Rick Allen of the popular band Pinch Me! has been planning for Christmas Walk for a long time.
"It's the kick-off for the holidays," Allen said. "It gives us a chance to connect with our fans and to try out a few Christmas songs."
While Pinch Me! is busy rehearsing for the 32nd Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, other bands are gearing up for their sets.
Travis Barrett and his partner Alex Herrera — formerly the Green Room — will be playing outside Gina's Pizza in the Albertson's parking lot. About 10 other local bands will be performing, including at the Wells Fargo lot near the post office on Orchid Avenue and in other locations. The Corona del Mar High School's Madrigal Singers also will perform up and down Coast Highway between 2 and 4 p.m.
Music is just the tip of the iceberg, however. The beer and wine garden is always a huge draw, as well as the Newport Beach Fireman's BBQ, carolers, a bouncy house, Santa visits and photo ops and the opportunity drawing full of local prizes. As always, the event is free, and local merchants typically offer treats and refreshments.