Christmas Arrives Early with 'Nochebuena: Christmas Eve In Mexico' at Musco Center for the Arts

Colorful spinning dresses, strumming guitars, loud gritas (shouts), and shoes stomping the stage. Add in some holiday songs and spirit and you’ve arrived at "Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico."

This Sunday at 7 p.m., Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, two of L.A.'s most acclaimed performance ensembles, will take the stage at Musco Center for the Arts for a Christmas celebration. The performance is an extension of the center's annual "Heartbeat of Mexico" festival which celebrates Mexican American music, art, and dance with the Orange County community.

"When I came to Musco Center in 2016, we laid it out as part of our statement of intent to engage with our surrounding communities," said Richard Bryant, executive director of the Musco Center for the Arts. "We asked ourselves: 'How can we bring a greater mix of Mexican American programs into what we do?'"

Ways OC Organizations are Providing Opportunities to Give Back This Holiday Season

Nonprofits across Orange County recognize the stress many families may be facing at this time of year and with the help and support of local donors and volunteers, a number of OC organizations and community centers have created helpful programs and events to give back to these underprivileged communities such as food pantries, toy distributions and more. Many of these local nonprofits welcome donations from community members year round to help make seasonal programs like this possible.

How is the New Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's 'A Christmas Carol?'

Here's a sure sign that normalcy is returning to Orange County: We can see South Coast Repertory's venerable production of "A Christmas Carol" again.

Holiday art and culture events are blossoming all over Orange County - lights, carols, and nutcrackers are in abundance. For the next few weeks, we'll be featuring just a few of the many opportunities to celebrate that you can learn about at For any in-person events, be sure to check the venue's audience guidelines in advance for the latest health and safety protocols. 


Capistrano Lights

Nightly tree lighting, music, and a large-scale nativity scene built in the ruins of the Old Stone Church are just some of the features in the Mission San Juan Capistrano's holiday celebration - Mission admission included  DETAILS »


Darden Christmas Concert

Classic holiday tunes as interpreted by the luscious vocal harmonies of the Dardens in this special festive concert at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton  DETAILS »


The Night Before Christmas, a Radio Musical

Westminster's Rose Center Theater has created a special radio-style musical performance which can be streamed for free through December 25th  DETAILS »


Holidays Around the World

One day only, the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center hosts a free, outdoor festival showcasing holiday traditions from around the world, climaxing in a miraculous Southern California snowfall  DETAILS »


Christmas in the Canyons

Silverado Canyon invites visitors for music, local arts and crafts, and hayrides in this country-style holiday festival  DETAILS »

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