Holiday your way this week with our eclectic, yet jolly gathering of events here. You could shop hip boutiques, rock out with swing cats and pop DJs, dine at new haunts or sip tea the oh-so civilized style. Whatever your flavor, we’ve got a happening from LA to OC to the IE.
Monday, December 12
Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
It’s opening night in OC for this brand new musical. See the classic holiday movie come to life on stage at Segerstrom Hall. Get in the spirit with this theatrical experience full of dancing, song and family fun. Catch it before it ends 1/1/2012. Tickets start at $20.
Tuesday, December 13
Dine at the new Tamarind of London
Tamarind of London at Crystal Cove Promenade
Experience Tamarind of London—sister to Tamarind restaurant in Great Britain, which has received a Michelin star for each of the past 12 years. It combines Western and Indian cultures to create dishes that balance tradition with modernity. Located at the chic Crystal Cove Promenade.
Wednesday, December 14
Christmas Boat Parade
Hit the first of five nights for this 103rd annual tradition. See clever and creative decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. This year the theme is “Feelin’ Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach!” The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and wraps at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening. Free to all or you could see it aboard a boat charter or at a waterfront restaurant.
Thursday, December 15
Mark and Brian Christmas Show
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Rock your Thursday with this Christmas Show featuring Steve Miller Band, comedian Kathleen Madigan and the M&B All Star Band: Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Lukather, Marc Bonilla, Kevin Cronin, Edgar Winter, Richard Page and more. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets from $49.55
Friday, December 16
Pelican Hill’s Afternoon Tea
It’s the art of afternoon tea. More than ten varietals of tea, sweets and pastries, an array of sandwiches, plus there’s Tea Time Renaissance selections as well. The swank Newport Coast resort invites you to celebrate the season, sit back, relax and enjoy.
Saturday, December 17
Shop The Cove
Need last-minute gift ideas? Get your shopping done at The Cove in Newport Beach. This hip and newly re-purposed shopping area has an eclectic collection of unique boutiques. Check out the cool 60’s retro vibe that’s found only at The Cove. Jewelry and handbags to clothing and kids’ items, as well as artsy/awesome sea-inspired works from MerMade Designs. 11am-5pm
Sunday, December 18
Brian Setzer Orchestra
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
Jump and jive with Grammy Award winner and former Stray Cats main man Brian Setzer, as he brings the Brian Setzer Orchestra to the California Theatre. It’s all jazz, swing and jump blues for this Inland Empire concert. Tickets are $38.50-$77.50.
Debbie Lavdas is a SoCal writer who blogs at Debbie in the OC.