Ever since moving to the beach communities of Los Angeles from Chicago, I resisted embracing the very different feel of the holiday season in California. In recent years, however, I've really started to appreciate the unique traditions of Christmas in Los Angeles, so I decided to film as much of it as I could this year.
Redondo Beach King Harbor features a boat parade with dozens of boats carrying festive passengers, and at least fifty stand-up paddleboard riders also decked out with lights and costumes. Manhattan Beach abstains from fireworks displays during Independence Day so that they can put on an enormous show each December, which is one of the highlights of the holiday season. The Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of Torrance transforms about ten full blocks into a whimsical Candy Cane Lane with almost every home displaying Griswold-style lights and over-the-top décor. Scenes from Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach and Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes are also shown.
Filmed and edited by Brian Hawkins, Redondo Beach, California.