πŸŽ„ Save the dates for these holiday events – Press Enterprise

Welcome to the first edition of Holidays and Nights. Goods Charlie Vargas and Vanessa Franko from the Entertainment Squad of the Southern California News Group, and we’ll be the elves in your inbox this holiday season, sharing what you need to know to celebrate. (Here’s how you can sign up to receive Holidays & Nights in your inbox.)

The pandemic isn’t over yet, but as the vaccines have been rolled out, in-person events have implemented guidelines that allow for a little more flexibility. This year’s vacation options aren’t exactly back to “normal,” but we don’t have shutdown orders, which puts us in a better place than 2020.

We have a super big debut edition of holiday events and happenings already underway or coming soon.


Holiday joy is now underway

Please note: we are still in a pandemic. We aim to keep you informed if things change, but please contact event organizers to confirm details and COVID-19 guidance.

Robert Garcia sets up lighting and decorations on Friday, November 5, 2021 for the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Time to get enlightened

If you want to literally make your season bright, don’t miss the Festival Of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, which kicks off November 26. This year’s event doesn’t include the usual food vendors. -presented at ceremony and live entertainment pre-pandemic, but it is worth a look if you are a lover of christmas lights?.

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Cheese-filled Filo Fingers are served with dill yogurt and tomato salsa (Photo by Yakir Levy)

Feast of the light

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights long before the Mission Inn ever existed, and the holiday begins on Sunday at sunset. If you want to celebrate with delicious food beyond potato latkes, we have recipes for Challah Fritters with Sweet Tahini Sauce, Saffron Tomato Eggplant with Feta Cheese, Oven Baked Spiced Cauliflower and Cheese Filled Filo Fingers.

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A very colorful boat sails through Newport Harbor for the 102nd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. (File photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Together again

Community events like parades, tree lights and more are back this season as we navigate the pandemic. Here are some options in Southern California, from boat parades to fireworks to breakfast with Santa.

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The Young Americans will perform 10 performances of “The Magic of Christmas” at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts from December 10-19. (File photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

holiday jam

We have dozens of holiday concerts in store for music lovers. We have completed 28 shows, with something for everyone – from pop to mariachi, or should we say Merry-achi? Last year, most holiday concerts saw cancellations or virtual alternatives due to the pandemic, but now they’re happening IRL.

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The American Ballet Theater’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” will take the stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for 12 performances from December 10-19. (Photo by Gene Schiavone)

A great time

While the past year and a half has seemed as surreal as the plot of β€œThe Nutcracker,” many local ballet companies have skipped their 2020 performances. In these productions, Sugar Plum Fairies once again dance through Southern California.

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South Coast Repertory’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” returns this year, but with a new actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge. (Photo by Henry DiRocco, South Coast Repertory)

Ghosts from the Past of Christmas

What is the holiday season without ghosts telling Ebenezer Scrooge how to change his ways? β€œA Christmas Carol” is back on the Southern California stages in a big way this seasonlike other theater productions. Check out everything from “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Love Actually Live” to Charlie Brown and Motown in the region.


Even more cheers

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An example of a letter to Santa at the Encino post office on Tuesday during a press conference about the USPS’s Operation Santa. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Want to put a smile on the faces of those in need this holiday? The United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa program is underway. Here is how you can help get letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole this year.

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