The nonprofit Crystal Cove Alliance plans to host its Deck the Cove and tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 7 at Crystal Cove State Park's historic cottages.
The event, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will feature the signature Christmas tree on the sand, an art sale, holiday bazaar and visit from Santa Claus.
The vintage cottages, restored to reflect the years between 1935 and 1955, when the area evolved as a community, will be decorated retro-style. Wreaths will adorn the doors, sea shell garlands will hang from railings and large-bulb Christmas lights will provide retro color.
"We are trying to keep it covey," alliance founder Laura Davick said. "We want it to be as much like it was as possible."
The main feature will be the 17th annual lighting of the tree, which, in true coastal California fashion, will shine from the sand. The tree will stand in front of The Beachcomber Cafe. The ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m.