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December 2008 Events California


Thursday, December 18, 2008



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: 8 a.m. to Midnight. Location: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA.

BERKELEY - Berkeley Ballet Theater's Nutcracker. Young and old can enjoy the magic of the season at this annual event. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $23. Location: Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley, CA. Call: (510) 843-4687.

BRENTWOOD - Holiday on Ice. Outdoor seasonal ice rink offers outdoor fun. Twinkling outdoor light-filled rink under a big tent. Time: 2:30 -10:30 p.m. Cost: $10; $5/skate rental.

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 (Monday through Friday): $10 adult; $5 senior; $5 age 3-11. Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA.

DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights Drive-Thru Display. Largest animated show on the West Coast features over 400 displays. Time: 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Fri & Sat open till 11 p.m. Cost: $14/ car (up to 5 people). Location: The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Call: (858) 755-1161.

FREMONT - Train of Lights is an actual train that offers a holiday light display in a 75 minute ride between Niles and Sunol. The brightly decorated holiday train, covered with thousands of lights, as it winds through the darkness of Niles Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride from either Niles or Sunol runs through Dec. 29, seating is limited.  Time: 4:15 & 6:45 p.m. from Niles & 4:30 & 7 p.m. from Sunol. Cost: $25. Location: Niles Station, 37001 Mission Blvd., Freemont, CA.  Sunol Depot, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA. Call: (510) 996-8430.

GARDEN GROVE - The Glory of Christmas Musical. Discount Night. 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: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679.

HUNTINGTON BEACH -  Nutcracker Ballet - Ballet Repertory Theater Nutcracker production. Full length version delights all ages. Cost: $15 general admission. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Golden West St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Call: (714) 714-895-8150 x1.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Cruise of Lights. Annual holiday boat tours of Huntington Harbour lit homes on five manmade channels. Time: 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 adult; $9 child. Location: 16889 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Call: 714/840-7542.

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.

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.

LOS ANGELES - Holiday Light Festival. 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. The driving route, walking and shuttles all run December 8 through December 30. Shuttle buses are available. 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.

LOS GATOS - Carriage Rides. Old fashioned horse drawn carriage rides offer the romance of Christmas past. Ride in an elegant horse-drawn carriage. Stately drivers direct horses wearing holiday bells from Town Plaza through  Almond Grove district. This 15-minute ride will take you by some of the town's most beautiful historic homes and along downtown's festively-decorated North Santa Cruz Avenue. Carriage Rides starts at 7pm. Carriage Ride Cost: $20/ Adult; $10/ kid; Free/ under 3 on lap. Reservations:

MISSION VIEJO - The Nutcracker Ballet. Laguna Ballet 23rd annual Orange County Nutcracker Ballet’s full length version welcomes back Anton Pankevich, Pacific Northwest Ballet, as guest artist for 2008. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $24/general admission. Location: Fine Arts Ticket Office, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, CA. Call: (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday).

NEWPORT BEACH -Newport Landing Christmas Boat Parade Cruise. Newport Landing has 5 ships that offer 2 cruises nightly during the parade. The first cruise departs at 5:45 pm and the second cruise departs at 8:00 pm. Each cruise is in the parade. Reservations are required and can be made by phone or email. 100th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but Southern California. With 100 years of history the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade is a tradition for generations. Time of cruises: 1st departs at 5:45 pm returns at 7:45 pm 2nd departs at 8:00pm returns at 10:00 pm. Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A (Next to car ferry), Newport Beach, CA 92661. Cost: $30 Adult; $25 Junior (12 years and younger). Reservations required, call: (949) 675-0551.

NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Boat owners in Newport Harbor “deck the hulls” of their seagoing vessels for the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Ranked one of the Top Ten holiday happenings in the nation by the New York Times, the parade features approximately 100 elaborately decorated boats and draws more than one million spectators each year. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories and are highly coveted – motivating boat owners to spend as much as $50,000 on decorations!

