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Tis the season to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays! While most of us in Southern California aren’t going to get much of an “authentic” feel during the holiday season, with temperatures in the 70′s and 80’s and palm trees swaying, we simply do what we can to get into the spirit. Luckily, many of our neighbors have created some holiday cheer to help us spread the joy with our friends and families.

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El Segundo Candy Cane Lane

Since 1949, Candy Cane Lane has been an El Segundo holiday tradition. This block of houses includes a huge array of decorations including a visit from Santa on his sleigh sometime between 7:00 and 9:00 pm nightly. Visitors are encouraged to donate canned food for needy families in El Segundo. The event runs until December 23rd.

Location: 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue, look for the Candy Cane Lane sign. The street is closed to cars, however, nearby parking is not difficult.

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Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane

The Woodland Hills candy cane lane is located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Streets near Pierce College. This eight square block area has been maintaining this holiday tradition of decorating with lights, characters, and artificial snow since 1952. Santa has been seen roaming around on occasion. Residents request visitors arrive before 10:00 pm weekdays and 11:00 pm weekends and many turn their lights off after that hour to discourage late night neighborhood traffic. Be warned: the traffic getting onto Oxnard backs up. Runs through New Year’s Day. It begins on the 2nd Saturday of December and lasts through the end of the year.

Location: Lubao and Oxnard Streets

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Altadena Christmas Tree Lane

This year Altadena Christmas Tree Lane is celebrating its 90th anniversary. This neighborhood boasts the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the US. This has earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It runs from dusk to 10:00 pm weekdays and until midnight weekends and holidays through January 2nd.

Location: Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive

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Brea Eagle Hills Christmas Lights

Running through New Year’s Day, this Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood goes all out with 100 homes decked out with lights, decorations, live music, a live nativity scene, and horse-drawn carriages. Some residents even decorate the interior of their homes and allow visitors to peek inside.

Location: Entrance is either via East Birch and South Starflower Streets or East Lambert Road and Sunflower Street.

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South Torrance Sleepy Hollow

This South Torrance neighborhood is fairly remote, located in the Seaside section of Torrance quite a distance from the freeways. Many consider the trek to be worth it to check out the nearly 40-year-old tradition. It’s a cute neighborhood with non-uniform blocks allowing for some “old country” feel as you turn the bends. It is also recommend you park and walk. Runs through New Year’s Day.

Location: Entrance is near the intersection of Anza Avenue and Calle Mayor.

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San Marino Majestic Pines on St. Albans

St. Albans Drive decorates its massive pine trees for the Christmas season and it really is a site best taken in by walking. The effect makes you feel as if you are a miniature character in some fun, surreal, Christmas spectacle.

Location: St. Albans Drive at Huntington Drive.

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WHAT: Candy Cane Lanes And Holiday Lights
WHEN: Multiple cities
WHERE:
Check each neighborhood

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The 6th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl, benefiting the Westside Food Bank, returns! SMPC has quickly become one of the city’s most cherished annual events, with more than 6,000 crawlers in attendance (and climbing) in 2013. Throughout the past five years, the SMPC has raised more than a quarter of a million pounds of food and over $75,000 to help those in need during the holidays through a rewarding partnership with the Westside Food Bank.

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More than 30 bars and restaurants across the city of Santa Monica come together to offer food and drink specials to those with SMPC wristbands. Pub Crawl participants are encouraged to dress in Santa/Holiday attire, so the streets of Santa Monica are filled with merry and good cheer.

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For a complete list of route information, bus stops, sponsors, updates or to sign up, visit the official SMPC website.

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WHAT: SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
WHEN: 
Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 5:00 pm
WHERE: Santa Monica, CA

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $12 in advance | $15 at the door

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter

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It’s almost that time of year again – when the frost is on the vine, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and the silver bells are ringing. Ok, who are we fooling? There is no frost in LA, we all live in apartments, and our smart phone ringtones are the only things ringing, BUT each December we DO have the absolute-best-time-you-can-have-on-concrete-under-palm-trees… The 2013 SANTA Monica Pub Crawl!

