December 2009 Events



Sunday, December 6, 2009 Holiday Events in California


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  p.m. Cost: $16.25 each.

BALBOA ISLAND - Holiday Tree Lighting on the Island. Marine Avenue's annual Tree Lighting in front of the Newport Beach Fire Station begins with snow for the kids around 2:30 p.m. Followed by a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, the tree lights are turned on at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Marine and Park Avenue, Balboa Island, CA.

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.

CARMEL - Holiday Spectacular. The Choral Project a capella choir echoes beautifully throughout the Chai for an awe-inspiring event filled with holiday delight. A holiday wine tasting and gift reception follows in the eloquently decorated Great Hall. Time: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Carmel, CA 93923. Call: 831-624-2600.

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 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.

CORONA DEL MAR -  Christmas Walk.  31st Anniversary event is free to the public. The Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events filled with holiday festivities for family, friends and associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people to the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit. Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, carolers, bouncy houses, Santa Visits restaurant tasting and a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes.Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Pacific Coast Highway near MacArthur, Corona del Mar, CA. Call: (949) 673-4050. [email protected]

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 - Malibu Kennel 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.

FERNDALE - Lighting of the Nation's Tallest Living Christmas Tree. Lighting of America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree is a Ferndale tradition since 1934. Time: 3 p.m. starts 39th Annual Christmas Celebration in Song. 5:30 p.m. - Lighting of America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree on Main Street is visible for miles,

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.orga beacon to herald the Christmas season. The whole town turns out. Call: (707) 786-4477.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Light of Love Parade. Kids, fire engines and Santa are part of the holiday celebration. Time: Chowder Sampling 1-4 p.m. ($10 sampling fee). Parade begins at Orange and Main and travels down Main Street around 4:45 p.m. (approx). It travels over to the Huntington Beach Pier for a holiday lights lighting ceremony.

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

IRVINE - Christmas with the Tallis Scholars. Rock stars of Renaissance vocal music with their crystalline clarity and superb intonation, the Tallis Scholars are considered the ideal interpreters of early vocal music. This concert illuminates music dedicated to Christmas including many early English and German carols and liturgical gems that tell the Christmas story in hauntingly beautiful music. Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre, Peter Phillips is director. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $23. Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA 92612. Call: (949) 854-4646.

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: 6 p.m. Cost: $12 adult, $8 child. Location: 140 Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 799-7000, reservations a must!

LONG BEACH - Rancho Los Cerritos Christmas Open House. Experience 19th century Christmas traditions and learn about local history at Rancho Los Cerritos’ Christmas Open House. Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach 90807. (northwest of the intersection of San Antonio Drive and Long Beach Blvd.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

PLEASANTON - Holiday Home Tour. Join a magical home tour through downtown Pleasanton. The eight homes featured on the tour are each unique. All of the homes will be decked out in their holiday finest. Enjoy a leisurely stroll down Second Street and a private peek into some of Pleasanton's most beautiful homes. Live music, unique shopping boutiques, and delicious treats complete the festivities. Time: 11 .m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $35.

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

ROHNERT PARK - Voena, Voices of the Season. A Multi-Ethnic Celebration. Time: 4:00pm. Location: Spreckles Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA. Call: (707) 588-3400. Tickets: Adults $25 Kids & Seniors $20.

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 Nov. 27-29; Dec. 5-6; Dec. 12-13; and Dec. 19-22.

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,

SAN JOSE - Downtown Ice. Visit the Circle of the Palms for seasonal, festive ice skating downtown. Time: 11 a.m. to Midnight.  $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 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: 11 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.

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.

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 4 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: 11:30am, 2pm. 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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