November 22, 2000
by Berenice Cisneros
Holiday of Lights
The Holiday of Lights, the largest and most dazzling display of festive lights on the West Coast, opens Thanksgiving evening, November 23 and continues through January, 1 with more than 375 displays, more than 70 of them new. Among the new displays ice skaters on a lighted rink, an animated Santa Claus in an antique car, elves decorating a 22-foot tree, a surfing Santa and an animated toy soldier. Many of the traditional displays also return this year including the crowd-pleasers Top Gun Santa flying low over the Fairgrounds in his plane and the Friendly Dragon in the lake.
To view the spectacular display, patrons drive their vehicles on the renowned Del Mar RaceTrack and circle the track to enjoy the light show. Show hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $9 for a car transporting five people, $14 for vans and $45 for buses. Tickets can be purchases through Ticketmaster at (619) 220-TIXS or the Fairgrounds box office.
Colorful Altar for "El Dia De Los Muertos"
In honor of the Mexican holiday "El Dia de los Muertos" (The Day of the Dead), more than 200 fourth grade students from Rosa Parks Elementary School will help construct a colorful altar, which will be displayed at the San Diego Museum of Man from Oct. 25, through Nov. 26. The students and their families will help decorate the whimsical eight-foot tall tiered altar made of wood and covered with paper flowers, special breads, candles and photographs. At the Museum of Man, students will learn about archaeology, art and physical and cultural anthropology (with a focus on literacy), as well as lend their talents to the construction of the El Dia de los Muertos altar. For further information, please call 239-2001.
Festival of Christmas
Lamb's Players Theatre presents Lamb's Players Festival of Christmas, a holiday event that has become a San Diego tradition. This year, Lamb's Players brings back one of the most requested Festival scripts, from November 28 through December 30, "The Perfect Christmas." Three generations are viewed through the eyes of a post-war teenager coming to grips with what being a family really means. Tickets range from $16 - $36. Theatre is located at 1142 Orange Avenue in Coronado. Call 437-0600 for performance schedule.
From December 17 - 30, "An American Christmas", a remarkable three-hour event takes place in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Hotel del Coronado, 24 versatile performers take you back to 1900 for a festive family celebration. It's an unforgettable evening filled with story, song, dance and laughter - all woven around a five-course gourmet meal. Tickets range from $90 - $120 for adults and $59 - $89 for children 5-12. To purchase your tickets call 437-0600.
From December 22 - Dec. 24, "Aunt Agatha's Christmas Tea", a new addition at the Hotel Del this year. This is a shorter version of An American Christmas, featuring a three-course Christmas Tea hosted by the irrepressible Aunt Agatha. Enjoyed by the entire family, it has a special focus for children. Tickets are $70 for adults and $39 for children 5-12. For hotel rooms, call Hotel del Coronado reservations, 1-800-HOTEL-DEL.
Voyage of Rediscovery
The City of Oceanside and Trendwest Resorts Inc. will welcome the St. Roch II, a 66-foot, aluminum-hulled catamaran, to Oceanside Harbor on Thursday November 28, for one of the final stops on the historic "Voyage of Rediscovery." Public tours will be offered at the Oceanside Harbor Marina between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A Christmas Carol
San Diego Repertory Theatre is pulling out all of the stops to commemorate its 25th production of A Christmas Carol, the classic tale of Charles Dickens. A cast of more than 20 singers, dancers, jugglers and acrobats join the production from as near as San Diego's own Fern Street Circus to as far as Bulgaria to grace the REP's 550-seat Lyceum Stage in an evening of extreme acrobatics, dazzling costumes, live music and breath-taking scenery. Performances begin from November 24 through December 24th. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.Sandiegorep.com or www.SeatAdvisor.com, or by calling our box office at (619) 544-1000 or by visiting our box office in the Lyceum at Horton Plaza.
Christmas on The Prado
Balboa Park's holiday gift to San Diego, Christmas on The Prado, will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. More than 30 museums and cultural attractions will open their doors free of charge during this popular community festival.
Among the many offerings are delicious foods from around the globe; hands-on craft activities; photos with Santa; gift shopping in museum stores; Spanish village, the House of Hospitality and the UNICEF store; strolling carolers and gospel choirs; dance, theatrical and musical presentations; and free admission to Park museums.
PASACAT will hold its Phillipine Parol Lantern Festival on Saturday, December 2, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at St. Rita's Church, 5124 Church-ward Avenue, San Diego. The festival will feature a display of various parols made of paper and capiz. Food booths will provide various Christmas delicacies as well as other native foods. Holiday dances will also be performed. The festival is free and open to the public.
Holiday Lights, Festival, Parade
Chula Vista Holiday Festival: An afternoon of children's Activities and seasonal musical entertainment will be featured, culminated by the lighting of a holiday tree. This free event will be held on Dec. 2 from 3 to 5 PM in the eastern end of Memorial Park along Third Avenue, north of G Street. Entertainment scheduled includes free pictures with Santa, games, balloon art and face painting. For more information, call 585-5682.
Starlight Yule Parade: Bands, floats and Santa will traverse along Third Avenue beginning at H Street and ending at E Street. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. following the Holiday Festival on Dec. 2. For further parade information, call 422-1982.
Downtown Holiday Lighting: Festive holiday lights will decorate downtown Chula Vista along Third Avenue from E Street to G Street every night during the holidays starting on Dec. 2 and continuing through Jan. 1. For more information, call 422-1982.
Christmas Circle: A neighborhood featuring decorated homes will have its annual seasonal lighting from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 16 through Dec. 26. Christmas Circle is located on the Mankato/Whitney Circle between First and Second Avenues south of H Street.
EastLake Holiday Decorating: EastLake's annual "Homes for the Holidays" displays will light throughout the holiday season beginning Dec. 15. EastLake Greens' 30-foot neighborhood tree also will be lit for public viewing after Dec. 10 For details and directions, call 421-3111.