Second Sundays in Virginia Village Holiday Celebration December 8

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Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin invites the community to join him for the Second Sundays in Virginia Village Holiday Celebration.

Second Sundays in the Village, kicked off in June, is a free monthly community event organized in partnership between Councilmember Al Austin and the Virginia Village Business Association. The event highlights the revitalized Long Beach Boulevard corridor in North Long Beach while fostering a stronger partnership between the neighborhoods and the local businesses.

The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 on Long Beach Boulevard between 53rd and 56th Streets, a business corridor in North Long Beach. It will be followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the corner of Market Street and Long Beach Boulevard. The event is free to the public and will include entertainment for the entire family.

“I hope this Second Sundays tree lighting will be a new tradition in Virginia Village,” Councilmember Austin said. “I am happy to partner with the Virginia Village Business Association and the Jane Addams Neighborhood Association to bring this event to the community.

“Over the last six months we have worked with the business association to put on this monthly event. The business owners have been enthusiastic about the community’s response and are looking forward to this month’s holiday celebration,” Austin said.

The event will feature holiday carolers from the Jane Addams Neighborhood Association, an opportunity for children to have their photos taken with Santa, music and children’s games and activities. At the paseo, on the east side of Long Beach Boulevard south of Market Street, children will be able to create decorations for the Christmas tree.

Many of the restaurants and businesses along Long Beach Boulevard will be offering specials for the day and participating in the activities.

Virginia Village derives its name from the history of this area, which was known as Virginia City before it was annexed by the City of Long Beach in 1924.

Over the last several years, the City of Long Beach, and its former Redevelopment Agency, invested more than $5 million in streetscape improvements along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor between Del Amo Boulevard and 56th Street.

This work included repaving the street, new medians and landscaping, façade improvements, new pedestrian lighting and bus shelters, and the creation of a pedestrian paseo. The public parking lot at Long Beach Boulevard and Market Street was also landscaped and repaved with an environmentally friendly porous asphalt.

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