Saturday, December 6, 2008
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (Carmel to Oregon
Border) / SOUTHERN
BOULDER CREEK -
Boulder Creek Christmas in The Redwoods. The Annual Christmas in
the Redwoods is a Tree Lighting Ceremony, welcome of Santa
Claus, and Christmas Carols. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Rainbow's
End located at the North end by the bridge, Boulder Creek, CA.
CALIFORNIA CITY - Tree
Lighting and Holiday Celebration. Lighting of Christmas tree,
visit from Santa, local school & church choirs. Hot Chocolate
served by The Girl Scouts. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: California City City Hall, 21000 Hacienda Blvd.,
California City, CA. Call: (661) 754-1058.
CARSON - Proof, a
Play. David Auburn's Pulitzer and Tony-winning drama about
a young woman's struggles with her recently deceased father's
mathematical genius and his mental illness. Time: 8 p.m. Cost:
$12. Location: Edison Studio Theatre, California State
University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA.
Call: (310) 243-3588. zaptix.com
CERES - Christmas
Festival. Ceres 21st Annual Christmas Festival includes
horse-drawn wagon rides down Christmas Tree Lane. At the
conclusion of the festival will be the Grand Opening of
Christmas Tree Lane. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location:
Smyrna Park, 2650 Fowler Rd., Ceres CA Call: (209) 538-5682
Folklorico Posada Navidena. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $17 -
22. Location: California State University, Chico, Laxson
Auditorium, 2nd & Normal Ave., Chico, CA. Call: (530) 898-6333.
COLUMBIA - Lamplight
Tour. Docents in period costume perform a series of skits
depicting life in Columbia during the holiday season.
Reservations fill up quickly, so reserve early. Fundraiser for
Friends of Columbia State Historic Park. Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost:
$20. Location: Columbia State Park, Columbia, CA. Call: (209)
CRESCENT CITY -
Holiday Fair. Del Norte County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Building
is the location for this gift-buying opportunity. Music,
entertainment and lots to look at. Free admission (donation of a
new toy or canned goods accepted). Location: Del Norte County
Fairgrounds, 421 Highway 101 North Crescent City, California.
Call: (800) 350-9556. dnfairgrounds.com
FAIR OAKS -
Christmas in the Village & Tree Lighting Ceremony. The
25th Annual celebration sponsor and vendor booths, a
village merchants' decorating contest, visiting with Santa and
Mrs. Claus, the children’s play "Winnie the Pooh" in the
Amphitheater, singing Christmas carols, lighting of the
Christmas tree and a parade. Time: 1 to 6 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: Plaza Park in the Fair Oaks Village, Fair Oaks Blvd. &
California Street, Fair Oaks, CA. fairoakschamber.com
FORT BRAGG - Holiday
Lights Parade. Annual parade features the arrival of Santa
Claus, Christmast Tree Lighting, Caroler and musical
entertainment. Location: Downtown Fort Bragg, CA. Call: (707)
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.
HAYWARD - Ballet
Petit's The Nutcracker. This production of America's favorite
ballet, The Nutcracker, features fantastic costumes, magical
stages sets that twinkle with holiday festivity, and traditional
ballet under the direction of the multi-talented Peggy Peabody.
Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $16 -20. Location: Chabot College Theatre
of Performing Arts, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA. Call:
(510) 324-4988. balletpetit.com
KINGSBURG - Santa
Lucia Festival, Parade and Gingerbread House Competition.
An evening parade with a silent procession is held as part of a
Swedish-themed event in which girls dressed in white gown with
red sashes go to various restaurants, carrying coffee pots and
tasty buns. Also, a gingerbread house competition,
caroling, and arts and crafts are included for all ages to enjoy
and participate in. Time: 5:30 p.m. parade, other events
throughout the day. Cost: Free for most activities. Location
Draper St., Kingsburg, CA. Call: (559) 897-1111
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.
