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Weekend: Newport Beach Boat Parade

Decked-out vessels sail and sparkle to the oohs and aahs of thousands.



    Weekend: Newport Beach Boat Parade
    Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
    Houses, boats, and houseboats twinkle during the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. It's on through Sunday, Dec. 23.

    NEWPORT BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE: It's got one of the biggest names and the biggest reputations. It lasts for a full five nights. Thousands of bundled-up lookie-loos make for the water's edge to see vessels decked out in their outlandish best. And it has been around for over a century. Of course, many things have been around for over a century, but for something this whimsical and lovely to have sea legs is truly of note. The boats sail through Sunday, Dec. 23.

    "THE NUTCRACKER" MEETS 1940s LA: The most famous ballet of Christmas -- and arguably one of the most famous ballets ever -- gets an intriguingly local update for this two-night run at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. The setting is Hancock Park of the early '40s and the music? Classic classical, yes, but some dance-ready Duke Ellington, too. Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22

    MUSIC CENTER SING-ALONG: The free sing-alongs at the Music Center Plaza are synonymous with summer's long and languid nights. There's a December one, though, and it definitely has a December-y theme: the holidays. Ready to carol with your fellow LAers in a spectacular, quintessentially downtown setting? You can. As mentioned, it's free but a ticket will be required. Friday, Dec. 21

    CHRISTMAS AT FARMERS MARKET: LA's beloved, stall-lined hangout greets the yuletide with five days of free caroling, kid to-dos, and country and rock bands playing sounds of the season. The place is hung with boughs and such, too. Quaint. Oh, and definitely make a date for the mariachis' arrival on Christmas Eve. It's a big, brassy sound filling the snug aisles. Through Dec. 24

    OPERATION SANTA PAWS: If you love the huge-huge-huge Haute Dog parades in Long Beach, you'll love volunteering for this toy-and-treat delivery. (The parades and this volunteer drive are organized by the same people.) Shelter pets are the tail-waggy, meow-sweet recipients, and animal lovers don the red jingly hats and play the volunteers. Want to lend a hand and maybe a scratch behind the ear? It's happening in Long Beach and parts of OC on Saturday, Dec. 22.

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