Cruise of Lights

The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee presents the 49th annual Cruise of Lights, a 45-minute narrated boat tour through the harbor with lighted boats, decks, docks and homes. Cruises depart every day at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for children ages 2 through 12. For more information, call (714) 840-7542 or visit


Holiday Ice Rink

The Strand hosts its annual Holiday Ice Rink at 155 5th St., Huntington Beach. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Dec. 25. Skate rental is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, (714) 465-4528.



OMC Gallery For Contemporary Art, 7561 Center Ave., No. 32, Huntington Beach, hosts a pastels and drawings exhibit by artist Scott Valenzuela. Gallery hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and also by appointment. For more information, call (714) 421-0476.


'A Night in Bethlehem'

Christ Presbyterian Church hosts "A Night in Bethlehem Family Celebration" at 20112 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach. Visitors can walk through the shops and imagine what it was like on the night Jesus was born. Bible-time crafts are available at a variety of stations, including the bakery, carpenter's shop, marketplace and stable with live animals. The event starts at 4 p.m. and the shops are open until the start of the 5 p.m. service. The children's choir sings at 5 p.m., with a candlelight/communion service at 7 and 11 p.m. For more information, call (714) 968-4940.

Christmas Songs and Stories

First Christian Church hosts five identical Christmas Eve services, including songs, visuals and a retelling of the nativity story, at 1207 Main St., Huntington Beach. Times are 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. and child care is available for children 3 and younger. For more information, call (714) 536-2589.

Candlelight Service

Shorelife Church hosts a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5772 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach. Children can enjoy a Christmas story and holiday treat, and child care will be provided for kids under 3. The festivities start at 5 p.m. For more information, call (714) 799-5433.


The Huntington Beach Coordinating Council meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Monday of each month at Murdy Park, 7000 Norma Drive, a $5 lunch is available. For more information, visit

A Home 4 Ever Rescue brings puppies and small dogs available for adoption from 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to the Petco, 8909 Adams Ave. For more information, visit or email

The Orange County Wine Elite hosts a fun and educational blind-tasting of wines from around the world at 6 p.m. every Saturday at Spark Woodfire Grill, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy. #202, Huntington Beach. Themes vary on a weekly basis, and guests pay only their coverage for the wines at retail cost, plus any individual food expense. Check out their program and register for events at

Second Chance Pet Adoptions hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Petco, 5961 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. Adoptions are also held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at PetSmart, 7600 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. Cats over 7 years old are $99; kittens and all others are $135 for one and $200 for two. For more information, visit http://www.secondchancepet

Surf City Tea Party, a discussion group dedicated to limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual rights and free markets, meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at Euromasters Event Center, 18370 Pacific St., Fountain Valley. For more information, go to

Amigos de Bolsa Chica offers free public tours from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, leaving every 15 minutes at the pedestrian bridge at the Bolsa Chica wetlands on Pacific Coast Highway across from Bolsa Chica State Beach. For more information, call (714) 840-1575.

Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School offers adult Japanese language classes with veteran instructor Yoko Saito, adult Japanese floral arrangement classes with ikenobo expert Ogawa Sensei and Japanese language classes for children ages 5 to 18 at 21141 Strathmoor Lane, Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 235-5559.

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