South Bay-Beach Cities.. Fun Holiday Activities December 2016

Fun Christmas – Holiday  Events in  Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo ….December 2016

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It’s that special time of year….. a time when little kids dream of Santa, toys and candy  and big kids dream about toys, candy and stress!  The Holiday Season is upon us!.  We put lights on houses, ornaments on trees and children of all ages know it is a magical time of the year..

I love the Holiday Season….. Many homeowners in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo do some amazing light displays and Christmas/Holiday decorations. El Segundo and other cities have whole neighborhoods of homes that bring visitors from near and far to see the wonderful winter wonderland displays.

There are a number of special celebrations in the Beach Cities including Tree lighting, Pier Fireworks, Hanukkah celebrations,  a Holiday Boat Parade and even a Sand Snowman contest as well as a hill of snow! Our little Beach towns have retained their unique Holiday traditions. If you want to know what’s happening in the Beach Cities during the Holidays… just scroll down and you will find the major activities for Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo. It’s a wonderful time of year..


Oh and be sure to stop by the Gift Wrap in the Manhattan Mall...




Sandpiper Holiday Homes Tour…..  December 2-4 2016  The Sandpipers will hold their annual Holiday Home Tour featuring South Bay homes. The tour runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  For more information  click on link above 







Manhattan Beach:

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December 12, 2016 – December 24, 2016 The Neptunian Woman’s Club will be Gift Wrapping at the Manhattan Village Mall proceeds go toward scholarships for Manhattan Beach students and the fees are tax deductible. Psssst….. We will wrap any gift … not just ones bought at a Mall store…. 



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Thursday December 8, 2016:  North Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House and WalkAbout.. 5:00-9:00 pm... Find Santa at the Miracle on 34th Street  from 6:00-8:00 pm



Saturday December 10, 2016 and Sunday December 11, 2016..  Shop Local Arts.. 10:00-4:00 pm.. Joslyn Center

1601 N Valley Dr
Manhattan Beach, California 90266


Saturday December 10, 2016  29th annual Family Crafts Night… Joslyn Center  1601 Valley Dr. 5:00-8:00 pm.. call (310) 802-5448 for more information. 




Saturday December 11, 2016….. Manhattan Beach Fireworks Show….At the Pier.. 4:00… Skechers Snow Park..… 5:00-7:00 Entertainment . The fireworks start at 7:00!




Saturday December 17, 2016   The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5K .. This is truly a one of a kind race.. . Adult race starts at 5:30  before the fireworks on a dark beach d is run by the light of glow sticks..  The race for kids starts about 6:30… Click the above link for more information



Here Comes  Santa Claus

Santa starts his rounds  Monday November 28, 2016.. and he will be looking for good little girls and boys until December 15, 2016..   Santa starts his route every evening at 5:30 with the exception of December 12, 2016 when the float is parked in Manhattan Village  from 5:30- 6:30 pm.

The Santa float will also make special stops December 8th at North Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House and Walk About, December 11th at the 28th Annual Holiday Fireworks Festival and December 13th at the Farmers market.

Nov. 28:  Starts at 19th St and Ardmore Avenue and travels in area bounded by Pacific, Manhattan Beach Boulevard, and Ardmore Ave.

Nov 29:  Starts at 24th and Blanche Avenue and travels in area bounded by 45th Street, Rosecrans Avenue, Bell Avenue, 24th Street, Grandview Avenue and Marine Avenue.

Nov 30 :  Starts at 26th and Blanche Avenue and travels to an area bounded by Rosecrans Avenue, Pacific Avenue, 25th Street  and  Bell Avenue..

 Dec 1: Starts at 23rd and Wendy Way. and travels in area bounded by Marine Ave.,  Manhattan Beach Blvd,  Redondo Avenue and Aviation Blvd,.

Dec 2: : Starts at Marine and John Street. and travels in area bounded by Ardmore Avenue, Sepulveda Blvd.,Manhattan Beach Blvd., Pacific Avenue.

