Look who's coming to town! Tonight Santa joins the community of Newport Beach for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at famous Fashion Island mall. Every year the Southern California open-air shopping center hosts a Christmas Tree Lighting of the tallest Christmas tree in the U.S. It's normally a white fir from northern California's Mt. Shasta, decorated in 17,000 lights and ornaments and weighing in at an enormous 20,000 lbs. However, this year with the recent re-model of the mall, they've downsized to a more modest 65 ft. evergreen.
The slightly less majestic tree will be the center of attention tonight at the tree lighting as crowds in excess of 4,000 gather to welcome Santa to town. His first item of business? The lighting of the tree of course, followed by a performance from the Conservatory of the Arts and other local performers. Come join us as we ring in the holidays at Fashion Island. And after the performance stop by Jonathan Adler for some hot Apple Cider and Ginger Snap cookies. Let the holidays begin!