LOS GATOS - Children's
Christmas/ Holidays Parade. 52nd Annual Parade begins at the
corner of Almendra and Santa Cruz Ave. proceeding south to Main
Street and ending at Church Street. Time: 11 a.m., rain or
shine. Call: (408) 354-8700 ext. 226. lgsrecreation.org
LIVERMORE - An Italian
Chorale. Concert features Respighi's Laud to the Nativity
and Vivaldi's Gloria, along with carols of the season. Time: 8
p.m. Admission is $20. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 4th
& L Streets, Livermore, CA. Call (925) 866-4003.
Marysville Christmas Parade, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Over 100
entries in this festive parade. Lighted floats, horses, cars,
clowns, carolers, organizations, schools and bands all
participate. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Location: The parade starts at
6th and D Streets and ends after passing the reviewing stand on
C Street between 4th & 5th. Downtown Marysville, CA. Call: (530)
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
MENLO PARK -
Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy writing a letter to Santa, dining on
a pancake feast and even visiting Santa Claus to tell him your
holiday wishes. Bring a camera. Location: Burgess
Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park, CA. Cost: $3/kid;
$5/adult. Time: 8 to 11 a.m. menlopark.org
Holiday Craft Faire and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join Millbrae's
community celebration and lighting of the City Hall Christmas
Tree. City of Millbrae’s Annual Holiday Craft Faire goes from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes arts & crafts, music, food and
shopping! It is held at Chetcuti Room, 451 Poplar Ave. Tree
Lighting Time: 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Millbrae City Hall,
621 Magnolia Ave., Millbrae, CA. Call: (650) 873-5298.
MONTEREY - Cowboy
Poetry and Music Festival. 9th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and
Music Festival features the best cowboy poets and balladeers,
plus well known western artists. Saturday events include:
Chasin' the Herds with Jay Snider,
Sourdough Slim, and
Linda Kirkpatrick; Christmas Art & Gear Show; Ridin' the Cowpoke
Cosmos with Paul Zarzyski & Wallace McRae; Slack Key Talk Story
with Leabert Lindsey, Marcus Wong Yeun, and Bobby Kini; Story
Tellers – Hosted by Mick Vernon with Dave Stamey, Juni Fisher,
Paul Zarzyski, Baxter Black; Houlihan -- J&S Productions
Documentary; Sagebrush Symphony with Dave Stamey with Wallace
McRae, Lone Prairie, and Jay Snider; and Stardust Cowboys
performing at the Western Dance that begins at 10 p.m. Time: 9
a.m. to Midnight. Cost: $200/ 3 day pass, or $135/person approx.
for full day of activities and dances. Location: Monterey
Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA. Call: (800)
MORGAN HILL - Holiday
Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Morgan Hill's Holiday
Lights Parade starts at 1st Street & Monterey and ends at the
Community Center located at Dunne and Monterey Road. The Tree
Lighting Ceremony is held after the Parade. Children of all ages
can visit with Santa and his Magical Ship. Lana's Dance Studio
will be performing in the Amphitheatre. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Morgan Hill, CA. Call:
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 - Baguette
Quartette’s Holiday Concert. With legends, chansons, and vintage
dance music, the Baguette Quartette will take you back to
pre-WWII France. Hear a Santa Claus legend with an 1842 song
that became a huge French hit. You will hear one a capella
example of the begging songs that were used all over Europe
during the Holidays and songs about snow, crèpes and the twelve
months of the year (like “On the First Day of Christmas”). Of
course there will be valse musette, fox trot, paso doble, tango
and all the dances that make the Baguette Quartette a Bay Area
favorite. Time: 8 to 10 p.m. Cost: $29. Location: COPIA: The
American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, 500 First Street,
Napa, CA. Call: (888) 512-6742. copia.org
NAPA - Sugarplum
Tea. Sugarplum Tea. Catch includes sweet baked goods such as
Savory Tarts, Scones with Sweet Creamery Butter & Lemon Curd,
plus Holiday Sweets Sampler, and elegant tea sandwiches served
with a brimming pot of tea. Traditional holiday tunes on the
harp complete this lovely interlude. Call (707) 259-1600 for
reservations. Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $45. Location: COPIA:
The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, 500 First Street,
Napa, CA. Call: (888) 512-6742. copia.org
OAKLEY - Tree Lighting
Ceremony. Held at Oakley Civic Center, this annual event is a
show-stopper. It is one of the warmest celebrations on a cool
December night. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. oakleychamber.com
Walk Through the Ancient Forest. This annual holiday walk,
illuminated only by candles, goes thru the redwoods to the
Campfire Amphitheatre where North Coast Storytellers entertain.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Elk Prairie Visitors
Center, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Orick, CA. Call:
(707) 488-2169. firstname.lastname@example.org /
PACIFIC GROVE -
Stillwell's Snow in the Park. 15th Annual Stillwell’s Snow
in the Park at Caledonia Park in downtown behind the Post Office
features a snow-covered blanket of white snow and twinkling
lights. Lots of wintry fun for all! Featuring Santa’s arrival on
a shiny Pacific Grove fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, Snow
Queen, hayrides, petting zoo & lots of entertainment. More info:
PETALUMA - Holiday Lighted
Boat Parade. A flotilla of decorated boats on parade andholiday
caroling make for an evening of delightful fun. Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free to watch. Location: Petaluma Marina - arrives in the
Turning Basin at about 6:30 p.m. Call: (707) 769-0429.
