Saturday, December 13, 2008
It happens once a month in the
Irish town of Murphys. No this is not some dreaded event that
folks don't look forward to. It is the event that people adore.
It is the gallery open door wine art and food Art Walk. In
California, the wineries have become so abundant and the wines
so tasty, they've discovered that people seem to enjoy finer
things with a nice glass of wine.
MURPHYS - Murphys Art
Walk. 2nd Saturday of each month seven galleries open their
doors with art, wine, food, and fun. Call: (209) 728-8640.
ANAHEIM - The
Nutcracker Ballet. Servite Theater is the grand location for
Hirschl Ballet's Sunrise Ballet Theatre production of this
beloved holiday favorite. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Servite
Theater, 1952 West La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA. Cost: $16 - 20.
Call: (714) 528-8595. hirschlballet.com
Holiday Celebration includes Sleeping Beauty’s Winter
Castle, “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, Santa’s
Reindeer Round-up, A Christmas Fantasy parade, Haunted Mansion
Holiday and It’s a Small World holiday. Time: 8 a.m. to
Midnight. Location: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA.
BERKELEY - Berkeley Ballet Theater's Nutcracker. Young and
old can enjoy the magic of the season at this annual event.
Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $23. Location: Julia Morgan Center for
the Arts, Berkeley, CA. Call: (510) 843-4687.
BRENTWOOD - Holiday on Ice. Outdoor seasonal ice rink offers
outdoor fun. Twinkling outdoor light-filled rink under a big
tent. Time: 12:30 -10:30 p.m. Cost: $10; $5/skate rental.
Location: The Streets, 2421 Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood, CA. Call:
(925) 513-1702. brentwoodholidayonice.com
CHICO- The Nutcracker. Chico Community Ballet's
colorful performance delights audiences of all ages. Cost: $20 -
25. Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Cost: $22 - 27.
Location: California State University, Chico, Laxson Auditorium,
2nd & Normal Ave., Chico, CA. Call: (530) 898-6333.
The Nutcracker. Inland Pacific Ballet Nutcracker Ballet
production is performed in the beautiful Bridges concert hall.
Cost: $13 - 48. Time: 1 & 7 p.m. Claremont Colleges Bridges
Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, Ca. Phone:
COLUMBIA - A Miner's
Christmas. Costumed interpreters recreate the mining camp of the
1850s, as homesick miners roast chestnuts and hot cider, and
perform live music for park visitors. 19th century toys and
games, Victorian Holiday craft making, and Christmas
storytelling make this an enjoyable experience for the entire
an antidote for the big store holiday shopping experience. Held
during park hours. Cost: Free. Location: 11255 Jackson Street,
Columbia, CA. Call: (209)588-9128.
DANA POINT -
Holiday Boat Parade.
Join in the 34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in Dana
Point Harbor by climbing aboard one of the decorated boats and
actually take part in the parade. You'll see the hundreds
of other decorated boats competing for the coveted Best in Show
Award! Time: 7:30pm - 9:30 p.m. Location: Dana Wharf
Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern in Dana
Point, CA. Cost: $29 adult/$19 kid 3-12. Call: (949) 496-5794.
DEL MAR - Holiday of
Lights Drive-Thru Display. Largest animated show on the West
Coast features over 400 displays. Time: 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fri &
Sat open till 11 p.m. Cost: $14/ car (up to 5 people). Location:
The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA.
Call: (858) 755-1161. sdfair.com
ESCONDIDO - Jaycees
Christmas Parade. Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Broadway from
Escondido High School to Grape Day Park, Escondido, CA. Phone:
(760) 745-8877. downtownescondido.com
Carriage Rides. This free event features a beautiful evening
carriage ride through the downtown business district. Time: 5 to
8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Pick-up at Maple & Grand,
Escondido, CA. downtownescondido.com
EUREKA - Truckers
Christmas Convoy. On the second Saturday evening of every
December, thousands of people line the streets of Eureka &
delight at the spectacle of huge trucks adorned in holiday
lights. The truck parade winds through the town with music &
horns blaring jingle bells. Route: Begins at Redwood Acres,
travels down Myrtle Ave to 6th street, turns onto H street then
to Harris and returns to the fairgrounds. Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Location: Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, 3750 Harris St.,
Eureka, CA. Call: (707) 442-5744. email@example.com
FERNDALE - Lighted
Tractor Parade. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Main Street, Ferndale,
CA. Call: (707) 786-9675.
