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December 3rd, 2014

‘Tis the Season for the 52nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Mark your calendars for some Marina holiday magic because the 52nd annual Holiday Boat Parade is happening on Saturday, December 13. If you’ve never experienced the event before, let us just tell you it’s a spectacular sight that you don’t want to miss. Between the twinkling lights, the music, the fireworks, and the awe-inspiring decorations—this is the definition of a “jolly” good time.

The holiday theme for 2014 is “Happy Birthday, Marina del Rey”—which we’re guessing is a nod to our city’s exciting 50th birthday happening next July. Leon “The Motorman” Kaplan from TalkRadio 700 KABC serves as our Grand Marshal, which should be a hoot with fireworks and the boat parade happening between 5:55 pm and 8 pm.


Date: Saturday, Dec. 13th

Fireworks: 5:55 pm

Parade: 6 pm to 8 pm

Viewing Spots: Fisherman’s Village, aboard Hornblower’s Cruise Ship, any Fisherman’s Village dining spot (Café del Rey, Sapori, El Torito, and more)

After 8 pm, head over to Whiskey Red’s for the official Holiday Boat Parade After Party and enjoy their complimentary dessert station and a DJ spinning the entertainment. If you want a prime spot for the parade, you can also make a reservation at Whiskey Red’s and take advantage of the extravagant Dinner Buffet that lasts between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Saturday. Premium seats on the patio or by a window are $75 per adult and $35 per child (ages 5–12), while inside seats will run you $50 per adult and $25 per child. Pre-paid reservations are a must. Call 310.823.4522 to reserve a table.

Is the Boat Parade part of your holiday tradition? Let us know in the comments section below!



November 25th, 2014

Marina del Rey’s Black Friday Survival Guide


After you’ve gobbled down your Thanksgiving entrée, indulged in many-a-pie slice and then taken the obligatory nap, there’s only one thing left to do to make your Thanksgiving weekend complete—Black Friday Shopping! Every year, 92.1 million people hit the stores the day after Thanksgiving, taking advantage of some of the most insanely good deals of the year. And with Marina del Rey’s prime location near shopping meccas like Santa Monica and Culver City, a whole lot of us are definitely joining in.


November 19th, 2014

Dining Out: 8 Destinations for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just eight days away and for a lot of people out there, the holiday chores have already begun. Making up the guest list, shopping for the gazillion grocery items, planning out the table decorations, clearing your schedule for two days of cooking… there’s a lot to do before November 27th! Unless, of course, you’re the low-maintenance Thanksgiving reveler—that special sect of Holiday dinner fans that make reservations, not dinner. Let’s face it, dining out for Thanksgiving has some advantages—no slaving over the hot stove, no dirty dishes to contend with, no holiday guests lingering into the wee hours and—the biggest advantage of all—amazing, chef-prepared Thanksgiving holiday feasts. And those aforementioned feasts are available all over the Marina del Rey-area at some of our most amazing restaurants (and cruise ships!).


November 18th, 2014

Holiday Travel: Tips & Tricks For The Season


The holiday season is upon us and for many of us that means traveling to be with family. According to Airlines for America, LAX is predicted to be the second busiest airport in the nation during November 21st through December 2nd. So we thought we’d help you get your planning in order and make travel easier with some of our favorite travel tips and gizmos.