Ring in the holiday season with the best block party of the year. The first Friday each December the City of Laguna Beach and the Chamber of Commerce jointly sponsor Hospitality Night. Sing carols, mingle with neighbors, and watch Santa light the tree.
Hospitality Night 2018 will be held on December 7, from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festivities will take place in the Peppertree Lot (Lot 2), where Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting at 6:10 p.m.
After the tree is lit, the Community Services Department has arranged activities for the community including music by the Thurston Middle School band, a community sing-along, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and letter writing to the troops. Santa will of course be in his house on lower Forest Avenue to meet families for photos. Downtown merchants, non-profit organizations and the Chamber of Commerce will also provide activities, open houses, and live musical entertainment.
3:30 p.m. Downtown street closures begin*
4:00 - 11:00 p.m. Free trolley service
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Community Concert Band perfoms on Beach Street
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Thurston Middle School Band performs in the Peppertree Lot
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Elementary school choirs performs next to Santa's Hut
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, and writing letters to overseas troops in the Peppertree Lot
6:00 - 6:10 p.m. Community sing along in Peppertree Lot
6:10 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at the Peppertree Lot to light the tree
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Santa Claus arrives at his hut to listen to children's Christmas wishes
6:45 - 10:00 p.m. Business open houses and live music on stage at the Coast Highway end of Forest Avenue
*Lower Forest Avenue will be filled with entertainment and merchant open houses. Street closures in the downtown area will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. The neighborhood trolleys will run from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest/Laguna Canyon (Lot 11), Lumberyard (Lot 12) and Community and Susi Q Center (Lot 13) parking lots.