South Bay Weekend: The Nutcracker, Drink w/ Santa, A Christmas Journey, Krampus Beer Fest, Golden State Pops Orchestra & Giant Chanukah Celebration

Oh the weather outside is delightful and the traffic on Sepulveda… spiteful. That’s right, holiday season in the South Bay is in full stop and go mode and if your occupation includes a morning or afternoon commute, you should have noticed an uptick in seasonal traffic by now. The roads and retail isles will be festooned with consumers this weekend making Christmas shopping an artful sport till about December 24th. Happy holidays!

Below are a list of South Bay Events that may induce a holiday buzz, inner peace or joy.

Chicago Cubs on display during Sleepy Hollow Lights 2013.

Chicago Cubs on display during Sleepy Hollow Lights 2013.

South Bay Ballet present “The Nutcracker” at El Camino College: Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 2:00 PM More than 100 dancers will take the stage to perform Charles Maple’s choreography to Tchaikovsky’s original score. This classic ballet tells the story of a young girl’s vivid Christmas Eve dream of her Nutcracker prince escorting her to the magical Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $34 for adults and $24 for children under 12 and may be purchased at, by phone at 310-329-5345 or toll-free at 800-832-ARTS. Marsee Auditorium is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance.

Christmas Party at King Harbor Brewing Company: Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 7:00 PM Get drunk with Santa at King Harbor Brewing Company’s Christmas Party this Saturday starting around 7:00 p.m. Seasonal attire like an ugly sweater or a Cousin Eddie outfit (antagonist to Clark W. Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation) is encouraged. Live music provided by Nick Shattuck and eats by AJ’s bbq. King Harbor Brewing Company: 2907 182nd Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Journey of Faith presents “A Christmas Journey”: Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Monday, December 19, 2016 Journey of Faith kicks off the holiday season by presenting “A Christmas Journey” Saturday December 17th through Monday December 19th. JOF is back at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for their 4th year! This free holiday musical experience is their gift to the South Bay community. Come out and join them. Performance Schedule: 12/17 – 4pm and 7pm, 12/18 – 4pm and 7pm & 12/19 – 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door starting 1 hour before each show time.

Krampus Beer Fest: Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Noon – 8:00 PM It makes perfect sense that Phantom Carriage Brewery would celebrate a European Christmas Devil that’s half goat, half demon. The story of Krampus has many narratives and a couple domestic & international theatrical releases, but find out more about this legendary beast Saturday starting at noon on-site at Phantom Carriage’s Krampus Beer Fest. A host of strong ales, Belgians, Barleywines, Stouts, Sours and toasty, big ABV beers will be available to keep you warm. Seasonal holiday horror flicks and scary music accent the event. Location: 18525 South Main Street, Carson, CA 90248

The Nutcracker at James Armstrong Theatre: Saturday, December 17 – Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 7:00 PM & 2:00 PM Dance West Dance Studio and the Metropolitan Ballet Company perform a rendition of “The Nutcracker.” Relive the classic story of mischievous mice, waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and more. Dates & Times: 12/17 at 7:00 p.m and 12/18 at 2:00 p.m.; Tickets are $19.50 for adults and $17.50 for children at the Box Office (310) 781 7171. The James Armstrong Theatre: 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503

Golden State Pops Orchestra present Holiday POPS Spectacular: Sunday, December 17, 2016 – 8:00 PM Join Maestro Steven Allen Fox and the Golden State Pops Orchestra for a spirited and sublime performance of holiday film, music, and traditional favorites at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Online tickets start at $28.50.

Chanukah at Hermosa Beach Pier: Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 3:00 PM Third annual Giant Chanukah Celebration featuring The Alter Jazz Band from Down Under, as well as live performances of Chanukah Songs by Mira Costa band & orchestra and Redondo Union High School Sea Hawk band. Festivities include: gifts for the kids, arts & crafts booth and hot latkes & donuts. Call (310) 214-4999 or email for more information. Location: 1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (Hermosa Beach Pier)