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 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.
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 Khyber 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.
Kwanzaa at Pretend City
Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, presents day-long activities for kids to mark the pan-African holiday of Kwanzaa, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.pretendcity.org.
Free Moral Agents
Free Moral Agents, featuring The Mars Volta keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, wraps up its December residency at the Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. The 21-and-older show starts at 9 p.m. and is free. For more information, visit http://www.detroitbar.com.
TUESDAY TILL JAN. 3
Tall Ships Sailing In
The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be at the Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Hwy. The ships will be open for walk-on tours from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 to 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31 and 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 3. At 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve, the ships will host guests for a three-hour Battle Sail replicating naval war maneuvers from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. For information, call (800) 200-5239, or go to http://www.historicalseaport.org.
New Year's Eve at AnQi
AnQi by Crustacean at South Coast Plaza will put on a New Year's Eve celebration, starting at 9 p.m. with the "Forbidden Den" and featuring Q du Soleil, the new wave band Berlin. Tickets cost $170. RSVP at MLiebengood@houseoffan.co, or call (714) 557-5679.
New Year's Eve Gala at the BBC
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, will put on its New Year Eve Gala, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., among other New Year's Eve offerings. The black-tie event will feature a live band and dancing. Cost is $195 per person. To make a reservation, go to http://www.balboabayclub.com or call (888) 445-7153.
Ring in the New Year Aboard a Yacht
The eighth annual New Year's Eve Yacht Party will take place in Newport Harbor aboard the 150-foot vessel The Majestic. If tickets for the party on the Majestic sell out, tickets will be sold for a New Year's Eve party aboard another yacht, The Ambassador. Tickets for the four-hour cruise through the harbor range between $145 and $170. For tickets, go to http://www.un4seenproductions.com or call (949) 378-9971. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. at 2901 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach.