Don’t-Miss Events: Nov. 23-29

Ring in the holiday season with these fun-filled events coming to O.C. this week.
Photograph Courtesy of Newport Dunes Resort

OPENS NOV. 25

LIGHTING OF THE BAY
Every evening through New Year’s Day, Back Bay in Newport Beach transforms into a glittering holiday scene worthy of a card, with more than 50 electric trees and holiday decorations. Families from across Southern California come to the bay at dusk to watch as the lights come on. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949-729-3863, newportdunes.com

 

NOV. 25 THROUGH DEC. 18

“CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
It’s the most traditional of Christmas plays with a twist: Charles Dickens himself becomes a character, walking on stage before the start of the play to present a reading of his latest script. As he reads, the action begins behind him, and eventually, he starts to participate, playing small roles and adding asides while the story unfolds. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949-489-8082, caminorealplayhouse.org

 

NOV. 25 THROUGH 27

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ALLEY CATS
In this annual Christmas show, the popular four-man doo wop group performs holiday favorites in a 1950s style. The performers have sung for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and at the White House, served as Jay Leno’s opening act for 10 years, and opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers. Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

Photograph Courtesy of Irvine Barclay Theatre

NOV. 26

NIGELLA LAWSON
The British cookbook author and TV host talks about her favorite recipes, her TV shows, and her rules for entertaining with KCRW “Good Food” host and restaurateur Evan Kleiman. She’ll also tell behind-the-scenes stories about putting together her 12 bestselling cookbooks. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

 

NOV. 26 THROUGH DEC. 24

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
The holiday classic, staged at South Coast Repertory since 1979, has become a local tradition. SCR founding member Richard Doyle takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, who discovers the true meaning of Christmas when he encounters the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet-to-come over the course of one fateful night. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org