December 2009 Events

 

 

Thursday, December 10, 2009 Events and Holiday Festivities in California

 

 

BRENTWOOD - Brentwood Holiday On Ice. Twinkling outdoor light-filled rink under a big tent. Located next to the Streets of Brentwood shops, public ice skating goes to Jan. 10. Cost: $10, $5 skate rental. Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun - 12:30 to 10 p.m. approx.; Mon, Tues, Thurs - 2 to 9 p.m. Location: Call: (925) 513-1702. brentwoodholidayonice.com

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. knotts.com

DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights Drive Thru. Time: Daily at 5:30 p.m. Ends at 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Cost: $14 car of 1 to 6 people. Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Tickets: (858) 792-4252. Weather closure: (858) 793-5555. sdfair.com

GARDEN GROVE - The Glory of Christmas Musical.  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: varies. Cost: $20-50. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org

HEALDSBURG -Healdsburg Strolling Dine Around. Annual three-hour dining experience at  18 Healdsburg fine restaurants. Participants enjoy four courses of a "progressive feast" featuring culinary treats. Each host is located either near or on the historic plaza. Cost: $85 including tax and gratuity. Time: 5:30 p.m. Call: (707) 479-7488.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Holiday Gondola Rides. Offered from 11 a.m. to Midnight. Location: Peter's Landing, Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, CA.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Drive-Thru Nativity Pageant. Drive Through Nativity. Huntington Beach Drive-Thru Nativity Pageant only lasts for three days but the turn out is great for this popular annual religious event that celebrates Christmas in the parking lots and campus of First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, California. First Christian Church, 1207 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA. (714) 536-2589   6-9:30pm; 6-10 pm. Cost: Free.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Holiday Gondola Rides. Offered from 11 a.m. to Midnight. Location: Peter's Landing, Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, CA.

LONG BEACH - Crystal Ice Skating Outdoor Rink. New in 2009 for the holidays, daily skating at The Pike is held in the grass area. Ice skate session receives parking validation.  Time: Mon-Friday 11am to 11pm; Sat. & Sunday 10am to 12am. Cost:? Location: Shoreline Drive & Queensway Bay, Long Beach, CA. thepikeatlongbeach.com

LOS ANGELES - Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square. Biggest rink and cheapest price, according to the city of Los Angeles Parks & Rec department, which invites you to come skate amidst the skyscrapers. Time: Monday -Thursday 12 Noon to 10 p.m.; Friday thru Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $6/ 1 hour rink time, $2 skate rental. Location: Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA. laparks.org

MONTEREY - Christmas in the Adobes. 25th Anniversary Year of Christmas in the Adobes with Monterey’s most historic buildings and gardens illuminated by candlelight and enhanced with period decorations, musical entertainment, costumed volunteers, and tasty refreshments. Time:  5-9 p.m. Cost: $20; $2 child; age 6-17; Under 6 free. Location: Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey, Ca. Call (831) 649-7120, or email [email protected] for more information.

ORANGE - Irvine Park Railroad Holiday Train. Time: Daily. Cost: Parking Fee. Free admission, fees charged for train rides and activities.

OAKLAND - Oakland ZooLights. Oakland ZooLights is an annual event in which the public comes after dark and can walk along a path to see lighted displays with animal and zoo themes. Time: Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm; Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Cost: $7.50 Adult; $5.50 child. Location:  9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA.Call: (510) 632-9525. oaklandzoo.org

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 is open for outdoor beach ice skating next to the sunshine and sand. seasideice.com

SACRAMENTO - State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. Time: Event starts between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Location: California State Capitol- West Steps, Sacramento, CA 95811. Call: (916) 324-0333

SACRAMENTO - Nutcracker Ballet. Sacramento Ballet performs this annual event for nine nights. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: $15-74 Location: The Nutcracker performance box office is held at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.  Call the Community Center Theater Box Office at (916) 264-5181. sacballet.org.

SAN DIEGO - The Ten Tenors Holiday. Sizzling sensations, these irreverent Austrians with stage presence, harmony and humor put on a holiday show to remember. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15.50 - 62.50 approx. Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. broadwaysd.com

SAN DIEGO - Blue Christmas Holiday Event. A special night of free entertainment throughout many fabulous Gaslamp locations with performances by blues, rock and R&B musicians and much more! The Gaslamp Quarter Association would like to thank the participating locations and entertainers. Time: 7 p.m. begins. Cost: Most events are free. Location: Dick's Last Resort, 345 4th Ave. 7 pm. Croce's Restaurant + Jazz Bar, 802 5th Ave., 8 pm to midnight. gaslamp.org

SAN FRANCISCO - Union Square Ice Skating Rink. Open daily through Jan. 18, be surrounded by your favorite stores and hotels in Union Square's outdoor holiday ice event. Opens daily at 10 a.m. Cost: $9.50 adult, $4.50 child, skate rental $4. unionsquareshop.com

SAN FRANCISCO - Nutcracker Ballet - featuring San Francisco Ballet, this time honored classic is sure to please. One of the finest ballet companies on the West Coast presents an award-winning stage production of a Christmas holiday musical. Runs nightly through December 27 (few days excluded). Time: Hours vary. Location: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA.  Tickets: $18 - 236. Call:(415) 865.2000,  sfballet.org

SANTA ANA The Science of Gingerbread. Kids' imaginations can run free as they explore gingerbread, and learn that there's science in every bite! The annual gingerbread exhibit is one of many exhibits such as Mexico: Festival of Toys, Head to Toe, and The True Story of Bats. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9.95 - 12.95 approx. Get Tickets. Location: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705. discoverycube.org

SANTA ROSA - A Johnny Mathis Christmas. The “king of the Christmas song," Johnny Mathis, brings back those happy memories of Christmases past. From "Silver Bells" to "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Mathis is joined by a big, rich orchestra in this very personal performance featuring his favorite holiday songs and his many, many hits. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $99.75; $69.75; $29.75 Standing Room. Location: Ruth Finley Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Spring Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org

SOLVANG - Gingerbread House Workshop. Time: 1-5 p.m. Cost: Call bakery for price. Location: Solvang Bakery, 460 Alisal Rd., Make your own or purchase already decorated. Call: (805) 688-4939

WALNUT CREEK - Downtown Walnut Creek on Ice. Ice skating rink outdoor. Fun for all ages.  Time: Open daily at 11 a.m. Cost: Mon-Thurs $11-15. Location: 1365 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, Ca. Call: ( 925) 935-7669. iceskatewalnutcreek.com 

 

 

 

 

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