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Monday, December 31, 2007 Events in California


Events in California in December


December 2007 Calendar


December 31, 2007 might as well be New Year's Day. With only one day of work to show up for, many chuck it till after New Year's Day. For those who wish to continue the Christmas or festive holiday celebrations, you don't have to let go just yet.  There are still some light displays and other things to see and do. Ice skating and light displays are a few.  But today, millions will be planning their New Year's Eve with outfits, socializing and celebrating.

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.

APTOS - New Year's Eve Champagne Maquerade Ball.Champagne tasting 6-8 p.m., dinner, dancing and a champagne midnight toast. Event runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31. 21+ after 10 p.m. Ristorante Barolo, Bayview Hotel, 8041 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Call: (831) 688-8654.

AVALON  Annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Casino Ballroom. The Yachtsmen, a 17-piece big band,  buffet dinner, one 5 x 7 photograph per couple, one bottle of wine in a specially engraved bottle and party favors are all included. Coat & Tie are required; Black Tie is optional. Cost $165/ person. Dinner reservations will be accepted for 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30 pm till fully booked. Guests will be admitted into the Ballroom no more than 15 minutes before their reservation time. Guests arriving early may wait in the Marine Bar on the Mezzanine, where seating and beverages will be available. The buffet dinner will be available until approximately 9:15 pm.  Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520, or visit
CARLSBAD - Kids' New Year's Eve at Legoland, New Year's Eve fun for children at Legoland begins with a 3pm party with fun entertainment in Miniland. Features a concert with special guests at 4pm and a 5pm year-in-revue. Then, at kids' midnight (6pm to the rest of us) there will be a 22-foot-tall "brick drop" and a spectacular fireworks show with special fireworks viewing glasses.

CARLSBAD - SociaLite Presents New Years Eve Party.  Socialite and Lauren Conrad from the Cast from The Hills invite you to the most exclusive New Years Eve party in San Diego. Southern California’s hottest young stars and San Diego’s coolest “in” crowd are set to party the night away to the killer sounds of DJ’s Mikey Beats and Brent Bartel. Upgraded VIP patrons access an open specialty bar, bottle service to private lounges and upgraded tables. Entrance packages to this preferential night begin at $125 per person and include entrance and unlimited champagne, while upgraded packages also include unlimited champagne and open specialty bar for $175. Other VIP Packages which include private reserved seating and bottle service are available. All patrons must be 21 years or older. Time: 9 PM – 2 AM. Location: Premier Jet at the McClellan-Palomar Airport, Carlsbad. There will only be a very limited amount of tickets available, so order yours today. For more information, visit or call McFarlane Promotions at 619.233.5008.
- 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 - Broadway on Ice starring Dorothy Hamill and Davis Gaines. Cost: $20 - 51. Location: Cerritos Performing Arts Center, 12799 Center Court, Cerritos, CA. Time: 8 p.m. nightly (except Dec. 31st 2 p.m. performance.) Cost: $34.50 - 66. 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

COSTA MESA Big New Year's Celebration in the OC, an Orange County tradition in the making this New Year's Eve as the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center is transformed into the west coast version of Times Square! Eleven themed areas will feature a wide array of exhibits, food, off-beat attractions and live music. Location: Orange County Fair & Exposition Center - Costa Mesa. Time: 6:00pm - 2:00am More information

DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights -  is the largest West Coast drive through lights display. Cost: $13/car of 5 people; Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. 24-hour recorded information line: (858) 793-5555.

FERNDALE - 9th Annual New Year's Eve Rodeo Bash. West Coast Rodeo Company presents a full day of rodeo events, beginning at 8 a.m. sharp in the indoor arena. Team penning, branding, roping; breakaway roping; steer wrestling; men's and women's calf roping; barrel racing; loggers cow riding; and bull riding. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-4864
ESCONDIDO - First Night Escondido. This  New Year's Eve party in San Diego North is an event that celebrates community, the arts, and the New Year with 13 stages of music and dance, restaurants and vendor foods, hands-on art activities and two dazzling fireworks displays. Time: 6pm to midnight Location: California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA.  Admission is $10 prior to Dec. 25 and $15 after the 25th. Kids under 6 are free. 760-420-9701.
FULLERTON - First Night Celebration - Fullerton’s  Annual First Night attracts all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve in an arts-filled and alcohol-free environment! This event features live music, rides, activities for the kids, and much more! A spectacular fireworks finale at midnight will signal the beginning of a new year! Time: 7:00pm-12:00am. Cost: Free admission. Location: Throughout Downtown Fullerton ( Harbor Blvd , Wilshire Ave. and Pomona).

