Tree Lighting on Dec. 3, featuring an early visit from Santa
From Saturday, December 3 to Saturday, Dec. 10, “Shop Catalina” is a week of holiday cheer, shopping and savings. It’s a ritual for the Avalon community (but visitors are always welcome here). Island shops offer rare discounts on island favorites including jewelry, art, clothing, unique gifts, housewares and more. Each participating retailer gives exclusive discounts and offers that are valid through December 24. There are in-store drawings and a “Virtual Treasure Card” grand prize drawing. On Dec. 3, the much-loved Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival takes place at 5 p.m. at Wrigley Stage. Other festivities include:
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Christmas Craft Boutique at the Catalina Craft Corner at Island Tour Plaza
• Noon to 6 p.m.: See’s Candies sales, Wrigley Stage – while supplies last. Contact any Saddle Club member to place a pre-sale order. Or call members Jackie Warner at 310-510-2651, or Stacey King at 310-510-2163.
• 1 to 4 p.m.: Music on Wrigley Stage by KISL 88.7 FM
• 1 to 4 p.m.: Ornament Decorating for Kids sponsored by Catalina Art Association, adjacent to Wrigley Stage
• 1 to 5 p.m.: Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, sponsored by Avalon Rotary Club, $20 gingerbread house kits available at Island Breeze or Seacrest Inn, drop off decorated houses from 1-2 p.m. , public viewing 2 p.m. -5 p.m.; awards and pick up at 5 p.m.
• 2 to 5 p.m.: Hot chocolate and popcorn sales on Wrigley Stage, sponsored by Avalon HS Interact Club.
• 4:15 to 4:30 p.m.: Catalina Kid Ventures Preschool holiday performance on Wrigley Stage
• 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Holiday Carolers “The Jingle Singers”, strolling performance throughout town
• 4:30 to 5 p.m.: Holiday Carolers “The Jingle Singers”, performing on Wrigley Stage
• 5 p.m.: Santa Claus Arrival on a vintage City of Avalon Fire Truck & Community Tree Lighting, Wrigley Stage
• 5 to 8 p.m.: Holiday Carolers “The Jingle Singers”, strolling performance throughout town
• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Business Decorating Contest judging
• 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Pictures with Santa at Wrigley Stage
• 6:45 p.m.: Business Decorating Contest Awards announced at Wrigley Stage
—1st Place: $100 Catalina Island Gift Certificate
—2nd Place: $50 Catalina Island Gift Certificate
—3rd Place: $25 Catalina Island Gift Certificate
For more information, visit https://www.lovecatalina.com/shop-catalina.