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December 7

 Pajama Story Time, special storytelling and song-sharing time, 6:30pm, free, PS#1, Elementary School Library, 1454 Euclid St., 310.394.1313 x119.

 Selections from the Peter Norton Family Christmas Projects, artwork commissioned for the Norton Christmas projects are on view, through January 6, 2nd Floor, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 SMC Chamber Choir, performance of sacred and secular compositions, 8pm, $10, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

 Sock Hop Reunion, a dinner theater event by Musical Mystery Dinner Theatre, 7:30pm, $72 (includes dinner), Courtyard by Marriott, 13480 Maxella Ave., MDR, RSVP to 310.399.1507.

 Star of Wonder, planetarium show explores the astronomical explanations of the Star of Bethlehem, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 per show or $9 for both, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223. Also December 15.

 Westchester Christmas Festival, tree lighting, church choirs, display of Christmas ornaments on the theme of “Rejoice and Recycle,” and of course, goodies, 7-8:30pm, Westchester Lutheran Church and School, 7831 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, 310.670.5422, wlcs.org.

 December 7-8

 Loyola/Marymount  Annual Jewelry Holiday Sale, 10am-5pm Friday/10am-4pm Saturday, free, Arts Center Room 121, Loyola Marymount University, One LMU Dr., Westchester, 310.338.3053.

 December 8

 Cocoa and Crafts, 11:30am-4pm, free, Santa Monica Place, winterlit.com.

Elf, family comedy with Will Ferrell and James Caan, 3:45pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 Five Golden Rings, annual jewelry and crafts fair, 10am-5pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 213.382.2228.

 Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Holiday Wonders Family Concert, carols, sing-alongs, and Santa Claus, 3pm, $12-$55, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213.972.7282. Also December 15.

 2007 Marina Holiday Boat Parade, with Grand Marshall Garth Kemp, fireworks 5:55pm, parade 6-8pm, free, Marina Del Rey Main Channel, MDR, mdrboatparade.org.

 Mrs. Claus Writes Back, play by Emmett Loverde, presented by St. Monica’s Parish community and Rough Draft Theatre Ensemble, 7pm, free, Cantwell Auditorium, St. Monica Church, 725 California Ave., 310.207.4475.

 A Partridge in a Pear Tree, holiday play with sing-alongs, 2pm, $7, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, kentwoodplayers.org. Also December 15.

 A Season for the Children, performance by the Santa Monica Chorus, Santa Monica Oceanaires, Venice High School Allegros, and other choral groups, 2pm, $5-$15, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.472.1382.

 Tiny Turtle Holiday Gift Fair, vendors showcasing their wares, 10am-6pm, free, Westside Eclectic, 1323A Third Street Promenade, 310.450.0851.

 Villa Malibu 1st Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar, 11am-5pm, free, 6487 Cavalleri Rd., Malibu, RSVP to 310.457.8484.

 Vladimir Radmanovic, LA Laker, will collect donated items to benefit Five Acres, also photo ops and Laker Girls in attendance, 2-4pm, free, Nordstrom First Level, Westside Pavilion, 10800 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.474.2785.

 Winter Snow Fest at Mar Vista Rec Center, 11am-3pm, Snow Mountain, Holiday Gift Bazaar, Air Brush Body Artist, Kids Kraft Korner, and Food Court, $3 for all-access wristband/$2 snow only wristband, 1430 Woodbine Ave., 310.398.5982.

 December 8-9

 The Nutcracker, presented by Media City Ballet, 2:30pm Saturday, 2pm and 7pm Sunday, $20-$45, Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.243.alex.

 Revolution Glass Open House, see glassblowing live while shopping for holiday gifts, 10am-5pm Saturday/10am-4pm Sunday, free, Revolution Glass Studio, 108 Arena St., El Segundo, 310.615.0340.

 24th Annual Holiday Sale, glasswork by Palisadian Serge Lashutka, Jesus Garcia, Ken Nakashima, Fay Miller, and more, 316 E. & 351 E. Beach Ave., Inglewood, 310.674.9030.

