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December 13, 2009 Huntington Harbour Lighted Boat Parade. Rock N' The Night Away is the theme of this annual boat parade in which contestants win trophies for contest categories as applied in boat lighting, music and designs. The public can watch the parade free. Parking on the Huntington Beach islands is extremely limited, which makes watching a challenge, however. Time: Line up at 5:15 p.m.

December 13, 2009Ballet Repertory Theatre Nutcracker Ballet. Presented in its original, full-length version, this delightful holiday classic by Huntington Beach's Ballet Repertory Theatre is sure to please audiences of all ages. Breathtaking, magical, and humorous, Orange County's longest-running Nutcracker production is an affordable, feel-good family tradition with a versatile cast of over 250 dancers in 14 enchanting performances. Time: 1 & 5 p.m. Cost: $16 general admission; $15 seniors/groups & students; $14 children under 12. Location: Golden West College Theater, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA. Tickets: (714) 895-8150.

December 13, 2009 Carols in the Courtyard. Bring the kids for holiday crafts, Santa appearance and live music. Hot cocoa and cookies are being served, as well. Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: 5th Street near Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA.

December 13, 2009 Second Sunday - Enjoy fine wine, hot cider, tasty nibbles, live music, stimulating art and photo opportunities with Santa for a mere $10 event fee that benefits the Huntington Beach Community Clinic. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or a $10 gift card to Big Lots or Target for the Clinic’s Holiday Toy Drive. Party hosted inside the Strand ’s Shorebreak Hotel. RSVP& on-line tickets Time: 3 to 6 p.m.

December 13, 2009 Reserve your personal Gondola Christmas Lights Cruise. Huntington Harbour lights up with themed decorations, part of a contest and fund-raiser each year to raise money. Now is the time to take a magical gondola ride at night. Gondolas depart from Peter's Landing on Pacific Coast Highway at Anderson, Huntington Beach, CA.

December 13, 2009 George Fryer Combo, band. Live at J.King Neptune's beginning at 4 p.m. Neptune's is a restaurant with an intimate club atmosphere. The cocktails are served by some of the best bartenders in the nation (one is a cocktail competition winner). 21+. Location: 17115 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach, CA 90742. Call: Call: 562-592-4878. Photos

December 13, 2009 Karaoke - with Tice at Pelican Isle. Time: 3 to 9 p.m. Pelican Isle, 16400 PCH, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (562) 592-3221

December 13, 2009 Snowflakes light up the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street through New Year's Day. Approximately 84 artificial snowflakes strewn with twinkling lights adorn light downtown Huntington Beach. They are a delight to see. There are 48 on the pier and 36 stretching along Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Orange Avenue. Traditionally placed along Main Street and the Huntington Beach Pier, they are truly beautiful displays of holiday spirit in Huntington Beach. Watch the twinkling lights reflect on the Pacific Ocean waters below.

December 13, 2009 Party Jones. An evening with Kenny and Wet Soulat Taco Surf. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: No cover. Taco Surf, 16821 Pacific Coast Hwy, Surfside, CA. Call: (562) 592-2290.

December 13 Bella Terra decorated tree in the courtyard. Cost: Free. Location: 7777 Edinger, Huntington Beach, CA.

December 13, 2009 Newland House Museum - Take a guided tour with Huntington Beach's historian at the Newland House. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 admission. Location: 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach CA 92648 Call: (714) 962-5777


December 13, 2008 Grand Opening of Active Ride Store. First 100 people in line get gift certificates to shop. Professional skateboarders are on hand to sign autographs. Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: The Strand, 5th Street At PCH.155 5th Street, Suite 111, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 500-0010.

December 13, 2008 Band - Thank U Drive Thru. No cover, 21+. Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: Tumbleweeds, 21094 Beach Blvd., Huntington Bch, CA. Call: (714) 960-2776

December 13, 2008 22 East. Live music at Fitzgerald's. No cover, 21+. Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Location: 19171 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach, CA. 92646 Call: (714) 968-4523.

December 13, 2008 Bands - TNT- ACDC Tribute, Kisses - Female Kiss Tribute,House of Pain (Van Halen Tribute). Time: 8 p.m. Age: 21+. Surf City Saloon, 18528 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 963-7744.

December 13, 2008 Led Zepagain Band - Zeppelin tribute band performs at Blue Cafe. Peace Frog is also featured. Cost: $15 cover, 21+. Location: 17208 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (562) 592-1302.

