Long Beach holiday season picks up the pace with concerts, parades, more – Press Telegram

The holiday season is in full swing, and Long Beach is in the spirit.

Here’s a list of holiday happenings we’re aware of, events where people can help others as well as those providing entertainment and celebration. To have an event listed, email the details to editor@gazettes.com.

The Village Cookie Shoppe at Mental Health America of Los Angeles is taking orders for its holiday cookies. Employees at the Shoppe are MHALA members on their journey to mental health recovery, and purchases benefit MHALA. Go to bit.ly/3A8uqbp.

Long Beach Shakespeare Company is presenting “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 11. LB Shakespeare performs at the Helen Borgers Theatre, 4250 1/2 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $23, $13 for students. For more, go to lbshakespeare.org.

The nonprofit Steel Magnolias is offering Sleigh on the Bay, private dining experiences including a Duffy boat ride through the Naples Island canals. The alfresco dinner is $500 for four or $1,000 for eight. Call 562-243-3858 for reservations. All proceeds go to the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center.

The tree is already lit at the 2ND & PCH center on Pacific Coast Highway at Second Street. Santa Claus is in residence for selfies, and will be ready for Paws & Claus on Tuesdays Dec. 6, 13, 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. No photographer will be on hand. Movies and Moonlight returns at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with “The Polar Express” and on Dec. 9 with “The Santa Claus.” For updates about holiday happenings, go to 2ndandpch.com/events.

The historic Bembridge House has been decorated for the holidays and opens for tours on Dec. 2 with an adults-only event from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with tickets at $20. Regular tours are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 6 and 13. Tickets are $15 and children are free with an adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance at lbheritage.org. The Bembridge House is at 953 Park Circle Drive, and parking is available behind 927 Daisy Ave.

The Seal Beach Holiday Parade begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, going down Main Street in Old Towne Seal Beach from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway. Main Street closes at 4 p.m., as will Can Avenue between Seventh and 12 streets. Eastbound PCH will close at 6:30 p.m. at Main Street, with traffic diverted to Bolsa Avenue. Streets will reopen between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

Santa will arrive by yacht at Parkers’ Lighthouse at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Dec. 3, thanks to MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Santa will stay for breakfast to benefit the Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Program at the hospital. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children younger than 12. Call 562-432-6500 for reservations.

Aquarium Holidays opens Dec. 3 at the Aquarium of the Pacific and continues through Dec. 23. There are appearances by Santa Diver, festive décor and snowfall in the great hall. Santa will be on hand on weekends Dec. 3-18 for pictures. There also will be a Kwanzaa celebration and Hanukkah storytelling. Go to aquariumofpacific.org.

Belmont Shore’s 38th annual Christmas Parade will step off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the intersection of Livingston Drive and Second Street. The 100-entry parade marches the 14 blocks down to Bay Shore Avenue, then back up to Livingston on the other side of the street. Second Street closes at 4 p.m. (died streets at 2 p.m.) and people are allowed to sit on curbs and medians at 5 p.m. No items such as chairs or blanket are allowed before then. The parade will be live-streamed by Grant White Productions at the judging stand in front of Chase Bank. To watch the live-stream or for more information, go to belmontshore.org.

Musica Angelica will present a Baroque Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Beverly O’Neill Theater, part of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. A 30th anniversary gala takes place at 4:30 p.m. that day honoring Steve and Lisa Goodling. For more, go to musicaangelica.org.

The Bluff Park Neighborhood Association hosts its sixth annual street decorating party, Holiday Bow Breakfast, starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. There will be coffee and breakfast treats while decorating the historic ornamental lampposts with holiday bows. Optional unwrapped pet items will be donated to Operation Santa Paws. Bluff park.org.

The Naples Islands Home Decor Contest will be judged on Sunday, Dec. 4. There are several categories, and winners will receive a custom sign to display in front of their home. Go to naplesislands.org.

The Southern California Brass Consortium presents Jingle all the way at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow St. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 seniors, $10 students at bit.ly/3i20bfR or at the door.

