Holiday Happenings

Dec. 1

  • 16th annual Gingerbread City contest with chefs basing creations on themes from holiday storybooks, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Grand Del Mar Resort, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, benefit for Epilepsy Foundation. (619) 296-0161.
  • Letter writing to Santa at Macy's stores through Dec. 24. For each postcard received, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to

$1 million.

Dec. 4

  • Holiday Seniors Dance, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect, $10, for ages 55 and older. (619) 533-4017.
  • "A Christmas Story," based on the "Ralphie" classic, presented by San Diego Junior Theatre, through Dec. 20 at Firehouse YMCA Theatre, 7877 Herschel, La Jolla. $11-$14. (619) 239-8355, Juniortheatre.com.
  • Leonard Bernstein's "Mass," presented by La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus.

Tickets $18-$36. (858)

534-4637, www.lajolla

symphony.com.

  • "Ode to Joy," from the San Diego Symphony (and Beethoven), 8 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Copley Hall, 750 B St. (619)

235-0804, www.sandiego

symphony.com.

Dec. 5

  • English Renaissance music from Tallis Scholars, 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect. (619) 291-8246.

Dec. 6

  • 52nd La Jolla Christmas Parade, "Through the Eyes of Child," 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Girard Avenue. Tree lighting at 4:30 p.m., and Rotary reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,at the Recreation Center, 615 Prospect. (858) 454-1444. See Dec. 3 La Jolla Light for parade program.

Ljparade.com.

  • Historical Society Holiday Open House, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect. Free cookies, coffee and cider.
  • Flauta Eating World Championship, all day, Dec. 6, Jose's, 1037 Prospect. http://joses.com/.
  • 26th Hanukkah Happening, co-sponsored by Nierman Preschool Glickma Galinson Education Complex and the JCC Youth Department, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Adult "Peek-a-Boo Preview," 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. $10. Proceeds to scholarship programs. (858) 457-3030.
  • Christmas concert, Boston Camerata with Sharq Arab-American Ensemble presents "A Mediterranean Christmas," 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect. $35-$30. (619) 291-8246.
  • Holiday Tea by the Sea with carolers, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at The White Sands of La Jolla, 7450 Olivetas. (866) 981-8433.

Dec. 8

  • Toy drive at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza through Dec. 13 to benefit the San Diego Center for Children. Donate a new, unwrapped toy for ages 6-18 and receive a coupon for one free signature Messy Sundae dessert.

Dec. 11

  • On this day, all girls and women named Virginia will get a $10 gift card when they come in to any Macy's store to celebrate the animated movie, "Yes, Virginia" ... there is a Santa Claus.
  • Handel's "Messiah," conducted by Jung-Ho Pak, performed by Orchestra Nova and the Bach Collegium, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Tickets: (858) 350-0290, orchestranova.org.

Dec. 12

  • Free holiday concert, "O Come, Let Us Adore Him," 7 p.m. Dec. 12-13 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Del Mar Stake Center, 12701 Torrey Bluff Drive. (760) 753-9360.
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