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Planning for this Year’s 31st Annual Holiday In The Park Could Use Your Help

The most anticipated Burbank event, Holiday in the Park, is just a few weeks away on Friday, November 22nd. The Holiday in the Park committee has been meeting since July to bring Magnolia Park’s event back from another year and raising funds through the use of t-shirt fundraisers, dinner fundraisers, and their go fund me page which you can donate to here: www.gofundme.com/magnoliapark 

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This will be the 31st annual Holiday in the Park for the district and will take place from 5-9 pm on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  Holiday in the Park stretches down Magnolia Blvd from Hollywood Way to Florence St with an estimation of 35,000 people in attendance this year.  The street will be closed as the previous years, creating an open and safe environment for kids and families. 

Here’s what to find this year at Holiday in the Park:

 

-Santa & Mrs. Claus

-Snow play area 

-Art show

-26 Food trucks

-Dance performances

-Live music

-Classic car show

-Emergency vehicles on display

-Over 50 exhibitors

-Face painting, henna, balloons

-Character & Princess Photo Ops/Photo Booths

-Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses, crafts, bubbles and more

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The neighborhoods surrounding Magnolia Park should expect plenty of cars parking in front of their houses and traffic on the east/west corridors to be packed with vehicles.  Guests of the event are encouraged to walk, bike or rideshare to the event to eliminate parking congestion.

As a reminder, Magnolia Blvd. will be closed down from 2 pm to close to 11 pm so please use alternate routes.  

The committee is still booking exhibitors and this year any Burbank business can join! Whether you have a storefront, online business, at home business, non-profit or community organization, Holiday in the Park has a space for you! To register to visit www.holidayintheparkburbank.com

Holiday In The Park Draws Record Crowds

Magnolia Park’s annual Holiday in the Park event drew record numbers of people to the eclectic Burbank shopping district on Friday evening, November 17. Approximately 22,000 people attended the event showcasing local music, arts and crafts, services and shops.

“On behalf of the Holiday in the Park committee, we are overjoyed and overwhelmed by the amount of love and support the community has shown us by attending the event,” commented committee member Ashley Erikson.

“Everyone involved from the the entertainment, to the stores, to the exhibitors that filled the streets, to every single attendee, did a phenomenal job creating such a fun and interactive event that people of all ages could enjoy.”

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A cappella vocal groups from John Burroughs High School and David Star Jordan Middle School performed at the event, along with cheer teams from Jordan and Luther Burbank Middle Schools. Live DJs, along with small acoustic and electric bands and ensembles livened up the scene along the nine block stretch.

Two performance stages at Bank of America and Worship Walk Church showcased musical and gymnastics groups.

Santa and Mrs. Claus posed for photos with children and families at the UMe Credit Union and free candy apples were handed out to those in line.

A snow play area, a bubble party, face painting and games entertained visitors. Vehicles from SRT and Burbank Fire and Police departments, along with classic cars, were parked throughout the event.

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“For the committee, putting Holiday in the Park together is an act of love- not just for Magnolia Park but for the entire Burbank community, and we hope we conveyed that in our efforts.”

Erikson noted Burbank officials estimated the number of attendees for the 2017 event at 22,000 – which was 7,000 more than the estimated attendance at the 2016 Holiday in the Park.

“The committee is already hard at work analyzing the event and what we can do better for next year, seeing as 2018 will be the event’s 30th anniversary,” added Erikson.

Holiday in the Park is funded through donations from individuals, businesses and stores in the Magnolia Park area.

The Holiday in the Park committee is accepting donations online to help fund the 2018 Holiday in the Park here. Closing down Magnolia Boulevard is costly for the committee, but much safer than trying to contain the event to the sidewalks of Magnolia Boulevard.

More information on the Holiday in the Park event can be found on their website.

Holiday In The Park Plans For Bigger Better Event November 17th

Save the date Holiday in the Park just a week and a half away.

Holiday in the Park 2017 plans have been getting worked on by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association who is hard at work to bring the biggest community event in Burbank to life.

