5 Gifts to Buy Star Wars Fans

Did you know that two-thirds of Star Wars enthusiasts agree that the internet brings them closer to others?

Star Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time, and more than one billion Star Wars fans worldwide are still reeling from the series hiatus.

Are you currently looking for a fun Star Wars-themed activity to do with friends or family? Check out our guide to the best Star Wars gifts for fellow fans below!

1. Jedi Challenges AR Headset

As a huge Star Wars fan, I think the Jedi Challenges AR Headset is an incredible gift for any Star Wars fan. This product immerses you in the Star Wars universe like never before and is perfect for anyone who loves the franchise. The headset is also incredibly affordable, making it an excellent gift for anyone on a budget.

With the headset, they can experience augmented reality and take on the role of a Jedi Knight. They can fight against the Empire or the First Order and duel with Kylo Ren. If you are looking for gifts for geeks, consider also the baby Yoda phone case.

2. Mandalorian Tie Bar

Star Wars fans will love the Mandalorian tie bar! It’s the perfect gift for any occasion and will please any fan of the iconic franchise. This tie bar features a replica of the Mandalorian symbol, making it a must-have for show fans.

3. Darth Vader Cuff Links

When it comes to Star Wars fans, few things are as impressive as a good pair of Darth Vader cuff links. These are the perfect gift if you know a Star Wars fan who loves to dress up. They’re stylish and subtle, but they also show you a thing or two about the dark side of the Force.

These cuff links are perfect for any Darth Vader fan, and they are sure to appreciate the sentiment behind them. Made from high-quality materials, these cuff links are sure to last a lifetime and become a treasured piece of any fan’s collection.

4. Star Wars Quadcopter Drone

An excellent gift for any Star Wars fan is the Star Wars Quadcopter Drone. This drone is modeled after the iconic Millennium Falcon and will surely be a hit with any franchise fan. The drone is easy to fly and includes a built-in camera, making it perfect for taking pictures and videos from a bird’s eye view.

This drone is designed to look like an X-Wing fighter and can fly for up to 30 minutes on a single charge. It also has a camera so you can take aerial videos and photos.

5. Darth Vader LED Light

There’s no question that LED lights are all the rage these days. There’s no better way to show your love for Darth Vader than with this fantastic LED light. This light is sure to please any Star Wars fan, making it an excellent gift for anyone who loves movies.

Delight These Star Wars Fans

Look no further if you’re looking for the perfect gift for Star Wars fans! We’ve got a great selection of skills that will please any fan of the galaxy far away. So take a look and find the perfect present for the Jedi or Sith in your life today!

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Star, Nov. 24th Pet of the Week

Meet our Star, both in name and character! Star is a 4-year-old German shepherd girl who is smarter than a whip and shines brighter than Sirius! She’s a dog star herself! Star learns commands quickly and loves to play—ball especially—and take walks. She’s eager to explore on her walks, so if you want a Star to shine in your home, make sure you can handle such a big, energetic girl! You can speed the process to adopt or foster Star and any of our other pets by emailing PetAdopt@longbeach.gov or petfoster@longbeach.gov. You can also call (562) 570-4925. Even better, stop by during our new open walk-in hours every Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Our shelter is located at 7700 E. Spring St. Ask for ID#A669618 to meet Star. We’re at capacity, and everyone needs homes!

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The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing SquareMakes a Grand Return to DTLA After 3 Years! November 23, 2022, to January 1, 2023

Skaters Enjoying the Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square
Photo Credit: Red Apple Photography

Tickets for Los Angeles’ Largest Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink
now on sale at www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/
Wednesdays DJ Spotlight Night returns beginning November 23
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The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square returns to downtown Los Angeles, opening Wednesday, November 23, 2022, through Sunday, January 1, 2023.   Wednesdays DJ Spotlight Nights are announced to return beginning November 23. 
 
In addition, The Holiday Ice Rink will participate in the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation December 10 Winter Festival, which is also returning this year.
 
Open seasonally, The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square has brought winter fun to sunny Los Angeles for over 20 years. At 7,200 square feet, it is the city’s largest outdoor rink, offering visitors professional-quality ice for skating and entertainment, welcoming more than 54,000 skaters and 450,000 spectators annually. The rink fosters community while embracing winter fitness and fun.
 
The beloved recreational landmark will kick-off its return since 2019 with the annual Opening Celebration on Wednesday, November 23 at 11:00 am.  This year’s opening event features a live performance, special guests and more. After the ceremony, The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square’s first skaters will be area youth.
 
