Restaurants and bars get into the Christmas spirit in 2022

Ballast Point Brewing Co. and Tipsy Elves have partnered on...

December is party time at many Southern Californa restaurants. They dial up the holiday atmosphere to ensure that people come in to eat, drink and be merry.

Bars and taprooms are getting into the act, often celebrating the kitschy side of the season.

Ballast Point Brewing Co. and Tipsy Elves have partnered on an ugly Christmas sweater for surfers. (Photo courtesy of Ballast Point Brewing Co.)

Red Lobster is selling a Cheddar Bay Sleigh Ugly Sweater this holiday season. (Photo Red Lobster Seafood Co.)

Miracle, a holiday pop-up bar, serves cocktails in kitschy settings. (Photo courtesy of Miracle Bar)

Miracle creates a network of over-the-top bars during the holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Miracle Bar)

Visitors walk through the holiday decorations during the annual Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights celebration in downtown Riverside on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade lights up the waters in 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Voices of Christmas perform carols in Victorian garb at Lawry’s Restaurants during the holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Stanley, Voices of Christmas)

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Here is a sampling of what eateries are into. Some of these events are already selling out, according to their web pages, so reservations are a good idea and sometimes required.


Pop-up bars provide seasonal ambiance and liquid cheer on select dates throughout the holiday season.

Among them is Miracle, which on its website promises “kitschy holiday décor, professionally developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party.”

It lines up locations internationally and has several throughout California this year, but only one in Southern California. It’s at the Ordinarie, a tavern at 210 The Promenade North, Long Beach. …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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