Five Christmas Concerts top the Best Bets for fun La Jolla, Dec. 12-20

Five Christmas Concerts

1) “Noël, Noël!” La Jolla Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and a professional orchestra will celebrate Christ’s birth with a program featuring Charpentier’s “Messe de minuit de Noël,” 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7715 Draper Ave. The concert also includes a collection of carols sung by the choir and the congregation. Featured groups will include the Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir and Youth Choir. A freewill offering will be taken. Free parking in the underground garage accessed from Kline Street. Reception follows the 7 p.m. concert in Fellowship Hall. (858) 729-5511.

2) “Come On Down to Bethlehem.” The La Jolla United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Dorian Bells invite all to their annual Christmas Concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. On the program will be favorite classical pieces, unique arrangements of familiar carols, gospel and rock. Featured composers include G.F. Handel, John Rutter, Craig Courtney and Howard Helvey. Accompanying the choirs will be a string orchestra, woodwinds and percussion. A freewill offering will be taken to support the church’s music ministries. Refreshments served in Memorial Hall following the concert.

3) “Messiah Sing.” Choral Director David Chase leads the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, guest soloists and audience members in San Diego County’s longest-running, annual sing-along of the Christmas portions of Handel’s “Messiah,” 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad. Music scores for rent or purchase onsite. Tickets: $15 and $8 student/youth. (858) 534-4637.

4) “Joyful, Joyful.” The San Diego Chorus will present its holiday concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 in Hashinger Hall at Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. The cast of “Scrooged” from C3 Performing Arts Center will join the chorus for the show, performing a variety of Yuletime standards. Tickets: $15 and $10 for children under 12. (Buy nine and get the 10th ticket free.) (619) 796-5162.

5) “Community Christmas.” Bunnell Strings will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at La Jolla Christian Fellowship, 627 Genter St. Freewill offering. (858) 454-9636.

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.

Art Association Auction

La Jolla Art Association’s annual auction fundraiser runs 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at its galleries, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, in the Shores. Everyone who buys a ticket for $200 is guaranteed a painting worth $300 to $1,500, said organizers. Anyone unable to attend will be provided a proxy. The selection of 60 paintings is viewable at the gallery, Dec. 8-14, and online at For further information or to buy a ticket, contact Raye Anne Marks at (619) 252-9564,, or visit

Humbug Humor

Phil Johnson, Omri Schein, Debbie David and Sarah Errington take the North Coast Rep stage to premiere “The Humbug Holiday Spectacular,” a musical full of fun and parodies, now through Dec. 28 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: $30-$27 (858) 481-1055.  Extra! Extra! “Dickens Unscripted,” spoofs the classic Christmas tale, Dec. 16-17, at North Coast Rep. Tickets: $25-$22.

Women and War

An exhibition examining the ways women have been represented in relation to war and industry in modern art created in the United States is on display through Feb. 18 at The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. “Women, War and Industry,” features works in the museum’s permanent collection with attention to WW I and WW II posters and photographs by artists Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubley, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Florence Kemmler, Gjon Mili and Berenice Abbot. To complement the museum’s holdings, contemporary works by Miyoshi Barosh, Doris Bittar, Nava Lubelski, Catherine Opie, Iana Quesnell, An-My Lê, Pae White, Stephanie Sinclair, Benjamin Lowy and Frohawk Two Feathers augment the presentation. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, closed Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.
Sundays. Admission: $4.50-$12. (619) 232-7931.‎

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,

• 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.

• 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.

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

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