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Last year, over 5,000 people crawled their hearts out to 25 bars, raising over $20,000 dollars for the Westside Food Bank! This year, they are working to make this the biggest and best SANTA Monica Pub Crawl ever with fun prizes and contests, all while helping the less fortunate put food on the table this Holiday Season. So, dust off those antlers, shine up those menorahs, and get ready for the 5th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl!

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With your official SMPC wristband you will receive drink and food specials at the participating locations. All SMPC participants are asked to dress in Santa/Holiday attire, either individually or in teams, so that the streets of Santa Monica will be filled with merry cheer, such as: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Carolers and Santa’s Helpers. The Pub Crawl will feature multiple routes with bars on Wilshire, The Pier, 4th Street, Third Street Promenade, and Main Street.

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WHAT: Santa Monica Pub Crawl 
WHEN:
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 5:00 pm 
WHERE:
Santa Monica, CA

DETAILS:

  • Crawlers must Sign Up Online, Pay a $10 donation/entrance fee, Choose a Route and Collect their Wristband, and Map at their official starting location

CONTACT INFO: (323) 330-9559 | smpcrawl@gmail.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter 

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Santa Monica Pub Crawl

December 7, 2012 — 1 Comment

It’s almost that time of year again — when the frost is on the vine, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and the silver bells are ringing. Ok, who are we fooling? There is no frost in LA, we all live in apartments, and our smart phone ringtones are the only things ringing, BUT each December we DO have the absolute-best-time-you-can-have-on-concrete-under-palm-trees with an ocean view.

The annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl is this weekend! Last year over 5,000 people crawled their hearts out to celebrate the season at the ever popular Santa Monica holiday event by filling the streets with joyous Santa’s, reindeer, elves, and raising enough food for 70,000 meals through the Westside Food Bank.

Celebrating the fourth consecutive year, over 25 bars and restaurants all over the city will come together to raise money for those in need during the holidays. Official starting locations include: SOUTH (Wilshire Route), 31Ten Lounge (Main Street), Rusty’s Surf Ranch (The Pier), and Wokcano (Promenade Route). With your official SMPC wristband you will receive drink and food specials at the participating locations and will automatically be entered into the pub crawl raffle with the chance to win a ton of great prizes.

Crawlers must Sign Up online, Pay a $10 donation/entrance fee, Choose a Route, and Collect their Wristband and Map at their official starting location.

Participating Bars

31Ten Lounge, Barney’s Beanery, Barcopa, Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café, Brittania Pub, Cabo Cantina, Circle Bar, Finn McCool’s, Harvelle’s, Joe’s Pizza, JP’s Pub, Main on Main, O’Brien’s Irish Pub on Main, O’Brien’s on Wilshire, Renee’s Courtyard Café, Rick’s Tavern, Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Sonny McLean’s Pub, South, The Charleston, V Lounge, West 4th and Jane, Wokcano, Yankee Doodles, Ye Old King’s Head

So, dust off those antlers, shine up those menorahs, and get ready for the 4th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl!

WHAT: Santa Monica Pub Crawl
WHERE: Santa Monica’s best bars and restaurants
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2012

CONTACT INFO: (323) 330-9559 or smpcrawl@gmail.com  

DETAILS:

  • Tickets are $10

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The Queen Mary is thrilled to present CHILL – an enchanting winter event for the whole family. They’ve turned their dome into a giant igloo, which is now home to The Ice Kingdom – an awe-inspiring exhibit featuring larger-than-life ice creations. In addition, CHILL also features outdoor Ice Tubing, an Ice Skating rink, and a Holiday Village, complete with Christmas trees, “Candy Lane,” gingerbread decorating, carolers, and, of course, Santa Claus. 

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CHILL is an entire holiday extravaganza designed for the whole family. Stroll through the winter wonderland and capture the spirit of the season by enjoying everyone’s favorite holiday activities. From decorating gingerbread houses, to listening to holiday carolers, to enjoying our dazzling decorations, the Holiday Village is sure to captivate the young and old alike.

Take a family photo in front of one of their many ornately decorated Christmas trees, then thaw off by indulging in decadent hot chocolate or other tasty treats. Meander through the magical “Candy Lane” and get lost in a forest of larger-than-life treats. Get into the spirit of the season and experience Queen Mary’s Holiday Village.

