Atlantic Avenue will be lit and decorated on Dec. 3 for the holiday edition of First Fridays, which will include plenty of art, music, philanthropy, good cheer, and a tree and menorah lighting.
The 3rd Annual Bixby Knolls Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place by the fountains at Nino’s Italian Restaurant, 3853 Atlantic Ave., beginning at 6pm. The entire community is invited to celebrate this tradition while listening to carols and enjoying hot chocolate. As this will be a community tree, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) is encouraging donations of tree decorations (or canned goods) from area businesses, schools, and residents. Ornaments may either be dropped off at the BKBIA office at 4313 Atlantic Avenue prior to Dec. 3 or brought to the lighting ceremony.
First Fridays will feature: strolling carolers, rockabilly, violins, gypsy jazz, Santa, holiday gift items, live art, s’mores, cider stops, DJ dance party, Robert Vargas portraits, a stilt man, Timstrument, the Knolls Ranger and a preview of Long Beach Clothing Co., which just relocated to Bixby Knolls.
Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library, 3680 Atlantic Ave., will feature Harry Potter reading Harry Potter to children beginning at 5:15pm. Face painting will be provided by Arty Brush Strokes, and Harry Potter movie posters will be given to the first 50 kids in attendance.
Holiday music and celebration will begin at 6pm at Nino’s, the lights will be turned on at 6:30pm, and the Big Red Bus will transport people up and down Atlantic to participating businesses.
The First Fridays Information Table will be available from 6:30pm to 8pm on the northwest corner of Bixby Road and Atlantic Avenue, with info about First Fridays, maps, business information and restaurant recommendations.