Today, you should… picture the holidays getting lit


OK, let’s try that again.

Mayor Robert Garcia’s 5th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Terrace Theater was originally scheduled to happen Wednesday, Dec. 4, but the threat of rain caused it to be postponed until today.

The area is decked out with more than 110,000 twinkling lights. There are giant bows and giant ornaments you can go inside and take a photo, in fact, the whole area—from the floating Christmas trees to the 50-foot, landlocked one—looks like it was commissioned by Instagram to give users plenty of holiday picture options.

As far as the tree lighting goes, that will start around 6 p.m. and there will be plenty of festivities to enjoy before and after the light show including fireworks. There will also be food trucks, face painting, train rides and photo ops with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

Another great thing:  The event will include Long Beach Ballet dancing a section from “The Nutcracker,” Long Beach Opera’s Jennifer Rivera singing “Ave Maria,” appearances by the Long Beach Youth Chorus and the Wilson High brass band.

Giving us a moment’s pause: The whole thing is free, which is nice. We don’t have any problem with that.

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.