Lamb’s Players Theatre presents:
Dec. 3–Dec. 28
A Festival of Christmas
One of San Diego’s favorite holiday productions that features surprising, fun and refreshing stories with a beautiful blend of original music and traditional favorites.
Coronado Resident Stage Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave.
An American Christmas
The Marshall family – played by 30 Lamb’s Players Theatre performers – welcome you to the Hotel del Coronado for an interactive lavish feast and celebration set in the year 1914. Beginning with hors d’oeuvres, the Marshalls entertain their guests with stories, songs, dance and laughter, all woven around a four-course yuletide dinner prepared by The Del’s master chefs.
Tickets: (619) 437-6000 or lambsplayers.org
Coronado Playhouse presents:
Through Nov. 30
Based on the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail and winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Shows are Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11
Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem
A fast-paced musical sketch comedy that highlights the crazy side of the holidays. Take an irreverent look at Old Saint Nick and funny holiday traditions around the world, and hear every Christmas carol ever sung in 90 seconds flat.
Coronado Community Center theater. (619) 435-4856 or coronadoplayhouse.com
Coronado School of the Arts presents:
This universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz has one show-stopping song and dance after another. In the CHS Main Stage Theatre.
Dec. 3 & 4
The Rep Company
An entertaining and thought-provoking evening of theatrical vignettes created, directed and acted by CoSA’s Musical Theatre & Drama students. In the Black Box Theatre.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Instrumental Music, Band and Choir Concert
CoSA’s Instrumental Music students, CHS Band and CHS Choir perform holiday favorites.
Coronado High School, 650 D Ave. (619) 522-4050 or cosasandiego.com
Saturday, Nov. 15
Coronado Schools Foundation Benefit Auction
The 30th annual auction will feature casino-themed games, silent, live, and online auctions, hosted beer and wine, gourmet food stations, and entertainment – all to benefit Coronado’s public schools. Offered this year are a limited number of VIP opportunities for the night of the auction. csfkids.org or (619) 437-8059
Saturday, Nov. 15
FOCUS Coronado Christmas Boutique
Vendors, champagne cocktails, elegant pastries and specialty coffees create a special holiday shopping experience. Proceeds benefit needy San Diego children. At the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 (619) 424-7813 or focus-sdkids.org
Sunday, Nov. 16
15th annual Silver Strand Distance Classic
Participants can run, walk, skate, hand-cycle or wheelchair either a half marathon, a 10-miler, or a 5k along scenic Silver Strand. Enjoy post-race festivities including live music and beer garden at Sunset Park on Ocean Boulevard. Kozevents.com or (858) 268-1250
Thursday, Nov. 27
Coronado Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving morning, Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary — Coronado invites local families to “Move your feet before the Feast!” at its inaugural Turkey Trot at 8 a.m. along Glorietta Bay. The 5K benefits Rady Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Healing Services (chaplains). Sponsors include Premier National Sponsor, GEICO, and Coronado Founding Sponsors: Chris Foote and Coronado Fitness Center; Kory Kavanewsky, CMG Mortgage; High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen, The Scott and Wanda Aurich Family and Coronado resident Ann Suhr. $35, adult; $15, children under 18. (619) 316-3489 or coronadoturkeytrot.com
Nov. 27–Jan. 4
Skating by the Sea
Hotel del Coronado celebrates the 10th anniversary of Skating by the Sea, a unique Southern California experience — outdoor ice skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn is transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily. A portion of the proceeds benefit Make a Wish Foundation. Hoteldel.com
Saturday, Nov. 29
Artists of War
The Lone Survivor Foundation presents the first Artists of War, showcasing the artwork of veterans, their family members and friends who have been affected by PTSD. Both national and local artists have submitted their interpretations and expression of war, patriotism, freedom, resiliency, empowerment and renewed hope. The evening will feature live music, food, drinks, craft beers, a silent auction, vendors and keynote speakers. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Coronado Island Marriott. Tickets are $100 per person with sponsorship opportunities up to $5,000. lonesurvivorfoundation.org/aow
Letters to Santa
Children can send letters to Santa Claus through the North Pole Express Mailbox, which will be set up in the Coronado Community Center lobby. Kids: include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter to Santa so he can write back to you! 1825 Strand Way
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Hotel del Coronado’s Holiday Festival
In addition to the outdoor ice rink, there will be fireworks and performances by Coronado schoolchildren; St. Nick and his elves will be available for photos. Hoteldel.com
Friday, Dec. 5
39th annual Coronado Christmas Parade and Holiday Open House Celebration sponsored by Coronado Chamber of Commerce:
3-8 p.m. Snow at the Coronado Ferry Landing
3:20 p.m. Santa arrives at the Coronado Ferry Landing
5:30-9 p.m. Open House along Orange Avenue
6-7 p.m. Christmas Parade down Orange Avenue
7 p.m. Lighting of Rotary Park Christmas Tree
7:15 p.m. Concert at Rotary Park
Saturday, Dec. 6
42nd annual Artisan’s Alley Craft Fair
Held on the playground at Village Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and featuring unique items handcrafted by local artisans. Admission, $2 per person.
Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28
Sunday Brunch with Santa
Kids of all ages can visit with jolly ol’ St. Nick in the Crown Room during The Del’s festive Sunday brunch in December. Parents will want to bring their cameras to capture the magical moments with Santa. Hoteldel.com
Wednesday, Dec. 10 Mistletoe Magic… a Coronado Shopping Experience
Merchants along Orange Avenue (and stores just off the avenue) will have their doors open until 8 p.m. (some even later), giving locals the opportunity to do their holiday shopping right in town. Most stores will have special sales promotions, plus there will be strolling carolers, savories and … Santa! Participating shops include Cotiér, Treasures from the Heart, Coronado Resort Wear Co., Shorelines Gallery, Art & Frames, Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner, Little Sam’s Island & Beach Fun, Holland’s Bicycles, Coronado Bliss, Wine a Bit, Coronado Museum of History and Art, Wag ’N Tails, Charisma, Earth Wind & Sea, Business Products Express, The Attic, In Good Taste, La Mer, Blue Jeans & Bikinis, Root 75 and Dan McGeorge Gallery. More stores are signing up daily. Get updates on Facebook at Mistletoe Magic in the Coronado Village and details on how to obtain a shopping pass, a listing of all participating stores block by block and register to win prizes. For more information, call Tricia Logan, (619) 244-2894 (Celtic Corner) or Sara Mueller (619) 727-4080 (Shorelines Gallery).
Friday, Dec. 12
Coronado Historical Association Wine & Lecture
Balboa Park historian, author and architect David Marshall will share stories and images from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, including many images from his extensive personal collection. Marshall’s book, “San Diego’s Balboa Park” will be available for sale and signing. 5:30-7 p.m. No RSVP required, but seating is limited and first-come, first-served.
1100 Orange Ave. coronadohistory.org or (619) 435-7242
Saturday, Dec. 13
Breakfast with Santa
The Coronado Community Center Banquet Room will serve pancakes, sausage and coffee with Santa. (Seating by reservation at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.) $11, adults; $9, children under 16. 1825 Strand Way or (619) 522-7300
Thursday, Dec. 24
Fifth annual Santa Surf-Off
Beginning at 10 a.m. at “Shipwrecks” (the surf break at the Coronado Shores), Coronado lifeguards and a few spirited locals take on the waves dressed head-to-toe as Santa Claus. Urturt.com
Thursday, Dec. 24
Santa Claus delivers presents to good Coronado girls and boys
Mrs. Claus will drive Santa from house to house to drop in on wide-eyed tots and leave behind a wrapped present for each good boy and girl between 5 and 8 p.m. Parents can sign up to be on Santa’s schedule by dropping off their wrapped presents, clearly marked with child’s name and address, at the Coronado Fire Department from Dec. 1 to Dec. 23. Coronadorotary.org or (619) 435-8334
Wednesday, Dec. 31
Hotel del Coronado New Year’s Eve Gala
Revelers will ring in the New Year beginning at 7 p.m. with a champagne reception in the Crown Room, followed by a lavish dinner and dancing in the oceanfront ballroom, then a champagne toast at midnight. Hoteldel.com/activities
At Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Cooking School with Mistral’s Chef de Cuisine Adam Cho
Saturday, Nov. 22
All the basics of brining the holiday bird.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Chocolates & Sweets
Chef Cho will demonstrate how to make truffles just in time for the holidays.
Classes begin at 1 p.m. Cost is $45; includes your own culinary creation and one cocktail. Call concierge for reservations.
4000 Coronado Bay Road. (619) 424-4000 or loewshotels.com
At the Coronado Library
Through Nov. 30
The 100th Anniversary of WWI
The exhibit commemorates the centennial of WWI with descriptive panels, historic photographs, memorabilia, and uniforms.
