January 1, 2009
In addition to
nursing hangovers, the most celebrated event in California is
the Tournament of Roses and Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. Most
will not attend the event, though they'll be able to watch it on
Local participatory events
include polar and pier plunge events in which participants head
for the beach and get wet in the cool, cool ocean. See the
ocean temperature chart for beaches in California. The
temperatures will range in the 50's mostly. Not as warm as the
Florida shores, the water will not be cold like the Russian
polar bear plunges that require cutting a hole in the ice, then
diving into subzero temperatures. California has it pretty easy.
For the upcoming year, January 1 isn't representative of the
host of events, festivals and fairs that you'll be seeing on the
calendar. January wraps up the outdoor ice rinks, nutcracker
ballets, holiday parades, boat parades and tree lighting
ceremonies. In upcoming months you'll notice a shift to food
events, craft fairs and county fairs. Get ready for the
California season of funshine.
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. Events run through Jan.
4, 2009. Time: Daily, evenings. Location: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd.,
BRENTWOOD - Holiday on Ice. Outdoor seasonal ice rink offers
outdoor fun. Twinkling outdoor light-filled rink under a big
tent. Time: 2:30 -10:30 p.m. Cost: $10; $5/skate rental.
CAYUCOS - 29th
annual Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip held at the Cayucos
pier. Location: Cayucos Pier, Cayucos, CA. cayucoschamber.com
Skating by The
Sea. Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA. Call:
800 Hotel Del or (619) 435-6611
DEL MAR - Holiday 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
Plunge - Location Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street.
Time: Approx. Noon.
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 -
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.
PASADENA - Tournament
of Roses and Rose Parade.
REDONDO BEACH -
Seaside Ice Rink.
Public Skating. 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.
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 JOSE -
skating rink. Location: Circle of Palms, 170 S. Market St., San
Jose, California. Call: (408) 279-1775 ext. 45. sjdowntown.com
SANTA MONICA - Resolution Festival Call 310-474-4832
or go to www.resolutionfest.com
Tournament of Roses Parade. Beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Following the Rose Parade at 2:00 p.m. (PST), the 92nd Rose Bowl
Game, call (626) 449-ROSE.
VENICE BEACH -
Club New Year's Dive. Join this lively group for its 46th annual
dip. They go into the ocean at Noon. Call: (310) 390-5700.
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 10 p.m. Cost: $11 - 15. Location: Civic Park, Clay Arts
Parking Lot, Walnut Creek, CA. Call: (925) 935-7669.
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