Holiday Train Rides

Nov. 25-Dec. 10
CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIN
Santa will be on board as families travel by train to select a pre-cut Christmas tree.

Nov. 25-Dec. 26
NORTH POLE EXPRESS
Climb into your PJs and then board a vintage train for a snuggly trip to visit Santa Claus. On board, enjoy stories, caroling and cookies. Once you reach the “North Pole,” get your picture taken with Santa, ride the carousel and shop at Christmas craft booths.

Dec. 9
“THE HOLIDAY”
There’s dinner to eat and a crime to solve on board this murder-mystery dinner theater train.

Dec. 16, 17 & 23
SANTA SHOPPER TRAIN
Need to do some holiday shopping? Take a train to the Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium to find Christmas presents for everyone on your list.

Dec. 20-22
DINNER WITH SANTA
Kris Kringle himself hosts this holiday-themed dinner train. You’ll get to sing carols, take pictures with Santa and dig into a hearty meal of sliced turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, veggies and dessert.

Dec. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER TRAIN
Ring in 2018 aboard a vintage train filled with food, music and costumed actors portraying famous Hollywood stars. After dinner, there’s dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
364 Main St., Fillmore
(805) 524-2546; www.fwry.com

THANKSGIVING
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

Nov. 9-Jan. 28
HOLIDAY ICE RINK
Lace up your skates and enjoy the icy fun at this outdoor rink.
The Lakes
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks
(818) 637-8938
shoplakes.com

Dec. 1
CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH
Celebrate with food, wine tastings, music and tours of the Camarillo family’s historic Queen Anne-style ranch house.
Camarillo Ranch
201 Camarillo Ranch Road Camarillo
(805) 389-8182
camarilloranch.org
Dec. 1-3
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONCERTS
The CLU Choral Ensembles and the University String Symphony will mix holiday standards and lesser-known carols.
Samuelson Chapel
Cal Lutheran University
165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3305
www.callutheran.edu/music

Dec. 1-10
“CHRISTMAS MAGIC!”
Enjoy holiday carols and hear the stories behind them.
High Street Arts Center
45 E. High St., Moorpark
(805) 529-8700
highstreetartscenter.com

Dec. 3
“BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS”
Tribute artist Raymond Michael performs a King-sized holiday show.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley
(805) 583-7900
www.simi-arts.org

Dec. 9
HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
The annual celebration begins with a daytime winter wonderland featuring snow, crafts vendors and an appearance by Santa and his elves at Marine Harbor Landing. At 7 p.m., listen to carolers as festively decorated boats sail through Channel Islands Harbor beginning at Peninsula Park. This year’s parade theme is “Fairy Tales Afloat.”
Marine Harbor Landing, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard
Peninsula Park, 3333 Peninsula Road, Oxnard
(805) 973-5950
channelislandsharbor.org

Dec. 10
HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Tour Pleasant Valley homes decked out in seasonal splendor during this 39th annual charity event.
Various locations
(805) 479-7777
meadowlarkserviceleague.com

Dec. 10
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Sip hot cider, nibble on warm cookies and enjoy a holiday buffet under the wings of Air Force One during this 10th annual celebration. Student musicians from Oak Park High School and the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra will perform.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(805) 522-4057
www.reaganfoundation.org

Dec. 10-26
CHRISTMAS TREE LANE
Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County’s largest holiday light displays. Neighborhood residents spend weeks decorating their homes for this annual event.
F and G Streets, Oxnard
www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com

Dec. 12
MENORAH LIGHTING
Chabad Jewish Center of Camarillo presents a free Hanukkah celebration featuring latkes, music and entertainment.
Constitution Park
Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo
(805) 383-7882
www.chabadcamarillo.com

Dec. 13
HOLIDAY LUNCH AND TOUR
The festive afternoon includes an elegant meal and a chance to explore the Reagan Library. Get a private docent-led tour of the library; see Air Force One up close; view “An American Christmas,” a holiday exhibit featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate defining moments in American history; and check out the museum’s “Titanic” exhibit, which combines real artifacts with the real stories of people who were aboard the doomed ship.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(805) 522-4057
www.reaganfoundation.org

Dec. 15-16
PARADE OF LIGHTS
Makes no difference who you are, you’ll love this 41st annual celebration featuring boats decked
out in twinkly lights sailing through the harbor. The theme is “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
Ventura Harbor
1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura
(805) 477-0470
www.venturaharborvillage.com

Dec. 16
THE KLEZMATICS
The Grammy-winning klezmer band celebrates Yiddish culture with its “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” concert.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Dec. 16-17
“THE NUTCRACKER”
Visions of sugar plums will dance in your heads as New York City Ballet dancers Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia join Pacific Festival Ballet to stage this holiday classic.
Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787
www.pacfestballet.org

