Things to do in the San Gabriel / Whittier Valley, December 9-16 – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru is operating at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale until January 2. Photo taken on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Things to do in the San Gabriel and Whittier Valley, December 9-16.

Christmas is not Christmas without “The Nutcracker” and the Pasadena Dance Theater presents this beloved ballet with choreography by Cynthia Young and a cast of over 50 dancers at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Attend one of the four performances at 2 p.m. on December 18; 2 p.m. December 19; 2 p.m. on December 22; and 1 p.m. on December 23. Tickets $ 25 and more. Check the website for the rules for Covid-19. Playhouse, 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel. 626-683-3459.

Luminaria Nights: Step into a winter wonderland in this Claremont tradition, when the California Botanic Garden shines with holiday light. Enjoy the glow of traditional lights as musicians provide contemplative and serene accompaniment along the garden paths. Visit unique sculptures from the (D) exhibition space created by Brandon Lomax. This event takes place from December 10 to 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as from December 17 to 18. Admission $ 15 for adults; $ 12 65 and over, students with ID and 3-12 years old. California Botanical Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.

Glendora Christmas Parade: Glendora Rotary and the City Chamber of Commerce announce the return of the “Glendora Christmas Parade” at 9 am on December 11. This year’s motto is “All About Kids” and the theme is “Old Fashioned Christmas”. Registrations are accepted. Register your group on the site. The parade, starting downtown in the village of Glendora on Bennett Avenue and opening with a flyover and the Glendora Police Department color guard, will descend Glendora Avenue and then head west on Foothill Boulevard before ending north on Grand Avenue to Bennett. For more information, 626-963-4128.

Whittier Christmas Parade: Whittier Uptown Association presents the 67th annual parade featuring marching bands, floats, horsemen and community groups at 10 a.m. on December 11. The parade takes place on Greenleaf Avenue between Hadley and Mar Vista streets. 562-696-2662. Email: [email protected]

A Pasko PopUp: Taste a Filipino Christmas at the Pasko PopUp celebration, with shops and food to explore, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm December 11th. Plaza West Covina, 112 Plaza Drive, West Covina. For more information, 626-960-8032. Details here:

Christmas : All Nations SDA Church presents an event that includes Christmas crafts and snacks, turkey gifts, and a raffle for a grocery gift card, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 11. Covid-19 vaccines will be available for children ages 5 to 11, and adults can get boosters as well, while supplies last. Register to reserve your place and for the raffle at 1948 Peck Road, Monrovia. 626-233-1036. Email: Melissa Eusebio at [email protected]

Sensory shopping center for the Holidays: Santa Cares presents photo opportunities for sensory children with Santa from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. December 12. This event takes place before stores open, music in the center will be turned off and guest traffic will be minimal. Visits with Santa Claus are free. Photo packages will be available for purchase. Register in advance here: Plaza West Covina, 112 Plaza Drive, West Covina.

Holiday atmosphere: If you’re feeling a bit ‘fa-la-la-la-blah, check out the Homestead Museum’s virtual offer of “Holiday Spirits”, starting at 2:30 pm December 12 on Zoom. Immerse yourself in Christmases of the past as you explore, taste, and review forgotten treats and lively drinks mentioned in popular songs and stories. Entrance is free, but registration is required. To register, visit and click on “Upcoming Events”. For more information, 626-968-8492.

Pictures of animals with Santa Claus: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 All animals must be kept on a leash or in a transport cage (pets only). 112 Plaza Drive, West Covina. 626-960-8032.;

Tuesdays at the Louvre: The Pasadena Senior Center presents a two-part limited edition of “The Masters Series”, for ages 50 and over, from 2 pm to 4 pm Tuesday, December 14 and 21. The presentation will be in the center and simultaneously on Zoom. Art historian Katherine E. Zoraster will lead the “Louvre highlights” sessions. The cost for both sessions is $ 35. The center is located at 89 E. Holly St., Pasadena. To register for the course, show and other activities, go to and click on “Activities and Events”, then “Special Events”. 626-795-4331.

Civic Memory and Memorials in the American West: Historian Megan Kate Nelson and City of Los Angeles Design Director Christopher Hawthorne discuss the topic from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 on Zoom. Book in advance the Zoom link from here: Presented by the Huntington Library, the Art Museum and the Botanic Gardens. 626-405-2100.

