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'Nightmare Before Christmas on Palm Avenue' Celebrates 10th Year

Oct 25, 2019 08:47AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

The Zipperman family outside their home.

Manhattan Beach's most popular Halloween light show is back for its tenth year - and it's better than ever, with a few new twists.

The "Nightmare Before Christmas on Palm Avenue," produced by the Zipperman family, is running shows on Palm Avenue in the Tree Section every night from now through Halloween.  Held at the corner of 19th St. and Palm Ave., the show runs at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 p.m (plus an 8:00 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday).

This year's twist is that there are actually two different shows, according to Brooke Zipperman.

"Our 6:30 and 7:30 pm shows are our more traditional Halloween and Nightmare Before Christmas songs, and our 7 pm show is more of a rock and dance music show," she said. "Our lights are all new and timed with the songs."

Zipperman added: "We also have a few new light accessories including a Jack Skellington singing face and two pumpkin singing faces, as well as a video screen that plays fun clips that go along with the songs."

What's also new for this year is that the family is doing a fundraiser for Pacific Elementary School. A donation box is set up at each show, said Zipperman.

The Zippermans' astonishingly high-end display of lights, characters, and music, is known for attracting neighbors and families from all over Manhattan Beach.

According to Steve Zipperman, the light shows started with inspiration from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. "It started out as some lights and a couple songs and has evolved into a 25-minute light show with characters, different themes from the Nightmare Before Christmas movie, bubbles and even snow," he said.

Zipperman added, "The show has grown because we love seeing the smiling faces and the dancing kids every night. We have people that come to the house almost every evening and it makes us so happy."

As always, the show is free and open to all ages.

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