Dec. 23
“WHITE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG”
Don’t just dream about it, sing about it, as on-screen lyrics flash by while the beloved 1954 Bing Crosby film is shown.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 850-2000
www.laphil.com

Dec. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
Ring in 2018 under the wings of Air Force One. The evening features hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert and a champagne toast at midnight. The dance band The Platinum Groove will perform.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(805) 522-4057
www.reaganfoundation.org

Theater

Nov. 11-Dec. 12
“ODYSSEO”
Billed as a “a moving and spectacular tribute to the bond between man and horse,” this all-ages, $30-million show features a 55-member cast of artists, acrobats, dancers and riders. The finale includes a 40,000-gallon manmade lake. It all takes place in a giant, 124-foot-tall white tent just off Highway 101 at Santa Rosa Road (exit 52).
5230 Camino Ruiz, Camarillo
www.cavalia.com

Nov. 17-Dec. 17
“CHESS”
ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus teamed up with lyricist Tim Rice to pen this rock musical that combines romance, international politics and high-stakes gamesmanship.
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks
(805) 495-3715; conejoplayers.org

Nov. 30-Dec. 3
“A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER”
Monty Navarro stands to make a financial killing—if he can kill the eight relatives who stand between him and the family fortune. The Tony-winning musical opens Theater League’s 2017-18 season.
Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks
(805) 449-2787
www.civicartsplaza.com

Dec. 8-17
“NUNCRACKERS”
The “Nunsense” nuns engage in holiday hijinks as they attempt to stage a production of “The Nutcracker.”
Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo
(805) 388-5716
skywayplayhouse.org

Dec. 9
“FIESTA MEXICANA: FELIZ NAVIDAD”
This Mexican fiesta celebrates Christmas with performances by Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar and a 35-member children’s mariachi band from Pacoima’s Haddon Avenue Elementary School.
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
(818) 677-3000
www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Music

Dec. 3
KENNY LOGGINS
The musician, who turned his 1984 hit “Footloose” into a children’s storybook last year, will mix solo hits (“Danger Zone,” “I’m Alright,” “This Is It”) and Loggins & Messina classics (“House at Pooh Corner,” “Danny’s Song”).
The Canyon
28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills
(888) 645-5006
canyonclub.net

DEC. 8
JAZZ COLLECTIVE
The CLU ensemble, under the direction of Uziel Colon, performs standards and modern classics.
Preus-Brandt Forum
Cal Lutheran University
135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3306
www.callutheran.edu

Comedy

Dec. 7
RITA RUDNER
The wry comic, the star of seven HBO specials and more than 2,000 Las Vegas shows, brings her act to SoCal.
Smothers Theatre
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu
(310) 506-4522
arts.pepperdine.edu

Dec. 9
LIVE STANDUP COMEDY ON THE HILL
Heavy laughter is forecast when Los Angeles weatherman Fritz Coleman performs his comedy act. Also on the bill: funnymen Danny Jolles, Jackie Fabulous and host Jason Love.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-1246
www.hillcrestarts.com

Dance

Dec. 16-24
“THE NUTCRACKER”
Long Beach Ballet’s 35th annual production of the holiday classic features a flying sleigh, a horse, pyrotechnics and a cast of more than 200 performing with a full symphony orchestra.
Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
(877) 852-3177
longbeachballet.com

Fine Art

Through Dec. 9
“EXPOSED: THE FEMALE LENS IN A POST-IDENTITY ERA?”
Jo Ann Callis, Arden Surdam, Sant Khalsa and other female photographers examine identity.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks
(805) 405-5240; cmato.org

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
LECTURES AND APPEARANCES

Dec. 6
“COLLAPSE OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE”
California Lutheran University professors continue to examine how societies crumble in a lecture series titled “Collapse.” During this talk, Paul Hanson will discuss the lead-up to the Persian Empire’s fall in 323 B.C.E.
Grant Brimhall Library
1400 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
805-493-3958
www.callutheran.edu

Wine & Spirits Events

Dec. 2
WINTER WINE WALK
Sample spirits and listen to live music as you window shop.
Main Street, downtown Ventura
(805) 628-9588 venturawinterwinewalk.com

Festivals & Family Fun

Through Jan. 7
“TITANIC”
Hundreds of artifacts from the ill-fated ship—including boarding documents, sheet music, a deck chair and a passenger’s pocket watch—are being brought together for this massive 10,000-square-foot exhibit. Items from the Oscar-winning 1997 movie also will be on display.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
(805) 577-4066; www.reaganfoundation.org

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