29th Annual Traditional British Christmas Luncheon

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29th Annual Traditional British Christmas Luncheon

December 8, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Tickets to our biggest event of the ear are now on sale! Don’t miss the best holiday party in Orange County!

Join us at the beautiful Hilton Costa Mesa’s Grand Ballroom for a champagne reception, traditional British lunch, free flowing wine and don’t forget the bagpipes, Christmas crackers, pudding, and a few other suprises!

Don’t dilly dally! Tables and tickets are selling fast!

Click on THIS LINK to check out the video of last year’s event




We are thrilled to have Richard lead the festivities as our event emcee.

Richard Blade is a British-American Los Angeles-based radio, television, and film personality from Torquay, England. He is best known for his radio programs that feature new wave and popular music from the 1980s.

He has been a host for SiriusXM‘s 1st Wave classic alternative station since 2005. He’s also a best selling author



Gerry Cottle, son of the famous Circus owner of the same name, started his life as a juggler and clown before running away from the Circus to join the greatest show on earth…London. Gerry founded the Rooftop Film Club in 2011 combining his devotion to crafting unique events and his passion for film. Starting on one rooftop in the heart of Shoreditch, Rooftop Film Club has grown to become a leading outdoor cinema experience with venues across London.

Read Gerry’s full bio HERE



Emily is currently British Consul General in Los Angeles, representing the UK in the US South West: Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. Prior to this, Emily was a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for International Trade. Roles include as Deputy CEO for the Prime Minister’s UK-Africa Investment Summit; Deputy Director, International Strategy covering Africa and the Americas; Deputy Director, Sectors Group; Trade Director at the British Embassy Tehran; head of the trade team at the British Embassy Stockholm; head of the private office to the Minister for Employment Relations & Consumer Affairs at the Department for Business Innovation & Skills; and advising on the creation of the UK Green Investment Bank. Before joining the civil service, Emily’s experience includes working as a lawyer, at Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie. Emily studied law at Cambridge University.



Thank you for bringing toys, gift cards & personal hygiene items to benefit Seneca Family of Agencies, who are committed to providing unconditional care to help children and families thrive when faced with tremendous challenges. We’ll also be raising funds for the BABC OC Scholarship Program, which supports deserving Orange County high school students.


Get ready to win some amazing items at this year’s GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING. We have fabulous prizes ranging from luxury trips to entertainment experiences to high-end retail. Arrive ready to buy LOTS OF RAFFLE TICKETS! You won’t want to miss this!

One round-trip Domestic First Class ticket on Delta Airlines to anywhere in the contiguous 48 states.

“Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic together offer up to four daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles LAX and London Heathrow Airport aboard new, environmentally sustainable Airbus and Boeing aircraft. At LAX, Delta has totally rebuilt the airport experience after a $2.3 billion investment that includes one of the largest Sky Clubs in the Delta network, Delta One Check-In and a new pedestrian walkway inside security connecting Tom Bradley International Terminal to Terminal 3. At London Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic offers an elevated experience from its dedicated Upper Class Wing.  Akin to a luxury hotel, the Virgin Atlantic Heathrow Upper Class Wing features the expansive Clubhouse departure lounge and Revivals arrivals lounges.  Virgin Atlantic serves destinations throughout  the Middle East, Africa and Asia from its LHR Heathrow hub.  Delta and Virgin Atlantic offer reciprocal loyalty and corporate benefits, giving travelers the benefits of a combined airline across the Atlantic.

Back in Southern California, in Orange County and Santa Ana, Delta is proud to offer daily nonstop service from John Wayne Airport to Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle.  All Delta flights from SNA John Wayne Airport operate on mainline aircraft with First Class, Comfort+ and Main Cabin service.”

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Our thanks to Delta Airlines


2 roundtrip coach class tickets on Alaska Airlines.  For an added plus, you will also receive MVP Gold status for 2 through DEC 2024. MVP Gold Benefits include: Complimentary same day flight change; 100% elite bonus miles on base miles earned with Alaska and partners; Unlimited First Class and Premier Class upgrades for you and a companion when available; Complimentary preferred seats; Priority check-in and boarding; Express sercurity line at select airports; Two free checked bags; Complimentary premium beverage in Main Cabin; Four First Class guest upgrades per year; Discounted Alaska Lounge membership; OneWorld Sapphire status


Our thanks to Alaska Airlines


One weekend night stay in a Parlor Suite at the Hilton Costa Mesa with breakfast for two and complimentary parking

Our thanks to Hilton Costa Mesa


Two round-trip economy class tickets from LAX to Nadi, Fiji Islands on Fiji Airways PLUS 2-night stay at Sojitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is located on a beautiful Denarau Island. We have taken the time to curate a luxurious modern resort and are pleased to present you with a new leading 5-star hotel on mainland Fiji. 

