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December 2008 Events California

   

Monday, December 1, 2008

 

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ANAHEIM - Disneyland's Holiday Celebration includes Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, Santa’s Reindeer Round-up, A Christmas Fantasy parade, Haunted Mansion Holiday and It’s a Small World holiday. Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Location: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA.

BUENA PARK- Knotts Christmas Crafts Village. Holiday decor, gifts, strolling carolers and visits from Santa are included in this unique once-a-year shopping extravaganza.  Hours: Open daily except Christmas. Cost: Free admission to Crafts Fair on weekdays. Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA. knotts.com

CARLSBAD - Tree Lighting Ceremony and Block Party at Legoland California.  Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Legoland Carlsbad, CA.  Call (760) 918-LEGO.

DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights Drive-Thru Display. Largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast features more than 400 twinkling displays at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Event runs nightly through Jan. 4, 2009.  Time:  Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Cost: $14/ car up to 5 people; $19/ vehicle of 6 or more people; $49/ bus. Location: The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Call: (858) 755-1161. sdfair.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH -  Jazzy, Jolly Christmas Concert. Big Band & Jazz Ensemble  delights all ages with traditional favorite holiday tunes performed in a modern style. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $7/general admission. Location: Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Call: (714) 714-895-8150 x1. gwctheater.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Sunset Gondola rides. Book now for the Cruise of Lights event. Departing from Peter's Landing in Huntington Harbour on Pacific Coast Highway, you can book a ride for one, two or more people and enjoy the special event, the Cruise of Lights.

INDEPENDENCE - Past Tents: The Way We Camped - The Eastern California Museum in Independence hosts a traveling exhibit about how people camped from Death Valley to Yosemite during the Gold Rush to the mid 1900s. The exhibit includes photo albums, text panels and artifacts. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 155 N. Grant St., Independence, CA. Call: (760) 878-0258. inyocounty.us/ecmuseum

LONG BEACH  - Harbor Lights Christmas Cruise. See the decorated homes and boats of Naples Island on a one-hour cruise aboard the 140 passenger Party Boat, The Star. Offering a cash bar with beer, wine, cocktails and snacks for kids, there's also some sweets, cocoa and foods to munch on for adults.  Christmas Cruise departs from Alamitos Bay Landing, 140 Marina Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803. Call for times: (562) 799-7000. Tickets: $10 -15. reggaeboat.com

LOS ANGELES - Downtown on Ice. Holiday ice rink is an annual event with free concerts and paid ice skating at temporary rink constructed at Pershing Square near the Civic Center. Rink is open daily through Jan. 19, 2009. Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Cost: $6/ adult, $3 child 4 to 12, free age 3 & under. Location: Pershing Square 532 South Olive Drive Los Angeles, CA. Call: (213) 847-4968. laparks.org

LOS ANGELES - Holiday Light Festival Walk Only Nights. 13th Annual Los Angeles Department of Water and Power holiday lights event in Griffith Park is a display of lights spanning a mile of Crystal Springs Drive. A pedestrian only and vehicle free event goes through December 7. The driving route, walking and shuttles all run December 8 through December 30. Shuttle buses will be available weekends and December 19-30. Walkers on these days will enjoy the walking path. Both options are accessible from the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot. Time: 5 to 10 p.m.  Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Call: (213) 367-1255. dwplightfestival.com

PACIFIC GROVE - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Festivities at Jewell Park include live entertainment by school bands and choruses, followed by caroling and refreshments at Chautauqua Hall and Santa’s first visit! More info: 831-373-3304. pacificgrove.org

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Ice Rink. Public Skating. Time: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost to skate: $12 - 14. Location: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA. Parking at 181 N. Harbor Drive Call: (310) 318-6300. seasideice.com

SAN DIEGO - Skating by the Sea. Hotel del Coronado resort offers outdoor ice-skating overlooking the Pacific! Time:  2 to 5 p.m. & 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $20/adult; $15/child age 10 & under; matinee session: $15/adult; $10/child; Skate Rental: $5. Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado Island, CA. hoteldel.com

SAN DIEGO - Fantasy on Ice. Holiday public ice skating rink at Horton Plaza. Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Location: 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA. sdice.com

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice. Outdoor ice skating rink for the holidays. Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $15/ adult. $13/ youth 12 and under. Admission includes rental skates and ice time. Runs through Jan. 11, 2009. Location:  120 S. Market St., San Jose, CA. Call:  (408) 279-1775. sjdowntown.com

SAN PEDRO - City Hall Tree Decorating Ceremony. Councilwoman Janice Hahn will be joined by students from Barton Hill Elementary School, the 15th Street Family Literacy Center, and the LAFD Sponsored by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: Free. Location: City Hall lawn, 638 S. Beacon St. San Pedro, CA. sanpedrocalendar.com

