Holiday Block Party at Redondo Shores Plaza Turns an Ordinary Day into an Holiday Extravaganza

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The block party brought families friends and neighbors together to celebrate the holidays in an activity- filled day

Family photos for Christmas

“It’s refreshing to stumble on such a cool event,” says Jake Andersen, new resident of Redondo Beach. “I went to Whole Foods with my boys to pick up a few things and left an hour later with two very happy toddlers!

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In a city where busy lifestyles, commuting and “errand-running” seem to consume the day, Redondo Shores invites locals to slow down to spend quality time with family to celebrate the season with a Holiday Block Party.

The otherwise packed parking lot at Redondo Shores became the platform for the fun-filled event. Family, friends & neighbors all gathered together to share the day in a full-of-activity environment. Santa came all the way from the north pole to visit bringing an array of entertainment ...holiday music, a drum circle, face painting, balloon art, kids yoga, The Redondo Beach Artist Group, prizes and more. Sponsored by Haagen Management Company of El Segundo, this otherwise typical shopping plaza was transformed into a “mini carnival” to thank its customers for their patronage throughout the year.

On the surface, you could see lots of families in line to meet Santa, kids getting their face painted, participating in free yoga classes or families striking a pose by the Christmas tree. But on a deeper level, it was about building new relationships, being involved in community events, and the importance of having kids interact and be active while they play and learn. “FREE” was the word of the day; whether it was free Spinning® passes, GroovyKids Yoga, peppermint milkshakes, wheatgrass shots, free pizza or free photos with Santa…everybody was in a giving mood.

Small businesses like Child’s Play Toys, The European Wax Center, Pure Barre, Lady Lacy Lingerie and Studio Pulse, together with larger businesses like Whole Foods Market, Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, Cop-A-Tan Tanning, Fresh Brothers and more furnished the parking lot with their offerings, prizes and raffles.

“It’s refreshing to stumble on such a cool event,” says Jake Andersen, new resident of Redondo Beach. “I went to Whole Foods with my boys to pick up a few things and left an hour later with two very happy toddlers! Next year I will look out for this and spread the word.”

Redondo Beach is a place where neighbors still introduce themselves and everyone around you makes you feel welcomed, whether you have been living here for years or are new to the area. Redondo Shores Shopping Center is in favor of keeping small beach towns cozy. These events help create intimate atmospheres and encourage the involvement of small family-owned businesses to keep the unique feel of this South Bay neighborhood.

Redondo Shores Shopping Center is home to over 30 unique businesses. Located on North Pacific Coast Highway, the center is convenient, easily accessible from all directions and offers free parking. Whole Foods and Rite Aid, the anchors of the center, draw its share of traffic, but you’ll find it’s the small businesses that give it its charm. It has the right mix to help you accomplish your shopping needs in one day with one stop. Boasting itself as the “Center for Health & Wellness”, you’ll find three boutique fitness studios offering, Spinning® classes at Studio Pulse, Pure Barre and Vital Balance Pilates. Massage, chiropractic care, optometry and dental services….this location is a rare find. From services such as dry cleaning, watch repair and a nail salon to restaurants like, Fresh Brothers, La Salsa and Dickey’s Barbecue, you’ll quickly find a reason to make this shopping plaza your first and last stop for holiday and routine shopping throughout the year.

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