Orange County Weekend Roundup 12.16.11


Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

young-the-giantYoung the Giant
Dec. 16-17. Irvine’s Young the Giant brings indie rock vibe to the Observatory. The Hometown Holiday Show, presented by Visio, benefits the Irvine Public School Foundation’s efforts to keep music in Irvine schools. A second date was added due to the band’s growing popularity. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.

david-archuletaDavid Archuleta
Dec. 17. Pop sensation David Archuleta performs classic holiday songs along with his own chart-topping tunes on his “My Kind of Christmas” tour which stops at the City National Grove of Anaheim this weekend. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

tis-the-seasonTis the Season
Dec. 18. The Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and the Southern California Children’s Chorus join forces and perform seasonal favorites in a magnificent holiday concert. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this beloved Orange County tradition. 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

the-nutcrackerFestival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Through Dec. 24.
Young Clara’s entire world changes when the nutcracker her uncle gifted her comes to life. Together they battle the Mouse King and embark on a magical journey together. Peter Tchaikovsky’s timeless music combined with Festival Ballet Theatre’s stunning choreography will make for one unforgettable evening. Adults $40, $37 seniors, $35 children. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949.854.4646.

newport-harbor-cruiseNewport Beach Boat Parade
Dec. 14-18. Newport Harbor glows with holiday cheer as the 103rd annual Christmas Boat Parade sets sail this weekend. Sea-worthy vessels of all shapes and sizes will be decked from bow to stern in their holiday best as they cruise along the harbor parade route. On Dec. 18, the festivities will close with a special fireworks show visible from all around the harbor.  Newport Harbor, Newport Beach, 949.729.4400.

huntington-harbour-cruiseCruise of Lights
Dec. 15-23.
The reflections of waterfront homes covered in lights and holiday displays dance on the waters of Huntington Harbour this weekend. Enjoy a narrated, 45-minute cruise through this winter wonderland on water. Proceeds benefit the Orange County Philharmonic Society. 16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach, 714.840.7542.

santa-ana-zooHolidays with the Critters
Dec. 17-18. The Santa Ana Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland just in time for the holidays. Enjoy seasonal music, crafts, lights, train rides while visiting the exotic animals that call the zoo home. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.647.6575.

the-muckenthalerHoliday Festival
Dec. 18.
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation hosts a Holiday Festival and Open House on the beautiful grounds of the 1924 mansion. Tour the home and galleries with costumed docents, enjoy song and dance performances and shop the arts and crafts fair. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.

the-strandIce Skating at the Strand
Through Jan. 1. Smell the salty sea breeze as you ice skate just steps away from the Pacific! The grand opening of the beachside rink features the Cirque du Soleil truck, pet photos with Santa and free hot chocolate. 155, 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.4528.

Olivia_WintertimeBrunch with Santa Anaheim Gardenwalk
Dec. 10 & 17.
UltraLuxe Cinemas invites families to enjoy a Bubba Gump-catered breakfast with Santa Claus. The morning will include music, face painting, games and photos with Santa as well as a showing of the December Kidtoons feature, Olivia’s Wintertime Cheer. 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.399.0305.

sobecaFrosty 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.

the-ritz-carlton-holidayTeddy Bear Tea
Dec. 18.
Treat your daughter and her favorite teddy bear to tea at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. Elegant finger sandwiches and scrumptious pastries will be served alongside a variety of teas. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped teddy bear for donation to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. One Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000.

savannah-chop-house-santaHoliday Brunch
Dec. 18.
Savannah Chop House invites you to make wonderful family memories at their first annual Holiday Brunch. Enjoy the decadent brunch menu while holiday carolers bring the season to life and Santa Claus greets all of the boys and girls. Reservations required. 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.493.7107.

ucla-vs-uc-davisUCLA vs. Davis
Dec. 17.
Southern California and Northern California settle their differences on the basketball court as UCLA takes on UC Davis. Due to renovations being made to Pauley Pavilion, UCLA will split its entire regular home schedule between the Los Angeles Sports Arena and Honda Center.2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

jeffrey-rossJeffrey Ross
Dec. 16-18
. Comedian Jeffrey Ross brings his scathing humor to the Brea Improv. Following his appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Roast of Charlie Sheen,” his current tour, “Jeff Ross Roasts America,” solidifies Ross’s standing as the Roastmaster General. 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.482.0700.

christmas-carolA 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.


This Wonderful LifeThis 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.


white-christmasIrving Berlin’s White Christmas
Though Jan. 1. Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas tells the story of two army buddies turned showbiz sensations who move their production their former general’s Vermont inn. Watch with delight as the duo find their perfect mates, fill the once-empty inn and usher in a white Christmas! Tickets start at $20. South Coast Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


anne-of-green-gablesAnne of Green Gables
Through Dec. 27. When orphaned Anne Shirley arrives in the town of Avonlea, she brings all of her troublesome adventures with her. This heartwarming musical adaptation follows Anne as she changes not only her life, but also the lives around her. Chance Theater Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714.777.3033.


Science of GingerbreadScience 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.


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.


south-coast-galleryOn 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.

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,


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.


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.