Lamb’s Players Theatre presents:
Through Nov. 20 Equivocation
It’s London in 1605, and the King’s government has pressured Britain’s greatest playwright (known as “Shagspeare” in the play) to write a definitive history of a notorious national crisis, the Gunpowder Plot, into one of his plays. This launches the Globe Theatre’s acting company into a fascinating, if not dangerous, who-done-it.
Dec. 2–Dec. 24 A Festival of Christmas
The year is 1860, and Jeffrey Scott is a novelist suffering from a bad case of writer’s block. A picturesque, deserted inn called “The Angel’s Arms” may be just the thing to revive his inspiration. But there’s more to this odd old inn and its eccentric caretaker than meets the eye, and soon the inn and its inhabitants add an unexpected dose of magic not only to his writing, but to his experience of Christmas. Written by Kerry Meads, “The Angel’s Arms” is one of the most popular Lamb’s Festival of Christmas plays and was last staged here in 2008.
Coronado Resident Stage Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. Tickets: (619) 437-6000 or lambsplayers.org
Coronado Playhouse presents:
Through Dec. 11 A Chorus Line
This poignant, award-winning classic tells of the ambitions of professional actors to land a job in the Broadway show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Contains adult content. Coronado Community Center Theater. (619) 435-4856 or coronadoplayhouse.com
Through Jan. 4 Five in the Fall Exhibition
Stroll through the C3 Gallery outside the Nautilus Room of the Coronado Community Center to see the artwork of five local artists: Kathleen McCabe (fabric artist), Lisa Garn (ceramic artist), Mary Hale (painter), Jose Luis Laguna (photographer), and James O’Brien (ceramic artist). The gallery is free and open to the public. Coronadoarts.com
Friday, Nov. 11 “First Ashore” statue unveiling
Coronado will welcome its first statue commemorating the rich, 70-year history of the U.S. Navy UDTs/SEALs. The statue was a gift from the U.S. Navy SEAL Museum and the Navy SEAL Foundation; the installation site has been developed and paid for by the city of Coronado. Unveiling ceremony, 11 a.m., Glorietta Bay Park (1975 Strand Way); reception to follow at Coronado Boathouse Club Room (1985 Strand Way). Both are free and open to the public; RSVP to email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 12 Lone Survivor screening, panels and parties
On Saturday of Veterans Weekend, the Coronado Island Film Festival presents a daylong series of special events that include the screening of the 2013 film, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, which tells the story of a foiled mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Special guests include former SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the “lone survivor” of the SEAL mission who penned a memoir on the true account of military courage, and two former SEALs who worked on the film, Ray Mendoza and Mark Semos. The weekend includes two levels of passes: The Crown City pass includes a reception for Luttrell at Hotel del Coronado, priority seating at Village Theatre for the 7:30 p.m. screening, panel discussion at the Coronado Library Winn Room with McP’s Pub lunch, and after party. The Ocean Pass at $75 includes the panel discussion and lunch, the screening and after party. Passes can be purchased at coronadoislandfilmfest.com.
Saturday, Nov. 12 United Through Reading’s Storybook Ball
Held at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort, the eighth annual event benefits United Through Reading, which offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading books aloud to their children at home, encouraging emotional connection and literacy. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. for a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and the evening’s program at 7 p.m. Black Tie or military equivalent dress. For tickets, (866) 583-6989 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Nov. 13 17th annual Silver Strand Half Marathon
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. (858) 268-1250 or Kozevents.com
Saturday, Nov. 19 FOCUS Christmas boutique
The Friends of Children United Society’s (FOCUS) annual fundraiser at Coronado Cays Yacht Club provides holiday shopping opportunities along with gourmet pastries, teas, coffee and champagne. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (619) 252-8469.
Thursday, Nov. 24 Coronado Turkey Trot
On Thanksgiving morning, Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary — Coronado will host its third annual 5K at 8 a.m. along Tidelands Park. $40, adult; $15, children under 18. Register at rchacoronado.com.
Nov. 24–Jan. 2 Skating by the Sea
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for its 12th year. The rink is on Windsor Lawn, overlooking the Pacific, making for an unparalleled ice skating panorama. Skating sessions are offered daily with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. (619) 435-6611 or hoteldel.com/holidays
Nov. 26–Jan. 1 Hotel del Coronado DELights
Stroll through the Garden Patio for an illuminated winter wonderland every evening from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Holiday treats and children’s activities such as crafts and story time with Mrs. Claus and more make for a festive holiday celebration. (619) 435-6611 or hoteldel.com/holidays
Saturday, Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday
In a program begun by American Express in 2010 that is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shoppers are urged to support their small-town brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants.
Stop by the Coronado MainStreet table in Rotary Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up a passport or a list of participating businesses. Get stickers on your passport from at least five businesses and turn it back in: you might win Coronado Currency in $50, $100 or $250 denominations.
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Christmas tree lighting at
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
This free community event features pictures with Santa, treats, activities, and fun for the whole family. Silver Strand Elementary students will perform festive holiday songs. 6-8 p.m. on the Bay Terrace; 4000 Coronado Bay Road, (619) 424-4000 or loewshotels.com
Wednesday, Nov. 30 Holiday Festival: A Family Celebration at the Hotel del Coronado
In addition to the outdoor ice rink, meander through Santa’s Village for games and prizes, take photos with St. Nick and his elves, and enjoy performances by Coronado schoolchildren. Guests will also be treated to a holiday fireworks display at 6:45 p.m. (619) 435-6611 or hoteldel.com/holidays
Friday, Dec. 2 41st Annual Coronado Holiday Parade and Open House Sponsored by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, the schedule includes: 3-8 p.m. Snow Mountain at Coronado
Ferry Landing 3:20 p.m. Santa arrives at Coronado
Ferry Landing 5:30-9 p.m. Open House along Orange Avenue, Eighth Street to
R.H. Dana Place 6-7 p.m. Holiday Parade on Orange Avenue, Eighth Street to
R. H. Dana Place 7 p.m. Lighting of Rotary Park Christmas tree, Orange Avenue at Isabella Avenue. 7:15 p.m. Concert at Rotary Park
Saturday, Dec. 3 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. Sponsored by Coronado Band Boosters. Admission, $2.
