2020 Holiday Events

With COVID-19 still spreading widely in the community, our holiday events will look different this year than in the past in order to keep everyone safe, but we still have a great calendar of events that will be fun for the whole family! Check out all of our events below so you can learn how to join, and make sure to follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram @OfficialCityofArtesia to stay updated throughout the holidays! 

2020 Holiday Tree Lighting

On Friday, November 20th, the Artesia City Council shared the 2020 Holiday Tree Lighting virtually with the community. Check out the video below to get in the holiday spirit! 

Project Joy - Deadline extended to December 9th

Each year, the City collects and helps distribute holiday meals and toys to qualifying Artesia families during the holidays to make sure all Artesians have the opportunity to celebrate the season. Project Joy continues this year, with safety precautions in place. Families who would like to apply for a food basket and toy (for children under 12) need to apply by December 9th by calling 562-860-3361 and leaving a detailed message or emailing recreation@cityofartesia.us.  The distribution will take place from 4PM-7PM on December 17th. See flyer below; application form available here. 

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There are many opportunities for community members to support Project Joy and get involved. The City is accepting donations of pantry items, canned goods, unwrapped toys, and more. To get involved, view the below flyer and for more information call 562-860-3361 or email recreation@cityofartesia.us 

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Holiday Home and Business Decorating Contest

The City is excited to welcome both residents and businesses to this year's Holiday Home Decorating Contest! To enter, decorate the outside of your home or business, take a high-quality photo and fill out the application form (CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION), and submit it by 10 AM on December 16th for consideration. Email applications and photos to recreation@cityofartesia.us with the subject line: Holiday Decorating Contest. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application and photo within one business day. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your application and photo, please call us at (562) 860-3361 no later than 8 am on 12/16/20 to ensure that your application and photo have been received. Learn more and download the application HERE.

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Home for the Holidays Senior Stocking Giveaway

To help spread holiday cheer while we are staying safer at home throughout the holidays, the City of Artesia is offering holiday gift stockings filled with treats to Artesia seniors! You can register for a stocking by calling 562-860-3361 or emailing recreation@cityofartesia.us by December 11th. Stockings will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and the program is open to Artesia residents aged 60 and over.
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Jingle Bell Express

On Saturday, December 12th, come outside your home to watch the JINGLE BELL EXPRESS! Beginning at 11AM, Santa will be driving throughout the City of Artesia bringing holiday cheer all across Artesia. Santa's route will be shared on the website and social media closer to the event. If you come outside your home to watch the Jingle Bell Express, make sure you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

You can follow Santa Live on our Santa Tracker at the following link: Live Santa Tracker 
You can view the mapped out route at: Santa Mapped Route 

 For more information, call
 562-860-3361 or email recreation@cityofartesia.us. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more details!

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Letters to Santa

Write a letter to Santa, drop it in one of our mailboxes, and get a response from Santa! Children who drop a letter into one of the boxes located at Artesia Park or AJ Padelford Park by 4PM on December 17th will receive a return letter from Santa as long as a return address is included in the letter. For more information, call 562-860-3361 or email recreation@cityofartesia.us.

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Winter Wonderland

Join us on Friday, December 18th from 6-8PM for our Drive-Thru Winter Wonderland! Come in your car with other members of your household to Artesia Park to enjoy our holiday lights, festive decorations, and even a chance to catch a glimpse of Santa from your car! Entrance to the drive-thru event will be on Clarkdale Ave., just south of 187th St. Event is drive-thru only. No walk-ins are allowed and masks are required. For more information, call 562-860-3361 or email recreation@cityofartesia.us.

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Snap & Share Tree Decorating Contest

Join the Snap & Share Virtual Tree Decorating Contest for a chance to win a prize! To enter, take a picture of your decorated tree and post it on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #officialcityofartesia. Decorating and photo must be the original work of the entrant. Enter by 11PM on December 25th! Winners will be contacted and announced on social media the following week.

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Snap & Share Holiday Cookie Decorating Contest

Join the Snap & Share Virtual Holiday Cookie Decorating Contest for a chance to win a prize! To enter, take a picture of your decorated cookie and post it on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #officialcityofartesia. Decorating and photo must be the original work of the entrant. Enter by 11PM on December 25th! Winners will be contacted and announced on social media the following week.

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