Holiday Entertainment Guide — Corps to Choruses: Treasured musical traditions ring in the season

The next two weeks of December 2014 are packed with performances you can only see and hear at this festive time of year. Brighten your holidays by a catching a show or two!


Hallelujah!: La Jolla Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas Concert, “Hallelujah,” 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 14. Carols and anthems with the LJPC 60-voice Chancel Choir, 18-member professional orchestra, 15-member brass ensemble, hand-bell choir and children’s choir at the 4 p.m. concert. “Hallelujah Chorus” concludes the program. Free admission, parking and reception with the performers after the 7 p.m. performance. 7715 Draper Ave. (858) 454-0713.

Holiday Concert: For the eighth year, La Jolla natives Peter Walsh and Katina Mitchell (joined by Frederic Rosselet on cello) will offer the community a free holiday concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23. Walsh and Mitchell have been collaborating since their days at La Jolla High School, and are now professional musicians living in Los Angeles. La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-7108.

Holiday Pops - A Celtic Celebration: San Diego Symphony will be joined by Grammy Award-winning and nine-time, all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers for an evening of festive Irish holiday songs, including “The Holly Tree,” “Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem),” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” in traditional jig time, and “The Wexford Carol,” which dates back to the 12th century, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, Symphony Hall, 750 B St, downtown. Tickets from $52. (619) 235- 0804.

Christmas Concert: La Jolla United Methodist Church presents its annual concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 with the Chancel and Dorian Bell Choirs accompanied by piano, strings, woodwinds and percussion. Hear familiar carols and inspiring anthems. Refreshments served. Complimentary admission/freewill offering. 6063 La Jolla Blvd.

Twilight in the Park: Navy Band Southwest presents a holiday concert to honor wounded warriors, military families and Navy hospital staff, 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Spreckels Organ pavilion, Balboa Park. Free and open to all.


California Ballet: Matinee/evening performances Dec. 18-21 (San Diego Symphony) at San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. Tickets from $30. (858) 560-6741.

City Ballet of San Diego: Performances through Dec. 24 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. Champagne reception follows Saturday evening shows. Tickets from $29. (858) 272- 8663.

San Diego Ballet: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and 2:30 Dec. 28, Symphony Hall, 750 B St, downtown. Tickets: From $25. (619) 294- 7311.

Scripps Ballet Theatre Performing Arts Academy: With dancers ages 3-17, 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 13 and Sunday Dec. 14. Garfield Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $30. (858) 362-1348. or


A Christmas Carol: Cygnet Theatre continues its eight-year tradition of presenting a holiday show for all ages. Charles Dickens’ classic about Scrooge and Tiny Tim is adapted by Sean Murray with original score by Billy Thompson. The production features lively music, unique puppets and live sound effects. The airwaves of WCYG Playhouse of the Air will be silent this season as Cygnet returns to presenting a fully staged production, through Dec. 28, Old Town, San Diego. Tickets from $37. (619) 337-1525.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: It’s the 17th year for this San Diego tradition at The Old Globe in Balboa Park with matinee/evening shows through Dec. 27. Broadway veteran Burke Moses plays the mean one. Tickets from $37 adults, $24 ages 17 and under. (619) 234- 5623.

Festival of Christmas: “Northern Lights,” by Kerry Mead features three generations of a Minnesota family in 1962, adjusting their holiday plans after the home’s pipes burst. Surprise guests, family discoveries, and a magnificent night sky all make for one memorable Christmas. It’s a show the entire family will enjoy packed with great music of the season. On stage matinees/evenings, through Dec. 28, Lambs Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. Coronado. Tickets from $22. (619) 437- 6000.

The Christmas Toyshop: An Evil Toymaker plans to kidnap Santa Claus and end Christmas once and for all in this tale by Mark Pence. Described by director Siobhan Sullivan Crews as a child-friendly “Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ meets ‘Elf,’ ” this wild and wacky musical will delight audiences of all ages, 11 a.m., through Dec. 24, North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach. Tickets $20 adults, $16 children. (858) 481-1055.

Ooh La La Dance Academy presents a multi-genre dance performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” 6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at La Jolla High School’s Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. Free for those under age 18. $20 for adults. (858) 456- 4500.

The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue: This hilarious new holiday production captures all the magic, mystery and mayhem of the season with original songs, sketches and improv, through Dec. 21, Mandell Weiss Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD campus. (858) 550-1010.

This Wonderful Life: James Leaming stars in a dazzling one-man tour-de-force based on the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A San Diego premiere by Steve Murray, matinees/evenings, through Dec. 28 North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach. Tickets from $37. (858) 481-1055.

White Christmas: San Diego Musical Theatre presents the Irving Berlin hit, based on the 1954 film, through Dec. 21 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. Tickets (858) 560-5740.


San Diego Children’s Coalition inaugural Christmas on the Prado promises to be a fun-filled event with holiday music, pictures with Santa, artwork, and cider and cookies. Not affiliated with December Nights. Donations of an unwrapped toy benefit Toys for Tots, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, Casa del Prado patios, Balboa Park.

Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5K race Saturday, Dec. 13, raises funds to fight and cure arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. The holiday-themed event starts 8 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street in Balboa Park. Participants, including pets, are invited to dress in holiday attire to add to the festivities! $40. (858) 492-1090.

Grand Menorah Lighting: Chabad of La Jolla invites the entire community to join its Hannukkah celebration 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at the corner of Prospect Street and Herschel Avenue. Following the kindling, the program will feature gifts and treats, latkes, Menorah kits, music, entertainment and more. (858) 455-5433.

Lunch with Santa: Bring the kids down to the La Jolla Rec Center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 for a lunch with Santa, 615 Prospect St. Cameras are recommended for photos with Santa and his helpers. Parents may only reserve places for their own children for this event. Donations accepted. (858) 552-1658.