Kick off the Holiday Season and take advantage of Local Holiday Discounts

Avalon, Catalina Island

The 25th Annual Shop Catalina Night is Saturday, December 1st, from 5pm to 9pm.  It’s a merry way to get into the holiday spirit, enter to win prizes, enjoy yuletide entertainment including strolling carolers, and have a fun money-saving evening of holiday shopping while supporting the community.

Shop Catalina kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony on Wrigley Stage on Avalon’s waterfront.  Shoppers are invited to gather as Santa and his “helpers” arrive by Fire Truck.  The community tree lighting will start at 5pm.  Be sure to pick up a Treasure Card and hit the stores!  Adding to the festivities, many participating stores will be offering holiday treats. Shoppers are also invited to get their children’s photo taken with Santa.  Bring two cans of food and your camera to Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret (230 Crescent Ave.)

Avalon retailers are planning some terrific discounts and all shoppers will be able to enter to win prizes.  On Shop Catalina Night, each store will have a drawing to give away an in-store gift or gift certificate.  Get your Treasure Card stamped at each of the participating merchants and enter to win reservations for two to the 2018 New Year’s Eve Gala.

Shoppers will also receive one Shop Catalina Discount Card valid through Christmas Eve at any of the 18 participating retailers.  The discount card can be picked up during Shop Catalina night at any participating stores and will be good for 10-30% off all purchases made at any participating merchant between December 1st and December 24th.  Some merchants are offering a larger discount on Shop Catalina Night only.  No purchase is necessary to receive the Shop Catalina Discount Card or to enter the in-store drawing, but you must be 16 years or older.

Be sure to join us for this exciting event on Saturday night, December 1st and take advantage of many exciting offers and prizes from these stores!

List of Participating Shop Catalina Merchants:

A Touch of Heaven Day Spa

Avalon General Store

Buoys & Gulls
Catalina Art Association Gallery

Catalina Divers Supply

CC Beau Deli
Del Sol Catalina
Island Spa Catalina

Island Toy Store Plus More

Latitude 33
Leo’s Catalina Drugstore
Lloyd’s of Avalon
Shades of Catalina
The Steamer Trunk
Two’s Company


For Restaurants’ and Business’ Holiday Hours, please contact the Catalina Island Visitors Center at 310-510-1520 or go online at

11/28 – 12/18   Santa’s Mail Box in the Shops at the Atwater (Post Office Arcade).  Any child wishing to write Santa will receive a reply if they include their return address. City of Avalon Recreation Dept.  310-510-1987

12/8   First Saturday Holiday Season Celebration. You are invited to the Avalon Casino Theatre for the rare opportunity to experience A Christmas Story on the big screen. 4pm-7pm (movie begins at 5:30pm). Holiday music, photo op and gift from Santa, movie-themed appetizers, and more. Members $20, Non-members $25, Children (3-15) $10. Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, or at the door. Catalina Island Museum, www.catalinamuseum.org310-510-2414.

12/1 Christmas Tree Pick-Up begins at 9am at the Old Stables Property.  Trees available first come, first serve to those without a pre-order starting after 10am. Avalon Community Church, 310-510-1889.

12/1   Ladies Catalina Christmas Brunch at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall. $5 per ticket. 9:30am – 11:30am. Tickets available at Avalon Community Church or call Claudia Canby, 310-510-1240.

12/1   25th Annual Shop Catalina Holiday discounts at local merchants, musical entertainment, prize drawings, community booths and more, from 5pm-9pm! The event kicks-off at Wrigley Stage at 5pm with the Holiday Tree lighting and arrival of Santa. Bring a camera and 2 canned goods to the food drive at Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret to get your picture taken with Santa. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, 310-510-1520

12/2   4th Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Contest begins at 2pm, judging at 3:15, cash awards to top three non-profits at 3:30pm, followed by live tree auction. Must sign up to participate by 11/26. Catalina Island Foundation & Overlook Hall, 310-427-2450

12/8-12/11 & 12/15-12/18  Christmas Crafts Boutique at Overlook Hall In partnership with the Catalina Art Association. A great place to pick up local gifts and crafts for everyone on your holiday list. Open Saturday-Tuesday, 9am-3:30pm. Overlook Hall, 310-427-2450

12/12   Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration Processional St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 310-510-0192 

12/31   46th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala  Dine and dance in the new year at this black-tie optional event in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Includes dinner, dancing to a live band, party favors, champagne, and a balloon drop at midnight.  Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce,

12/31   New Year’s at Avalon Grille Ring in the new year at Avalon Grille from 10pm-1am. No cover, 21+. Avalon Grille, 310-510-7494

12/31   Annual New Year’s Eve Parties at El Galleon & Antonio’s – Dual Party! Tickets good for both restaurants! Join us from 8:30pm to 1am. For tickets and dinner reservations call El Galleon, 310-510-1188

12/31   New Year’s Eve in Two Harbors Come to the Harbor Reef for dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy and leave the driving to the shoreboats. Call 310-510-4215 for reservations.