Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Dec. 5-12

Art in the Garden

Bird Rock Garden Walk

Leslie Davis will again host the Bird Rock Artist Guild’s “Holiday Art in the Garden” event, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5571 Bellevue Ave. Guests will make their way through her garden, where around every corner or under every tree they will find art for show and sale in a variety of media. Live music and refreshments. Donations received will benefit Art Reach, ARTS, and the La Jolla Historical Society.

Deck the Halls

San Diego Floral Association will present its Festival of Trees, Dec. 6-7 (during the annual December Nights) in the Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. This year’s theme is ‘Holiday Celebrations Around the World,” with trees decorated by San Diego’s garden clubs and other nonprofits, as well as local botanical nurseries. Refreshments will be sold and visitors may vote for their favorite tree. The trees will be eventually be donated to assisted-care facilities around town. No reservations required. (619) 232-5762.

The Russian Dance. Courtesy of California Ballet

Nutcracker Ballets

• California Ballet, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; 7 p.m. Dec. 18-20. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. Tickets: $30-$90. (858) 560-6741, californiaballet.org

• City Ballet of San Diego: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. Tickets: $29-$69. Cityballet.org

• San Diego Ballet: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, La Jolla, Tickets: $25-$50. (619) 294-7378. sandiegodancecompany.org

• Moscow Ballet: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17, Jacobs Music Center, 750 B. St., downtown. Tickets: $30-$90. (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster.com

Deck the Halls

San Diego Floral Association will present its Festival of Trees, Dec. 6-7 (during the annual December Nights) in the Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. This year’s theme is ‘Holiday Celebrations Around the World,” with trees decorated by San Diego’s garden clubs and other nonprofits, as well as local botanical nurseries. Refreshments will be sold and visitors may vote for their favorite tree. The trees will be eventually be donated to assisted-care facilities around town. No reservations required. (619) 232-5762.


Youth Symphony Concert

All About Music San Diego will present a holiday concert, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. The program will include Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” Vivaldi’s “Christmas Concerto,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers,” Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” Tchaikovsky’s “Mother Ginger” from “The Nutcracker, “ plus a collection of carols.  Klezmer clarinetist Robert Zelickman will solo with the orchestra for traditional Klezmer masterpieces: “Happy Nigun” and “Second Avenue Freilach.” $10 donation appreciated.


Holiday Happening

The Bishop’s School will hold a community-wide Christmas Tree Lighting, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 on its quad. Families are welcome to sample refreshments and holiday treats. There will also be caroling and a collection of new, unwrapped books for children, ages 2-6, for the Episcopal Community Head Start Program. St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting donations of gift cards for teenagers from retailers like Target, Walmart or Marshalls.


Community Concert

Bunnell Strings will perform a Christmas Concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at La Jolla Christian Fellowship, 627 Genter St. Freewill offering. Open to all. (858) 454-9636. LajollaCF.org


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

The next concerts in the “Life” series are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus. Steven Schick will conduct a program that opens with Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Musica Celestis” for string orchestra, and ends with a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe,” for orchestra, chorus, wind machine, and percussion battery. Between them, will be the premiere of a work for orchestra, chorus and electronics by Paul Hembree. Free pre-concert lecture. Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com


Garden of Lights

Evening strolls through San Diego Botanic Garden are set for 5-9 p.m., Dec. 7-23 and Dec. 26-30 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. The holiday event features a winter wonderland with 150,000 sparkling lights and “snow “ for sledding (weather permitting, bring your own disc or sled (no metal runners). There will also be musical entertainment, puppet shows, campfires, s’mores, hot mulled wine, coffee and cocoa. Blonde Belgian Draft Horses will provide wagon rides and kids can make crafts in The Ecke Building, home to the nutcracker exhibit. Santa visits 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-23 for photos in the Victorian Gazebo. Admission: 
$14-$6. (760) 436-3036. SDBGarden.org

A scene from The Grinch at The Old Globe in Balboa Park.

On Stage

• The musical “Side Show,” La Jolla Playhouse, through Dec. 15, Mandell Weiss Theatre on UCSD campus. Tickets: From $15. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

•  “The Little Mermaid,” J*Company Youth Theatre, Dec. 6-15, Garfield Theatre at JCC, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $14-$16. (858) 362-1348. www.sdcjc.org/jcompany

•  “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” The Old Globe, to Dec. 28 Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Balboa Park. Tickets: From $37 and $24. (619) 23-GLOBE. TheOldGlobe.org

• “A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play” from Cygnet Theatre Company in Old Town. Tickets: From $32. (619) 337-1525. Cygnettheatre.com

• “The Humbug Holiday Spectacular,” premiere spoof from Phil Johnson, Omri Schein and James Olmstead, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach, Dec. 11-28. Tickets: From $32. (858) 481-1055. Northcoastrep.org

christina fontanelli

Christmas in Italy

Vocalist Cristina Fontanelli will star in her third annual musical production, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Tickets: $28-$48. (800) 838-3006, ext. 1. christmasinitalySD.brownpapertickets.com

Piano Concert

La Jolla Music Society will present pianist Haochen Zhang, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Zhang will perform Brahms’ Three Intermezzi, Op. 117; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Major; Liebermann’s Gargoyles; Debussy’s Preludes, Book II (Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 12); and Three Movements from Pretushka by Stravinsky. Steven Cassedy will offer a brief lecture on “The Art of Short Composition,” before the concert. Tickets: $80, $55, $30. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

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