A week before the multinational conglomerates begin their invented holiday of Black Friday, Magnolia Park's boutiques host a much more personal shopping affair that keeps a large portion of money in Burbank. And for the first time in a long time, they're going to do it on their own.
From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, stores on Magnolia Boulevard will host performers, artists and Santa himself in a street festival for your early shopping desires. It may look a little different this year, and it may be scaled back, but store owners say they're still ready to get the party started as we head into the week of Black Friday.
Thanksgiving is somewhere in there, too.
This week's Holiday in the Park is the first in the last six years without support from the Magnolia Park Partnership, a group that all but disbanded last year after landowners in the shopping district voted against the fee added to property taxes that funded the business district's extra amenities. Those included the logistics and advertising for the summertime Be-Boppin' in the Park and Holiday in the Park, but it also paid for extra sidewalk cleanups, flowers and banners along Magnolia Boulevard.