Early Christmas Celebration
Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, will hold a daylong Christmas celebration with activities for kids, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, call (949) 428-3900 or go to http://www.pretendcity.org.
TBY Celebrates Hanukkah
Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds its annual Hanukkah celebration at 5:40 p.m. Dinner reservations should be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $14 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger get in for free. RSVP by calling (949) 644-1999 or visit http://www.tby.org.
Temple Isaiah Celebrates Hanukkah
Temple Isaiah, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, celebrates Hanukkah with a 6:30 p.m. pot luck dinner followed by a Sabbath Eve service at 8 p.m. If you plan to attend the dinner, please bring a vegetarian or dairy dish and a menorah for the fourth night of Hanukkah. For more information, call (949) 549-6900.
Chick-fil-A and Charlie Brown
Chick-fil-A is hosting Chick-fil-A Night at City Hall's Charlie Brown display from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The restaurant will be collecting money for Give the Gift of Food and handing out its famous chicken sandwiches. Every dollar raised will be matched by Tammy Guadagno, operator of the Chick-fil-A on Bristol and MacArthur.
Flashback Heart Attack
Flashback Heart Attack, an 1980s KROQ cover band, will perform at 9 p.m. at the Harp Inn, 130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The show is 21 and older only and cover is $5. For more information, visit http://www.flashbackheartattack.com.
The Festival Ballet Theatre presents its annual production of "The Nutcracker" at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For showtimes and ticket information, call (714) 962-5440 or go to http://www.festivalballet.org.
'A Christmas Carol'
South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, presents its 32nd annual production of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol." For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scr.org.
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Orange County Fine Arts, an association of OC artists, presents an exhibition of artistic works by its members at the Showcase Gallery, South Coast Plaza Village, 3851 S. Bear St., Santa Ana. The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
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Canoe Under Holiday Lights
Enjoy outrigger canoeing for all ages and skill levels around Balboa islands under the glow of holiday lights decking out the watercraft and homes competing in the 103rd annual Boat Parade. Participants go out crowd-free on a non-boat parade day. Cost is $35 per person. Corporate and private holiday party paddles are available upon request. Meet at Newport Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949-646-7725) or visit http://www.newportaquaticcenter.com.
Christmas Eve Services
The Congregational Corona del Mar Community Church, 611 Heliotrope Ave., Corona del Mar, holds a Children's Christmas Eve Service at 4 p.m., as well as a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. For more information, call (949) 644-7400 or go to http://www.cdmucc.com.
The Chabad Jewish Center in Newport Beach hosts a Hanukkah Community Party. The event starts at 2 p.m. and features entertainment for grown-ups and children, doughnuts, latkes and a community game of Dreidel. For more information, call (949) 721-9800, or go to http://www.JewishNewport.com.
Lemon Drop 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 Day singles party from 7 to midnight at the OC Airport Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine. Tickets are $5. No membership is required. For more information, call (949) 378-6600 or visit http://www.lemondropclub.com.
Christmas Day Meals
Some restaurants in Newport-Mesa will be open on Christmas Day. Among them serving special meals are Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa; Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine, 1621 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa; and El Torito Grill, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Pinot Provence offers a three or four-course prix fixe menu starting for $70 per person. For more information, call (714) 444-5900. Royal Kyber Fine Indian Cuisine serves holiday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (714) 436-1010. El Torito Grill offers an all-you-can-eat Christmas Day brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (949) 640-2875.