Sawdust Art Festival Presents the 24th Annual Winter Fantasy, “A Holiday Tradition”

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Sawdust Art Festival

Laguna Beach, CA – The 24th Annual Winter Fantasy, A Holiday Tradition, begins Saturday, November 22 at the Sawdust Art Festival and will run over five weekends, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 10 am to 6 pm each day:

  • November 28, 29 and 30
  • Dec. 6, 7
  • Dec. 13, 14
  • December 20, 21

Over 175 talented artisans will create, showcase and sell their original artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday decorations and a freshly built “Towne Square” in the center of the festival. The featured Winter Fantasy artisans handcraft each piece of artwork, creating a truly unique holiday shopping experience for visitors. Art mediums include glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography, mixed-media and more.


Supporting the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public, artists will create artwork live in front of our guests, in the artists’ booths and at our popular Glassblowing Demonstration Booth. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity and take an art class at the Ceramic Center, Studio One, Children’s Art Spot and also the classrooms of the year-round Sawdust Studio Art Classes.


Special activities for families and kids include pottery wheel throwing in holiday-themed shapes at the Ceramic Center, and many art and craft projects at both the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One.


“Winter Art Series” classes scheduled during the Winter Fantasy are highlighted below (complimentary with admission):


  • Blended Modern Media with Rosanne Nitti – In this class students create mini
    works of art by blending media and original images with acrylics. Ages: 7 to
    adult; when: Saturday, November 22, 12:30-2pm and December 13, 10:30-12
    noon; location: Studio One; cost: FREE.
  • Fall Watercolors with Linda Velasco – Students will paint beautiful autumnal
    scenes while learning the secrets of watercolor. Ages: 7 to adult; when:
    Sunday, November 23, 12:30-2pm; location: Studio One; cost: FREE.
  • Creative Acrylics with Donita Lloyd – Access your hidden creativity while
    expanding your acrylic techniques in this innovative painting class. Ages:
    7 to adult; when: Friday, November 28, 4:30-5:30pm and Saturday, December 7,
    12:30-1:30pm; location: Studio One; cost: $5.
  • Clothespin Elves with Mary Keating – Live the fantasy while making a
    characterful elf using clothespins, fabric and seed pods in this charming
    Ages: 7 to adult; when Sunday, December 14, 10:30-12:30pm;
    location: Studio One; cost: FREE
  • Pincushion Jars with Carmen Gundelach – In this class you’ll create a unique
    pincushion from colorful fabric and a glass jar to give away as a gift or
    keep for yourself! Ages 7 to adult; when: Sunday, November 30, 12-1 and
    1-2pm, Saturday, December 6, 4:30-5:30pm, Sunday, December 14, 1-2pm,
    Sunday, December 21, 10:30-11:30am; location Studio One; cost: $2.


The 14th Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, a Laguna Beach holiday tradition, will take place opening day on Saturday, November 22 at 5:30 pm when the winners of the community tree and artist booth decorating contest will be announced. The Laguna Beach Mayor will formally light the Community Tree, officiating the 2014 holiday season. To help celebrate the opening event, special guests and community performers including Magic Matt, Balloon Diva, Top of the World Honors Chorus, ‘Lil Dickens Carolers, Upstream, The Salty Suites, of course, Santa will entertain the crowd. Complimentary holiday cookies and apple cider will be provided during the opening ceremony. Laguna Beach residents are admitted FREE with ID after 3 pm on opening day only.


Don’t miss out on the many photo ops in Towne Square, where you will find Children’s Playhouse, Santa’s House and Sleigh, Reindeer Barn, Community Tree and even falling snow!


Throughout the remainder of the festival, guests can participate in the special community events planned for this winter show, including Toys for Tots every Sunday of the festival. Toys for Tots is a foundation supported by the Marine Corps Reserve with a mission of collecting toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Visitors to the 2014 Winter Fantasy can show their support by contributing new unwrapped toys for children, newborn to 17, every Sunday during the festival. Those that donate a new toy with a value of $5 or more will receive free one-day admission to the Winter Fantasy that Sunday.


The 24th Annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival runs five weekends: November 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, and December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Adult admission is $7; $6 for Seniors (65+); $4 for children (6-12); FREE for children (5 & under); and $10 for a Season Pass. The festival is located at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For additional information, please visit or call 949-494-3030.


The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit art organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.