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Holidays in Southern California: Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks

Photo courtesy of Manhattan Beach Pier

Photo courtesy of Manhattan Beach Pier

Every year since 1989, Manhattan Beach has hosted its Annual Holiday Fireworks at the Manhattan Beach Pier.  The pier located at the  west end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard is transformed to reflect the spirit of the holidays with music and activities provided before the fireworks show.

This year, the event took place on Sunday, December 8th.  The festivities got underway at 3:30 PM with a concert provided by Hyperion Outfall. Skechers sponsored a Snow Park with five 50-foot sled runs, two snow play areas and snowmen available for family photos.  A donation of canned goods, cash or a new, unwrapped toy was requested for admission to the Snow Park. There was even a Santa float where kids could have their pictures taken with Jolly ‘Ol Saint Nick.  After the concert, spectators were able to take part in a sing-a-long with the fireworks show beginning at 7:00 PM.

The fireworks which lasted about 25-30 minutes was synchronized to holiday music and filled the South Bay skies with bursts of color.

The event is very popular and draws large crowds therefore it is advisable that you arrive early particularly since parking in the area can be problematic even without the street closures which usually accompany the event. The best area from which to view the fireworks is along Manhattan Beach Boulevard or along the strand north and south of the pier. If you do not care about hearing the music, you can even see the fireworks from Hermosa Beach Pier.

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