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Our thanks to Fiji Airways and Sofitel Resort & Spa


A round of golf for four at the stunning Strawberry Farms

Our thanks to Strawberry Farms Golf Club


Special Inviation for four guests to enjoy The World-Famous Magic Castle

Our thanks to Lee Evans

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Set for the silent auction. The gift pack is set for display in a lovely presention box in Kilchoman’s traditional blue, with a full 750ml bottle of Machir Bay Islay Single Malt Whisky, named after the Islay’s most spectacular beach, and 2 Kilchoman glasses that have been eched with the images of the barley grown on the fields of Rockside Farm, which the distllery calls it’s home. 

Our thanks to Impex Beverages


Two night stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Our thanks to Shaun Robinson



Two round-trip premium class tickets from LAX to London on Virgin Atlantic, PLUS 5-night stay at The Waldorf Hilton. Blending Edwardian grandeur with modern comfort, The Waldorf Hilton is in the centre of London’s glitzy theatre district and is just a four-minute walk from the Royal Opera House. Covent Garden, The British Museum, and Trafalgar Square are all within a mile. Enjoy the pool with sauna and steam room, and cocktail bar


Our thanks to Virgin Atlantic and The Waldorf Hilton


Voyage for two onboard Virgin Voyages in a Sea Terrace Cabin on a four to seven night sailing in 2024.

Ahoy! The Virgin Voyages team is excited to welcome the Winner onboard one of our Lady Ships! With over 100 dreamy destinations, we’re cruising serene, azure waters and painting the world (Virgin) red. Each of our Lady Ships features 20+ eateries with Michelin star chef-curated menus. Relax and live it up in our modern, super-yacht inspired cabins and don’t forget to book authentic Shore Things in the destinations we sail to. Our purpose is about “changing sailing for good” and creating positive change for people and the planet. We hope every sailor has a great experience from the moment they arrive onboard!

Adults-only voyages. Luxuriously designed. Most 5-star reviews.

    Virgin Voyages | Get ready to set sail the Virgin way | Virgin    Virgin Voyages launches new adults-only cruise ship | CNN

Our thanks to Virgin Voyages


Adventure in Ireland! Two round-trip coach class tickets from LAX to Dublin on Aer Lingus PLUS 2-night stay in a Superior Room at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens in Killarney PLUS 2-night stay in a suite at the Grand Central Belfast w/ afternoon tea in the Observatory, Irelands highest bar/venue

     Homepage - Observatory | Grand Central Hotel Belfast  THE DUNLOE HOTEL & GARDENS - Updated 2023 Prices & Reviews (Beaufort, Ireland)

Our thanks to Aer Lingus, The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, The Grand Central Belfast


Drive in British Class for the weekend in an Aston Martin

Our thanks to Aston Martin Newport Beach


VIP Package to the World Rugby Sevens on March 2nd and 3rd 2024

Our thanks to AEG Worldwide


Angels Baseball David Fletcher Autographed Jersey

              David Fletcher: Angels 2B thriving with quiet confidence - Sports Illustrated

Our thanks to Angels Baseball


Timothy Oulton Miniature Chesterfield


Our thanks to Timothy Oulton Costa Mesa


BABC and Rooftop Cinema Club have teamed up to give you the chance to win 4 VIP tickets (inc popcorn & a free drink) to a screening of your choice. Want to experience the ultimate open-air cinema? Catch a movie at one of our rooftops for a night of drinks, games and fun with a view of the city’s skyline as a backdrop!”

         Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown - Outdoor Movies in Houston

Our thanks to Rooftop Cinema Club

And much, much, more…..



New this year, ONE lucky winner will win a foldable wagon full on an eclectic mix of at least 36 bottles of amazing wines.

Opportunity Drawing tickets will be on sale!





The British American Business Council (BABC) – Orange County is pleased to announce the availability of three scholarships aimed at high school seniors who are poised to make a difference through higher education. Below are the criteria and requirements for applicants, as well as suggested essay topics that reflect the British-American connection. Deadline to apply is December 1st 2023. Winners will be announced at the Christmas Luncheon. Please click the link below to apply:

British American Business Council – Orange County Scholarship Criteria ^0 Application








Our thanks to Grassini Family Vineyards







Click here to check out the photo gallery from the 28th Annual Christmas Luncheon.

Photo Credit: Grace Photography by Sarah

And check out the Fun Photo Booth Gallery



December 8, 2023
11:30 am - 3:30 pm