FREMONT - Train of Lights is an actual train that
offers a holiday light display in a 75 minute ride between Niles
and Sunol. The brightly decorated holiday train, covered with
thousands of lights, as it winds through the darkness of Niles
Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride from either Niles or Sunol
runs through Dec. 29, seating is limited. Time: 4:15 &
6:45 p.m. from Niles & 4:30 & 7 p.m. from Sunol. Cost: $25.
Location: Niles Station, 37001 Mission Blvd., Freemont, CA.
Sunol Depot, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA. Call: (510) 996-8430.
FULLERTON - The
Nutcracker. Youth America Ballet features original choreography
of the original Kirov Ballet.
Location: 201 E.
Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA. Call: (866) 468-3399. pcadance.com
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: 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call:
714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org
GUALALA - Christmas
Concert for the Coast. Event includes the Ernest Bloch Bell
Ringers, plus Karl Young and the shakuhachi. Time: 2 p.m. Cost:
$15; Free /under 12 years. Location: Gualala Arts Center, 46501
Gualala Road, Gualala, CA. Call (707) 884-1138. gualalaarts.org.
HOLLYWOOD - Zappa
plays Zappa at The Roxy. Dweezil Zappa has studied and put
together a band that accurately portrays the music his late,
great father, Frank Zappa, wrote and performed throughout the
world. Included in Dweezil's orchestration are top musical
talents and often special guests such as Ray White, guitar and
vocals, who was a member of the touring band during the Zappa
in New York, Tinsel Town Rebelion and You are What
You Is era. Dweezil Zappa's tribute concert to Frank
Zappa has been featured on public television. If you've seen it,
you won't want to miss this live event. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost:
$110 - 150. Location: Roxy Theatre, 9009 Sunset Blvd.,
Hollywood, CA 90069. Tickets: theroxyonsunset.com
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Cruise of Lights. Annual holiday boat tours of Huntington
Harbour lit homes on five manmade channels. Time: 5:30, 6:30,
7:30 & 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 adult; $9 child. Location:
16889 Algonquin Street,
Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Call: 714/840-7542. cruiseoflights.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Nutcracker Ballet -
Ballet Repertory Theater Nutcracker production. Full length
version delights all ages. Cost: $15 general admission. Time: 2
& 7 p.m. Location: Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744
Golden West St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Call: (714)
714-895-8150 x1. gwctheater.com
IRVINE - Festival
Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker.
company's Nutcracker is a lavish full-length professional
production at the Barclay in Irvine. Family-friendly and
affordable, it features spectacular guest artists, FBT’s
professional company dancers, and exceptional budding young
talent from across the Southland, plus special guest artists
from American Ballet Theatre, Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim
Beloserkovsky. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $33 - 38. Location: UC
Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA. Call: (949)
JULIAN - Living
Nativity. Every Saturday until Christmas you'll find the
Living Nativity in Julian. Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location:
Cider Mill, corner Main & B, Julian, CA. Call: (760) 765-1857.
KERNVILLE - Christmas
in Kernville. Old Fashion Christmas with caroling and car parade
and delivery of Santa to Circle park on Dec 13. Come enjoy an
old fashioned Christmas all month long. Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free. Location: Circle Park, Kernville, CA. Call: (760)
LANCASTER - The
Nutcracker Ballet. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $14 - 28. Location:
Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 Lancaster Blvd.,
Lancaster, CA. Call: (661) 723-5950. lpac.org
LONG BEACH -
Lights Christmas Cruise. See the decorated homes and boats
of Naples Island on a one-hour cruise aboard the 140 passenger
Party Boat, The Star. Offering a cash bar with beer, wine,
cocktails and snacks for kids, there's also some sweets, cocoa
and foods to munch on for adults. Christmas Cruise departs
from Alamitos Bay Landing, 140 Marina Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803.
Call for times: (562) 799-7000. Tickets: $10 -15. reggaeboat.com
- Santa Claus
Visits. Santa will appear every Saturday and Sunday
till Christmas. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Marketplace Long Beach,
6501 E. Pacific Coast Highway (PCH & 2nd St.), Long Beach, CA.
Call: (562) 431-6282. longbeachmarketplace.com
LOS ANGELES -
Ice. Holiday ice rink is an annual event with free concerts
and paid ice skating at temporary rink constructed at Pershing
Square near the Civic Center. Rink is open daily through Jan.
