It’s the end of the year and
Christmas is fast-approaching...
While Thanksgiving and all its wonderful memories of family, friends and feasting will quickly recede into memory, we all know that Christmas and other seasonal holidays are fast-approaching. One of the nice aspects all Antelope Valley residents enjoy is the fact that, even though the Valley’s communities are always expanding and offer many benefits of big-city living, they are still small enough to provide the wonderful and memorable holiday experiences of “small town America” that we all treasure and hold dear.
For example, Christmas parades, beginning with our neighboring mountain town of Wrightwood’s “Parade of Lights” on Saturday, Nov. 30, followed by those in Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and other local communities traditionally kick off the holiday season in fine fashion. In her story, “Holiday Entertainment—Valley has many festive events,” special sections editor Karen Maeshiro describes a variety of holiday-themed events and where Santa Claus will appear at various venues around town. Staff writer Lisa Wolf, in her story “Local venues packed with holiday entertainment,” describes how dance troupes, orchestras, community theater groups and touring music artists are bringing heaps of holiday cheer and joy to local stages.
Additionally, the city of Lancaster’s signature holiday event, “A Magical BLVD Christmas” on downtown Lancaster Boulevard, will be returning bigger and better than ever. Staff writer Craig Currier, with illustrating photos by photo ops manager Ron Siddle, describes the event, which is scheduled this year for Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. In its fourth year and rapidly becoming a Valley Christmas tradition, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever, according to organizers, and will even include snow!
Staff writer Alisha Semchuck, in her story “Festive Music & fine feast—Madrigal moments at AVC,” with illustrating photographs by Nola Zhang, describes one popular annual holiday occurrence that can be counted on and is extremely entertaining. It’s Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale’s “A Yuletide Madrigal Dinner,” a time of fun and frolic filled with food and drink accompanied by laughter and good cheer. In recent years, singers and orchestra members have staged a Shakespearean-like performance.
Also, for those of you who would like to obtain a great gift or who are searching for wonderful decorating ideas, Maeshiro, in her story “Leona Valley Home Tour Lights up the holidays,” describes the perfect event for you: Leona Valley’s annual Holiday Home Tour and Craft Faire, scheduled this year for Sunday, Dec. 8.
While this December issue of LIFESTYLE is focused on Christmas, there’s much more to see and read in this issue. In addition to a variety of other informative and interesting articles, all of our regular columns are featured, including Horse Tales, Good Kids, Hometown History, Collector’s Corner, Classic Car, Travel, A Taste for Wine, and many more.
We hope you’ll join us for this exciting December issue of LIFESTYLE—it’s a great way to begin your holiday season!