Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Saturday November 24-Monday December 24
Returning for its 39th year, South Coast Rep’s acclaimed original adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic represents a local holiday tradition. Returning too is actor Hal Landon Jr. as Scrooge for the 39th year. No shows most Mondays and some Tuesdays & Wednesdays. No children under the age of 6 will be admitted.
Wednesday, December 5-Sunday, December 30
Lunacy and love will blossom at the Laguna Playhouse when the Lythgoe Family Panto shares its zany adaptation of the classic fairytale. Audiences of all ages will be entertained by the show’s merry mix of physical comedy, magic, dancing and contemporary tunes. Performances are Wednesday-Sunday; check Laguna Playhouse’s website for showtime details.
Friday December 14-Monday December 17
Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 17, shown at 1 pm and 7 pm each day. Plus, on Saturday, December 15 at 6 pm, movie-goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and free hot cocoa prior to the 7 pm movie. Tickets for children ages 2-11, and seniors ages 61 and over are $9; students and military with ID are $10; while matinee showings are $9.50, and regular adult tickets after 5 pm are $11.50.
Friday December 14-Sunday December 16, Wednesday December 19–Sunday December 23
The world-famous American Ballet Theatre’s dazzling “Nutcracker” offers memorable sets and costumes by Tony-winning designer Richard Hudson as well as a large, talented cast. Each performance features a pair of guest dancers, with ballet superstar Misty Copeland scheduled for shows on December 19 & 22. Find the full schedule at www.scfta.org.
Thursday December 20
Get ready for a boot-scootin’ good time as over 24 of top local country acts—like Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide, Alice Wallace, Christie Huff and Jake Parr—fill the House of Blues Anaheim with a night of great ’90s country music. This Spark of Love Foundation benefit has free admission with donation of an unwrapped toy.
Wednesday December 20-Sunday December 23
Watch the Disney Princesses (including Moana in her Disney on Ice debut) performing in this exciting skating spectacular as they show off their adventurous spirits and heroic natures. Arrive early and take part in a special sing-along with Miguel from “Coco.” Showtimes vary, so consult the Honda Center for full details.
Thursday December 13-Sunday December 16, Friday December 21-Saturday December 22
Go on a “Journey To Christmas” courtesy of Musical Theatre Orange County. Featuring MTOC’s talented singers, dancers and musicians, the show will present heartwarming holiday stories, ranging from modern-day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas. Check the Musical Theatre Orange County’s website for showtimes and ticket details.
Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, Friday December 14-Sunday December 16, Friday December 21-Monday December 24
Life-sized dolls, over-sized mice, twirling candy canes, waltzing flowers, snowflakes and toy soldiers are among the delightful characters that the nearly 300-member cast brings to the stage. Marking its 42nd year, the Ballet Repertory Theatre ranks as the longest-running, full-length “Nutcracker” production in Orange County.
Thursday, December 6, Saturday December 8-Sunday December 9, Saturday December 15-Sunday December 16, Friday December 21-Monday December 24.
FBT’s full-length, full-sized “Nutcracker” fabulously showcases its own dancers performing alongside guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet. Before select shows, there’ll also be a Nutcracker Tea Party, and they’ll perform an abridged, child-friendly version on December 6.
Saturday December 15-Sunday December 16, Friday December 21-Sunday December 23
Long Beach Ballet incorporates an amazing visual style (including on-stage pyrotechnics, a flying sleigh and special effects by renowned magician Franz Harary), the power of a full symphony orchestra and the skillful performances by its over 200-member cast to create one of the region’s more spectacular Nutcrackers.