On this date in 1946, 25 judges for the Orange County Coast Association’s “Forty Miles of Christmas Smiles” announced the award winners for the various categories for Christmas decorations along the Orange County coast. Seal Beach did not go unrecognized.
Seal Beach shared with San Clemente the Best Lighted Small City award.
Seal Beach’s shrine display at the pier shared the Best Shrine Small City award, again with San Clemente.
The Glide Er Inn was one of the winners in The Best Decorated Business Place category.
The South Coast News award for the most artistic display went to R. W. Bender of Seal Beach.
– Michael Dobkins