19, 2009. Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and
open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Cost: $6/ adult, $3
child 4 to 12, free age 3 & under. Location: Pershing Square 532
South Olive Drive Los Angeles, CA. Call: (213) 847-4968.
LOS ANGELES -
Reindeer at the
Zoo. See Santa, make reindeer antlers and see live reindeer
at this holiday event each weekend through December. Time: 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $7-12 (kids 2 & under free). Location: Los
Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles,
CA. Call: (323) 644-4200. lazoo.org
LOS ANGELES - The
Daukayev School of Ballet. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Location:
Japan American Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, 244 S San Pedro
St # 505, Los Angeles, CA. Call for Tickets: (213) 680
LOS ANGELES -
Festival. 13th Annual Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power holiday lights event in Griffith Park is a display of
lights spanning a mile of Crystal Springs Drive. The driving route, walking and
shuttles all run December 8 through December 30.
Shuttle buses will be available weekends and
December 19-30. Walkers on these days will enjoy the
walking path. Both options are accessible from the
Los Angeles Zoo parking lot. Time: 5 to 10 p.m.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA.
Call: (213) 367-1255.
LOS GATOS - Carriage
Rides. Old fashioned horse drawn carriage rides offer the
romance of Christmas past. Ride in an elegant horse-drawn
carriage. Stately drivers direct horses wearing holiday bells
from Town Plaza through Almond Grove district. This
15-minute ride will take you by some of the town's most
beautiful historic homes and along downtown's
festively-decorated North Santa Cruz Avenue. Carriage Rides
starts at 7pm. Carriage Ride Cost: $20/ Adult; $10/ kid; Free/
under 3 on lap. Reservations: losgatoschamber.com.
MARINA DEL REY - Marina del Rey Boat Parade
Christmas Boat Parade in Los Angeles near
Orange and Ventura Counties.
Music, commentary and judging are part of
the celebration in this huge, urban marina that's lovely at
View from along the channel or from one of
the restaurants with a waterfront view. Time:
5:55 pm fireworks, 6-8 pm parade.
Parking: Parking fees in County Parking Lots
are waived for the parade. There is NO
Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina
del Rey. Other viewing location is
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way,
Marina del Rey, CA. mdrboatparade.org
MODESTO - Central West
Ballet's The Nutcracker. This year featuring new sets and
costumes. Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Location: Gallo Center for the
Arts, 1030 11th St., Modesto, CA. Call: (209) 338-2100.
MONTEREY - Christmas
in the Adobes. Nearly 20 of Monterey’s historic adobes are
featured with staff, docents, and volunteers on hand to tell
about the unique buildings and share stories of their former
occupants. Musical entertainment, refreshments, and period
Christmas decorations. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $20
Adult; $2 Child 6-17 years. Free parking is included with your
ticket. Ticket locations: Cooper Museum Store, 525 Polk Street
(831-649-7111); Pacific House Museum, 10 Custom House Plaza
(831-649-2907). Call: (831) 649-7118. parks.ca.gov
MCCLOUD - Olde
Fashioned Christmas. McCloud Chamber of Commerce –McCloud opens
its doors & hearts in celebration of the Holiday season for two
weekends. Among the activities are Santa Claus visit with
bonfire, caroling, business & open houses, Christmas light
decorating contest, special entertainment & more. Location:
McCloud, CA. mccloudchamber.com
MURPHYS - Murphys Art
Walk. 2nd Saturday of each month seven galleries open their
doors with art, wine, food, and fun. Call: (209) 728-8640.
Voena: Voices of the Season. Voena returns to COPIA with
another joyous, multi-lingual holiday event. Presented in full
Victorian splendor that is sure to fill everyone with the spirit
of the season. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: COPIA: The
American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, 500 First Street,
Napa, CA. Call: (888) 512-6742. copia.org
NAPA - Decorate Your
Own Gingerbread House. Time: Noon to 2 p.m. Cost: $35; extra
house $25; extra kid or adult $10. Location: COPIA: The American
Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, 500 First Street, Napa, CA.
