November 24, 2004

Holiday Events for All to Enjoy

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet students Felicia Alvarez as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jessica Enrique as Clara appear in the 6th annual “Nutcracker” at the Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park.

When a ballerina thinks of the Nutcracker two very special roles come to mind, Clara, the young girl who falls in love with the Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy who honors Clara in the Land of the Sweets by dancing for her. Jessica Enrique and Felicia Alvarez won those roles respectively in the early fall at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet audition. As young Clara, Enrique carries much of Act I with her acting and dancing. Alvarez must wait for the last dance in Act II, but it is what the audience has been waiting for as well, the pas de deux, dance of two.

These young dancers will bring this family favorite to life at the Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park. The older dancers begin their performance run at Balboa Park’s December Nights celebration on December 3rd and 4th with excerpts from the full length production each evening at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. The 90 minute performance times are December 5, 11 and 12 at 1p.m. and December 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. For additional information visit or call 619-233-3060.

A Flurry of Holiday Activities Are Planned Downtown

The downtown weather forecast now calls for snow in early December. Along with ice-skating, holiday window displays and much more. No it’s not a forecast for New York or Chicago, but downtown San Diego where a collaborative of public and private organizations making up the Downtown Communications Council (DCC) have come together to form “Downtown for the Holidays.” This umbrella program highlights a variety of events and activities for the entire family, including a day with actual snow at the Park at the Park.

“Downtown San Diego has so many wonderful opportunities for families during the holidays, that we felt it was important to consolidate this broad list of activities into a cohesive program,” said Derek Danziger, communications director for the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) and chairman of the DCC. “The Downtown for the Holidays programs will run through December 31, and we encourage people of all ages, religions and nationalities to participate in the excitement.”

Activities/Events include but are not limited to:

• NOVEMBER 18 –Fantasy on Ice - Ice Skating Rink Opens to Public. (10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through January 17)

• NOVEMBER 26 - Santa Arrives at Horton Plaza.

• NOVEMBER 27 - “A Christmas Carol” Opens at the Lyceum Theatre.

• NOVEMBER 30 (6 p.m.) - Tree Lighting at Horton Square. NBC television special in conjunction with Rockefeller Center tree lighting in New York, performances by professional skaters and more. Official Kick-Off for Downtown for the Holidays!

• DECEMBER 1-9 – Tour of Lights - Holiday Decorating Contest for Office and Hotel Building Lobbies and Downtown Storefronts – Viewing begins December 1. Judging takes place on December 7, with awards planned for December 9.

• DECEMBER 5, 12 - SANTA PAWS - Bring your pets for photos with Santa - Horton Plaza.

• DECEMBER 11 - SNOW DAY at the Park at the Park (Actual snow will be covering a portion of the grass and other children’s activities will be planned.)

o First Breakfast With Santa- at Harbor House (Seaport Village)

o Victorian Christmas at the William Heath Davis House Open House - (Fourth and Island)

o NBC Toys for Tots Drive – Bring a toy for a child less fortunate

o  Holiday Jazz and Blues Festival in East Village (7th and Market)

o View Artist Banners in the Gaslamp Quarter

o Holiday High Tea – U.S. Grant Hotel

The complete calendar with additional details and information is available online at or by clicking on the Downtown for the Holidays logo on the Web sites of many of the collaborative members.

CSEA Host 18th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

CHULA VISTA –Southwestern College (SWC) is proud to sponsor its 18th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring a host of vendors from across San Diego County.

Sponsored by the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 524, the Fair will take place Friday, December 4, 2003 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the SWC Student Union East. Free parking will be available.

The Fair promises convenient and economical one-stop holiday shopping. There will be beautiful Christmas decorations, handcrafted items, silver jewelry, ceramics, hand-made soaps and candles, quilts, wooden items, floral arrangements, crystal jewelry, and much more. Additionally, a one-pound box of See’s Candy will sell for $11.

All proceeds from the Holiday Craft Fair will benefit Southwestern College student scholarships. About $1,500-$2,000 are raised every year and distributed through special scholarships such as the Sharon Bitonti-Brandon Memorial Chapter Member Scholarship, the CSEA Student Scholarship, and the CSEA Transfer Scholarship.

