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Saturday, December 15, 2007 Events in California


Events in California in December


December 2007 Calendar



ALTADENA - Christmas Tree Lane (actually Santa Rosa Avenue, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive) in Altadena is one of the oldest Christmas lighting spectacles in Southern California. It became a tradition in 1920 when a local named Nash decided to brighten up the holiday with some lights on the quickly growing Deodars that the Woodbury Family, founders of Altadena, planted in 1885.  Nearly 135 Deodar Cedar trees are decorated by the Christmas Tree Lane Association in what's known as  “Mile of Christmas Trees” (containing 10,000 lights.)  The oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas display in the world is a designated California Historical Landmark No. 990 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

AUBURN -  Country Christmas. The 21st annual Old Town Country Christmas  turns back the clock to days gone by with Christmas in the foothills. Lighted by Coleman Lanterns, streets are lined with crafters and food vendors, a bonfire to keep you warm, entertainment, pony rides and hayrides and strolling carolers are always a favorite. Over 50 shops and restaurants are open, admission is free and a free shuttle is provided from the fairgrounds. Time: Between 5pm to 9pm, Old Town Auburn, CA.  For information: 530/888-1585

CARMICHAEL - Holiday House Display - More than just lights, many say this event rivals the Bellagio water show in Las Vegas. Over 2 million computer-controlled actions or "states" per song create one of the best light and music shows you'll find. Visitors are invited to bring canned good donations. Time: Sunday - Thursday 6pm-9pm; Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Location: 6425 Meadowhill Court, Carmichael, CA 95608. Directions: Go North on Fair Oaks Blvd from Arden Way. Turn Right on Landis Ave, Turn Right on Deodar Street, Turn Left onto Meadowhill Court. Cost: Free!  Through Dec. 31, 2007.

CORONADO - Skating by The Sea. Three-hour skating sessions will be offered daily from 2 to 5 pm and 6 to 9 pm. A special matinee skating sessions from 11 am to 1 pm will occur on weekends and holidays. 3-hour session: $20/adults; $15/ages 10 years and under; 2-hour matinee session $15/adult; $10/ages 10 years and under. Skate rental is $5 per person. Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA.  Call: 800 Hotel Del or  (619) 435-6611

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: 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Cost: $20-55. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679.

LAGUNA BEACH - The Nutcracker. Laguna Ballet’s 22nd Annual Performance of The Nutcracker. The lead role of Clara will be played by Meghan McDonough and Sophia Romagnano. Tickets:  $24 General; $22 students /seniors/Angels; $20 Children 12 & under. Time: 2 and 7 p.m. Location: Fine Arts Ticket Office, Saddleback College , 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo , CA. In Person:: Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, located in the central quad of the Fine Arts Complex at Saddleback College , 28000 Marguerite Pkwy. , Mission Viejo. Hours are noon until 4 p.m. weekdays. Call: (949) 582-4656.

LAKE ARROWHEAD - Christmas at WildHaven Ranch, a rehab center for injured mountain and forest animals. Enjoy music, lights, and food of the time. Free admission for all. Call (909)337-7389.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Cruise of Lights Holiday Lighted Boat Tour. Join the festivities and help bring music into the lives of children on the Huntington Harbour annual Cruise of Lights holiday tour. As you arrive, you climb aboard a bus that takes participants to the loading dock at Huntington Harbour.  Guest pick up tickets and meet their bus at Huntington Harbour Mall on Algonquin Street. Tour times:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. $15/adult; $9/child. Order: HHPC-Cruise of Lights® Tickets, 16889 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Fax your order anytime to: 714/840-7573. or online at

IRVINE - Nutcracker Ballet with Festival Ballet Theatre. Guest performers include Gillian Murphy and Gennadi Saveliev. Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Ticket: $38/adult. Call: (949) 854-4646. Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA.

LONG BEACH - Nutcracker Ballet. Coast City Ballet Nutcracker is a uniquely-choreographed full length version of the Nutcracker Ballet. Location: Millikan HS Auditorium, 2800 Snowden, Long Beach, CA [email protected] Time: 1:30 & 7:30 pm

MARINA - Christmas Celebration at the Marina Village Shopping Center on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15th and 16th from 11am to 2pm at 215 Reservation Road on Sat. in the Center's Plaza and Sun. at the Marina Farmers Market. Come visit Santa Claus, make stockings, win prizes and play in bouncy house. Saturday, Marina Fire Department gives children tours on the big fire truck. Sunday, 12pm to 12:30pm , Marina Vista Mariner Choraliers sing Christmas carols. Free for all. Call 384-6961. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 215 Reservation Road (Center's Plaza), Marina, CA.

NAPLES - Naples Boat Parade - Time: 6 p.m. at the 2nd Street Bridge; Large Boat start time: 6:30 p.m. near Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.  Parking Alternatives: Naples Bayside Academy (5537 The Toledo) offers parking for a donation of $10, no advanced reservations. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit student programs. Other Places to park include Mothers' Beach,  marine lots east of Davis Bridge, Marine Stadium, and 54th & Bayshore. Unauthorized Boats: Entry to the canals by unauthorized boats during the parade will be restricted. Patrol boats may deny access.  