PITTSBURG - 2008 Nutcracker. This
Peninsula Ballet Theatre Dance Company production of The
Nutcracker offers timeless beauty. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 -
25. Call: (925) 432-4992. Location: Pittsburg Creative Arts
Building, 250 School St., Pittsburg, CA. peninsulaballet.org
CORDOVA - Breakfast with Santa. Pancakes, sausage and
scrambled egges, plus beverages are included in this
American-style breakfast. Cost: $5/person. Time: 8 to 10 a.m.
Location: Cordova Senior Activities Center, Rancho Cordova, CA.
REDWOOD CITY -
Beautiful production features guest performances by David Bier
and several others. Time: 1 & 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 - 39. Location: The Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway,
Redwood City, CA. Call: (650) 369-4119. foxdream.com
ROSEVILLE - Roseville
Tree Lighting. Sights and sounds will fill Vernon St. between 5
and 8 p.m. . It will center around the Civic Center at 311
Vernon St., Roseville, CA. Call: (916) 746-1390.
ROSEVILLE - Holiday
Craft Fair. 19th annual event is held at the Maidu Community
Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 1550 Maidu Dr.,
Roseville, CA. Call: (916) 774-5979. roseville.ca.us
Nutcracker performed by Sacramento Ballet, the annual event
is better than ever. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Sacramento
Community Theater, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street,
Sacramento, CA. Cost: $28 - 48 approx. Call the Community Center
Theater Box Office at (916) 264.5181. sacballet.org.
Streets of Bethlehem Living Nativity. It begins just after
dark (6 p.m. and goes to 8:30 p.m.) It is free to the public. A
special assistance opportunity for those with disabilities and
impairments is offered. Please contact the First Baptist Church
of Salinas. Address: 1130 San Vincente Ave., Salinas, CA. Call:
SAN CARLOS - Santa
Arrives by Helicopter. Heller Aviation Museum is the place for
action when Santa drops in from the sky, arriving by helicopter.
Santa arrives at 10 am - leaves about 12:30. San Carlos
Community Band will perform, and refreshments are provided
compliments of Trader Joe's. Santa will greet children with
candy canes and coloring books and then move by fire truck
(around noon) to his Holiday Home in Downtown San Carlos at the
Bank of America Parking Lot in the 700 block of Laurel Street.
At Hiller, for a donation, Girl Scouts will be taking Polaroid
photos of the children with Santa. Time: 9:30 a.m. Cost: Free.
