December 3, First Fridays in Bixby Knolls

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first-fridays-tree-lightingAtlantic Avenue will be lit and decorated on December 3 for the “Holiday Edition of First Fridays.” There will be something for everyone with plenty of art, music, philanthropy, good cheer, and a tree and menorah lighting.

The 3rd Annual Bixby Knolls Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place by the fountains at Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Avenue, beginning at 6:00pm. The entire community is invited to come celebrate this tradition with the lighting of the tree and Hanukah Menorah, listen to carols, and enjoy some hot chocolate. As this will be a community tree, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is encouraging the tree decorations be donated from area businesses, schools, and residents. Ornaments can either be dropped off at the BKBIA office at 4313 Atlantic Avenue prior to December 3, or brought to the tree lighting ceremony on December 3.

First Fridays will feature: Strolling carolers, rockabilly, violins, gypsy jazz, Santa, holiday gift items, live art, s’mores, cider stops, DJ dance party, Robert Vargas portraits, stilt man, Timstrument, the Knolls Ranger…and a “preview” of Long Beach Clothing Co., who just relocated to Bixby Knolls.

Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library will feature Harry Potter himself reading Harry Potter to children beginning at 5:15pm. Face painting will be provided by Arty Brush Strokes and Harry Potter movie posters will be given to the first 50 kids in attendance…plus a Harry Potter-themed game with prizes. Enjoy light refreshments, too.

Holiday music and celebration begins at 6:00pm at Nino’s, the lights are turned on at 6:30pm and then the Big Red Bus will transport people up and down Atlantic to the participating businesses.

All participating businesses, artist names, and special features can be found on the First Fridays Long Beach website.

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