Celebrate the Holidays in Montebello, California!
Living in Montebello provides a unique take on the classic ideas of how to celebrate the holiday season. While there won’t be any “caroling out in the snow,” you can bet that holiday cheer, lights, decorations, and tinsel will still abound. Combine the temperate weather with a mix of holiday traditions from cultures around the world, and you can truly make this season bright!
There are a number of great ways to celebrate the holidays outdoors in the area, meaning that, even with the current COVID, restrictions you will be able to find ways to enjoy time with friends and family. Here are a few of the festivities that help make celebrating the holidays in Montebello a dream.
Shows and Performances
Opportunities to Share
While watching a holiday movie and making cookies at home is a great way to celebrate the season, these activities are some examples of fun ways to meet with family and friends outside the house.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade – November 28 – What better way to kick in the holiday season than by attending this historic event! The annual parade features live performances, floats, a giant Kermit, and Santa Claus himself. If you want to skip the drive and watch from home, it is broadcast on several TV channels as well.
Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong – December 11 – The singalong will be led by The Dickens Holiday Carolers, the San Gabriel Valley’s renowned Edwardian-attired singing group. It is a free RSVP online or a $15 donation at the door. Treats will be provided by the chefs from the Alhambra Culinary School and Catering Service.
HiKing-with-Santa: Family Christmas HiKe – December 19 – This is a “snail’s-pace” hike through the Ascot Hills Park. Santa and his helpers will be present to say hi to the kids, and it will be a beginner-level hike for any and all ages. Prior registration via Eventbrite is required to attend.
Shows and Performances
With shows and performances ranging from heralded classics to new takes on old favorites, there is something for everyone this season.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – November 27–28 – The timeless classic will be performed by Don Lemaster’s Big Band Jazz Orchestra to accompany the Theatre Royal actors onstage. This has been described as a must-see for the holiday season, and there will only be three performances total, so make sure to get your tickets today.
¡NAVIDAD MEXICANA! – December 4 – Featuring Mexico City’s Mariachi Femenil Amazonas, Mariachi Margaritas from Brownsville, TX, and headliners Mariachi Divas. The Mariachi Divas have won two American Grammys and are lauded the world over, especially in Disneyland, where they are the official mariachi group.
Phil Wickham and Shane & Shane Christmas Concert – December 10 – Phil Wickman has multiple RIAA Gold®-certified singles to go with a Billboard No. 1 “Christian Airplay Song of the Year” in 2014 and BMI’s “Christian Song of the Year” in 2015. HERITVGE will also be featured as the opener for the concert, which is sure to be a night filled with good music and even better company.
The Magic of Christmas – December 10–19 – This variety show features all kinds of singing, dancing, and light displays. Come ready to sing along! Put on by The Young Americans, this vibrant performance will be sure to fill you with the holiday spirit. There are eight performances total, and tickets are available online.
While you surely love shopping online, there is just something special about heading to a shopping center to check out the deals and discounts on local products.
Candy Caneland and Craft Faire – December 4 – Come for the food and craft booths, but stay for the games, snow slides, and meet-and-greet with Santa. The popular Holidays Around the World cultural booths are a hit with all ages, so make sure to mark your calendar for this one.
13th Annual Holiday Market – December 11–12 – Get your holiday shopping done while supporting local designers, artists, small businesses, and emerging brands. A general admission ticket includes free holiday portraits and DIY gift wrapping, and purchasing a VIP ticket comes with free drinks.
The Shops at Montebello – Open Daily – All season long, enjoy a one-stop-shop experience by taking advantage of the food court, shops, and performances in the common areas by local talent. Check the blog on their site for information on how The Shops supports local women and how you can get involved this holiday season.
Opportunities to Share
The true reason of the season is giving to those in need, and these are just a few suggestions of groups that can help you feel the true meaning of the holidays.
22nd Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive – December 2 – The APA Community Holiday Toy Drive Committee is composed of volunteers from nonprofits and professional organizations with a mission to give young children of low-income families the gift of joy and hope during the holiday season. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event, as seating will be limited this year due to COVID.
UNIVISION Toy Drive – December 4 – Free toys, haircuts, health screenings, activities for kids, and much more! The event is completely free and open to any and all families. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.
Volunteer with The Salvation Army – Daily – The Salvation Army Santas are a staple of the holiday season, but if ringing a bell isn’t your style, they have other positions available to help families in need. As one of the most recognizable groups that help those in need during the holiday season, the Salvation Army associates know what they are doing and can help you help others!
Candles are a great way to participate in holiday traditions, provide comforting scents and light to a space, and much more. Yet household candles are also the cause of up to 7,500 fires each year! Please take care this holiday season to keep a close eye on your candles and fires, especially in your bedroom. Consider using battery-powered alternatives or scented spray, but if you do use candles, never leave them unattended.
Christmas trees can also be a potential fire hazard, especially if dried out. Make sure your tree is well watered, and keep any open flames or candles away from the branches. When away from home, ensure that all the lights on the tree are turned off as well. This will protect not only your tree but also your apartment this holiday season!
Montebello is a great place to celebrate the holiday season, but location doesn’t matter as much as who you spend the holiday with. Reach out to friends, family, and loved ones and let them know you care this season to ensure that everyone in your circle has a merry and bright holiday.
We’d love to see your holiday fun! If you decorate for the holidays or try out one of the activities above, post a photo on social media, tag us, and use #TisTheSeasonAtAMC.
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