Location: Hiller Aviation Museum and Institute, 601 Skyway Road
off Holly/ Redwood Shores Parkway near the San Carlos Airport,
San Carlos, CA. Call: (650) 593-1068
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 - The
Nutcracker. Westlake School for the Performing Arts under the
artistic direction of Malu Rivera-Peoples, presents The
Nutcracker. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Palace of Fine Arts, Bay &
Lyon, San Francisco, CA. Cost: $25-30. Location: Call: (650)
SAN FRANCISCO -
Fantasy of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration. Union
Street is the happening place this holiday season during the
Fantasy of Lights Parade and Lighting Ceremony that graces the
tree-lined Union Street and Fillmore shopping district. A month
long celebration begins at sunset with a parade including the
Snow Queen, Santa, carolers and entertainers who lead the way to
the Cudworth Mansion at 2040 Union where the lighting of Union
and nearby Fillmore streets takes place with the sparkle of
millions of tiny white lights. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: 2040 Union Street, San Francisco, CA. Call: (800)
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - Holiday in Lights Parade: A Tribute
to the Loveable Characters of Disney. Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost:
Free. Location: Downtown San Juan Bautista, CA. Call: (831)
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
SAN RAFAEL -Stapleton Nutcracker. Time: 1 & 5 p.m. Cost:
$16 - 30. Location: Marin Civic Center: Marin Veterans Memorial
Auditorium, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael, CA. Call:
SANTA CRUZ - Lighted
Boat Parade. The Lighted Boat Parade features 50
beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the
Santa Cruz Harbor. Charter boats available. This is a family
event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations
through the south harbor. Time: 5:30 p.m. santacruzharbor.org
SANTA ROSA - A Johnny
Mathis Christmas. Accompanied by a 31-piece symphony orchestra,
one of the finest singers creates holiday memories in songs
you'll cherish. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $69 & 99. Location: Wells
Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa,
CA. Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org
SEBASTOPOL - Goddess
Crafts Fair. 14th annual arts & crafts event features unique
hand-crafted items, musical entertainment and nice way to spend
a day. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: $5 - 13, suggested donation
(proceeds go to local charity). Location: Sebastopol Community
Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol, CA. goddesscraftsfaire.com
Reflections Lighted Boat Parade. Decorated boats come from the
Stockton Deep Water Channel and take one time around Mc Leod
Lake and return to the Deep Water Channel. This is the 29th
annual Lighted Boat Parade and it is a free event sponsored by
Marina West Yacht Club. It is a wonderful event to kick off the
holiday season and takes place rain or shine! This event is a
holiday gift, from Marina West Yacht Club, to the residents of
San Joaquin County. Location & Time: The parade usually forms at
Light 36 in the Stockton San Joaquin Delta at 5 p.m., reaching
Weber Point at approximately 6 p.m. Call: Lynn Hahn, (209)
CITY - Christmas
on the Waterfront. Suisun City's Waterfront District comes alive
for the holidays with Santa, tree-lighting, caroling, lighted
boat parade, bonfire, wagon rides, food & fun for the whole
family! Time: 2 to 8 p.m. Location: Suisun City Harbor Plaza,
Main Street at Solano Street, Suisun City, CA. Call: (707)
SUNNYVALE - Christmas
Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration. Sponsored by Sunnyvale
Downtown Association, this is the city's 8th annual tree
lighting event. Time: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: 100
block of Murphy Ave., Downtown Sunnyvale, CA. Call: (408)
- Holiday Tree Lighting. Vallejo's 11th Annual
lighting of the City Christmas Tree includes festivities. After
the lighting of the City Christmas Tree, enjoy caroling, music,
hot chocolate, & cookies, a visit by Santa via Fire truck.
Caroling by the Vallejo Choral Society and the Campanelli
children's choir, dance selections performed by Solano Community
College, poetry, hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit by Santa
via Fire truck make this holiday season bright. Time: 5 to 7
p.m. (Santa arrives at 6:45.) Cost: Free. Location:
Vallejo Waterfront & Ferry Terminal, 289 Mare Island Way,
CREEK - The Nutcracker. Contra Costa Ballet School and Contra
Costa Ballet Centre produces an annual Nutcracker at Dean Lesher
Regional Center for the Arts at Hoffman Theater. Cost: $28.
Time: 2, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. Location: Dean Lesher Regional Center
for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek CA. Call: (925)
943-SHOW or (925) 943-7469.contracostaballet.org
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
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Santa Barbara to San
Diego) / NORTHERN
ANAHEIM - Nutcracker
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Village. Free
Pictures with Santa, Free Holiday Craft Activities for the kids,
Free Train Rides, Free children's snow play, Candle Light
processional, Lighting of 50Ft. Christmas tree, Live Holiday
music. Time: Noon to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Center
Street Promenade and Lemon, Anaheim, CA. Call: (714) 956-3586.
