Peninsula Events Calendar Nov. – December 2021

Moonlight hovering over lit Lunada Christmas Tree. Photos by Stephanie Cartozian


Pastel project

The Pastel Society of Southern California’s 12th annual gallery exhibition is underway at Promenade on the Peninsula and continues through Nov. 28. More than a hundred original framed artwork are on display. Most are for sale. The exhibit is at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 117, Rolling Hills Estates. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Super Bowl Run/Walk

Registration is open for the 44th annual Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk, and 1k Kids Fun Run which will take place on Feb. 13. There’s also a Health & Fitness Expo that starts on Feb. 12 and continues race day. The entry fee for the 10k, 5k and Baby Buggy 10k is $40. The Kid’s Fun Run is $20. Prices go up on Dec. 1. To register or for more information, go to\

A lot of Trees

The San Pedro/Peninsula YMCA is hosting a tree lot on the top level of the Promenade of the Peninsula’s parking structure. It opens Dec. 1; hours are Mon.-Fri. 3 to 8 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Y’s youth programs.




Peninsula School of Performing Arts will present live performances of “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children ages 17 and under.

For tickets, call the Norris Theater box office at 310-544-0403.



Holiday Festival

Torrance Memorial hosts its 38th annual Holiday Festival with beautifully decorated trees, boutique, food court, opportunity drawing and local entertainment. Nov. 30-Dec. 5 (closed Fri., Dec. 3). $5 general admission, children under 5 free and free senior admission 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. Must show proof of full COVID vaccination and wear a mask. The event will take place in the white tent at Skypark and Medical Center drives, Torrance. 310-517-4703.



Charity archery tournament

South Bay Archery Lessons’ 2021 “Shoot for a Cure” Archery Tournament benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is scheduled for Dec. 4-5. The fee is $40. To register, go to South Bay Archery is located at 1300 Kingsdale Ave, Redondo Beach. (855) 467-2260.

Guided Nature Walk

PV Land Conservancy naturalists will guide you along a trail through the George F Canyon Preserve to discover a unique variety of wildlife in their canyon habitat with amazing views of the LA Basin. 10:30 a.m. Free; RSVP online at Meet on the back patio of the Nature Center and come inside to explore after the hike. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rolling Hills Estates.

Art exhibit

South Bay artist Robert Couturier, known for constructing objects out of packing materials, will exhibit new artwork in a benefit show set for Dec. 4-5, 12:30-5 p.m. The show is in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. There will be a book signing, silent auction, snacks and wine.

The show will be held in the clubhouse at 635 Paseo de la Playa, Redondo Beach. For more information, email

Parade of Lights

Come one, come all to the 24th Annual Parade of Lights! The City of Rolling Hills Estates will host the annual Holiday Parade to help ring in the holiday season. Come and enjoy holiday floats, marching bands, Santa and other community partners making their way along Silver Spur Rd., Roxcove, Deep Valley and Drybank drives. Grand Marshal will be LA Dodger Kenley Jansen. 6 – 9:45 p.m. (Road closures begin at 4 p.m.)



Holiday boutique

Shoppers are invited to a holiday boutique 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach

that will benefit Community’s Child, 1736 Family Crisis Center and Friends of Cabrillo Aquarium. The boutique, presented by Las Candalistas, a philanthropic organization.



Nativity exhibit

The public is invited to the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes to view its 15th annual nativity exhibit, “Mixed Company ~ Visitors to the Creche.” The exhibit is on display Dec. 6-21. Admission is free.

For more information, call at 310-377-4867 ext. 221 or email Sydne at



Live musical theater

“Elf the Musical” is coming to Redondo Union High School. The drama department will present the holiday show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 and 2 p.m on Dec. 12 in the school auditorium. Tickets are $10 presale through a cast or crew member and at the ASB Finance Office and $15 at the door or online. For more information, go to



Nature walk

Walk along the beautiful seaside bluffs of Pelican Cove,

down to the beach and then over boulders to view tide pools. Moderate to strenuous. Led by Palos Verdes Land Conservancy. 9 a.m.  Free; RSVP online at  Park in Pelican Cove Park free parking lot, 31300 Palos Verdes Dr. South. RPV. 

Breakfast with Santa

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes hosts breakfast with Santa. Enjoy Breakfast Boxes, Gingerbread House Decorating, Caroling, a visit from Santa, and more! $20; pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. This is a fundraiser to benefit the City’s REACH program for adults with developmental disabilities. Point Vicente Park / Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard.

The Magic returns!

A family holiday tradition since 1980, the Palos Verdes Ballet is thrilled to resent its 41st anniversary Nutcracker season. Directed by Sae Rom Lee Strickland, this enchanting ballet classic will be performed at the Norris Theatre for one weekend only, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. (Gala) and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $42 for adults, $28 for children. To purchase tickets call 310-544-0403. The theater is located at 27570 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates.



Senior Comedy Afternoons

Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons will present “The Show Must Go On! Holidays Happen” at the Los Verdes Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes. The holiday show features comedians Fritz Coleman, Marty Ross and Karen Rontowski. Doors open at noon for lunch, followed by the show at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $85. For tickets, call 714-914-2565 or go to

Cactus & Succulent meeting

The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society meets at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. John Trager, curator of the desert collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, will present, “Time for Taiwan.” This program will look at some of the botanical and cultural highlights of Trager’s trip to the Xiamen Botanical Garden in Fujian Province, China and his quick visit to Taiwan. For a link to the Zoom meeting, go to the Events page at



Selfies with Santa

Grab a free selfie with Santa at the Promenade of the Peninsula today through Dec. 17, noon to 4 p.m. Masks and appointments required. 550 Deep Valley Dr.



PVE Tree collection

Holiday trees are 100% recyclable! Athens Services collects holiday trees each year, beginning the day after Christmas through the second week of January, on your normal pickup day.  Trees are delivered to various landfills to be used as mulch or cover material, or to Athens’ American Organics compost facility in Victorville. Tips to ensure collection of your Christmas tree: Remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel; Place Christmas trees next to your regular trash containers; Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half; Trees with flocking or fire retardants are acceptable; If you miss the date for recycling, please cut up your tree and place it in your yard waste container(s).



Free Bus Service 

PV Transit will offer free bus service on New Year’s Eve starting at 6 p.m. through 1:30 a.m. on January 1. Reservations (one way or round trip) may be made in advance beginning December 20 by calling, (310) 544-3710 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m through December 31. Same day reservations are also welcome!


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