LANCASTER – An elaborately decorated living room with a Christmas tree, a fire place, an abundance of holiday treats, and even live entertainment helped City officials set the tone Thursday to announce details of the second annual “Magical BLVD Christmas.”
“Magical BLVD Christmas is a family-oriented event which will have a lot of entertainment, fun activities, and of course, our mouthwatering, every-calorie-counts holiday treats,” said Councilmember Sandra Johnson at Thursday’s press conference.
The holiday event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 on The Blvd, between Beech and Gadsden Avenue.
The event will feature live reindeer and a number of other holiday attractions and activities, including riding on the holiday train; making children’s arts and crafts at Santa’s Village; helping to create a holiday mural; viewing the stroll-by movie, Shrek the Halls at Western Hotel Museum; and taking photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other Christmas scenes.
“This is a beautiful event, which brings friends, families, and neighbors together right here in the heart of Lancaster’s downtown,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, in a written statement. “It is no wonder 20,000 people attended last year. Events like these are where memories are made.”
- The Rockettes Medley dancers
- Dancing Santas and Double Date
- A Little Night Music Carols
- Charles Dickens Carolers
- Lee Matalon Jazz Ensemble
- Barry Marine
- The Quartz Hill High School Choir
- The AV Children’s Choir
- The 14-foot-tall Marionetta singer
- And more.
There will also be a Cristkindlmart holiday market (an open-air shopping experience modeled after the German traditional holiday market) featuring Christmas crafts, food and handmade items; a ‘Holidays Around the World’ exhibit; and a live ice sculpting demonstration.
“We’re going to have a 20-foot tree this year,” said Mike Rosa of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We [will] have carolers, choirs, roasted chestnuts and all the feeling and spirit of the holiday season right here in downtown Lancaster.”
The Los Angeles County Fire Department will also be on site hosting their “Spark of Love” Toy Drive. The public is invited to bring a new unwrapped toy to help a needy family.
“For entertainment, places to shop and eat, or to meet and relax with friends and family, The BLVD is your ideal destination during Christmas,” said Vice Mayor Ron Smith. “The Magical BLVD Christmas will be showcased at this venue which has truly become a magical place.”
A Magical BLVD Christmas takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 on The Blvd, between Beech and Gadsden Avenue.