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.
APPLE VALLEY -
Wonderland Celebration. Join the town of Apple Valley for its
first ever Winter Wonderland with snow, carolers, games for the
kids and more. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is part of the
festivities at this family fun event. Time: 2 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free. Location: Civic Center, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway,
Apple Valley, California. Call: (760) 240-7000, x 7071.
Nutcracker Ballet. Inland Pacific Ballet Nutcracker Ballet
production is performed in the beautiful Bridges concert hall.
Cost: $13 - 48. Time: 7 p.m. Claremont Colleges Bridges
Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, Ca. Phone:
CORONA - Holiday
Boutique. Time to get ready for the Holidays! You will find
beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind decorations, candles, floral,
clothing, jewelry, holiday decor, antiques and Tasty Treats like
gourmet caramel apples, candy, baked goods & tamales Too! Event
is held on Dec. 5 & 6. Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: Free
admission. Location: 14183 Parkwood Ave., Corona, CA. Call:
COSTA MESA - All Breed Dog Show. Shoreline Dog Fanciers
Assoc. event includes Dog Exhibition, show and competition.
Public education and vendors. Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free
admission. Location: Buildings 12, 14 & 16, and Main Mall, 88
Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA. Call: (714) 708-1500. ocfair or
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.
DANA POINT - Free Boat
Rides with Santa Claus. Join Santa Claus and tell him your
Holiday wishes aboard this 20 minute cruise. These trips are
free and run every half hour. No reservations required. Time: 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Dana Point Harbor Drive at
Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA. Call: (949) 496-5794.
DEL MAR -
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
Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony. 2008 Encinitas Holiday
Parade, “A Storybook Holiday,” celebrates literary works of the
Holiday season. A Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. in the
Lumberyard shopping center courtyard on Coast Highway 101
launches the event with the parade starting at 5:30 p.m. Parade
entries plan to go all out, representing their favorite holiday
stories and characters while Grand Marshal Morris Pike, founder
of Captain Book Children’s Literacy Program, offers a great fit
to the theme. Nearly 100 entries make their way down the Parade
route heading south along Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J
Street. Time: 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Encinitas,
California. Call (760) 633-2740 for general Parade information.
ESCONDIDO - Holiday
Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the holidays with a
tree lighting, visit with Santa, and Horse & Carriage Rides.
Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Locations: FREE Horse and Carriage
Rides – pick up at Maple and Grand from 6 to 8 p.m.; FREE Visit
with Santa at 157 East Grand Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m.; Tree
Lighting at California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N
Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA. Call: (760) 839-4138.
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
FULLERTON - The
Nutcracker. Anaheim Ballet greets the holiday season with a
special Nutcracker ballet performance at Plummer Auditorium in
Fullerton. Time: 3 & 8 p.m. Cost: $25-30. Location: 201 E.
Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA. Call: (866) 468-3399.
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: 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call:
714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Concert In Voce Tubae. Subtitled: Festive Music for Choir, Brass
and Percussion. Directed by Dr. Bruce Bales, Conductor, festive
music for choir, brass and percussion will feature works by
Schültz, Purcell, Bruckner, Pinkham, Dello Joio and Rutter.
Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $12/general admission. Location: Golden West
College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington
Beach, CA 92647. Call: (714) 714-895-8150 x1. gwctheater.com
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Harbour Christmas Boat Parade. Parade begins around 6 p.m.
and travels throughout the harbor channels.
The Secret Santa Musical Show. Presented by Men Alive: The
Orange County Gay Men's Chorus. Time: 3 & 8 p.m. Cost: $25
- 47.50. Location: UC Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr.,
Irvine, CA. Call: (949) 854-4646. thebarclay.org
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.
LAKE ARROWHEAD - The
Nutcracker. Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company presents a
holiday ballet favorite, Nutcracker Ballet. Time: 2:30 & 8 p.m.
