WHERE Orange County Weekend Roundup 12.02.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

A Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 24. Ebeneezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and family as he journeys through time with the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Be reminded of what the holiday season is all about with this timeless Dickens classic. Tickets from $43. 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org

This Wonderful Life

This Wonderful Life
Through Dec. 24. Frank Capra’s classic Christmas tale of hope, humor and heart rises to a whole new level in this delightful one-man show at the Laguna Playhouse. The talented James Leaming portrays George Bailey, Clarence the Angel, Mary, Old Man Potter and twenty more of Bedford Falls’ finest citizens. Tickets from $35. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com

Breakfast with SantaDINING
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 3. Santa will be making a special appearance at the La Habra Children’s Museum this weekend for breakfast! The package includes a holiday craft, photo with Santa Claus and free admission to the museum. Reservations required. Adults $12, children $10. 301 S Euclid St., La Habra, 562.905.9793. lahabracity.com

Holly Berry TeaHolly Berry Tea
Dec. 3. The Victoria Tea Society invites you to enjoy a traditional Victorian tea service in the historic Kellogg House which was built in 1898. VTS members dressed in period attire will serve a selection of fine teas, scones and sweet and savory morsels. Tickets $30. 3101 W Harvard St., Santa Ana, 714.540.0404. heritagemuseumoc.org

Johnny MathisMUSIC
Johnny Mathis
Dec. 4. Johnny Mathis, a beloved American entertainer, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts to sing everyone’s favorite holiday songs. Tickets start at $52. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

Lighting of the Bay HOLIDAY
Lighting of the Bay
Dec. 2. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort has invited Santa to help light over 40 Christmas trees floating in their very own bay. The evening features special performances and hot cocoa for all families in attendance. 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, 949.729.3863. newportdunes.com

dana-wharf-boat-rides-with-santaBoat Rides with Santa
Dec. 3-4. In Dana Point, Santa prefers a boat to reindeer. Join him for a free, twenty-minute cruise around the harbor. Bring your camera and prepare to rattle off your wish list to St. Nick. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point 949.496.5794. danawharf.com


Frosty Flicks SundaysFrosty Flicks Sundays
Through Dec. 18. Unwind from holiday shopping at the LAB Anti-mall with Frosty Flicks every Sunday evening through Dec. 18. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy free popcorn and a holiday movie on the outdoor big screen. Spread Christmas cheer with “Elf” on Dec. 4, travel back to the ‘90s with “Home Alone” on Dec. 11 and enjoy the ultimate Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 18. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6660. thelab.com

Christmas at the MissionChristmas at the Mission
Dec. 3. The historic Mission San Juan Capistrano celebrates the season with Christmas at the Mission. Local choirs and bands will sing carols as guests enjoy crafts and cookies in Santa’s workshop, a nativity scene, interpretive Christmas reading and a visit from St. Nick himself. Adults $5, children $3. 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300. missionsjc.com

Irvine Spectrum Center Ice SkatingIrvine Spectrum Center Ice Skating
Through Feb. 20. The Irvine Spectrum adds a California version of a winter wonderland to its shopping wonderland November 1 through February 20.  The Giant Wheel Court now features snowmen built out of sand, palm trees decked with holiday lights and surfers ice skating in swim shorts. Sessions are 75 minutes of cozy fun on the 47 x 72 ft. rink that is maintained by the world’s smallest Zamboni. Mon.-Thurs., $12, Fri-Sun. $14 plus $2 for skate rental. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.748.8280. skatespectrum.com

Sawdust Winter FantasySawdust Winter Fantasy
Through Dec. 11. Sawdust Art & Craft Festival presents their 21st annual Winter Fantasy, “Put a Little Sparkle in Your Holiday,” beginning November 19. Over 170 talented artisans will create, showcase and sell their original artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Shop for one-of-a-kind art glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography, mixed-media and more. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustartfestival.org

Modern and Contemporary SculptureART
On Display in Orange County: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture
Through Jan. 2. South Coast Plaza hosts a pop-up gallery in its Penthouse exploring the commissioning process and creation of 13 remarkable sculptural works. The exhibition details everything from conceptual sketches to blueprints to models and finished sculptures of some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century including Joan Mirò, Marion Sampler and Charles O. Perry. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.436.0263. southcoastplaza.com

First Saturday Art WalkFirst Saturday Art Walk
Dec. 3. The Santa Ana Artist Village hosts an art walk through the heart of downtown to showcase some of Orange County’s most talented and creative minds. This month Hiromi Takizawa takes the spotlight at the Project Room at Grand Central Art Center. Her work focuses on the transmission, reflection and refraction of light on glass. 124 N Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.567.7233. aplaceforart.org

