December 2009 Events




Saturday, December 5, 2009 California Event Calendar for the Holidays


ANGELS CAMP - Holiday Parade and Open House on Main Street in Angels Camp brings out the community to enjoy one of the best examples of holiday spirit. Enjoy music, bargains, refreshments and more! Time: 10 a.m. parade begins, open house till 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Call: (209) 736-1333.

ARROWHEAD - Nutcracker Ballet. The delightful ballet, a time honored tradition, is presented by the Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company at the Rim of the World Performing Arts Center, Lake Arrowhead, CA. Time: 2:30 and 8 p.m. Cost: $16.25 each.

BELMONT SHORE - Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. This annual holiday parade takes place on E. 2nd St. from Livingston Ave. to Bayshore Ave. and returns to Livingston Ave. Thousands line the street to watch the 100+ entries and one dozen marching bands. This year's theme is 'A Magical, Musical Christmas'. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Chairs may not be set up till 5 p.m. Location: 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA.  Also be sure to check out the Belmont Pier Tree.

BISHOP - Bishop Christmas Parade. Begins at 10 a.m.

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.

CAMPBELL - Carol of Lights.  Downtown Streets will celebrate Carol of Lights. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Call: Sally Howe @ (408) 374-9700.

CARLSBAD - Holiday at the Rancho. Leo Carrillo Ranch transitions into a version of Whoville, taken over by the Grinch with a tree lighting ceremony, Grinch crafts, and a very special visit by Grinch himself. Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad, CA. Call: (760) 602-7519. 

CLAREMONT -  The Nutcracker. Presented by Inland Pacific Ballet, enjoy Southern California's most spectacular holiday production of The Nutcracker. Celebrating their 15th season, critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with more than 80 dancers on stage at magnificent Bridges Auditorium. This annual yuletide ballet features a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. IPB's The Nutcracker is the holiday tradition your family will treasure! Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adults $32-40; Premium Seats: $50 (all ages); Seniors: $26-32; Child: $16-20. Location: Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 N. College Way Claremont, CA 91711. Tickets: (909) 607-1139.

COSTA MESA - Here Comes Santa. Every weekend through December 20 meet Santa. Get a free photo with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when you bring unwrapped toy or clothing to Orange County Market Place. Admission is $2 and free for children 12 and under. Orange County Market Place is held every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a .m. to 4 p.m. vendors, services, a produce market, children’s play area, Artisans’ and Crafters’ Corner, hair salon and a variety of food concessions. Location: Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair Drive - Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Call 949-723-6616.

COSTA MESA - Sugar Plum Festival's Arts & Crafts Show. Gifts to warm the heart and accessories that make a home will be sold at this event. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free admission, parking $5. Location: Orange County Fairgrounds Fair & Event Center, Building 10, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. Call: (562) 598-0857.

COSTA MESA - Shoreline Dog Fanciers All Breed Dog Show.  Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free admission, parking $5. Location: Orange County Fairgrounds Fair & Event Center, Building 12,14,16 & East Breezeway, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.

CRESCENT CITY - Holiday Fair. Del Norte County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Building is the location for this gift-buying opportunity. Music, entertainment and lots to look at. Free admission (donation of a new toy or canned goods accepted). Location: Del Norte County Fairgrounds, 421 Highway 101 North Crescent City, California.

DANA POINT - Boat Rides with Santa.  Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern in Dana Point, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (949) 496-5794.

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.

DISCOVERY BAY -  Discovery Bay Parade of Lights. 6th Annual Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce sponsored parade, A Storybook Holiday! The parade will continue straight along Riverlake Road, through the DB Blvd intersection, then make a left on Sandpoint, another left on DB Blvd, past the judging booth on the left side, and left into the shopping center. This new route will solve the problem of spacing between floats after the judging booth, providing a more continuous flowing parade, and easier parking for parade floats at the end. Parade Director, Amanda Dove (925) 408-8332

ENCINITAS - Encinitas Holiday Parade- Encinitas Holiday Parade festivities will kick off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Lumberyard shopping center courtyard on Coast Highway 101. The Parade begins at 5:30, heading south along Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. Additional information about this year’s Parade will be available late Summer. Mark this date on your calendar to bring family and friends to watch as nearly 100 entries make their way down the Parade route. Call (760) 633-2740 for general Parade information.

FALLBROOK - Fallbrook Christmas Parade. Time: 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Main Street, Fallbrook, CA. Call: (760) 728-5845.

FULLERTON - Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker. Anaheim Ballet Presents the Nutcracker: a Journey To Candyland. Anaheim Ballet's production of The Nutcracker includes Tchaikovsky's moving score and Anaheim Ballet's athletic dancers! Anaheim Ballet is the resident ballet company and school for the city of Anaheim.  Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $25-30. Location: Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA. Call: (866) 468-3399.   See More Nutcrackers

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.

