
Chef Marco brings “Il Cenone,” the Italian Gala, to Newport Coast with a four-course menu and two dinner seating options from 5 to 7 p.m. or from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Early (5-7 p.m.) Seating: $170* per adult without wine pairing
Late (8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.) Seating: $235* per adult without wine pairing

New Year’s Eve at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Chef Luke creates a California grill four-course prix fixe menu, available from 5 to 10 p.m. Celebrate in the Lounge with entertainment by a live band from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and a midnight balloon drop marking the New Year, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest! The Lounge also serves up a special New Year’s Eve menu.
$150* per adult without wine pairing or $180* with wine pairing

New Year’s Eve at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Savor a three-course prix-fixe celebration menu from 5 to 10 p.m., as well as à la carte dinner selections and a festive lounge menu from 10 p.m. to midnight. A three-piece band entertains from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with a midnight balloon drop and complimentary Prosecco toast.
$115* per adult; $50* per child

New Year’s Day at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Chef Luke presents a special New Year’s Day football viewing Lounge menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

New Year’s Day at Coliseum Pool & Grill
A special breakfast buffet features smoked salmon, shrimp and a ribeye carving station from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$65* per adult; $35* per child

New Year’s Day Breakfast in Bed
Pre-order an in-Villa or in-Bungalow Champagne breakfast, with a split bottle of Veuve Clicquot and à la carte menu options.

Please refer to Pelican Hill’s online event calendar for current and complete details. All events and activities are subject to change without notice. For reservations and more information, please visit or call 855.467.6800.

*Prices exclude tax and service charge.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2015 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2015).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties® owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company® is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management.  The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.