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December 2008 Events California


Wednesday, December 3, 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.

AVILA BEACH - Tree Lighting Celebration - The Annual Tree Lighting Celebration features complimentary food, deserts, a chocolate fountain, wine, & coffee. Tour several rooms including the Hospitality Deck and Owner’s Spa Suite, said to be the most luxurious suite in all of San Luis Obispo County. There's live music, prizes, giveaways, and lots of fun at this holiday party. Time: 6 - 9 p.m.; tree lighting: 7:30 pm. Cost: Free. Location: Avila La Fonda Hotel, 101 San Miguel St., Avila Beach, CA. Call: (805) 595-1700.

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.

CALIFORNIA CITY - Festival of Trees. Over 30 small Christmas trees will be decorated in different themes. You can bid on them and take them home. They are perfect for a center piece on your dining table. All proceeds go to benefit programs at the school. Time: 5:30 to  7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Hacienda Elementary School, 19950 Hacienda Blvd., California City, CA. Call: (760) 373-5824.

CULVER CITY - The Little Dog Laughed, Play. Douglas Carter Beane's farce about America's celebrity-obsessed culture. Time: 2 and 8 p.m.  Runs through Dec. 21. Cost: $25-$65. Location: Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA. Call: (213) 628-2772.

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.

FOSTER CITY - Tree Lighting Ceremony. Foster City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Lagoon Room Patio  begins with joyful music and light refreshments, followed by a countdown to light the tree on the lagoon. Coloring activities will be available for the children who wait for Santa's arrival. In the spirit of giving, please bring a canned good or non-perishable item to donate to the Shelter Network, helping families in need. This event is co-sponsored by Foster City Parks and Recreation and the Rotary Club of Foster City.  Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: William Walker Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, CA. Call: (650) 286-3380.

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: 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Cost: $20-45. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679.

LAKE ARROWHEAD - The Nutcracker. Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company presents a holiday ballet favorite, Nutcracker Ballet. Time: 9:45 & 11:30 a.m. Cost: $16.25. Location: Rim of the World Performing Arts Center, Lake Arrowhead, CA.

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 - 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.

LOS ANGELES - Carmen, the Opera. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the Los Angeles Opera presentation of this stage favorite is about a gypsy temptress, set in 19th-century Seville, Spain. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 to $250. Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA.  Call: (213) 972-8001.

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.

OXNARD - Holiday Lights on the Water at Channel Islands Harbor. The Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi offers "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.

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Ice Rink. Public Skating and Movie Night which begins after dark.  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.

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.

SALINAS - Streets of Bethlehem Living Nativity. It begins just after dark (6 p.m. and goes to 8:30 p.m.) It is free to the public. A special assistance opportunity for those with disabilities and impairments is offered. Please contact the First Baptist Church of Salinas. Address: 1130 San Vincente Ave., Salinas, CA. Call: (831) 422-9872.

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 - 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 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 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.

SIGNAL HILL - Tree Lighting Ceremony. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Discovery Well Park, 2200 Temple Ave., Signal Hill, CA. Call: (562) 989-7330.

STANFORD - Boston Brass. Jazz legend Stan Kenton's rousing, inventive, and, above all, swinging Christmas carol arrangements ring in the holiday season in this special big band performance by the Boston Brass. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA. Call: (650) 725-2787.

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.

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.

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.

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.




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