The Redlands Police Department's 15th Annual Christmas Block Party is Saturday and organizers hope the weather will cooperate.
As of 8 p.m. Friday there was a 30 percent chance of showers in Redlands on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Christmas Block Party is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.
"In light of the economic climate and the increasing need of families, the annual Christmas Party was created to assist families who are unable to enjoy the luxuries of a traditional Christmas celebration, particularly providing toys and presents for their children," Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said in an announcement.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 families attend the Redlands Christmas Block Party each year, Baker said.
"For many of the children, this will be the only 'Christmas' they receive," Baker said.
This year's block party will provide children with toys, food, bicycles, games and crafts, donated by various community groups, Baker said.
"In addition to providing the celebration will also provide youth and children the opportunity to showcase their talents," Baker said. "Contests will be conducted throughout the event."
Contest categories are:
- Shuffle with Santa
- Best DJ
- Open Mic
- Name that Tune: Family Teams
- North Pole Idol
- I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Art
For more on the contests click here.
This year's Christmas Block Party will focus on Redlands' 2013 quasquicentennial with the theme, "Celebrating 125 years, A City that Gives," Baker said. Redlands incorporated in 1888.
For more information about the Christmas Block Party, contact Officer Elyzabeth Green at (909) 798-7534 ext 2 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.