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Sunday, December 16, 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.


ANAHEIM - Choc Cruise #8. Join the toy drive at Anaheim Stadium (Orangewood Entrance), Anaheim, Ca.  Bring unwrapped toys for donation to children. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Call: (562) 587-2545.


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


FERNDALE - Lighted Tractor Parade.  15th Annual Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade. Local farmers and ranchers parade down the Victorian Village's historic Main Street with their decorated tractors and tractor-drawn wagons depicting holiday scenes. Kiwanis' Pie Auction and singing from the Salvation Army Kid's Choir before the tractors begin parading at 7 p.m. 707-786-4299 or 707-786-4477


FERNDALE - Holly Holstein, Ferndale's Christmas Cow, the holiday heifer greets children on Main Street from 2 to 4 p.m. Call: (707) 786-4477.


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.


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: 1 & 6 p.m. Ticket: $38/adult. Call: (949) 854-4646. Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA.


LAGUNA BEACH - The Nutcracker. Laguna Ballet’s 22nd Annual Nutcracker performance. 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: 1 & 6 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. 


LA MIRADA -  Messiah Sing - Bring your Messiah score and sing with them or  listen. Time: 6:00 PM. Location: Granada Heights Friends Church, 11818 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638. Phone: (562) 943-7255.


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.


NEVADA CITY - Victorian Christmas. Ring in the Christmas holiday with an old-fashioned street fair with crafts, foods from local restaurants and specialty shops. Carolers and children’s choirs, bagpipers, a living nativity scene, and a walking Christmas tree. Location: Downtown Nevada City. Time: Wed. 6–9 p.m., Sun. 1:30–6 p.m. Cost: Free. Call: (530) 265-2692.

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.


SACRAMENTO - The Nutcracker performed by Sacramento Ballet, the annual event is better than ever.  Time: Noon and 4 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 - San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. A Pirate's Christmas is the theme of the 37th Annual Port boat parade.  Free Viewing! The spectacular boat parade of lights features individually holiday decorated private craft. The boat parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Island Marriott Hotel, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy carrier turning basin. Fireworks begin at 5:30pm, Light Parade begins immediately following 5:30-9pm. For boaters wishing to view the parade, a good viewing area is where the parade route turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those viewing on land, the north and south ends of the Embarcadero as well as the pathway along Coronado are good spots as they tend to be less crowed. If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early and be aware that parking is at a premium. Another good spot is the park behind Seaport Village.


SAN DIEGO - 2nd Annual Holiday Sweater Party At Henry’s Pub from 8:00 pm until 1:30 am. Location: Henry's Pub, 618 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101  (619) 238-2389

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 - 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.


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,


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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