As we head into December, the number of holiday shows is on the rise. But, while this week offers a variety of different stage shows for art lovers of all kinds, there are plenty of other experiences to take part in. Round out the week with a social media boot camp, yoga in the park or a holiday cocktail party at a museum.

Monday, November 28
(Credit: Irvine Barclay Theatre)

(Credit: Irvine Barclay Theatre)


See “An Irish Christmas”
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4646
www.thebarclay.org

Experience Christmas through the eyes of the Irish with this special one-day presentation by Kerry Irish Productions, Inc. An Irish Christmas features an award-winning troupe of dancers including world champions Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz. Along with traditional Irish dance, the family-friendly show will showcase music from The Emerald Isle as well as a variety of cultural traditions, including butter making, straw boys, the brush dance, the North Kerry Blackbird dance, shoemaking and dancing on the half door. The tour, which is aired on PBS during the holiday season, expertly blends modern Ireland with the unique valuable traditions of the country’s past.

Tuesday, November 29
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Social Media & SEO Boot Camp Brunch & Learn
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614
(877) 780-4848
www.avalara.com

Enhance your technological skills as Avalara hosts the perfect social media and SEO boot camp. Enjoy your morning meal with a delicious brunch accompanied by the boot camp, in which experts will dictate the importance of social media. But it doesn’t stop there. The Hotel Irvine event allows for interactive support; attendees will be broken up into three groups that will each cover a different topic. Whether you learn how to review your website’s SEO, build your posting strategy or set up pivotal social media accounts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the hands-on program will help those of all levels. Guests are also welcome to take advantage of head shot portraits on location—perfect for your new social media accounts.

Wednesday, November 30
(credit: Jack Frog/shutterstock)

(credit: Jack Frog/shutterstock)


Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk
Bommer Canyon
11 Bommer Canyon
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 724-6738
www.letsgooutside.org

This mid-week morning activity combines two of Orange County residents’ favorite activities: hiking and yoga. The event starts with a hike around Bommer Canyon’s one-mile loop trail, which is an easy walk through a nearby meadow to get your blood flowing before the second part of the experience. The hike ends at a clearing under some relaxing sycamore trees where visitors will line up their yoga mats for an hour-long session of guided yoga to explore moving and flowing in nature. Make sure to wear active clothing that is easy to move in, and to bring both comfortable shoes and a yoga mat that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Thursday, December 1
(Credit: Bowers Museum)

(Credit: Bowers Museum)


Thirsty Thursday: I’m Dreaming of a White Russian
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org

The first day of December is the perfect time for a festival holiday party that is sure to spread the spirit of Christmas. Held at Bowers Museum’s Tangata Restaurant, I’m Dreaming of a White Russian is part of the museum’s Thirsty Thursday series. The small party will feature a happy hour filled with creamy White Russians as well as a special themed menu featuring everything from Confit Turkey and Stuffing Sliders with garden herb aioli to White Russian crème brûlée. Guests can also sing along to carols by Tony O’Dell Rogers and create their own Mexican God’s Eye ornaments.

Friday, December 2
(credit: Duke D./Yelp)

(credit: Duke D./Yelp)


“Miracle on 34th Street”
Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 489-8082
www.caminorealplayhouse.org

One of the most popular Christmas movies comes to the stage in San Juan Capistrano this weekend. “Miracle on 34th Street” tells the story of Kris Kringle, a man who joins the team at a Macy’s department store as their new Santa Claus. His infectious spirit shapes the season, both for the customers and for the store’s employees, until the company’s counselor has him committed to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital. To get out and reclaim his life, Kringle must convince a judge that he really is Santa Claus—a miracle in and of itself. While the play starts Friday night, it will run through Sunday, December 18.

Saturday, December 3
(Credit: Skye Schmidt)

(Credit: Skye Schmidt)


See “New Slate” at The Claire Trevor Theatre
Claire Trevor Theatre
4002 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-2787
www.arts.uci.edu

Today is the last day to watch “New Slate,” a show put on by graduate students from the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The performance marks the start of the dance season for the UCI Department of Dance, offering a diverse presentation that highlights a selection of student choreography. The original dance numbers will include over 50 dancers as well as eight world premieres that demonstrate the sheer talent and dedication of the university’s dance department. Artistic Director Alan Terricciano also serves at the college’s Acting Dean and specializes both in piano and composing for choreography.

Sunday, December 4
(Credit: Kirk Schenck)

(Credit: Kirk Schenck)


“It’s a Wonderful Life”
STAGEStheatre
400 East Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714)-525-4484
www.stagesoc.org

Be a part of the live studio audience at Fullerton’s STAGEStheatre. The current show, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is a beloved holiday tale that has become a staple of the season after the continued popularity of the 1946 film of the same title. The play, which shows Fridays through Sundays until Dec. 18, is a live radio play, presented as a radio broadcast from the 1940s. It tells the story of George Bailey, a man who is considering ending his life on Christmas Eve, and his guardian angel. The unique format and stellar cast help bring the story to life through captivating sound and era costumes.

Ashley Ryan is an Orange County native that loves traveling, live music and photography. She blogs at Pure Wander and freelances for a variety of publications including Newport Beach Magazine and Laguna Beach Magazine.