Whether you are a Los Angeles resident or simply visiting for the holiday season, The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is an absolute must when it comes to embracing winter in Los Angeles,” says Willy Bietak, president of Los Angeles-based Willy Bietak Productions.
 
Located at 532 South Olive Street, the landmark destination is easily accessible by car, bus, Metro (Pershing Square stop) or Metrolink. General admission to the rink, including skate rental, is $20, locker rental is $5, and skate helpers are $6.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com.
 
Private parties are available on select Mondays and Tuesdays during the 5:30pm & 7:00pm sessions on or before December 13, 2022. (The rate for a private party is $5,000. Sessions are not open to the public if sold to a private party.) 
 
2022 Sponsors and Promotional Partners include the Downtown Center BID, who are sponsoring DJ Spotlight, LA Weekly, Metro and Metrolink. 
 
This year’s beneficiary is the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks.
 
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3 Ways To Treat Yourself

You may have heard of the term “treating yourself” or perhaps you are a seasoned professional at giving yourself little gifts from time to time. Either way, although it shouldn’t be abused, it’s great to treat yourself when you feel that you’ve done a good job or feel that you have a little extra money or time. 

Whether you have suddenly come into a large sum of money or you have completed a huge accomplishment or are about to begin a difficult stint in work or in school, knowing when you need a little pick-me-up is a wonderful form of self-care. That being said, sometimes you may not know exactly how to treat yourself.

Here are some simple ideas and options for you, if you’re wondering.

Buy Something Expensive

This tip is for those that feel they can afford to do this. You should never purchase anything expensive (for yourself or anyone else) if it is going to completely stress you out or put you into debt. That being said, if you have worked hard your entire life, you should be able to spend your money however you wish.  

If that means purchasing something expensive every so often to lift your own spirits, so be it. Whether you would like to buy a Ford Bronco, a designer dog, or a hot tub for your backyard,just make sure you spend a little more time considering large purchases than you would small ones. 

If you are spending a larger amount of money, be sure this is something you really want or need or something that makes you super happy. If you are certain this is the case, go for it! Money can’t buy happiness, but sometimes it can provide you with ways in which to treat yourself. 

Get A Massage

Going to the spa and getting your nails done, getting a facial, or getting a professional massage can be a wonderful and special way to really treat yourself and show yourself some love. 

Getting a massage is the perfect way to unwind and relax, especially after a long, hard, or busy week. Get into the routine of doing this as a way to care for your body every once in a while, but not too often because you still want it to feel like a treat!

Spend Time In Nature

Surprise! Treating yourself doesn’t always have to involve spending money. Sometimes all it takes is just getting outside and going for a walk or a hike. Of course, if you live in a big city where there isn’t any accessible nature around to speak of, you may have to travel to a more suitable environment first. 

But you’ll be surprised how much nature can help you mentally, physically, emotionally… It may be just the thing you need and the best gift you could possibly give yourself.

Treating yourself doesn’t make you spoiled, it just makes you good at self-care! And don’t you know that self-care is so in right now? So go ahead, use this little list to give yourself some ideas about how to be just a little kinder to yourself!

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures * This Interactive Episode Keeps You More Entertained By Deciding What Happens Next

Based on the show Camp Cretaceous, Hidden Adventure is an interactive special series where the campers survive more danger put against them on Isla Nublar. After a big storm, food is scarce — and hungry dinos are everywhere. It’s up to you to help the Camp Fam survive in this thrilling interactive special.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Giana N. comments, “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures is an interactive episode that gets you involved and keeps you more entertained by deciding what happens next. It’s fun to be able to choose what the characters do and what leads up to that because it’s not something you can do with a regular movie or show.” Kira O. adds, “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventure is super cool! I especially like how, at the start of the episode, you wake up in a Tarbosaurus nest where you have to escape and then choose what action to take to find the Hidden Adventure.” See their full reviews below.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures

Giana N., KIDSFIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures is an interactive episode that gets you involved and keeps you more entertained by deciding what happens next. It’s fun to be able to choose what the characters do and what leads up to that because it’s not something you can do with a regular movie or show.

This interactive episode is about Darius (Paul-Mikél Williams), Kenji (Ryan Potter), Brooklyn (Jenna Ortega), Yasmine (Kausar Mohammed), Ben (Sean Giambrone), Sammy (Raini Rodriguez) who are struggling in the aftermath of a huge storm that happened on the island. They have no food, no shelter and, to make matters worse, the dinosaurs have no food so the dinosaurs are out of control. The kids learn that someone has hidden food somewhere on the island and we have to make decisions for them to keep them safe and direct them to the food. 

