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Light of Love Christmas Parade & Pier Lighting Huntington Beach Dec.3, 2023

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ALAMEDA: Christmas Tree Lane, December 2-31, 2023, an annual favorite holiday tradition for 85 years, is a community gift to the public. Free to see and experience.

ANAHEIM: Anaheim Tree Lighting Nutcracker Celebration December 3, 2023

ANAHEIM: Holidays at Disneyland Resort November 10, 2023-January 7, 2024 in Disneyland features Christmas Fantasy Parade, Holiday Magic fireworks, Christmas decor at It's a Small World and Haunted Mansion, plus Viva Navidad celebration of Latin culture at California Adventure theme park.

ARCADIA: Lightscape November 17, 2023-January 2, 2024 at Los Angeles County Arboretum. Reimagined this year with all new experiences, the magical holiday event includes professional lighting and musical scoring throughout the gardens. $33-39 + $20 parking,

ARROYO GRANDE: Holiday Parade December 3, 2023, 5 p.m. South County Holiday Parade

ATWATER: Razzari Ice Skating Center November 17, 2023-January 8, 2024 in Old Town Atwater. Seasonal ice skating rink offers affordable holiday fun.

AUBURN: Placer Theatre Ballet Nutcracker December 1-10, 2023 at Placer Theatre. $10-25,

BAKERSFIELD: Holiday Lightasmic! November 25-December 30, 2023, evenings at CALM Zoo. Location: 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway Bakersfield, CA $,

BUENA PARK: Knott's Merry Farm November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024 is back with the famous Snoopy's Ice Show featuring professional ice skaters. Christmas sing-alongs, plays, carolers and holiday bands all included with admission.

BALBOA ISLAND: Balboa Island Tree Lighting & Snow Day December 3, 2023, 4-7:30 p.m. Balboa Island Fire Station 124 Marine Ave. Balboa Island, CA

BIGGS: Biggs Christmas Tree Lighting & Street Faire December 3, 2023

CALABASAS: Holiday Road USA November 24-December 27, 2023, 5-10 p.m. King Gillette Ranch 26800 Mulholland Hwy Calabasas, CA 91302 $29.99-65,

CAMPBELL: Ainsley House "Christmas Cravings" Holiday Tea & Tour December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10, 2023  View and tour the home decorated with enchanting holiday Tickets $60

CARLSBAD:  Tree Lighting December 3, 2023, 2-4:30 p.m. Carslbad Village Drive

CASTRO VALLEY: Alameda Civic Ballet Nutcracker December 2-3, 2023, 2 p.m. at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road Castro Valley, CA $,

CAYUCOS: Tree Lighting Ceremony December 3, 2023

CHICO: Stansbury Home Victorian Christmas December 1-3, 2023 307 W 5th St. Chico, CA 95928 $,

CHICO: Community Ballet A Very Chico Nutcracker November 30-December 3, 2023 at Laxson Auditorium Cal State University W. 1st Street & Salem Chico, CA. $,

CHICO: Chico Ice Rink November 17, 2023-January 14, 2024 in the City Plaza is the centerpiece of downtown Chico with themed nights, cabana rentals, skate lessons and holiday festivities.

CHULA VISTA: Chula Vista Third Avenue Starlight Parade 3 p.m. festivities begin with tree lighting and a 6 p.m. parade on Third Avenue between H and E streets. 25-foot-tall Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

CORONA DEL MAR: Christmas Walk December 3, 2023, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Coast Highway Corona del Mar, CA Free,

CORONADO: Skating by the Sea November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. is one of the most scenic seaside ice skating rinks in the U.S. Public invited. $,

CONCORD: Ice at the Veranda November 3, 2023-February 14, 2024 at The Veranda shopping mall. Come glide on Ice at The Veranda, a newly reimagined mixed-use retail center with open-air shopping, dining and entertainment.

COSTA MESA: Winter Fest OC November 24, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Orange County Fair & Event Center. Snow, ice tubing, ice skating, rides, North Pole, fire pits and more. Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. $35-110,

CROCKETT: Tree Lighting CeremonyDecember 3, 2023. Join Santa & the community for Christmas music played by the high school band and carolers singing.

