If you're like most, you're just starting your Christmas shopping. While it would be easy to hit the mall or or big-box store for gifts, sometimes you want something a little more unique. From art shows to craft fairs, there are plenty of options for an alternative holiday shopping experience in Orange County. Here's a guide.
Costa Mesa. There is, however, one more show at the Buena Park Mall Dec 1-4. Admission is free. Visit the website for additional details.
annual fundraiser by the Junior League of Orange County, provides a great opportunity to snag a unique gift and support a charitable organization. The "shopping extravaganza" will be held Nov 17-20 -- also at the O.C. Fairgrounds -- and features artisan retailers, a silent auction, and other special events. See the website for event details and ticket information.
Santa Ana for its Fall show featuring clothing and accessories for men, women and children, ceramics, knits and knitting supplies, paper goods and more, from local artists and craftspeople. The Festival opens Nov 27, 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Buffalo/Main St. in Santa Ana, and admission is free. Visit the website for more details.
Laguna Beach artists. Art and media range from woodworking, blown glass, forged metal, sculpture, jewelry and more, and provide a variety of one-of-a-kind gift possibilities. The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is open on weekends Nov 19 through Dec 11. Season passes are available for $9. See the website for additional event and ticket details.
Newport Dunes Craft FairShop the wares of nearly 40 artisan retailers at the Newport Dunes Resort in Newport Beach, Dec 10, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and pick up a tree while you're there! Admission is free. Visit the website for additional details or call (949) 999-3172.
Laguna Beach studios on Dec 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and browse arts range in styles landscape and portrait paintings to glass jewelry and cast sculpture. Admission and parking are free.