NEWPORT BEACH -Newport Landing Christmas Boat Parade Cruise. Newport Landing has 5 ships that offer 2 cruises nightly during the parade. The first cruise departs at 5:45 pm and the second cruise departs at 8:00 pm. Each cruise is in the parade. Reservations are required and can be made by phone or email. 99th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but Southern California. With almost 100 years of history the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade is a tradition for generations. Time of cruises: 1st departs at 5:45 pm returns at 7:45 pm 2nd departs at 8:00pm returns at 10:00 pm. Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A (Next to car ferry), Newport Beach, CA 92661. Cost: $30 Adult; $25 Junior (12 years and younger). Reservations required, call: (949) 675-0551. Web:

NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Boat owners in Newport Harbor “deck the hulls” of their seagoing vessels for the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Ranked one of the Top Ten holiday happenings in the nation by the New York Times, the parade features approximately 100 elaborately decorated boats and draws more than one million spectators each year. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories and are highly coveted – motivating boat owners to spend as much as $50,000 on decorations!

OAKLAND - Christmas Revels. The California Revels celebrate Winter Solstice with a play in the tradition of  19th century English countryside with music, dance and drama. Includes performance by Geoff Hoyle (Lion King). Tickets: $15 -$50 approx. Time: 1 and 5 PM. Location: Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, Ca.  

OXNARD - Christmas Tree Lane, “F” and “G” Streets houses in the Henry T. Oxnard Historical District are brightly decorated for the holidays. Visitors are welcome to take a leisurely drive or stroll down Christmas Tree Lane. Hours run from 6 to 10 p.m. Call 1-800-269-6273. Time: 6 to 10 p.m.

POWAY - Candyland-Poway at Community Park from 4-9pm. Candyland gameboard comes to life with King Candy and Lord Licorice. Santa will be there to take photos with and there is a big slide as well. Candyland Holiday Festival is held each December. Kids can meet Santa, play in tons of fresh snow and a fun jump, visit magical areas such as Lollipop Park and Tootsie Roll Forest, and make holiday crafts in Santa's Workshop. Roving carolers, face painting and balloon character creators make this a truly special holiday celebrations for kids. Sponsored by City of Poway Community Services Department. Location: 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA. Call: 858-668-4570.

REDONDO BEACH - Kings Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. 14th annual Redondo Beach boat parade plies the channel of the South Bay harbor with a guest Grand Marshall, Rick Hearst of General Hospital. Location: Redondo Beach harbor. Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free to watch. Best viewing is along breakwall, on pier, or from harbor restaurants.

RIVERSIDE - Dickens Festival Meet and Greet. Christmas Tea with Mr. Dickens - Enjoy taking tea with Mr. Dickens and we're sure he can be persuaded to read a bit from his famous "A Christmas Carol". Location: Barnes & Noble, Galleria at Tyler in Riverside. Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
SACRAMENTO - The Nutcracker performed by Sacramento Ballet, the annual event is better than ever.  Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Location: Sacramento Community Theater, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA. Cost: $20 - 60 approx. Call the Community Center Theater Box Office at (916) 264.5181. 

SAN DIEGO - Las Posadas. If you can only attend one holiday activity this year, this is the one to attend. Free 4-day Festival of Music & Family Traditions with hundreds of luminarias to light your way to the finest shopping, dining & free entertainment of the holiday season. Celebrate the 57th Annual Las Posadas and 1st Annual Fiesta Navidad throughout historic Old Town San Diego. Designed for the whole family, there will be choirs, bell ringers, mariachis & musicians, museums, tours and revel in the true spirit of the season with the breaking of pinatas and visits from Santa Claus.  Opening night begins with one of the oldest Las Posadas in the United States. Time: 6 - 9 p.m. Location: Old Town San Diego, 2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA. Call: 619-297-9327.

SAN FRANCISCO - Nutcracker with San Francisco Ballet. Location: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA. Cost: varies, up to $120 (approx.)

SAN JOSE - The Nutcracker. Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Nutcracker features a spectacular stage presentation of the beloved holiday ballet. Under the direction of famed choreographer, Dennis Nahat, this production is a must-see. Time: 1:30pm. Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden,  San Jose, CA. Tickets:(408) 288-2800,

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice skating rink is open through 1/13/08 in the stately-palm court and features over 8,000 square feet of ice in an arena and circular outer rink. Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights; Noon to Midnight on weekends; Special holiday hours, subject to to confirm. Cost: $12-$14. Skate all you want first-come, first-serve. No in and out privileges.  Admission includes ice time and rental skates with skate sizes ranging from toddler 8 to men's 13. Location: Circle of Palms, 170 S. Market St., San Jose, California. Call: (408) 279-1775 ext. 45.

SANTA ROSA - Living Nativity.  Santa Rosa Adventist Church Drive-Through Live Nativity at Santa Rosa Adventist Church, 840 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4715 .  Phone:  (707) 578-8883. Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

UNIVERSAL CITY - Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Christmas includes Santa visits and fun holiday atmosphere with local street performers all day, high-energy bands and choirs performing nightly. Take your picture with Santa by the CityWalk Christmas tree located in Cinema Plaza. Where: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City , CA 91608.Time: 12:00pm – 8 pm.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The Bracebridge Dinner.  Yosemite National Park’s Bracebridge Dinner is an American tradition in the magnificent Yosemite Valley. This spectacular Christmas pageant takes place in The Ahwahnee’s grand Dining Room, which is transformed into the majestic Hall of American author Washington Irving’s legendary “Squire Bracebridge”. Each December since 1927, the world-famous Hotel takes on the air of 18th century England. The Dining Room of The Ahwahnee, its tables aglow with candlelight, includes a profusion of gourmet food and the ringing sound of voices. Cathedral windows look out onto the beauty of Yosemite Valley.  Time: 6 pm. Cost: $375 dinner reservation. For reservations, Yosemite National Park, California.  Call: 559-253-5604 or visit


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