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.
“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.”
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.