Holiday lights originated with cowboys, who used them as lassos to reel in cattle rustlers, whom they then sold as Christmas trees. Continue this Wild West tradition with today's Groupon: for $6, you get two adult general admissions to the Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival in Laguna Beach (a $12 value). The Winter Fantasy is held 10 a.m.–6 p.m. each weekend, including two Fridays, from November 19 to December 11.
Each year, visitors gather at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival's Winter Fantasy to discover one-of-a-kind gifts, engage in hands-on art demonstrations, and belt out holiday tunes with carolers. Shoppers peruse hand-crafted masterpieces from more than 170 artisans, ranging from woodwork to jewelry to sculptures, searching for a truly unique gift for a hard-to-shop-for aunt or pet raccoon. Children and adults alike unleash holiday muses through complimentary interactive arts and crafts projects and can glean skills from glass blowers as they elucidate their craft through captivating demonstrations.
At 5:30 p.m. November 19, guests can stand by in awe as Mayor Toni Iseman and Sawdust President Gavin Heath illuminate a brilliant Christmas tree during the 11th annual community tree-lighting ceremony. Four outdoor eateries fuel the carousal with cuisine such as belly-warming chili, burritos, and funnel cakes as holiday carolers weave musical tales of winters past and Santa Claus's summers spent mowing lawns for extra cash.