Call: (888) 512-6742. copia.org
NAPA - Tea with
Mrs. Claus.Mrs. Claus presides over an old-fashioned holiday tea
the whole family will love! Baked goodies and tea sandwiches, a
choice of tea, hot cider or hot chocolate keep the memories
warm. Order a family holiday photo in Santa’s sleigh. (Photos
available for purchase separately.) Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 adult; $20 child. Location: COPIA: The American Center
for Wine, Food & the Arts, 500 First Street, Napa, CA. Call:
(888) 512-6742. copia.org
Naples Boat Parade begins around 6
p.m. on Naples Island, 2nd Street near PCH, Long Beach, CA.
OAKLAND -Christmas Revels. The 23rd
Annual Christmas Revels at the Oakland Scottish Rite Theater
includes beautiful period costumes and songs for the holidays.
It's a fantastic performance to lift your spirits. Time: 1 pm
and 5 p.m. Location: Scottish Rites Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive,
Oakland, CA. Tickets: calrevels.org
Oceanside Parade of Lights Holiday Boat Parade.
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights decorated boats
in the water of the inner harbor offer a fun
evening filled with holiday reflections. Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Call: 760-722-5751. Location: 1950 Harbor Drive North,
Christmas Train to Santa's Village. Hop aboard the train in
Irvine Regional Park for a starlit, holiday ride to Santa's
Village where you can meet Santa, take photos and enjoy many
activities. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $8, Free under 24 months.
Parking for Christmas Train is free after 5 p.m. Santa photos
can be purchased, or bring your own camera. Location: 1 Irvine
Park Rd., Orange, CA. Call: (714) 997-3968.
Lane. Take a magical drive through Henry T. Oxnard
Historical District, which includes homes decked out and all
aglow for visitors to enjoy. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Location: "F"
and "G" Streets Between Fifth and Palm, Oxnard, CA.
PATTERSON - Christmas
Tree Lane. Tree Decorating is an event in the park allowing you
to bring your own tree, decorate it and leave it on display for
the public to see through Jan. 2, 2009. Decorating and drop-off
day includes Santa, Crafters, Food, Entertainment, & Electric
Parade. Time: ends at 5:30 p.m. Location: South Park, Patterson,
CA. Call: (209) 892-2821. patterson-westleychamber.com
PATTERSON - Electric
Light Parade. All entries must have lights. Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Entrants meet behind Federated Church (parking lot)
5th & F Street, Patterson, CA. Call: (209) 892-2821.
POWAY - Christmas
in the Park. Holidays are delightful this holiday season
when you experience the magic of an old-fashioned tradition,
Christmas in the Park. The Christmas Tree is officially lighted
at 5:15 p.m., Santa Claus arrives by train at 5:30 p.m. Time:
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Call: (858) 668-4576.
REDONDO BEACH -
Seaside Ice Rink. Public Skating. Santa will be available
for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Skate time:
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost to skate: $12 - 14. Location: Seaside
Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA. Parking at 181 N.
Harbor Drive Call: (310) 318-6300. seasideice.com
REDONDO BEACH -
Christmas Boat Parade. 14th annual Redondo Beach boat parade
plies the channel of the South Bay harbor with a guest Grand
Marshall, Rick Hearst of General Hospital. Location: Redondo
Beach harbor. Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free to watch. Best viewing
is along breakwall, on pier, or from harbor restaurants.
ROSEVILLE - Fun Days at Maidu Interpretive
Center - Indian Museum. Live animal shows, tours, and
traditional native American stories told by Rick Adams. Time: 10
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $14/family, group. Location:
1960 Johnson Ranch
Drive, Roseville, CA. Call: (916) 774-5934.
Nutcracker performed by Sacramento Ballet, the annual event
is better than ever. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Location: Sacramento
Community Theater, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street,
Sacramento, CA. Cost: $28 - 60 approx. Call the Community Center
Theater Box Office at (916) 264.5181. sacballet.org.
SANTA ROSA -
Drive-Through Live Nativity. Drive-Through Live
Nativity at Santa Rosa Adventist Church is an annual event the
church presents to the public. Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Cost:
Free. Location: 840 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA. Call: 707-578-8883 santarosasda.org
SAN DIEGO -
Ice. Holiday public ice skating rink at Horton Plaza. Time:
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Location: 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA.
