Have a Holly Jolly Holiday in Long Beach, CA!

Did you know Long Beach, CA, is home to one of the most beautiful coastal holiday light displays in the state? It also has tons of great activities, shows, and shopping opportunities. Because Long Beach is right on the coast, it enjoys mild winters, meaning you can enjoy the holidays without gearing up for harsh winter weather.

Whether you have a large family with lots of kids or are looking for an intimate night out with a spouse or close friends, you’ll love what’s taking place this year. Take a look at these activities, shows, shopping destinations, and service opportunities in and around Long Beach.

Activities

Shows and Performances

Shopping

Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration

Activities

Clear your schedule this holiday season, because there’s lots to do! Check out dazzling light displays, visit the aquarium, or party with your friends for New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of activities waiting for you in Long Beach, CA! Get your tickets early, because spots fill up fast!

Long Beach Christmas Lights: Naples Island is often called one of the most beautiful Southern California holiday locations because of all the lights put up by the residents. Neighbors and neighborhoods compete against each other to create the most magical holiday displays that attract thousands of light gazers from all over the area. There are also light tours available for those who want to get the full experience. There’s also a waterfront tour option with an included Ferris wheel. The lights are put up at different times, but starting at the beginning of December through the rest of the month, visitors will find the dazzling displays are in full effect!

 

Aquarium Holidays: Aquarium Holidays starts with winter treats for the animals and runs December 4 through 23, featuring festive décor, shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, and a festive Santa Diver and aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. Each weekend from December 4 through 19, the aquarium will have photo opportunities with Santa, Hanukkah storytelling complete with dreidels, and a Kwanzaa celebration.
New Year’s Eve Party: Ring in the new year in style! Visitors to this New Year’s Eve party taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton will enjoy The Blue Satins, the Harbor Groove Band, the Philly Intruders, and DJ Chris Precious. These local performers are bringing eastside sounds into 2022!

What’s a party without food? Guests will have their choice of appetizers, drinks, party favors, and plenty of time to dance and celebrate the past year while they anticipate the new one! The party starts at 8 PM, so don’t be late!

Shows and Performances

Treat yourself to some truly fantastic performances this holiday season. Plays, musicals, concerts, and magical musical journeys are coming to Long Beach, CA, this year. There are truly spectacular performers coming to the area this winter! Check your calendars and buy your tickets soon. Don’t forget to invite your friends.

A Christmas Carol: Enjoy the 10th iteration of this beloved classic play taking place at the Long Beach Playhouse every weekend in December. This popular production reminds us that the holidays aren’t about getting, but about giving. It’s the perfect way to start out the holiday season! You’ll see all your favorite characters interpreted by the talented performers at the Long Beach Playhouse. This performance is sure to delight the whole family, so don’t delay. Get your tickets now: There may be many showings, but seats fill up fast!

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert: For anyone who really knows their stuff, Johnny Mathis is a household name. He’s released over 80 albums, including six Christmas albums. His iconic voice is well suited to a wide range of styles, including jazz, rock, and even songs adapted for the stage. He’ll be playing some of his most popular Christmas songs along with other holiday favorites. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear Johnny Mathis, the voice of Christmas.
Joy to the World: Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season. Favorites such as “Silent Night” and Handel’s Messiah will be performed by pianist Damien Sneed and a stellar cast of ten vocalists and musicians. The ultra-talented musician and composer takes us on a musical journey of holiday classics, including his own arrangements of “Joy to the World,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “This Christmas,” and many other songs in the styles of gospel, jazz, and classics. Damien Sneed has worked and performed alongside legends such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross. This will be a performance you’ll never forget!
Joy to the World: Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season. Favorites such as “Silent Night” and Handel’s Messiah will be performed by pianist Damien Sneed and a stellar cast of ten vocalists and musicians. The ultra-talented musician and composer takes us on a musical journey of holiday classics, including his own arrangements of “Joy to the World,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “This Christmas,” and many other songs in the styles of gospel, jazz, and classics. Damien Sneed has worked and performed alongside legends such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross. This will be a performance you’ll never forget!
Countdown to Christmas: Whatever you’re looking for this holiday season, you’ll find it at Huntington Beach’s Countdown to Christmas event. There will be vendors selling handmade crafts, seasonal decor and accessories, and more. In addition to handmade gifts and decor, there will also be delicious gourmet food, snacks, and treats. You’ll also find clothing and plenty of fun activities and games. Stop by and check it out between December 16 and 22!
Romeo Chocolates: Chocolate isn’t just for Valentine’s Day! Romeo Chocolates make the perfect Christmas gift or treat. During the holidays, delicious seasonal flavors such as eggnog and peppermint candy cane are the perfect fillings for chocolate truffles and other tasty treats served up by Romeo Chocolates. Whether you’re looking for a tasty indulgence for yourself, or a holiday gift to give to family and friends, chocolates are the perfect choice!
Fourth Street Retro Row: Retro Row is known for its eclectic mix of antique and secondhand goods such as clothing, furniture, decor items, and just about anything else you could imagine. If you’re looking for a truly unique gift that you’re sure your recipient will never have seen, try shopping on Fourth Street Retro Row.

Opportunities to Share

While we’re warm and toasty enjoying holiday treats, thousands of people aren’t. Let’s extend a helping hand this holiday season by volunteering with the great community organization in the area or donating our time or money to great causes. Here are a few of the community events and organizations that will be helping individuals and families this year.

Santa Claus WITH a Cause: This 5K/10K race takes place in Huntington Beach, and runners are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater! Each participant will enjoy fancy Santa finisher medals, age division awards, FREE Santa suit or custom t-shirt, and awards for those dressed with the ugliest sweater. Christmas carolers will be singing along the course, and a jolly post-race celebration with Christmas goodies, coffee, hot chocolate, and a raffle await after the run!

UNIVISION Toy Drive: This important event is about so much more than toys: It’s about helping the children and families in the community to get the help they need this holiday season. In addition to a free toy, children will get health screenings, COVID vaccines, haircuts, and snacks to make sure they’re healthy and happy this holiday season. Consider donating your time or money to this great cause!

Safe Celebration

Everyone loves a good pine-scented candle around December, but up to 7,500 fires are started each year because of household candles. Be extra careful when lighting candles in your apartment and place them in safe locations, especially if you have candles in your bedroom. Battery-powered candles are safe options without the added danger or real fire. Whatever you do, never leave your holiday candles unattended or go to bed without blowing them out!

Christmas trees can be another fire hazard you need to be aware of. They are festive and smell great, but if you’ve brought a real Christmas tree into your apartment during this holiday season, make sure you keep it watered so it isn’t quite as dangerous. Keep all open flames, especially candles, away from the branches and needles, and make sure you turn all holiday lights and strands off when you’re not at home. You never know when electrical issues might cause fires.

If you want to take advantage of all the great holiday activities this year, you’d better be prepared: You’ll be running around all season having tons of fun! Holiday activities, performances, and shopping are plentiful, but don’t forget to give a bit of your time and money this holiday season to someone who wouldn’t have a very happy holiday without your help.

We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.

From all of us at The Circle Apartments at Long Beach,
Happy Holidays!

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