By Elizabeth Bailey
On Saturday, December 10, Bolsa Chica State Beach hosted the annual event Christmas at the Beach. Every year, Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Association donates their time and money to help Bolsa Chica State Beach throw this free holiday bash for the public. Starting at 4 pm, there were a variety of fun filled activities for the whole family in the Visitor Center. Bolsa Chica State Beach staff helped dozens of children decorate Christmas tree ornaments for their home and put finishing touches on youngster's Santa masks to wear around the event. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica had a great time showing off a modified version of their FLOW program and egging kids on with Plankton Races. Once the sun set and it was dark enough at 5:30 pm, the movie, Elf, was projected onto the side of the Lifeguard Headquarters building for participants to grab some popcorn and hot cocoa from inside, wrap up in a blanket, and enjoy a movie under the stars with their family and friends. Yet, the biggest draw of this whole event is a chance to meet Santa during his busy holiday season. As soon as the event starts, families line up on the sand waiting for Santa to arrive so they may take pictures with him on his water sleigh. Santa is driven out to the sand by his lifeguard "elves" and as soon as children see him (and a few adults too), their faces light up with excitement. With the ocean and a beautiful sunset behind Santa, it's the epitome of a California Christmas. If you haven't had a chance to make it before, Bolsa Chica State Beach would love to see you at Christmas at the Beach next year!