Cantor Jonathan Grant shares recent experiences as part of a Cantorial Concert at the Vatican during the 6 p.m. Shabbat Service at Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. The service will be led by Rabbi Mark S. Miller, Rabbi Gersh Zylberman and Cantor Grant, and will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Guests are welcome. For more information, please call (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org.
Lemondrop Dance Club
Newport Beach-based Lemon Drop Club, which hosts singles parties in Orange County geared for adults around the age of 40 and older, will have its Christmas Eve singles party from 7 to midnight at the Hilton OC Airport Hotel, 18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine. A free Italian buffet will be served from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and a free dance lesson will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and parking is free. No membership is required. For more information, call (949) 378-6600 or visit http://www.lemondropclub.com.
Macy's stores across the country, including South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island, present their seasonal Believe campaign, where believers of all ages can drop off letters to Santa Claus and the store will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter received.
Photos With Santa
Santa Claus has a holiday home at Fashion Island and is available for photos and visits during special holiday hours in his village on Atrium Lawn, 401 Newport Center Drive. Hours are subject to change. For more information, call (949) 721-2000.
Complimentary Hot Cider & Cocoa
Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy a complimentary cup of hot cider or cocoa from noon to 4 p.m. at South Coast Plaza's Garden Terrace. For more information, call (714) 435-2000.
'A Christmas Carol'
The South Coast Repertory's 31st annual production of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" returns to the Segerstrom Stage, featuring Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scr.org.
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J.M. Barrie's classic tale "Peter Pan" flies into the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, offering viewers a unique 360-degree experience. Tickets start at $40. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.ocpac.org.
Sutra Bar, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, hosts its third annual toy drive, featuring DJ Donald Glaude. Tara Brooks also performs. Guests can get in free by bringing an unwrapped toy. The event is 21 and older only and starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.sutraoc.com.
Several Newport-Mesa restaurants will be open for Christmas Day. Among them offering special Christmas Day menus are:
El Torito Grill: The El Torito Grill at Fashion Island will serve from their dinner menu, plus offer seasonal specials from noon to 8 p.m.. For more information, call (949) 640-2875.
Pinot Provence: A three- or four-course dinner with choices will be offered from 5 to 10 p.m. Prices are $55 for three courses, $65 for four courses and $15.95 for children under 12. The restaurant is at 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 444-5900.
Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine: Traditional a la carte menu of contemporary Indian cuisine and classics, such as tandoori and vegetarian dishes, will be offered from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The restaurant is at 1621 W. Sunflower Ave. in South Coast Village. For more information, call (714) 436-1010.
The Danvilles, featuring Mike Hindert of The Bravery, The Gromble and Adam Bones perform at La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa. The free show is 21 and older only. For more information, call (949) 646-7944.
Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds its Friday night Shabbat Service at 6 p.m. in the Morgan Chapel. The service will be led by Rabbi Mark S. Miller, Rabbi Gersh Zylberman and Cantor Grant and will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Guests are welcome. For more information, call (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org.
Duke's Place Lounge
Enjoy drinks, dancing and more for a New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Duke's Place Lounge at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. For more information, visit http://www.balboabayclub.com.
Black Tie Dinner
Ring in the New Year with a black tie gala in the Grand Ballroom at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. the event features a reception with hors d'oeuvres and champagne, an elegant five-course dinner with paired wines, dancing to the live band Rembrandt and a midnight toast. Tickets are $195 and can be purchased by calling (949) 645-5000.