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Manhattan Beach Santa Float Begins Rounds Tonight

Nov 26, 2023 09:47PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach Santa Float, run by the MB Kiwanis Club and local sponsors, begins its weeknight rounds of Manhattan Beach starting on Monday, November 27.

The float will make neighborhood stops around Manhattan Beach on Monday through Friday nights between November 27 and December 15. There will be assorted special Santa Float visits at other events during the season.

Monday night's route will be "Area 1," which basically goes through the Tree Section in the American Martyrs neighborhood. 

See the full Santa Float schedule here.


 

Eagle-eyed Santa fans will notice several enhancements to the float this year. The Kiwanis Club is looking for donations or sponsorships to pay for the upgrades and keep the float running.


Santa Float is Cherished Annual Tradition

The Santa Float is a cherished Manhattan Beach tradition that dates back to 1955.

 

Led by a police escort, the float winds up and down the streets of Manhattan Beach for three weeks every December, bringing treats, good cheer, and photo ops with Santa.

Santa and his elves (members of local community organizations) wait patiently on each block as children and adults (and their dogs!) line up to get their (free) picture taken, share their holiday wishes, and get a candy cane.

It's a massive operation that relies on teams of volunteers and coordinators. And it's such a beloved tradition that many neighborhoods turn "Santa float night" into the biggest block party of the year.

Read here to learn all about what it's like to spend a night on the town with Santa and his float.


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