The Lovely Christmas Occasions Of Long Beach CA

Holiday activities around Long Beach CA include a ballet with a flying sleigh and fireworks as well as traditional Christmas music. Some of Long Beach’s Christmas offerings are.

The Big Red Double Decker Bus will be conducting a tour of holiday lights in Naples, Belmont Shore, Bay Shore Avenue and Belmont Heights in Long Beach CA. Santa will be on board and there will be hot chocolate and sugar cookies. One-hour tours depart at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 11, 14, 15,16, 18, 21, 22, 24 and 25. Tickets are $10, with children 3 and younger riding free. Tours start from Sababa at 6527 E. PCH in the Marketplace. Call 252-3572 or visit www.gosababa.com.

The Daisy Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Daisy Avenue and 20th Street, Long Beach CA. There will be live music and Santa will be on hand.

The walking tour event  on Wardlow between Bellflower will present a  Christmas pageant telling the true story of Christmas with live musical groups will be presented from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The walking-tour event is staged by the following churches: Long Beach Christian Reformed Church, St. Cornelius Catholic Church. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Truett Memorial Southern Baptist Church and University Baptist Church.

“Winter Wonderettes”,  The ’60s-themed musical,  will be presented by Musical Theatre West from Dec. 9 through Dec. 18 at the Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St. in Long Beach CA.  Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and one performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the MTW box office at 4350 E. Seventh St., by calling 856-1999, ext. 4, or online at www.musical.org.

Take your children to “ Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10, inside the Houghton Park Community Center at 6301 Myrtle Ave Long Beach CA. In addition to the man himself, there will be face painting, games, craft making and more. For time and more details, call 570-1640.

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens ,of Long Beach CA, invites you to celebrate with the Holiday Hoedown and Ranch-Style Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at. There will be a pancake breakfast, western music and dancing, holiday activities, games and crafts and a petting corral. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too. This is an event for families with children 12 and younger. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children with discounts available for members. Call 431-3541 or visit www.rancholosalamitos.org. The Rancho is at 6400 Bixby Hill Rd.

Fourth Street’s Holiday Shopping and Food Truck Event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, on Fourth Street between Cherry and Junipero. In addition to the food trucks, shops will be open late and there will be free gift-wrapping until 8 p.m. at The Center, 2017 E. Fourth St.

The Daisy Avenue Parade steps off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, for its route between Burnett Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

The Honky-Tonk Christmas Show, featuring 80 Proof Santa and the Sexy Elves begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Blue Café, 217 Pine Ave. This is at 21 and over event. Music will be supplied by Willie Cash & the Cashiers, West of Texas, Paperplanes and there will be opportunity drawing prizes and more. Admission is $10 and all the money goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach CA.

The Long Beach Chorale will present a concert of music praising the Virgin Mary at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd. Long Beach CA. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Call 427-1931 or visit www.longbeachchorale.org.

The Choral Department at Long Beach City College presents a “A Holiday Celebration in Song” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the city college auditorium on the corner of Clark and Harvey Way. Admission is $10 and $5 for students and seniors.

At the Long Beach Towne Center you will enjoy both song and dance. Included are:  Holiday: Encore string students and teachers (1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10), music from Lakewood Christian School students (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15), Radio Disney Shake It Up Holiday Dance Party (3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17). lot). The Towne Center is at 7559 Carson Blvd., at the intersection of Carson Street and the 605 Freeway.

“Christmas Candlelight Tours” will take visitors back to December 1878 on Saturday Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd Long Beach CA. Tours depart every 10 minutes between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Actors will portray the Bixby family, friends and workers on the active sheep ranch as they share holiday traditions. The evening includes light refreshments and live music. Tickets are $12. Call 570-1755 or visit www.rancholoscerritos.org.

“Star of Wonder … Star of Light,” a concert featuring sacred Christmas anthems, will be presented at 1:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4644 Clark Ave. The concert will include the 75-voice adult choir, a 15-piece orchestra and adult handbell choirs. Childcare will be available and there will be a free will offering. Call 421-4711 or visit www.bethanylutheran.org.

Join a Messiah Sing-A-Long at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Belmont Heights United Methodist Church, 317 Termino Ave.Long Beach CA, followed by a reception. Childcare will be available and there will be a free will offering.

The Friends of Music at California United Methodist Church will present an Advent Celebration Concert starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the church at 3759 Orange Ave Long Beach CA. There will be a free will offering and childcare will be provided.