South County Holiday Events 2004


Nov. 30 Lamb’s Players Theatre Call for times. “The Festival of Christmas” runs from November 30 – December 26 and looks at the season in a different time and place each year. This year “Northern Lights” features music, love and laughter in a Midwest town in 1962. Call (619) 437- 0600 for ticket pricing.


Dec. 1 Hotel Del Tree Lighting 4pm. The Annual Lighting of The Del ceremony celebrates 100 years of lights on the Windsor Lawn Wednesday December 1 at 4 p.m. This fun-filled event includes entertainment by Coronado school children and the award-winning Lamb’s Players Theatre. The ceremony culminates when 50,000 dazzling white lights outlining the Victorian Building are magically lit. Festivities continue on the sun deck with refreshments and photos with Santa.

Dec. 2 Christmas on the Border 5pm. Located at the San Ysidro Library. This is a very long time San Ysidro tradition, and this year the event is sponsored by Friends of the Library, the Women’s Club, Hearts & Hands, and others.

Dec. 3 29th Annual Coronado Holiday Open House & Parade Celebration 5 –9pm. “Celebrating 100 Years of Light” Sponsored by: The Coronado Chamber of Commerce, The City of Coronado, The Ferry Landing, and the Port of San Diego. The Ferry Landing will feature Santa’s arrival on the ferry at 4:20 p.m., carolers, pony rides and Snow Mountain. Activities in the downtown area begin with the parade down Orange Avenue at 6 p.m. followed by the tree lighting in Rotary Park at 7:00 p.m. followed by a concert by the Coronado Community Band. Plus all shops will be open until 9 p.m. The evening ends back at the Ferry Landing with fireworks over the bay at 8 p.m.

At the Ferry Landing Marketplace:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - 4:20 p.m.

Snow Mountain - 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Entertainment – 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Fireworks – 8:30 p.m.

Coronado Village – Along Orange Avenue:

Holiday Open House – 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Parade – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Community Concert – 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 4 Artisans Alley Craft Fair 9am –3pm. This fund-raiser for the Coronado Band Boosters is on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Elementary Playground and features 180 booths of high quality and unique gift ideas.

Dec. 4 Holiday Festival and Starlight Yule Parade-Chula Vista 3pm-evening. Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce Holiday Festival and Starlight Yule Parade Holiday craft fair begins at 3 p.m. Annual tree lighting and Evening Holiday parade with floats and marching bands follow starting at 5:30 p.m. Downtown Third Avenue. For more information call (619) 422-1982.

Dec. 11 Coronado Recreation Department Breakfast with Santa 8am & 10am. The Coronado Recreation Department is offering breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 11 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Fire Station. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and fruit. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children. Please call 522-7342 for more information.

Dec. 11 Christmas comes to IB Parade 2pm-6pm Located at Seacost Drive & Pier Plaza.

Dec. 11-26 Christmas Circle 5-10pm daily. It’s a long-standing holiday tradition. Christmas Circle will celebrate its 47th year in Chula Vista! The public is welcome to walk or drive through a neighborhood beautifully trimmed with sparkling lights and festive decorations. The circle is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily from December 11 to 26 and is located on Whitney and Mankato between First and Second Avenues, South of H Street.

Dec. 12&19 San Diego Bay Parade of Lights 5:30pm. The theme for this 32nd annual boat parade is “Aloha Holiday.” The route begins at Shelter Island and ends at the Coronado Ferry Landing. For more information visit

Dec. 12-29 Lamb’s Players Theatre “An American Christmas” features 34 performers who take you back to 1903 for a festive Victorian family celebration filled with story, song, dance and laughter all woven around a five-course gourmet meal. The event takes place December 12-29 in the Hotel del Coronado’s Grand Ballroom. Festive attire. Seating at round tables of eight. Call (619) 437- 0600 for ticket pricing.

Dec. 20-24 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 5pm & 6pm. Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” character makes his annual visit to Loews Coronado Bay Resort to read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Readings take place at 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. December 20- 24. The reading takes place in front of a Whoville backdrop in the lobby of the hotel. Guests also enjoy carolers, cookies and cider. Free and open to the public.

Prepared by South County Economic Development Council in conjunction with Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and Otay Mesa Chambers of Commerce.

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