Holidays in Long Beach – Lights On!


Thanksgiving is over, we are in the middle of Hanukkah and Christmas is fast approaching. There are the traditional parades to enjoy and new holiday traditions being started here in Long Beach, many centered around lights.

The floating Christmas trees in Alamitos Bay and other public recreation areas have been up for a few weeks and they were turned on the day after Thanksgiving. The tradition of Trees in the Bay goes back to 1949, but the first of the wooden structures you see today started in 1953. The trees are maintained and lit through generous donations of local organizations and individuals.

This year Shul by the Shore’s Fire & Ice Extravaganza was a public menorah lighting and celebration of Hanukkah. Located at the Citibank parking lot on 2nd Street, the event was held on December 1st, and was the first one held in the Shore. Here’s hoping that becomes a tradition.

This week we have the 31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7th. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of 2nd Street and Livingston, continuing the length of 2nd Street to Bayshore. You can set up chairs and blankets after 5p. Dress warmly!

The Shoreline Marina Yacht Club puts on the Parade of 1,000 Lights on December 14th, after the 60th Annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Parade, which begins at 5:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the Naples Island Annual Holiday Boat Parade on December 21st. It’s the 67th edition of the floating tradition.

You don’t need a date and a time to walk the canals of Naples to enjoy the holiday lights. Make your own parade by renting a Duffy Boat to view the lights from the water.

There are so many more events that make Long Beach the place to be for the holidays. And if you’re looking to buy or sell a home here, don’t just tell Santa, please let me know! I’d love to help your holiday home dreams come true. Wishing you a Joyous Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanzaa and a wonderful holiday season.