Tuesday, Dec. 2
Library Decorating Day
Children of all ages are invited to make two Christmas ornaments, one to take home and one to decorate the Christmas tree in the Children’s Library. 3 p.m. in the Ruby Room.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Holiday sing-along concert with Julia Taylor
Sing along with many holiday favorites, at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room
Friday, Dec. 19
Story time with Santa
Santa will read stories and sing songs in the Winn Room at 10:10 a.m. for toddler time and 10:45 a.m. for preschoolers.
Every 1st and 3rd Monday
Tech team workshop
The Teen Tech Team provides technological help for anyone and their smart mobile devices. Walk-in clinic is first come, first served, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.
(619) 522-7390 or coronado.ca.us/library
ACROSS THE BAY
Extended through Nov. 23
Boomers — the Music Revue of a Generation
Lamb’s Players Theatre takes you on a ride through the biggest hits and most memorable events of the Baby Boom decades. Featuring great music from the ‘60 & ‘70s.
Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th Ave., lambsplayers.org or (619) 437-6000
Dec. 5 & 6
Balboa Park December Nights
Celebrating its 36th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 11 p.m., the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park. This year, the festivities will kick off the park’s Centennial celebration. Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. both evenings. Food, shopping, music and entertainment from around the world. Balboapark.org/decembernights
Sunday, Dec. 14 & Dec. 21
44th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
More than 80 lavishly decorated boats will parade along and light up the San Diego Bay. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and passes by the Ferry Landing at approximately 7:30 p.m. sdparadeoflights.org
Friday, Dec. 26
Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
Beginning at 3 p.m, marching bands, floats, drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons will make their way down Harbor Drive and be broadcast to a nationwide television audience.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
Spreckels Organ Pavilion Centennial Concert
This New Year’s Eve event presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the concert that dedicated the Spreckels Organ and launched the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. A grand processional march led by bagpipers will make its way down El Prado to the organ pavilion for musical performances from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 2015.bpoc.org
Through April 26, 2015
The Discovery of King Tut exhibit
Featuring more than 1,000 scientifically produced replicas handcrafted by Egyptian artists, the exhibit gives visitors an unbelievable glimpse into the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Featuring re-creations of Tutankhamun’s throne and chariot, wider aspects of Egyptian culture as told through murals, figures of gods and the boy king, jewelry and furniture. The exhibition, making San Diego its second destination, allows the public to enjoy the magnificent splendor of Egyptian treasures without harming the priceless, fragile originals — many of which are no longer allowed to tour outside of Egypt.
San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, Sdnat.org/kingtut or (877) 946-7797
San Diego Symphony highlights:
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
40 world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. 7 p.m.
Holiday Pops with Eileen Ivers: A Celtic Celebration
Grammy Award-winning and nine-time, all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers joins the San Diego Symphony for an evening of festive Irish holiday songs along with many traditional favorites.
Sunday, Dec. 21
Holiday Pops: Family Festival Version
Sing along to popular holiday carols and hits including “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” and more in this one-hour afternoon event especially for families with young children. 2 p.m.
(619) 236-5403 or sandiegosymphony.org
Broadway San Diego presents:
Nov. 12–Dec. 7
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is the winner of more than 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. See how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Sunday, Dec. 28
Commemorating 30 years of this Broadway San Diego tradition.
(619) 570-1100 or broadwaysd.com
La Jolla Playhouse presents:
Nov. 28–Dec. 21
The Second-City’s Nut-cracking Holiday Revue
This new holiday production captures all the magic, mystery and mayhem of the season with original songs, sketches and improv comedy.
Through Dec. 7
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
An intimate retelling of the famous love story.
(858) 550-1010 or lajollaplayhouse.org
The Old Globe presents:
Nov. 15–Nov. 23
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Join Pericles as he travels across treacherous lands and oceans and is forever changed by the comically exotic and morally vague figures he meets. Love, betrayal, laughter and adventure unfold in this engrossing, yet seldom produced, Shakespearean gem.
Nov. 15–Dec. 27
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
For the 17th consecutive year, The Old Globe is transformed into a snow-covered Whoville. A “sensory-friendly” performance is offered Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.
(619) 234-5623 or theoldglobe.org
San Diego Opera Presents:
Thursday, Dec. 11
We’ll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith
Opera star Stephanie Blythe and pianist Craig Terry celebrate great American singer Kate Smith, whose bold and beautiful voice inspired a nation through the Great Depression and devastating wars with popular standards like We’ll Meet Again, When You Wish Upon a Star and God Bless America. 7 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre.
(619) 232-7636 or sdopera.com