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Wednesday, December 5, 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




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.


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


LAKE ARROWHEAD - Gingerbread Fun at the Skyforest Museum. Make your own gingerbread house with the help of Martha Mitchell of the Lake Arrowhead Gallery and Museum of Art in Willow Woods. Skyforest has arranged for a professional cake decorator and designer to teach you how. Call: (909)337-8606.


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.


SALINAS - Streets of Bethlehem Living Nativity. Over 300 actors, animals, music and a Christmas tradition re-enacted in the streets of Salinas by First Christian Church. Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: First Baptist Church of Salinas. Address: 1130 San Vincente Ave., Salinas, CA. Call: (831) 422-9872.


SAN MATEO - Coyote Point Museum FREE WEDNESDAY. Museum includes four interconnected areas: The Environmental Hall, with natural history exhibits of the San Francisco Bay Area and its six distinct ecosystems; Themed Gardens, with many samples of California wildflowers including a Hummingbird Garden, Butterfly Habitat and Nature’s Marketplace, the latter of which features plants used by California’s Native Americans; Wildlife Habitats, providing natural settings in which to view over 150 live animals indigenous to the Bay Area; and a Bird Aviary, containing a brook, native plants and more than four-dozen indigenous species of birds. Admission: 10 am – 5pm; Tuesday through Saturday; Noon – 5 pm Sundays. Cost: $6 Adult; $2.00 Child (3 –12). Location: Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA. Call: (650) 342-7755San Mateo, CA

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


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 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




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