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Saturday, December 22, 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.

CARLSBAD - Holiday Block Party at Legoland Carlsbad. The 9th annual Holiday Block Party includes twinkling lights, jolly music and a 30-foot Lego Christmas tree, plus nightly fireworks at closing time. There's also a life-sized Santa and reindeer built entirely from LEGO, and special holiday-themed entertainment. Location: 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA.  Tickets

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.

CERRITOS - Dave Koz Smooth Jazz Christmas.  Location: Cerritos Performing Arts Center, 12799 Center Court, Cerritos, CA. Time: 8 p.m. nightly. Cost: $30 - 62. Call: (800) 300-4345.

CORONADO - Skating by The Sea. Three-hour skating sessions will be offered daily from 2 to 5 pm and 6 to 9 pm. Matinee skating sessions will be held from 11 am to 1 pm.  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.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Sunset Gondola Boat Tour and Tickets. Visit the lighted homes of Huntington Harbour in your personal gondola ride. Skip the lines, avoid the bus ride to the boat dock, and hop aboard the beautiful authentic gondolas of your hosts Tyson or Tim and see the Huntington Harbour decorated homes for the Cruise of Lights event. Hourly tours or book several hours, if you like. Hours: Nightly with last booking at 11 p.m.

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 Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Ticket: $38/adult. Call: (949) 854-4646. Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA.

LA JOLLA - Nutcracker - San Diego Ballet at Mandeville La Jolla. Times: 12/20, 21, 22 at 7:30pm; 12/22 at 2:30pm; 12/23 at 1:00pm & 5:00pm. $18 student- $36 adult; $34 senior & military. Call: (619) 294-7311

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.

OAKLAND - Nutcracker Ballet.  Oakland Ballet performances at 2 and 8 p.m. 35th Anniversary dance performance.  Michael Morgan conducting members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Doors open 60 minutes before show time. Ticket range: $15 - $50. Location: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, 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: 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 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 &  7:30pm Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden,  San Jose, CA. Tickets:(408) 288-2800,

SANTA ANA - Science of Gingerbread. Mix things up this holiday season with Discovery Science Center ’s Science of Gingerbread exhibition to Jan. 6, 2008.  “A Matter of Taste” stage shows, kitchen science activities and weekend decorating demonstrations include the gingerbread competition for cash prizes. Location: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St. , Santa Ana , CA. (714) 542-2823

SEAL BEACH - Red Car Museum is open. Noon to 3 p.m. Visit the past with a look at this historic rail car that used to drive between Los Angeles and Seal Beach daily. Transformed into a museum with videos, pictures and a great collection of memorabilia, it is well worth a stop and look. Open 2nd & 4th Saturdays, the museum provides the most comprehensive look into the history of Seal Beach. Donations are accepted. Location: Electric Avenue near Main St., next to Mary Wilson Library.  Call: (562) 683-1874.

SUNSET BEACH - NO Parade. In the annual tradition of being across the street from Huntington Harbour's Christmas Boat Parade and Cruise of Lights, Sunset Beach celebrates NO Boat Parade with a march down Pacific Street. Enjoy seeing the Firetruck and entries that include cars, people, pets and things with lights on them. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Starts on Pacific around  Best Western Harbour Inn and Suites location.

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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