Archives for December 4, 2018

Orange County’s Only Mission Announces New Tree Lighting Experience “Capistrano Lights 2018” December 1 through January 6, 2019 MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO TO HOST FIRST-EVER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING KICKING OFF NEW DECEMBER HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Mission San Juan Capistrano will celebrate this holiday season by holding its first-ever Christmas Tree Lighting program as part its long-standing annual Christmas at the Mission event. The December 1 st event will usher in more than 37 days of tree lighting and holiday experiences for the public, ending January 6, 2019.

Capistrano Lights 2018 – 36 More Days of Holiday Programming:

For those wanting to visit the Mission during the holidays yet not able to attend the December 1st event, the Mission will also host Capistrano Lights 2018: a free nightly tree lighting at 5 pm. Guests who are already on the Mission grounds prior to 5 pm may enjoy the tree’s 15-minute nightly music and light program at 5 pm sharp, free as part of their visit that day; no additional tickets are required. The Mission’s new nightly lighting and music program will be held from December 2 – January 6, 2019. Guests must be on the grounds before closing at 5 pm. After the Mission closes, guests can take their complimentary Downtown San Juan Capistrano map and discover the historic downtown heritage tourism district with plenty of holiday shopping, dining, and wine tasting all season long.

Throughout December weekends, families will also have the chance to meet and take“selfieswithSanta and/or Mrs. Claus” in the historic Sala building on December 8, 9, 15, 16, and 22 – free with their admission or membership.

To purchase tickets for the December 1st Christmas at the Mission event, or to find out more about Capistrano Lights and all of the Mission’s December programming visit .

Dickens Holiday Celebration @The Printing Museum in Carson, Ca Sat. Dec. 8th 2018

Fagin (Ken Riedel) & the Artful Dodger (Keefer Blakeslee) from Dicken’s Oliver Twist are up to no good @The International Printing Museum’s “Dickens Holiday Celebration” Sat. Dec.8 2018 in Carson, CA
The Museum is transformed into Fezziwig’s warehouse replete with Victorian decorations and lamp posts.  Several Dickens characters are around to meet up with our guests like “Fagin” from Oliver Twist teaching how to pick pockets whiles he picks yer’s with the “Artful Dodger” in tow.   Nathaniel Winkle from The Pickwick Papers is all “a-dither” as he demonstrates a health cure via The Electro-static Generator with shocking results while “Miss Havisham” has Great Expectations for her ward “Estella” by instructing her in the art of insulting the gentlemen in attendance.

All the while mini-tours of the fascinating collection of working antique printing presses are in full swing while other guests get to print their own Victorian Holiday Cards & Gift tags with type and cuts from that era on Victorian presses (Talk about a unique Christmas keepsake for a special loved one!)

Many will be serenaded while munching on a Holiday Lunch of Bangers, Gingerbread and Punch (part of the admission) by Capt. Jack & his 1895 Player-Organ cranking out old carols as well as “Steerforth” from David Copperfield with his Holiday Dulcimer plus “Lucy Mannette” from Tale of Two Cities on her Christmas  guitar.

Guests will be filing into our theatre to meet up with Charles Dickens himself as he changes his lecture into an “interactive “event using audience members as part of his cast for a fun rendition of his classic Christmas Carol!

****Returning This Year!! Have a “tin-type” victorian photograph done of you, your family or friends c/o Victorian Photographers!!!  The Bailey Denton Photographers…Even if you aren’t dressed victorian they can supply some costume pieces that will send you back in time.  Great Holiday Gift Idea!

New This Year!!!  Meet up with “The Poet of Fleet Street” our guest artist Jacob Depraect who will create a customized poem just for you!

All this and other surprises are in store for those attending and we do encourage our guests to dress Victorian!

