A Kid-Friendly Guide to Long Beach's Holiday Season
In Long Beach, where holiday parades not only come marching down the street, but cruising down the canals, the real challenge is not finding what to do during the holiday season, but how to fit all the fun stuff in! Here’s a brief rundown of some festive activities you can do with the kids.
With many kid-friendly events including holiday parades and even underwater Santa sightings, Long Beach is the perfect Southern California family-friendly getaway this holiday season. Here are 7 of the best things to do with kids this holiday season in Long Beach.
ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING, TERRACE THEATER PLAZA
Long Beach will officially kick off the holiday season on December 5, by lighting more than a half-million lights on a 67-foot-tall Christmas tree, the largest artificial Christmas tree in Los Angeles County. As usual, the event, now in its eighth year, will be accompanied by lots of singing, dancing, performances and a plaza dressed up for the holidays with even more lights and plenty of Instagrammable points of interest, including giant Christmas ornaments that you can stand inside!
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AQUARIUM HOLIDAYS, AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
Nobody celebrates the holidays like the Aquarium of the Pacific, which celebrates in multiple and unique ways. There’s the daily Penguin Parades, the gingerbread house displays, the snowfall in the Great Hall and the festive holiday decor. The Marine Life Theater will host a Kwanzaa storytelling event on Dec. 3 and 4, at 1:25 and 2:10 p.m, as well as a Hanukkah storytelling event at 11:10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. There will be visits by Santa Diver on December 3 and 4, as ‘ol Kris Kringle turns in his usual red velvet suit for a red scuba outfit (the better to plunge into the tanks and deliver ocean gifts to the Aquarium animals, sea lions, fish, etc.). It’s one of the most sought-after photo ops every holiday season, and you’ll be able to get a shot with Santa December 3 through 18.