ENCINITAS: Lightscape November 17, 2023-January 1, 2024, 5-8:30 p.m. at San Diego Botanic Garden includes over one million lights in artistic installations along a one-mile, easily walkable garden path. $29-35,

FELTON: Holiday Tree Walk December 2-3, 2023 at Bear Mountain on a Roaring Camp Railroads train. $, 

FORT BRAGG: Mendocino Botanical Garden Lights November 24-December 17, 2023, 5-7 p.m. Annual event featuring holiday-lit trees, animated shapes and themed designs created by Mendocino County's favorite garden. $10,

FOUNTAIN VALLEY: The Christmas Creche December 1-3, 2023, 6-9 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Living Nativity, local school choirs and bands performing holiday concerts, free donuts and a room of Christmas creches to admire. Location: 17500 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley, CA. Free,

FRESNO: Timeless Toys, Christmas at Kearney Mansion Museum Nov.24-Dec.31, 2023, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays $10,

FRESNO: IllumiNature November 24-December 30, 2023 at Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a special holiday event featuring lighted lantern displays and a visit from a real reindeer! $,

GRANADA HILLS: Holiday Parade "Holidays in Cinema" December 3, 2023

HANFORD: Winter Wonderland Ice Skating November 18, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Civic Park, Downtown Hanford. Make it a date with the family and friends for fun holiday ice skating. $,

HERMOSA BEACH: Hermosa Beach Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour December 1-3, 2023, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Fri.&Sat.; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. $, | holiday homes

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Light of Love Parade & Pier Lighting December 3, 2023, 3:30-7 p.m. on Main Street & Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA. Free to see, snowflake sponsorships available,

INDIO: Tamale Festival December 2-3, 2023. Billed as world's largest tamale fest, enjoy eating tons of tamales as well as listening to bands, seeing a car show and entering contests such as Tamale Eating Contest and Best Tamale Recipe.

INDIO: Coachella Valley Magic of Lights Drive Thru November 17-December 31, 2023, 5:30 p.m. at Empire Polo Club. Location: 81800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA. $,

IRVINE: Skating Under the Stars November 3, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Irvine Spectrum Ice Rink in the Giant (Ferris) Wheel Court features themed nights with DJs spinning tunes surrounded by restaurants and shopping.

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE: Enchanted Forest of Light November 19, 2023-January 7, 2024 features an after-dark, mile-long walkthrough of holiday lights in Descanso Gardens, a unique Southern California botanic garden of historical significance.

LAGUNA BEACH: Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy November 17-December 17, 2023 on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Location: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. $10,

LA JOLLA: Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival December 3, 2023

LIVERMORE VALLEY: Holidays in the Vineyards December 2-3, 2023, 12-4:30 p.m. Admission is free | tasting fees vary by winery.

LOS ANGELES: Grier Musser Museum Victorian Christmas House Tour, 1-4 p.m. Refreshments provided. Location: 403 S Bonnie Brae St. Los Angeles, California, CA. $15,  | holiday homes

LOS ANGELES: Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square November 16, 2023-January 7, 2024 Willy Bietak Productions is back at Pershing Square for ice entertainment during the holidays.

LOS ANGELES: LA Zoo Lights, Animals Aglow November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024 at LA Zoo. Special holiday display seen only at night. Location: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, $,

LOS GATOS: Fantasy Lights Drive Through December 2-30, 2023. December 2-30, 2023. Extremely popular holiday display at Vasona Lake Park.

