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Family-Friendly Things to Do: December 7-9

Community Chanukah Celebration

Friday, December 7 | 5:30pm-8:30pm

Alpert Jewish Community Center | 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach 90815

Join the fun of the eight-day wintertime “festival of lights” at a special Chanukah celebration. Services begin at 6 p.m. and are followed by kiddush and challah. A Kosher vegetarian dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by a live concert by Michelle Citrin. This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy Jewish traditions and meet new friends at one of our local Synagogues. There is a $10 charge to enjoy dinner and the celebration. Learn More:

Pajama Storytime

Friday, December 7 | 7:00pm

Barnes & Noble at the Long Beach Towne Center | 7651 Carson St., Long Beach 90808

Slip into your PJs and jump aboard the Polar Express with a special pajama storytime. Join friends at your local Barnes and Noble for the beloved Christmas story, Polar Express, featuring a young boy who is welcomed aboard on a magical trip to the North Pole where he gets to make his Christmas wish. Enjoy free hot chocolate and a cookie from the Barnes and Noble Café. Holiday-style pajamas are not required but highly encouraged to relish in the season and get cozy with your loved ones. Learn more:

Naples Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 8 | 6:00pm

Naples Island

This Saturday, gather your Long Beach “winter” gear and make your way to Naples Island. This year’s Star Spangled Christmas-themed boat parade takes place in the cozy canals where mansions line the channels, and bridges above the channels provide vantage points for locals and visitors to watch the most colorful, small-town Christmas boat parade in California. In addition to enjoying the parade, there will be many groups of carolers walking around the island and singing holiday songs by the bridges. There will be plenty of parking at Alamitos Bay Marina at Marina Drive or at Mothers Beach off Ravenna Drive and Appian Way. Plan to arrive early. Learn More:

Old Time Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 9 | 1:00pm-4:00pm

Rancho Los Cerritos | 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach 90807

Discover traditions of a Victorian Christmas right here in Long Beach! Make historic crafts, enjoy holiday music from a live brass band and carolers, strike the piñatas, listen to storytellers in the library, sip warm cider, get a head start on holiday shopping in the Museum Shop, and tour the adobe, lavishly-decorated for the holidays. This event is fun for the whole family and is just $5 to participate. Learn More:


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