Carpenter Performing Arts CenterDecember 20, 2014 8:00 PM
6200 Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Nothing brings to mind warm and fuzzy childhood memories of Christmas quite like Vince Guaraldi's timeless soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Quickly becoming a Carpenter Center holiday tradition, Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit returns, along with a special appearance by the All-American Boys Chorus, to perform classic tunes like "Linus and Lucy," "Christmas Time is Here" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." A pianist, composer and producer, Benoit has performed at the White House for three presidents, has charted over 25 albums and is the music director for the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. Come relive Christmas memories and create new ones with this special holiday concert.
Join nearly one million other spectators as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes sail along Newport Harbor. For around a century, the parade has begun on the second Wednesday in December and continued for five nights. People from as far as Arizona and San Francisco have been known to make the trip to partake in this holiday custom. Viewing is free, provided you can find a vantage point. Alternatively, you can enter your own boat in the parade or your business or organization can sponsor another. See website for parade route, entry forms and more.
Celebrate the holidays with an up-close-and-personal preview of the world-famous Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on a pre-parade cruise from Newport Landing. Early evening sailings allow guests to witness all the excitement, preparation and spectacular light displays -- both on the bay and the estates surrounding it -- that go into making this a must-see Yuletide event. Then stick around to catch the over 100-year-old parade as it floats by the shore.
If you can't make it in time to see the world-famous Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights as it is happening, or if you don't want to say goodbye to the Tournament of Lights as soon as the parade ends, this post-parade party cruise is a great way to keep the merriment going. During the one-hour cruise you'll get a chance to check out all of the spectacular light displays -- both on the ships in the bay and on the waterfront estates. This 100-year-old SoCal tradition is not to be missed.