‘A Magical BLVD Christmas’!

In front of an elaborate backdrop, replete with falling snow, Mike Rosa of Lancaster’s Parks and Recreation Dept. and Council Member Sandra Johnson gave a preview of what to expect at “A Magical BLVD Christmas.”

LANCASTER – A life-sized gingerbread house, a walk-through snow globe and performances by the Lancaster Baptist choir and orchestra are three new attractions that residents can expect at “A Magical BLVD Christmas” this year.

The third annual holiday extravaganza will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 on The BLVD, between Beech and Genoa Avenues. It will feature entertainment, caroling, dancing, eating, shopping and more, city officials announced at a press conference Thursday.

The Sunday Night Singers will perform at a Magical BLVD Christmas this year.

“This is the time, this is the place, this is the event that says ‘I am now in the Christmas spirit, it is now time for Christmas,’” said Deputy City Manager Jason Caudle.

“This is a great time for all of us, family and friends, to come together as a community and really enjoy the magical BLVD,” said Lancaster council member Sandra Johnson.

This year’s entertainment includes the Sunday Night Singers, Jon Pinney, the Palmdale High School Choir, Seabron Sawyer, Charles Dickens Carolers, the Highland High School Choir and the AV Children’s Choir.

Families can also enjoy a number of holiday activities, including:

  • Riding on the holiday train, which takes a journey through the festive streets;
  • Viewing the stroll-by-movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” at the Western Hotel Museum;
  • Making children’s arts and crafts at Santa’s Workshop;
  • Helping to create a holiday mural;
  • Taking photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other Christmas scenes;

One of the main attractions this year is the Lancaster Baptist choir and orchestra, which will feature about 160 singers in the choir and 60 musicians in the orchestra, said organizer Mike Rosa.

“They’re going to play on a stage right by MOAH and Ehrlich,” said Rosa. “They going to do three shows and it’s going to be fantastic.

Another new addition will be a 16-foot walk-through snow globe, where families can go in and take pictures in the snow.

“Another new attraction we have is our gingerbread house with Mrs. Claus,” Rosa said. We’ll have cookies, kids can walk through, and of course, it will be decorated like the gingerbread house.”

The live ice sculpting demonstration is back by popular demand this year.

Other holiday attractions will include the Christkindlmarkt holiday market featuring Christmas crafts, food and handmade items; a live sculpting demonstration, and live reindeer!

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will also host their “Sparkle of Love” Toy Drive, and the public is invited to bring new unwrapped toys to help needy families enjoy Christmas.

“A Magical BLVD Christmas is a splendid way to begin your celebration of the holiday season with friends and family. In fact, we had approximately 20,000 people attend last year,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is a city press release.

“From cheery entertainment and fun family-friendly activities, to traditional carols and stunning decorations, this is a wonderful event to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season,” Parris continued.

For more information on A Magical BLVD Christmas, including a parking map, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/magicalchristmas.

For many pictures of last year’s Magical BLVD Christmas, visit our facebook page.

  13 comments for “‘A Magical BLVD Christmas’!

  1. Denese Chustz
    April 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    There’s just something special about homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, so far as I’m concerned. It’s a great family activity, something even children can help with, and everyone loves eating the results.’

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  2. Mike
    December 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    The only safe place on the Blvd. is following our mayor being followed by his entourage of deputies. Make sure you follow close because they’re only there to protect him from the bullies and not you.

  3. Alex
    November 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    “Magical”. What a nice new word for the place our mayor won’t even go without the LASD following him so he doesn’t get bullied or assualted.

    • Lettie
      December 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

      What’s “MAGICAL” about the mayor’s Blvd. is the money that appeared in people’s pockets while it was being built.

      • Nancy P
        December 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

        Is it a coincidence that Lancaster has a street with the same name as the BLVD developer?

        • William
          December 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

          Did anyone go to the BLVD on Black Friday to do all their Christmas shopping?

          or was it dead as usual on a Friday afternoon?

          • Nancy P
            December 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

            Now that my favorite children store is gone, I have no reason to go. I’ve been riding my bike down there trying to find a reason.

        • William
          December 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

          Nancy, sometimes I drive down the ‘B’ if I’m in the area. Despite the fancy upgrades, it still has a weird quality to it. Maybe in 10 years it will be fully developed and then it will be a hassle to park if there is more vehicle traffic.

          It’s surrounded by ‘nothing’ and there are only 2 blocks worth walking down.

  4. VWFish
    November 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    why is it that an event story about a Xmas event has a question about safety?? I went to this event last year and their was deputies walking the BLVD… This event is for the KIDS not for boneheads who think we live in Ciudad Juarez… (Murder Capital of the WORLD) … W T F !!! Trouble finds people that bring it to themselves…yes there are SOME circumstances that are tragic but I have been a resident in A V since 1979 and have seen a number of [removed] happen around here and believe me if I did not feel safe enough to even be here…I would be out in a flash, Oregon has no sales tax, cheap houses, jobs, clean air and beautiful scenary. Dont get me wrong there are “PLACES” here that I would not be caught in without a shotgun but not EVERY PLACE is crap…. get a grip stop hiding behind a screen speak up were it counts….. FISH OUT….

    • Nancy P
      December 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I have much love for Oregon! Soon and not soon enough. That’s the answer to the nasty comments I’m sure will come my way.

  5. QHR
    November 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Is it safe out there?

    • sacryinshame
      November 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      It will probably be safe on the Blvd. Anyplace else in Lancaster, you will be taking your life in your hands! Response time sucks now…I once asked what the average non-emergency response time is for the Lancaster station and the group of people at the station and city acted like I was speaking Hungarian. Most stations are proud of their time.

      • William
        November 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        I guess the safest place in Lancaster is BeX or a donut shop.

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