December 12-January 7
Slava’s Snowshow, a Russian extravaganza by Slava Polunin, call for times, Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, WW, 800.398.7021.
Hollywood Holidays, presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Friday 8pm/Saturday 3pm and 8pm/ Sunday 3pm, $19.50-$43.50, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.243.ALEX x2539.
All About Santa, a musical about the adventures of Santa Claus, 12:30pm and 3pm, through December 17, $10.50 children, $12.50 adults, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
The MeshugaNutcracker, a musical that combines the Tchaikovsky original with klezmer music and Jewish legend, Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 1pm and 5pm, $35-$50, University Of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Dr., LA, 818.986.7332.
Visit Santa Claus at the Brentwood Country Mart, noon-2pm. Santa will also be appearing with the Harvard-Westlake Middle School Symphony Orchestra, December 16, 2-6pm. Giving Tree gift collections to benefit Vista del Mar will take place on December 20 at noon, free, 225 26th St., Brentwood.
Las Posadas, the traditional Mexican procession down Olvera Street, commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, followed by pinata-breaking contest, 6-8:30pm, free, Olvera Street, LA, 213.625.5045.
Circle of Color Winter Solstice Event, art and music show, 5-10pm, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
A Holiday Treat For You, concert by Pasadena Symphony Orchestra of works by Mozart, Poulenc, Gershwin and Ravel, 8pm, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 171. S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.795.9311.
Winterlit Presents Pet Day With Santa, where pets can pose for pictures with Santa Claus, photo packages start at $19.99, 10am-4pm, Space 189 (near Macy’s entrance), Santa Monica Place, 310.394.5451.
A Very Conscious Christmas, featuring art, photography, sculpture and music, 10am-6pm, EpoxyBox, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.862.4242.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, family film (PG), 2pm, free, MLK. Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers with Suzy Williams present a concert, 10am-1pm, free, Main Street Farmers’ Market, 2640 Main St., 310.458.8712.
Shiner Holiday Extravaganza, featuring the improv quartet Shiner and special guest Dasariski, 8pm, $8, Westside Eclectic, 1323A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.
Oaxacan Holiday Sale, Sunday noon-5pm/Monday through Thursday 10am-9pm, closing festivities Thursday 6pm, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
Hanukkah Puppet Show, 3:30pm, free, Youth Services Activities Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Los Angeles Master Chorale presents the Messiah Sing-Along, 7:30pm, $19-$64, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., LA, 800.787.5262.
Candlelight Carols, presented by Sing! Sing! Sing!, 7:30pm, $20, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.546.5470.
Through December 21
Winterlit’s Best Gift Ever event continues with new, unwrapped gifts being accepted. The gifts will be distributed by the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) and can be dropped off at the Winterlit Playhouse (1300 block of Third Street Promenade) or at Guest Services at Santa Monica Place, 310.394.5451.
Through December 24
Ride the Big Blue Bus Holiday Shuttle to shopping and events in downtown Santa Monica, weekdays noon-8pm/weekends noon-10pm, $1, trips run down Main St. from Marine St. to Wilshire Blvd. and along Ocean Ave. from Marine St. to Broadway, 310.452.5196.
Through December 29
Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show, live comedy performance with slides showing how the holidays were in times gone by, 8pm, Egyptian Theatre/American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 866.754.3374. Call for dates and times.
Through January 7
Holiday Art Show and Sale, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.7909.
Through February 28
Santa Monica Visitors Center is giving a 15 percent off discount on all Santa Monica-branded merchandise, (mention this item), Santa Monica Visitors Center, 1920 Main St., Suite B., 310.393.7593.
Winterlit House For Sale
Want to buy a house? The Winterlit House, now in use to collect donations for “The Best Gift Ever” community gift drive, is available for sale. Bids will be accepted until December 21 at www.santamonica.com and www.downtownsm.com. The winner will be contacted directly.
The gingerbread playhouse, currently on view in the 1300 block of Third Street Promenade, was paid for by the Bayside District Corporation and is being used to collect donations benefiting PAL (Police Activities League).
For more information, call 310.394.5451 or 310.393.8355.