Beach Pier last Sunday night.
The night featured a parade followed by the lighting of the snowflakes
on the pier.
Mayor Pam Julien Houchen sat in a car, waving to the crowd gathered
along both sides of Main Street, wishing everyone a happy holiday.
An even bigger celebrity, Santa Claus, followed in a Huntington Beach
Fire truck to the song "Jingle Bells."
As Santa headed toward the pier, parade watchers quickly scrambled to
Pier Plaza to grab a seat on a bench to get the best view to watch the
snowflakes light up.
The Springer family was fortunate to get one of the front-row benches
to enjoy the snowflakes.
They have been coming to the event for three years.
"It's a nice thing for the kids," said Eric Springer, who was joined
Sunday night by wife Sally, daughters Samantha and Madison, and son
He watched as his children played in the grass near the pier.
"They're running around, going nuts," he said.
Jo Lewis, Sally Springer's mother who volunteers at the youth shelter,
called the night "a great cause."
I just hope the merchants in the area start buying [snowflakes] now,"
The Orange County Song and Dance Company and the Huntington Beach High
School drill team delighted spectators with dance routines and songs
before the countdown to the pier lighting.
The crowd chanted, "Three, two, one . . ." and cheered as the pier
lights were turned off and the snowflakes shone their white lights.
Kelly Blachford saw the snowflakes light up for the first time Sunday
night after living in Huntington Beach for 17 years.
"The lights are beautiful. This is fun," Blachford said.