Southern California may lack the snowy Winter Wonderland of other parts of the country, but Los Angeles has its share of holiday festivities to usher in the Christmas season. While the Griffith Park/Department of Water and Power Holiday Light Festival has been canceled for 2010 due to a construction project, other yearly L.A./O.C. holiday events will help residents get in the mood for Santa’s arrival.
Hollywood Christmas Parade
Orange and Hollywood Boulevard
Sunday, November 28th, 2010, 6 p. m.
Parking at Hollywood and Highland Center, $2 for 4 hours
The Hollywood Christmas Parade, a holiday tradition in Tinseltown since 1928, will take place on November 28th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, beginning at 6 p.m. The parade route starts at Hollywood and Orange, then proceeds in a U-shape around Vine Street, and back up to Sunset and Orange.
Actor Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, host of the award-winning Traveler television series, will host the nationally-televised parade. The parade will run on the Hallmark Channel and local TV stations throughout the country.
Grandstand seating is available for $35 per person by calling 1-866 Parade1. Free curbside seating is always available along the parade route. Veteran broadcaster Larry King is this year’s Grand Marshall. Susan Sullivan, Harry Hamlin and Donna Mills are among the celebrities scheduled to appear. Other highlights include floats (one depicting scenes from the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), equestrians, marching bands, and of course, Santa.
Christmas Tree Lighting at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
L.A.’s version of the Christmas tree lightning at Rockefeller Center takes place at The Grove, an upscale shopping mall in the Fairfax District. This year’s tree lighting takes place, Sunday November 21st at 7:30 p.m. The 100-foot tree is festooned with 15,000 sparkling lights. EXTRA’s Mario Lopez emcees the ceremony, which features musical performances by Wilson Philips and American Idol David Archuleta. The tree-lighting is topped off with fireworks and an appearance by Santa.
Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach Harbor
Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
Newport Beach, Ca. 92660
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors the 2010 Christmas Boat Parade extravaganza, which features five straight nights of brightly lit boats gracing the waters off Newport Beach, from Balboa Peninsula to Bay Island.
The 2010 event runs every night from December 15th to December 19th , and is free to the public.. The boat procession starts at 6:30 p. m and lasts til 9:00 p. m. The boats proceed for 14 miles down the harbor, giving beachgoers, restaurant patrons and other onlookers a glimpse of yachts, kayaks and all types of boats decorated with Christmas scenes, some of them accompanied by onboard carolers and music. A firework display, launched off Balboa Pier, closes out the parade on December 19th. Businesses and homes along the bay join the festivities, too, by participating in the “Ring of Lights.” Decorating their houses with animated Christmas scenes and elaborate lights, homeowners provide the landlubbers’ companion to the boat parade. Formal awards are given to the best-decorated boats and homes at an Awards Dinner and Auction on January 28, 2010.