November 19-25, 2015  

Guys and Dolls Shake Up the Wallis

You're in luck! The Broadway classic Guys and Dolls takes the stage December 1-20 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Set in New York, Guys and Dolls is a delightful musical fable based on Damon Runyon's fond stories of gangsters, gamblers and showgirls. The bad guys aren't really dangerous, the dolls have superhuman patience, and what everybody wants deep down inside is to reform and lead respectable lives.

Put your money on this hilarious classic, performed by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman.

Great comedy and classic songs, including "Luck Be a Lady Tonight," make Guys and Dolls an odds-on favorite to please the entire family.  
Guys and Dolls at The Wallis
December 1-20, check the web for show times.
(310) 746-4000
Tickets: $29-110
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Map it.  

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Nutcracker Magic at Segerstrom     

The holiday season simply wouldn't be complete without dancing mice, sugar plum fairies and a visit to the Land of Sweets. Introduce your kids to the magic of The Nutcracker December 10-20 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

A Southern California tradition begins with American Ballet Theatre's newest version, created by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and featuring sets and costumes from Richard Hudson (Broadway's Lion King).

A cast of more than 100 dancers, including students of Segerstrom's own ABT William J. Gillespie School, are joined by the Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky's ravishing score to make this a Nutcracker production unlike any other. Don't miss this beloved holiday treat that returns to the Center for the first time in more than a decade!

VIP Sweet Seats are available for every performance, including premier orchestra-row seating, an exclusive pre-show selfie opportunity with an ABT dancer, a premium box of sweet treats and a keepsake Nutcracker ornament for your tree.  
December 10-20: Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $29
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Map it.   

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Celebrate at Rancho Los Alamitos   
Santa and his sleigh are set to land at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach, and you can help welcome him at a festive Holiday Hoedown, set for Saturday, December 12 from 9 a.m. - noon.

In addition to photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, you and your kids (3-12) can enjoy a sumptuous pancake breakfast buffet, Western music and dancing with The California Cowboy Band, holiday activities, games and crafts. Don't miss Tucker's Pony Rides ($5) and the petting corral of barnyard animals.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for kids (3-12). Free parking and shuttles will be available in CSULB's Lot #11A, off Palo Verde Avenue.

Get your tickets online now before they sell out!

Bundle up and head back to the Rancho Thursday - Saturday, December 17-19 for its annual Holiday Open House, featuring sparkling Yuletide decorations, holiday treats and strolling carolers. The requested donation is just $5 per family.

Twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the four-acre Rancho Los Alamitos is open year-round for family events, workshops and self-guided tours. Admission is free. 
Reservations required; call (562) 431-3541
6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. Map it.   

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Sunday, November 22