Menorah Lighting Ceremony, performed by local synagogues, sundown, free, 1200 block of Third Street Promenade, 310.393.8355.
Through December 26
Fillmore and Western Railway’s Holiday Trains: North Pole Express, holiday train with Santa Claus, Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, Nov. 28-Dec. 26, with trains departing at 6 and 7:30pm, The Christmas Tree Train, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 through December 21 with two departures each day at 10am and 2pm, Dinner With Santa trains depart on Friday and Sunday evenings at 5:30pm, Nov. 28 through Dec. 21. For more information or to book passage on one of the Christmas Holiday Trains call 805.524.2546 or visit Fillmore & Western’s website at fwry.com.
New Year’s Eve at Locanda Del Lago, “Bursting with Bubbles,” five-course menu, DJ music, dancing, bubbly and festivities through midnight, 9pm, $89-$129, 231 Arizona Ave., 310.451.3525.
New Year’s Eve Aboard The Regent Sea, dining, dancing, open bar, raffle, champagne toast, and fireworks, 9pm-1am, $170, boat departs from Fisherman’s Village, MDR, 323.730.5300.
New Year’s Eve Party at Westside Eclectic, 8pm, $25, Westside Eclectic, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.
New Year’s Eve at Ye Olde King’s Head, ring in the New Year British style, 4pm, and American style, 9pm-midnight, free, Ye Olde King’s Head, 116 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.451.1402.
Through January 2009
Bob Baker Marionette Theatre presents The Nutcracker, 2:30pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:30am Saturdays-Sundays, $10-$15,
1345 W. 1st St., LA, 213.250.9995 .
Through January 10
Aah! Scrooge Must Die! a raunchy, NC-17-rated version of the Scrooge story, through January 10, 8pm Thursdays, 8 and 10:30pm Fridays-Saturdays, $20-$25, The Actors Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.4264.
Through January 19
Ice At Santa Monica, real ice skating rink, 10am-10pm, $10 for skate rental, 5th St at Arizona Ave., 310.393.8355.