EVENT DATE : Ongoing Through December 24

New Village Arts stages the Tony Award-winning musical, adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, about a young English girl orphaned at age 10. Sent to live with unknown relatives in Yorkshire, she helps a young man bring life to a forgotten garden. Rosina Reynolds directs. www.newvillagearts.org

EVENT DATE : December 1, 5:30PM - December 1, 7:30PM

Joining with OPT Telescopes and their expert astronomers, families get to look through high-powered telescopes. View our beautiful solar system at the Discovery Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and by night's end you will become the expert! Crafts, activities and limited pizza and lemonade available for guests. Part of the Nights at the Museum Series. aguahedionda.org

EVENT DATE : December 1, 5:30PM - December 1, 7:30PM

Astronomy Night is the last installment in the Nights at the Museum series.  It's free and runs 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Expert astronomers will provide high powered telescopes through which participants can view the Solar System and wondrous stars in the winter constellations.   The evening will include fun crafts and activities and limited pizza and lemonade.  aguahedionda.org  

EVENT DATE : December 2, 5:00PM - December 2, 8:00PM

Blending holiday spirit with western history, the City of Carlsbad celebrates the season at its Holiday at the Rancho event 5 to 8 p.m. The event features a tree lighting, train rides, games, crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating and more. Plus, photos with Santa to capture with your own cameras or pay $3 for a photo. carlsbadconnect.org

EVENT DATE : December 7-9

Carlsbad High School’s Lancer Dancers will be performing in their annual holiday dance Showcase Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, on campus at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday plus a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. The Lancer Dancers will perform a variety of routines in jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical and other genres.  lancerdancers.com

EVENT DATE : December 10, 6:00PM - December 10, 7:00PM
Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Bring your pet to sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa! Santa will be waiting at the Center Court for photos with your furry friends from 6 to 7 p.m. premiumoutlets.com

EVENT DATE : December 17, 2:00PM - December 17, 3:30PM

Leap of Faith Crafts & Fine Vintage Goods is transformed into a charming tea room. Gather your girlfriends for a fun ladies’ day out!  Menu features finger sandwiches, fruit, nuts, dessert and, of course, tea.  Dress in your prettiest tea party attire and join us 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Reservations are required. Call for reservations: (760)415-5658. leapoffaithcrafts.com

EVENT DATE : December 17, 7:00PM - December 17, 9:00PM

Emmy-Nominated Musician, storyteller and harp guitarist, John Doan presents  “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit. Nominated for “Best Entertainment Special of the Year,” “Christmas Unplugged” is a magical escape. Experience Christmas past with group sing-alongs and the sounds of harp guitar, classical banjo, and various zithers. A fun-filled  evening 7-9 p.m for all ages. museumofmakingmusic.org    

EVENT DATE : December 31, 6:30PM - January 1, 1:00AM

Come dressed as your favorite hero to the Sheraton Carlsbad Family Friendly New Year's Eve Bash! Doors 6:30pm. Superb food, entertainment, childrens activities and dancing with our DJ. Kids Club Party Zone will be counting down with a balloon drop at 9pm. At midnight ring in the New Year with a countdown and complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop. sheratoncarlsbad.com

EVENT DATE : January 22, 6:00AM - April 22, 10:00PM
Perfect Balance Fitness and Wellness

Start your journey to sustainable long-term health results in the 12-Week Kick Off to Looking and Feeling Your Best in 2018:  Jan 22 - Apr 9, 2018. Registration due Jan 15, 2018. Includes: Health and Fitness Assessments, Customized Private Personal Training, Individually Designed coaching in nutrition, lifestyle, emotional and mental well-being and stress management. Contact Adrienne Wagemester (608) 852-3376  perfectbalancefitness.net