36th Annual Candlelight Walk
Dec. 9-11. Enjoy an evening stroll through the decorated grounds as well as live musical performances, holiday crafts for kids and a visit with Santa Claus. Light refreshments will be available for cash purchase. Inclement weather may cancel the event. For more information: 949.923.2230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday – Sunday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. ocparks.com
TRADE Marketplace Japan Festival
Dec. 10. Irvine’s chef-driven food hall – TRADE Marketplace – is hosting the TRADE Marketplace Japan Festival. Guests can enjoy a selection of vendors from all across Japan and the US who will come to share Japanese food and culture from Japanese Crane Games to Anime merchandise, to a multitude of different Japanese food options. Saturday, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. 2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine. thetrademarketplace.com
Freeflow Yoga at OCMA
Dec. 10. Reset and refresh with gentle yin yoga led by Linda Chen. Bring your own mat; open to all yoga levels. Please note this class will be held outdoors. Designed to calm your mind and enliven your senses, you will feel the air, hear the birds, and experience the healing power of movement. Free and open to all. Held on the second level. Saturday, 9 a.m. 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. ocma.art
Food + Drink
Beachwood Pizza & Beer Opens in Huntington Beach
Now Open. Housed in an open, airy new 3,000 square-foot space with cheerful murals, light wood paneling, and its trademark blue-green touches, Beachwood, in its first foray away from Southern-inspired cuisine, will turn out custom 16” sourdough pies, alongside an evolving menu that includes signature appetizers, salads, sandwiches and of course, great craft beer. 5205 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. beachwoodbrewing.com
Cheferbly Around the World Pop-Up
Dec. 9-10. Private dining platform, Cheferbly is hosting a two-night Around the World Pop-Up. Hosted by Chefs Tushar Tondvalkar and Jimmy Matiz, the duo have collaborated to present an elaborate 6-course dinner complete with welcome cocktails, hors d’oeurvres, and wine-pairings inspired by their vast global culinary careers. 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. 18650 MacArthur Blvd Suite 150 Irvine.
Holiday Cocktails at Tavern House
Now Available. Chef David Wilhelm has introduced a new menu of seasonal dishes and drinks at his popular Tavern House Kitchen & Bar. Overlooking the Newport Beach Marina, the popular coastal location is a holiday hotspot among locals and visitors alike. This holiday season, guests can sip on a festive selection of elegant martinis, handcrafted margaritas, and specialty seasonal sips. Times vary. 333 Bayside, Newport Beach, 949.673.8464. tavernhousekb.com
PUBlic Legacy Opens in Orange
Now Open. PUBlic Legacy is a chef-driven dining experience focusing on elevated comfort food, hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines, and craft beer. A balanced menu built on big flavors with vegetarian and vegan variations of certain dishes makes this a must-see new addition to the dining landscape. Times vary. 1547 W. Katella Avenue, Orange. public-legacy.com
Arts + Culture
American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker!
Opening Dec. 9. SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts December 9 – 18 only! With the superstar dancers of the American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, experience why this production is so incredibly popular with audiences and “remains the gold standard of Southern California performances! (Southern California News Group)” 6600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org
Artists as Conservationists: Looking at the Past Through California Paintings
Dec. 11. In this illustrated lecture, Curatorial Fellow Jean Stern will discuss the various aspects that make California one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth. He will relate how early expeditions recorded the natural beauty of the land and how some locales became National Parks. Sunday, 10 a.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. lagunaartmuseum.org
Gentle Prowess Deliberations
Dec. 10. As part of Mariangeles Soto-Diaz’s ongoing artist residency at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, Gentle Prowess Deliberations is the third project in her series that incorporates judo principles and elements into art objects, installations, performances and social practice within her judo community. This project focuses on ju, or gentle, one of the core concepts of judo. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. 714.567.7233. grandcentralartcenter.com
Photo credits: Tavern House & Cheferbly courtesy of Outshine Public Relations. PUBlic Legacy courtesy of Moxxe Public Relations. TRADE Marketplace courtesy of Ajenda Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.