Merry Christmas

From Laguna Beach and our Fellow Sister Cities 

Menton City Hall, which is where The Salle des Mariages (wedding room) in the Italianate Hôtel de Ville (town hall) was decorated by Jean Cocteau on the theme of Orpheus and Eurydice

Menton is a town on the French Riviera in southeast France. It’s known for beaches and gardens such as the Serre de la Madone garden, showcasing rare plants. East, the hilly, medieval old town is home to Basilique Saint-Michel, with its 18th-century bell tower, and the ornate facade of La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs. Nearby, the Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman displays works by poet Jean Cocteau.

Women standing in front of Christmas tree

One of the many themed trees in the Town Square. 

Florence Lagache visited Laguna Beach in October 2011 escorting 25 high school students (English class) that had been communicating weekly for a year with Odile Dewars’ high school French class.

Christmas street lights

Street Light décor with the bell tower of the baroque basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange in the background.

Much like our Presbyterian Church, the basilica is a town landmark. It was built in 1619 by the Genoese architect Lorenzo Lavagna. The Bastion Museum, which features decoration by Jean Cocteau, is located in the Bastion of the port of Menton.

LBSCA Founding President Karyn Philippsen says, “I have been fortunate to be in France and Menton during the holidays…and they simply just decorate magnificently! All the little shop have decorations and many have animated window scenes. It is all so lovely.” 

Christmas flower display

Another version of their street light décor. Each street has a different theme.

The LBSCA has a primary goal to establish and maintain long-term relationships between the City of Laguna Beach and its sister cities, Menton, France, San José del Cabo, Mexico, and St. Ives, England. These partnerships will encourage a collaborative exchange of cultural, educational, and business activities.

San Jose del Cabo

Pictured below is the main square, it’s officially called Plaza Mijares, but often referred to simply as the Plaza. Here, at the heart of San Jose del Cabo, the town’s historic colonial atmosphere, laid-back friendliness, and tranquility are evident, especially during the holidays (Christmas Tree & Nativity). Taken this year, 2020, and the people of the community are displaying resiliency and a positive attitude!

nativity scene
nativity scene
outdoor Christmas tree

St. Ives, England

St Ives, a sister city of Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association (LBSCA), is a town in Cornwall, England, known for its surf beaches, like Porthmeor, and its art scene. Although famous for its beautiful town and beaches, and lighthouse, St Ives has also been home to some of the greatest artists and sculptors from all corners of the globe. Like Laguna, it is now world-famous as an art centre

store window
store window with Christmas lights
Santa on boat
Santa in store window
Street with closed stores

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019

2 women holding wine
3 women and 1 man posing for picture
women holding bottle of wine


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