Is the event free?

All of the scheduled activities are free of charge!  We do ask that you bring non-perishable food items or a warm piece of children’s clothing in good or new condition if you attend one of the showings of The Polar Express at the Neptune Theater.  (Friday, November 29, at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM).  A new event this year, a casual half-mile Santa Fun Run at the Bolstad Beach Approach arch, will have a fee to participate.  Breakfast with Santa is another popular event — more details and online preregistration available here. 

Where can we park?

There is free parking at our event headquarters, the Chautauqua Lodge, as well as at Veteran’s Field in downtown Long Beach for the tree lighting festivities.

Is the event accessible?

The event headquarters at the Chautauqua Lodge, as well as the Neptune Theater, are fully accessible.  Veteran’s Field, where the tree lighting takes place, is surrounded by pavement, and there are handicapped parking spots available on the south side of the field, behind the stage.  The tree lighting festivities may be easily viewed from anywhere around the perimeter of the field.  The lawn area itself may be soft during the winter and not recommended for wheelchairs.  The closest public restrooms to Veteran’s Field are about two blocks away, and are fully accessible.

I want to volunteer to help this year or during next year’s event!

We’d love to hear from you!  Helping out with Holidays at the Beach is a fun and rewarding way to participate in this community’s volunteer run event.  We need help with decorating, set up, and putting things away afterwards, as well as merchants who are interested in decorating and displaying a wreath before donating it to the silent auction during the event.  Please let us know about your interest by filling out the form on our contact page .