Sunny days: Explore the origins and legacy of “Sesame Street” with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos from the first season of the beloved television series. Author Trevor Crafts discusses “The Invisible Street Gang Photos: How We Got To Sesame Street,” 6:00 PM Dec. 15, online on Crowdcast. Free entry. Register in advance to reserve your place: The store is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. Email: [email protected]

Hoppy Christmas: The Rabbit Museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, December 25. The museum has over 44,000 rabbit objects; it is not a petting zoo. Check the website for Covid-19 and visiting rules. Admission $ 12 for 13 years old and over; $ 10 for seniors and military personnel with ID .; $ 8 for ages 5-12 (the museum is not recommended for preschoolers). The museum is located at 2605 Lake Ave., Altadena. 626-798-8848.

Current events

It’s in the cards: The West Covina Cribbage Club welcomes new members to its weekly meetings, Mondays at 6 p.m. Denny’s, 1150 S. Seventh Ave., Hacienda Heights. For more information, call Elaine at 626-330-3170.

Christmas China: Josiah Spode founded his company in 1770 and is the authority on great British style. Learn all about Spode’s story through December. The exhibit focuses on Spode Christmas porcelain and features plates, glassware, serving pieces and other designer holiday items. Hours: from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays. Free entry. Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte. For more information, 626-357-9419.

Elf on the Shelf – Magical Vacation Travel: Tickets are on sale for the life-size experience which includes gift shopping, outdoor ice skating and a Christmas village. This year’s event is a walk and cart event and runs through January 2. Tickets are timed by date and prices vary by date (buy tickets online here: Parking $ 15. Fairplex, 1101 E. McKinley Ave., Pomona. For more information,

Reindeer route: A road trip through a mystical North Pole and a bustling toy store with over 250,000 lights, until January 2. Set to holiday music, Reindeer Road is about a mile long and takes about 30 minutes by car. Tickets available by reservation online only ( Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia.

The drive-thru Christmas lights at Santa’s Speedway: Irwindale Speedway and Mobile Illumination present the event with dazzling themed light displays including “Camping Christmas Land”, “Christmas Under the Sea” and “Santa’s Village”, three tunnels of full light and a “tree of light” 110 feet high. . “Purchase scheduled tickets until Jan. 2. Admission per car $ 59 off-peak nights; $ 75 on peak nights (all passengers must wear seat belts). 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale. 626-358- 1100. Updates on Facebook:

Kidspace Museum: Toddlers can go ‘ice fishing’, build winter sculptures and even go sock-skating at the Kidspace Museum’s ‘Winter Frolic’, a seven-week holiday celebration that also includes snowflake decorating. of snow and other artistic activities and dancing, until January 9. Admission is by tickets timed in advance ($ 14.95; sock skating costs an additional $ 5). 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-9144.

LA Zoo Lights: The self-guided walking tour returns with dazzling light displays including a forest of disco balls, a glittering tunnel, and an interactive display where lights respond to guest voices. Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 9 (no show on December 24 and 25). The rain does not cancel. Tickets $ 22 / $ 24 13 years old and over; $ 16 / $ 17 for ages 2 to 12 (admission is higher for premium nights; online purchase is recommended). 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles.

Norton Simon Museum: Current special exhibition: “Unseen Picasso”, a small exhibition presenting 16 rare or unique prints by Pablo Picasso, until January 10. Admission is $ 15 for adults; $ 12 for people 62 and over; free for children 18 and under and students with valid ID. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-6840.

Luminous Landscape – Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden: A spectacular light show takes visitors through a ‘winter cathedral’ and ‘fire garden’ until January 16th. Admission is $ 30 to $ 32 for adults, $ 18 to $ 20 for ages 3 to 12. Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia. 626-821-3222.

USC Asia Pacific Museum: The museum celebrates its 50th anniversary with the exhibition “Intervention: New Perspectives After 50 Years”, featuring original works of art by Antonius Bui, Audrey Chan, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Amir H. Fallah, Akiko Jackson, Alan Nakagawa and Kate-hers RHEE. The exhibition is a response to the museum’s collection and runs until February 6. Ongoing special exhibition: “Crossroads: Exploring the Silk Road. »Hours: 11 am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday (check website for holiday closures). Reserved tickets are mandatory. Admission is $ 10; $ 7 for people 65 and over and students with a valid ID; free for those 17 and under; “pay what you want” on Thursday. 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena. 626-787-2680.

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