In addition to the presents, the Christmas carols, and spending time with your loved ones, here are some even more Christmasy activities for your holiday weekend!
Saturday, Dec. 23
Russian Grand Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’
6 p.m., California Center for the Arts in Escondido
It wouldn’t be Christmas without “The Nutcracker.” The tale of Masha and her journey into the land of toys come to life isn’t just playful and fun. It truly is a stunning example of the artistry and beauty of ballet. And… when it comes to ballet, there may be no greater experience than the Russian Grand Ballet. This year, Russia’s brightest stars will thrill us at the Concert Hall stage at the Center for the Arts Escondido and it’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Tickets range from $35 to $85.
Sunday, Dec. 24
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., The Old Globe
Make an outing of this stage production of the Christmas classic is sure to make your heart grow three sizes! This is one of San Diego’s favorite holiday traditions, and you’ll find it at The Old Globe, in its twentieth year! It runs through Christmas Eve and if you’re familiar with the classic Dr. Seuss book you already know you’re in for a treat. With musical productions such as “This Time of Year” and “Fah Who Doraze” bringing the smiles, you’re sure to be a hit with the adults or children you decide to bring along. Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children.
Sunday, Dec. 24
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Times vary, Vintage Village Theatres Coronad
If you’ve somehow managed to never see this holiday classic, why not take the opportunity to see it on the big screen? Already familiar with this incredible film? You’ve never experienced it quite like you will in a real movie theater on Christmas Eve. You can enjoy this special Christmas Eve screening at the Coronado Village Theater on Christmas Eve. This is a life affirming tale of a man who, in the midst of discouragement and depression, gets a chance to see what the world would be if he’d never been born. Starring Jimmy Stewart, this film is sure to make anyone realize just how many riches they have and that “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tickets can be purchased at the box office.
Sunday, Dec. 24
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) provides a trail guide for you so you can get the most out of this free nature walk. It will last an hour and a half and you’ll get a great deal of knowledge about the animals, plants, history and geology of the park. You’ll start at the Visitor Center and you’ll find yourself on one of three trails. Whether you enjoy the scenic Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks, you’ll be certain to experience the nature right next door in a way you’ve never experienced it before. Don’t forget the sunscreen and make sure you bring some water and wear close-toed shoes!
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