Dec. 5 :  Starts at  Second Street and Peck Avenue and travels in an area bounded by Second Street, Aviation Blvd, Artesia Blvd and Rowell  Avenue.

Dec. 6:  Starts at Second Street and Rowell Avenue and  travels in area bounded by Second Street, Rowell Avenue, Artesia Blvd. and Sepulveda.  

Dec. 7: Starts at 11th Street and Dianthus Avenue and travels in an area bounded by Manhattan Beach Blvd, Sepulveda Blvd and Ardmore Avenue.

Dec. 8:   Starts at 6th Street and Meadows Avenue and travels in an area bounded by .

Dec. 9:    Johnson Avenue  and Eighth St and travels North  in area bounded by  Manhattan Beach Blvd, Aviation Blvd, Eighth Street and Sepulveda Blvd.

Dec. 12: From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Santa float will be parked at the main pool of Manhattan Village. Starts at 6:30 p.m. at 18th Street and Redondo Avenue. and travels in area bounded by Marine Avenue, Redondo Avenue,Manhattan Beach Blvd., and Rowell Avenue.

Dec. 13: Starts at Meadows Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd. and travels in area bounded by Marine Avenue, Rowell Avenue, Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd..

Dec. 14 Starts at Pacific Avenue and Valley Drive.  and travels in area bounded by Rosecrans Avenue, Sepulveda Blvd. Ardmore Avenue and Pacific Avenue

Dec. 15: Starts at Ingleside Avenue and First Street. and travels in area bounded by Marine Avenue, Grandview Avenue, 24th St, 25th St, Ardmore Avenue, southern and western city limits


Manhattan Village Mall Events:  Photos with SantaManhattan Beach Mall..Click on the link to see time and dates for all the fun mall events including Breakfast with Santa, pictures with your pet and more.. 


Thursday  evening… December 24, 2016… T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house…. You know the rest…







Hermosa Beach:

Sunday December 4, 2016 Hermosa Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting... Events start at 3:00 and include a visit from Santa and Mrs.Claus and a Holiday Carousel. Tree lighting at 6:00 at the Hermosa Beach Pier.  Come join the excitement as the Hermosa Beach community lights up the holiday tree as this once a year tradition revs it up a few notches…Several live bands will rock to the sunset, carolers will spread the holiday  cheer and joyous singing by all are just the beginning of this family fun-filled evening.A humongous toy drive benefiting the South Bay’s own Beach Cities Toy Drive will be here to accept your generous gift donations.
Bring a toy and ride the Kinecta Carousel for free!!!


Saturday December  10, 2016 Santa Sand Snowman contest 10:00-12:00 at 15th and the beach..Event information can be found by calling the City of Hermosa Beach Recreation and Community Resources Department at (310)318.0280.

Sunday December 18, 2016  ..Come and celebrate the lighting of the Menorah 4:00 pm Pier Plaza







10th Annual Sleigh Ride in Hermosa Beach .. Sorry but Santa hasn’t posted his schedule yet..: The sleigh ride with Santa will be held on  and . Santa will arrive in his sleigh with his helpers ( Hermosa beach Fire and Police Departments) at 5 stops on each of the two evenings.. Santa will spend 20 minutes at each stop so residents can take photos with Santa.. This wonderful event is sponsored by The Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch with lots of help from HBPD and HBFD..


Santa Locations:


Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00PM 2000 Blk Hillcrest
6:30PM 21st/Springfield
7:00PM 30th/Morningside
7:30PM 22nd Street/The Strand
8:00PM Pier Plaza
8:30PM  Hermosa Valley School
9:00PM 1800 Blk Valley Park Ave.
(Times are approximate)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
6:00PM 15th/Golden
6:30PM 1500 Blk Bonnie Brae
7:00PM 500 Blk 11th Street
7:30PM South Park
8:20PM Pier Plaza
8:40PM 5th Street/Hermosa Ave
(Times are approximate)

The attached map details Santa’s route. Be sure to listen for the sirens and music–that will be an indication that Santa is nearing your location!

