The Best Holiday Events in the South Bay

2021 Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting

There’s so much to do, see, eat, shop, and experience in the South Bay of Los Angeles during the holidays that you no doubt need a Holiday Guide toThe Best Holiday Events in the South Bay and more! We’ve covered everything you need for the Holiday Season of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and more! We love the Holidays in Los Angeles and it’s easy to see why… there’s so much to do! We’ve created a big festive round up for all the South Bay Holiday activities – from shopping ‘till you drop to visiting a winter wonderland, from delicious dining to family volunteering, you and your family can do our list and check it twice! 

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The Best Holiday Events in the South Bay

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Local South Bay Holiday Events

2021 Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting

2021 MANHATTAN BEACH PIER LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Enjoy an evening of holiday music, shopping and dining all at one great location, Downtown Manhattan Beach.

KIDS CLUB HARVEST FESTIVAL at The Point

Bring your littles to celebrate the harvest season! Free and open to the public.

HOLIDAY KICKOFF AT THE PIKE OUTLETS

Don’t miss an evening of festive fun for the whole family with Santa’s Arrival Parade & our Tree Lighting!

Enjoy live performances from The Sugarplums, Southern California Brass Consortium, Emerald Street Band, Cabrillo High School Drum Line, MYART Showcase Troupe and a special Holiday Magic Show.

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HERMOSA FOR THE HOLIDAYS: HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, AND MORE!

Hermosa Beach has mashed together our Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony and added a bunch of family-fun activities to make the newly expanded annual Hermosa for the Holidays.

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA at Manhattan Village

Bring your four-legged family members to share holiday wishes with Santa every Monday! Pet photos will be available November 22, 29, and December 6, 13, and 20.

TORRANCE TURKEY TROT FUN RUN

The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the public to join us for the 41st Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot 3-Mile Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 8 a.m.

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HOLIDAY PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY at Manhattan Village

Join us for our first annual holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony. After the parade Santa and his friends will magically light the 41-foot Christmas Tree in the Plaza in a show that you will not want to miss. RSVP today to attend.

Torrance Memorial’s 38TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

Holiday Festival is a one-of-a-kind holiday event that includes, beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, holiday gifts, children’s activities, food court and special ticketed events featuring a fashion show and dinner gala. Located in the white tent at Skypark Drive and Medical Center Drive.

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DOWNTOWN TORRANCE HOLIDAY STROLL

Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Torrance Holiday Stroll! Businesses and stores will be open late with special sales and activities. Vendors, DJ Ozzie, live music from Ashleigh, entertainment, craft booths, snow and Santa on a 1915 Fire Truck!

CHOCOLATE COIN MENORAH LIGHTING AT DEL AMO

Come watch the lighting of South Bay’s first Giant Chocolate Coin Menorah!

Amazing Entertainment!
Sizzling Latkes!
Decorate a Donut!
Face Painting!
Live Music!
Hot Chocolate and Much More!

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EL SEGUNDO’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION

Hit the lights because it’s time for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration! On Thursday, December 2nd, the Tree Lighting Celebration sponsored by Mattel will take place from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the City Hall Plaza. The 300 block on Main St. will be blocked off to allow you to enjoy a Holiday Craft Boutique.

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2021 RIVIERA VILLAGE HOLIDAY STROLL

The Riviera Village Holiday Stroll picks-up its tradition on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. The Stroll kicks off at 5 PM and ends at 9 PM on Thursday, December 2, 2021!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at Rancho Los Alamitos

Bring your family and friends for a festive afternoon at Rancho Los Alamitos. Tour the Ranch House decorated in 1920s style. Get creative with crafts for kids. And enjoy music and light refreshments.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

Join Shade Hotel Redondo Beach on December 3rd for a dazzling Christmas Tree Lighting from 4 to 5 p.m.

As a free-entry event, the community is invited to gather together and marvel at the beautifully strung lights twisting and decorating our traditional Christmas tree.

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THE REDONDO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESENT – LET IT SNOW REDONDO Seaside Lagoon

The Redondo Beach Department presents, “Let it Snow Redondo!” December 4th from 1 PM to 5 PM at Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.

Join us for an afternoon of real snow, cocoa, cookies, crafts, photos with Santa Claus and more!

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA The Pike Outlets

Don’t miss Meet & Greets and Photos with Santa, his best Elf and Frosty the Snowman. Plus a balloon artist, festive holiday crafts and of course, breakfast!

THE VILLAGE MARKET Manhattan Village

Enjoy some fresh air, music and unique vendors in the much anticipated new Plaza at the Manhattan Village shopping center. Showcasing talented unique vendors from across Los Angeles.

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WINTER WONDERLAND AND CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE City of Gardena – City Hall

Join us as we enjoy a snow-filled day full of fun! We expect a special guest from the North Pole at 6:30pm so make sure to bring the whole family.

HANNUKAH HOLIDAY CELEBRATION The Point

This holiday celebration will feature children’s activities, storytelling, crafts, and music as well as Hanukkah traditions such as dreidel and festive eats.

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SPIRIT OF SAN PEDRO HOLIDAY PARADE Downtown San Pedro

It is that time of year again! The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications to participate in the 41st Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade. The parade will take place on December 5, 2021, 1pm – 3pm, through the streets of downtown San Pedro.

SANDPIPERS HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR 2021

Come experience Sandpipers’ 29th Annual Holiday Homes Tour! For 28 years, homeowners have opened their homes for our annual Holiday Homes Tour for guests to enjoy. This popular community fundraising event attracts over 2,000 patrons annually and garners tremendous support from small businesses and community partners.

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THE CALIFORNIA GREAT SANTA STROLL Hermosa Beach Pier

The California Great Santa Stroll benefitting Mychal’s Learning Place is a 5k event that raises much needed funds to expand Mychal’s after school and job training programs.

The California Great Santa Stroll is part of a world competition for the most Santas gathered in one location. The event is a run, walk, or even stroll for our friends in strollers or wheelchairs.

HOLIDAY BLOCK PARTY + TOY DRIVE AT THE POINT

Holiday Block Party & Toy Drive at The Point!
Benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The Point is partnering with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for a Holiday Block Party and Toy Drive. Guests can donate a new toy or household item to receive a shopping and dining passport to unlock special holiday incentives at The Point.

If you are getting hungry, we’ve got you covered!  

South Bay Catered Holiday Meals
South Bay Bakeries 
South Bay Guide to Local Restaurants

Need to get some holiday gifts?  Shop local, support our local businesses and find the perfect gifts! 

South Bay Shopping Guide

South Bay Shopping Guide for Kids

More people then ever need some extra help this year.  We’ve put together these great resources to make it easy to give back to the community, support our local charities and those in need.

Ways to Volunteer in the South Bay this Holiday Season

Also, check out our list of year-round volunteer opportunities and local organizations that accept in-kind donations.

Grab a to-go egg nog, get those car snacks ready, and buckle up, because this year you can experience the twinkle of lights from the comfort of your own car with Drive Through Holiday Lights in Los Angeles! We’ve gathered up the best ways to see dazzling displays of jubilant lights so you can experience the magic from behind the steering wheel. Check out our list of ways you and your family can illuminate your holiday nights with lights all aglow and a carload of festive fun!

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