The event which is always planned on Friday before Thanksgiving will land on Friday, November 17th from 5-9pm.  Holiday in the Park stretches down Magnolia Blvd from Hollywood Way to Florence St with an estimation of 20,000 people in attendance this year.  The street will be closed as the previous year’s event, creating an open and safe environment for kids and families. 

You’ll be able to find all of your favorite things from last year including live music and dance shows, character photo ops, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as Food Trucks, community booths, a kid zone, classic car show and more.

The neighborhoods surrounding Magnolia Park should expect plenty of cars parking in front of their houses and traffic on the east/west corridors to be packed with vehicles. 

As a reminder, Magnolia Blvd. will be closed down from 2 pm to close to 11 pm so please use alternate routes.  

For more information you can Follow Magnolia Park on Facebook here:
www.facebook.com/ MagnoliaParkBurbank/  or visit www.holidayintheparkburbank. com for more updates

Holiday in the Park This Friday Night

Join Magnolia Park in kicking off the holiday season with their annual Holiday in the Park event.  It’s the biggest event in Burbank each year and is a way that the community and merchants come together for a night of festive fun for the whole family.

The Magnolia Park Merchants Association which consists of around 80 Magnolia Park stores, restaurants and service shops bands together each year to keep the Holiday in the Park tradition alive.  Stores stay open late offering hot chocolate, candy canes, and other fun activities and entertainment.

Parking lots along the boulevard are blocked off and filled with different attractions.  The UMe Credit Union parking lot will have 5 tons of snow blowed in, free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus and kids obstacle course.

The Blast from the Past parking lot will feature photo opportunities with the Grinch, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and many more.  Bank of America which is deemed the community lot for the night will hold table booths from local organizations including the Burbank Police, Fire Corps, Stough Canyon Nature Center, Burbank Library, Burbank Boys and Girls Club, Burbank Relay for Life, and Luther Cheer.

Food trucks can be found at the Chase Bank parking lot, a classic car show will be held at Rite Aid and the Worship Walk patio will host a stage featuring performances, classes and demos from Garri Dance Studio and other local fitness businesses.

Carolers, live bands, DJs and school quartets and choirs will be placed sporadically along the boulevard bringing the festive sound of the holidays to Magnolia Park.  Henna artists, face painters, balloon twisters, book signings, holiday boutiques, ornament painting, and live window models are just a few more of the exciting things that will be taking place from 5-9pm this Friday.

The Magnolia Park table which will be located at the Blast from the Past lot will be giving away 300 tote bags to families attending the event, each filled with goodies and coupons from local Magnolia Park merchants and at 7pm Vice Mayor Talamantes along with Magnolia Park Merchants Association President and Founder, Ashley Erikson, will be awarding the three winners of the Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest.

The event is also a way that Magnolia Park gives back to the community.  Participating stores will be collecting canned/dry food and unopened toys for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center to help needy families over the holidays.

The association also encourages visitors that live in the area to bike to the event rather than drive.  This will not only help the environment but help with parking congestion.  Walk Bike Burbank will be providing free bike valet at the UMe Credit Union parking lot.

For a more detailed list of participating merchants, parking lot activities, and entertainment, visit their website at www.holidayintheparkburbank.com

Magnolia Park Holiday In The Park Posts Huge Attendance

Much of Burbank turned out for the annual Magnolia Park Holiday In The Park event Friday evening, November 21. From Santa Claus and the Mayor of Burbank to Queen Elsa, a magic show, princesses, a swing band and wild animals, fun for all ages was had at Magnolia Park’s biggest party of the year.

“It felt like all of Burbank was out celebrating with us,” commented Magnolia Park Merchants’ Association President Ashley Erikson. “We are so overwhelming grateful for all of the people who came out for Holiday In The Park and for every volunteer and organization that came out and contributed their talents to making it such a fun night.”

