California Events


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

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BAKERSFIELD: CALM Zoo Holiday Lights November 27, 2021-January 1, 2022, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 3 million lights, approx.

FELTON: Holiday Lights Train November 26-December 23, 2021

IRVINE: Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker December 10-24, 2021 at Irvine Barclay Theatre

SACRAMENTO: Theatre of Lights November 24-December 24, 2021 held on K Street between Front & 2nd,

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO: Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano, December 4-30, 2021, 4-6 p.m.


Past Events

ALAMEDA: Alameda Civic Ballet's Nutcracker December 21-22, 2019 at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, $,

ATASCADERO: Holiday Magic, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Road $, | zoos

BAKERSFIELD: CALM Zoo Holiday Lights November 30, 2019-January 4, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. 3 million lights, approx.

BERKELEY: Berkeley Artisans Holiday Craft Fair, December 21-22, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Over 100 artists, craftspeople and galleries.

BEVERLY HILLS: BOLD Holiday  Celebration, Fridays & Saturdays November 15-December 21, 2019

CAMARILLO: Drive Thru Nativity December 20-21, 2019

CERRITOS: Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour December 21-22, 2019, with  Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and more, at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Multi-Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz 22nd annual Friends Christmas Tour brings fresh renditions of Christmas classics. $,

CLAREMONT: Inland Pacific Ballet's The Nutcracker December 20-22, 2019 at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College

CORONA DEL MAR: Nights of 1000 Lights December 6-22, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at Sherman Library and Gardens. Light displays, live music, Santa and hot chocolate & s'mores. $25,

COSTA MESA: Snoopy House Dec.13-22. Free outdoor display at City Hall

COSTA MESA: Goat Hill Junction Miniature Train Ride & Santa Photos December 21-22, 2019, | trains

FELTON: Holiday Lights Train November 29-December 23, 2019

FORT BRAGG: Magical Christmas Skunk Train December 7-23, 2019.  60 minute ride from Fort Bragg typically sells out. $, | trains

FREMONT: Mission San Jose Las Posadas December 15-23, 2019, 6 p.m. Meet on the front porch to join Mary & Joseph's journey to Bethlehem while singing Christmas carols to a local business or site within two blocks of the Mission. Location: 43300 Mission Blvd. Free, |

GILROY: Gilroy Gardens Holiday November 29-December 31, 2019. Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Highway $35-58,

GLENDALE: A Christmas Carol November 29-December 24, 2019 Glendale Centre Theatre 324 N Orange Glendale, CA, 91203 | carol

GLENDALE: Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles presents Holiday Spectacular December 21-22, 2019 at Alex Theatre,
216 North Brand Blvd. $, | chorus

HOLLYWOOD: Los Angeles Ballet's The Nutcracker December 20-24, 2019 at Dolby Theatre.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Cruise of Lights December 17-23, 2019,

IRVINE: Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker December 5-24, 2019 at Irvine Barclay Theatre

JULIAN: A Christmas Carol December 13-22, 2019 Produced by Julian Theater Company, this version of Dickens' tale of hard-hearted Scrooge who finds the meaning of life one haunted Christmas Eve. Julian High School Theater 1656 Highway 78 Julian, CA $15, | carol

JUNE MOUNTAIN: Bucky's Bonfire at June Mountain, 2 p.m. Bucky the Deer gets down with kids of all ages every Saturday. Gather round the bonfire for cookies and cocoa, a dance party, and make sure you get your picture taken with the friendly, fuzzy deer. Then join him down his favorite run off Bucky's Chair J2. Location: June Mountain,

LAGUNA BEACH: Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy on Saturdays & Sundays. Location: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. $,

LA MIRADA: Merry & Bright: Sounds of Joy, MenAlive Concert, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. $, | chorus

LONG BEACH: Oh, Christmas Tree! A Victorian Holiday Celebration at the Bembridge House, a historic home owned and operated by Long Beach Heritage. $, | tours

LONG BEACH: A Christmas Carol December 7-22, 2019 Long Beach Playhouse 5021 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach CA  | carol

LONG BEACH: David Benoit's Charlie Brown Christmas Concert $, | benoit

LOS ANGELES: Zoo Lights at LA Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles, CA $,

LOS ANGELES: Great Russian Nutcracker at The Wiltern December 21-22, 2019

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN: Woolly's Parade & Party, 3:45-4:30 p.m. Join Woolly and friends for music, face-painting, a dance party, and parade through The Village Plaza. A must-attend kids event for all ages. Complimentary cocoa from Huski Chocolate (while supplies last) 4 p.m. Woolly's arrival and parade show begins 4:20 p.m. Dancing with Ski & Snowboard School 4:25 p.m.