The Ice Kingdom

Step inside their frozen igloo and immerse yourself in an enchanting world of ice. The Ice Kingdom is a dazzling 13,000 square foot winter wonderland handmade entirely out of ice. Featuring over two million pounds of ice, each exhibit is meticulously created by an international team of expert ice sculptors and enhanced with stunning lights and colors for a visually captivating experience unlike any other. Don’t forget to grab a parka upon entering The Ice Kingdom – temperatures drop to a numbing 9-degrees!

Ice Tubing

The newest mountain for wintery fun in Southern California is now at the Queen Mary. It’s cold. It’s fast. It stands at two stories tall, 100-feet long. And it’s made entirely out of ice.

While the view from the peak of the ice slide may be dazzling, the real thrill occurs on the way down. Grab an oversized tube and feel the chill as you barrel down at bone-chilling speeds. Reach the peak of excitement in this brr—eath-taking adventure.

Fairytale Castle

Welcome to a fantastical world of frozen enchantment. Home to the Snow Queen, the Fairytale Castle is covered in icicles and stands at over 12-feet tall. Explore this icy palace, which also includes a larger-than-life sleigh being pulled by a magical unicorn. Let your imagination run wild in this chilly castle of make-believe.

Snow Queen

Ruler of the Fairytale Castle, the beautiful Snow Queen may have an icy demeanor, but she has a warm heart. Standing at 6-feet tall, the Snow Queen welcomes all guests to the Ice Kingdom and her wintery world of wonder. Don’t worry; she gives everyone the cold shoulder!

Queen Mary Sculpture & Slide

The legendary Queen Mary gets the ice treatment. This arctic aquatic adventure includes frozen Pacific Ocean waves complete with dancing dolphins. Climb to the top of the majestically recreated ship and enjoy a gleeful slide off the bow. Experience the Queen Mary like never before.

Ice Cave

Feel the biting sting of frost on your face and watch your step as you enter the ominous Ice Cave. A frozen grotto featuring sharp ice crystals at every turn, the Ice Cave is a cold and cavernous experience that will chill you to the bone.

Santa’s Toyland

Capture the spirit of the season as you watch Santa and his little helpers get ready for the their big day. Santa’s Toyland is an explosion of vibrant colors and features classic holiday favorites such as trains, dolls, stuffed animals, and of course, candy canes – all made out of glorious colored ice. Just don’t lick the candy canes!

Penguins

They are dressed to impress and cute as ever, but you won’t want to hug these chilly willy creations. Visit the penguins in their natural frozen habit and get a sense of what it’s really like to live in Antarctica.

Nativity Scene

A moving holiday classic stunningly recreated in ice. The powerful depiction includes baby Jesus, Mary, and the Three Wise men all under an icy, starry evening in Bethlehem.

SANTA CLAUS

Visit Santa on his merry throne located inside the Holiday Village. Capture and immortalize the priceless moment that your child tells Santa what they want for Christmas as one of their on-site professional photographers snap a memorable portrait to last a lifetime.

Gingerbread House Decorating

Their Gingerbread House Decorating area lets you get creative and build the gingerbread house of your holiday dreams. They provide you all the necessary ingredients to build a holiday-themed gingerbread house, so let your imagination run wild as you apply colorful frosting and candy decorations. Plus, you don’t need to worry about making a mess because the clean-up is on them! Share in this beloved family tradition and create a holiday centerpiece you’ll remember forever.

Holiday Entertainment

Located outside on their exclusive stage, you’ll be able to enjoy live carolers, bands, and various other artists performing your favorite holiday classics. So get ready to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” because “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” along with his pals, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” who all hope to have a “White Christmas.”

“Candy Lane”

Imagine walking through a magical forest where the smell of peppermint fills the air and the trees are made of candy canes. Welcome to “Candy Lane!” A magical maze of larger-than-life candy canes and ribbons sure to warm your heart and instill the spirit of the holidays in your soul. The colorful lights and cheerful decorations are certain to delight both young and old.

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WHAT: The Queen Mary Present Chill: The Ice Kingdom
WHERE: 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802
WHEN: November 17, 2012 – January 6, 2012

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342-0742

DETAILS:

  • Prices: Adult $24.95 and Child $19.95

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