December 2009 Events

 

 

Saturday, December 26, 2009  Calif. Events for the Holidays

 

December 26, 2009

Saturday

 

ALTADENA - Christmas Tree Lane. Event runs nightly through Jan. 6, 2010

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

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

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

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Wetlands Gardening - Enjoy the Great Outdoors while helping to restore the Bolsa Chica Wetlands! Help restore native plant communities through non-native plant removal, and cleanup efforts. Don't forget to bring: Drinking water, wear closed toed shoes, layered clothing you don't mind getting dirty, and protection from the sun. Time: 9 a.m. to Noon. Cost: Volunteer, no cost. Location: Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center: 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92649. R.S.V.P. at (714) 846-1114 or email: [email protected] bolsachica.org

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

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

LONG BEACH - Whale Watching Tours.

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

LOS ANGELES - Holiday Lights Festival in Griffith Park. The 14th Annual Holiday Light Festival event seen by car is lit by energy-saving LED light bulbs this year. Drive-thru goes through Dec.30.  Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Call: (213) 367-1255.  dwplightfestival.com

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.

OXNARD - Whale Watching. Whale Watching season officially begins in Oxnard.

PERRIS - Rock Art Ramble. Moderately easy walk to Native American archaeological sites in the area. You will see pictographs, petroglyphs, cupules, mortars, and other sites. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and snacks. Meet at the Bernasconi parking lot off Ramona Expressway, Lake Perris State Recreational Area, CA. Time 2 to 4 p.m. Cost $ 8 Day Use fee per vehicle. Call to confirm 951-940-5656 or 951-940-5600.

REDONDO BEACH - Seaside Ice Rink is open for outdoor beach ice skating next to the sunshine and sand. seasideice.com

REDONDO BEACH - Whale Watching Season begins.

SACRAMENTO - Midtown Ice Skating Rink. Seasonal outdoor ice rink offers vacation fun for everyone. Time: 10am-10pm 7 days/week. Cost: $8; $5 age 12 and under. $2 skate rental. Location:  20th & K Streets, Sacramento, CA. Call: (916) 442-1500. ExploreMidtown.org

SAN DIEGO - Great Russian Nutrcracker with Moscow Ballet. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns on its world tour with several one-day performances in California. Time: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Cost: $27.50- 99. Location: Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Charge by phone:  1- 800 -745-3000. nutcracker.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

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 - Teatro ZinZanni presents BrevĂ©. Teatro ZinZanni brunch with a twist on alternate Saturdays. Enjoy an abridged version of Under the Gypsy Moon, together with a three-course gourmet brunch designed by Chef Patrick Fassino. Time: 11:30 a.m. to  1:30 pm. Cost: $63-$78. Location: Pier 29 on The Embarcadero at Battery, San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 438-2668. love.zinzanni.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

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice. Visit the Circle of the Palms for seasonal, festive ice skating downtown. Time: 11 a.m. to Midnight 12 a.m.  $15 adult, $13 age 12 and younger-- includes ice time and rental skates (skate sizes range from toddler 8 to men's 13). Skate all you want first-come, first-serve...no in and out privileges. Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St. between San Jose Museum of Art and Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California. Call: (408) 279-1775 ext. 45 or sjdowntown.com

SANTA BARBARA - Whale Watching Tours.

SANTA CRUZ - Monarch Butterfly Tour. Visitors can take Monarch Butterfly Tours at Natural Bridges State Beach. These walks take place during the winter months, when migrating monarchs come to Santa Cruz.  Since Monarch Migrations vary, call the park to find out about the butterfly populations.   Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Location: West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA. Call: (831) 423-4609.

SANTA MONICA - ICE at Santa Monica. Less than two blocks from the Third Street Promenade, the rink is open daily. Times: 10am-10pm weekdays, 10am-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 31, 2010. Cost: $10 and includes rental skates. Location: Third Street Promenade at Arizona and 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA. downtownsm.com

SANTA MONICA - Nativity Scenes. A tradition since 1953, the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes include 14 life-size Nativity Scenes displaying events surrounding the birth of Christ on display along Ocean Avenue between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard to January 2, 2010.

SANTA ROSA - Sunday at the Funnies Exhibit. Sunday at the Funnies examines the evolution of the iconic Sunday funny pages through a display of original strips and newspaper tear sheets from various cartoon artists. Exhibit runs through Apr. 19, 2010.  Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $8; $5 youth, seniors; Free under 4 years. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA. Call: (707) 579-4452. SchulzMuseum.org | Buy Tickets!

SANTA ROSA - Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza. Brian Setzer gets your holidays rockin' by resurrecting rockabilly and swing. With his mind-blowing 18-piece big band in tow, this multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award winner will blast through a set of Christmas classics, plus many other hits from his storied career. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25.75- 85.75. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Spring Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org.
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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