December 13, 2008 The Kooks - Band performs at Perqs Nite Club. Location: Age 21+, 117 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. Perqs. 714-960-9996. Photos

December 13, 2008 Christina Dietz / The Galway Hooker Band - Time: 8 p.m. Gallaghers Pub & Grill. Cover: $5/person. 21 and older, valid ID required. Gallagher's Pub, 300 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA Call: (714) 536.2422. Photos

December 13, 2008 Hurricanes Saturday Night Live. DJs spin your favorite tunes. Dance on the new Evolution Dance Floor (the only one in OC).

December 13, 2008 Live Music - Acoustic sounds live at King Neptunes. Starts at 8 p.m. 21+ ID at J. King Neptunes. Location: 17115 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach, CA 90742. Call: Call: 562-592-4878. Photos

December 13, 2008 Adult entertainment - at Martini Blues. Time: 8 p.m. 21+. Martini Blues Supper Club, 5874 Edinger Avenue. Call: 714-840-2129

December 13, 2008 Live music - Dean Rod is a pianist and vocalist who performs at theRed Chair Loungeclub at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. 21+, no cover. Time: 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Call: (714) 698-1234.

December 13, 2008 Dave & Andrew. Acoustic band at Mahe Seal Beach. Time: Location: 1400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Seal Beach, CA. Call: (562) 431-3022.


December 13, 2008 Newland House Museum-Decked out for the Holidays, the Newland House is open for touring from Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 admission. Location: 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach CA 92648 Call: (714) 962-5777

December 13, 2008HB's 100 YEARS Art Exhibit - Anderson Art Gallery celebrates the 100th Birthday of Huntington Beach in a special gallery exhibit from Huntington Beach artist and gallery owner, Bill Anderson of Anderson Art Gallery. You are invited to the gallery to participate and view the exhibit and look at images from the 1960's through current times. Working in a variety of media, Anderson's works include linoleum block prints, water colors, oil paintings and drawings. The exhibit runs through January 31, 2009.Time: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: 16812 Pacific Coast Highway (next to Captain Jack's Restaurant). Call: (562) 592-4393.

December 13, 2008Art exhibition - 40 Year Anniversary of World Championship Surfing in Puerto Rico features photos by Barry Church. Location: International Surfing Museum of Huntington Beach, 411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 960-3483

December 13, 2008Jan & Dean - Surfing Sounds Part II: Jan & Dean. This exhibit explores the relationship and affect surfing music has on the surfing culture and pop culture, as well. It will feature original art by Huntington Beach resident, Dean Torrenceof Jan & Dean, and will include memorabilia from the band's decade-long rise to fame with songs that topped the charts with 28 hits: Deadman's Curve, Little Old Lady from Pasadena, Surf City and that actually continues today with concert tours. (Note: Jan Berry passed away in March 2004.)

December 13, 2008 Art Exhibit - at The Gallery HB. Original sculptures and oil paintings by Corinne Hartley, largest collection of Todd White art and works by Toreen West, plus Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) graphics are featured at Huntington Beach's premier fine arts gallery. Gifts such as jewelry and art glass begin at $50. Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call:(714) 845-4835.

December 13, 2008 Art - Windows Gallery in Huntington Beach Central Library on the first floor features works from amateur and professional artists with varied themes that range from landscapes to abstracts. This mixed media exhibit is free to see. Location: 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA.

December 13, 2008 Art Exhibit - 2332. Shows correlation between art & baseball, featuring 9 artists. Cost: Free admission. Time: Noon - 6 pm. Location: Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Call: (714) 374-1650.


December 13, 2008 Beach Bonfire. You must bring your own fire wood to the beach for a beach bonfire. Fire rings are located north of the Huntington Beach Pier at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Pacific Coast Highway (between Warner Ave. & Seapoint St.) and south of the Huntington Beach Pier on PCH between 1st Street and Beach Blvd. at Huntington City Beach or between Beach Blvd. & Brookhurst Street at Huntington State Beach. Cost: Free, first come-first serve.

December 13, 2008Shipley Nature Center - Restoration Days. The Friends of Shipley Nature Center will be planting, weeding and cleaning up, and they need your assistance. On the first Saturday of the month, the public can tour Shipley Nature Center at 11 a.m., in addition to the clean up activities that begin at 9 a.m. and go till noon. Location: Central Park West, near Breakfast in the Park or on 17829 Golden West Street, between Slater and Central Library Drive, Huntington Beach, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (714) 842-4772.

