Things to do in Orange County, Dec. 1-7 – Orange County Register

Friday, Dec. 1

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Enjoy this production at the Camino Real Playhouse. The story follows an average man from a small town whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born. Tickets start at $27. Various times and dates through Dec. 14. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949-489-8082 or

Saturday, Dec. 2

Holiday Heartbeat: Warm up with the holiday music series at The Source all throughout December. Highlights include a special holiday dance production by the Buena Park High School’s Dance Production, a chat performance with world-renown pianist Dr. Kookhee Hong, and performances by students of Professor Bongshin Ko, Assistant Director at Cal State Fullerton’s School of Music. Free. 6:30 p.m. 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. 714-521-8858 or

The Iron Maidens are set to perform on Dec. 2 at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. (Photo Courtesy of The Iron Maidens)

The Iron Maidens: Enjoy a live performance at the Tiki bar by The Iron Maidens, a female tribute band to Iron Maiden. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $13.50.17000 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. 714-522-8256 or

Sunday, Dec. 3

Santa photos: Santa Claus will be coming to the Irvine Spectrum beginning Nov. 24. He will be available to take photos and Christmas wishes with kids of all ages. Various times and dates through Dec. 24. Free. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine. 949-753-5180 or

The Huntington Beach Pier was a place for romance as couples walk alongside 81 lit giant snowflakes during last years’ “Light a Light of Love.” (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Lighting Ceremony: Attend the Light of Love holiday parade in Huntington Beach. This annual tradition will feature a children’s parade, a band, several classic cars, a snowflake lighting ceremony, and an appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The parade will start at Orange and Main Street, continue down Main Street, and will end at Pier Plaza, next to the Huntington Beach Pier.  Free. 3-7 p.m. 325 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Shi Zhiying: The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach presents Shanghai-based artist Shi Zhiying. In this exhibit, Shi demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the…

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