All the Best Holiday Events in Lakewood, California, This Year

The winter holidays seem to come out of nowhere every year. One minute, you’re basking in the sunshine on the beach, and the next thing you know, there’s a chill in the air and swimsuits have been exchanged for sweaters. It may be hard to say goodbye to the warm sunshine, but winter has its share of upsides too. Bidding farewell to days at the beach also means saying hello to the winter holiday season.

If you have plans to spend time at home in Lakewood, California, for the holidays, or if you’re coming in for a visit, you won’t be disappointed. Lakewood has a variety of fun holiday events and activities to help you celebrate the season. You’ll find there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the season with loved ones and your neighbors in the community. If you want to check out some family-friendly entertainment or help families in need during the holidays, here are some fantastic options.


Opportunities to Share

Safe Celebration


Play Some Softball: The holidays are a great time to hang out with family and friends, and there’s nothing like a little friendly competition between loved ones to strengthen relationships. 

Show off your athletic prowess and help others by playing in the annual Turkey Tournament on November 12 in Lakewood. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Project Shepherd, a nonprofit organization that provides year-round assistance, as well as food and gifts throughout the holiday season, to Lakewood families. 

Sip Cocoa with a Deputy: On Wednesday, December 7, come sip some hot cocoa with a deputy and participate in a toy drive. Lakewood City will be collecting unwrapped gifts to donate to Project Shepherd, so it is a wonderful opportunity to spread some holiday cheer while enjoying time with others in the community. Check the city’s Instagram page for more details to come.

Celebrate with Sea Creatures: Even animals love the holidays, so head to the Aquarium of the Pacific to celebrate winter holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa with penguins, sharks, otters, and more. The animals have all been on their best behavior this year, so Santa Diver will be visiting them on December 3 with gifts. The gifts kick off the holiday season at the aquarium, and the fun continues through December 23. 

The aquarium will be decked out in holiday decor that will impress visitors and aquatic life alike. There may not be much snow in Southern California in December, but you can enjoy the winter wonderland in the aquarium’s Great Hall. Take photos with Santa Claus, listen to Hanukkah stories, and play dreidel all month long.

Enjoy a Tree Lighting: Do you have Clark Griswold’s adoration for holiday lighting but can’t quite pull off such an amazing display yourself? You’ll love Lakewood’s annual tree lighting on December 2 next to City Hall. Enjoy food trucks, entertainment, and carnival games with friends from the community. You may even forget you aren’t at the North Pole, with enough falling snow at the tree lighting to make your snowy holiday dreams come true. 

Lakewood’s tree is the gift that keeps giving. You’ll be able to enjoy the tree lights all through the month of December, and each night will feature an animated light show. With its amazing lights, the city tree will provide an enchanting backdrop for your greeting card photos this winter.

Celebrate Delicious Food: The holidays are all about eating the best food around. This year, treat your palate to some of the best Latin American food. Head over to the Long Beach International Tamales Festival on December 4 to enjoy a holiday fair you won’t forget. Indulge yourself with tamale recipes from around Latin America, as well as other regional dishes, drinks, and tequila tastings. 

The food and beverages are plenty to keep you satisfied all day long, but this fair will have loads of other activities for people of all ages to stay busy. Enjoy live music, art workshops, performances, and shopping at this all-day event.

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Spread Holiday Cheer: As you enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, you can help to ensure families in need experience a wonderful holiday season as well. Project Shepherd is a nonprofit run by the City of Lakewood and the Rotary Club of Lakewood that provides assistance to Lakewood families with the help of community members. 

While it assists families throughout the year, Project Shepherd also has a special holiday program to provide families with meals and gifts. If you are able to lend a hand to these families, consider donating to Project Shepherd to help your low-income or unemployed neighbors. Those wishing to help Project Shepherd can donate money, buy items on an Amazon gift registry, or buy gifts for children on a Teddy Bear Tree. People can also sponsor or participate in virtual food and toy drives and donate grocery gift cards.

Dance the Night Away for Charity: Do you love to dress up, dance, and help kids? You’re in luck! Join the Lakewood Family YMCA on November 18 for a Secret Garden Gala, benefiting children’s programs and scholarships. The 39th Annual Children’s Charity Auction begins with a silent online auction that runs November 11–18. 

On the day of the gala, dress up in cocktail attire for a night of dancing at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The silent auction will continue online throughout the event, and a live auction will also be held in person. Partygoers will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing, VIP access to the museum, and the pleasure of doing good for children in the community.

Safe Celebration

Here at the Lakewood Manor Apartments, we want you and your family to have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Be sure to take precautions this year to avoid holiday mishaps and injury. Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of residential fires, with an average of 1,700 cooking fires on Thanksgiving alone. Keep a watchful eye on the stove as you prepare holiday feasts, and never leave food cooking unattended. Make sure flammable items are away from the stove, and keep young children away from the cooking. If you’re thinking about frying a turkey, make sure it is done well away from your residence, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your frying device.

The holidays in Southern California are magical, and there is no better place to celebrate than Lakewood, California. If you are visiting our wonderful city or just enjoying the holidays at home with the people you love, you’ll find Lakewood is the best place to be this winter. Give some of these activities a try to get the most out of your celebrations with family and friends this year. 

We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.

From all of us at Lakewood Manor Apartments in Lakewood, CA, Happy Holidays!

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