SAN DIEGO -
City Ballet of San Diego's Nutcracker. Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $42 - 62. Location: Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San
Diego, CA. Call: (858) 272-8663. cityballet.org
SAN DIEGO -
Skating by the Sea. Hotel del Coronado resort offers outdoor
ice-skating overlooking the Pacific! Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
2 to 5 p.m. & 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $20/adult; $15/child age 10 &
under; matinee session: $15/adult; $10/child; Skate Rental: $5.
Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado Island, CA. hoteldel.com
SAN DIEGO - Fiesta
Navidad, Victorian Christmas Celebration and Las Posadas
Pilgrimage. Victorian Christmas takes place in conjunction with
the annual celebration in Old Town San Diego. The Las
Posadas pilgrimage starts at Heritage County Park at 6pm. Time:
Noon, 12 p.m. Call: (619) 291-9784. oldtownsandiego.org
SAN FRANCISCO -
Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Public invited to the
re-creation of the novel Charles Dickens novel with festive
costumes, A Christmas Carol, includes live entertainment, food,
music, and family fun. Runs weekends through Dec. 21,
2008. Cost: Adult Advance Tickets $17; Child (5-11) $10. Day of:
Adult: $22; | Child $10. Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Cow
Palace, East Exhibit Halls, Geneva Ave., San Francisco, CA.
Call: (415) 404-4111. cowpalace.com
SAN FRANCISCO -
Francisco Ballet's The Nutcracker. As the company that
introduced the first American version of The Nutcracker, San
Francisco Ballet's current production under the direction of the
esteemed Helgi Tomasson is recognized as one of the finest
ballet presentations anywhere. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $20
-112. Location: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. at
Grove St., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 865-2000. sfballet.org
SAN FRANCISCO - Dance
Along Nutcracker. Clara's Uncle Drosselmeyer is haunted by
ghosts when he turns down the family Christmas party. Stars
Trauma Flintstone as Drosselmeyer and Donna Sachet as the Ghost.
2008 Dance-Along Nutcracker: Bah Humbug! Time: 2:30 & 7 p.m.
Cost: $15 -$50. Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 978-2787
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:
7:30 p.m. Cost: $30 -85. Location: San
Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden, San
Jose, CA. Tickets:(408) 288-2800, balletsanjose.org.
SAN JOSE -
Downtown Ice. Outdoor ice skating rink for the holidays.
Time: Noon to Midnight. Cost: $15/ adult. $13/ youth 12 and
under. Admission includes rental skates and ice time. Runs
through Jan. 11, 2009. Location: 120 S. Market St., San
Jose, CA. Call: (408) 279-1775. sjdowntown.com
LUIS OBISPO -
Nutcracker. The Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo presents
everyone's favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, presented
by a professional production that has delighted the Central
Coast for more than 30 years. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Location:
Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center, 1 Grand Ave., San Luis
Obispo, CA. civicballetofslo.org
- 2008 Nutcracker. This
Peninsula Ballet Theatre Dance Company production of The
Nutcracker offers timeless beauty. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $7 -
67. Call: (800) 595-4TIX (4849). Location: San Mateo Performing
Arts Center, 600 North Delaware, San Mateo, CA.
- San Pedro
City Ballet's The Nutcracker. Under the direction of Cynthia
and Patrick David Bradley, the production is colorfully staged
and expertly executed at this historic Warner Grand Theatre.
Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA.
Email for info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call: (310)
SAN RAFAEL - Marin Ballet's The Nutcracker. Marin
Ballet's full-length production of Nutcracker is an event
anticipated by dancers and the Marin community alike. The cast
is made up of approximately 175 student dancers, visiting guest
artists and adult performers. Time: 1 & 5 p.m. Cost: $35 adult;
$23 kids 12 & under, seniors. Location: Veterans' Memorial
Auditorium at the Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. Call:
(415) 499-6800. marinballet.org
BARBARA - Santa Barbara Festival Ballet's 34th annual
performance of the Nutcracker. Time: 2:30 p.m. Cost: $20 - 40
(approx.) Location: Arlington Theater, 1317 State St., Santa
Barbara, CA. Call: (805) 966-0711. santabarbaraballetcenter.com
Location: Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington
Drive, Sunnyvale, CA. Call: (408) 733-6611. sunnyvale.ca.gov
CLARA - Santa Clara Ballet's The Nutcracker. 35th
Annual Nutcracker dazzles thousands of guests with exquisite
choreography, local, as well as nationally acclaimed
professional dance artists. Time: 12 & 7 p.m. Cost: $18 - 28.50.
