Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
The annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival returns to the Village Sunday December 3rd, 2017 from 1:30pm to 5pm along Girard Avenue. The parade will begin at 1:30pm and end at the La Jolla Recreation Center (615 Prospect St). The holiday festival will start at 2:30pm. A tradition that’s been going strong for nearly six decades, the parade and festival are one of La Jolla’s most treasured holiday activities.
Once the Parade is over, the Holiday Festival awaits guests – beginning with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on the lawn, followed by live music and dance performances, a Kids Zone, and plenty of other family-friendly activities. The theme changes every year; this year’s being “Christmas Jewels.”
The Tree Lighting will happen at the La Jolla Rec Center towards the end of the Festival. Santa’s highly anticipated visit to the Christmas Parade is provided by Sunrise Rotary. He will be driven in the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s Old Black Goose, a classic 1915 Black Packard Convertible; making it a truly classic La Jolla Christmas!
Live stage entertainment will be happening throughout, and the Candy Cane Carolers will return for a repeat performance this year! Kids will get the chance to take their picture with Santa later on in the day.
There will more participants than ever before this year from local businesses – the La Jolla Historical Society, the Rotary Club, the Gillispie School, and Birch Aquarium. More than a dozen floats, equestrians, beauty queens and princesses, marching bands, and of course, fire engines, will make up the rest of the Parade. Car lovers will be excited about the lineup of rare and vintage vehicles this year; keep your eye out for some of the rarer cars, like this year’s Antique 1988 560SL Mercedes.
A Few Tips
Parking will be extremely limited the day-of, and many streets will become tow-away zones starting at 9:30am. This includes most of Girard Avenue (between Torrey Pines and Kline), most of Kline (between Ivanhoe and Fay), and Herschel (between Torrey Pines and Silverado).
Most of Girard Avenue and Prospect Street will be closed, as this is the parade route. Vehicles that are parked in zones cordoned off for the parade or festival will be towed! Make sure you’re aware of all signs and that you park in a designated area.
You’ll find all the Holiday Festival activities on the grounds of the La Jolla Rec Center, where the parade will end at 3pm. It’s an easy walk from the parade’s starting location, so it might be easier to just keep your car parked in one spot for the day.
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