For questions, please contact Georgia Moe at [email protected]





Thursday  evening… December 24, 2016...T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house…. You know the rest…









Redondo Beach:


Thursday December 1, 2016.. Stroll Riviera Village…  Riviera Village 5:00-9:00 ….. Don’t miss the Holiday Parade starting at 6:00 pm along Catalina..   


Tuesday December  6, 2016...  Annual Tree Lighting The Civic Center… 415 Diamond Avenue…5:00 pm.. Join the celebration


Saturday December 10, 2016…..   The Surfing Santa and Live Holiday Concert  3:00-5:00 p.m. Redondo Beach Pier .. There will be live music and a visit from Santa.. ( if you can bring an unwrapped toy of $5.00 or more)  

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Saturday December 10, 2016:     The 24th Annual  King Harbor Boat Parade….  starts about 4:30 p.m   for paddle boards and 5:30 for boats.. The Grand Marshall is Fritz Coleman.. There is public access  from a number of locations locations off of Harbor Drive. as well as many restaurants.

King Harbor Marina/Moonstone Park – There is limited free  bleacher seating provided by Bay Club. 3:30 PM trucks will be selling lots of goodies..
Redondo Beach Marina Sport Fishing Pier – You can find this spot from  Beach Marina parking lot off Harbor Drive or park at the Pier and take a short walk to the sport fishing area.. .
There is free  outdoor viewing along the Sea Wall  at the end of Portofino Way….

 Where to park:… City Parking at the Redondo Beach Pier North Lot
King Harbor Marina off of Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach Marina Lot off of Harbor Drive

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Santa Visits Redondo:  .

Redondo Beach Santa Sleigh 2015 Schedule and Routes

Monday 11-28-16 Route 1: Part 1 at Johnston and Beland, Go N/B and cover area
Between Johnston and Dow, then Gibson and 159th, 160th to Beland.Part 2 at Warfield / Vail, continue westbound Warfield to Aviation Bl.

Tuesday 11-29-16 Route 2: Start at Vail and Timothy. May and Pinckard.
Then triangle area south of Beland to Robinson. Barkley, Gibson, Perkins,Carlsbad…etc. Robinson westbound to Aviation.

Wednesday 11-30-16 Route 3: Start at Plant and Vail, go W/B. to Green, then
right to Perry and E/B on Perry to Rindge. Left and go to Ernest, go W/B toAviation, then right and E/B on Farrell to Vail. Left turn and W/B on Bataan to Aviation, then right and E/B on Dufour to Vail. End route at Vail / Warfield.

Thursday 12-01-16 Route 4: Begin at Curtis and Aviation, E/B to Perkins,
then left and W/B on Gates to Aviation. Right on Aviation to Graham, then E/B to Perkins. End at Perkins / Robinson.

Friday 12-02-16 Route 5: Aviation and Mathews, E/B to Perkins, then left and
W/B on Nelson. Make a left at Aviation Way, a right at Mathews to Aviation, then right on Aviation to Ruhland. E/B on Ruhland to Perkins, then W/B on Voorhees to Aviation.

Saturday 12-03-16 Route 6: Start at Ruxton and Rockefeller and go W/B to
Aviation Wy. Turn right and come E/B on Carnegie to Ruxton. Turn left and W/B on Vanderbilt to Aviation Way.

Sunday 12-04-16 Route 7: Start at Clark and Harkness, go E/B Clark to
Ripley. North on Felton then W/B on Harriman to Harkness, and E/B on Huntington to Ripley.

Monday 12-05-16 Route 8: Start at Flagler and Armour, go W/B to Harkness,
RIGHT, then right to Spreckels and E/B to Ripley. Go left and come back W/B onHavemeyer. Turn left on Flagler and go to Spreckels then right to Harkness, right again to Morgan and go E/B to Blossom. Then left to Speyer and come back W/B on Speyer to Harkness. Make a right and go to Pullman. Go E/B on Pullman to Ripley, then right on Ripley to MacKay. Turn right on MacKay and turn left onto
Belmont W/B Belmont to Harkness.

