Holiday Season Extravaganza

Celebrate the Holiday Season In Downtown Long Beach! 

The Holiday Season will kick off December 5 at the Terrace Theater Plaza with the City’s 8th annual tree-lighting event. This year’s Christmas tree is 67 feet tall, making it the largest artificial Christmas tree in Los Angeles County. Long Beach residents and visitors will also witness a holiday light display as more than 500,000 lights will illuminate the plaza nightly.

Scroll down to explore the month long free family-friendly activities.

8th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event

On December 5 at 5pm, experience the biggest and best event to date, with a 67-foot tall Christmas tree and more than 500,000 lights illuminating the Terrace Plaza. Featuring two trains, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, local food trucks, entertainment, fireworks and snow! Check out last year's celebration here.

Santa Hat Scavenger Hunt

Hidden around the Terrace Plaza are 12 large Santa Hats waiting for you to find them. Take a selfie with at least three different hats and create a combined (or carousel) post on Instagram and use the hashtag #LBSantaSearch to be entered into a contest where three, $500 prizes will be awarded. The contest runs from December 5, 2022 through January 1, 2023.

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Holiday Photo Contest

Show us your creative side! Residents and visitors are invited to post their best photos of the Terrace Plaza in all its Holiday decor from December 5, 2022 to January 1, 2023. Along with the 67-foot high Christmas Tree, there will be holiday-themed photo locations and much more. To enter this contest, take your photo and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LBHolidayMagic. Three photos will be selected to win $500 each.

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Holiday Stroll in Downtown Long Beach

Come and explore Downtown Long Beach and the shorefront on this family-friendly Holiday Stroll. The path begins and ends at the Terrace Plaza, where 500,000 additional lights will illuminate the plaza this Holiday Season. The roughly 45-minute narrated tour highlights some of the city’s gems and landmarks. Click here for the digital map.