The Hollywood Christmas Parade

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Formerly, the Hollywood Lane Parade. The 83rd annual Christmas parade is back Sunday, November 30th 2014. Hosted by Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada with Grand Marshal Stevie Wonder.

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With special guests Dean Cain and Montel Williams. Participants include celebrities, marching bands, characters, equestrians, special groups, and giant balloons.

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I used to march with the Long Beach Junior Concert band as the first female cymbal player. My mother used to be in the band as tall flags in the 80s and once my sister joined in 2008, I joined right after. My first year in the Hollywood Christmas Parade I marched holding tall flags in the back with my mom and little sister. My second year I marched with the percussion section as a cymbal player. Below is from 2008, my sister on the left, my mom in the middle, and me on the right.

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It was one of the most amazing experiences. The Hollywood Christmas parade is something to not miss. You can purchase seats in the grand stands or find a spot to sit on the streets.

The Long Beach Junior Concert Band is the band that ends the parade. Once they arrive in the camera area/ grand stands they split down the middle for the grand finale: Santa!

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When: Sunday, November 30th at 5:00 PM
Where: From the Heart of Hollywood! Starting on Hollywood Blvd at Orange, the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange.
Admission: Free for curbside seating along the route OR $25-85 for grandstand seating

LA Zoo Lights

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This holiday season for the very first time, the Los Angeles Zoo changes stripes from a daytime adventure to a dazzling winter wonderland known as “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”, which electrifies guests as it transforms the Zoo’s enchanting environment into a series of awe-inspiring animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. Open nightly from Friday, November 28, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6 to 10 pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), this magical new experience is destined to become a wondrous, “don’t-miss” holiday tradition. “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS,” bringing lights back to Griffith Park for the first time since 2009, is produced and presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and made possible with support from Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, 4th District.

When: Friday November 28, 2014 – Friday December 28, 2014
Where: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Admission: $8-13

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit LA Zoo Light website.

DIY Stick Candles

Check out this super cute tutorial from itskriativ.com.

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Chill at the Queen Mary

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This holiday season come out to the Queen Mary in Long Beach to experience frozen magic at the Ice Kingdom. The giant dome will be frozen over into a giant igloo giving Southern California a special holiday celebration. This chilly exhibit will feature larger-than-life ice creations made from two million pounds of ice. There will also be ice-tubing, ice skating, live music, carolers, and more.

Bring a warm jacket and your gloves because temperatures will reach 9 degrees!

The third annual CHILL returns November 21st.
For dates, tickets, and more information visit the Queen Mary Chill website.

DIY Leaf Branch Mobile

This could be combined with yesterday’s DIY. Just add a branch!
Thanks to Happiness is Homemade blog for this watercolor paper leaf tutorial.

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DIY Fall Leaf Garland

Check out this super cute leaf garland from Garland of Grace Blog.
It’d be a perfect decoration for your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square

Do you love winter time as much as I do? I’m so glad that the warm weather has passed. Also, with the holidays around the corner every city is doing something rad to celebrate.

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Last week, Pershing Square in Downtown LA opened up their holiday ice rink! Now through January 2015 you can skate under the California sun or below the sparkling night sky in the heart of Downtown. Addition to skating, there ail be fun and free activities for all ages.

Admission is $9 to skate for an hour and $3 to rent skates.

For advanced ticket purchase, directions, and event information, visit the Holiday Ice Rink website.