Christmas Tree Lane (actually Santa Rosa Avenue, between
Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive) in Altadena is one of the
oldest Christmas lighting spectacles in Southern California. It
became a tradition in 1920 when a local named Nash decided to
brighten up the holiday with some lights on the quickly growing
Deodars that the Woodbury Family, founders of Altadena, planted
in 1885. Nearly 135 Deodar Cedar trees are decorated by the
Christmas Tree Lane Association in what's known as “Mile of
Christmas Trees” (containing 10,000 lights.) The oldest
large-scale outdoor Christmas display in the world is a
designated California Historical Landmark No. 990 and listed in
the National Register of Historic Places.
- Holiday House
Display - More than just lights, many say this event
rivals the Bellagio water show in Las Vegas. Over 2 million
computer-controlled actions or "states" per song create one of
the best light and music shows you'll find. Visitors are invited
to bring canned good donations. Time: Sunday - Thursday 6pm-9pm;
Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Location: 6425 Meadowhill Court,
Carmichael, CA 95608. Directions: Go North on Fair Oaks Blvd
from Arden Way. Turn Right on Landis Ave, Turn Right on Deodar
Street, Turn Left onto Meadowhill Court. Cost: Free! Through
Dec. 31, 2007. lightupxmas.com
Skating by The
Sea. Three-hour skating sessions will be offered daily from
2 to 5 pm and 6 to 9 pm. A special matinee skating sessions from
11 am to 1 pm will occur on weekends and holidays.
3-hour session: $20/adults; $15/ages 10 years and
under; 2-hour matinee
session $15/adult; $10/ages 10 years and
under. Skate rental is
$5 per person. Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA.
Call: 800 Hotel Del or (619) 435-6611
GARDEN GROVE -
The Glory of
Christmas Musical. A blend of Christmas carols, pageantry,
live animals, flying angels, and special effects unfold in the
nativity story. Location: Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St.,
Garden Grove, CA. Time: 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Cost: $20-55. Call:
714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Cruise of Lights Holiday
Lighted Boat Tour. Join the festivities and help bring music
into the lives of children on the Huntington Harbour annual
Cruise of Lights holiday tour. As you arrive, you climb aboard a
bus that takes participants to the loading dock at Huntington
Harbour. Guest pick up tickets and meet their bus at
Huntington Harbour Mall on Algonquin Street. Tour times: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Tickets: $13/adult; $8.50/child. Order: HHPC-Cruise of Lights® Tickets,
16889 Algonquin Street,
Huntington Beach, CA 92649.
Fax your order anytime to: 714/840-7573. or online at www.cruiseoflights.org
LAGUNA BEACH -
The Nutcracker. Laguna Ballet’s 22nd Annual Performance of
The Nutcracker. The lead role of Clara will be played by Meghan
McDonough and Sophia Romagnano. Tickets: $24 General; $22
students /seniors/Angels; $20 Children 12 & under. Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Ticket Office, Saddleback College , 28000
Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo , CA. In Person:: Tickets are
available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, located in the central
quad of the Fine Arts Complex at Saddleback College , 28000
Marguerite Pkwy. , Mission Viejo. Hours are noon until 4 p.m.
weekdays. Call: (949) 582-4656.
NEWPORT BEACH -
Christmas Boat Parade Cruise.
Newport Landing has 5 ships that offer 2 cruises nightly during
the parade. The first cruise departs at 5:45 pm and the second
cruise departs at 8:00 pm. Each cruise is in the parade.
Reservations are required and can be made by phone or email.
99th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier
Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but
Southern California. With almost 100 years of history the
Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade is a tradition for
generations. Time of cruises: 1st departs at 5:45 pm returns at
7:45 pm 2nd departs at 8:00pm returns at 10:00 pm. Address: 309
Palm Street Suite A (Next to car ferry), Newport Beach, CA
92661. Cost: $30 Adult; $25 Junior (12 years and younger).
Reservations required, call: (949) 675-0551. Web:
NEWPORT BEACH -
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Boat owners in Newport
Harbor “deck the hulls” of their seagoing vessels for the annual
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Ranked one of the Top Ten
holiday happenings in the nation by the New York Times, the
parade features approximately 100 elaborately decorated boats
and draws more than one million spectators each year. Prizes are
awarded in a variety of categories and are highly coveted –
motivating boat owners to spend as much as $50,000 on
OXNARD - Christmas
Tree Lane, “F” and “G” Streets houses in the Henry T. Oxnard
Historical District are brightly decorated for the holidays.
Visitors are welcome to take a leisurely drive or stroll down
Christmas Tree Lane. Hours run from 6 to 10 p.m. Call
1-800-269-6273. Time: 6 to 10 p.m.
Discover California Taste of California party. Celebrate the
season California style tasting California's finest wines, and
hang ten with a sunglass wear-in, beach towel tote-in,
surf-short wear-in Santa. Discover California! Wine Bar &
Tasting Room in Old Sacramento hosts a California Christmas
Party that's sunny & bright. Featuring all things California, if
you've never seen this wine tasting bar that sells wonderful
California gifts and souvenirs, the holiday event is your
perfect opportunity to become acquainted with the Golden State's
fabulous products. Address: 114 J Street in Old Sacramento, CA
95814. Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cost: $15 per person
Call: (916) 443-8275 phone. discovercal.com
SAN DIEGO - Las
Posadas. If you can only attend one holiday activity this year,
this is the one to attend. Free 4-day Festival of Music & Family
Traditions with hundreds of luminarias to light your way to the
finest shopping, dining & free entertainment of the holiday
season. Celebrate the 57th Annual Las Posadas and 1st Annual
Fiesta Navidad throughout historic Old Town San Diego. Designed
for the whole family, there will be choirs, bell ringers,
mariachis & musicians, museums, tours and revel in the true
spirit of the season with the breaking of pinatas and visits
from Santa Claus. Opening night begins with one of the
oldest Las Posadas in the United States. Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Old Town San Diego, 2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA. Call: 619-297-9327. oldtownsandiegoguide.com
SAN FRANCISCO -
Nutcracker with San Francisco Ballet. Location: War Memorial
Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA. Cost: varies,
up to $120 (approx.) sfballet.org
SAN JOSE - The
Ballet San Jose Silicon
features a spectacular stage presentation of the beloved holiday
ballet. Under the direction of famed choreographer, Dennis Nahat,
this production is a must-see. Time: 7:30pm. Location: San Jose Center for
the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden, San Jose, CA.
Tickets:(408) 288-2800, balletsanjose.org.
SAN JOSE -
skating rink is open through 1/13/08 in the stately-palm court
and features over 8,000 square feet of ice in an arena and
circular outer rink. Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights; Noon to
Midnight on weekends; Special holiday hours, subject to
change...call to confirm. Cost: $12-$14. Skate all you want
first-come, first-serve. No in and out privileges. Admission includes ice time and rental
skates with skate sizes ranging from toddler 8 to men's 13. Location: Circle of Palms, 170 S. Market St.,
San Jose, California. Call: (408) 279-1775 ext. 45. sjdowntown.com
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