Through Dec. 12. Experience collage art like never before at Carl E. Smith gallery in Laguna Beach. Examining the prestigious history of the unique art form, SLASH / An International Survey of Contemporary Collage features over 30 emerging and established international artists and their imaginative pieces. Cesfineart.com

2 Schools of Cool2 Schools of Cool
Through Jan. 22. The Orange County Museum of Art pays tribute to the Los Angeles art and artists that helped shape the museum with a new exhibition titled Two Schools of Cool. This unique show pairs elder statesmen of cool with those of the emerging generation of LA artists to produce thought-provoking collaborative pieces. Admission $12. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122, ocma.net

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970
Continuing. Co-organized by Orange County Museum of Art and UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, this exhibition is the most comprehensive display to date to focus on Conceptual art and related new genres in both Northern and Southern California during this pivotal period in contemporary art. Featuring more than 150 works of art, the exhibition includes newly discovered work as well as materials culled from archives that have rarely been viewed. OCMA, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122. ocma.net

Warriors, Tombs and TemplesWarriors, Tombs and Temples
Through Mar. 4. Enter the great tombs and temples of the powerful and the cunning men and women who ruled imperial China. The landmark exhibition draws from China’s most important archaeological excavations assembled in cooperation with seven leading Chinese institutions. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. www.bowers.org

Gardens and Grandeur ExhibitGardens and Grandeur Exhibit
Through Mar. 8. The Irvine Museum presents an expansive collection of porcelains and paintings by American artist Franz A. Bischoff. The exhibit primarily focuses on his landscapes that express the unique qualities of California Impressionism. 18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100, Irvine, 949.476.0294. irvinemuseum.org

Bolts SoccerSPORTS
Bolts Soccer
Dec. 2-3. Cheer on Orange County’s professional indoor soccer team as they take on the Turlock Express Dec. 2 and aim for victory in Round 1 of the US Open Cup on Dec. 3. 800 W Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.321.9898. boltsoccer.com

Anaheim DucksAnaheim Ducks
Dec. 2. The Anaheim Ducks attempt to come back from their losing streak as they compete against the Minnesota Wild. 2695 E Katella Ave., Anaheim, 877.945.3946. ducks.nhl.com

Science of Gingerbread ENTERTAINMENT
Science of Gingerbread
Through Jan. 1. Explore the science behind everyone’s favorite cookie houses. Participate in hands-on kitchen activities, view award-winning Gingerbread Competition entries and visit with Santa! Tickets from $12.95. 2500 N Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823. discoverycube.org

Star Wars: Where Science Meets ImaginationStar Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
Through April 15. Santa Ana’s Discovery Science Center explores the scientific possibilities behind some of Star Wars’ most visionary ideas such as humanoid robots, landspeeders and X-wing Starfighters. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823. discoverycube.org

Orange County Wine CruiseOrange County Wine Cruise
Fri.-Sun. Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching introduces Orange Wine Cruises every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cruise the beautifully lit Dana Point Harbor about the 63 ft. luxury catamaran, Ocean Adventure, and enjoy a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines. The cruise also includes a cheese platter with different cheeses, crackers, fruits and nuts to compliment the wines. $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794. www.danawharf.com

Pacific Edge Cabana PackagesPacific Edge Cabana Packages
Enjoy a day of football, a good time with your best girlfriends or a full day of relaxation and serenity at one of the luxurious cabanas at the Pacific Edge Hotel. Packages include a variety of services ranging from snacks and alcoholic beverages to full body massages and pedicures. With its sweeping views of the Pacific and proximity to the heart of Laguna Beach, Pacific Edge Hotel is not to be missed! Packages start at $499 for up to eight people. 647 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.281.5709. pacificedgehotel.com

Anjelah JohnsonCOMEDY
Anjelah Johnson
Dec. 1-4. Anjelah Johnson brings her sometimes controversial, but undeniably funny material to the Irvine Improv. Anjelah may be most known for her stint on FOX’s popular sketch series MADtv. 71 Fortune Drive #841, Irvine, 949.854.5455. improv.com

Holiday Reception and Personal ShoppingSHOPPING
Holiday Reception and Personal Shopping
Dec. 1. Toast with friends, listen to live music and let the holiday shopping begin at Silver Blue & Gold! The jewelry boutique showcases a sparkling new collection of drusy agate pendants and earrings by local goldsmith Laura Carley, perfect for all of the ladies on your gift list. The evening will also include a special preview for Monday’s Shanti Wreath Auction (to be held at Mozambique). These beautiful, artist-made wreaths will be auctioned off to benefit those battling AIDS/HIV. 1492 S Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.3000. www.silverblueandgold.com