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La Jolla Christmas Parade

The 53rd annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival “Christmas By The Sea,” begins at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect. Find complete details at (thanks to the efforts of Webmaster, 12-year-old David Bache of Stella Maris Academy!). Artwork on the poster and flyers (at left) was done by parade committee member and artist Annette Buis.

Chanukah Happenings

“What we’ve got here is a vaudeville-type comedy team … two guys playing a game of dreidel and learning to appreciate each other and the meaning of the holiday in sort of a wacky way. There is music and audience participation and a lot of laughs and most importantly … we’ll have a nice nosh after the show. “ -Marc Silver.

Performances of  “How Do You Spell Chanukah — The Stage Show,” starring Silver and Douglas Dickerman, are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $15-$20 at the box office, or (858) 481-1055.

• Chabad of La Jolla and Charriol welcomes all to its annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at 1227 Prospect. There will be music, sufganiot (jelly donuts), dreidles, dancing, arts and crafts and the annual Charriol Jewelry “throw out.” (858) 455-5433.

• The Jewish Community Center in La Jolla presents its 27th annual Chanukah Happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at 4126 Executive Drive. Photo ops with Spiderman and Snow White, carnival games, crafts, inflatable bouncers and an obstacle course for kids top the list of things to do. Admission $2-$3. (858) 457-3030.

• Chabad Hebrew Academy presents 7th annual Chanukah in the Snow party, Hullabaloo concert, hot drinks, latkes, menorah lighting, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 10785 Pomerado Road, Tickets $5 at (858) 566-1996.

Holiday Dinner Dances

• Taste the culinary specialties of Riford members and stay for “a marvelous dance,” afterward. The buffet dinner is 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17 and dancing will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25; dance only $10-$15. RSVP by Dec. 5, The Riford Adult Activities Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

• A Winter Wonderland Senior Dance is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect Street. The event will include dinner and dancing to music by The A-Team. Reservations must be made by Dec. 8 for $10 per person at (858) 552-1658.

The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes bring their Christmas Spectacular to the coast this year!


The Radio City Rockettes will bring their high-steppin’ “Christmas Spectacular” to the San Diego Sports Arena, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4; and 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Since 1933, for many families, the holiday season is just not complete without seeing this cherished production and experiencing the festive energy of the show — premiering this year in San Diego. Each of the Rockettes must change costumes eight times during the production, and in a few of the changeovers, have as little as 78 seconds to do so! Tickets are $39.50 to $99 at (619) 308-4311, or at (800) 745-3000.

High Brow Concerts

• The UCSD Music Department’s Robert Zelickman directs its Wind Ensemble in an eclectic program, 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Mandeville Auditorium. Tickets at the door are free to students, $15-$5 to others.

• Holiday Jazz presented by three stars from Norway — vocalist Solveig Slettahjell, pianist Tord Gustavsen and trumpeter Sjur Miljeteig — will fill the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $19-$24 at (858) 454-5872. The trio has been known to evoke “the hush and intimacy of a winter’s night,” through their performances.

• Violin virtuoso Midori offers works by Ravel, Beethoven, Bach and Saint-Saens in a concert presented by the La Jolla Music Society, 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth. Tickets are $25-$75 at (858) 459-3728.

• “Masterpiece Messiah,” will include a dramatic video of art masterpieces complementing the music when Orchestra Nova and the chorus of the Bach Collegium San Diego (with guest conductor Ruben Valenzuela) perform, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church; Dec. 11, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; Dec. 12, First United Methodist Church, San Diego. Tickets are $15-$35 at (619) 341-1726,

Nutcracker Ballets

• The San Diego Ballet Company and the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale perform “The Nutcracker,” with more than 100 beautifully costumed dancers from around the world and the San Diego School of Ballet. They will revel in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Birch North Park Theater, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. Tickets $25-$55. Additional performances will be held at UCSD’S Mandeville Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 with the San Diego Children’s Choir. $20-$50. The shows are choreographed by Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Javier Velasco. Tickets at

or (619) 294 7311.

City Ballet of San Diego offers its rendition, Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 17-19 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway with Champagne onstage receptions after Saturday performances and lunch with the Sugar Plum Fairy and friends prior to Saturday matinees. Tickets are $29-$75 at (858) 272-8663,

California Ballet Company will perform the show with the San Diego Symphony, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11; and 1 p.m. Dec. 12, at Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. Tickets are $25-$60; and also at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 18; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19; and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Tickets here are $25-$80 at (858) 560-6741 or

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