Holiday Season Dining Traditions Bring Family And Friends Together At The Resort At Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill® along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California presents holiday traditions for locals and Resort guests. New celebrations this year include a Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch and Breakfast with Santa, in addition to a wide variety of returning Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s dining events.

“The holidays at Pelican Hill bring together families and friends from near and far to celebrate with wonderful food and live entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting,” said Pelican Hill Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray. “Whether it’s a festive dining experience in one of our Resort restaurants or a memorable holiday meal in our elegant ballroom, we look forward to delighting Resort guests and locals with traditional dishes featuring the finest ingredients.”

Returning again to Pelican Hill this holiday season, special dining events include a Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating, Nutcracker Holiday Tea Party, Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch and live New Year’s entertainment throughout the Resort’s restaurants and lounges.

The following family activities will be available during the holiday season at Pelican Hill:

Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating

Saturday, November 24 & Saturday, December 1

Pelican Hill’s Pastry Chef highlights a favorite holiday tradition in this culinary class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when children will enjoy lunch and create a masterpiece to take home. Classes are available for children ages 5 and up, with parent supervision required throughout the class for all children ages 10 and younger.

$68* per child

Nutcracker Tea Holiday Party

Saturday, December 15 & Saturday, December 22

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 from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Tea sandwiches, pastries and scones will be served.  Parent supervision is required throughout the tea and performance.

$70* per adult; $35* per child

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 23

Come and tell Santa your holiday wishes from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Mar Vista Ballroom. Children and their families will enjoy seasonal music and a traditional breakfast buffet, featuring favorites such as scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausages and French toast. A to-go candy buffet and Santa photo souvenir are included. Parent supervision is required throughout Santa visits and breakfast.

$45* per adult or child

On Thursday, November 22, the following Thanksgiving dining will be available:

Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch

Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray creates an exquisite Thanksgiving brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.

$98* per adult; $45* per child

Thanksgiving at Andrea Ristorante

Andrea’s Chef creates a special rustic Tuscan holiday menu available from noon to 10 p.m., accompanied by a classical guitar player. For parties up to 30 guests, the Andrea Chef dedicates special selections for the Andrea Private Dining Room with a traditional and festive Italian menu.

$105* per adult; $45* per child

Thanksgiving at Pelican Grill & Lounge

Chef Chang presents a delectable all-day California grill menu available from 11:30 am to 10 p.m. Entertainment includes a pianist, bass player and vocalist. For parties up to 52 guests, Chef Chang creates a special California Grill menu in the Pelican Grill Private Dining Room.

$95* per adult; $45* per child

Thanksgiving at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Chef Marc designs a classic California breakfast buffet available from 7 to 11 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., a Thanksgiving buffet is served. A limited a la carte dinner menu, including turkey specials, is available from 4 to 9 p.m.

Breakfast Buffet: $40* per adult, $20* per child. Brunch Buffet: $60* per adult, $30* per child.

During the month of December, holiday dining includes:

Holiday Caffé

Throughout November and December, Resort-made holiday gelatos, pastries, panettone, seasonal treats and other holiday desserts are prepared fresh and featured daily. Custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance for holiday entertaining. For holiday shoppers, the Caffé features traditional culinary accessories and gourmet goods.

Tea Time Renaissance

November 23 – December 30

Capture the essence of a traditional tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. throughout the holiday season in the Great Room, along with a classical harpist. (Tea Service not available New Year’s Day.)

$45* per adult; $25* per child

Hanukkah Feasts

December 8-16

Special lunch and dinner menus are available at Coliseum Pool & Grill and through in-room dining. Does not include kosher cuisine.

Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch

A Christmas celebration with traditional offerings accompanied by a classical harpist is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Children’s activities include Santa Claus photos, cupcake decorating and a puppet marionette show at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.

$98* per adult; $45* per child

Christmas at Andrea

Andrea’s talented Chef brings an Italian holiday festa to the Resort on Christmas Eve, available from noon to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, an all-day special menu is available from noon to 10 p.m. with a variety of holiday dishes and an acoustic guitar accompanying the dining experience.