Thursday, Dec. 22 Polar Bear Tea at Hotel del Coronado
New this year, the event is a classic tea experience with a family twist. Designed especially for children, it will include activities, book readings with Mrs. Claus and more. Held in the historic Crown Room. A plush polar bear keepsake gift from Coca-Cola will be given to guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. (619) 435-6611 or hoteldel.com/holidays
Saturday, Dec. 24 Rotary Santas spread Christmas cheer
Santa will fly from house to house between 5 and 8 p.m. to drop in on wide-eyed tots and leave behind a wrapped present for each good boy and girl. 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. 9 to Dec. 23. Santa is assisted by Rotary Club of Coronado; (619) 435-8334 or Coronadorotary.org
Dec. 24–Jan. 1 Chanukah celebration at Loews
Coronado Bay Resort
The resort will host a candle-lighting ceremony each night at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. (619) 424-4000 or loewshotels.com
Saturday, Dec. 31 Hotel del Coronado New Year’s Eve Gala
The Del offers two ways to ring in the New Year: “Far East Fantasy” — a black-tie gala celebrating the exotic sights and sounds discovered along the Silk Road — the evening will feature a delectable, five-course feast, open bar, and dance music by The Mighty Untouchables. $370/per person. Or, the Crown Room transforms into “Club Crown,” a disco-chic bash from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $120/person. Guests will enjoy DJ entertainment and dancing, a dessert reception, midnight champagne toast and cash bar. (619) 435-6611 or hoteldel.com/holidays
At the Coronado Library
Exhibit through Dec. 3: First Ashore
Presented by the Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission, the exhibit honors the 70-year anniversary of the U.S. Navy UDTs/SEALs in Coronado in conjunction with the unveiling of Coronado’s first statue commemorating the same.
Thursday, Nov. 10 Navy Coastal Campus Expansion presentation with XO Capt. Mulvehill
The Coronado Chamber of Commerce will host a Q&A discussion panel with Naval Base Coronado Executive Officer Capt. Mulvehill on the Navy Coastal Campus Expansion Project. This presentation will offer insight into the plans and progress for the expansion and how it affects our community and businesses. RSVP to email@example.com or call 619-435-9260.
(619) 522-7390 or coronado.ca.us/library
ACROSS THE BAY
Lambs’ Players Theatre presents:
Dec. 17–26 An American Christmas
Step back to 1916 for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration. At the U.S Grant hotel, 24 performers sweep you into a festive evening of music, dance, story, song and laughter that begins with an hors d’oeuvres reception in the beautiful Palm Court and moves to the grand Presidential Ballroom for a delectable four-course holiday meal. lambsplayers.org or (619) 437-6000
Dec. 2 & 3 Balboa Park December Nights
Celebrating its 39th consecutive year on Friday from 3 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., the event brings families and friends together to learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and enjoy festive holiday lighting, food, shopping and entertainment from around the world. Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. Balboapark.org/decembernights
Dec. 9–Jan. 2 Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Lighted sculptures of animals and storybook characters fill the grounds while guests are treated to holiday music, foods, crafts, games, and special presentations, and rides around the park in a jollyed-up trolley. sandiegozoo.org
Sunday, Dec. 11 & Dec. 18 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Boats awash with twinkling holiday decor will light up 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
Tuesday, Dec. 27 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade
A procession of enormous balloons along with marching bands, floats, and drill teams will make their way down Harbor Drive and be broadcast to a nationwide television audience as part of the annual Holiday Bowl celebration. Parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by a Battle of the Bands on the Broadway Pier at 11:45 a.m. sandiegobowlgames.com/parade
San Diego Symphony highlights:
Saturday, Nov. 26 Count Basie Orchestra: Sinatra’s Jazz
Guest vocalists Jane Monheit and Dave Damiani swing with the Basie Orchestra, Sinatra style.
Dec. 16–18 Noel Noel
Celebrate the holidays in style at Copley Symphony Hall with this concert of popular music of the season featuring the San Diego Master Chorale and special guests.
(619) 236-5403 or sandiegosymphony.org
Broadway San Diego presents:
Nov. 29–Dec. 4 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The genre-bending musical tells the story of one of one of the most unique characters ever to hit the stage.
Wednesday, Dec. 28 Manheim Steamroller Christmas
Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.
San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., (619) 570-1100 or broadwaysd.com
The Old Globe highlights:
Nov. 5–Dec. 26 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
For the 19th consecutive year, The Old Globe is transformed into a snow-covered Whoville. 11 a.m. matinee performances; lap-children under two are free; a sensory-friendly performance is offered Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
(619) 234-5623 or theoldglobe.org
San Diego Repertory Theatre
Dec. 2–24 A Snow White Christmas
This vibrant performance is based on the Snow White fairytale with songs from Lady Gaga, the Village People and Michael Jackson, as well as dancing and interactive fun and magic. San Diego Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, (619) 544-1000 or sdrep.org
San Diego Musical Theatre presents:
Nov. 25–Dec. 4 White Christmas
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. At the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway.
Dec. 1–24 Miracle on 34th Street
This holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. At the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave.
(858) 560-5740 or sdmt.org