Saturday, November 29, 2008
ANAHEIM - Celine Dion
in concert. Performs at Honda Center, Time: 8 p.m.
Location: 2695 E Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806. Cost: $46.50 -
185. Call: (714) 704-2500. hondacenter.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.
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.
CAPITOLA - Surfing
Santa arrives. Santa and his Reindeer surf into Capitola main
beach at noon. Be sure to bring your camera to capture Santa's
wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has dried off, he will visit
with all the children and hear their holiday wishes. Location:
Main Beach in Capitola Village. Time: Noon, 12 p.m.
Christmas Tree Lightings. Join everyone (including Mr. &
Mrs. Santa) to get a look at the new shops during an open house
before the tree lighting ceremony begins. Time: 3 - 7 p.m.
(Lighting is at 5:30 p.m.) Cost: Free. Location: Town Square,
COSTA MESA -
Crossroads of the West Gun Show. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults $12, Seniors $11,
children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. Location:
Buildings 10, 12, 14 and 16, and Parade of Products and Main
Mall, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA. Call: (801) 544-9125. ocfair
COSTA MESA - Fiesta
Navidad. Join Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano as they perform
Fiesta Navidad at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
The mariachi tradition of Nati Cano and Mariachi Los Camperos is
one of the finest in the world. Fiesta Navidad takes you on a
musical journey through the various regions of Mexico while
exploring holiday customs through music, song, and dance. Time:
7:30 p.m. Cost: $30 -95. Location: Orange County Performing Arts
Center, Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa
Mesa, CA. Call: (714) 556-ARTS. ocpac.org
COSTA MESA - The Color
Purple Play. Mature content in this award-winning production.
Time: 2 & 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 - Holiday
of Lights Drive-Thru Display. Over 400
twinkling displays at Del Mar Fairgrounds. 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) 755-1161. sdfair.com
EUREKA - Craftsman's
Days. Living history and artisan fair where guests learn about
the traditional arts of blacksmithing, woodworking, ceramics and
much more. Demonstrations in the traditional arts include
blacksmithing, woodworking, spinning. Time: 10 a.m. to 4
Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park, 1 X Street, Eureka, CA .
Call: (800) 248-4259. blueoxmill.com
FAIRFIELD - Jelly
Belly Tree Lighting Ceremony. Kick off the holiday season with
the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas Tree! Lots of family
friendly entertainment, music and fun! A highlight of the
evening is welcoming Santa Claus, himself, to the Visitor
Center! Activities begin at 5:30pm The Visitor Center will be
open until 7:30pm. Tours and the Jelly Belly Cafe will observe
extened hours. Location: Jelly Belly Visitor Center, One Jelly
Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA. jellybelly.com
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: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call:
714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org
GEYSERVILLE - Tree
Lighting Ceremony. Lighting of Olive Trees , Arrival of Santa on
Big Red Engine, Carols Led by Geyserville Christian Church
Singers, Collection Barrels for Gifts for Children & Teenagers
and afterward the local galleries, tasting rooms, shop and
restaurants are open, serving refreshments in an open house.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown Geyserville,
HOLLISTER - Lights on
Celebration Tree Lighting and Parade. This annual event features
a ceremonial lighting of downtown buildings and trees, a parade,
merchant open house, Santa's Village, live entertainment, and
the arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Time: 5 p.m. Location: Downtown
Hollister, CA. Call: (831) 636-8406. downtownhollister.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Holiday Concert. Features Norman Brown's Jazz Christmas with
musicians Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, and SHILTS. Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $55- 145. Location: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort
& Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call:
JULIAN - Living
Christmas Tree Lighting. Julian celebrates the holiday
season with a program of Christmas carols sung by local
vocalists. Santa arrives aboard a fire engine just before 6,
when the tree is lit. The tree lighting set to take place in
Julian’s Pioneer Park at 6 p.m., marks the beginning of the
annual Julian Country Christmas celebration, three weeks of
holiday festivity. Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Pioneer Park,
Julian, CA. Call: (760) 765-1857. julianca.com
LAKE ISABELLA - Lake
Isabella Christmas Parade. Santa Claus ushers in the holiday
season with an old fashioned community parade. Time: 9 a.m. to
Noon. Cost: Free. Location: Lake Isabella, CA. Call: (760)
LONG BEACH - Chicago
City Limits Comedy Performance. This is New York's longest
running comedy revue.
p.m. Cost: $35. Location: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200
Atherton St., Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 985-7000.
