More and more holiday events keep pouring in the second and third weeks of December as the holiday rush reaches its pinnacle.

CHOIR CONCERT — The Congregational Church of the Messiah will present a Christmas choir concert performance, under the direction of Yana Reznik, with solos by guitarist Bill Lord and soprano Melinda Goodall, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 7300 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The performance is followed by a reception.

Admission is free. Information, (310) 670-2242.


CONCERT — “Fireside Holiday Concert,” an evening of classical music performed beside a stone fireplace, performed by the Santa Monica Symphony Woodwind Quintet, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 22nd, at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under.

Information, (310) 458-8634.

THE BRIDGE TO CHRISTMAS — The Bridge to Christmas, a holiday puppet show about a strange and wonderful journey where the meaning of Christmas is discovered, performed by Stephanie Combe and Gwendoline Pere-Lahaille, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Information, (310) 306-1854.

NUTCRACKER IN THE CITY — The musical, Nutcracker in the City, a spin-off of the traditional holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, will be performed at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, at the Westchester High School auditorium, 7400 Manchester Ave., Westchester.

The production was initiated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and will feature cross-cultural dance styles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Information, (310) 837-8116.

NATIVITY SCENES IN SM — A caroling procession to mark the unveiling of a yearly Nativity scene will travel down Third Street Promenade at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 11th, and proceed to Palisades Park, corner of Ocean and Arizona Avenues, in Santa Monica, where an opening reception is planned at 4 p.m. Participation is free.

Information, (310) 998-8646.

WINTERLIT — Santa Monica’s Winterlit display, where the downtown Third Street Promenade is transformed into a faux winter wonderland with bright green illuminated trees adorned with colored light sets on white snow peaks, opened Tuesday, November 22nd. Bayside District Corporation has planned events to coincide with the display.

Santa Monica Place mall will host “Pet Night with Santa,” an opportunity for families to have their pets photographed with Santa Claus, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 12th. Photo packages are $10.50 and up. Organizers say “celebrity pets” and “pet personalities” will be on hand for the entertainment of the crowd.

Twenty-five winning contestants of a holiday modeling contest that took place Tuesday, December 6th, will return for choreographed holiday fashion shows scheduled for 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11th, outdoors on the Third Street Promenade at Broadway in Santa Monica. Spectator admission is free.

“Winterlit Fun,” a family event with falling snow, an ice carving contest, pony rides and a petting zoo, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 393-8355.

ALL ABOUT SANTA — All About Santa, a children’s holiday musical featuring elves Elvina and Elivia, written and directed by Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo, is being performed at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December 18th; and 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, December 20th and 22nd, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10.50 for children. Information, (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR — The Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 West Manchester Avenue, Playa del Rey, will host a Holiday Bazaar on Wednesday, December 14th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Featured will be clothes, jewelry, and furniture from Bali; gift baskets; homemade pumpkin bread and cookies; hand-knit scarves; Avon products; Party Lights Candles; and other holiday items. Information, (310) 560-1943.

DEL REY DAY — The Del Rey Neighborhood Council, the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association, and the Marina Del Rey Middle School are hosting the second annual Del Rey Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, at the Marina del Rey Middle School, 12500 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles 90066.

This year’s theme is “Bringing Us Together.” Free fun activities include a children’s petting zoo, face painting, drumming circle, cultural dances, community re-source representatives, and re-freshments. Special community members will be honored for their service to Del Rey. Residents are invited to come and meet their neighbors. Lucia Diaz, event chairperson, can be reached at (310) 390-9607.

CLINIC HOLIDAY SCREENING — On Saturday, December 10th, the Venice Family Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic, will host its annual holiday benefit screening for over 1,200 children from the community, from six to 12 years old. The event will raise funds for the Venice Family Clinic and its year-round pediatric programs and will also bring holiday cheer and toys to the children who reside in local homeless shelters and attend neighborhood schools.

Loews Cineplex Entertainment in Marina del Rey will donate four theaters for the screening and Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures are providing the screening of Kronk’s New Groove and will donate new toys and a Kronk’s New Groove DVD for each child.

World-renowned saxophonist Kenny G will perform live at the Saturday morning screening, joining the clinic’s volunteers to pass out toys.

“I’m excited about playing for 1,200 kids,” he said “and honored to support the very important work of the Venice Family Clinic.”

The Venice Family Clinic’s Children’s Holiday Movie benefit has become an annual tradition supported by members of the showbiz community. Co-chairs Kelly Meyer and Diedre Gordon have been calling on their Holly-wood ties to raise over $1 million for the Clinic’s Pediatric Pro-grams over the past decade.

Founded in 1970, the Venice Family Clinic provides life-changing medical services year-round to over 21,000 children and adults at seven Westside locations. Proceeds from the Chil-dren’s Holiday Movie will pro-vide essential medical services from immunizations to chronic care for diseases such as asthma and diabetes for nearly 6,000 children and teens that rely on the Venice Family Clinic for their medical care.

For more information about the Kronk’s New Groove Chil-dren’s Holiday Movie event on December 10th and how to spon-sor a child or the Venice Family Clinic, call (310) 664-7918 or visit

JINGLE JAMS — Jingle Jams, free outdoor music concerts, will be held at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. through December 24th.

Information, (310) 641-8073.