If the holiday crowds thronging Disneyland are too much for you, get your fix at Disney on Ice: “Rockin’ Ever After.” This year’s show puts the spotlight on popular princesses including Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel; Merida from “Brave” makes her ice-show debut, too.
The month's best selected by arts editor Antastacia Grenda
Day With(out) Art commemorates World AIDS Day with collaborative community art projects, a performance by Men Alive-The Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, guest speakers, and a display of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Dec. 1 at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org
New York Polyphony is an all-male vocal quartet dubbed by one critic “early music’s Fab Four” for its facility with complex medieval and contemporary works. For the holidays, it performs “Wondrous Birth, O Wondrous Child.” Dec. 1 at Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. 949-480-4278, performingarts.soka.edu
Hip-hop’s reigning king, Jay-Z, comes to Orange County as part of his Magna Carter World Tour (a play on both his given name of Sean Carter and his double-platinum album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”) Dec. 6 at Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts jazz series presents two legends who between them have won 20 Grammys and recorded more than 100 albums: B.B. King and McCoy Tyner, who honed his influential piano style with the John Coltrane Quartet. Dec. 8 (King) and Dec. 13 and 14 (Tyner) at the center, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-556-2787, scfta.org
If visions of “The Nutcracker” are dancing in your head this holiday season, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to see the classic ballet. Among your options: Orange County Ballet Theater performs at Casa Romantica on Dec. 12 (415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139); Festival Ballet Theatre’s annual production features guest performers from American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet from Dec. 13 through 24 (Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org); and Maple Youth Ballet presents its version, choreographed by artistic director Charles Maple, Dec. 21 through 23 (Northwood Performing Arts Theatre, 4515 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 949-660-9930, mapleconservatory.com).
Broadway veteran (and O.C. native) Susan Egan performs a holiday concert with South Coast Symphony and the Orange County Friendship Choir, including a sing along and an English wassail with the symphony’s Holiday Brass Carolers. Dec. 13 at Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. 714-731-8079, southcoastsymphony.org
As the Southern California landscape has changed over the past century, so have the ways in which artists have depicted it. The works in “Landscape into Abstraction” include plein air paintings, modernist abstracts, and neo-conceptual photographs. Dec. 15 through March 9 at the Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. 949-759-1122, ocma.net
All is bright at the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. In addition to the wattage on the water, bayside homes are decorated in the “Ring of Lights” contest and fireworks displays open and close this year’s parade run. Dec. 18 through 22 around Newport Harbor, starting and ending at Bay Island. 949-729-4400, christmasboatparade.com
Princesses from “Brave,” “Tangled,” “The Little Mermaid,” and other Disney animated hits take to the ice in Disney on Ice: “Rockin’ Ever After.” Dec. 18 through 22 at the Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com