Holiday Ho! Ho! Ho! Celebrates 61 Years

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter

New location, same community traditions: The 61st annual Holiday Ho! Ho! Ho! will take place this year on Sunday, December 15, from 12 to 4 p.m.

“Kids and adults are looking forward to when Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive by firetruck in Pacific Palisades, kicking off this year’s annual holiday Ho! Ho! Ho! free outdoor community party,” event organizers shared in a post on Instagram.

Last year, the Holiday Hullabaloo event, spearheaded by Lisa Glantz, was organized in less than two weeks after residents learned that the 60-year-old tradition was not returning.

“In 2018, after the Chamber of Commerce decided to stop sponsoring the annual event, Palisades’ residents stepped in and continued the tradition,” shared Lou Kamer, a community organizer, in an email to the Palisadian-Post. “With the help of local organizations, businesses and neighbors, the festival has been re-imagined as a completely non-commercial celebration of our community, kids and connections to one another.”

Glantz will be awarded a Pacific Palisades Community Council Golden Sparkplug Award at its upcoming meeting for her commitment to organizing the event.

“Hats off to Lisa for combining the old and the new in this successful Palisades tradition,” PPCC representatives shared in a statement.

This year, the event has returned to its original name—and found a new location to celebrate: the YMCA Christmas Tree Lot at Simon Meadow.

Festivities will include DIY photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, performances by the Dana Greene Choir, Bluecat Singers and Fancy Feet Dancers, toy drive, Gerry Blanck martial arts demo, face painting, balloon man, cookie decorating, Chanukah menorah lighting, and holiday gift wrapping by local Girl Scouts.

“In the spirit of giving, the Ho Ho Ho also encourages helping those organizations and charities that make a difference in our lives,” Kamer said. “This year, we are so happy to be included alongside the YMCA Simon Meadow Christmas Tree Lot and to drive donations to The Painted Turtle, a free camp for kids with special needs.”

The event, done in partnership with the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, is entirely funded by the community. RSVPs can be made at palitown.com.

Anyone interested in helping either financially or by volunteering can email palihohoho@gmail.com.