Dickens Holiday Celebration

@ The International Printing Museum

315 W. Torrance Blvd.

Carson, CA 90745

(310) 515-7166

 Sat. Dec. 8th 2018

10:00 am-4:00 pm

“Christmas Carol “performances 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Reservations req. for play Note: Advised for children 10 years & up w/ Adults

Admission includes activities, play w/ reservations & Holiday Lunch

Admission $25 per guest $80 Group rate up to 4

Credit: The International Printing Museum.


Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmine as they celebrate the season in this hit concert, direct from NYC! Two-time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and voice of ‘Meg’ in Hercules), and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (Disney’s Aladdin) host the festivities alongside their Fairy Godfairy (musical director extraordinaire), Benjamin Rauhala (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof) and special guest prince Adam J. Levy (Dave, the Musical).

Showtime: Sun. 3:00PM / Tickets: Students: $25 / Gen. Ad. $40 / VIP: $125 / Ph: 714-482-0700


The Brea Improv is located at 180 S. Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 92821

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes A Western Wonderland 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights Dec. 7-15 Enjoy free western themed holiday activities, Santa, and the spectacular Boat Parade

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge.

The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m.

“Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said. “Join us during A Western Wonderland and enjoy free, family-friendly activities while viewing the fantastic lights of the harbor before the start of the Boat Parade.”

Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages are encouraged to dress in their favorite western attire and watch as boats sail through the Harbor, showing off their country western themed decorations, animation, color and lights. Honorary ranch hands will be collecting unwrapped toy donations for Operation Santa Claus under the corridor of lights at the pergola. Donations will also be accepted at businesses throughout the harbor.

Free trolleys for each night of the Boat Parade will be running from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive at Doheny State Beach, The Visitor’s Center, Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, Island Way, Retail Area and back to Doheny.

Sail through the harbor in holiday spirit during Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 from 10 a.m. – 2. p.m; rides launch from Dana Wharf Sportfishing.

The Pet Project Foundation is excited to host the 7th Annual Santa Paws event. Bring down your pet on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation which supports the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. Visit for more information

Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor. For more information on the evening’s festivities, visit

Credit: OC Parks.

Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) in association with Pasadena Civic Auditorium presents THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ December 15 – 30, 2018

Book by Kris Lythgoe

Choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs)
Music Direction and Arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol)

Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe.

This Holiday Season, fly over the rainbow with Lythgoe Family Panto’s THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ! Join Mackenzie Ziegler (“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”, “DanceMoms”) as Dorothy, Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Celebrity Big Brother ” Winner and Broadway’s Hairspray) as Glinda, Kermit the Frog® as the Wizard of Oz, Jared Gertner (Broadway’sThe Book of Mormon) as The Scarecrow, Phil LaMarr (“Mad TV” and “Pulp Fiction”) as The Tin Man, Juan Pablo Di Pace (“Dancing With The Stars” and “Fuller House”) as The Cowardly Lion,Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Nickelodeon’s “The Fresh Beat Band”, ‘Cha Cha’ on FOX’s “Grease: Live!”, National Tour of In the Heights) as The Wicked Witch of the West, Hailee Payne and Valerie Rockey (of “So You Think You Can Dance”) and Rescue Dog Pickle C. Irwin as Toto.

An updated version of the beloved classic, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, THE WONDERFUL WINTER OF OZ features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more. December 15 – 30 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium (300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101). TIX:

Tickets start at $40 and Family Four Packs for just $99 can be purchased at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, online at or by calling 800-982-2787. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticket holder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $75.00 each.  Group discounts (for groups of 8 or more) are available by emailing This will be the seventh holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in Pasadena, and the second at the Pasadena Civic.

Winter Wonderland: Audience members can enjoy this FREE pre-show celebration featuring crafts, games, Santa Claus (on select days), photo opportunities, and more! Starts one hour prior to curtain time.

Previously Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions including Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose starring Kellie Berglund, James Snyder and Gedde Watanabe, A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.

Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. In 2017 over 6000 title 1 students were introduced by the Lythgoe’s to live theatre, through the medium of Panto.

Credit: Lythgoe Family Panto.