This is a great episode to watch. Something that I like about this show is the teamwork and the communication between the group. Even in such a dire situation, they communicate and run their decisions with each other before making it. I also like how, even if things take a wrong turn, you can always undo your answer and try again. My favorite character is Darius because we are Darius’s thoughts and we make the decisions for him when he doesn’t know what to choose and when the others don’t know as well. Something that confuses me in the show is that, in the series before this, the group leaves the island – so how did they get back on the island? Regardless,  I was entertained the whole time and the concept is just a great idea.

The message of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures is that if you argue you won’t get anything done; you need to compromise and work together. At times in the episode you see the group get into arguments about what to do next, and that’s where your choices come in. You help them decide and you help stop their conflict. This show is totally family-friendly.

I give Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures 4.5 out 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 12. You can watch this on Netflix starting November 15, 2022. Be sure to check it out!

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Hidden Adventure

By Kira O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventure is super cool! I especially like how, at the start of the episode, you wake up in a Tarbosaurus nest where you have to escape and then choose what action to take to find the Hidden Adventure.

Based on the show Camp Cretaceous, Hidden Adventure is an interactive special series where the campers survive more danger put against them on Isla Nublar. This interactive episode makes the viewer one of the six characters from series — you become Darius (Paul-Mikel Williams), the leader of the teens stuck on the island of Isla Nublar. As Darius, you must choose what actions to take to follow the clues across the island, survive the dinosaurs, and find a secret stash of food supplies.  You are hunted by a Tarbosaurus who wants to feed you to the eggs in her nest when they hatch.

The show is very well animated. When the dinosaurs roar they look very realistic and scary. The plot has a lot of mystery and suspense, like when the characters narrowly escape getting eaten by a Tarbosaurus or caught in a dinosaur stampede! The voice actors include Jenna Ortega as Brooklynn, Ryan Potter as Kenji, Raini Rodriguez as Sammy, Sean Giambrone as Ben, and Kausar Mohammed as Yazmine. The friendships between these teen characters bring enough tension and unpredictability to keep this familiar storyline moving and engaging. Brooklyn uses just the right amount of sarcasm, combined with Sammi’s naiveté, and Darius’ leadership to compliment Kenji’s arrogance and Ben’s skepticism. Just like the series, this episode finds the characters constantly facing adversity while on a quest to escape the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. The detailed and close-up animation allows the viewer to experience the characters’ emotions and also the terrifying drool produced by a dinosaur roar while appreciating the natural beauty of the mountainous rainforest setting. One thing I like is that, if you make good decisions, you survive the Tarbosaurus and you can choose different options to try different outcomes. For instance, Darius has to choose to climb or jump to save the Hidden Adventure map.

The message of the show is to be brave, trust in your friends, and you can overcome things that seem impossible. I do not recommend this for anyone under age seven, because it can be scary for younger kids. I do not recommend this show for anyone under age seven, because it can be scary for younger kids.

I give Jurassic World: Hidden Adventure 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. You can watch it on Netflix starting on November 15, 2022.

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Ice at Santa Monica Returns to Downtown for Winterlit Festivities

Photo provided courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) brings the holidays to the downtown district with the return of Winterlit, which will feature the grand reopening of the Ice at Santa Monica skating rink. After a two year hiatus, the 8,000-square-foot rink will once again transform the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into a winter wonderland and bring a little ice to the beachside community. The rink reopens November 10, 2022 with a grand opening celebration from 6 – 10 p.m. featuring free skating, a live DJ, delicious bites and freebies. The rink will remain open daily from November 11 through January 16, 2023 from noon to 10 p.m. with skate rental and all-day admission for $20. For additional information and to book a cabana rental at the ice rink, visit downtownsm.com/iceAtSantaMonica.

Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. Santa comes to the Promenade on December 1 at 6 pm for the annual lighting of the official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall holiday tree. 

Nightly menorah lightings will celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season from Sunday, December 18 through Sunday, December 25. The lighting of the menorah will begin at sundown and take place on the 1400 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway).

Steps from the Promenade, Santa Monica Place will also join in on the holiday festivities with a variety of events, photo opportunities and performances to accompany holiday shoppers. From November 19 through December 24, guests can cozy up next to Santa for photos and experience the brand-new Santa House upgraded with sleek, festive décor. The shopping center will welcome the return of its twinkle lights and larger than life holiday decor along with the iconic 50-foot Center Plaza Christmas tree. In December, the popular dancing Beach Belles, Breakfast with Santa, Pet Nights, Menorah Lighting and live holiday DJ sets will also take place. Visit santamonicaplace.com for more information.

