Escondido, CA

California Center is the place to be for holidays shows

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the happening place for shows during the holidays. If you want to get into the spirit, you won’t want to miss any of these shows.

With this list, you can plan ahead now.


Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and George and Cynthia Weir, The Weir Asphalt Construction Group.


Venue: Lyric Court/ Free Event

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido.  Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

At dusk, the Center’s Lyric Court will come alive with twinkling lights, and no one will be able to resist the holiday spirit! There are always a few extra surprises in store, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holidays at the Center.


Presented by Street Food Cinema

DECEMBER 2 at 6 p.m.

Venue: Concert Hall/ $20-$30

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to raise a glass and savor the seasonal yum at the Center’s 1st annual “Yuletide Cinema” extravaganza! Step into one of Southern California’s most glorious theaters, and get your seasonal groove on to our amazing DJ’s cranking out the tunes as you find strolling Christmas carolers and food trucks galore and meet the Center’s hilarious “Drunk Santa.”

Before you nestle down to watch one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, “Elf,” make sure to visit our seasonal Photo Booth and smile for your Christmas photo where everyone gets a copy for their mantel. It’s a ho, ho, ho and a belly full of holiday cocktails at the “Yuletide Cinema” celebration of everything we love about December.


Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Sponsored by Mrs. Lois Brossart.


Venue: Concert Hall/ Free Event

MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra proudly features a 70-member orchestra comprised of MiraCosta students and faculty, community members, and professional musicians, led by music director and MiraCosta College instructor, Branden Murasen. Since its birth in 2010, the orchestra has been a vibrant component of the Performing Arts program at MiraCosta College, and an enthusiastic contributor to cultural life in North San Diego County.


ViaSat presents for Rady Children’s Hospital

DECEMBER 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.

Venue: Concert Hall/$19 – $68

The 28th annual CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT features country music stars Lonestar, Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham and others singing their hits and favorite Christmas songs to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital.

Carols is a beloved holiday tradition sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Carols by Candlelight is THE BEST Christmas concert anywhere!

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Presented by West Coast Ballet Theater

DECEMBER 16-17 at 2 p.m.

Venue: Concert Hall/ $21.50-$42.00

The West Coast Ballet Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker” promises to instill a love of the arts in young and old alike. The family-oriented performance, which features a cast of over 200 performers with internationally acclaimed guest artists, captures the magic, wonder and innocence of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet as seen through a child’s eyes. Spectacular sets, gorgeous costumes, special effects and live music by the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra come together to create a stunning, grand-scale event that is sure to become a family tradition.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner singer, actress, and comedian Jane Lynch and her crew.


Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Center Theater/$40-50

Join Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner singer, actress, and comedian Jane Lynch as she rings in the holidays with songs from her brand-new Christmas album, “A Swingin’ Little Christmas!,” and other holiday classics. Fresh from her iconic portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Jane will delight the crowd with poignant and hilarious takes on holiday favorites! She is joined by Kate Flannery of The Office fame and Tim Davis who starred alongside her on Glee.

“A Swingin’ Little Christmas!” is unapologetically sentimental, recalling the classic Christmas albums of the 1950s and 60s. The album features fifteen tracks, including fresh takes on ten classic carols and five brand new nostalgia-inspired originals, penned by bandleader, Tony Guerrero. The disc is ripe with clever jazz arrangements, tight vocal harmonies and features a variety of instrumentations including a five-piece jazz quintet, a full big band and lush string orchestrations. Both Jane and Kate are well known for their comedic abilities, and while the album has several fun, lighthearted moments, there are also plenty of deep, rich and even serious musical moments to balance it out.


Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Center Theater/$25-45

Quattrosound is an innovative acoustic ensemble that skillfully blends their classical and jazz training with a wide-range of musical influences to create a uniquely engaging sound. These four musicians will be performing your favorite holiday songs to get you in the holiday spirit. Their playful passion captures enthusiasm from audiences of all ages.

With violin, cello, guitar, an eclectic selection of percussion instruments, and creative vocal arrangements, Quattrosound produces a vibrant live show. Hailing from Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States, their musical selections are as diverse as their nationalities. In an effort to inspire their broad range of listeners, Quattrosound, is focused on creating engaging programming for the classroom, stage and media.

Individually, these four accomplished musicians based in Los Angeles have played with the likes of Bocelli, Barbara Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, Layla Hathaway, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan.

Together, Quattrosound raises the bar of originality with clever compositions and arrangements that “pay homage to the classics” and forge a new contemporary sound.

The Russian Grand Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” December 23.


DECEMBER 23 at 6 p.m.

Venue: Concert Hall/ $35-85

Russian Grand Ballet is proud to present the world’s most loved Christmas classic danced by Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Before there was “Toy Story,” there was “The Nutcracker.” Masha, one of ballet’s pluckiest heroines, journeys to a land where toys come to life.

This magical fantasy, based on a fairy tale by Hoffman isn’t just for Christmas.

Tchaikovsky’s lustrous music and the magnificent choreography of Marius Petipa have made this beloved story a must-see for children of all ages.

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