GROVER BEACH - Grover Beach Holiday Parade. 43rd annual parade is themed, "A Look Back: 1950s Revisited". Continuing the celebration of the City's 50th year of incorporation, the 1950s-themed parade begins at 16th Street and finishes at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Avenue. This is one of the only daytime parades in San Luis Obispo County.Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free. Grover Beach, CA.

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

LAGUNA BEACH - Saw Dust Festival Winter Fantasy Art Show Opens, Community Tree Light Ceremony. 4 weekends only, this annual event features art gifts for sale for the holidays. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $6 adult. Location: Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA. Info: (949)494-3030.

LIVERMORE - Holidays in the Vineyards. Livermore Valley's annual wine country tradition celebrates the season with a weekend full of holiday cheer. All of the wineries present special wines, arts & crafts, gifts, and warm holiday experiences for your family and friends to enjoy. Award winning wines are offered along with gourmet foods, unique gift boxes, and holiday treats. Guests are encouraged to bring toys to their favorite wineries. Cost: Free. Location:  Livermore Valley Wine Country, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550. Call: 925-447-9463,

LONG BEACH - Christmas Boat Cruise. Time: 7:30 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.

LONG BEACH - Santa's Workshop. Visit Marketplace to see Santa from Noon to 4. Location: Pacific Coast Hwy. & 2nd St., Long Beach, CA. Cost: Free to visit, photos for fee. Call: (562) 431-6282.

NORTHRIDGE - Arts Northridge Nutcracker Ballet. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $36-45. Location: Performance Hall - CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330.

SAN PEDRO - LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade. Decorated boats parade through the Port of LA Main Channel. Viewing Locations: Banning Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington, The Port of LA Cruise Ship Promenade, 600 N. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Ports O' Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, Cabrillo Marina, 200 Whaler's Walk, San Pedro. Info and Parade Route: see more boat parades

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.

LOS ANGELES - The Imagination Movers. With an Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel series and a newly released Walt Disney Records album under their belt, the wildly popular kid-pop quartet Imagination Movers will launch their first-ever U.S. concert theater tour which includes two shows in Los Angeles. The 39-date “Live From The Idea Warehouse Tour” toured the U.S. Two shows at 1:30p, and 4:30p. Ticket: $31.50 - 41.50. For tickets call the box office at (213) 765-7000, or visit Event location: Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. See:

LOS GATOS - Los Gatos Holiday Parade. Starts at 11 a.m. /

OAKLAND - Lighted Yacht Parade. The Oakland Yacht Club and Encinal Yacht Club have organized a beautiful lighted yacht parade that will sail throughout the Oakland/Alameda estuary. Jack London Square provides excellent viewing areas and restaurants to watch this magnificent holiday attraction. Please make sure to book your dinner reservations early at your favorite Jack London Square restaurant. Special performance by the Oakland Symphony Chorus will begin at 5:30PM.

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.

ORANGE - Orange Christmas Train to Santa's Village

ORRICK - Candlelight through the Ancient Forest. Dress warmly and bring a candle that is enclosed in a plastic cup (along with a flashlight for the walk back from the campfire.) In case of rain, the entire program will be held in the Visitor Center.Call the North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association at (707) 488-2169.

OXNARD - Oxnard Christmas Parade - A Storybook Christmas. Oxnard rings in the holidays with more than 70 parade entries, high school bands and floats, and usually a wave from Santa Claus. This year's Grand Marshal is Bedford Pinkard.The Tamale Festival is immediately following the parade. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free. Location: Parade route is A, 5th and C Streets in Downtown, Oxnard, CA. Telephone: (805) 247-0197.

OXNARD - Oxnard Tamale Festival. The annual Oxnard Tamale Festival, held in conjunction with the Oxnard Christmas Parade in downtown Oxnard, features authentic home-style tamales served by local restaurants and vendors. The festival will include tamale making demonstrations, eating contest, live mariachi music from Oxnard High School and local group Inlakech, raffles, arts & crafts for kids, and a visit by Santa Claus. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Plaza Park,  Fifth & B Streets,
Oxnard, CA 93003. Call: (805) 483-1750.

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.

PETALUMA - Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. See a flotilla of decorated boats on parade and join in holiday caroling. The parade starts at the Petaluma Marina at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in the Turning Basin at about 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Petaluma Marina and Petaluma River Turning Basin, Petaluma, CA. Call: (707) 769-0429

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

SACRAMENTO - Lighted Boat Parade. Capital City Yacht Club 17th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Hosted by 2010 Fleet Captain.

