Experience The Holiday Season On The Irvine Ranch

As temperatures begin to dip, decorations are going up in preparation for the holidays on The Irvine Ranch®.

At every turn, residents will enjoy the elegantly dressed-up winter wonderland throughout the City of Irvine, where winter perennials and festive potted poinsettias, lights and decorations transform the communities on The Irvine Ranch.

“This year’s holiday season offers up some of the most beloved traditions, from the glow of colorful lights and fragrant greenery to fun-filled ice skating parties and dazzling boat parades,” said Suzanne Maddalon, senior director of marketing and research for Irvine Community Development Company LLC, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. “Families have a myriad of options to choose from that include cherished traditions, as well as plenty of fresh and exciting activities and events destined to become part of new holiday customs.”

Holiday shopping is hassle-free with over 30 neighborhood and community shopping centers spread throughout The Irvine Ranch, providing a diverse and dynamic blend of stores and restaurants. Special highlights include the Holiday Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center® and Fashion Island’s® majestic Christmas tree adorned with over 17,000 lights and ornaments. Menorah Lighting ceremonies also will take place on December 7th at the Irvine Spectrum Center and December 9th at Fashion Island.

In addition, shoppers can also enjoy the sounds of the season as traditional carolers sing at the Christmas tree every weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. through Sunday, December 23rd.

Coastal-close in Newport Harbor, the Christmas Boat Parade is a must-attend. This week-long boat parade from December 12-16, features hundreds of boats decorated in a dazzling combination of holiday lights alongside the “Ring of Lights,” a colorful waterfront home and business decorating competition.

Fashion Island® boasts some of the most renowned names in retail, from Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus to exclusive boutiques like Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, American Rag Cie, and numerous others. Dining at this upscale open-air mall runs the gamut from casual favorites such as Red Robin to the culinary treasures found at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, French 75, and the popular Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits.

Also nearby, Irvine Spectrum Center®, is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening with the entire family with its numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment spots. This lively center’s retail line-up ranges from eclectic kiosk vendors and numerous specialty shops to Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target. You can choose from movie blockbusters and IMAX features at the Edwards 21 Megaplex or take a ride on the 108-foot giant wheel or carousel. Live entertainment is available at the Improv Comedy Club, while Dave & Buster’s offers fun for all ages with interactive video and simulator games, billiards, shuffleboard and more.

At The Market Place, you can shop ‘til you drop with everything from home furnishings and home improvement centers to clothing stores, sports gear, and personal services. The variety of restaurants at the Market Place can fill your calendar for more than a month, including family favorites like Buca di Beppo and California Pizza Kitchen, as well as the dining delights of OPAH, French 75 and many others. Two Edwards movie complexes also are part of this centrally located shopper’s paradise.

All of this extraordinary shopping, dining and entertainment variety is within easy reach of villages located on The Irvine Ranch. These villages include the following:

Portola Springs® invites homebuyers to be close to nature yet within easy reach of all the city’s advantages. Ten neighborhoods within this village’s first two residential enclaves offer attached and detached homes sized from approximately 975 to 4,379 square feet. Prices range from the high $300,000s to more than $1.5 million.

Woodbury’s intimate neighborhoods are interwoven with memorable parks, squares and gardens. Within this village’s varied districts, six currently selling neighborhoods offer attached and detached residences sized from approximately 1,030 to 3,648 square feet. Prices range from the low $500,000s to more than $1.3 million.

Northpark Square offers detached homes at Campanile by California Pacific Homes within the well-established village’s final neighborhood. Campanile’s two-story homes range from approximately 1,949 to 2,460 square feet, with prices starting from the mid $700,000s.

Woodbury East is Irvine’s newest village, with homes currently selling at Celadon by John Laing Homes. This spirited neighborhood is an innovative and dynamic townhome collection, offering five two- and three-story floorplans. Home interiors range from approximately 1,594 to 1,782 square feet. Prices start from the mid $500,000s.

For those who dream of the ultimate upscale lifestyle along the Newport Coast®, Crystal Cove offers a prestigious enclave in extraordinary coastal setting.

Crystal Cove offers magnificent residences for sale at SeaPoint by Laing Luxury Homes and stunning estate-homes at The Tides by Standard Pacific Homes, with one home remaining at SeaCrest, also by Laing Luxury Homes.

Additionally, Crystal Cove offers limited-edition custom homesites on which buyers and their architect/builder teams can express their own personal visions of home. The much anticipated upper custom homesites, the final section of the custom lots within Crystal Cove, were recently released. Homesites are sized, depending on availability, from approximately 15,000 to more than 32,000 square feet.

Homeshoppers can learn more about all the new homes and custom homesites currently available in Irvine by visiting The Homefinding Center at or by contacting a new home consultant at (888) 820-0721.