Santa will be at the Third Annual Santa’s Village and Festival of Trees at Visitation School, 8740 Emerson Ave., Westchester, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd.

Santa is scheduled to make his arrival by fire engine at 10:15 a.m.

Mrs. Claus and the Clausettes will precede Santa by 15 minutes.

Photos with Santa will be available on stage in O’Sullivan Hall, and there will also be train rides on the North Pole Express for $1 for children and $2 for adults.

The event will also include Village Shoppes, a holiday boutique, food court and more than 30 craftspeople selling their homemade arts and crafts.

The Village Shoppes will include a variety of local organizations from the Westchester Family YMCA, the Cowan Nature Center, the Westchester Lariats and local Boy Scouts, selling such traditional Christmas fare as nachos, chili, bratwurst, and clam chowder.

Highlights for children will include face painting, holiday arts and crafts, a “movie theater,” letters to Santa and a tree coloring contest.

There will also be a silent auction of items, including sports memorabilia and collectibles.

Guests are invited to participate in Santa’s Sharing and Caring for Christmas for St. Margaret’s Center and bring a new or slightly used toy worth $10 to $15 or a grocery gift certificate to benefit the center and the Rose Vista/Westside Pregnancy Counseling Center.

There will also be a 20-foot Ribbon Prayer Tree to support Airport Marina Counseling Center, donated by the Robin Zacha family, and tons of entertainment.

Information, (310) 994-9904.

HOLIDAY PARADE — When Santa recovers from what is sure to be a busy day at Visitation School, he will join 3,000 to 5,000 people who are expected to line the sidewalks of Manchester Avenue between Loyola Boulevard and Emerson Avenue for the Seventh Annual Community Holiday Parade.

This year’s parade, themed “Celebrating Children of the Community,” combines last year’s favorites with a variety of new surprises.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., Sunday December 11th, and should last about an hour.

This year’s grand marshal is Carlos Jaen, a longtime resident of the community and decorated law enforcement officer.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will feature senior lead officers Tom Wicks and Tony Ramos, senior lead officer Heidi Llanes and the LAPD sleigh.

The sleigh will be in position, ready to be filled with holiday gifts to distribute to the less fortunate in our area.

Los Angeles City Fire Department Station No. 5 will carry Santa Claus as he makes his second appearance in Westchester.

There will be soldiers, scouts, explorers, cool classic cars, school floats and marching bands, dancers, clowns, and much more.

Eddie Eagle is making a debut appearance in Westchester this year along with the Great White Pyrenees — everyone’s favorite big white dogs.

There are about 30 parade entrants each year, with roughly 1,500 participants.

This year’s parade promises to be a great celebration of community, so grab a chair, set it up along Manchester Avenue with your family, neighbors and friends and enjoy a great parade.

To help fill Santa’s Sleigh, participants are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to the start of the parade and to leave the toy in one of the designated holiday toy boxes along the parade route.

SANTA TOUR — If that’s not enough, Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves will be making another visit to Westchester Wednesday, December 14th, with the help of the Los Angeles City Fire and Police Departments.

Santa will make his way through the streets of residential Westchester, riding on his special LAPD sleigh, waving to children, handing out candy canes and posing for photographs.

Santa will make one stop mid-block on each street, so gather your friends and neighbors for this great annual event, presented by the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., Santa will visit the following streets in Kentwood between Emerson and Alverstone Avenues: 83rd Street, 84th Street, 84th Place, 85th Street and 85th Place.

Then, at about 6:30 p.m., Santa will visit the following streets in Loyola Village between Rayford and Stanmoor Drives: 87th Street, 87th Place, 88th Street, 88th Place, 89th Street, 90th Street and 91st Street.

SANTA’S EARLIER VISIT —Santa was at Howard Hughes Center Tuesday, November 22nd, where he and his band of elves joined Arden Realty and the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce in a tree-lighting ceremony to illuminate a majestic 30-foot Rocky Mountain pine tree at the center court of the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center.

The tree, in the center courtyard for the holiday season, is adorned with hundreds of lights and decorated with gold, red, purple and green molded holiday stars.

Flipping the switch was Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Chamber honorary mayor Barbara Yamamoto.

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