To kick off the holiday season, thousands of community members will countdown to the Huntington Beach giant snowflake lighting during the annual “Light a Light of Love” holiday celebration and fundraiser to benefit nonprofit Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a “safe haven” for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth.
Waymakers is an Orange County nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling children and families at their greatest time of need. The Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter is working in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach to host the event. The festivities, including a children’s holiday parade, will take place along Main Street in Huntington Beach and at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. The main event is a beautiful lighting ceremony of more than 83 giant snowflakes throughout Main Street and the pier. Children will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Pier Plaza following the children’s parade. Plus, throughout the celebration performances from local organizations and high school groups will be held on stage at Pier Plaza.
WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The schedule of events during Light a Light of Love will include:
● 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Pier Plaza Entertainment
Entertainment will include musical acts from local organizations and high school groups, performing family and seasonal favorites. Highlights will include the Marina High School Band and the Huntington Beach High School dance team.
● 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Children’s Holiday Parade
To be led down Main Street from Orange Avenue to Pier Plaza by event grand marshal David Fletcher, an Orange County native and third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels. The holiday parade will bring together local community children groups, high school marching bands and youth organizations including St. Simon & Jude Dolphinettes, Team OC gymnastics, and cheer, Free to Be Me Performing Arts and others. The parade will also feature Woodie cars, Mustangs, therapy dogs, Miss Huntington Beach and her court, local dance teams and Surf City Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck.
● 5:00 p.m. – Surf City Santa Meet and Greet
Immediately following the parade, Surf City Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will meet and take pictures with children at Pier Plaza.
● 6 p.m. sharp – Snowflake Lighting Ceremony on the Pier
The lighting of more than 83 6-foot-tall sponsored snowflakes on Huntington Beach Pier, and throughout Main Street, will be kicked off at the pier with a countdown by event grand marshal David Fletcher, an Orange County native and third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels, just before 6 p.m. Snowflakes will light at 6 p.m. sharp, and are sponsored by groups, businesses and individuals, with proceeds in support of the Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter’s emergency and therapeutic programs for youth in crisis.
WHERE: Huntington Beach Pier Plaza