North Manhattan Beach Rings In the Season With Holiday StrollDec 03, 2021 10:34AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
"Porto Claus" makes an appearance outside the El Porto Surf Shop tent at the North Manhattan Beach Holiday Stroll.
Those looking for fun photo opportunities could choose from a photo with Santa (at Matt Morris Development), a selfie station with Elf ("OMG! Santa! I know him!") at Tangles, a selfie station with Clark Griswold from Vacation outside Fishbar, or a Frozen selfie station outside The Local Yolk.
A pop-up gift fair on 35th Street featured local artisans, as well as the Mira Costa Rugby and Mira Costa Softball teams. Local graphic designer Oso Porto had a large display outside Matt Morris Development. There was also an enterprising group of young teens who set up a stand selling Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and light-up holiday accessories.
The now-famous Golf Cart Crew showed off their style with their golf carts decked out for the holidays.
And in true El Porto style, a boardshort-clad surfer outside the El Porto Surf Shop donned a Santa coat and declared himself "Porto Claus."
"Our local community came out strong tonight and supported our local
North Manhattan Beach businesses," said Villareal. "I haven’t been here long, but I was
bursting with pride and my heart was melting over and over again... We couldn’t have asked
for anything more."
Editor's note: Today, all across town, Local Love Manhattan Beach weekend begins. Residents are urged to celebrate, support, and shop and dine at local businesses. See Local Love Manhattan Beach for the full schedule of events.