3 THINGS TO DO | December 13-19, 2012 

1. Santa Stalking
What with supervising all those elves, grooming his reindeer and sitting for portraits at the mall, Santa's a busy guy this time of year. But not too busy to join in some family fun! Just try to keep up with him at the Renegade Santa 5/10K and Kids' Fun Run Saturday morning in Irvine. And after a few afternoon meet-and-greets, he's set to cap off the 66th Naples Boat Parade, cruising through the canals of Long Beach starting at 6 p.m.

2. Santa Stuffing
The jolly old elf has to eat, right? Hop on a train in Fillmore Friday night to dig into a ham-and-turkey dinner with St. Nick, who will stop by your table to hear wish lists and pose for pictures. The next day, dig in to pancakes with the man in red in your choice of Seal Beach or Huntington Beach, with music, bounce houses, crafts and more. Or meet him later for free milk and cookies at U.S. Toy in Garden Grove.

3. Santa by Satellite
Whip out your phone and let your Santa tracking go high-tech. At Fashion Island in Newport Beach you can skip the Santa line by calling or texting ahead. And on Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will use radar, satellites and Santa cams to track the big guy's progress. Visit noradsanta.org, call (877) HI NORAD, follow them on Twitter, send an email or download the NORAD app for instant updates.


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Ongoing: "A Christmas with Scrooge" in Irvine

Ongoing: Science of Gingerbread in Santa Ana

Ongoing: Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

Ongoing: Chill at the W Hotel in Westwood

Ongoing: "A Christmas Carol" in Costa Mesa

Ongoing: "Trolls Stole the North Pole" in Hollywood

Ongoing: North Pole Train in Fillmore

Thurs: Cypress Community Holiday Sing

Thurs: Afternoon Crafts at Westminster Library

Thurs: Stories Under the Stars in Newport Beach

Thurs: Free Hands-On Art Workshop at MOLAA

Thurs: Chanukah Event in Huntington Beach

Thurs: Queen Mary Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thurs-Sat: Hooray for Hannukah at Pretend City

Thurs-Sun: Christmas Melodrama at OCC

Thurs-Sun: Christmas Trees at Tanaka Farms

Thurs-Sun: "Toyland" at the Liberty Theater

Thurs-Sun: "Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Star"

Thurs-Sun: "The Nutcracker" in Mission Viejo

 Thurs-Sun: "Wreck-It Ralph" at El Capitan Theater
Fri: Chanukah Community Dinner at Alpert JCC

Fri: Teen Dodgeball Night in Cypress

Fri: Southern California Children's Chorus

Fri: Kids' Only Pizza and Night Hike in Irvine

Fri: Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern

Fri-Sun: "The Nutcracker" in Torrance

Sat: Hush, Hush Holiday Workshop in Long Beach

Sat: Astronomy Night at the Columbia Space Center

Sat: Santa at the Shops at Rossmoor

Sat: "The Nutcracker" by the Anaheim Ballet

Sat: Free Workshop at Lakeshore Learning
Sat: Festival of Carols at Disney Concert Hall

Sat: Figure Skating Show in Artesia

Sat: Santa at Simms Park in Bellflower

Sat: Holiday Story Time in San Marino

Sat: Critter Club at the Natural History Museum

Sat: Mad Science Kids' Night Out in Huntington Beach

Sat: Winter in Willmore in Long Beach

Sat: Tidepool Walk at Crystal Cove

Sat-Sun: Weekend Tidepool Walks in San Pedro

Sat-Sun: Metrolink Holiday Toy Express

Sun: Las Posadas at the Autry National Center

Sun: Target Free Sunday at MOLAA

Sun: Family Sports Ladder Ball at OC Great Park

Sun: All-American Boys Chorus in Aliso Viejo

Sun: Tuba Christmas in LA

Sun: Las Posadas at Rancho Los Alamitos

Sun: High Tea at Whimsic Alley

Sun: Family Art Workshop in Long Beach

Sun: Family Hike at Crystal Cove

Sun-Wed: Las Posadas Fiesta at Pretend City

Sun-Wed: Christmas Countdown at Pretend City

Mon: Sensory Sensitive Holidays at Pretend City

Mon: Messiah Sing-Along at Disney Concert Hall

Mon: Paws to Read in Orange

Tues: Holiday Organ Spectacular in Costa Mesa

Tues: Stories with the Grinch at Pottery Barn

Wed: Visit Santa at Downey Library

Wed: Teen Movie Madness in Orange

Wed: Storytelling at LA County Arboretum


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