SACRAMENTO - Festival of Lights Parade. The 1st Annual Sacramento Festival of Lights Parade is a  mile-long parade with a route will begin at 17th Street and Capitol Avenue and continues up to 19th Street, over to L Street and down L Street to the Capitol building. Marching bands, floats, dance groups, and themed cars are part of the celebration Time:  6p.m. Read More

SALINAS - Streets of Bethlehem Living Nativity. Streets of Bethlehem is an annual event that has been held for about a decade. Offered free to the public, thousands come to see this nativity scene. It begins just after dark (6 p.m. and goes to 8:30 p.m.) 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 - SeaWorld Holiday Collection. Breakfast with Shamu and Santa. Santa makes an appearance during the event. Cost is $26/10 and older; $16 age 3 to 9 years (tax, gratuity & park admission not included). Dates are  Dec. 5-6; Dec. 12-13; and Dec. 19-22.

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,

SAN FRANCISCO - Teatro ZinZanni presents Brevé. 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.

SAN FRANCISCO - Union Street Fantasy of Lights. The 19th Annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights parade launches a month-long celebration of happenings along this famous street in San Francisco. The event features street entertainment including jugglers, face painters, Santa's reindeer, meet the Snow Queen, kids activities, carolers, and much more. Donate Toys for Needy Children Through the SF Firefighters Toy Program. Collection barrels will be onsite that night & remain at specific locations on Union Street throughout the holiday season for donations of new toys. Parade Route: The Annual Fantasy of Lights Parade will begin at Gough and Union and travel westbound to Steiner lighting up Union Street. Time: 3 to 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: 1686 Union Street, San Francisco, CA. Call: (800) 310-6563.

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.

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 the seasonal delights, along with this year's Mexico: Festival of Toys exhibit showing popular toys in Mexican culture. Also featured are exhibits, 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 - Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace. The 24th Annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offers one-stop holiday shopping for whimsical, practical, and exotic treasures from more than 50 countries around the world. Stretch you dollars beyond shopping as you watch international dance and musical performances, and enjoy a tantalizing ethnic lunch from the Tribal Arts Cafe. Proceeds from the folk art show benefit the Museum's exhibits and educational programs. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA.

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 CRUZ - Santa Cruz Lighted Boat Parade.Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club with the annual canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lighted Boat Parade features 50 beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor. Charter boats available. This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor. 530 pm, rain or shine.  see more boat parades

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice. Visit the Circle of the Palms for seasonal, festive ice skating downtown. Time: Noon to 10 p.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, 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

SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights. 14th annual event marches down Broadway with 108 entries that include bands, floats, fire engines, and Santa Claus. Time: 5:20 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Broadway St. between Stowell and Town Center Mall, Santa Maria, CA.

SOLVANG - Solvang Julefest Parade. Parade begins at Mission Santa Ines, travels west on Mission Dr., turns left on 4th St., turns left on Copenhagen Dr. and concludes at the Solvang Post Office on Alisal Rd. Featuring local groups, bands, vehicles and Santa & Mrs. Claus who will be in Solvang Park following the parade for visitation & photographs. Event begins at 11 a.m.

SONOMA - Blessing of the Olives at the Mission. Celebrate this beautiful, traditional ceremony at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma with Music and refreshments. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free. Location: East Spain and First St. East, Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, CA. Call: (707) 996.1090

STOCKTON - Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade. Decorated boats come from the Stockton Deep Water Channel and take one time around Mc Leod Lake. This is the 30th annual Lighted Boat Parade and it is a free event sponsored by Marina West Yacht Club. Time: 5 p.m. Location: The parade usually forms at Light 36 in the Stockton San Joaquin Delta at reaching Weber Point at approximately 6 p.m. see more boat parades

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: 2 p.m. Cost: $15-20. Location: 1200 S. Main St., Templeton, CA. Contact for tickets:  1-800-838-3006.

TWAIN HARTE  - Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade. Annual Winter Wonderland Parade in Twain Harte. The Parade immediately follows the tree lighting, Santa will later arrive at the conclusion of the parade for free pictures so bring the children. Parking will be available at Twain Harte School.
Time:  6 to 7 p.m. Event location:  Downtown Twain Harte, CA 95383. Cost: Free. Call: 209-586-5197.

VALLEJO - Vallejo Holiday Tree Lighting. 12th Annual tree lighting includes caroling, music, hot chocolate, cookies, a visit from Santa, and of course, the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Time:  5:30  to 6:30 p.m. Location: Vallejo Waterfront and Ferry Terminal, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA. Contact: (707) 649-1912

VALLEJO -  Code of the West Gun Show. Vallejo Gun Show features a lineup of vendors with products, information, and education of fire arms. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10, parking $5. Location: Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, CA. see more gun shows in California

WALNUT CREEK - Teddy Bear Tea. This event is to benefit The Gardens at Heather Farm. Bring your children and their favorite teddy bear to have their picture taken and have teatime delights while listening to a story in a holiday themed setting. Time: 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm. Cost: Children $15, Adults $25. Location: 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.  Reservations are required: [email protected]

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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