OAKLAND -Christmas Revels. The 23rd Annual Christmas Revels at the Oakland Scottish Rite Theater includes beautiful period costumes and songs for the holidays. It's a fantastic performance to lift your spirits. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Scottish Rites Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA. Tickets:

ORANGE - Christmas Train to Santa's Village. Hop aboard the train in Irvine Regional Park for a starlit, holiday ride to Santa's Village where you can meet Santa, take photos and enjoy many activities. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $8, Free under 24 months. Parking for Christmas Train is free after 5 p.m. Santa photos can be purchased, or bring your own camera. Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA.  Call: (714) 997-3968.

OXNARD -  Christmas Tree Lane. Take a magical drive through Henry T. Oxnard Historical District, which includes homes decked out and all aglow for visitors to enjoy. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Location: "F" and "G" Streets Between Fifth and Palm, Oxnard, CA.

REDDING - Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Redding Convention Center, Redding, CA. Cost: $25 -65. Call: (530) 225-4130.

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Ice Rink. Public Skating. Santa will be available for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Skate 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.

SACRAMENTO - The Nutcracker performed by Sacramento Ballet, the annual event is better than ever.  Time: 7  p.m. Location: Sacramento Community Theater, Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA. Cost: $28 - 60 approx. Call the Community Center Theater Box Office at (916) 264.5181. 

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.

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.

SAN DIEGO - The Nutcracker with California Ballet Company . San Diego Symphony performs in this holiday delight. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25 - 80. Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA. Call: California Ballet Box Office at (858) 560-6741.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA -  Holiday Bonfire/Hayden Christmas Celebration. Enjoy fellowship and the warmth of a very large fire at this event. Located by the Mission. Kids visit with Santa. Time: Sunset. Cost: Free. Location: San Juan Bautista, CA. Call (831) 623-2033.

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: 7:30 p.m.  Cost: $30 -85. Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden,  San Jose, CA. Tickets:(408) 288-2800,

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice. Outdoor ice skating rink for the holidays. Time: 5 to Midnight. 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.

SAN FRANCISCO -  San Francisco Ballet's The Nutcracker. As the company that introduced the first American version of The Nutcracker, San Francisco Ballet's current production under the direction of the esteemed Helgi Tomasson is recognized as one of the finest ballet presentations anywhere. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $20 -112. Location: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. at Grove St., San Francisco, CA.  Call: (415) 865-2000.

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Holiday Lights Boat Parade. Visitors can see more than 100 festive holiday lights and decorated boats from the Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Fleet and the St. Francis Yacht Club with great viewing at Aquatic Park & Pier 39. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Fisherman's Wharf, Jefferson Street between Jones & Taylor Streets, San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 673-3530.

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.

SANTA ROSA - Rasta Thomas and Bad Boys of Dance.  Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25 - 45. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA.  Call: (707) 546-3600.

SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Ballet's The Nutcracker. Dozens of dancers, and a magical sea scene, complete with dancing lobster, mermaids and sparkling sea monster. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 - 18. Location: Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Call: (707) 824-2300.

SYLMAR - Organist Chris Gorsuch will perform. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: Call for cost. Location: The Nethercutt Museum, 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342Call: (818) 364-6464.

THOUSAND OAKS - The Nutcracker Ballet. Moorpark's Civic Ballet under the direction of Pam Rossi presents a cast of over 100 in the annual production. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $18-22. Location: Scherr Forum-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA. Call: (805) 715-0512.

VENTURA - Holiday FantaSea Boat Parade, Fireworks and Festival. The 32nd Annual event includes Christmas lights and decorations that illuminate the Ventura Harbor. Watch as colorful fireworks fill the night sky.  A free shuttle bus is also available at the Parking Lot on Harbor Blvd. & Schooner Drive. Call: (877) 89-HARBOR.

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 11 p.m. Cost: $11 - 15. Location: Civic Park, Clay Arts Parking Lot, Walnut Creek, CA. Call: (925) 935-7669.

YOSEMITE - 2008 Bracebridge Dinners is a tradition held in the spectacular Yosemite National Park. It will be held on December 19, 21, 22, 24, and 26 at 6:00 pm. Cost: $375 dinner reservation

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