Tuesday 12-06-16 Route 9: Start at Harper and Palm and go N/B. travel to
Artesia. Then back and forth on Steinhart, Goodman, Stanford, Ford, Reed, Herrin, Carver, Wollacott and Axenty.

Wednesday 12-07-16 Route 10: Start at 190th and Pruitt, go to Armour and
travel E/B to Firmona. Make a left and come back W/B on Spreckels to Pruitt. Right to Fisk and E/B to 190th, then right and another right on Firmona. Go N/B to Alvord and stop for a few minutes, then go to Ralston and W/B to Pruitt. Make a left at Pruitt and come back E/B on 2500-2600 Alvord. Go left at Inglewood Av. Left again at Ralston, then right on Felton. At 185th St, turn left to Pruitt, then right to 184th, and E/B on 184th across Inglewood to Firmona. Go right to 185th and W/B on 185th back to Felton. Go N/B to 183rd, and E/B to Firmona, then W/B to Felton on 182nd Pl, and back E/B on 182nd St to Inglewood.

Thursday 12-08-16 Route 11: Start at 190th and Green, go N/B to Ripley,
then right and back S/B on Cluster. Make a left at 190th to Blossom, then N/B on Blossom to Havemeyer, E/B on Havemeyer to Rindge. Go right to service road at 190th, and make a left. Go to Earle and do each of the Courts. Then E/B on Ripley to Meyer. Right on Meyer. Left on 190th to Phelan, N/B on Phelan to Fisk, then W/B to High, right and back E/B on Alvord. Go right to Lilienthal. Make a Uturn
at the park and come back N/B to Ralston. Go W/B on Ralston to Meyer, then right and back E/B on Hill to Lilienthal. W/B on Ives, and E/B on Hadley. Take Lilienthal, Ripley to Marshallfield W/B to Harkness.

Friday 12-09-16 Route 12: Start at Amethyst and Harkness, Turn left on 190th
and go west to Goodman, turn right, then W/B on Lomax to Prospect. Turn right to Van Horne, then E/B Van Horne to Harkness. Make a left then W/B on Armour to Reynolds. Continue to do 1600-1700 blks to Speyer, then do Harper to Aviation, Steinhart back to Belmont, then N/B Goodman to Aviation. Come back on Stanford to Belmont and N/B Ford to Aviation.

Saturday 12-10-16 Route 13: Start at RBPD and go N/B on Broadway to
Catalina, back S/B on Elena to Carnelian. Make a left and take PCH, then make a left on Beryl and do Francisca. North on Catalina. Then S/B on PCH to Diamond. Turn left on Diamond and go to N. Gertruda. Go N/B on Gertruda to Carnelian. Make a right, go to Guadalupe, then S/B tp Diamond. Make a left, to Irena, then N/B on Irena to Agate. Right turn to Juanita, then S/b on Juanita to
Del Amo. Turn left and go to Lucia. N/B on Lucia to 190, turn right and come back S/B on Maria to Del Amo. Then N/B on Paulina to 190th. St.

Sunday 12-11-16 Route 14: Start at RBPD, go S/B on Broadway to Torrance
Bl, then E/B Torrance to S. Francisca. Go N/B to Vincent Park, then right, come back S/B on Guadalupe, to Torrance, then left to Helberta and back N/B to Vincent, then right to Irena, S/B to Torrance, then left and back N/B on Juanita to Vincent. Come back S/B on S. Lucia to Torrance.

Monday 12-12-16 Route 15: Start at Broadway and Torrance go S/B to Knob
Hill, then N/B on Elvira to Sapphire. Turn right and cross PCH on Sapphire to Knob Hill, turn right and come back to Gertruda. Go N/B to Pearl, then left to Francisca, left again to PCH. Then left onto Sapphire, this time go to Helberta and go left to S. Irena, come back S/B on S. Irena. Left on Serpentine, then left again on S. Juanita to Camino Real.

