By Berenice Cisneros
** Lamb’s Players Theatre celebrates 25 years of its unique play cycle Festival of Christmas this year with one of the most popular scripts: “It’s Christmas and It’s Alive”. Will begin previews December 2 through December 28. Tickets are $22 - $42 and may be purchased by calling 437-0600.
** Magnificent poinsettia plants, nearly 300, turns Balboa Park’s historic 1915 wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays. The seasonal display will remain on view until January 7th, 2004. The Botanical Building is free and open to the public.
** Help make a difference this holiday season by giving back to the San Diego community. You and your family can help make a difference by adopting a family, collecting items for the homeless, sing carols to patients at a local hospital, dress up as a showman and distribute gifts to foster children, etc. there is so much we can all do. For more information call 1-800-Volunteer.
** San Diego REPertory Theater presents the most popular holiday story of the past 160 years “A Christmas Carol”. This is a timeless tale of the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ coming together against the odds to celebrate the holiday spirit. Performances begin December 5 through December 28 on the Lyceum Stage. Tickets can be purchased at the REP’s box office, 79 Horton Plaza in San Diego or by calling 544-1000 or online at www.sandiegorep.com.
** Teatro Mascara Magica’s award-winning ‘Pastorela’ is celebrating its’ 13th anniversary this ear and the Mexican-inspired Christmas musical is better than ever. “La Pastorela de Felicidad” is TMM’s newest twist on the traditional story of the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem to witness the first Christmas. ‘La Pastorela de Felicidad’ runs December 12-28 at the Festival Stage at the San Diego Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students and groups of 10 or more. Reservations can be made by calling 234-5623.
** From December 14-28 join us at the Hotel del Coronado for An American Christmas. This event is a remarkable three-hour event that takes place in the hotel’s beautiful Grand Ballroom. Set at tables of eight featuring a menu prepared by the Hotel del Coronado’s master chefs. It’s one of a kind experience, a time-traveling theatre production that’s also a five-course gourmet meal. For tickets call 437-6000.
** The Maritime Museum of San Diego will be hosting a Family Day on Sunday, December 28. Children under 12 will be admitted free all day. There will be educational and fun activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Kids can participate in raising sails on the Star of India, sea chantey sing-a-longs and coloring. For more information call 234-9153.
**Cars are the Stars as San Diego International Auto Show opens on New Year’s Eve. Held at the San Diego Convention Center, this year’s auto show kicks off the New Year in style, running New Year’s Eve through January 4, 2004. With the show’s New Year’s dates, “Where the Cars are the Stars” theme, the 2004-model show promises plenty of excitement the car buffs and families of all ages.
From Ford and Pontiac to BMW and Jaguar, over 35 domestic and import manufacturers will host dramatic displays showcasing the latest in comfort, performance, safety and style. New to the show this year, a special “Luxury Row” now co-locates luxury makes so showgoers will be able to compare like makes and models without having to zigzag back and forth across the auto show floor.
Exotic vehicles are always a crowd pleaser and this year’s collection includes the 2003 Campagna T-Rex, 2004 Lotus Elise, 2004 Lamborghini Murciélago, 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo, 2004 Bentley Arnage T and 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom. And the Cartoon fans will enjoy seeing the famous Mach 5, the world-famous car designed after the popular cartoon series, Speed Racer. In addition, the voice of Speed Racer and Racer X, actor Peter Fernandez, will be greeting fans and signing autographs throughout the show. For more info: www.sdautoshow.com.