Daisy Avenue Cultural Entertainment Nights with music, live entertainment and Santa are at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 16, and 17, and 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at Daisy Avenue and 20th Street. Long Beach CA

The Long Beach Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors hosts its holiday fundraiser, “Vintage Hollywood Holidays,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. Vintage Hollywood attire is encouraged and there will be a luncheon and a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will go to Interval House, which helps victims of domestic and dating violence. Tickets are $40.

The Historic Bembridge House iof Long Beach CA’s decorated for a Victorian Christmas and they’re offering tours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 13, 20 and 27. A $5 donation is suggested. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations by calling 493-7019. The Bembridge House is at 953 Park Circle.

The Rose Park tree lighting at will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Rose Park, Eight Street and Orizaba Avenue in Long Beach CA. There will be carolers, hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies. Everyone is invited to bring an ornament for the tree that supports the theme of “Peace.”

The holidays come to Rancho Los Alamitos from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, and Friday, Dec. 16, at the Rancho, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. There will be strolling carolers both evenings from 5 until 7 p.m. Admission is free, but parking reservations are required. Call 431-3541.

Women of Note will perform its holiday concert “Coming as Promised” twice in December. The first performance is at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Christ Lutheran Church, 6500 Stearns St. The second concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 E. Seventh St. Both concerts are free. A program listing is available at www.womenofnotelbca.com.

Bethlehem in the time of Christ will be recreated from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave Long Beach CA. Three will be crafts, games, the Nativity and interactive activities for children of all ages. For more information, call 595-1996 or visit www.calheightsumc.org.

Entries in the Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest should be dropped off starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Bay Shore Community Church, 5100 E. The Toledo. Each of the top three winners’ favorite local charities will receive a $50 donation from the Community Action Team. For entry requirements, go to www.justinrudd.com. There will be a free Christmas choral concert, “Sweet Rejoicing,” starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, followed by a reception and announcement of winners at 9:15 p.m. A free will offering will be taken at the concert. RSVPs suggested to www.JustinRudd.com/concert.html.

Long Beach CA’s Operation Santa Paws, through the Community Action Team, is again collecting toys, treats and supplies for shelter and rescue pets. For details on what is needed and drop-off locations, visit www.hautedogs.org/santapaws.html. Deadline is Dec. 17.

“TV Land Holidays” is the theme of this year’s Naples Boat Parade on the evening of Dec. 17. Streets will close at 5 p.m. The large boats set off at 6 p.m., followed by the smaller ones at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the boat parade, visit www.naplesca.com. The Port of Long Beach is this year’s corporate sponsor.

The Long Beach Ballet tradition of “The Nutcracker”  returns for four performances Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. A cast of more than 200 will be accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, a live horse, a flying sleigh and on-stage pyrotechnics. Shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets start at $24. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (800) 745-7000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s new version of “A Christmas Carol” continues through Dec. 18 at The Richard Goad Theater, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Performances are at 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. For tickets, visit www.lbshakespeare.org.

Santa will be the special guest at the final Pajama Party Movie Night in Long Beach CA starting at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the food court at the Long Beach Towne Center, 7559 Carson Blvd. The movies are “Disney’s Prep & Landing” and “Yes, Virginia.” Movie night is for ages 10 and younger and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy gift cards for L’Opera and/or Alegria between now and Dec. 24 and for each $100 you purchase, you’ll receive an additional $20 gift card redeemable after Jan. 1. Stop by L’Opera at 101 Pine Ave. and Alegria at 115 Pine Ave. or call 491-0066.

The Festival of Light Promotion, sponsored by the Downtown Business Associates, runs through Dec. 24. Check out the holiday displays in businesses downtown and vote for your favorite to be eligible to win a $100 Downtown Prize Package. For more information, visit www.downtwonlongbeach.org.

Snow Day returns to Veterans Park from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at 101 W. 28th St.

Star Party Cruises of Long Beach CA offers Harbor Lights Christmas cruises most evenings between now and Dec. 30. The 150-passenger boat has inside and outside seating, a full bar for adults and hot chocolate and snacks for everyone. It’s $12 for adults and $8 for children. Call 799-7000 or visit www.reggaeboat.com.

The All American Melodrama stages its holiday special “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Carol” now through Jan. 1. All American offers its unique point of view with “Humbug or What the Dickens?” and “It’s a Blunderful Life or Bye George.” Shows are every day through Jan. 1 except for Dec. 24 and 25. Most shows are at 7 p.m., but there are some afternoon performances. Check the website, www.allamericanmelodram.com. The All American Melodrama Theater is in Shoreline Village.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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