Peninsula December 2022 Calendar of Events

The Holiday Festival at Torrance Memorial Medical Center is back for a 39th year. Photo credit: Deidre Davidson



Holiday Festival

Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s 39th annual Holiday Festival opened Nov. 29 and continues through Dec. 4 in a 30,000-square-foot white tent located on the hospital’s campus. (Closed to the public on Dec. 2 for a gala.) Enjoy 32 custom-decorated Christmas trees, shopping, entertainment, sweet treats and more. Admission is $5. Free for children ages 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute. On Dec. 3, the Torrance Fire and Police Departments will be collecting unwrapped new toys for the Toys for Tots Drive. Anyone who brings a new toy valued at $5 or more will receive free admission. Festival hours vary. Information:




A Weekend Retreat for People in Recovery — “Changes ~ Facing Life Successfully”

Join others in recovery for a weekend of sharing, fellowship and renewal as we consider the changes that we’ve resisted, the changes that have shaped us, and the changes that continue to challenge us. Dec. 2-4 at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Cost: per person/shared $250; single $350; commuter $160. Information:



Parade of Lights

The city of Rolling Hills Estates will host the 25th annual holiday parade from 6-7:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday floats, marching bands and Santa as they make their way through a brightly lit part of town. The grand marshal is musician David Benoit. The parade travels along Silver Spur Road and Deep Valley Drive through the Promenade on the Peninsula to Norris Center Drive.

Musician David Benoit is the grand marshal of this year’s Parade of Lights in Rolling Hills Estates.

Advent Day of Prayer: Jesus — Through the Eyes of His Mother

Explore the humanity of Jesus as seen through the eyes of his mother in this session scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Be inspired by images of Mary from around the globe, past and present. Reflect on your own relationship with Jesus and the people you love. Join Reverend Judith Lyons and contemplate images, consider scripture, journal your personal reflections and read aloud several poems by Madeleine L’Engle, written as Mary from ages 14-60. Cost: $40. Information:


Archery Tournament

South Bay Archery Lessons will hold its annual Shoot for a Cure charity tournament benefiting the America Cancer Society Dec. 3-4. Registration is $45 per archer. South Bay Archery Lessons is located at 1300 Kingsdale Ave., Redondo Beach. Information: 855-467-2260. 




16th Annual Nativity Exhibit: “Presents and Presence” 

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s annual nativity exhibit opens Dec. 5 and continues through Dec. 21. This year’s theme look at elements of the Christmas Story throughout time and place. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There will be a “Stroll-by” exhibit of select nativities that can be viewed from the center’s breezeway at any hour, Dec. 5-Jan. 6. Free admission. Information:




Holiday Boutique

The South Bay Auxiliary’s annual holiday boutique benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a shopping event featuring specialty curated donations. The auxiliary has been busy collecting jewelry, clothing, handbags, household goods, crystal, china and more. Shop new and gently loved Prada, Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Vince, Lululemon, Athleta, Coach and more. Raffle prizes include a night at the Beach House in Hermosa Beach. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. In addition to shopping, entry includes a delicious lunch served with wine. Tickets are $95 each. The event will take place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Call now to reserve a table. 310-376-3991,




Annual Holiday Concert

2-4 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Pier. The festivities include live holiday music, a charity toy drive, a holiday selfie station and sponsor giveaways. Guests who bring a new unwrapped toy for charity will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. Free admission.


King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade

Boats illuminated for the holidays will take to the harbor in Redondo Beach starting at 5:30 p.m.




Holiday Gathering

South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society will celebrate the holidays with a gathering for members and their guests. The festivities are from 1-3 p.m. in the Frances Young Hall at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, and include an awards presentation. Bring your 2022 “Annual Plant,” Fockea edulis, which you received at the group’s March meeting, for judging. The 2023 plant will be handed out. Information:


Open Air Holiday Boutique

The Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Athletic Boosters will hold the boutique in conjunction with the Palos Verdes Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot at Peninsula High School, 27118 Silver Spur Road. Enjoy food, holiday shopping and live performances.




Senior holiday luncheon

Peninsula Seniors will meet for a holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Original Red Onion Restaurant, 736 Bart Earle Way, Rolling Hills Estates. Reservations a must. 310-377-3003




Breakfast with Santa

Santa will journey from the North Pole for a magical breakfast and photo opportunities in the grand ballroom at Terranea Resort. Enjoy bakery and waffle stations, beverage and food stations, as well as an egg kitchen, kids buffet, festive crafts and pictures with Santa. Seatings: 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. $90 per adult, $30 per child ages 5-12. Free for children ages 4 and under. Information:




New Year’s Eve Monte Carlo Casino Extravaganza 

Count down to 2023 with a dazzling celebration including casino games, an open bar and VIP bottle service available. Enjoy a variety of culinary action stations featuring taqueria and sliders, pasta, gourmet salad, dim sum, lomein, chicken fried  rice and much more. Dessert selections include stout bread pudding, cheesecake, brownie pops, chocolate raspberry torte and churros with dipping sauce. Dance the night away to tunes provided by a DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Adults 21 and over. Information:


New Year’s Eve Mystical Garden Dinner

Set your resolutions for the New Year over a three-course meal that includes amuse-bouche, a seafood tower, a duo of filet mignon and Loch Duart salmon with truffled pomme puree and a vegetarian option including baked pasta with ricotta and parmesan. Specialty kids menu available. Toast to a fabulous year ahead with Champagne and live entertainment. Seatings: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $139 per adult; $95 per child ages 5-12; $40 per child ages 4-11; free for children ages 4 and under. Information: PEN


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