For more information on holiday happenings in Downtown Santa Monica, visit downtownsm.com/winterlit

Credit: Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Santa Monica Place

Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Place.

Santa Monica Place will transform into a winter wonderland and offer an array of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.

Santa’s coming to town on November 19 and taking residence in the brand-new Santa House in Center Plaza through December 24. Visitors will have the chance to take photos with Santa and shoppers can bring their four-legged friends to meet Santa during Pet Nights on December 14th and December 15th. Pre-booking reservations are now open.

Throughout December, visitors and shoppers will catch special holiday entertainment by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, a cappella performances by the Oceanaires, as well as DJ holiday sets, all set around the 50-foot iconic Christmas tree and festive décor in Center Plaza.

Other special holiday events include Breakfast with Santa where families will enjoy crafts, snacks, and kid-friendly musical performances along with an appearance by Santa. The event will take place December 3 from 9-10 am in the Food Court. In lieu of ticket sales, Santa Monica Place is asking for donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. A minimum $5 donation per child will be required to attend.

Nightly menorah lightings will take place December 18 – 26 to celebrate the Festival of Lights during the Hanukkah season.

SANTA HOURS

November 19-24

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday: 12 – 6 pm

Special Hours

Thanksgiving Day, November 24: CLOSED

Christmas Eve, December 24: 10am-4pm

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Bring your four-legged friend to a special pet night and “sit” for a photo with Santa.*

December 14 & December 15: 4-7 pm

*Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier.

DJ HOLIDAY SETS

Black Friday: 11am – 3pm; 3-7 pm

Black Friday Weekend: 3-7pm

Every Friday-Sunday in December: 3-7 pm

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

December 3: 9-10 am

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-benefitting-st-jude-childrens-research-hospital-tickets-460410138117 to reserve a spot and make a $5 minimum donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

BEACH BELLES PERFORMANCES

December 16 -18: 3-7:30 pm

December 21- 24: 3-7:30 pm

OCEANAIRES PERFORMANCES

December 18 & 21: 2-3 pm

MENORAH LIGHTING

December 18-26: around 5:45 pm, nightly

For more information on holiday happenings at Santa Monica Place visit santamonicaplace.com/holiday.

About Santa Monica Place

Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean and iconic Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Place is a unique, outdoor shopping destination, home to Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Nike, and a collection of specialty shops, digitally native brands and inspired dining concepts.

For more information, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com or interact with us via Facebook or Instagram. Access our Concierge services anytime via text: (310) 499-2928.

Credit: Santa Monica Place.

32nd Annual Lighting of the Bay Returns to Newport Dunes, Nov 25th-Jan 1st

Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes. Photo courtesy of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present the 32nd annual Lighting of the Bay beginning at dusk on Friday, November 25, and continuing nightly through New Year’s Day. In honor of the upcoming holiday season, the serene, waveless bay will transform each evening into a vibrant winter wonderland featuring more than fifty lighted holiday decorations and Christmas trees.

“Our Lighting of the Bay attraction is a can’t-miss event for families looking to celebrate the holiday season in Southern California,” says Phil Ravenna, General Manager of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. “We’re thrilled to welcome resort guests and the community to experience this breathtaking holiday display and to join us in celebration throughout the season.” 

Get cozy while roasting marshmallows for s’mores around a beach bonfire. Newport Dunes’ public fire pits are available on a first-come basis and s’mores kits can be purchased from Newport Dunes’ onsite market. Sip on seasonal beverages and watch the glowing lights in the Newport Dunes lagoon. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, cocktails and food will be available from Moe B’s Munchies beachfront grill for family picnics. Stop by the Newport Dunes Tree Lot, open daily November 21 through December 21, to pick fresh pines while taking in the festive holiday scene. 

RV campers return year after year to soak up the enchanting floating lights on the bay just steps from their RV campsite. Bring an RV or stay in Newport Dunes’ charming, single-family Beach Cottages for a cozy, home-away-from-home experience. For those who do not own an RV, Newport Dunes works with RV rental companies that will deliver a luxury RV to your campsite, all set up and ready to enjoy. For holiday parties and private events, the Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes offers the perfect waterfront backdrop for a festive event, just steps from the Lighting of the Bay display. For more information on the Back Bay Bistro and to book a private event visit NewportDunes.com or call 949-729-3800.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660. The Lighting of the Bay is free for the public to enjoy, and on-site parking is available at the following rates: 0 to 30 minutes: FREE, 30 minutes to 2 hours: $10, 2 to 5 hours: $15, 5 to 8 hours: $20, 8 to 24 hours: $25.

For more information on Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and to book a stay visit NewportDunes.com or call 949-729-3863.

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.