This Weekend in Long Beach: Events & Things to Do

What's Happening in Long Beach, CA This December?

Here are our top picks for weekend events and activities in Long Beach this month. Enjoy!

39th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

When: December 3

Enjoy over a dozen local marching bands, 100 floats, local personalities, and plenty of holiday spirit at one of the largest Christmas parades in the region.

Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

8th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

When: December 5

Musica Angelica Presents: A Baroque Christmas Gala Concert

When: December 3

Celebrate the start of the season with a holiday performance by Musica Angelica at the Beverly O'Neill Theater on December 3rd as part of their annual fundraising gala.

Naples Island 76th Annual Boat Parade

When: December 10

Whether spectators are on a boat or on land, this is a bright and sparkly holiday event that can be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in the family. During the parade, boast coast through the canals and Alamitos Bay and you may even get a glimpse of Santa.

5th Annual Long Beach Parol Latern Festival

When: December 17

This FREE event highlights the Filipino holiday tradition and history of making parols, a star-shaped lantern made of paper and bamboo, that symbolizes hope and finding the light in the dark. Enjoy live entertainment, music, dance, delicious cuisine and local vendors while celebrating Filipino heritage and culture in Long Beach.

Photo by Bill Alkofer

Handel's Messiah

When: December 22
Say “Hallelujah” as we ring in the holidays with this annual tradition, now in its 15th year! This year we partner with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and professional soloists to bring you two performances that will be perfect in every way!

New Year's Eve Presented by Night Dive

When: December 31

Dive into 2023 with music, fun, and the fishes at the Aquarium of the Pacific.