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The Best Places to View Christmas Lights in Manhattan Beach

06 December 2019 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
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Tis the season for merriment in Manhattan Beach! The halls are decked, the surf is great, and boardwalk Christmas vibes abound for a truly Californian holiday. Enjoy the dazzling display of lights on the ocean as you plan ahead for your next visit. 

The Sea View Inn has the reason for the season all mapped out with a handy short list on holiday festivities. Check out The Best Places to View Christmas Lights in Manhattan Beach this year.

Manhattan Beach Pier

The pier is officially lit and bustling with holiday cheer! Spend an evening shopping, dining, and taking in the seaside view. The South Bay's iconic snowflake lights line the stroll, along with dazzling displays that turn the boardwalk into a makeshift Santa's Village. 

Visit the pier on December 8th for the ultimate light show experience with the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival. Local restaurants offer foodie approved eats, craft brews for the grown-ups, and samples to refuel while gift hunting throughout the pier's fabulous boutiques. Carolers and live music abound. Bring the kids for a visit with Santa!

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Nearby Torrance is home to one of the largest Christmas light displays across the country. Each year, homes and businesses alike compete to outdo their neighbors with brilliant snowscapes and dazzling decor. Themes range from popular cartoons to sports teams to classical Santas and reindeer. The creativity of this cozy community never ceases to amaze, year after year.

Visitors can either dive through the winter wonderland or take a brisk walk along the hilly neighborhood. Be sure to bring some cash for the many hot cocoa and snack stands you'll find along the route!

28th Annual King Harbor Boat Parade

No California Christmas would be complete without a light show on the water. Take your band of merry makers to King Harbor in nearby Redondo Beach for an unforgettable boat parade. The spectacular display of colors, designs, and unique themes creates an electrical parade vibe that's sure to delight visitors of every age.

The main event is held on December 14th beginning at 4:30 p.m. Arrive early to secure a good seat!

Of course, the best place to view Christmas lights is often from the comfort of your own luxurious suite. Enjoy the best seat in the house with secluded ocean views and easy access to Manhattan Beach. Book your holiday retreat today!