Light Up the Beach Cities Winners Announced

December 22, 2020

The Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), the non-profit that manages and operates the Roundhouse Aquarium, concluded its first-ever holiday decorating contest, Light Up the Beach Cities, a fitting celebration to an extraordinary year.

Sponsored by Edison International, Light Up the Beach Cities attracted 18 residential, business and vehicle entries mainly from Manhattan Beach and neighboring Hermosa Beach. Entries from Encino as well as Long Beach were also received. 120 votes were received to determine the winners. The winners of Light Up the Beach Cities are listed below:

Best Overall
300-400 Block of 19th Street, Manhattan Beach

Jingle Jangle Wheels
1st Place: Kramer Family
2nd Place: Giaconi Family

Let It Sparkle
1st Place: Hatlie Family
2nd Place: Haney Family

Merry and Bright Business
1st Place: Neptunian Woman’s Club
2nd Place: Gum Tree

Magical Winterland
1st Place: Barber Family
2nd Place: 17th Street Neighborhood, Manhattan Beach

Holly Jolly Residence
1st Place: Gialketsis Family
2nd Place: Velarde Family

Holiday Whimsy
1st Place: Arriaga Family
2nd Place: McKinnon Family

Photos of the winning entries may be viewed at

“Congratulations to the winners, and we thank all members of the community, our sponsor Edison International, our board of directors, and community partners who joined in the fun and supported our efforts to bring the community together to safely celebrate this holiday season,” said Grace Adams, OTS executive director. “Proceeds from this community event will support the Roundhouse’s ocean science education programs as well as the daily care of the animals in the aquarium. We hope to be able to continue and expand our education programs on ocean science into 2021 and beyond. We certainly hope to welcome everyone back to the Roundhouse once restrictions are lifted, but until then we are ready to continue serving students and our community through our distance learning initiatives,” she added.

For additional information, contact Grace at or call 310-938-2682.