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Holiday Season in the South Bay

Check out the South Bay Events' full listing of what's going on in the Beach Cities for the Holidays! We've got suggestions for Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance and Manhattan Beach


The holiday season is upon us. The South Bay doesn’t have a white winter, roasting chestnuts or even open fires, outside of Dockweiler Beach, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options to keep you entertained and filled with holiday cheer. Here is what you have to look forward to in the coming holiday months.

Hermosa Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony & Rock for Tots Toy Drive

December 3, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Hermosa Beach Pier

Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau will host Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3rd from 4 PM to 9 PM at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Hermosa Beach Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyThe event will feature the official lighting of the Hermosa Beach Holiday Tree to help kick off the holiday season near where the Hermosa Beach Pier and Strand meet. Live music from local band Jermey Buck and the Bang, Justin Hopkins and others sets a festive moomd. Highlights will include a vist from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and a holiday carousel sponsored by Kinecta. Event goers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy ($5-$10) to the tree which will be donated to the charities supported by the Annual Beach Cities Toy Drive. Tree lighting happens at 6 PM.

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll

December 3, 2015: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach

Start your holiday celebrating in Riviera Village at the annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 3, from 5 to 9 pm. This wonderful collection of upscale shops will stay open late that night, offering fabulous finds and delectable treats to all. The Holiday Parade down Catalina Avenue steps off at 6 pm and features local bands, Scout troops, dance groups, Redondo Beach mayor Steve Aspel and Councilman Jeff Ginsburg. more info

Sand Snowman Contest

December 5, 2015
Hermosa Beach Pier

The weatherman says it's nothing but sand! Sand! Sand! Sand! Bring your family and friends, shovels, scarves and mittens because Hermosa Beach will be showcasing its annual Sand Snowmen Contest December 6th from 8:45 PM - 12N. This holiday tradition is open to all ages and abilities. Come early and mark your spot for the best Sand Snowman! Don't forget to bring your camera! Event check-in begins at 8:45 am and sculpting begins at 9:00 am. For more information, contact the Community Resources Department at 310.318-0280.

Holiday Concert

Torrance Civic Chorale & Orchestra
December 11th & 12th, 2015 at 8:00PM
David Burks - Conductor

Celebrate the holiday season at the James R. Armstrong theatre in Torrance. The Torrance Civic Chorale has been sharing its passion for outstanding choral music with the South Bay since the early 1960s. The Torrance Civic Chorale and Orchestra are pleased to present "Magnificat & Gloria: The music of John Rutter and Antonio Vivaldi."  This incredible music features modern rhythmic and harmonic structures written for mixed choir, soprano soloist, pipe organ and chamber orchestra. The Torrance Civic Chorale's concerts are held in the beautiful James R. Armstrong Theatre located at 3330 Civic Center Drive. Reserved seating is available for $14.00, call the theatre box office at (310) 781-7171.

Holiday Cheer at the Redondo Beach Pier With Surfing Santa & Live Concert

Redondo Beach Pier
December 12th, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Surfin' Santa Claus & Holiday Music

Holiday celebrants fill the Redondo Beach Pier Saturday afternoon for a free, community event put together by the Redondo Beach Pier Association. The stage is set for two hours of live music provided and an appearance by Mr. Claus himself. This event is family friendly and parking is FREE!.

Check out what else is happening for this annual holiday event on our website!

24th Annual King Harbor Boat Parade

December 12th, 2015
4:30 pm

Nothing says California Christmas events like a boat parade. Combining the love of California beaches and waterways with the spirit of celebration, dedicated yachtsmen spend thousands of dollars on intricate lighting systems to deck out their boats and yachts for the annual King Harbor Christmas Parade. The seaworthy vessels within the channel follow a route that sweeps past vantage points where the public can watch the spectacular display of colors, designs and themes, often tied to the Southern California lifestyle.

The Boat Parade will light up King Harbor in Redondo Beach. Spectators can view the balconies from the International Boardwalk, Marina or Pier and the boat parade can be viewed from the seawall or Fisherman’s Pier. Free bleacher seating is available inside King Harbor Marina at Moonstone Park (enter at Marina Way). This year's Grand Marshall is fitness trailblazer Denise Austin. Read more about 24th King Harbor Boat Parade on our website.

27th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks

December 13th, 2015
Manhattan Beach PierFireworks South Bay

The Manhattan Beach Holiday Firework show is held at the Pier every year in December. This year's Fireworks Show will take place on Sunday, December 13th with festivities starting around 4:00 pm. This is a very popular event and crowd size can swell up to 15,000... for good reason. Manhattan Beach, with the help of sponsors like Skechers and others, puts on one of the most spectacular firework shows west of Carson. Traditional holiday favorites like a snow park, toy & canned good drive, and live music by Hyperion Outfall highlight this annual event... and of course there will be fireworks:

  • (7:00 PM) - Fireworks Show choreographed to seasonal music

Bring blankets, a bottle of wine, some gloves, friends, family, and your baby stroller, this event is a blast and the fireworks show is always top notch. The Holiday Fireworks are expected to go forward, rain or shine, on Sunday. 

Find out more about this year's 27th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks on their website.

The Nutcracker – Presented by Los Angeles Ballet

December 26th, 2015, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
December 27th, 2015, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Welcome to the world of The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of Redondo Beach's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing giant Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

There you go…fireworks, santa, snowmen on the beach, and everything in between. Grab a jacket or at least a hoodie and join your fellow locals for these unique holiday events.

Happy Holidays to everyone from South Bay Events!

Holidays in the South Bay
"Surfing Santa" Vince Ray; Photo Courtesy of Ray Vidal
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