 December 9

 American Youth Symphony performs, 2-5pm, free, Santa Monica Place, winterlit.com.

The Carpenter, Christmas musical by Howlett Smith, 3pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.

 A Christmas Story, perennial holiday favorite, screens as a tribute to director Bob Clark, cast members in person, complimentary Ovaltine for all, 2pm, free, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.film.

 Holiday Merchandise Event and Sale, presented by the Venice Historical Society, 9am-3pm, Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, Grandview and Venice Boulevards, Venice, 310.967.5170.

 Lord of the Dance, the Irish dance show by Michael Flatley, 7pm, $29-$49, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, 213.365.3500 or thepasadenacivic.com.

 Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Annual Holiday Concert, with works by Benjamin Britten and Conrad Susa, 7pm, $38-$114, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213.972.7282.

 Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah, with the Westwood Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, Westwood Chamber Orchestra, and soloists, conducted by Music Director John-Kevin Hilbert and featuring the audience as the chorus, 4pm, free, Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.474.4535.

 Winter Holiday Celebration and Fun-Raiser, 5-11pm, $10, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

 December 10

 Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along, with Los Angeles Master Chorale, 7:30pm, $34-$69, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213.972.7282. Also December 16.

 December 11

 An Evening with Chava Alberstein, acclaimed Israeli singer, traditional and popular music in Hebrew, English, and Ladino, 8pm, $45, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, 310.440.1246.

 Harmonies Girls Choir, a choir comprised of girls ages 8-18, 6-7:30pm, free, Lobby, Shutters on the Beach Hotel, 1 Pico Blvd., 310.458.0030.

 December 11-12

 SMC Holiday Student Art Sale, 11am-9pm, free, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Madison Campus, 1310 11th St., 310.434.4230.

 December 12

 SMC Emeritus Gospel Chorus, directed by platinum recording artist William Bryant, 1:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8751.


 Alias Santa Claus, a family holiday play, through December 20, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30pm and 3pm, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse Arts Complex, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.

 Bob Baker’s Nutcracker, through January 27, 2:30pm Saturdays-Sundays/10:30am Tuesdays-Fridays, $10-$15, Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, 1345 W. 1st St., LA, 213.250.9995.

 Charity Gift Wrapping Station, through December 24, 11am-6pm, free, 1400 block of Third Street Promenade, winterlit.com.

 Ice At Santa Monica, skating rink, through January 6, 11am-9pm Mondays-Thursdays/11am-10pm Fridays/10am-10pm Saturdays/11am-9pm Sundays, $10, including skate rental, 1324 5th St., downtownsm.com.

 Photos with Santa Claus, through December 24, 11am-5pm daily, Center Court, 1300 block of Third Street Promenade, 310.393.8355.    

 Santa and the Jolly Trolley, take a ride on the Beverly Hills Trolley with Mrs. Santa Claus, then meet Santa for photos, through December 23, 11am, noon, and 1pm, 310.285.2442.

 Too Many Tamales, classic family holiday story, through December 30, 8pm Thursdays-Fridays/noon, 2pm and 4pm Saturdays-Sundays, $15-$17, performances alternate in English and Spanish, Teatro Carmen Zapata, 421 N. Ave. 19, LA, 323.225.4044.       

 Toys For Tots 60th annual toy drive drop-off at Woodlawn Cemetery & Mausoleum, drop off unwrapped toys through December 13, 8am-5pm Mondays through Fridays/10am-4pm Saturdays-Sundays, 1847 14th St., 310.458.8717.                                                                   

 Winterlit Best Gift Ever Challenge, the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) has partnered with Santa Monica Place and the Bayside District for the 2nd Annual “Best Gift Ever” toy drive, gift donations from individuals and businesses accepted through December 20, drop-offs at 1400 block of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place Guest Services (Level 2), and at local Starbucks locations, winterlit.com.

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