The ChristmART holiday market will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the bandshell at Bixby Park, Junipero Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. Pictures with Santa, kids’ crafts, carolers, live music. www.facebook.com/Friendsofbixbypark/.

North Long Beach’s Community Christmas Party and potluck is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Historic Long Beach Dairy and Creamery, 167 E. South St. Bring a wrapped ornament for the gift exchange and a favorite dish for the potluck. Sponsored by the Deforest Park, Houghton Park, Neyham, St. Francis, College Square and Star King neighborhood associations and American Legion Post 560. RSVP to 562-572-1602.

A Christmas tree larger than the one at Disneyland will be lit on Monday, Dec. 5, on the Terrace Theater Plaza at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Organized by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, the 8th annual party will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and include live music, food, fireworks, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and even some snow. The event is free to attend. Go to visitlongbeach.com.

Gelson’s Market’s annual toy drive starts Dec. 5 and runs to Dec. 16 at all Southern California stores, including the store at Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Donated toys go to Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Toys for Tots, Children’s Hospital of LA, Unity Shoppe, Miracles for Kids and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

The ranch house and grounds at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, will host a holiday open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9. Admission if free, but reservations are required. Parking is free for RLA members and $5 for others. Call 562-431-3541 or email info@rancholosalamitos.org to make reservations.

A holiday pop-up shopping event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Assistance League’s Cherese Mari Laulhere Philanthropic Center, 6220 E. Spring St.

The Long Beach Towne Center will host a tree lighting party including two laser light and snowfall shows from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 on The Promenade downtown. Music from the Jazz Angels, selfie meet-and-greets with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the snowman and more. Shows at 7:15 and 8 p.m. www.lbtownecenter.com.

A winter family festival is on tap from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road. There will be hands-on activities, dance and musical performances, a petting zoo, carriage rids and more. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for children 3-12. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 562-431-3541. Parking is available at CSULB parking lot G 13, with free shuttles to the rancho.

The 76th annual Naples Holiday Boat Parade launches at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with the large boats circling Alamitos Bay. Small boats start through the Naples canals at 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is Sleighs on the Bay. Streets in Naples close at 5 p.m. Go to naplesca.com/home-page for more.

The Daisy Lane Parade returns for its 68th year at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, on Daisy Avenue between Pacific Coast Highway and Hill Street. The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance decorates the Daisy Avenue median, and the Seventh District City Council office organizes the event. Santa Claus welcomes everyone at the end of the parade. For more, email Sean.bernhoft@longbeach.gov.

Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra opens its 2022-23 season Dec. 10 and 11 with two performances of a holiday concert featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” The Saturday concert is at 7 p.m.; Sunday is at 4 p.m. Both are at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 N. Studebaker Road. Tickets are $35, $10 students, with a pay-what-you-can section. Go to longbeachchorale.org.

The Bellflower Chorus will present concerts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, at the William and Jane Bristol Auditorium, 16600 Civic Center Dr. General admission is $10, seniors and children 12 and younger, $5. Call 562-900-7836 or 562-865-8622.

Justin Rudd’s 10th annual Christmas concert, Long Beach Bake-Off and Long Beach Cookie Contest is at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo. The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tasting reception after the concert. JustinRudd.com.

9th Night-A Toast to Chanukah! Takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Long Beach Beer Lab, 518 W. Willow St. Kosher eats, craft beer and live music from Mike Wilson. Tickets, $15 presale and $20 at door, includes the first round, and Kosher eats. For tickets, go to bit.ly/3V46opL.

Long Beach Symphony will present its Holiday Pops Concert with the Camerata Singers at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Long Beach Arena/Pacific Ballroom at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Tickets begin at $30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking. For more, longbeachsymphony.org.

Shoreline Yacht Club in downtown Long Beach will put its the 40th annual Holiday Boat Parade starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, with a route from Shoreline Marina, around Rainbow Harbor and the area in front of the Queen Mary. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. Call 562-435-4093 or email pam.renta@yahoo.com.

The 28th annual Children’s Christmas Store takes place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Hilton Long Beach. Put on by New Image Emergency Shelter, the event is invitation only. Donations are needed. For more, call 562-972-4441 or email lynda_moran@msn.com.

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