(NOVEMBER 28, 2022 – Long Beach, CA) Experience the joy of the holidays in Long Beach, brighter and bigger than ever before! Join Mayor Robert Garcia as he lights the tallest artificial Christmas tree in the L.A. area at the Long Beach Terrace Theater Plaza on December 5, 5-8 p.m. With performances from “The Nutcracker” by Long Beach Ballet, falling snow, Santa Claus, live music performances, food trucks and more, the 8th annual tree lighting promises to be a memorable start to the 2022 holiday season – culminating in a dazzling fireworks show.
The Plaza will be alight through the New Year with double the number of lights from last year, a 67-foot tall tree (17 feet taller!), and life-sized decorations perfect for creating holiday memories. Neighboring residential high-rises have been encouraged to compete with one another for the best holiday light displays, bathing the Terrace in a glow from above as well as below.
“Long Beach’s annual tree lighting is one of the best holiday traditions, and I am looking forward to counting down one last time as Mayor,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This celebration is a wonderful evening for all in the community to enjoy – stop by to see one of the tallest trees in the region light up, see snow fall, meet Santa Claus, and so much more.”
“The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center invite residents and visitors to enjoy a free spectacular holiday production with dancing, singing, and festive fun for all,” said Steve Goodling, President & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We encourage residents and visitors alike to visit the Terrace Theater Plaza throughout the holidays, and to participate in our Santa Hat Scavenger Hunt and Holiday Magic Photo Contest to win cash prizes.”
The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau has created two social media competitions to encourage residents and visitors to explore the holiday lights at the Terrace Theater Plaza, each running from December 5, 2022 through January 1, 2023! Full contest rules are available at https://www.visitlongbeach.com/events/annual-events/holiday-season-extravaganza/.
- Santa Hat Scavenger Hunt: Take selfies with at least three hidden LED Santa hats around the Terrace Theater Plaza and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #LBSantaSearch to be entered to win a cash prize – three winners will be selected at random, each winning $500.
- Holiday Magic 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 splendor. 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.
Visitors are also invited to enjoy a narrated Holiday Stroll through Downtown Long Beach to experience the magic of the holidays amid the diverse restaurants on Pine Avenue and the Promenade, Shoreline Village, The Pike Outlets and more!
About the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau: Established in 1982, the Long Beach CVB is a private non-profit organization funded by city hotel bed tax and membership contributions from over 400 area businesses and community organizations. The mission of the Bureau is to contribute to the economic development of the city of Long Beach by selling, marketing and promoting Long Beach as a destination for conventions, meetings, tradeshows and tourism.