Five tons of snow provided family-friendly fun for all ages. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Five tons of snow provided family-friendly fun for all ages. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One of the most popular attractions were the rescued wild animals from Wildlife Learning Center. Located outside Encore Nouveau, the animals, including a porcupine, a screech owl, a squirrel monkey and a snake, among others, were favorites. Kids and adults alike enjoyed petting and touching the animals.

Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon with a Christmas Elf, Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon with a Christmas Elf, Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Santa, Mrs. Claus and a Christmas Elf posed for pictures with people at the UMe Credit Union and Disney princesses dressed for winter smiled for the photo ops at PinUp Girl Boutique. Frozen‘s Queen Elsa took pictures with families and children at the Snow Lot.

The Snow Lot was a major draw as well, with five tons of fresh snow, hauled in to the newly opened parking lot at 3911 W. Magnolia Boulevard.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bell Cottage won first place in the annual holiday decorating contest held among stores, with Encore Nouveau placing second.

Music, dance, sweet treats and lots of festive spirit were on display at Holiday In The Park. A large amount of non-perishable food was donated by attendees for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The lighted holiday ivy and wreath decorations, also known as swags, were hung across Magnolia Boulevard for several blocks east and west of Hollywood Way and helped amp up the holiday spirit in the area.

“We are excited to get started for next year and plan new things,” Erikson also said. “Next year, we will be raising money to bring back the swags again and we think having them back really brought the holidays to Magnolia Park.”

In the coming year, Magnolia Park Merchants’ Association also plans to hold more events leading up to the annual grand bash, Holiday In The Park. More information can be found on the district’s website here.

 

Magnolia Park Brings In Snow And Santa For Holiday In The Park

Magnolia Park elves are checking their lists twice as the merchants of Burbank’s eclectic shopping district prepare for their annual Holiday In The Park event Friday, November 21. The holiday ivy and wreaths have been hung over Magnolia Boulevard for several blocks east and west of Hollywood Way, adding a festive air.

New this year will be five tons of snow for kid-friendly play, located in the recently opened parking lot at 3911 W. Magnolia Boulevard, between Kenwood and Maple Streets.

Many of the regular Holiday In The Park participants from recent years will be in attendance, including Santa at the UMe Credit Union, Krampus the holiday devil at Dark Delicacies and Tim Conway Jr. with his mobile talk radio show broadcasting from the Bank Of America parking lot.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Holiday in the Park also features live music, entertainment, workshops and demonstrations and additional photo opportunities, including Queen Elsa at the Snow Lot, a superhero at Blast From The Past and animals from the Wildlife Learning Center at Encore Nouveau.

Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon will announce the winner of the annual decorating contest Friday evening.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

In addition to the festivities, a hand-painted ornament from each member of the Magnolia Park Merchant’s Association go to the highest bidder during the evening’s silent auction.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Magnolia Park United Methodist Church will also hold their Holiday Boutique from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.

All visitors attending the Holiday In The Park celebration are urged to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Collection bins will be located at several stores and spots throughout the several blocks-long event.

Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy judges Playtime Clothes one of this years entries into the  Magnolia Park's Holiday In The Park decorating contest. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy judges Playtime Clothes one of the entries into the Magnolia Park’s 2014 Holiday In The Park decorating contest. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Donations will be delivered to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. A list of suggested items can be found here.

Holiday In The Park runs from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. along Magnolia Boulevard in the heart of Magnolia Park. The streets will not be closed for this event, so attendees are encouraged to be cautious when crossing the street.

 

Magnolia Park Draws Large Crowds for Holiday in the Park

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Sounds of Christmas Carols, jazz, blues, and folk singers delighted hundreds of residents and visitors in the Magnolia Park District of Burbank on Friday evening.  For more than 25 years Holiday in the Park, an annual event in Magnolia Park, has brought together area merchants, Burbank city services, and entertainers for a giant block party with the objective of simply having fun.

In addition to promoting the district as a great place to shop and dine, local merchants also collected toys and food donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC). 

