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Where to be in LB: Things Do December 7-9

First Fridays Family Festival

Friday, December 7 | 6:30-9:30pm

Bixby Knolls | Atlantic Avenue

This Friday, spend time with your family, support local businesses, and knock out all of your holiday shopping in one night! With various specials, sales, and promos galore, this month’s First Friday is the ultimate place to indulge in the holiday season. There will also be activities available for all including simulated snow, design-your-own gift wrap, a complimentary beer trolley, and more! Best of all, this event is FREE and perfect for the whole family. Learn more:

It’s a Drag to Give

Friday, December 7 | 7:00pm-1:30am

Long Beach Convention Center | 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

Get ready for a performance of a lifetime. This Friday, you are invited to the Long Beach Convention Center for the one and only It’s a Drag to Give! This special, one-night performance brings the community together for an unforgettable night of drag to support the important work of four local nonprofits. Tickets are now on sale for $10 and includes access to the show and an exclusive after party with live performances, drinks, and entertainment. Learn more:

Naples Christmas Boat Parade

Saturday, December 8 | 6:00pm

Naples Island Canal

This Saturday, enjoy one of Long Beach’s oldest holiday events: the 72nd annual Naples Christmas Boat Parade! Pick your spot along Naples Bay, reserve a gondola from Gondola Getaway, or rent a Duffy boat to enjoy the colorful and brightly decorated boats and houses that will be on display. This year’s theme is “Star Spangled Christmas” and will illuminate the sky and water during the ultimate holiday celebration. Learn more:

Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest

Sunday, December 9 | 5:00-7:00pm

Bay Shore Church | 5100 East The Toledo, Long Beach, CA 90803

What would the holidays be like without some delicious baked goods? This Saturday is the 8th annual Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest, where dozens of bakers are expected to bring goodies for all to enjoy. For just a $5 cash deposit, you can enjoy a lively performance from a 24-piece brass and percussion band and sample delicious cookies at the tasting reception. To participate and learn more, visit


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