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Fireworks in MdR, MB and Other Weekend Haps

This weekend, go visit Santa Claus, watch a parade of boats, have fun in the snow, check out a Christmas pageant with live animals and be part of the 2012 Manhattan Beach fireworks celebration.

Where and when: , 1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; Saturday, 9 a.m.

Why go: Where else can you spot Frosty made out of sand? Plus, Hermosa's surfing Santa is expected to make an appearance (see accompanying photo.)

Price: Free

Where and when: Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach; Saturday, 12 p.m.

Why go: Sled, ski, or snowboard on  blanketing Pier Avenue.

Price: Free

Where and when: , 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; Saturday 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Why go: Get into the spirit of the season with the classic holiday musical at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse.

Price: $18-$22

Where and when: , 100 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach; Saturday, 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Why go: Listen to the Peninsula's Jazz Orchestra while browsing the shops at the Redondo Beach Pier. Don't forget to say hi to Santa Claus!

Price: Free

Where and when: , 208 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach; Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Why go: It's a "storybook Christmas" in King Harbor. Check out the beautifully decorated boats as they compete for top prizes.

Price: Free

49TH ANNUAL MARINA DEL REY BOAT PARADE

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:55 p.m. sharp

Where: The judges viewing stand and live music will be at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, but you can also choose to view the parade from one of the many restaurants at Fisherman's Village or anywhere along the channel.

Why: It's a huge event. A fireworks display kicks the whole thing off. Take advantage of what Marina del Rey has to offer and mingle with neighbors and hundreds of others who come from miles around to attend. This year's theme is "Christmas Carnavale" and boats compete to win in this annual holiday event.

Price: Free

Where and when: , 1243 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach; Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Why go: Experience a trip back in time to a night that changed the world with a cast of more than 200 costumed actors, dozens of live animals and hundreds of hands-on experiences.

Price: Free

Where and when: , 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach; Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Why go: The School of Dance and Music Ballet Company presents How the Grinch Stole the Nutcracker at the Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit the organization's website.

Price: $20

Where and when: Ocean Drive and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Why go: Sit back, relax and enjoy Manhattan Beach's annual fireworks show.

Price: Free

Where and when: , 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach; Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

Why go: Celebrate the Jewish holiday early. Reservations required.

Price: Free

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