Annual Christmas Tree Lighting rescheduled due to forecasts of heavy rain

Mayor Robert Garcia’s 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting has been postponed until Monday, Dec. 9, due to forecasts of heavy rain. The holiday event, which takes place in front of the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, but was moved when forecasts of bad weather threatened to deter crowds and dampen a celebratory fireworks show.

According to a Facebook post by Garcia, a decorated 50-foot Christmas tree will be lit over the weekend, so you can still check that out.

The rescheduled event is expected to run as originally planned with activities, food vendors and live entertainment—including a bit of  “The Nutcracker” danced by Long Beach Ballet—unchanged.

So, you’ll still be able to take a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus (be sure to bring your own camera), kids will still be able to get their faces painted and ride the kids’ train and guests will still be able to grab something yummy from the food trucks stationed on-site. Holiday tunes will be provided by roaming carolers, DJs, local choirs—including the Long Beach Youth Chorus and the SoCal VoCals A Capella Group—and brass bands from Wilson High School and the Southern California Brass Consortium.

Mayor Robert Garcia’s 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Monday, Dec. 9 at the Terrace Theater located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. The event is free and runs from 5 p.m until 8 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony commencing at 6 p.m. For more information and updates, you can follow the Facebook event page, here.

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Cheantay Jensen is an editorial intern who covers art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post.