Several hundred children celebrating the winter holidays in Santa Monica last weekend got a taste of a true Southern California Christmas.
The scarcity of snow in the local mountains forced officials to forego the huge snow pile usually imported for the Winter Wonderland-themed Main Street Holiday Event. But not wanting to disappoint the children, event organizers turned to the closest thing around: sand.
"We called it Santa Monica snow," said Howard Robinson, a city staff member who worked with the Main Street Merchants Assn. to organize Saturday's event.
In past years, the snow was brought from Mammoth Mountain. But by Friday, the only snow to be found was man-made, which does not last long enough to transport to Santa Monica, Robinson said.