HO!HO!HO! Features Santa and Free Food

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There were be lots of entertainment at the annual HO!HO!HO!
Photo: Lou Kamer

HO!HO!HO! which will take place on Saturday, December 9, at Simon Meadow, will feature Santa, Mrs. Claus and the reingoats.

But that’s not all. There’s entertainment that starts at 1 p.m. with the Fancy Feet Dancers and ends at 3:30 with Gerry Blanck’s students giving a martial arts demonstration.

What about food?

One resident wrote on Nextdoor that he had participated in the Palisades Village Holiday Stroll and saw meatballs in a stainless-steel pan and thought they were samples. He wrote, “I was thrilled. ‘Tiny meatball samples,’ I thought to myself… ‘What a nice touch!’ ‘I’ll take a meatball!’

“’You can buy the tickets there,’ replied the chef. Tickets. That’s fine. Then in slow motion, “thatttlll beeee niiiiiiiinnnneeee dollllarrrrs.’

“Let me just say, I’ve been very fortunate professionally. I’m not cheap. I’m probably part of what Caruso had in mind when he opened. Spendy, local middle-aged folk. Spendy isn’t a word, but it should be. Let’s make it a word. In my most Larry David moment, I said, “oh that’s nice.” And walked on.

“I missed the delicious morsels. Nine dollars for micro meatballs on a holiday stroll was my limit. I can spend tens of thousands of dollars on stuff… but I’ve finally figured out where I draw the line. I’m not even sure why it’s $9 meatballs that did it.”

After hearing that Palisadian’s tale, the community jumped into action for the Holiday HO!HO!HO!

The acclaimed Italian restaurant Cinque Terre offered to make meatballs for the Saturday event. There will be 400 tasty morsels and they are free.

Head Elf Lou Kamer said, “We are collecting donations for the Y food program, and people are offering to help pay for other costs of this event, too.”

Garden Café is donating hot chocolate and Starbucks has donated coffee. Gelson’s grocery store donated silverware and plates and Ralphs also participated.

For pizza lovers, Flour pizza, which has some of the best “New York” pizza in Los Angeles is donating, too.

Kamer said, “We will eat well.”

Santa will arrive via Station 69 Fire Truck and people will not have to pay for photos with the jolly old man. People will not have to pay for the entertainment and the food . . .its free. Come join the fun between 1 and 4 p.m. at Simon Meadow, located at Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard.

Stay updated on all North Pole happenings by following @palihohoho on Instagram.

Santa will arrive at Simon Meadow on Saturday via Station 69 Firetruck.
Photo: Rosalie Huntington

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3 Responses to HO!HO!HO! Features Santa and Free Food

  1. M says:

    These Volunteers have taken an original FREE Chamber of Commerce event (68+yrs.) and embellished on it to continue to make it a very IMPORTANT, FUN and HAPPY community event.
    The merchants and organizations who sponsor and participate, each year, should be proud of themselves for keeping HOLIDAY, HO! HO! HO! alive and growing. At least 4 generations have attended the ‘Santa’ event and now, because of a community who believes in what ‘community’ means, this event will survive for many years to come.
    Thanks to everyone for making this possible…..

  2. B says:

    For those older folks who once easily could stroll through the village, Simon Meadows is not easily accessible. Any mobility issues eliminates participation!
    Fewer Grandmas and Grandpas will be at the HoHoHo!

  3. Sue says:

    Take a new look at what they’ve done with Simon Meadow–they’ve worked hard to make it accessible. Maybe you haven’t been there in awhile? There is even have a gentle walking trail that was added to help Grandma and grandpas keep their mobility.
    Too bad you’ll miss out the great glass sale, which is going to be held the next day.

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