Adding ‘Ice’ to Holiday Hospitality

Festivities during a previous year’s event. Photo by Mitch Ridder
Festivities during a previous year’s event. Photo by Mitch Ridder

Plans for Laguna Beach’s annual Hospitality Night, celebrated Friday, Dec. 6 downtown on Forest Avenue, include live music, edible treats, Santa’s arrival and this year a rare Southern California experience: ice skating.

A temporary plastic polymer artificial ice rink will accommodate 25 skaters at a time, said Kristine Thalman, executive director of Laguna’s Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring the rink set up in the parking lot between U.S. Bank and Broadway by Amar restaurant, also co-sponsors.

Rental skates are free of charge as is use of the rink, which will be dismantled by 9:30 p.m., Thalman said.

Expect Santa sighting between 5 and 6 p.m. on Coast Highway as St. Nick makes his way on an antique fire truck followed by a trolley carrying the Fireside Carolers.

Other happenings include:

The 5 p.m. bell choir and community sing-along at the Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., as well as the La Playa pre-school tamale booth, craft bazar and live nativity.

Also at 5 p.m., the Laguna Beach Community Band plays in the Peppertree parking lot, 326 Forest Ave.

5:30 p.m. Thurston Middle School’s band performs on the front lawn of City Hall.

6 p.m. Santa arrives at City Hall and with the mayor lights the pepper tree.

6:10 p.m. Santa is escorted by elves and golf sleigh to his house at 295 Forest Ave., serenaded by Anneliese’s School choir on the Main Stage at Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street, where music continues ‘til 9 p.m.

9:15 p.m. South Coast Cinema screens “It’s a Wonderful Life” free.

Forest Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.


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