Holiday Festivities Get Underway Throughout Southland

By EGP News Service

From parades to toy drives to reindeer at L.A. City Zoo, residents have a variety of options for getting involved and entertained this holiday season.

East LA Toy Drive
Now through December 19, 2009
East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Christmas Toy-Drive is accepting toys until the toy giveaway on Dec. 19. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the Pan American Bank during regular business hours Mon-Thurs 9am to 5pm and Fridays 9am to 6pm. Pan American Bank is located at 3626 East First Street, Los Angeles. For more information call (323) 264-3310.

Los Angeles-LA Zoo Reindeer Romp
November 26, 2009-January 3, 2010, 10am-4pm

The Los Angeles Zoo kicks off the holiday season with activities for the entire family at annual Reindeer Romp. Kids of all ages can get close to these beautiful creatures and make their own reindeer antlers. On weekends, everyone can listen to festive holiday entertainment, see the Zoo’s animals enjoy holiday treats and get a photo taken with Santa (for a nominal fee) in the Zoo’s festive winter wonderland. The LA Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for children ages 2 to 12.  For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit

Hollywood Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 29, 2009, 6pm

A Hollywood tradition, the annual parade features celebrity entertainers, marching bands, giant balloons, classic cars and spectacular floats. Susan Lucci of All My Children fame will be the Grand Marshal. Santa will make his usual appearance. Watch from the street or reserve Grandstand seating for $35 per seat at 1-866-PARADE1 (866-722-2331). Parade starts off from Hollywood Blvd and Orange, travels east to Vine south to Sunset Blvd headed west and back to Orange. Parade will be broadcast on KCOP Channel 13. Many streets will be closed and parking prohibited, so take the Metro Red Line and avoid the hassle. For more information, visit

Los Angeles-LADWP Holiday Light Festival
December 3-30, 2009, 5-10pm Daily

See tens of thousands of LED lights in festive displays showcasing the uniqueness of Los Angeles along a one-mile stretch through Griffith Park. You can drive the route, ride your bike or walk along the path adjacent to the display. The festival will be “vehicle free” Dec.4-17. Free parking at the LA Zoo. Vehicle access reopens Dec. 18-30, enter on Los Feliz Blvd. Free admission. For more information, visit

Lincoln Heights-BFA “Too Many Tamales
December 4-27, 2009

The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts’ (BFA) 13th annual presentation of the holiday stage classic “Too Many Tamales” at Teatro Carmen Zapata: 421 N. Ave 19, Los Angeles, CA. Based on the book by Gary Soto. Christmas Eve starts out so perfectly for Maria…until she loses her mother’s ring in the tamale dough! Presented in English and Spanish. For tickets and more information, call (323) 225-4044.

Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade
Sunday, December 6, 2009-1-4pm

The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs present the 65th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade: Unity in the Community. Marching bands, drill teams, fire trucks, floats and classic cars will usher in Santa for is yearly visit. The parade will travel along Figueroa Street from Ave. 60 to Sycamore Grove Park where the Winterfest concert and award ceremony will take place. Sycamore Grove Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park. For more information, call (323) 259-9326.

Northeast Los Angeles –Heritage Square Museum
Saturday & Sunday, December 5-6, 2009, 4 to 9 pm

Experience the holidays in a Victorian era setting, during Heritage Square Museum’s 15th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration. Dance and experience an 1890s ball in the grand parlor of the Perry Residence, silent movie screen-tests in the beautiful Hale House, and see other beautiful holiday traditions in the Valley Knudsen Garden Residence/Shaw House. Costumed hosts transport visitors from house to house. Tours end with warm apple cider and tasty treats. RSVP required, no tickets sold at the door. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 to 6 (not suitable for children under 6) Discounts for Museum members. For more information, call (323) 225-2700 ext. 224.

Glassell Park Tree Lighting
Friday, December 11, 2009—6:30pm

Join the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Glassell Park Improvement Association, and the Chamber of Commerce for the Second Annual Glassell Park Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event and holiday festivities will take place at the Rite Aid Parking Lot located at 4044 Eagle Rock Boulevard. Volunteers will also be collecting canned food and non-perishable food items for families in need.

Cypress Park Holiday Party
Saturday, December 12, 2009—10am-2pm

The holiday party festivities at the Cypress Park Family Source Center will include: moon bouncers, petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment, photos with Mr. and Ms. Santa Clause. Two locations for pre-registration: Cypress Park Family Source Center: 929 Cypress Avenue, LA, and the Cypress Park Recreation Center: 2630 Pepper Avenue, LA. The first 500 children registered at each site will receive a gift.

Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 13, 2009—11am-4pm

The Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade will begin at 3529 N. Mission Road and travel northbound on Lincoln Park Avenue. Parade will feature the official Parade King and Queen and Court made up of students from area high schools.

South Gate Children’s Christmas Lane Parade
December 13, 2009, 1pm

Founded in 1945, the parade is one of Southern California’s oldest holiday traditions. The parade proceeds from the corner of California Ave. and Tweedy Blvd. and travels east to South Gate Park on Pinehurst Ave. Festivities continue with the Santa’s Village Holiday Fair at 3pm. Floats will be on display, entertainment, food, an arts and crafts for the kids. Parade will be televised on KTLA-Channel 5. For more information, contact the South Gate Chamber of Commerce, (323) 567-1203.

Downtown- 50th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration
Thursday, December 24, 2009

The annual free six-hour, Emmy-nominated L.A. Holiday Celebration, presented by the County Board of Supervisors at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The program features music and dance of the season from the many neighborhoods and cultures of Los Angeles. TAIKOPROJECT’s mix of Japanese drumming and hip hop, English and Korean holiday songs from Opera California Youth Choir, African-American music from the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, and seasonal stylings from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, Palmdale High School Choral Union, the Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus and the Latin sounds of Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Poncho Sanchez, East LA’s R&B group Little Willie G. y Los Tamaleros, just a few of the more than 40 groups chosen to perform. Reservations not required, patrons may come and go during the program. Doors open at 2:30pm. Free parking under the Music Center, located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit or call (213) 972-3099.

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