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December 2008 Events California


Wednesday, December 31, 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. Disneyland opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m. on New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2009).  Time: Daily, evenings. Location: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA.

AVALON-  New Year's Eve Celebration. 35th Annual Casino Ballroom is sponsored by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520.

BRENTWOOD - Holiday on Ice. Outdoor seasonal ice rink offers outdoor fun. Twinkling outdoor light-filled rink under a big tent. Time: 12:30 -10:30 p.m. Cost: $10; $5/skate rental. Location: The Streets, 2421 Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood, CA. Call: (925) 513-1702.

BUENA PARK - Praise '09 - New Year's Eve Celebration. Ring in the New Year at Knott’s “Praise '09”, with the hottest contemporary Christian music artists! Plus dazzling fireworks, world class rides and attractions for one price. Time: 7pm-1am. Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA.
 New Year's Eve Dance party for Christian Singles. Three rooms for dancing with a different DJ and type of music in each room. Price includes dance party, an hour of dance lessons before the dance, noisemakers and free parking. Ages 19 & up. Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: $39 prepaid/ $50 door. Location: Cal State Fullerton - Titan Student Union Building, 800 N. State College Blvd., (St. College & W. Campus Drive) Fullerton, CA. Call:(888) 222-8818 for tickets.

HUNTINGTON BEACH -  Rockin New Year's Eve NYE Celebration.  Pete Mallory's Surf City Sunset Grill features a Rockin good time as it brings in the New Year in Surf City with local favorite band “Say When”. Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: Entrance is free, dinner revs encouraged to reserve a table. Location:Pete's Sunset Grill - Hyatt Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 845-4775.

IRVINE - Vagabond Opera's New Year's Eve Party. Cabaret Show, complimentary champagne, and some dinner packages for an extra fee. Time: 10 p.m. Cost: $50. Location: UC Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA. Call: (949) 854-4646.

LAKE TAHOE - Blue Fire & Ice - Family New Year's Celebration. This Family Fun New Years Event
Entertainment and Activities includes: Live Music, Life Size Ice Carving Statues and Ice Carving Demonstrations, Strolling Entertainment, Spectacular Fire Dancing Shows! Get there on the free BlueGo Shuttle. Location: Ski Run Marina. Time: 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Call: (800)AT-TAHOE.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa's famous Midnight Blu New Year's Eve 2009 Celebration.
LAKE TAHOE: Vex Nightclub inside Harrah's is celebrating New Year's Eve Moulin Rouge Style; The Rudy Paris Band Live at Cabo Wabo inside Harveys Casino; New Year's Eve at Hard Rock Lake Tahoe inside Harveys Casino;
The M.S. Dixie II, departing from Zephyr Cove, Nevada, has been voted "Best Boat Cruise" at Tahoe for many years and hosts a celebratory New Year's cruise for the entire family. The Tahoe Queen, Departing from Ski Run Marina in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, California, offers a New Year's Eve bash on the lake as well.

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.

MONTEREY - First Night Monterey. Celebrate the New Year in an alcohol-free family-friendly environment. This is a New Year's Eve celebration of  the arts, music, dance, poetry, special installations and exhibits both indoors and throughout historic downtown Monterey. Time: 3 p.m. to Midnight. Cost: $15 (approx.) Call: (831) 373-4778.

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.

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.

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.

REDWOOD CITY - The Cheeseballs Band. World's greatest dance bands opens the New Year, dance floor open.  Time: 9 p.m. Cost: $30. Location: The Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, CA. Call: (650) 369-4119.

SAN DIEGO - New Years Eve Gala onboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. Ring in the New Year at Peartrees Catering annual New Years Eve Gala onboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier for the best view of the midnight fireworks extravaganza over the San Diego Bay. The event includes an open premium bar, elegant dinner buffet, dancing to the live music of The Big Daddy Orchestra. Time: 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Cost: $159/ person inclusive; $1590/ 10 with priority seating. Call Peartrees Catering: (619) 575-5500 or the Midway’s ticket booth located at 910. N Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101.

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: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;  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 is open through early January in the stately-palm court and features over 8,000 square feet of ice in an arena and circular outer rink. 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.

TEMECULA - New Year's Eve Celebration.  A 4-course gourmet meal, award-winning wines and music from top artists make for a night to remember. New Year's Eve celebration at Vineyard & Winery Keyways, in conjunction with Golden Crown Productions, will feature a New Year's Eve extravaganza that includes hit music from the '60s, '70s and '80s in the winery's new Event Pavilion. The evening includes musicians from: Ambrosia (You're The Only Woman), Terry Sylvester of the Hollies (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), John Ford Coley (Nights Are Forever Without You) and Tommy Tutone (867-5309/Jenny). Time: 7:30-12:30 p.m. Cost:  $175/person. Location: 37338 DePortola Road, Temecula, CA. Call: (951) 302-7888.

TEMECULA - New Years Eve Gala. Guests greet the New Year with a  Gourmet feast, Champagne toast, the live sounds of King Bisquit Review, and enchanted with a balloon drop.  Time: 7 p.m. Price: $165/ person, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations: (951) 699-0099. Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA.

VALLEJO - New Year's Eve Celebration at Six Flags. Ring in 2009 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom during this family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. With live musical entertainment, a laser light show and  midnight fireworks extravaganza. Time: 4 p.m. to midnight. Location: 1001 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo, CA.  Call: (707) 643-6722

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.

WEST HOLLYWOOD - HERE Enchantment. HERE Lounge transforms into a magical winter forest complete with falling snow, ice, fog, non-stop dancers and dazzling performances. Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: $10 cover. Location: 696 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA. Call: (310) 360-8455.



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