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 Winter Fantasy at 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 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 handcrafted 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 reveal their craft through captivating demonstrations.
At 5:30 p.m. on 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.