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Nicola B., drummer from a girl’s band named No Small Children which entertained on Magnolia Blvd near N. California St., noted “we do our shopping for professional clothing in Magnolia Park.  This is a great way to contribute to the neighborhood.”  No Small Children members are all elementary school teachers from North Hollywood, but Nicola B. admits their “passion is really music.”

 

Photo By John Savageau

Photo By John Savageau

Despite the cooler than average temperatures, and an occasional drizzle of rain, crowds grew throughout the evening.  Even the cold and light rain couldn’t deter sidewalk ballroom dancing, men walking around on stilts, or a small gathering of classic cars in the Ume Bank’s parking lot.

Diane, who recently relocated to Burbank from Michigan, was really happy to see the sense of community in Burbank.  “This is a lot of fun.  Lots of people crowding the streets, socializing, kids running all over the place – everybody just having fun.  Not too much of this in Detroit!”

Sgt. Darin Ryburn showed off Burbank Police Department’s new patrol cars, in addition to promoting Safety Tips for Shoppers during the holidays and the Burbank Fire Department thrilled children with tours of a fire engines and truck company.  Kids appeared to have the most fun, as the area was transformed into a kaleidoscope of new sights and senses.

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Encore Nouveau was selected  as the festival’s “Best Decorated Business.”    According to Susan Cade, owner of Encore Nouveau, “One of our top priorities at Encore Nouveau is to have fun, which we took full advantage of during this decorating challenge.  The spirit of camaraderie and community in Magnolia Park make having a store in this area a true blessing!”

Additional entertainment included the Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere, Red Head Darling, the Hep Kittens, and lots of others.  Happy Holidays!

Lisa Paredes and Staff Photographer Ross A. Benson contributed to this story

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Photo By Lisa Paredes

 

Holiday in the Park Storefront Winner Announced

One of the largest community events of the year, Holiday in the Park, was held Friday evening, November 22, on the streets of Magnolia Park along Magnolia Blvd. between N. Kenwood St. and N. Florence St. and north and south of the intersection at Hollywood Way. Check out the full listing of special events and treats at the Holiday in the Park website.

Tim Conway Jr., who we like to call “the Mayor of Magnolia Park,” was on hand at the UMe Credit Union parking lot broadcasting his show live on KFI AM 640 during the 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. event.  MyBurbank was also next to the UMe parking lot to thank our many readers and gave away screening tickets to the upcoming Dr. Who 50th Anniversary show as well as the new movie Lone Survivor and passes to Circus Vargas, which comes to town in just a couple of days.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Encore Nouveau was the winner of the Best Decorated Store in Magnolia Park as selected by the judging committee of City Manager Mark Scott, Councilman Bob Frutos, Police Chief Scott LaChasse and KFI Radio Host Tim Conway Jr.

“The ladies of Encore Nouveau are so excited to win the ‘Best Decorated Business’ award!” commented Susan Cade, owner of Encore Nouveau. “The original inspiration for the windows was designed by our fabulous Rita Villar Ing – she works at both Encore Nouveau and 1928 Jewelry. Emma Cade and Christopher Seip (my relations) helped turn Rita’s inspiration into reality with the assistance of the lovely ladies of Encore Nouveau.”

“One of our top priorities at Encore Nouveau is to have fun, which we took full advantage of during this decorating challenge. We would also like to thank the judges and all the other stores who participated in the contest,” continued Ms. Cade. “The spirit of camaraderie and community in Magnolia Park make having a store in this area a true blessing!”

The theme of this year’s gathering was “The Gift of Giving” with participating stores being asked to put out two boxes – one for food and one for toys – during the event to collect donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.  Donations will be presented to needy families in Burbank over the holidays.

Holiday In The Park Preps For Big Annual Bash

Magnolia Park merchants have been decorating storefronts and checking their lists twice, preparing for the annual Holiday in the Park event to be held on Friday, November 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Storefronts at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard, stretching for several blocks in all four directions will be making merry with a host of special guests, events and entertainment.

Each store participating in the Friday evening festivities will be collecting non-perishable food and new toy donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s annual Holiday Baskets program. Everyone attending Holiday in the Park is encouraged to bring at least one item to donate for the BTAC food and toy drive.

