Friday, November 28, 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.
BAKERSFIELD - It's a
Merry Christmas at Stars. The Stars Christmas show is written to
be a light-hearted and fast moving revue that charms and amuses
the large number of individuals and groups who come to see it.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $31- $54. Location: Stars Theater, 1931
Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA. Call: (661) 325-6100.
BASS LAKE - Bass Lake
Christmas Tree Lighting arts and crafts fair. The event includes
live musical entertainment and a festive holiday atmosphere with
plenty of gift-buying opportunities for all ages. Times: Friday
and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Pines Resort, 'Pines Village,' Bass Lake,
California, just 8 miles northeast of Oakhurst and Hwy 41, 54432
Rd 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604. Cost: Free admission.
BERKELEY - Golden
Dragon Acrobats. The company has traveled to over 65 countries
on five continents and is recognized internationally as one of
the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring companies. Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $24 - $46. Location: UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall,
Berkeley, CA. Call: (510) 642-9988. calperformances.org
Christmas Crafts Village. Inspirational products, holiday
decor, handpainted glass, tole painting, jewelry, children's
crafts and dolls, personalized gifts, stained glass, handblown
glass, soaps & such, embroidery, ceramics & pottery and much
more will be sold by crafters at this fair. Hours: Open daily except Christmas.
Cost: Free admission to Crafts Fair on weekdays. Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA. knotts.com
COSTA MESA - The Color
Purple Play. Mature content in this award-winning production.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $28.50 - 88.50. Location: Orange County
Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr.,
Costa Mesa, CA. Call: (714) 556-ARTS. ocpac.org
DEL MAR -
of Lights Drive-Thru Display. Largest animated drive-through light
show on the west coast features more than 400 twinkling displays
at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Event runs nightly through Jan. 4, 2009.
Time: Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and
Saturdays, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Cost: $14/ car up to 5 people; $19/
vehicle of 6 or more people; $49/ bus. Location: The Del Mar
Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Call: (858)
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.
FREMONT - Niles
Festival of Lights. Fremont's historic Niles district celebrates
traditions with a tree lighting ceremony and annual parade of
lights, complete with unique acts such as flame-tossing
jugglers, Mexican dancing horses, tap dancing trees, and the big
man in red, St. Nick. Live music and snacks are also included.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Niles Boulevard at H
Street, Fremont, CA. Call: (510) 792-8023. niles.org
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: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call:
714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Lighting Ceremony. Visit the Bella Terra mall for a tree
lighting ceremony, live music with Greg Young and the 2nd Street
Band, and Santa Claus. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location:
7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. bellaterra-hb.com
LOS ANGELES -
Los Angeles Auto Show. Prototypes, domestic and imported cars,
and concept cars are showcased at this premier car event. Time:
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201
S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA. Cost: $10; free children
12 and under free when accompanied by adult; $7 seniors. Call:
(310) 444-1850. laautoshow.com
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.
OAK GLEN -
Apple Butter Festival. Hands-on demonstration of apple
butter making the old-time (and slow!) way - outdoors in a big
copper kettle. Learn how to “start the snitz” and “add the
money”, plus enjoy pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage
rides, and lots more. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free
admission. Call Rileys at Los Rios Rancho: (909) 797-1005 or
London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. Oakland’s 70-ft.
Holiday Tree, pictures with Santa, arts & crafts fair, live
entertainment. Kids' Jump Houses and games offer free
entertainment. Time: 1 to 7 p.m. Lighting Ceremony is at 6 p.m.
Location: Jack London Square (Broadway and Pavilion), Oakland,
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.
Pasadena’s Biggest Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival. The
event kicks-off the season with the Rose Queen guest appearance,
holiday sing-a-long and the official start of the Charles
Cherniss Tournament of Toys. Be there when Santa arrives to
light the dazzling 35-foot One Colorado Christmas tree!
Location: in the Courtyard at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA. Time:
6 p.m. onecolorado.com
PASO ROBLES - Holiday Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Caroling, candle light, and Mrs. Claus. Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost:
Free. Location: City Park, Paso Robles, CA.