December 13, 2008 Saturday Car Cruisersknown as the Donuts Derelicts share Hot Rods, Street Cars, Woodies, Imports and a variety of restored vehicles at Adams and Magnolia Ave. Parking is available in the Ace parking lot or Adams Avenue Donut Shop with overflow parking extending to Drug Emporium lot across Adams. Time 6 a.m., over by approx. 8:30 a.m. No phone number available. Cost: Free admission.

December 13, 2008 Wetlands viewing - Birders, nature lovers and the curious are invited to drop by the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, one of the West Coast's significant flyways for migrating birds. Bring binoculars to enjoy even closer views of these soaring creatures. Location: Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint and Warner on the east side of the highway. Enjoy 300 acres, plus a 1.5 mile loop trail. No pets or bikes permitted on the trails. Open during daylight hours.

December 13, 2008Disc Frisbee Golf - The public is invited to get out and compete in this exciting sport that's relaxing and easy to learn. Location: Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course, Central Park lot off Golden West Street between Talbert and Ellis. Time: Daily. Call: (714) 425-9931.

December 13, 2008Golden West College Swap Meet in the Golden West College parking lot includes New & Used Items, Fresh Produce, Records, Music Memorabilia, Antiques & Collectibles and much more! Cost: Free Parking and Free Admission. Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call: (714) 898-7927 for 24-hour information. Location: 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, California 92647

December 13, 2008Fun Roll - Roller skate & blade meet up 16 mile ride. Meets each week at Pier Plaza for an exercise regimen in a relaxed environment at the beach. Time: 10:30 a.m. No fee, no reservations necessary. Just show up at Pacific Coast Highway & Main, Pier Plaza next to Huntington Beach Pier.

December 13, 2008 HB Charity Bowl. The annual charity bowl takes place on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. This 1 weekend Coed 2 Hand Touch Football Tournament to raise money for charity during the holiday season presents all proceeds to "Toys For Tots" in support of their efforts through the Holiday Season! There's also a drop point for the OC Food Bank. Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to bring Non-Perishable food contributions to all games & activities through the weekend! $40 Per Person to Play And Bring Food to Watch.

December 2009 includes many festive holiday events such as the Cruise of Lights.

December 13, 2009 Newland House Museum - Take a guided tour with Huntington Beach's historian at the Newland House. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 admission. Location: 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach CA 92648 Call: (714) 962-5777


BUENA PARK- Christmas Crafts Village. Holiday decor, gifts, strolling carolers and visits from Santa are included in this unique once-a-year shopping extravaganza. Hours: Open daily except Christmas. Cost (Monday through Friday): $10 adult; $5 senior; $5 age 3-11. Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA.

GARDEN GROVE - The Glory of Christmas Musical. A blend of Christmas carols, pageantry, live animals, flying angels, and special effects unfold in the nativity story. Location: Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, CA. Time: varies. Cost: $20-50. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 877-544-5679.

LONG BEACH - Crystal Ice Skating Outdoor Rink. New in 2009 for the holidays, daily skating at The Pike is held in the grass area. Ice skate session receives parking validation. Time: Mon-Friday 11am to 11pm; Sat. & Sunday 10am to 12am. Cost:? Location: Shoreline Drive & Queensway Bay, Long Beach, CA.

SANTA ANA - The Science of Gingerbread. Kids' imaginations can run free as they explore gingerbread, and learn that there's science in every bite! The annual gingerbread exhibit is one of the seasonal delights, along with this year's Mexico: Festival of Toys exhibit showing popular toys in Mexican culture. Also featured are exhibits, Head to Toe, and The True Story of Bats. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9.95 - 12.95 approx. Get Tickets. Location: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

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About this photo above:

While traditional images of Santa Claus show a bearded man in a bright red suit, in Huntington Beach you'll often find Santa depicted as a surfer, wearing shorts, a Hawaiian print shirt and even driving a woody.

That's just how life is in this beach city where Santa even carries a surfboard. Pictured above is Santa looking at the Pacific Ocean from the beaches of Huntington Beach. Surfboard in hand, he's dreaming about the next wave he'll ride, just after he delivers toys to all the deserving girls and boys.

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