Sunday, December 7, 2008
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.
CAMPBELL - Carol of
Lights. 22nd annual event features musical entertainment and in
past years has included a parade, manger scene, puppet shows,
snow, petting zoo, carolers, food, and much more! Location:
Downtown Campbell, CA. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free admission.
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: 2 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
Nutcracker Ballet. Inland Pacific Ballet Nutcracker Ballet
production is performed in the beautiful Bridges concert hall.
Cost: $13 - 48. Time: 1 p.m. Claremont Colleges Bridges
Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, Ca. Phone:
CORONA DEL MAR -
Christmas Walk. The 30th annual street fair includes live
entertainment, shop open houses, and a festive, holiday-themed
celebration. Time: 11am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Along
Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar with Center Stage being
held in Bandera's Parking Lot on Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA.
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
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
ENCINO - Old Time Jam
Session. Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars and musical talent
to jam like communities used to. Old Time Jam Session is led by
Steve Lewis. Time: 1 to 4 pm. Location: CTMS Center for Folk
Music In Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316.
Cost: Free to the public. Call (818) 817-7756. ctmsfolkmusic.org
FERNDALE - Lighting of
America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree. Free cookies and punch
for the entire community, and tourists are welcome. Celebrate
this fine Ferndale tradition since 1934. Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Main Street, Ferndale, CA. Call: (707) 786-4477.
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.
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
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: 7 p.m. Cost: $16 -20. Location: Chabot College Theatre of
Performing Arts, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA. Call: (510)
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Parade, Lighting Ceremony & Taste Of. The 12th annual
holiday parade, lighting ceremony and food sampling of soups &
chowder on Main Street and Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach is
held to raise funds for a Huntington Beach youth shelter. Time:
3 - 6 p.m. Location: Main Street between Orange Ave. and Pacific
Coast Highway; and Pier Plaza at the Huntington Beach Pier,
Huntington Beach, CA. Cost: Free admission, small donation to
sample foods. Call:
sponsorships and information.
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Harbour Christmas Boat Parade. Parade begins around 6 p.m.
and travels throughout the harbor channels.
LAKE ARROWHEAD - The
Nutcracker. Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company presents a
holiday ballet favorite, Nutcracker Ballet. Time: 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $16.25. Location: Rim of the World Performing Arts Center,
Lake Arrowhead, CA. arrowheadballet.org
LANCASTER - Los Lobos.
Los Lobos features a Latin rhythm, mixed with vocals, and rock
to make for something quite appealing and unique. Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $40 - 45. 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
LONG BEACH - Christmas
Rotational Dinner Dance for Christian Singles. Men change tables
for each dinner course (non-rotational tables available, too).
Christian DJ plays a variety of music such as contemporary,
disco, oldies, 60s 70s 80s, Country western & more. Time: 6:30
p.m. to Midnight. Cost: $44 prepay/ $50 door. Location: Golden
Sails Hotel - Best Western, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long
Beach, CA. Call: (888) 222-8818. ChristianSinglesFunEvents.com
LONG BEACH - Franklin
the Turtle's Family Christmas Concert.
& 4:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Location: Carpenter Performing Arts
Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 985-7000.
- Live Concert with Long Beach Community Band, 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.
- 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 - 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: 2 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 GATOS - Santa in
the Plaza & Santa Paws Days. Santa and his elves will be
in the Town Plaza Park. Bring your camera to record the moment!
Also bring your darling four footed friend for a special picture
with Santa. No charge for sitting on Santa's lap. Hosted by
"Santa in the Plaza" committee & Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation
Department. Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: East
Main & Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA. Call: (408) 354-8700.
MENDOCINO - Handel's
Messiah Sing Along. Musical scores provided or bring your own
and sing in this benefit for Mendocino Presbyterian Church
Historical Preservation Fund. Time: 7 p.m.. Loction: Mendocino
Presbyterian Church, Mendocino, CA. Cost: $7. Call: (888)
Poetry and Music Festival. 9th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and
Music Festival features the best cowboy poets and balladeers,
plus well known western artists. Sunday events include: Cowboy
Church with Don Fusilier, Patty Clayton, Juni Fisher,
Sourdough Slim, Linda
Kirkpatrick, Stardust Cowboys, and Jay Snider. Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: $200/ 3 day pass, or $65/person approx. for full day of
activities and shows. Location: Monterey Conference Center, 1
Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA. Call: (800) 722-9652.
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 - 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
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.
PITTSBURG - 2008 Nutcracker. This
Peninsula Ballet Theatre Dance Company production of The
Nutcracker offers timeless beauty. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $10 - 25.
Call: (925) 432-4992. Location: Pittsburg Creative Arts
Building, 250 School St., Pittsburg, CA. peninsulaballet.org
Christmas Parade. 31st annual big parade takes place on Historic
Main Street rain or shine. It starts at the Mountain Democrat
parking lot on upper Broadway in Placerville and continues down
Main Street. Time: 1p.m. Call: (530) 621-5885.
PLEASANTON - An
Italian Holiday with
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: Trinity Lutheran Church,
1225 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton,
CA. Call (925) 866-4003. valleyconcertchorale.org
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 5 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.
RANCHO CORDOVA -
Singing Christmas Tree. Christmas Jazz features over 100
singers, a 40-piece symphonic orchestra, the Capital Youth
Chorale, spectacular theatrical lighting, special effects and
choreography. Time: 2 to 6 p.m. Location: Capital Christian
Center, Rancho Cordova, 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
Nutcracker performed by Sacramento Ballet, the annual event
is better than ever. Time: 2 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 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 p.m. Cost:
$42 - 62. Location: Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego,
CA. Call: (858) 272-8663. cityballet.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 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 JOSE -
Downtown Ice. Outdoor ice skating rink for the holidays.
Time: Noon to 10 p.m. 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 PEDRO - San Pedro
Holiday Parade. 28th annual holiday parade starts at 15th &
Pacific Ave. and goes north on Pacific to 6th, turns east to
Liberty Plaza. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Call: (310) 832-7272.
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 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 CLARA - Opera:
Amahl and the Night Visitors. Menotti’s tale of a small
beggar boy’s encounter with three wise men presented by Mission
City Opera. Cost: $15/person. Call: (408) 749-7607.
SANTA CLARA - Holiday
Train of Lights. Caltrain's Holiday Train is not a passenger
train, but passes through the city for viewing of a visual
lights display. Decorated with more than 40,000 lights, the
Caltrain Holiday Train visits nine stations along the Peninsula
between San Francisco and Santa Clara over two weekend nights.
Time: 8:05 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Santa Clara Railroad
Depot, Santa Clara, CA.
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: 7 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
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'
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 -
The Nutcracker. Produced by the
Civic Ballet, this classic is a festival of sights, sounds
and dance. Time: 2:30 p.m. Cost: $15 -24. Location: Fred Kavli
Theatre - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd,
Thousand Oaks, CA. Call: (805) 449-2787. civicartsplaza.com
YUCCA VALLEY - Town
Hall Tree Lighting with Santa. Light the night with the city's
tree, plus see Santa spread holiday cheer. Caroling, hot-cocoa,
hot-cider, lots of holiday fun! Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA Call:
(760) 369-7207. yucca-valley.org
WALNUT CREEK -
Creek on Ice. This seasonal ice skating rink offers holiday
exercise and fun in a beautiful outdoor setting. Time: 11 a.m.
to 8 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.
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