SANTA ANA - The Science of Gingerbread. Discovery Science Center annual exhibit. Study it and build a gingerbread  creation in the Science of Gingerbread. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9 - 13, plus $3 parking. Location: 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA. discoverycube.org

STOCKTON - Tree Lighting and Festival of Lights. Festival of Lights 10th anniversary celebrates the holiday season with the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree by Mayor Ed Chavez and friends. This beautiful holiday landmark is powered by thousands of energy-efficient LED lights. Shortly after 6 p.m., the 28th Annual Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade will arrive at the waterfront venue, making its turnaround at McLeod Lake between Weber Point and the Stockton Arena. Time: 4 p.m. gates open. Cost: Free. Location: Weber Point Event Center, Stockton, CA. Call: (209) 937-8099. ci.stockton.ca.us

WALNUT CREEK - Holidays at Shadelands Faire and Teas.  Walnut Creek Historical Society annual decorated, historic home, will be filled with high-quality crafts and specialty holiday items for sale. Hand-made gifts and quilts, clothing, jewelry, porcelain, and gourmet foods are only a few of the items available. Admission to the house and vendors is free, and free parking is available.  A high tea three-course luncheon will be served in the parlor and dining room daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., for $28 per person. Time: a.m. to 4 p.m. Call: (925) 935-7871. Location: 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA.

WALNUT CREEK - Downtown Walnut Creek on Ice. This seasonal ice skating rink offers holiday exercise and fun in a beautiful outdoor setting. Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $11 - 15. Location: Civic Park, Clay Arts Parking Lot, Walnut Creek, CA. Call: (925) 935-7669. iceskatewalnutcreek.com

WESTMINSTER - Holiday Tree Lighting. Event includes visits with Santa; refreshments sold from local non-profit organizations; bring canned goods for donation; dress warmly and bring lawn chairs to watch the events. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Westminster Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA. Call (714) 895-2860. ci.westminster.ca.us

 

CARLSBAD - Tree Lighting Ceremony and Block Party at Legoland California.  Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Legoland Carlsbad, CA.  Call (760) 918-LEGO.

 

DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights Drive-Thru Display. Largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast features more than 400 twinkling displays at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Event runs nightly through Jan. 4, 2009.  Time:  Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Cost: $14/ car up to 5 people; $19/ vehicle of 6 or more people; $49/ bus. Location: The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Call: (858) 755-1161. sdfair.com

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH -  Jazzy, Jolly Christmas Concert. Big Band & Jazz Ensemble  delights all ages with traditional favorite holiday tunes performed in a modern style. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $7/general admission. Location: Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Call: (714) 714-895-8150 x1. gwctheater.com

 

LONG BEACH  - Harbor Lights Christmas Cruise. See the decorated homes and boats of Naples Island on a one-hour cruise aboard the 140 passenger Party Boat, The Star. Offering a cash bar with beer, wine, cocktails and snacks for kids, there's also some sweets, cocoa and foods to munch on for adults.  Christmas Cruise departs from Alamitos Bay Landing, 140 Marina Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803. Call for times: (562) 799-7000. Tickets: $10 -15. reggaeboat.com

 

PACIFIC GROVE - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Festivities at Jewell Park include live entertainment by school bands and choruses, followed by caroling and refreshments at Chautauqua Hall and Santa’s first visit! More info: 831-373-3304. pacificgrove.org

 

SAN DIEGO - Skating by the Sea. Hotel del Coronado resort offers outdoor ice-skating overlooking the Pacific! Time:  2 to 5 p.m. & 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $20/adult; $15/child age 10 & under; matinee session: $15/adult; $10/child; Skate Rental: $5. Location: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado Island, CA. hoteldel.com

 

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice. Outdoor ice skating rink for the holidays. Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $15/ adult. $13/ youth 12 and under. Admission includes rental skates and ice time. Runs through Jan. 11, 2009. Location:  120 S. Market St., San Jose, CA. Call:  (408) 279-1775. sjdowntown.com

 

SANTA ANA - The Science of Gingerbread. Discovery Science Center annual exhibit. Study it and build a gingerbread  creation in the Science of Gingerbread. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9 - 13, plus $3 parking. Location: 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA. discoverycube.org

 

WESTMINSTER - Holiday Tree Lighting. Event includes visits with Santa; refreshments sold from local non-profit organizations; bring canned goods for donation; dress warmly and bring lawn chairs to watch the events. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Westminster Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA. Call (714) 895-2860. ci.westminster.ca.us

 

 

 

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