Top 10 things to do in Irvine in December
Holiday Toy Drive
Make Christmas a bit jollier for Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion families by donating a new, unwrapped gift suitable for kids from infants through age 12. Drop off at Civic Center, Great Park Visitors Center and Irvine Police Dept.
Gilbert Luján at UCI
UCI University Art Galleries features first survey of an iconic figure of the Chicano art movement, Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940–2011), who helped define a Latino identity and culture as part of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Skating Under the Stars
The ice rink at Irvine Spectrum Center is open daily in the center’s Giant Wheel Court. Dress to the theme on Theme Thursdays Reindeer & Red Noses, Christmas Jammies, etc.) to save $5 per ticket!
“Drawn from a Score” at UCI
Starting with early visual scores by John Cage, artists taught by him as well as contemporary works, the exhibit at Beall Center for Art + Technology includes traditional written scores, drawings, sculptures, performances, video projections and computer-generated forms of art.
“Moods of California” at Irvine Museum
California painters exploring the unique ecological regions and picturesque landscapes of the state is the focus of this museum exhibit.
Men Alive: Santa and Son
MenAlive, Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, takes audiences on a magical, musical journey through a Winter Wonderland of song and dance celebrating the meaning of love, family and home in three shows at the Irvine Barclay Theater.
It’s the city of Irvine’s annual holiday extravaganza, with a concert, visit from Santa, games, crafts, music, entertainment and food trucks. Plus, a tree-lighting ceremony, complete with snow! Or a reasonable facsimile of the cold stuff.
Graphic Design at Great Park Gallery
Eureka: A California Design Story with The Hoods and Friends explores graphic design movements from the Gold Rush to the present.
The Nutcracker at the Barclay Theater
Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly production of the Christmas classic features guest artists from world-renowned ABT, SF Ballet and New York Ballet, along with young local dancers and FBT’s professional company.
Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
The City of Irvine Animal Care Center will host its 11th annual pet adoption fair where some 30 pet rescue groups and shelters will bring hundreds of homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption.