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Wednesday, December 22, 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

AGOURA HILLS: Moorpark Civic Ballet Nutcracker. The Performing Arts Education Center 28545 W. Driver Ave. Agoura, CA $35-4o,

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

ANAHEIM: The Nutcracker ballet at The City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella. $,

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: Eight Days of Hanukkah Menorah Lighting December 22-30, 2019 at Montage BH. | Menorah

BURBANK: Menorah Lighting at the Burbank Town Center Mall in Downtown Burbank December 22-26, 2019 | Menorah

BURLINGAME: Chanukah Celebration Lights on Ice. Free, RSVP for location,

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

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

CULVER CITY: Celebrate CHANUKAH at Culver City Hall Courtyard, 9770 Culver Blvd. Free admission, | Menorah

EL CAJON: Chabad of East County Menorah Lighting at El Cajon Centennial Plaza, 200 Civic Center Way. Free,

ESCONDIDO: Hanukkah Celebration at Westfield North County, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway. Free, public invited.

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, |

FRESNO: An Irish Christmas at Saroyan Theatre, Kerry Irish Productions, Inc.,

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

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

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

HERMOSA BEACH: Hermosa Beach Pier Giant Chanukah Celebration. Massive Gelt Drop and a Giant Menorah Lighting. Free, | Menorah

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

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

LAGUNA BEACH: Great Hannukah Gelt Drop & Lighting of Surfboard Menorah December 22, 2019, Laguna Main Beach , Cobblestones , Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Free,, Laguna Beach firefighters on engine ladders drop chocolate gelt at the Great Hanukkah Gelt Drop. DJ Eldad, music, dancing, crafts, face painting, Latkes and lighting of the Menorah. 

LAGUNA NIGUEL: Chanukah Celebration December 22, 2019, 4 p.m., Laguna Niguel City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA,, Community Leaders, Hot Latkes & Donuts, Live Entertainment, Activities & Crafts, Menorah Lighting. Annual event is co-sponsored by Chabad of Laguna Niguel and City of Laguna Niguel.

LONG BEACH: Hanukkah Extravaganza December 22, 2019, 4-6 p.m., 2 & PCH, Long Beach, CA , Free, , Annual Menorah Lighting presented by Shul by the Shore includes unveiling and lighting of the new Labelson Menorah. Live music, latkes, donuts, gelt, balloon twisting, crafts & more.

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

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

LOS ANGELES: LA Farmer's Market Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Ceremony December 22, 2019, 2:30 -5 p.m. , Farmer's Market Plaza, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA , , Kids' crafts workshops, holiday foods, music and a Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Celebrate Hanukkah with the building of giant Lego menorah, live music, crafts and a special menorah lighting ceremony. Join PJ Library in Los Angeles for an afternoon of family Chanukah fun creating holiday-themed art, hearing a PJ Library story, enjoying the music of Jason Mesches, and creating a Menorah out of Lego.

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

MALIBU:  Chabad of Malibu ( Chanukah Festivities December 22-29, 2019, December 22, 2019, 3 p.m. at Malibu Lumber Yard Promenade in Malibu, CA includes music, story telling, face painting, crafts, latkes and decorating donuts., December 23, 2019, 3:30 p.m. Menorah Lighting at Point Dume Village Plaza 29211 Heathercliff Rd. Malibu, CA. Menorah lighting, music, henna body painting, balloons, donuts and latkes. December 29, 2019, 3 p.m. Enchanting Chanukah Festival at The Park at Cross Creek - Whole Foods Market. Lighting the Menorah, glow body painting, games, music, crafts and more.

MODESTO: Central West Ballet The Nutcracker December 11-22, 2019 Gallo Center for the Arts 1000 I St. Modesto, CA $20-63,

MILL VALLEY: Chanukah Celebration of Unity & Light December 22, 2019, 4-6 p.m., Join Chabad of Mill Valley Chanukah , Brooklyn, 29 Miller Ave. , Mill Valey, CA,, Menorah Lighting, Latkes Bar, Sufganiot, Music, Dreidels, Geltm Chanukah crafts & activities

MOORPARK: Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting Ceremony December 22, 2019, 4:30-6 p.m., Vons Shopping Center, 4225A Tierra Rejada R., Moorpark, CA 93021 , Free,, The entire community is invited. This year's event is gonna be the best ever! -chocolate gelt drop from 25 feet in the air - from a firetruck ladder! -AMAZING comedy illusion show! -free hot latkas! -free delicious donuts! -Free hot coffee! -Kids Chanukah Crafts -greetings from Mayor Parvin and Moorpark dignitaries -Fire truck activities and lots more!

NAPA: Menorah Lighting December 22, 2019, 5 p.m. , Napa Veterans Memorial Park, Napa, CA, Free,, Hot Latkes, Live Klezmer music, donuts, gelt, dreidels, crafts and a special appreciation to first responders.

NEWBURY PARK: Chabad-Lubavitch of Newbury Park Chanukah Spectacular December 22, 2019, 4 p.m. , The Village Town Center- Dos Vientos, Newbury Park, CA, Free,,  Grand Menorah Lighting, Fantastick Patrick Show, Latkes, Doughnuts, Crafts and the great gelt drop

NEWPORT BEACH: Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Fashion Island December 22, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Fashion Island Atrium Court, near Barnes & Noble, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA, Free, or, Fashion Island Menorah Lighting is Orange County's largest Menorah Lighting Celebration. Performance by Los Judios Locos. Dreidles, Holiday donuts, balloon animals, Face Painting, Chanukah Entertainment, Gifts, Chanukah Crafts & Treats for children. Bring an unwrapped gift for the community toy drive.

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

NOVATO: Grand Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration December 22, 2019, 5 p.m. , Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. CA, Free Event!, Menorah Being Lit By Novato Chief Battalion Lighting A 10' Menorah. Hot Latkes And Donuts, City Dignitaries and Fun For The Whole Family! Join the Jewish community as we light the 10-foot Menorah with a Gelt Drop and maximize the power of Jewish light and pride on the streets of Novato. Donuts, latkes, hot drinks, kids crafts, Donuts! Latkes, Raffle, Craft, Music and Gelt Drop. Local firefighters will pull up their hook and ladder trucks over the crowd. They will raise the ladder, and then after counting down, they will sprinkle hundreds of chocolate Gelt coins. What a blast!

OAKLAND: Grand Menorah Lighting Celebration on the Lake December 22, 2019, 4:30 p.m.  , Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd. between 1st Ave. & 12th St., Oakland, CA, Free, public invited,, Latkes, doughnuts and hot drinks, dreidels, gelt and menorahs.

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

PALO ALTO: Interactive Chanukah Robot Show December 22, 2019, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mitchell Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd. , $10,, Dairy buffet dinner and doughnuts, Interactive Chanukah Robot show, Immersive VR Chanukah Experience, Activities for the whole family And More. Admission includes a chance to win a Chanukah Robot!

PASADENA: A Christmas Carol December 4-23, 2019 at A Noise Within $, | carol

RANCHO MIRAGE: Menorah Lighting Ceremony Dec.22-30, 2019, 4 p.m., Recurring daily, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage , 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive , Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, Free, 

RANCHO MIRAGE: Light Up Rancho Mirage December 22, 2019, 5 pm., The River Amphitheatre, Bob Hope Drive & Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA,, Chabad of Rancho Mirage event includes Parachuting Dreidels and The Great Gelt Drop at The River. Hot chocolate, fresh donuts, latkes, cotton candy, community leaders and more.

REDWOOD CITY: Chanukah Festival December 22, 2019, 4 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA, Free,  , Watch the Menorah be lit! Awesome! Chanukah games, Menorah Lighting, Gelt Drop, Latkas and Sufganiyot, plus local dignitaries.

ROSEVILLE: Menorah Lighting Celebration December 22, 2019, 5-7 p.m., Outdoor Promenade, near Louis Vuitton, 1151 Galleria Blvd. , Roseville CA 95678 ,, Join the Chabad of Placer County and Rabbi Yossi Korik for a grand Menorah Lighting and Chanukah festivities, including a crafts and games, latkes and donuts, live music and more. Admission is free. 

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

SAN CLEMENTE: Menorah at the Outlets December 22, 2019, 4-5 p.m., Oak Tree Court at the Outlets at San Clemente , 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa , San Clemente, CA 92672, Free,, Show by Famous Abbit the Average, Donuts & Latkes, Music, Dreidels & Gelt, Balloon Artist and Lighting of the Giant Menorah.

SAN DIEGO: Liberty Station's Salute the Season Hanukkah & Menorah Lighting December 22, 2019, 5-8 p.m. , Central Promenade, Free, In partnership with the Chabad Centers of Pacific Beach and Downtown, Liberty Station invites the community to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting.  Enjoy a night of live music, photo opportunities, and optional $15 ice rink skating at the Rady Children's Ice Rink after the Menorah Lighting.  Hanukkah! Live entertainment will take place for guests to enjoy!

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

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

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

SAN FRANCISCO:  A Chanticleer Christmas, St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94118. $,

SAN FRANCISCO  Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival December 22, 2019, 3-6 p.m. Daily Menorah Lighting December 22-29, 2019, Union Square,, A tradition since 1975! Chanukah Festival of Lights , A local miracle happened in San Francisco in 1975 when community leaders joined together to create the first big menorah public celebration of Chanukah outside of Israel. Today that spark of innovation has spread to annual Chanukah celebrations in over 500 cities worldwide including; Berlin, Paris, Buenos Aires, Brisbane and Ho Chi Minh City. In San Francisco the legacy of innovation to spread the light continues., Union Square Menorah Lighting Schedule, 1st Candle Lighting Ceremony Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 4:30 pm Special Guests and Local Dignitaries TBA, Long-Time Bill Graham Colleagues and Musical performances by: Jerry’s Kosher Deli Plus Very Special Guests, Kids Craft Activities | Starting at 2 p.m.,  2nd Candle Lighting Ceremony  5 p.m.  ,  3rd Candle Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m.  , 4th Candle Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m.  , 5th Candle Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m., 6th Candle Lighting Ceremony 3 p.m., 7th Candle Lighting Ceremony 8 p.m., 8th GRAND FINALE Candle Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m. , THE GRAND FINALE!