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center's Theater, 5001 Great
America Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA. Call: (408) 881-0879.
SANTA ROSA - Santa
Rosa Symphony Concert. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $27 - 50. Location:
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa
Rosa, CA. Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org
STANFORD - Palo Alto
Chamber Orchestra's The Mozart Effect. Noted Bay Area pianist
Robert Schwartz performs Mozart's Piano Concerto #17 in G Major,
plus Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, tackled by the combined forces
of PACO and Sinfonia. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $15 General. Location:
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA. Call:
(650) 725-5838. pacomusic.org
- Lakewood Village Holiday Parade. Festive event celebrates the
season in Sunnyvale's Lakewood Village. Time: 11 a.m. Location:
Lakewood School to Fairwood Park. Call: (408) 886-8037.
- Kugelplex – Klezmers in Concert. Kugelplex is a
respected young band of Yiddish musicians, or klezmers, who
wandered Eastern Europe’s cities and countryside, playing dance
music for weddings and festivals. Their song “Rudolph’s Mitzvah”
was a Hanukkah hit last year. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25
SYLMAR - Organist Mark
Herman will perform. Time: 2 & 8 p.m. Cost: Call for cost.
Location: The Nethercutt Museum, 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar,
CA 91342Call: (818) 364-6464. nethercuttcollection.org
TEMPLETON - The
Nutcracker Ballet. North County Dance and Performing Arts
foundation in conjunction with Class Act Dance will delight and
fascinate audiences with both professional and local dancers.
Time: 2 p.m. Cot: $15 - 20. Location: Templeton Performing Arts
Center, 1200 S. Main St., Templeton, CA. Call: (805)
835-1915 or (805) 239-3668.
THOUSAND OAKS -
That Holiday Feeling Concert. Presented by Village Voices
Chorale, get into the groove with some holiday join of your own
at this popular holiday concert. Time: 2:30 p.m. Cost: $18.
Location: Scherr Forum Theatre - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100
E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA. Call: (805) 449-2787.
VACAVILLE - The
Nutcracker. Vacaville Ballet's The Nutcracker Suite features a
traditional holiday favorite. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $14 -19.
Location: Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr.,
Vacaville, CA. Call: (707) 449-6217. vpat.net
Parade of Lights.
Daytime activities include snow play for children and visits
with Santa. Horse drawn carriage rides with sleigh bells go from
Noon to 5 p.m., departing from Harbor View Park next to snow
play area. Santa and his reindeer fly over at 7 p.m. to launch
the boat parade. Goes from Noon to 9 p.m. Parade starts at 7
p.m. Location: 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard, CA.
WALNUT CREEK -
Creek on Ice. This seasonal ice skating rink offers holiday
exercise and fun in a beautiful outdoor setting. Time: 10 a.m.
to 11 p.m. Cost: $11 - 15. Location: Civic Park, Clay Arts
Parking Lot, Walnut Creek, CA. Call: (925) 935-7669. iceskatewalnutcreek.com
WALNUT CREEK -
Holidays at Shadelands Faire and Teas. Walnut Creek
Historical Society annual decorated, historic home, will be
filled with high-quality crafts and specialty holiday items for
sale. Hand-made gifts and quilts, clothing, jewelry, porcelain,
and gourmet foods are only a few of the items available.
Admission to the house and vendors is free, and free parking is
available. A high tea three-course luncheon will be served
in the parlor and dining room daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.,
for $28 per person. Time: a.m. to 4 p.m. Call: (925) 935-7871.
Location: 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA.
Westside Ballet Nutcracker
is one of the longest
running Nutcracker Ballets
in California. Time: 2 &
7:30 p.m. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301
Wilshire Blvd, Brentwood, CA
90073. Tickets are
$26 through ticketmaster.com/ westsideballet.com
YUBA CITY - A
Hillbilly Christmas Carol. Christmas Eve has come to the Ozarks.
The audience can watch a mountaineer version of The Christmas
Carol in this Magic Theater Production. Time: 1 & 3 p.m. Cost:
$5. Location: 815 B St, Yuba City, CA. Phone: (530) 751-1100.
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