$105* per adult; $55* per child

Christmas at Pelican Grill & Lounge

Chef Chang creates a California grill three-course Christmas Eve Dinner with a variety of course options available from 5 to 10 p.m. A special menu for children under age five is also available and live entertainers perform in the lounge from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, a California grill three-course menu is available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. A limited regular menu and special lounge menu will also be offered.

$95* per adult; $45* per child

Christmas at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Chef Marc creates a California classic Christmas Eve three-course menu with a variety of course options available from 5 to 10 p.m. A breakfast buffet is available from 7 to 10 a.m. and a Christmas buffet is available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Breakfast Buffet: $40* per adult; $20* per child. Brunch Buffet: $60* per adult; $30* per child.

In-Bungalow & In-Villa Christmas Dining

On Christmas Eve, traditional Christmas fare from a special holiday menu is available a la carte from 5 to 10 p.m. The regular in-room dining menu is also available. On Christmas Day, a special Christmas a la carte menu through in-room dining is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Andrea Ristorante

Our Andrea Chef brings “Il Cenone,” the Italian Gala, to Newport Coast with a four-course menu featuring multiple course choices and two dinner seating options, from 5 to 7 p.m. or from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

5 – 7 p.m. seating: $130* per adult without wine pairing. 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. seating: $170* per adult without wine pairing.

New Year’s Eve at Pelican Grill & Lounge

Chef Chang creates a California grill four-course prix fixe menu with a choice of dishes available from 5 to 10 p.m. Dancing and entertainment by a five-piece band and singer is offered from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A balloon drop will mark the New Year at midnight in the lounge, with a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest!

$125* per adult without wine pairing or $165* with wine pairing

New Year’s Eve at Coliseum Pool & Grill

Chef Marc creates a New Year’s Eve three-course prix-fixe menu with California classic cuisine, offered from 5 to 10 p.m. An a la carte dinner menu and a festive bar menu are available from 10 p.m. to midnight.  Live entertainment with a three-piece band plays from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and guests enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco to toast at midnight.

$95* per adult; $40* per child

New Year’s Eve Party Cabanas at Coliseum Pool

From 6 p.m. – midnight, ring in 2013 with a private cabana party, as you view the evening’s celebrations on a flat-screen TV. Enjoy an a la carte New Year’s Eve celebration menu and a complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight. Live music is available nearby at Coliseum Pool & Grill.

$150* per cabana for up to 8 guests

New Year’s Eve in the Great Room

Celebrate with live music, a balloon drop and a complimentary Prosecco toast in the Great Room. An a la carte New Year’s Eve celebration menu is available from 6 p.m. – midnight.

Complimentary for Resort guests, or $35 cover charge per non-resort guest.

New Year’s In-Room Dining

For overnight Bungalow and Villa guests, a festive a la carte menu is available from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  On New Year’s Day, a pre-ordered Champagne Breakfast-in-Bed includes a split bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a la carte menu options.

New Year’s Day at Andrea Ristorante

On New Year’s Day, an a la carte brunch menu is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Rustic Tuscan dinner menu is served from 5 to 8 p.m., and the Andrea Bar is open.

New Year’s Day at Pelican Grill & Lounge

On New Year’s Day, Chef Chang creates traditional lunch menu available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special New Year’s Day Football Bowl Games Menu is also offered in the Pelican Grill Lounge from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

New Year’s Day at Coliseum Pool & Grill

On New Year’s Day, Chef Marc creates a California classic cuisine traditional breakfast brunch buffet available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The regular dinner menu is available from 5 to 10 p.m.  At the pool, the regular menu is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Breakfast/Brunch Buffet: $48* per adult; $25* per child

For reservations and more information, please call 800.820.6800 or visit

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

About Pelican Hill®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, 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-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort, Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2011 Readers’ Choice Awards), in Travel Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

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 and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of 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.