FULLERTON - New Year's Eve Giant Christian Singles Party. Three dance floors with a different DJ and type of music in each room. Dance lessons precede the dance. Free parking & noisemakers. No alcohol. $39 prepaid; $50 at door. Location: Cal State Fullerton - Titan Student Union Blvd, 800 N.
State College Blvd, Fullerton 92831 (State College & W. Campus Drive...this is a signal and you can see the Titan Student Union Bldg from State College).  Tickets available for 1,200 Christian singes ages 19 to 91. [email protected]: (714) 210-3337.

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 this special annual home decorating contest seen from the canals of Huntington Beach. Hourly tours or book several hours, if you like. Hours: Nightly with last booking at 11 p.m.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - New Year's Eve Gala Evening with smooth jazz featuring Jeffrey Osborne. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Dance to the exciting sounds of DW3 at this New Year's Eve party! DJ Jonathan Phillips will also help you keep your groove on with his tasteful selections. Midnight countdown and dancing until 2:00 am. Ticket prices are Platinum Table Seats which includes dinner, show and all cocktails @$245 and VIP Table Seats includes show and all cocktails only @$175. Location: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Tickets:

IRVINE Big New Year's Celebration in the OC, an Orange County tradition in the making this New Year's Eve Concert Event at Verizon Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA. Bands include Berlin, Thirdeyeblind, Psychedelic Furs, and many great musical acts. Cost: $40- 150.  Time: 5 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. More information

LONG BEACH - New Year's Eve Yacht Party. Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style on Long Beach’s most elegant oversized luxury yacht – Endless Dreams! 140 Feet, elegance, spacious, 3 levels, outdoor decks, Lounge and 1 large dance floor. This 400 capacity luxury yacht is ready to make history as being the most memorable New Years Yacht Cruises. This event sells out every year. Level 1: Luxury Lounge; Level 2: Hip Hop & Dance; DJ Emmtee and guest DJ; Level 3: Scenic Deck (dance under the stars). Four-hour luxury cruise through Long Beach Harbor with free open bar all night, champagne greeting and unlimited buffet courts with appetizers. 1 Huge dance floor Cost: $150 for first batch of tickets, $165 for second batch 21+. 12 Bathrooms! Boat boards at 8:30pm leaves dock at 9:00 and returns 1:00am. Where: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, Dock 6A. Ticket Information: / email [email protected]  or call: (949) 378-9971.
LONG BEACH - New Year's Eve Reggae Boat Party 2005 with Fireworks. Location: 140 Marina Drive, Long Beach, California.  Call for information: (562) 799-7000.  
LONG BEACH - Queen Mary Ship - Brazilian New Year's Eve Celebration with Live Bands and Fireworks.  Guests must be at least 21 years of age. Time: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Cost: starts at $35/person, Call: (818) 566-1111. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California.   | Long Beach Hotels |  
MARINA DEL REY - New Year's Eve Fireworks show in the marina starts 30 seconds before Midnight. This year’s fireworks will be presented by the famed Zambelli Pyrotechnics and will be launched off the Marina del Rey’s south jetty near Fisherman’s Village. Burton Chace Park, located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, and Marina (Mother’s Beach) at Admiralty Way and Via Marina are premiere locations for viewing the pyrotechnic extravaganza continues into the opening minutes of 2008.

NEWPORT BEACH Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party  Where: Newport Harbor Water Front Marina, 2901 W. Coast Hwy. Newport Beach, CA 92663
NEWPORT BEACH - New Year's Eve Grand Ballroom Black Tie Gala in Orange County's
elegant, view- ballroom starts with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and Champagne from 8 - 9 p.m. An elegant dinner created by Chef Josef Lageder is paired with excellent wines. Dance the night away to the sounds of one of the area's hottest 10-piece bands, "Rembrandt" and enjoy a Champagne toast at midnight. Event begins at 8 p.m. Location: Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663

SACRAMENTO - New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration - Sacramento: Along with 2 fireworks shows, enjoy live music, food & drink vendors, a children�s stage hosted by top entertainers & live performances from local acts. On the waterfront in Old Sacramento. (916) 808-7777

SAN DIEGO - First Night San Diego Celebration: Alcohol free event, from 6pm-1am, for the entire family. Features food, entertainment, dancing & fireworks at midnight. Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown San Diego. (619) 296-8731   | San Diego Hotels |

