When we think of ambassadors for our city, we're apt to think of real people, or perhaps characters, or even icons (we vote for the Felix the Cat neon sign in that category).
But there's a whole community that serves as SoCal's most enduring ambassador to the world, to myth, and to the Land of Pop Culturedom. It's Malibu, of course, a city so famous it has joined the "known by two letters" rank. (LA, NY, and SF, you're all chill with the 'Bu, right? Good.)
Sometimes, however, Malibu can get a bit pigeonholed as the place where summer never ends and bikinis are rarely hung out to dry. That can make it tricky come the holidays, which PCH-adjacent people celebrate just like the rest of us.
What to do, where to go and what to see
What does a place do when they're so associated with sunshine and warmth come December?
Well, invite Santa to stop by, for starters, which Malibu Country Mart will be doing in December.
The seasonal revelries will unfurl over three weekends starting on Saturday, Dec. 8.
On the docket? Mr. Claus, as mentioned, real reindeer, and dreidel- and cookie-decorating parties. This is all happening in the convivial central spaces of the Mart, so those classic Pacific breezes will provide the desired chilly air.
Yes, world, winter does come to Malibu; sometimes it even drops to the high 40s at night.
Meaning, in the end, that Kris Kringle is in his element, regardless of the area's beach-and-sun-loving reputation.
And that tony reputation the city carries, too? Check this: All holiday happenings at the Mart are free. That's the 'Bu, feeling the holiday love.