- Santa Arrives. 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 -
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.
ANGELES - Miniature Railroad to Santa's House. Passengers
will leave the station aboard an enchanted train and will arrive
at the North Pole within minutes, and will visit Santa's
festively decorated house with brilliant light displays and
holiday scenes to get you in the holiday mood. Cost: $6/ train
ride & small gift from Santa; infants under 19 mths free.
Location: Travel Town Museum (Griffith Park) 5200 Zoo Drive Los
Angeles, CA. Call: (323) 913-4688.
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 -
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
ANGELES - Little Tokyo Walking Tour. Relive history and
learn about present-day Little Tokyo with National Museum
docents .Time: 10:15 a.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 - Blood &
Dumplings. 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 the Lincoln
Heights/Cypress Gold Line Metro station. Call: (310) 995-4591.
Price: $63. esotouric.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
Westside Ballet Nutcracker
is one of the longest
running Nutcracker Ballets
in California. Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm.
Location: Smothers Theatre,
Pepperdine University, 24255
Pacific Coast Highway,
Malibu, CA. Tickets are
$26 through ticketmaster.com/ westsideballet.com
MCCLOUD - McCloud Dog
and Pony Show Parade. Awards for all kids and free hot apple
cider. Stick Pony Contest, meet "Sparky" the Fire Dog, dress up
in costumes and come have fun on Thanksgiving weekend.
Time: 12 Noon. Cost: No entry fee. Location: Main Street,
McCloud, CA. mccloudchamber.com
NAPA - Napa's Tree
Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade. Napa's 45th Holiday
Parade begins at Napa City Hall, winding its way from downtown
Napa and ending at COPIA (The American Center for Wine, Food &
the Arts) for a fun Tree Lighting Party. Santa and floats in the
Nutcracker Sweets Parade end at Copia for hot chocolate and
cookies, tree lighting with the Mayor, caroling and dance
performances. Time: Parade goes from 5 to 6 p.m. Tree lighting
is held at the end of the parade. Cost: Free. Call: (707)
NAPA - Decorate Your
Own Gingerbread House. Time: Noon to 2 p.m. Cost: $35. Location:
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, 500 First
Street, Napa, CA. Call: (888) 512-6742. copia.org
OAK GLEN -
Apple Butter Hoedown. Rileys at Los Rios Rancho celebrates
the bounty of the harvest season with its fourth annual Apple
Butter Hoedown. The Riley's Mountaineers band will pick, fiddle,
and sing traditional bluegrass, Western, and gospel tunes, and
dance caller Dennis Riley will lead guests through
old-fashioned, kick-up-your-heels polkas, quadrilles, reels, and
waltzes. A delicious meal of pumpkin bread and Harvest Soup is
included with admission. The hoedown is part of the Thanksgiving
weekend Apple Butter Festival, which runs from November 28th
through the 30th. The hoedown begins at 6 p.m. Ticket: $25
adult; $18 child 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online
or by calling Rileys at Los Rios Rancho: (909) 797-1005 or
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.
RED BLUFF - Red Bluff
Christmas Parade. This festive and annual parade features
floats, equestrian entries, bands, marching groups and Santa
Claus! Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Downtown Red Bluff, CA. Call:
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 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 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 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
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
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 - An
The brilliance of the dance as Riverdance stars Darren Maguire
and Maeve Croke join in the fun, the sacred moments, stories of
Christmas, Irish Christmas carols, the music of the uilleann
pipes, Irish flutes, bodhráns and Celtic fiddles. Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $24 -51. Location: Fred Kavli Theatre - Thousand Oaks
Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA. Call:
(805) 449-2787. civicartsplaza.com
Christmas in my Home Town. Reminiscent of the holiday specials
presented by Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra, enjoy music and
dance. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Vacaville
Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville, CA. Call:
(707) 449-6217. vpat.net
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.
YREKA - Yreka
Holiday Parade. Annual Yreka parade is the largest daytime
holiday parade in northern California & southern Oregon. Time:
11 a.m. Location: downtown historical district, Yreka, CA.
Call: (530) 842-1649. shastacascade.org