Cost: $16.25. Location: Rim of the World Performing Arts Center,
Lake Arrowhead, CA. arrowheadballet.org
LANCASTER - The Best
Christmas Pageant Ever. The story of Christmas presented by kids
in a comedic play by Barbara Robinson. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $8 -
17. 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
- Live Concert with DC Four, plus Santa from Noon to 4 p.m.
Marketplace Long Beach, 6501 E. Pacific Coast Highway (PCH & 2nd
St.), Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 431-6282.
ANGELES - Pink Dress Puppet Show. The Pink Dress is based on
an actual episode from the Maruyama family's history in the
Amache Concentration Camp. Faced with wearing the required drab
uniform, Tsuki decides to wear her sister's pink dress to her
junior high school graduation to prove she is not "an ant," but
an individual. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $13, includes Museum
admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended,
weather permitting. Location: Japanese American National Museum,
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, California. Call: (213)
LOS ANGELES - Carmen,
the Opera. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the Los Angeles Opera
presentation of this stage favorite is about a gypsy temptress,
set in 19th-century Seville, Spain. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 to
$250. Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA. Call: (213) 972-8001. laopera.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 -
Holiday 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 -
Festival Walk Only Nights. 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. A pedestrian only and vehicle free event goes through
December 7. 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 ANGELES - Haunts
of a Dirty Old Man: James Bukowski's Los Angeles. Esotouric
offers a tour with narration voted one of the best entertainment
values in Los Angeles. Check in is at 11:30am for a 12pm
sharp departure from Philippes The Original near Terminal Annex
in L.A. Call: (310) 995-4591. Price: $58. esotouric.com
MALIBU - Actor Ed
Begley, Jr. will speak at The MUSE Speaker Series. Ed Begley,
Jr., author and actor, is a committed
environmentalist who will discuss ways to reduce the impact
individuals can have on the planet. From quick fixes to bigger
commitments and long-term strategies, Ed will show how easy it
can be to build such changes into everyday life. And with the
holiday’s right around the corner, Ed will present “Begley’s
Best Gift Picks” of the holiday season, provided by Backstage
Creations. Organic appetizers prepared by krEATeLA and wine will
be served. Time: 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $100; $1000 VIP package.
Location: Malibu Performing Arts Center, 23825 Stuart Ranch
Road, Malibu, CA. Call: (310) 317-0797. RSVP to Felicia
ONTARIO - Christmas on
Euclid. 26th annual event includes a tree lighting ceremony,
food purveyors, artisans, health practitioners, and unique
independent businesses. Over 100 regional artisans show their
wares at Christmas on Euclid and entertainment includes live
music, holiday performances, and demonstrations. Children's
activities at the event include puppet shows, crafts, video
development, farm animals, and pony rides. Time: 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Euclid Avenue ~ Holt to G
Street, Ontario, CA. Call: (909) 984-2458. ontario.org
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.
OXNARD - A Cinematic
Christmas Parade. Celebrate the Holiday with a
Christmas Parade full of marching bands, music, floats, and lots
more. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Cost: Free. Location:
Downtown Oxnard: the parade starts at 9th Street and travels
north on A Street to 5th; turns left (west) on 5th Street and
travels around Plaza Park, turning right (north) on C Street. It
turns right (east) on 3rd Street, then right again on B, ending
at the intersection of 4th and B Streets. Call: (805)
OXNARD - Tamale
Festival. Sample tamales and watch tamale making demonstrations
during the annual Oxnard Holiday Christmas Parade. Authentic
home-style tamales are sold while visitors watch the Holiday
Parade. A tamale eating contest, live mariachi music, and arts
and crafts for the kids are some of the fun activities during
the day. There will be raffle prizes including Dodger tickets
and Dallas Cowboys' autographed memorabilia. Time: 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Oxnard, CA. Call:
PASO ROBLES - Joyful
Traditions Holiday Light Parade. Bands, floats, drill teams,
Santa Claus, free candy canes, story telling & refreshments are
all included in this holiday event. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: Downtown Paso Robles, CA. Call: (805) 238-4103.
