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Sunday, December 2, 2007 Events in California

 

 Events in California in early November offer concerts, festivals and tours celebrating the cultural heritage and history of California.

 

December 2007 Calendar

 

 

ALISON VIEJO - Celtic Christmas Faire. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket: $15. Location: Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Call: (949) 480-4000. soka.edu

 

BURBANK -  12 Days of Holiday Cheer - Events range from happenings in Downtown Burbank, at Burbank Town Center and the City of Burbank Mayor's Tree-Lighting ceremony. Also featured are a Downtown parade, merchant and restaurant events, strolling musicians, choirs and family favorites like Snow Day, Reindeer Run and Breakfast with Santa. downtown-burbank.org

CALAVERAS COUNTY - Frogtown Country Christmas at Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA. Call: (209) 736-2561. frogtown.org

 

CARMEL VALLEY - Choral Concert.  The Choral Project of San Jose's acoustic a cappella amongst nearly 1500 oak barrels in the winery Chai.  A holiday reception of wine tasting to follow in the beautifully decorated Chateau Julien Winery. Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Call: Phone: (831) 624.2600. chateaujulien.com. Cost: $30.

 

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. lightupxmas.com

 

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 - Lighting of America's Tallest Christmas Tree. Giant spruce tree lighting has been a tradition since 1934. Free cookies and punch for the entire community. Location: Main Street, Ferndale, CA. Time: 5:30pm. Call: (707) 786-4477

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Light a Light of Love Parade, Santa Arrives. An annual event that delights all ages starts around 4 p.m. at Main Street and Orange Ave. The small Christmas parade with kids, a band and Santa on a firetruck heads down Main Street to the Huntington Beach Pier where the festive lights are lit for the season.

 

LAGUNA BEACH -  Sawdust Winter Fantasy 2007 Festival. Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival features over 175 artists and creators with original, handcrafted gift items that include: hand blown glass, ceramics, clothing, ornaments, jewelry, painting, sculpture and so much more. Admission includes complimentary art project for all ages, entertainment, 3 outdoor caf├ęs and artist demonstrations including glass blowing. Call (949) 494-3030 Address: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA. Cost: $5.75/person; $4.75 seniors, $3 children 6 - 12 (under 6 free). Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. sawdustfestival.org

 

LAKE ARROWHEAD -  Nutcracker Ballet. Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker. Located in the R.H.S. Preforming Arts Theatre. Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Call (909)336-9206.

 

LONG BEACH - Snow in Bixby Knolls. Snow in Bixby Knolls is a winter playland of more than 30 tons of man-made snow, including sled runs and a snowfield. Since Southern California December's are usually sunny and warm, don't miss out on the free open-air festival with artisan and antique vendors, foods and live entertainment. The day also includes the arrival of Santa Claus and opportunities for children to visit with Santa. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between Carson Street and San Antonio Drive. bixbyknollsinfo.com


POMONA - November 30- December 2, 2007 POMONA - Pomona Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. Time: Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Address: Fairplex-LA County Fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley Ave , Pomona, CA. Cost: Adults: $8, Seniors (62+) $7, Youth (13-17) $4; 12 & Under Free. Tickets valid for re-entry all weekend long. Call 415-447-3205 harvestfestival.com

 

SAN FRANCISCO - Embarcadero Ice Skating.  Daily through January 15, 2008.  Location: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111. Ages: 3 and up. embarcaderocenter.com

 

SAN JOSE - San Jose Holiday Parade. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Arena Green & Plaza De Cesar Chavez, Park, City Of San Jose - Call: (408) 793.4170. sanjoseholidayparade.com

 

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 change...call 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. sjdowntown.com

 

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Christmas in the Plaza . The plaza in front of the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in downtown San Luis Obispo is the site for the annual holiday craft fair, Christmas in the Plaza , from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2. The two-day event features handcrafted items, food and entertainment. On December 2, the popular holiday carousel opens to the public.

 

SAN MARCOS - San Marcos Holiday Parade. Location: Comet Drive to Palomar College, east on Mission Road to Civic Center Holiday Village, San Marcos, CA. Parade lasts approx. 2 hours.  Time: 1 p.m. kiwanisclubofsanmarcos.org.

 

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. universalstudioshollywood.com

 

YOUNTVILLE -  Tree Lighting and Cookie Contest. Town of Yountville Annual Tree Lighting and 4th Annual Cookie Contest at Yountville Elementary Multipurpose Room. Time: 6 to 7:30 pm. Free admission. Yountville, CA

 

 

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