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Avenida Del Mar Puts on the Glitz

Locals put on their best tinsel and gay apparel and enjoyed festivities to kick off the holiday season Saturday evening.

Avenida Del Mar Saturday was filled with family fun, music, train rides and free visits with Santa Claus. Local non-profit organizations like South Coast Roller Derby and Solider’s Angels were also handing out fun holiday toys to children as well as accepting charitable donations.

Del Mar was temporarily closed off Saturday evening for the Downtown Business Association and the city’s “Puttin’ on the Glitz” holiday event, kicking off the season in San Clemente.

Soldiers' Angels was one of the charities collecting donations Saturday.

“You can adopt a deployed service member through our website,” said Soliders' Angels volunteer Anita Dice. “We raise money for our local Marines, put on homecoming parties, baby showers and farewells.”

The fundraiser has been around since 2003 and raises money for local military men and women from Orange County down to San Diego.

Right behind the Soliders' Angels booth began the long line for free pictures with Santa Claus. Children of all ages waited with excitement or fear for the jolly bearded man’s arrival.

Live bands paraded down Avenida Del Mar while playing jazz and classic rock tunes, some bands played on horse drawn carriages, others jammed on the street. Charming carolers stopped by each business to sing classic Christmas songs in the chilly air.

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