La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Dec. 24-31

Laugh It Up

Vicki Barbolak, a member of Jay Leno’s Laugh Squad, performs three sets of stand up comedy this week: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27. The Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl St. 21 and older, two-drink minimum. $20. (858) 454-9176.

Winter Favorites

• In San Diego Ballet Company’sThe Nutcracker,” Rhys Rudolph, 11, of La Jolla and Mikaela Stewart, 13, of Clairemont share the coveted role of Clara. See it 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. Tickets from $20. (619) 294-7378.

• Enjoy outdoor ice-skating in San Diego through January 2016, at the new facility in Liberty Station. Throughout the holidays (closed Christmas), enjoy special holiday events and activities. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 2640 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. $12-$14.

Art of Music

• The Art of Music, on display at San Diego Museum of Art, presents a multifaceted and culturally diverse exploration of the intersection between music and art. Throughout history and around the globe, music has been a source of inspiration for visual art in a wide variety of ways. See it through Feb. 7, 2016. 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. $12. (619) 232-7931.

Worth a Drive

• Work by Charles Moxon, this month’s artist-in-residence at Lux Art Institute, will be on display through Jan. 2, 2016. British artist Moxon was born in 1990, making him the youngest resident artist at Lux this season. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. $5. (760) 436-6611.

James Leaming returns to North Coast Repertory Theatre with his dazzling one-man tour-de-force based on the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Leaming brings to life over 32 familiar people, including his Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey. See it through Sunday, Dec. 27. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. $35. (858) 481-1055.

“A Christmas Carol,” with adaptation and lyrics by Sean Murray and score by Billy Thompson, through Dec. 27 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St. Tickets: $55. (619) 337-1525.

• After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden dazzles with more than 125,000 sparkling lights, which illuminate 5-9 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Numerous family-friendly activities are also part of the festivities. $15 with discounts. Tickets at the door. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 436-3036.

• Holiday cheer and winter fun come at LEGOLAND with festive treats, holiday entertainment, cheerful décor, family fun activities and nightly fireworks, Dec. 26-31. Two snow play areas for families to throw snowballs at LEGO themed targets, build snowmen using LEGO accessories and join in the Holiday Village Build at the LEGO Clubhouse. Ticket options vary. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration features its 320-foot Christmas Tree of Lights around the park’s iconic skytower, which has been a San Diego tradition since 1969. Watch it light up each night after a visit to The Christmas Village to see Santa’s cottage full of culinary delights and Christmas merch. Santa’s elves can be found outside the cottage along with caroling groups and other performers.

RSVP for “Breakfast With Shamu and Santa,” and see two of Santa’s reindeer vacationing in the park for the holidays. The Happiest Christmas Tree dances the night away to popular Christmas tunes with shows every 10 minutes starting at 5 p.m.

Six holiday-themed shows — including “Shamu Christms Miracles,” “A Sesame Street Christmas” and “Pets Rule! Christmas” — are also included with regular park admission.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration runs Nov. 21, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego. (800) 257-4268.