Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to dig into the array of seasonal happenings coming up in Redondo Beach in November and December. From a performance of The Nutcracker to a visit with a surfing Santa, there’s something for everyone. Start planning now!
Winter Wonderland/Santa’s Arrival Event
The three-level shopping, dining and entertainment destination of South Bay Galleria hosts meet and greets with its winter princesses, a custom photo booth, arts and crafts, face-painting and balloon-twisting, giveaways and more as part of its free annual Winter Wonderland event, held on level three in the food court. An added bonus? There’s also a special visitor from the North Pole who might be dropping by to say hi!
Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
This village-wide open house takes place annually on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving at the city’s charming pedestrian-friendly district offering more than 300 one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, galleries, salons, and services. Expect plenty of festive lights, decorations, and music, along with shopping and complimentary refreshments as you stroll from merchant to merchant along the avenues closed to street traffic. A parade starring marching bands from local schools starts at 6 p.m. at Ave. I and S. Elena travels west down Ave. I, turns left onto Catalina and ends at the intersection of Catalina and S. Elena (complete with an appearance by the jolly guy in the red suit along the parade route). Arrive early to stake out your spot along the parade route, and be sure to make dinner reservations well in advance.
Debbie Allen’s ‘Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’
Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, in association with The Annenberg Foundation, presents this family spectacular starring Raven Symone at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Written, directed and choreographed by Allen, this adaptation features three wise-cracking rats who whisk audience members off on an adventure to Toyland, Candy Cane Land, the Rainforest, Bollywood, Egypt, the South Pole and on a magical train ride choreographed by Tony Award winner Savion Glover.
Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
King Harbor Boat Parade
The King Harbor Yacht Club stages its annual holiday boat parade on the second Saturday of December. Themed “Surfing the Yule Tide,” this year’s event features Gary Crum of the International Surf Festival as grand marshal, and includes about 30 brightly decorated boats and paddle-craft parading back and forth in the small channel parallel to the jetty in King Harbor Marina. Among the best viewing sites? Along the seawall between the Portofino and Joe’s Crab Shack in King Harbor, or on the pier next to Kincaid’s (which has Happy Hour until 6 and then again at 9).
SUPS 4 p.m.
Boats 5:30 p.m.
Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier
With more than 50 oceanfront dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities, The Redondo Beach Pier is a great place to take in some panoramic and coastline ocean views while on a leisurely stroll, enjoy a variety of water activities, hear some live music, and pick up unusual gifts and souvenirs. But it’s also a great place to check out the ninth-annual Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier event. Included in the festivities: selfies with a surfing Santa and a free holiday activity book for the first 150 kids in attendance. You can also bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more for a chance to win prizes!