SAN DIEGO - New Years Eve 2007 Socialite Party. Socialite and Lauren Conrad from the Cast from The Hills invite you to the most exclusive New Years Eve party in San Diego.  Southern California’s hottest young stars are set to party the night away to the killer sounds of DJ’s Mikey Beats and Brent Bartel in Downtown San Diego. Attendees can take a break from the dance floor to cozy up with their Hollywood hostess Lauren Conrad, along with Audrina Patridge from MTV’s The Hills in private lounges complete with hosted champagne and a Midnight toast. Entrance packages begin at $100 per person and include entrance, hosted champagne and tray passed hors d’oeuvres. Table packages with premium bottle service start at $1,500.  21 years and older.  Time: 8 p.m.– 2 a.m.Tickets: Call McFarlane Promotions at 619.233.5008. 

SANTA ANA - The Science of Gingerbread display of award-winning gingerbread houses. Gingerbread offers so many tactile and visual learning opportunities, while having fun. The annual gingerbread contest and house display is going on now through Jan. 6, 2008.  Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas Day. Cost: $12.95/adult; $9.95 child; Free under 2 years. or call 714-542-CUBE.
SANTA CRUZ - New Year's Eve at Cocoanut Grove. It's a traditional New Year's Eve celebration that officially ends the Boardwalk's centennial year. With a grand champagne buffet, dessert bar, party favors and hats and a countdown clock. Musical entertainment by Live Action Heroes on the Ballroom Stage and DJ Dave Lemly on the Sun Room Stage. Reservations required for dinner and dancing. Call: (831) 423-2053. Location: Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA. Cost: Dinner and dancing $94; dancing and dessert $54 advance/$69 door.

SANTA MONICA - Cubensis - Grateful Dead tribute band. New Year's Eve at 14 Below. L.A.'s most celebrated band brings Dead Heads together again. Cubensis is the only tribute band that "Dead" members endorse to play the Grateful Dead music. Keeping the spirit alive, their delivery is authentic Dead. Location: 1348 14th St Santa Monica, CA 90404, United States 14

SANTA MONICA - New Years Eve Gala -  with host Comedian Shawn Harris. Cost: $150/VIP; $90/general admission, includes show, party favors, hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast. Location: Doubletree Guest Suites Grand Ballroom, 1747 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA.

SIMI VALLEY - Annual "Christmas Around the World" Tree exhibit. A local favorite in the area, trees are decorated to represent different countries around the world. at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive. Call: (800) 410-8354.
STOCKTON - Ice on the Delta Seasonal Ice Skating. Skate along the banks of the San Joaquin Delta for a seasonal holiday sport that the family can enjoy through Jan. 14, 2008. Cost: $5 hour, including skates. Location: Dean De Carli Waterfront Square, 221 N. Center St., Cost:  Stockton, CA. Call: (209) 937-8309.

TORRANCE - Alpine Village News Year's Eve European Celebration. Enjoy entertainment with Astrid and Freddy Breck, European TV and recording artists, and Direct from Germany - Dream Police band. Time: Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Show begins at 9 p.m. Cost: $29.50/person cocktails only; $59.50/person dinner, dance and show. Location: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Call: (310) 323-6520.

UNIVERSAL CITY -New Year's Eve Countdown Bash at Universal Citywalk. Non-stop live music, dramatic fireworks, and a confetti blast with thousands of pounds of confetti blanketing the crowd are offered in Southern California’s largest, free outdoor New Year’s Eve Countdown Bash. The free celebration begins at 9pm on December 31, 2007 with a global countdown from New York City ’s Times Square ball drop, while DJ’s will spin popular music from Universal’s iconic globe and Cinema Plaza . The popular 80’s cover band, “Fast Times” will jam on the main stage beginning at 10pm creating an unforgettable dance party on the street leading up to the countdown. Rounding out The Entertainment Capital of L.A.’s exciting New Year’s Eve party options, the Gibson Amphitheatre features Chris Brown and Bow Wow concert with Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy and Shop Boyz (tickets required for Gibson concerts) on December 31. Leading up to the New Year’s Eve Countdown Bash, CityWalk will amp up the entertainment with daily concert performances from popular bands beginning at 7:30 pm from Dece. 26 – Dec. 30. Rocking the mainstage will be The Pipers Down, Ayre, Go Betty Go, Paper Back Hero and

 Anastasia. Call: (818) 622-1111.





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