The Holiday Spirit


Torrance Memorial’s 35th Annual Holiday Festival

November 27–December 2

Torrance Memorial Medical Center will host its annual fundraiser with themed decorated trees, dinner gala, live entertainment, fashion show, the South Bay’s largest holiday boutique, an opportunity drawing, children’s activities and food court. 310-325-9110


Sandpipers’ Holiday Home Tour

November 30–December 2

The 26th outing showcases four distinctive homes in the South Bay. Each home will be magnificently decorated and magically transformed for the holiday season. In addition, the Sandpipers Holiday Market featuring local artisans and restaurants will provide a unique shopping and dining experience. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


SKECHERS presents Holiday Fireworks Festival

December 9

Grab a sweater and your loved ones for this annual Manhattan Beach tradition where the night sky above the Manhattan Beach Pier explodes in a colorful spectacle. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. in Downtown Manhattan Beach.


November 28–Jan 6

Come From Away

Ahmanson Theatre


Celebration of the Season Tree Lighting

5 p.m., Catalina Terrace at Terranea Resort


The Devin Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts

8 p.m., Saint Rocke

8 & 9

Gingerbread House Workshops

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Art To Grow On


Fleetwood Mac

8 p.m., The Forum

15 & 16

The Nutcracker

2 p.m., Marsee Auditorium


Glowtide 5K

5:30 p.m., Downtown Manhattan Beach


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