LOWER LAKE: Hometown HoliDaze Street Fair December 3, 2023, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Main Street, downtown. Family-filled fun! Children's Scavenger Hunt with prizes for all participants, Bounce House, Face Painting, Christmas Art Project, Santa will be on hand! Vendors, Merchants and Food. /llcag

MONTEREY: Skating by the Bay November 24-December 31, 2023 at Custom House Plaza. $,

NEWPORT BEACH: Fire and Ice, seasonal outdoor ice skating rink & bonfires overlooking Newport Bay November 24, 2023-January 1, 2024 at Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive. $,

NORTH HOLLYWOOD: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Holiday Show November 25, 2023-January 21, 2024 at El Portal Theatre. Includes four Eric Carle stories presented with a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets. Location: 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. Dates: Fridays and Sundays 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. $30-up,

ORANGE: Tree Lighting Ceremony with Candlelight Procession December 3, 2023

PALM DESERT: WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens November 22-December 30, 2023 includes light exhibits and lighted animal-shaped lanterns in themed displays. $,

PALM SPRINGS: Aerial Tramway Celebrity Tree Lightingwith actress Judith Champman on December 3, 2023. Public invited.

PALOS VERDES PENINSULA: South Coast Botanic Garden Astra Lumina, An Enchanted Night Walk Amongst The Stars in Los Angeles, November 9-December 31, 2023. The limited engagement, multisensory immersive experience that holds a special connection to the stars above, brings special meaning to the holidays. $ tickets,

OLYMPIC VALLEY: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink November 24, 2023-March 2024 at Everline Resort at Squaw Creek.

PARADISE: Paradise on Ice November 10, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Terry Ashe Park and Recreation Center is open for seasonal ice skating among towering trees of the Sierra Nevada foothills, $,

PASADENA: Los Angeles Ballet's The Nutcracker December 1-26, 2023, appearing in Pasadena December 1-3, 2023 at Civic Auditorium. Tickets $40-137 approx.,

PASADENA: 56th Annual Look In Holiday Home Tour December 2-3, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. See 4 elegant homes decorated  for the holidays. $45, | holiday homes

PICO RIVERA: Tree Lighting Festival and Winter Wonderland December 3, 2023 at City Hall. Free!

PLACERVILLE: Hangtown Christmas Parade, December 3, 2023, 1 p.m. free in Downtown Placerville Main St.

POMONA: Imaginarium at Fairplex November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024. Over 5 million lights in colorful displays, life-size Chinese lanterns, holiday foods and Cirque performances stir the imagination in this all ages, limited engagement. Location: Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. $28-up,

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Inland Pacific Ballet December 2-3, 2023 at Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. $70-86,

REDDING: Garden of Lights November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024 at McConnell Arboretum. Walk on the world-famous Sundial Bridge to the the Arboretum where over one million animated lights are on display select nights. $20-25, $20-25,

REDLANDS: YMCA 56th annual Holiday Home Tour, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Event features 6 homes. $40, or $90 patron ticket which includes champagne brunch at Citrone Restaurant | holiday homes

REDWOOD CITY: Academy of American Ballet Nutcracker December 2-3, 2023 at Canada College Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Cost: $22-50,

ROSEVILLE: Tree Grove on the Square  November 29-December 8, 2023, 6-7:30 p.m. Vernon Town Square Roseville, CA Free,

SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Sacred Heart 50th annual Holiday Home Tour December 1-3, 2023. Visit five magnificent, holiday-decorated homes in Sacramento's Fabulous Forties neighborhood. $40, $35 senior, | holiday homes

SACRAMENTO: Downtown Holiday Ice November 8, 2023-January 15, 2024 is an annual, seasonal ice rink combining a vibrant, urban scene with old-fashioned fun.

SACRAMENTO: Imaginarium November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Cal Expo. Location: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA. $21-27,

SAN DIEGO: SeaWorld Christmas Celebration November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024 is all fun with rides, sea life, Santa, reindeer and a sizzling musical show with America's Got Talent star Bryan Cheatham. SeaWorld is open Christmas Day & New Year's Day!

SAN DIEGO: Jungle Bells Aurora at San Diego Zoo December 9, 2023 -January 1, 2024 includes an incredible light show, reindeer games, brass band music, jugglers and acrobats, and forest pathway through holiday decor and lighted trees to visit polar bears, arctic foxes and reindeer. $65,

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Safari Park Wild Holidays November 24-December 31, 2023 includes the same, great wild animal park experience with magical holiday lights, Santa and musicians playing holiday tunes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, $,

SAN FRANCISCO: Golden Girls Christmas Episodes at The Victoria Theatre 2961 16th Street San Francisco, California 94103 $, 

SAN FRANCISCO - MENLO PARK: CalTrain Christmas Train stops at cities and picks up gift donations, offering entertainment along the way.

