Sunday, November 30, 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.
ARROYO GRANDE -
Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony & Concert. The annual
Christmas event begins with a concert at the Rotary Bandstand in
the Nelson Green from 3:30 to 5 p.m. A small-town parade
then follows, and next, a Tree Lighting ceremony. Time: 3:30 - 7
p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Downtown District, Arroyo Grande, CA.
Call: (805) 473-2250. arroyograndevillage.org
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: 12:30 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.
COSTA MESA - The Color Purple Play. Mature content in this
award-winning production. Time: 1 & 6:30 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
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
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 thru Jan. 4, 2009. Time: 5:30 to 10
p.m.; open till 11 p.m. Fri & Sat nights. 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
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
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
HOLLYWOOD - Hollywood's Santa Parade. Holiday parade with
floats, marching bands, equestrian units,
celebrities and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade has been in
existence since 1928. This year the parade will travel Hollywood
Blvd. and Sunset between Highland and Vine in Hollywood, CA.
Address: Hollywood Boulevard and Highland, Hollywood, CA. Time:
5 p.m. Cost: Grandstand seating $35 each; curbside seating free.
Call: (866) PARADE1. hollywoodsantaparade.com
IRVINE - An Irish Christmas. Presented by Kerry Records,
Riverdance stars Darren Maguire and Maeve Croke headline a
concert of Irish Christmas carols, stories, uileann pipes and
Celtic fiddles. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $48, $40 adults; $28, $22
children. Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4646 Campus Dr.,
Irvine, CA. Call: (949) 854-4646. thebarclay.org
LEMOORE - Tree Raising
and Holiday Festival. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Fox & D
streets, Lemoore, CA. Call: (559) 924-6401.
- 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 -
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 - 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 -
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:
9 a.m. to 8 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. Call: (310)
Westside Ballet Nutcracker
is one of the longest
running Nutcracker Ballets
in California. Time: 1:30 &
5:30 p.m. Location: Smothers Theatre,
Pepperdine University, 24255
Pacific Coast Highway,
Malibu, CA. Tickets are
$26 through ticketmaster.com/ westsideballet.com
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
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
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.
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
SALINAS - Holiday
Parade of Lights, One City, Many Cultures. Revelers weave
through Oldtown by float, car, horse or foot in the community
parade which offers float lessons to entrants who pay a fee to
participate. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free to attend. Location:
South Main to Salinas Street, Salinas, 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: $15/adult; $10/child; Skate Rental: $5.
Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado Island, CA. hoteldel.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 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 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:
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 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: 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)
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.
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
YUBA CITY -
Handel's Messiah. Handel's Messiah will be performed by the
Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society. Time: 4 p.m. Reservations, call
(530) 742-1904. Location: St. Isidore Catholic Church, Yuba
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