PLACERVILLE - Festival
of Lights on Historic Main Street. The old-fashioned festivities
begin around 5:30PM at various locations on Main Street with
music, entertainment, Santa, stagecoach rides, Holly Jolly
Trolley rides to outlying parking lots, and the tree-lighting at
6PM at the Courthouse. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Call (530) 672-3436.
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: 11 a.m. to 9:30 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
RIDGECREST - Star Party. Star Parties are an activity where
members and guests come together to view the skies. If you have
a telescope, bring it, if not, come and look through someone
else's. They are held at a site in the open desert south of
Ridgecrest. Time: 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Open Desert,
Ridgecrest, CA. Go south on China Lake Boulevard 6.5 miles from
its intersection with Ridgecrest Boulevard. Continue straight
across Highway 395 and you will be on Brown Road (old highway
395). Follow Brown Road as it curves to the right and goes west.
After 2.3 miles there will be a 30-inch orange cone on the left.
Turn left and follow the dirt road marked by 12-inch cones. The
China Lake Astronomical Society star party is 0.5 miles along
this road. Signs and cones will be put out about a half hour
before viewing starts.Call: (760) 375-7247.
ROSEVILLE - An Old
Fashioned Holiday Exhibit Opening. Open House and the opening of
our special exhibit at the museum. Time: Noon 12 to 4 p.m.
Location: Carnegie Museum Roseville Historical Society, 557
Lincoln St, Roseville, CA. Call: (916) 773-3003.
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: 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 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 -
Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. Holiday festivities
include a visit from Santa Claus and musical entertainment.
Time: Tree Lighting at 5:30 to 6 p.m.; Santa Claus Visit 5:30 to
8p.m. Call: (415) 775-5500.
SAN JOSE - 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: San Jose Convention
Center, 408 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA. havestfestival.com
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
SAN RAFAEL - Parade
of Lights, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Winter Wonderland. 29th
Annual Parade of Lights in Downtown San Rafael begins at Fourth
and “E” Streets at 5pm. Participants in the Parade of Lights
will end at Courthouse Square. This is the 19th annual
free snow sledding on A Street between Fourth & Fifth Streets.
The snow will be open to the public from noon to 4pm, closed
during the Parade of Lights and Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony,
re-opened at approximately 6pm, and closed again at 8pm. There
is also a Holiday Market from 4p to 8pm, located on Fourth
Street between Lootens Place and B Street. Holiday entertainment
and musical performances at different locations on Fourth Street
between Lootens and “A” will be featured. Cost: Free admission.
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
SEAL BEACH -
Christmas Tree Lighting. Seal Beach will host an annual holiday
tree lighting in Eisenhower Park overlooking the beach and pier
on Ocean at Main, Seal Beach, CA. Time: 4 p.m. Cost: Free
SONORA - Sonora
Christmas Festival. 34th Annual Christmas celebration is held at
Sonora's Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost:
$7. Location: 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA. Call: (209)
THOUSAND OAKS - Jim
Brickman Holiday Concert. Jim Brickman has earned three #1 and
twelve Top 10 Adult Contemporary radio hits, consistent debuts
at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s New Age chart, a Grammy
nomination, SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" award, a Canadian
Country Music Award for "Best Vocal/ Instrumental
Collaboration," and more. For over a decade, his holiday
concerts have been musical homecomings for fans of the composer,
recording artist, radio personality and concert headliner. Time:
8 p.m. Cost: $49 -59. Location: Fred Kavli Theatre at Civic Arts
Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA. Call:
(805) 449-ARTS (2787). civicartsplaza.com
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
YOUNTVILLE -Festival of Lights. 19th annual light
festival is a holiday faire featuring food, wine and
entertainment throughout this Napa wine country city. Santa
Claus will be on hand with visits for the children, and there
will be carolers strolling, along with horse-drawn carriage
rides. After dark Yountville magically lights up with thousands
of twinkling lights adorning trees and shops along Washington
Street. V Marketplace will be open until 8pm for holiday
shopping. Time: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call: Yountville Chamber of
Commerce, (707) 944-0904.
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