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December 2008 Events California


Tuesday, December 2, 2008


ARCATA - Golden Dragon Acrobats in Cirque D'Or. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $25 - 35. Location: Humboldt State University, Van Duzer Theatre, 1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA. Call: (707) 826-4411.


DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights. 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.


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 - Symphonic Band Fall Into Winter Concert. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10/general admission. Location: Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Call: (714) 714-895-8150 x1.


LIVERMORE - Messiah with  Valley Concert Chorale. Messiah at the Bankhead includes the Pacific Chamber Symphony. Time: 8 p.m. Admission is $20. Location: 2400 1st St. Livermore, CA. Call (925) 373-6800.


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.


OXNARD - Holiday Lights on the Water at Channel Islands Harbor. The Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi offer  "Holiday Lights on the Water" charters with one-hour tours of the sparkling waterways that reflect the lights from decorated homes in the channel. Time: 6  & 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Call: Call: (805) 985-5828.


PACIFIC GROVE - Christmas at the Inns. Visit 12 bed & breakfast inns decorated for the holidays in Victoria-era splendor. Limited number of tickets sold. Entertainment and light refreshments served. Cost: $20 per person, call: 831-373-3304.


holiday treeSACRAMENTO - State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lights the California State Capitol Holiday tree with energy efficient lights in this 76th annual event. A ceremony with song and speech will be featured. The event is usually held the first Tuesday in December. Time: 4:30 p.m.  Location: 10th St. & Capitol Mall, Sacramento, 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 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.


SANTA ROSA - Franklin's Family Christmas Concert. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $15 -20. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA.  Call: (707) 546-3600.


VACAVILLE - Festival of Trees. Holiday tree decorating auction. Look at and bid on 100 lovely decorated Christmas trees and take one home in this fund-raiser event. Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Vacaville Skating Center, 551 Davis St., Vacaville, CA. Cost: Free admission.



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