holiday events


by brad hart Not matter what

Experience the spirit of the season at Queen Mary Christ- mas, sailing into Long Beach

through Wednesday, January 1. Queen Mary Christmas will offer 25 days of

holiday cheer with on-and-off ship activities, pairing an outdoor wonderland of fun with hints of maritime magic with strolling entertainment, libations, treats, gingerbread and stocking decorating, Santa meet-and-greets, ice skating on the True North Ice Rink, and much more. The Christmas Village boasts a festive work-

shop where elves in attendance can decorate stockings, trim gingerbread houses, enjoy live entertainment, and create jolly arts and crafts. Wander through a winter pathway of “Insta-

grammable” backdrops and photo moments to the4D Theatre for an intimate screening ofThe

TASTE ‘N’ TINIS HILLCREST Eat, drink and be merry at this festive sip-and-shop

event returning to San Diego’s Hillcrest community onThursday, December 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. A part of the Shop Hillcrest for the Holidays campaign, you can take in the joyous holiday decorations while embarking on a self-guided walking tour filled with delicious drinks, tasty eats and local shopping. Participating Hillcrest restaurants will offer an

array of signature dishes, specialty appetizers and decadent desserts while participating retail locations offer holiday-themed martinis, cocktails and shopping bargains. Each time you make a purchase

at a participating retailer during

the event, you’ll be entered to win a $2,500 Hillcrest shopping spree.

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Polar Express, which will take viewers on a 4D sensory adventure complete with snow flurries and the smell of hot cocoa. As the sound of strolling carolers fills the air,

head to the outdoor wonderland of theNorth Pole Village to take a ride on the trackless train and experience festive entertainment. Children can enjoy rides on the Grand Carousel and World’s Largest Giant Rocking Horse while parents relax with craft beers and specialty cocktails, complete with performances by Tappin’ Toy Soldiers, the Beefeater Brigade, Dancing Bellhops and more on the outdoor Main Stage. Create a lasting tradition and carve out holiday memories on the 6,000-square-footTrue North Ice Rink featuring a glittering 26-foot star topping the Christmas tree in front of the Queen Mary’s famous

time of year, Balboa Park is a wonderful place to visit if you are from San Diego or just visit- ing. If you do, you’ll want to stop by the San Diego History Center fromWednesday, December

26 through Sunday, December30 for Let There Be Light: Celebrating Winter Holidays. Enjoy different make-and-take activities each day that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yaldā Night and Christmas. Activities are free with suggested minimum donation. TheSan Diego History Center is dedicated to helping people of all ages to learn about and enjoy the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present and future are interrelated.

“Bringing winter to the OC”

marks the return of Southern California’s largest winter tradition – Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center, located at 88 Fair Drive. This year, the forecast calls for 18 days of

snow in a winter wonderland of fun fromThursday, December 19 through Sunday, January 5, giving you additional time in the new year to enjoy more than 20 wintry activities that are back by popular demand. Winter Fest OC features ice tubing down a 150-foot, eight-lane slide, a 2-million-lights walk-through show, ice skating, snow play with real snow blown in daily, a nightly Christmas tree lighting show with snowfall and fireworks lighting up the sky, more than 30 carnival rides and games, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and

WINTERLIT AND ICE AT SANTA MONICA Downtown Santa Monica bringsa winter wonderlandto the beachside community andwelcomes the

2019 holiday season with a full calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy. Celebrate the holiday spirit with family and friends with festive attractions and special appearances by Santa Claus and more. Skate into the holidays withIce at Santa Monica complete with an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink at

Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue. Stroll down the Third Street Promenade under the glow of thousands of colorful, festive lights and décor and enjoyWinterlit signature events including the official City of Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony onThursday, December 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Join local synagogues and community groups as their members celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukah season. Lightings begin at sundownSunday, December 22 through Monday, December

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