Our Laguna: Holiday festivities abound in Laguna

November 23, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
  • Santa Claus will make an appearance at Laguna Beach's annual Hospitality Night on Dec. 2.
Santa Claus will make an appearance at Laguna Beach's…

It doesn't take a calendar to know the holidays are here.

Laguna's holiday palettes are hanging from city lampposts; the Sawdust Festival's Winter Fantasy adds sparkle to the town; we are all eating turkey sandwiches; and Santa Claus is coming to town.

Hospitality Night on Dec. 2 is the biggest party of the year, and Santa is the guest of honor. He and Mayor Toni Iseman will tour the town in one of the city's fire engines before arriving with a police escort at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall, where they will light the pepper tree.

Their arrival will be preceded by a performance of the bell choir and a community sing-along at 5 p.m. outside Laguna Presbyterian Church. There will also be a craft bazaar. The church will be open to the public.

La Playa Preschool's tamale booth will be nearby in Tankersley Hall. Those tamales sell like hot cakes, and it's a good idea to order them early for pick up later in the evening.


The Laguna Concert Band will perform an hourlong show at 5 p.m. in the Peppertree Parking Lot between Forest and Ocean avenues. Thurston Middle School's band will play at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Following the tree lighting at 6 p.m., Santa will parade down Forest Avenue to meet Mrs. Claus at their holiday home on the corner of Glenneyre Street and Forest Avenue.

Miss Linda will be there to greet them, along with children who want to get up close and personal to give their wish list to Santa.

LagunaTunes will start caroling at 6:09 p.m. outside of Santa's House. Other entertainment will be provided by H Charton and the Holiday Steel Drums.

Shops on Forest Avenue will be open until 9 p.m., offering Christmas cheer and showing off wares. Restaurants are usually packed after the festivities, so making reservations is advised.

South Coast Cinema will show "It's a Wonderful Life" at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce organizes Hospitality Night and is responsible for the lighted trees along downtown streets.

Portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, Third Street, and the Peppertree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic on Hospitality Night.


A Winter Fantasy

Sawdust artists are hoping for better weather for the upcoming weekends of the Winter Fantasy. It poured last Sunday, but the rain held off on opening day.

"I lighted the main tree with the help of about 10 kids who did the countdown," Iseman said.

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