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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO: David Benoit's Charlie Brown Christmas Concert $, | benoit

SAN PEDRO: It's a Wonderful Life, 6 p.m. at Warner Grand Theater. Enjoy ginger snaps and other treats - and don't forget to dress up in your best 1940's threads!

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 CLARA: California's Great America WinterFest November 29-December 31, 2019, opens 5 p.m. 237 W to Great America Parkway. Ice skating available, too. $ tickets

SANTA CLARA: Hanukkah Community Celebration: A Festival of Lights December 22, 2019, 4-6 p.m., Westfield Valley Fair  , Level 2 adjacent to Yankee Candle, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95050,, Join Westfield Valley Fair and the Chabad of San Jose for a Community Celebration inclusive of a Menorah Lighting Celebration, crafts, festivities, snacks & more.    

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

SANTA MONICA: Menorah Lightings December December 22-29, 2019, sundown , 2-9, 2018, 6 p.m. 1300 block of The Promenade , between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave., Menorah Lightings:, Join local synagogues and community groups as their members celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukkah season. , Lightings begin at Sundown, December 22, 2019 Mishkon Tephilo, December 23, 2019 Gan Israel Preschool, December 24, 2019 Nashuva, December 25, 2019 Chabad, December 26, 2019 Kehillat Israel, December 27, 2019 Beth Shir Shalom , December 28, 2019 Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, December 29, 2019 Adat Shalom

SANTA ROSA: Chanukah Celebration December 22, 2019, 4 p.m., Montgomery Village, 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa, CA, Free, |, Dreidls, Kosher Concessions, Latkes, Prizes and Live Music. Free and open to the public.

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

SHERMAN OAKS: Hannukah Celebration December 22, 2019, 4-6 p.m. Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Drive Suite 17 , Sherman Oaks CA 91423,
A special evening of music, activities, and light bites in partnership with the Chabad of Sherman Oaks. Special candle lighting with Rabbi Mendel Lipskier. Family friendly entertainment and treats will be available for all! Space is limited so arrive early!

STOCKTON: Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour with  Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and more, at Bob Hope Theatre. Multi-Grammy nominated saxophonist Dave Koz 22nd annual Friends Christmas Tour brings fresh renditions of Christmas classics. $,

SUNNYVALE: Glow in the Dark Community Menorah Celebration December 22, 2019, 4:30-6 p.m., Zanotto's Family Markets, 1356 S. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, Free, some activities and foods a nominal fee, RSVP:, 5:45 p.m. Menorah Lighting and Sing along. Lighting of the Glow in the Dark Menorah, Latkes and Jelly Donuts, Holiday arts & crafts, Dreidels, Music, Candle Making and more.

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

TUSTIN: Frozen Chanukah December 22, 2019, 3-4:30 p.m., The District, 2437 Park Avenue, Tustin, California 92782,, Giant Ice Menorah, Foam Snow, Latkes, Donuts, Live Music, Gelt, Dreidls and Children's Choir.

UNIVERSAL CITY: Chanukah at CityWalk with SoCal's Largest Menorah Lighting December 22, 2019, 6-9 p.m., Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA. , Free admission, Live Concert,, Parking: $fee. , Join Chabad of the Valley for Chanukah at CityWalk Cinema Plaza. This event includes a special tribute to Jewish music with featured renown musician Yaakov Shwekey. 

VACAVILLE: Menorah Lighting December 22, 2019, 4-7 p.m., Town Square, Main & Merchant St., Fairfield, CA, Free,, Menorah Lighting and Community Chanukah Celebration includes  Latkes & Lattes, Bavarian Custard or Jelly Sufganiyot, Dreidles, Chocolate Gelt and Children's Performance. Program is followed by the procession to Shul for a Hanukkah holiday party.

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

WALNUT CREEK: Grand Menorah Lighting at Broadway Plaza December 22, 2019, 4-6 p.m., Broadway Plaza  Promenade, across the street from Nordstrom  , 1275 Broadway Plaza , Walnut Creek, CA, Free,, Join the Chabad of Contra Costa for the Annual Menorah Lighting at Broadway Plaza! Festivities include: Live Concert with Jonathan Bayar, Bubble Show, Hot Latkes Dougnuts Crafts Face Paint & More!

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


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