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This is by no means a complete list of events around the Southland this holiday season. So don't call to tell us that we forgot to include your Uncle Fred's annual bash where he invites the entire neighborhood. However, we do have enough to get you started - including tree lightings, parades, Hanukkah events, craft fairs and seasonally themed concerts and plays.

Universal Studios Hollywood presents ``Holiday Wonderland,'' featuring 100 miles of twinkling lights, an appearance by Santa Claus and a 60-foot Christmas Tree. There will also be nightly tree-lighting ceremonies, ornament decorating, and more, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. ``Holiday Wonderland'' included with admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 622-3801.

The 67th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, led by Grand Marshal Robert Urich, features 100 celebrities, floats, equestrian units and live musical entertainment, 6 p.m. Nov. 29. Grandstand seats are available for $25 and $18. Parade moves from the 5400 block of Melrose Avenue up Gower Street to Hollywood Boulevard. (626) 795-0896.

``Downtown Holiday Spectacular,'' presented by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, features entertainment, food and interactive sports, 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $100, children under 12 are free with an adult. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. Seventh Market Place, 735 Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 624-7300.

Los Angeles 4 Kids ``Tree of Life & Festival of Lights,'' holiday celebration to benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund. The free event features performances by Al Jarreau, Bill Medley, Graham Nash, Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute and City of Angels Ballet. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. California Plaza Watercourt, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-1294.

The Children's Museum presents ``Breakfast with Santa Claus.'' The event features a continental breakfast, holiday crafts and photos with Santa, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Tickets: $8 adults $5 children (children under 2 free). RSVP required. The Children's Museum, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. (562) 905-9635.

Holiday Open House features music, food, storytelling, face painting and a visit by Santa Claus, 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Admission is free. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. (800) 410-8354.

Tree-lighting Ceremony for Merv Griffin's fifth annual Christmas Tree Lane, 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 7. Merv Griffin and Angie Dickinson co-host on behalf of the Young Musicians foundation to kick off silent auction of 40 celebrity trees. Event is open to the public. Beverly Hilton, International Ballroom, Beverly Hills. (310) 285-1352.

The Valley Women's Center hosts ``An International Buffet,'' a free Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwaanza party celebrating sobriety, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Valley Women's Center, 5530 Corbin Ave., Suite 325, Tarzana. RSVP by Dec. 4. (818) 757-2188.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach hosts its fifth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The free event features a performance by the International Children's Choir of Long Beach, sing-alongs and refreshments. Canned-food donations will be collected for those in need during the holiday season. Parking is $3 with event validation. The Queen Mary is at the south end of the 710 freeway. (562) 435-3511.

The Promenade at Westlake presents its third annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Celebration. Santa Claus will light up a 60-foot tree, 7 p.m. Nov. 20. The Promenade at Westlake, 650 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake. (805) 497-6485.

Hanukkah happenings

The West Vallley Jewish Community Center presents a Hanukkah Boutique, featuring children's toys, jewelry, ceramics and gift items. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 30 and noon to 7 p.m., Dec. 1. The Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300.

Temple Aliyah presents a free holiday and toy boutique, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.

The Jewish Single Parent Network hosts a Hanukkah Party. There will be food, songs, art projects and a menorah lighting ceremony, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2614, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8800.

Hanukkah Festival features food, entertainment and activities for all ages. The free event will culminate with a Candle Lighting Ceremony celebrating the first night of Hanukkah. Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 13. Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310.

Temple Beth Hillel presents a Hanukkah Gift Emporium, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Free admission. Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. (818) 763-9148.

Hanukkah Party and Celebration, features music, food and dancing, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310.


Ventura Chamber Music Festival presents the ``Teddy Bear Tea and Trumpets'' benefit. The family event features a holiday brass concert, meet-and-greet storybook characters, afternoon tea, crafts, a petting zoo, a silent auction and a surprise present for each child. 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Olivas Adobe, 4500 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. (805) 648-3146.

George Winston performs a musical tribute to the seasons on both solo piano and Hawaiian slack key guitar, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. The performance will include a food drive for Project: Let's Help. Nonperishable food donations encouraged. Tickets are $25 ($12 UCLA students with ID). UCLA, Royce Hall, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. Tickets available at UCLA Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. (310) 825-2101.

The Arroyo Singers perform ``A Ceremony of Carols'' and other holiday music. 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $8 adults, $6 students and seniors and children under 10 are free. Cal Tech campus, Dabney Lounge, 1201 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. (213) 256-5332.

Los Angeles County Arts Commission presents ``Holiday Celebration'' featuring six hours of music, dance and theater. Programming highlights include Debbie Allen's ``The Chocolate Nutcracker,'' the Clara Ward Singers, Jazz Tap Ensemble and the Children's Christian Choir. Performing 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is free. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 974-1396.

``It's a Wonderful Life,'' tonight through Dec. 6 at the Santa Paula Theatre Center. Based on the beloved film by Frank Capra. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $12.50 adults, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under. Call (805) 525-4645 to make reservations. Theater is at 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula.

``It's a Wonderful Life'' moves to Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Dec. 11-23. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are adults $15, students and seniors $12, children under 12 $8. Call (805) 581-9940. Play runs Dec. 21-23.

``The Christmas Tree Lighting of Temple Hill'' features The Southern California Mormon Choir. KNBC News anchor Chuck Henry and KTLA News anchor Carlos Amezcua will narrate, 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center, 10777 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 474-1549.

Craft shows

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair features ceramics, hand-painted clothing, jewelry and pottery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Old Orchard Park, 25023 Avenida Rotella, Valencia. (805) 284-1460.

Holiday Boutique features handcrafts, ornaments and Hanukkah items. Proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Burbank Pool Supply, 1725 W. Verdugo Blvd., Burbank. (818) 842-9333.

Alternative Gift Market features crafts, handmade jewelry, baskets and Christmas decorations, 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. Granada Hills First Presbyterian Church, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. (818) 349-9384.

Holiday Home and Gift Expo features toys, handcrafted items, personalized gifts and holiday home-design ideas. 1 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 21; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3.50 seniors 55 and over, children 12 and under are free. Edison Field, Exhibition Hall, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. (714) 418-2000.

Harvest Festival, open marketplace features crafts, clothing, specialty foods and gift items. Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets: $7 adults, $6 seniors and $4 children, (5 and under free). $1 off adult admission with canned-food donation to AIDS Project Los Angeles. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 741-1151.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Show features a variety of holiday gift items, arts and crafts, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22. Beverly Hills Farmers' Market, 200 block of North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 550-4796.

St. Robert Bellarmine presents its annual Holiday Craft Boutique, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bellarmine Jefferson High School, 133 N. Fifth St., Burbank. For more information, call (818) 845-3521.

Friends of McGroarty presents Holiday Open House and Art Sale. This free event features gift items, ceramics, toys, cards and candles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. McGroaty Art Center, 7570 McGroaty Terrace, Tujunga. (818) 352-5285.


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Photo: (1) ``Holiday Wonderland'' takes place nightly, Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, at Universal Studios Hollywood.

(2) The 67th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 29 is Tinseltown's chance to show off its holiday glow.

(3) Fred ``Fudge Man'' Heminger stirs a batch of candy at the Harvest Festival, a marketplace of crafts, clothes, specialty foods and gifts, running Nov. 20-22 at the L.A. Convention Center.

(4) Al Jarreau will perform Dec. 2 at the ``Tree of Life & Festival of Lights'' benefit at the downtown California Plaza Watercourt, 350 S. Grand Ave.
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