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5 Fun Things You Can Still Do This Holiday Season in Manhattan Beach

Devin Arrigo

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

On December 14th, Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, issued the Safer LA Order. Triggered by a fast decline in ICU capacity and the quickly rising COVID cases, the updated guidelines put LA country back into a strict stay-at-home orde

Although the guidelines urge people to stay at home as much as possible, it doesn’t have to put a damper on your holiday cheer. There’s still plenty to do in Manhattan Beach to celebrate the holiday season — all within the updated guidelines.

1. Walk, Run, or Bike the Beach Path

There are very few cities that can compete with the numerous beach paths that Los Angeles offers. According to new guidelines, “Passive outdoor activity and recreation provided that individuals comply with social distancing mandates” is allowed. 

This is great news for anyone looking to get out of the house this holiday season and enjoy some crisp, fresh ocean air. The beach path starts at Will Rogers State Beach and travels through all of the South Bay beach communities. It ends a couple of miles past Redondo Beach. 

Depending on where you start, the roundtrip could be upwards of 40 miles — perfect for checking out the Christmas lights of all the beachfront mansions!

2. Soak Up the Downtown Christmas Lights

Downtown Manhattan Beach is well known for its Christmas cheer. From tree and pier lightings to Santa spottings and even Holiday floats and parades — there’s plenty of holiday spirit to soak up.

One evening, take a stroll in downtown Manhattan Beach and enjoy the sights, sounds, and holiday cheer. Grab a hot chocolate from Starbucks and enjoy the Christmas lights and the well-light pier.

3. Sunset Picnic by the Pier

As Southern California residents, we are blessed with some of the best sunsets mother nature has to offer. Despite the updated lockdown guidelines, the beaches are still open and provide a great way to get out of the house.

Grab your favorite blanket, snacks, a cold drink, and head down the beach to watch a famous Southern-Californian sunset. While you’re at it, check out the holiday spirit of downtown and the Christmas lights of the houses lining the beach! by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

4. Drive for Christmas Lights

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is checking out how everyone else spreads their holiday cheer. There is no shortage of houses in Manhattan Beach that go all-out with their Christmas lights.

Grab your pajamas, some hot cocoa, and your favorite Christmas music, and take a drive through the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach to enjoy the plethora of well-lit, holiday-ready houses.

5. Look for Surfing Santa

Christmas Day on the West Coast is unique. While we rarely see snow in Southern California, there is always one or two “Surfing Santas” riding the waves by the Manhattan Beach pier. by Ray Vidal

Not only is this unique to Southern California, but it’s a great activity to get out of the house and get some much needed fresh air.


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