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Magicians, face painting, photo ops and seasonal activities will fill the sidewalks and stores. Book signings and special artists will hold court throughout the evening at Dark Delicacies, 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd. Several live bands and musicians will entertain inside shops and along the street, including the Hep Kittens and Jess Delgado. Vintage home Christmas movies will be projected on the side wall of Mindfulnest, at 3319 W. Magnolia Blvd.

KFI Radio Host and Burbank resident Tim Conway, Jr. comments, “My brothers and sister and I spent every summer of our childhood in Chagrin Falls, a small village East of Cleveland Ohio. The people there were very committed to family and friends plus they all watched out for each others kids. In many ways Burbank is exactly like a small mid-western town but with great weather. If you have kids and you want to live in the San Fernando Valley, Burbank is the only place that makes sense. I’m 50 and I was born and raised in the Valley; I know what I’m talking about.”

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“Mayor of Magnolia Park” Tim Conway Jr. and his KFI News Reporter Aron Bender. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Chagrin Falls has a celebration every Spring called Blossom Time and Burbank’s Holiday in the Park reminds me of the great nights I had with my grandparents,” continues Mr. Conway. “We’ll be doing a live remote on KFI AM 640, 7-10 p.m. on November 22 from a yet to be disclosed location in Magnolia Park so I hope everyone will stop by to say hello.”

At the UMe Credit Union, located at 3000 W. Magnolia between Fairview Ave. and Niagara Ave., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking free photos with merry-makers, and caramel apples can be found. A vintage car show will also be held at the UMe Credit Union, with winners announced at 8:00 p.m.

Jordan Middle School’s Vocal Music Association, directed by Christine DeMore, will be represented  by the Madrigals and Vocal Ensemble groups; they will sing Holiday carols starting out at Bell Cottage at 3816 W. Magnolia Blvd. at 6:00 p.m. and walk along Magnolia Blvd. and Hollywood Way caroling, and stop by Sheridan Gardens at 817 N. Hollywood Way at 6:30 p.m. The carolers will stroll throughout Holiday in the Park, entertaining shoppers into the evening.

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Magnolia Park merchants meet weekly; at one meeting, Burbank City Councilman Bob Frutos and new City Manager Mark Scott listen to plans and offer suggestions. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A core group of merchants and business managers in the Magnolia Park district meet regularly to plan the monthly events that have drawn neighbors and visitors alike to the trendy and eclectic shopping area, known for its great gifts, clothes and food. This year’s Holiday in the Park party is proving to be bigger and better than previous years and has brought even more neighborhood shopkeepers out to celebrate and join in the festivities.

Active members of the Holiday in the Park planning group include Ashley Erikson (Magnolia Park public relations and event coordinator), Kerry Krull and Kevin Stolpe (Romancing the Bean), Jenny Dehl (Peggy Wood’s Pet Emporium), Bryce DeVincenzi (Burbank real estate agent) and Theresa and David Hannah (Bell Cottage.) Additional shop owners who have been helping plan this year’s event include Rita (1928 Jewelry), Sue and Del Howison (Dark Delicacies), Susan Cade (Encore Nouveau), Amanda Vernon (Mindfulnest), Connie Towns and Bruce Burr (Towns Burr Gallery),Ross Benson (myburbank.com) and Anita Hutchinson (UMe Credit Union.)

A listing of the evening’s events and guests can be found at the Holiday in the Park website. Check back after November 18 with myBurbank.com and our new Magnolia Park page for the most up-to-date event info.

Various treats, both complimentary and for sale, will be offered along the whole site. Special sales and free gifts can be found as well. Public bathrooms will be available at  Worship Walk Church (3310 W Magnolia Blvd.) and Romancing the Bean Cafe (3413 W Magnolia Blvd.) Holiday in the Park is a free event and the perfect place to find unique and creative Holiday gifts while enjoying a fun night out for all ages.

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