City of Lancaster Continues to Celebrate the Christmas Season in a Big Way
Eighth Annual Magical BLVD Christmas an Overwhelming Success, with Many More Celebratory Events to Come
Last Saturday, the City of Lancaster hosted its eighth annual Magical BLVD Christmas event, which was enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors getting into the Christmas spirit along the streets of downtown Lancaster.
“A Magical BLVD Christmas is a cherished event each year,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It provides the perfect atmosphere for families to spend quality time together – which is what the Christmas season is all about.”
A Magical BLVD Christmas has become a holiday tradition since its inception in 2010, with activities that have come to be favorites for scores of Lancaster residents including: taking a journey through the brightly decorated streets on the holiday train; watching live ice sculpting; enjoying seasonal movie shorts on Date Avenue; playing in the snow; and even sledding.
While A Magical BLVD Christmas might be over, there are still a number of ways to delight in the spirit of Christmas throughout Lancaster. Community members are invited to join the City of Lancaster for its annual Christmas tree lighting tomorrow, December 12 at 4:30 p.m., just prior to the City Council meeting. Complete with a choir and a visit from Santa himself, the lighting of the tree is always a joyous occasion for all in attendance. In the spirit of giving, bins will be available for attendees who wish to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station’s efforts to provide gifts to local Antelope Valley children in need.
Residents who missed Santa at A Magical BLVD Christmas can visit Santa’s Village, which runs concurrently with the BLVD Market through December 21, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are also still available for purchase to experience Breakfast with Santa on December 16, beginning at 8 a.m. This event will include a pancake breakfast, craft activities for children, and an opportunity to take a picture with Santa. Tickets are available at $8 for adults, and $5 for children.
The City of Lancaster also offers Winter Day Camp “Camp Chill,” December 18 – 22 and January 2 – 5, for children ages 6 - 12. Camp Chill runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; with extended hours offered for commuters, as well as extended holiday shopping hours until 8 p.m. during week one, at no additional cost. Children will enjoy a fun adventure in addition to jumpers, games, sports, and themed crafts. For more information visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/daycamp.
Round out the season in a new and bright way with Prime Lights. Visit the Prime Desert Woodlands Preserve as it offers a beautiful light display with the picturesque desert landscape serving as a backdrop, every evening from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The display can be viewed throughout the month of December, at no cost to visitors.
“This time of year is a wonderful opportunity to give back – whether it is giving back to the community through events like A Magical BLVD Christmas, or delivering fresh baked cookies to your neighbor,” added City of Lancaster Council Member Raj Malhi. “I would encourage everyone to give to not only those they love, but also those in need this Christmas – and all year long.”
In Lancaster, the season of giving extends past the holidays, and into the new year with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 13, 2018. Resident volunteers throughout the Antelope Valley will come together to give back and improve the community.
For more information regarding these special events, including how to get involved in the MLK Day of Service, you may visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/specialevents or contact the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at 661-723-6077.