Holiday Open HOuse 2019

2019 Holiday Open House

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Downtown Manhattan Beach celebrates the beginning of the Holiday Shopping Season with a night full of family-friendly holiday festivities. Its our way of kicking off the holidays and welcoming you into our house!

5:00 pm

Metlox Plaza Entertainment

Santa Danny

Soozi Show Balloon Art

Nicole Face Paints

Jack Tracy Ukelele

Picture with Santa provided by Ralf's Photography

Treats for purchase by Frontier Kettle Korn + Le Pain Quotidien


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ALl streets in Downtown Manhattan Beach

Holiday Open House, brought to you by the 300+ Business Owners in Downtown Manhattan Beach

LIVE ReindeeR

Located in front of {pages} a bookstore   

Live Music + Carolers

A Holiday Affair, Carolers

Dietz Bros. Band  -  located at 10th + Manhattan Ave.

Harmony Carolers (Dickens style)

Hyperion Outfall Serenaders  -  located in front of Chase Bank

Matt Jazz, Saxophone  -  located at 12th + Manhattan Ave.

Michael Holmes, Guitar  -  located in Metlox Plaza



Pier Lighting

Living Christmas Trees

Musical entertainment begins at 6:00pm, the Mayor flips the switch promptly at 7:00pm

MBMS Choir   |   MChS ChoiR


Window Decorating Contest

Every year, the business owners pull out all the stops to WOW the community and add to the holiday magic!


Voting Information will be posted on November 14th

Let's Get Social

@downtownmanhattanbeach   |   #downtownmanhattanbeach  |   #holidayopenhouse

#pierlighting   |   #holidaysinmanhattanbeach

Take a peek at Holiday Open House (Past)

You'll Go Down in History

The history of Holiday Open House in Manhattan Beach started with a couple of business owners (Wright’s, LuLu’s, Manhattan Coolers to name a few) deciding to throw a holiday party in their stores and restaurants and agreeing to send their guests to each other’s business. Fast forward 24 years and now 10,000+ people attend this annual holiday tradition.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where are the Reindeer?

The reindeer come from an animal rescue in Tehachapi. They are well taken care of all year and make just a few special appearances throughout the holiday season. The rescue is compensated for their time and these funds help many lost, abandoned, and wounded animals throughout the year.

2. Where is Lost + Found

If you lose a child or any other valuable, please advise the nearest security officer or go straight to the MBPD Command Post, located in the upper pier parking lot, just west of The Strand House Restaurant.

3. I heard the trees on the pier are REAL

YES! Each year “Scotty Claus”, Nutmeg and the elves deliver over 100 fresh “living” trees. They are only on the pier for ONE week, November 12-19. They smell amazing and make for an amazing photo opportunity.

4. Metlox Decorations Info

Each year, local artist Virginia Vilichis creates an amazing artistic holiday installation. Last year was an explosive bloom of red flowers in the trees.

What will it look like this year?

5. Hyperion Outfall Serenaders Band History

Nicknamed the Official Band of Manhattan Beach.

Leader and 58 year Manhattan Beach resident Bob White and his friends can be seen in all the best spots, from the Hometown Fair, to Holiday Open House, to the annual Fireworks Show to an impromptu at Ercoles or the corner outside. Bob and his buddies provide Dixieland band-style of music and fun.

6. What happened to the Holiday hunt?

Holiday Open House has become so popular that the Holiday Hunt was getting lost in the crowd. Every store has treats and special offers. Enjoy!

7. Where Can I find Santa?

Santa, the sleigh and family entertainment is located on the back side of Metlox Plaza. Santa arrives at 5pm. The line usually starts forming at 4:30pm. Arrive early and expect to wait in line. Food & drink are offered in the area.

8. where are the public restrooms?

Public restrooms are located at Metlox Plaza, inside the Police Station, and at the Manhattan Beach Pier. 

9. Where is the best place to park?

As we prepare for the entertainment and to keep guests safe, streets in Downtown start closing at 2:00pm. Parking is full by 5pm! We suggest you walk or utilize ride-share options.

10. Where are the ride-share drop-off zones

Ride-share drop off zones are located on Valley Drive in front of VONS, 15th street/Highland, 15th street/Valley, 8th/Manhattan Ave. ARRIVE EARLY!