POMONA - Harvest Festival. 36th annual event features
over 24,000 one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, gourmet foods with
free samples and musical entertainment. Artist quality glass
art, jewelry, ceramics and gifts sold at this holiday event.
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $9 Adult; $7 Senior 62+; $4 Youth
13-17; Free 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. One
ticket is good for all three days. Location: Fairplex - LA
County Fairgrounds, 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA.
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
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 -
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 -
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 JUAN CAPISTRANO -
Tree Lighting Ceremony. Tree
Lighting Ceremony. San Juan Hills High School, Capistrano
Valley High School and Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano
will all perform beginning at 4:30pm. The kids from the
California Conservatory of the Arts will delight the audience to
a dazzling stage performance filled with song and dance. The
official lighting of the tree takes place at 5:45 pm and will be
followed by a candlelight procession to the Mission San Juan
Capistrano. There will be a free train ride at Historic Town
Center Park. Time: 4:30 - 9 p.m. Cost: Free, kids rides for a
fee. Location: 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano,
California. Call: (949) 493-5911. sanjuancapistrano.org
SANTA ANA - The
Science of Gingerbread.
Discovery Science Center annual exhibit. Study it and build
a gingerbread creation in the Science of Gingerbread.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9 - 13, plus $3 parking.
Location: 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA. discoverycube.org
SANTA MARIA - Parade
of Lights. Santa Maria's annual holiday parade includes
equestrian units, floats, celebrity guests, marching bands and
Christmas-themed decorations. Time: 5:15 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: Broadway between Stowell and Town Center Mall, Santa
Maria, CA. Call: (805) 937-8521 ext. 225. smparadeoflights.com
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Jack House Christmas. Take a candlelit
tour of the historic Jack House, a Victorian treasure decorated
for the holidays. Following tour, hot cider and cookies will be
served in the kitchen. Candlelit tours Fri & Sat. Special items
in Gift Store. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $2/person.
Location: 536 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA. Call: (805)
SAN LUIS OBISPO -
Christmas in the Plaza Crafts Fair. Annual Holiday Craft Fair of
handcrafted items includes over 30 vendors, crafts, food and
entertainment. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission.
Location: Mission Plaza, Chorro & Monterey Street, San
Luis Obispo, CA. slocity.org
SAN PEDRO - Holiday Afloat
Parade. Annual event in the Port of Los Angeles features Jerilyn
López Mendoza who presides as Grand Marshal for this year’s
sparkling spectacular of boats decorated in holiday themes.
Viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade events beginning
at 3 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center. Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free. Location: Main Channel, San Pedro, CA. Call: (310) 549-8111.
Parade. Begins at Mission
Santa Ines, travels down Mission Drive, turns left on Fourth Place, left on
Copenhagen Drive all the way east, and ends at the Post Office on Alisal
Road. Time: 11 a.m. to Noon. Solvang, CA. solvangusa.com
TEMPLETON - Cowboy
Christmas. Country-themed music, holiday tunes, a visit from
Santa, sledding on 10 tons of snow, refreshments, arts, crafts,
vendor booths, plus great Farmers Market add up to a whole lotta
fun. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Templeton
Community Park, Templeton, CA. Call: (805) 434-1789.
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. Cost: $15 - 20. Location: Templeton Performing Arts
Center, 1200 S. Main St., Templeton, CA. Call: (805)
835-1915 or (805) 239-3668.
THOUSAND OAKS - A
Christmas Carol Musical. Thousand Oaks Repertory Company
Presents a Christmas Carol directed by Allan Hunt and original
songs by Rick and Vivian Rhodes with original music score by
Rick Rhodes. Time: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Cost: $29. Location: Scherr
Forum- Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd,
Thousand Oaks, CA. Call: (805) 449-2787. civicartsplaza.com
WILMINGTON - Victorian Christmas & Victorian
Civil War. Celebrate the holiday season as they did in the
1860's. Held for the seventh year in conjunction with "A
Victorian Christmas" at the Banning Residence Museum. Cost:
Free. Location: Drum Barracks Civil War Museum 1052 Banning
Boulevard Wilmington, CA. Call: Office (310) 548-7509
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