December 2009 Events



December 11, 2009 Local Events 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.

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.

COSTA MESA - Gem Faire. A world-renowned marketplace featuring the finest in gemstones, beads, jewelry, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary equipment and metaphysical items at the lowest prices in today's market.  Time: Noon to 7 p.m. Cost: $5, parking $5. Location: Orange County Fairgrounds Fair & Event Center, Building 10 and Parade of Products, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.

DANA POINT -  Holiday Boat Parade. Join in the 35th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in Dana Point Harbor by climbing aboard one of the decorated boats and actually take part in the parade.  You'll see the hundreds of other decorated boats competing for the coveted Best in Show Award! Time: 7:30pm - 9 p.m. Location: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern in Dana Point, CA. Cost: $25 adult/$15 kid 3-12. Call: (949) 496-5794.

DEL MAR - Holiday of Lights Drive Thru. Head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a spectacular lights show visible by car. This event is one of the most popular holiday displays of the season. Runs nightly through Jan. 3, 2010. Time: Daily at 5:30 p.m. Ends at 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Cost: $14 car of 6 people or less; $19 more than 6; $49 bus; $10 new holiday hayride optional ride goes every half hour from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA. Tickets: (858) 792-4252. Weather closure: (858) 793-5555.

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.

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 - Farmer's Market and Art Fair at the Beach. Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Location: Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. Cost: Free

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

LA MESA - Christmas in the Village.

LONG BEACH - Christmas Boat Cruise. Time: 6 & 7 p.m. Cost: $12 adult, $8 child. Location: 140 Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 799-7000, reservations a must!

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.

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.

MISSION VIEJO - Living Nativity at Mount of Olives Church. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Mount of Olives Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Call: 949-837-7467.

NAPA - Voena, Voices of the Season. VIP Special Performance by invitation. Mount La Salle Retreat Center, Wine & Hors d'oeuvres, 4401 Redwood Rd. Napa, CA 94558, Time: 7:00pm, Tickets: (707) 751-1515 for interest in receiving invitation.

OAKHURST - Oakhurst Tree Lighting.

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.

OAKLAND - Cook'sware √°Faire Bay Area Cookware Holiday Sale - at Oakland Zoo! Culinary innovator Paula LeDuc who will be catering the event, top chefs, and hot products like Rachel Ray's skillet for $19.99, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Oakland Zoo. Time: 10 a.m.. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA.

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

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.

SACRAMENTO - Nutcracker Ballet. Sacramento Ballet performs this annual event for nine nights. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $15-75. 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.

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: 8 p.m. Cost: $15.50 - 62.50 approx. Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101.

SAN FRANCISCO - Fisherman's Wharf Holiday of Lights Boat Parade.

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.

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,

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.

SANTA BARBARA - The Christmas Revels. Delightful holiday merriment comes your way with this newest season filling your heart with lively dances and colorful rituals of the English Medieval period. Runs through Dec. 13 only. Hurry and get your tickets.  Marjorie Luke Theatre: 721 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Tickets are available through the Lobero Theatre, by phone (805) 963-0761 or Price: $35-$25 adult;  $20-$12 child.

SANTA ROSA - Posada Navidena. Mexican Folkloric dances and music in a holiday spectacular. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $10-15. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Spring Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Call: (707) 546-3600.

SOLVANG - Jazz Holiday Concert. Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band performs holiday medley favorites. Time: 5 to 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Solvang Park Gazebo, corner of Mission Dr. (HWY 246) and First St., Solvang, CA.

TEMPLETON - Nutcracker Ballet. 12th annual event of the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation presentation. Nathan Cottam, a former Principal dancer with Ballet Theatre of Boston who studied with the famed American Ballet Theater, and Jesus Solorio, a local celebrity who competed on the third season of television’s So You Think You Can Dance, will perform. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15-20. Location: 1200 S. Main St., Templeton, CA. Contact for tickets:  1-800-838-3006.

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. 

YUCAIPA - Currier and Ives Christmas. An old fashioned holiday roasting chestnuts, eating a Christmas feast with plenty of wassail, boughs of holly, Christmas carols and a big barn dance with maestro Pa Riley leading the charge to Riley's Dance Ensemble all make this the sell-out event of the season. Cost: $30 adult; $20 child. Location: Riley's at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Rd. #13, Yucaipa, CA. 92399. Call: (909) 797-1005.




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