Fa la la la la! Santa is coming to Laguna Beach! Each year the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Laguna Beach co-sponsor one of the biggest street parties of the year, Hospitality Night. Mark your calendar for Friday, December 4 from 5pm-9pm. Festivities will begin with entertainment at City Hall and the arrival of Santa Claus to light the Pepper Tree at 6:00pm. Local merchants, non-profit organizations and the Laguna Beach Chamber will provide myriad activities around the downtown area which will include live musical entertainment, ice skating in the U.S. Bank parking lot, strolling Victorian carolers, a sing-along with the Presbyterian Church Bell Choir, hot chocolate, tamale sales, and more. New to Hospitality Night this year are Snow White and Cinderella, who will join the Trolley processional, as well as Montage Laguna Beach, which will be offering homemade hot chocolate and cookies. All festivities will be broadcasted live on KX 93.5, so be sure to tune in. Ken Garcia and his band open the evening on the main stage, followed by The Live Oak Revue.
Photo by Mary Hurlbut
Need to Know
When: Friday, December 4th, 5pm-9pm
Where: Downtown Laguna Beach, Forest Avenue. The festivities will begin at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue.
Photo by Laguna Beach Indy
The Low Down:
3:30pm - Street closures begin (Forest Ave between Coast Hwy. & Third St. (including Beach and Second Streets)
5:00pm - Santa Claus rides through town down PCH, followed by the Laguna Beach Trolley
5:00pm - Presbyterian Church Bell Choir sing-along at the Presbyterian Church (415 Forest Ave.), La Playa Preschool tamales booth, craft bazaar
5:00pm - Laguna Beach Community Band at 326 Forest Ave. Parking Lot
5:30pm - Thurston Middle School Band performs at City Hall
6:00pm - Santa arrives at City Hall; Santa and Mayor Whalen light the Pepper Tree
6:00pm - Ice Skating rink opens at the U.S. Bank Parking Lot. Free rental skates will be available. Rink will be open until 9:00pm
6:10pm - Santa arrives at his house in front of Tuvalu at 295 Forest Avenue escorted by his Elves, Snow White, Cinderella and his golf sleigh; Anneliese's School Choir sings on the main stage.
6:30pm - 9:00pm - Live music entertainment, main stage on Forest Avenue at Glenneyre St.
9:00pm - Forest Avenue will reopen.
To accommodate pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, 3rd Street and the Pepper Tree parking lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Free public parking will be available at the City's Forest/Laguna Canyon (lot #11) and Community/Susi Q Center (lot #13) parking lots. Street closures will begin at 3:30pm. Visit www.visitlagunabeach.com/parking for a map of the city lots.
The trolley will be running 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Visit www.visitlagunabeach.com/trolley for service routes.