Tuesday 12-13-16 Route 16: Start at Pearl / Susanna. S/B Susanna, turn
corner to Faye & continue Faye N/B to Pearl. Prospect to Torrance, left to Lucia, left. S/B Lucia to Rita, right on Rita W/B to Juanita, N/B Juanita to Torrance. Irena S/B to Judy, right turn Judy N/B to Pearl. Pearl W/B to Camino Real, N/B to Miramar. Miramar W/B to Francisca, N/B to Sierra Vista E/B. End Sierra Vista/Camino Real. Families on Opal & Pearl meet Santa on Lucia,
Juanita, or Irena!

Wednesday 12-14-16 Route 17: Start at Ave G / PV W/B to PCH, then E/B
on Ave F to PV. W/B on Ave E, make a right on Ave D to S/B Gertruda, then back on Helberta to Ave D., S/B on S. Irena (Do Ave D as you are going back and forth on Gertruda, Helberta and Irena). Take PV to Prospect and do the 1000 blk Ave D, then W/B on Ave C back, including 1000 block, then E/B on Ave B(including 1000 block), then Ave A(1000 block) to PCH. Take Knob Hill to Camino Real.

Thursday 12-15-16 Route 18: Start at S. Irena and PV Bl, go east to 1400
blk, then back to W/B on Helberta to PV, then E/B on S. Gertruda go to Messina and Circle Drs. Then W/B on Ave E to Pv, and E/B on Ave F to Prospect. Then W/B Ave G to PV. Then S/B on PV to Catalina. Turn and immediately take the left to Camino de la Costa. Go W/B on Paseo de la Playa, come back E/B on Vista del Mar, then N/B along the 1700 Blk of Camino de la Costa to Ave I. Make a left and to go the Esplanade. N/B Esplanade to Knob Hill. Continue route E/B Knob Hill to PCH, S/B PCH to Avenue A, W/B to Esplande. Continue Avenue A to Avenue H, alternating East & West on the Avenues (always S/B PCH and S/B Esplanade). End Route at Avenue H and PCH.

Make up Days: Friday 12/16; Saturday 12/17; and Sunday 12/18

•Due to the size of Santa’s sleigh, and safety first, Santa will not be stopping on busy streets such as Manhattan Bch Bl, Aviation Bl, Artesia, Grant Av, 190th St, Prospect, PCH, Catalina.•His helpers will pull the sled as near to the curb as possible so he can see each and every one you.•If weather becomes a factor, that night’s area will be skipped, and made up at the end.


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Thursday December 24, 2016 … T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house…. You know the rest…







El Segundo














Thursday December 1, 2016   The Annual Tree Lighting… and craft boutique at City Hall Plaza 300 Main Street  3:00 pm-7:00 pm ..There will be entertainment, a Santa’s Village with Santa, train rides and more…




Sunday December 4,20161:00-3:00 pm  …..The 53rd Annual El Segundo Christmas Parade..  If you love an old fashioned parade don’t miss this one.. The parade begins at Main Street and Imperial and goes south to El Segundo Blvd… Don’t miss the fun!



Saturday Dec 10, 2016 …  Candy Cane Lane Opens….6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

 The lights go on at 6:00 pm; Santa usually sits down in his sleigh at about 7:00 pm. The  El Segundo Concert Band plays at 6:30 pm on opening night…Candy Cane Lane itself is closed to cars but parking is available… 1200  Acacia Street  El Segundo … Imperial Blvd. Just follow the signs..

Santa in El Segundo    .. where to see him..

Santa’s arrival on each block will be accompanied by lights, sirens and holiday tunes. His nightly flight through town will begin Monday December 5, 2016 about 5:30 and run until 8:30 pm.

The schedule is as follows:


The schedule is as follows:

Monday & Tuesday: West portion of the city (west of Main Street).

Wednesday & Thursday: Center area of the city (Main Street-Center Street).

December 12&13 East area of the city (Center Street-Sepulveda Boulevard).

In case of rain, a make-up day is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Call 310-524-2262 for more information. For updates as to where Santa can be found each night, go to



Thursday December 24, 2016…T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house…. You know the rest



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