SAN FRANCISCO: Union Square Ice Rink November 1, 2023-January 15, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO: Mark Foehringer Dance Project Nutcracker Sweets December 2-23, 2023 at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd. $23.50-49.50,

SAN JOSE: Holiday Lights Drive Thru November 29, 2023-January 1, 2024, 5-11 p.m. at 635 Phelan Ave. $ per car,

SAN JOSE: Downtown Ice is a seasonal holiday rink offering skating sessions, skate rentals and holiday festivities November 17, 2023-January 15, 2024.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO: Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano December 2-30, 2023.

SAN MATEO: IlluminOdyssey November 10, 2023-January 28, 2024 at CuriOdyssey, a zoo and learning center containing native, non-releasable animals such as river otter, bobcat, gray fox, snakes, birds, bugs and more. Location: 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA. $26.64 approx.,

SAN MATEO: Peninsula Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker Sweet December 2-3, 2023, 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. at Peninsula Lively Arts, 1880 S. Grant St. $35-45,

SAN RAMON: Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink November 10, 2023-January 7, 2024 at City Center Bishop Ranch $21 approx.,

SANTA ANA: Santa Ana Winter Village Ice Rink December 2-31, 2023 at Orange County Civic Center Plaza of the Flags, $,

SANTA BARBARA: Westmont Christmas Festival December 2-3, 2023 at Granada Theatre. Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ through a narrative and Christmas music from around the world featuring the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir, and Chamber Singers. Location: 1214 State Street Santa Barbara, CA Cost: $22,

SANTA BARBARA: ZooLights November 15, 2023-January 14, 2024 features vibrant, lighted lantern displays of elephants and other zoo animals at Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niņos Drive. $,

SANTA MONICA: ICE November 1, 2023-January 15, 2024

SANTA MONICA: Santa Monica Westside Ballet's The Nutcracker November 25-December 3, 2023, 1 & 5 p.m. with live orchestration! The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center 1310 11th St. $,

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Heavenly Village Ice Rink November 1, 2023-March 31, 2024

TEMECULA: Peltzer Ice Rink November 18, 2023-Janaury 7, 2024 at Peltzer Farm & Winery. From the folks who know how to entertain comes their winter festival featuring an 8,400 square-foot outdoor ice rink, part of a winery and farm enterprise. Awesome!

TWAIN HARTE: Long Barn Lodge Seasonal Ice Skating Rink November 17, 2023-Mid March 2024 in Long Barn, Tuolumne County, CA.

UNIVERSAL CITY: Universal Studios Hollywood Grinchmas. Meet the Grinch and see the bent Christmas tree. November 24, 2023-January 1, 2024 at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA. $,

VALENCIA: Holiday in the Park November 23-December 31, 2023 at Six Flags Magic Mountain features famous thrill rides, two million lights, stilt walkers, light shows, choreography, concerts, fire pits for s'mores and more!

VISALIA: Christmas on the Farm Ice Skating Rink November 25, 2023-January 7, 2024 at Vossler Farms. Food concessions, HoHoHoliday Hayrides, Candy Express Train Ride and Ice Skating on the farm makes for old-fashioned fun. $,

WILLITS: Christmas Tree Train November 24-December 31, 2023. Take the historic Skunk Train (referring to the smell of diesel fuel, not skunks,) to see the "Largest Living Christmas Tree" decorated with lights among redwood forests containing the world's tallest trees. $,

WATSONVILLE: Santa Cruz Holiday Lights November 24-December 24, 2023, 5:30-9 p.m. at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Location: 2601 East Lake Ave Watsonville, CA 95076 $20, holiday-lights 

WEST SACRAMENTO: Magical Christmas Train November 24-December 27, 2023. One hour train ride, personal Santa visit, sing-alongs, cocoa with souvenir mug, and a cookie. $79.92,

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