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, December 18-22, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m. nightly. Begins & ends at tip of Lido Isle,

OAKLAND: The Nutcracker with Oakland Ballet Company December 21-22, 2019 Paramount Theatre of the Arts 2025 Broadway. $, 

PALM SPRINGS: Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Spectacular December 20-22, 2019 at Annenberg Theater $, | chorus

PARADISE: Northern California Ballet Nutcracker December 20-21, 2019, Paradise Performing Arts Center 777 Nunneley Road Paradise, CA $20,

PORTOLA: Portola Santa Trains December 7-21, 2019 at Western Pacific Railroad Museum,

REDWOOD CITY: Peninsula Ballet Theatre Nutcracker December 21-28, 2019 Fox Theatre 2215 Broadway Street. Prices $,

RIVERSIDE: BRAVA David Allan's The Nutcracker December 20-22, 2019 at Landis Performing Arts Center on campus of Riverside City College 4800 Magnolia Ave. $,

ROHNERT PARK: Santa Rosa Dance Theater Nutcracker December 20-22, 2019 Spreckels Performing Arts Center 5409 Snyder Lane Rohnert Park California 94928 $32 approx.,

SACRAMENTO: Theatre of Lights, November 27-December 24, 2019 Free,

SACRAMENTO: A Christmas Carol December 4-29, 2019 Sacramento Theatre Company Main Stage 1419 H Street Sacramento, CA $, | carol

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Ballet's The Nutcracker December 12-22, 2019 Memorial Auditorium 1515 J Street Sacramento, CA Tickets: $65-107 approx.,

SAN DIEGO: City Ballet of San Diego's Best Nutcracker December 6-22, 2019 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway

SAN DIEGO: Ebenezer Scrooge's BIG San Diego Christmas Show November 23-December 29, 2019 The Old Globe Balboa Park San Diego, CA | carol

SAN DIEGO: Old Town Cygnet Theatre November 27-December 29, 2019 4040 Twiggs St. San Diego, CA 92110 $, | carol

SAN DIEGO: California Ballet Company's The Nutcracker December 14-24, 2019 San Diego Civic Theatre 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego, 92101 $25-105

SAN FRANCISCO: Great Dickens Christmas Fair at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, California 94103 $,

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, December 11-29, 2019. War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA $36-450, approx. plus fees,

SAN FRANCISCO: A Christmas Carol November 29-December 24, 2019 American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) The Geary Theater 405 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102 $, | carol

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA: Winter Solstice at Mission San Juan Bautista, 6 a.m. Be at the Mission church at sunrise to witness a spectacular sunrise light coming through the window, lining up with the alter, then the isle, ending at the Tabernacle. | missions

SAN SIMEON: Hearst Castle Holiday Twilight tours. $30-up, reservations 1-800-444-4445 | home tours

SANTA BARBARA: State Street Ballet The Nutcracker December 21-22, 2019 The Granada Theatre 1214 State Street Santa Barbara, CA Cost: $38-106, plus fees,

SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker December 21-22, 2019 Civic Auditorium 307 Church St. Santa Cruz, CA $,

SEBASTOPOL: Sebastopol Ballet The Nutcracker December 20-22, 2019 Analy High School Theater 6950 Analy Avenue Sebastopol, CA $17-30 approx.,

THOUSAND OAKS: Pacific Festival Ballet Nutcracker December 21-22, 2019 at Fred Kavli Theatre - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. $,

WALNUT CREEK: A Christmas Carol December 12-22, 2019 Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek, CA $, | carol

YOUNTVILLE: Nutcracker Ballet with Napa Regional Dance Company  December 21-22, 2019 Lincoln Theater 100 California Drive Yountville, CA $35-45, approx.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: The Bracebridge Dinner at Ahwahnee Hotel, December 11-21, 2019. When the bell chimes, enter the world of a 17th century English manor for a feast of food, song and mirth. $tickets,

Past Events


COSTA MESA: Winter Fest Orange County, December 20, 2018-January 6, 2019. Location: OC Fairgrounds 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 $17-up,

COSTA MESA: The Nutcracker with American Ballet Theatre December 14-23, 2018 with Pacific Symphony at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive. Ticket: $29-up,

FORT BRAGG & WILLITS: Skunk Train Christmas Train December 1-23, 2018. From Fort Bragg is 60-minute train ride. From Willits is 90-minute train ride. Both offer a storybook wonderland, cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself. | trains

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Ballet Repertory Theater Nutcracker, December 8-24, 2018 at Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15751 Gothard Street  $tickets,

IRVINE: Festival Ballet Theatre Nutcracker, December 8-24, 2018 at Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive. $tickets,

NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, December 19-23, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m. nightly. Begins & ends at tip of Lido Isle,

PORTOLA: Portola Santa Trains, starting at 5 p.m. at Western Pacific Railroad Museum,

SACRAMENTO: Global Winter Wonderland,  December 21, 2018-January 6, 2019 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. Green Gate $19-up,

SAN DIEGO: California Ballet Company's Nutcracker, December 14-23, 2018 at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Ave. $tickets,

SAN DIEGO: Ugly Sweater Holiday Cocktail Cruise, 6 p.m. at Hornblower Cruises & Events San Diego, Pier 2: 970 N. Harbor Drive. $40, (619) 686-8715

SAN DIEGO: City Ballet of San Diego's Best Nutcracker, December 7-23, 2018 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway.  $tickets,

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, December 12-29, 2018. War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA $36-450, approx. plus fees,

SANTA CRUZ: Holiday Trains November 23-December 23, 2018 at Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Rd. Felton, CA. Train travels between depot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. for tickets

TEMECULA: The Ballet Studio Nutcracker December 14-23, 2018 at Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street  $tickets,

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