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Performing Arts

“An American in Paris & More”

Nov. 11, Segerstrom Hall
Celebrate Paris in the 1920s with Ute Lemper as she sings cabaret pieces from Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” accompanied by the Pacific Symphony. (714-556-2121;


Through December, Segerstrom Hall
Presented in a magical, century-old Belgian Spiegeltent, Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret. (714-556-2121;

“A Christmas Carol”

Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, South Coast Repertory
Get into the holiday spirit with this classic Christmas story, SCR’s 33rd annual production of the beloved Dickens tale. (714-708-5555;

Plaid Tidings”

Nov. 27 Dec. 23, Laguna Playhouse
The hilarious quartet Forever Plaid returns for its holiday show, performing seasonal classics in four-part harmonies. (949-497-2787;

“Christmas Fantasia”

Nov. 29, Segerstrom Hall
Celebrate the holidays with a breathtaking and heartwarming performance by Vanguard University students. “Christmas Fantasia: An Evening of Celebration and Joy,” features the 200-member choir and orchestra led by Dr. James Melton. (

Live at The Coach House

Performances at this San Juan Capistrano mainstay include Asia, Nov. 11; Judy Collins, Nov. 15; Super Diamond, Nov. 17; The Blasters, Nov. 23; Al Stewart, Nov. 24; UFO, Nov. 28; Dana Carvey, Dec. 7; and many more. (949-496-8930;

Holiday Events & Activities

Farmers Market

Sundays, The Great Park
Stock up on fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits, breads, flowers and other items made by local artisans at the weekly Farmers Market, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through the fall at The Great Park in Irvine. (

Holiday Ice Rink

Nov. 1 – Feb. 18, Irvine Spectrum
The only outdoor ice rink in Orange County is back this winter for guests to enjoy holiday festivities and to ice skate with friends and family. (949-748-8280;

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 13 – 14, Fashion Island
Fashion Island kicks off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa and Disney character performances. (949-721-2000;

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Nov. 17 – Dec. 9, Sawdust Art Festival
This holiday season, see the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach transform into Winter Fantasy, where local artists showcase their jewelry, clothing, ceramics, paintings, sculptures and more. Enjoy crafts, live entertainment, and fine arts and crafts from more than 170 exhibitors in a festive atmosphere. (949-494-3030;

Children’s Gingerbread Workshop

Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, The Resort at Pelican Hill
Join Pelican Hill’s pastry chefs as they offer lunch and a lesson in building a gingerbread masterpiece to take home. (949-467-6833;

34th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

Dec. 2, Corona del Mar
Experience the holiday community tradition as “The Walk” provides live music, charity events, kids’ activities, food, prizes and more. (949-673-4050;

Holiday Events at South Coast Plaza

Dec. 2 – Jan. 1, South Coast Plaza
South Coast Plaza hosts many holiday events for kids and families, including Santa’s Village and Express Train, Reindeer Carousel, Santa’s Village and The North Pole, outdoor entertainment from local churches and schools, and complimentary hot cider and cocoa each weekend in the Garden Terrace. (949-660-9112;

Lighting of the Bay

Dec. 7, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
Mingle with Santa and carolers, and enjoy toasty bites and beverages amid 50 illuminated trees on the bay at one of the best-loved holiday parties. (800-765-7661;

16th Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour

Dec. 9, Balboa Island
Commemorating Balboa’s architectural beauty, guests of the holiday home walking tour can experience the art and glamour of the island. Some participating stores will offer refreshments, including Even Sisters, Island Home, Martha’s Bookstore, Persimmon Tree and The Gift Box. (949-338-8918;

Christmas Boat Parade

Dec. 19 – 23, Newport Harbor
This year’s theme for the 104th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is Surf, Sand and Santa. Watch as the harbor lights up with yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes in Newport’s way of wishing the community happy holidays. (


“Ex-pose: Macha Suzuki”

Nov. 4 – Jan. 20, Laguna Art Museum
Blending narratives and abstract forms, the installations of Macha Suzuki combine materials such as clay, fluorescent lights, plastic and Bondo to tell the artist’s life stories in a narrative that is both familiar yet strange at the same time. (949-494-8971;

“Cut! Costume and the Cinema”

Dec. 15 – March 10, Bower’s Museum
Uncover the art and intricacy of costume-making for cinema, as well as the essential role they play in period films. This exhibition at the Santa Ana museum features 43 costumes worn by 30 actors in 25 different films and will transport visitors to fairytale England, colonial Virginia, 18th-century England and beyond. (714-567-3600;

“OC Collects”

Through Dec. 30, OCMA
In honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibit features modern and contemporary pieces from private collections in the Orange County community. Major pieces will include paintings, sculptures, photographs and more from both modern and emerging artists. (949-759-1122;

Charity Events

Candlelight Concert

Dec. 7, Segerstrom Hall
Enjoy a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and evening of dancing in support of the arts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ annual Candlelight Concert. The event raises money to support the center and its artistic endeavors. (714-556-2121;

Friends of CASA

Dec. 7, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
In the true spirit of holiday giving, CASA throws its annual holiday luncheon, featuring a fashion show luncheon, live entertainment and silent auction, with the purpose of raising funds for foster care kids and other at-risk children. (714-619-0641;

Center Club Grand re-opening

Jan. 31, Center Club
Center Club in Costa Mesa celebrates its grand re-opening from 6 to 10 p.m., showcasing $3 million in renovations and a Charity Classic Fundraiser benefitting three worthwhile charities. To sign up, call 714-662-3414 or visit NBM

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