The annual Hospitality Night festivities ushers in the holiday season with all the trimmings Friday, Dec. 7, running from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Laguna Beach. To accommodate the surge in pedestrian traffic, portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, Third Street and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicles beginning at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the city and the Chamber of Commerce, the festivities tune up beginning with entertainment at 5 p.m. in the Peppertree Lot at Second Street where the Community Band will perform holiday music.
The fun amplifies at 6 p.m. with the spirited arrival of Santa Claus to light the City Hall Pepper Tree. Check out his new wheels.
Free public parking will be available at the city’s Forest/Laguna Canyon, Lumberyard and Community Center parking lots.
As the night continues, homemade tamales will be for sale at Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall, a benefit for La Playa Center.
Local vocal stylists, LagunaTunes, will perform in front of Sun Dried Tomato, beginning at 6 p.m.
The Wish Faerie will be out sprinkling people with faerie dust and granting wishes.
From there, the activities move to lower Forest venue with live entertainment and merchant open houses. Hobie Surf Shop invites kids in for face painting, a bake sale benefiting the Boys and Girls Club, and music by Kyle and Benjamin Sharp, brothers who both attend Thurston Middle School. Hobie is also selling raffle tickets for prizes.
The evening closes with a showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at South Coast Movie Theater at 9:15 p.m.
The Adopt-A-Family program is in effect, allowing citizens to buy presents for low-income children in the school district. Presents can be delivered personally or by Santa at his house.
For any questions or more information, contact Tom Toman, recreation supervisor, at 949-497-0303.