The Blue Guitar features jazz by the Tim Kobza Band at 7:30 p.m. at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available at blueguitar.club.
Award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez creates a new production of the classic holiday tale “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Los Angeles Youth Ballet and starring Joffrey Ballet principle dancers Jeraldine Mendoza as Sugar Plum Fairy and Dylan Gutierrez as Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier. Performances are at performances at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $25 and up. Call (818) 243-2539 or visit alextheatre.org.
Catch the closing performance of “Miracle on 34th Street,” the story of a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing, starting at 8 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. The production stars Peri Gilpin, Beth Grant and Alfred Molina. Cameron Watson directs. Tickets are $25 to $65. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.
The annual LA County Holiday Celebration takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. The event features music ensembles and dance companies from the communities and cultures of the LA area, including the South Pasadena-based Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra. Admission is free. Visit musiccenter.org/holidaycelebration.
Union Station Homeless Services Holiday at the Station offers free holiday meals to homeless individuals and families, those experiencing poverty, senior citizens, and those who are alone or are unable to afford a holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Station Adult Center, 412 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 240-4550 or visit unsionstationhs.org/has.
Santa Anita Park’s Winter Meet opening day features several events including Whiskey in Winter in the Chandelier Room, Trackside Beer and Cider Festival, and Brunch in the Frontrunner starting at 10 a.m. at 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Prices and times vary. Visit santaanita.com/events for details.
Brad Colerick’s weekly singer-songwriter series features guest host Michael McNevin and Rick Shea at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available at wineandsong.com.
Brother and sister Steve and Ellen Stapenhorst display their Americana style at 7:30 p.m. at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $18. Call (626) 798-6236 or visit coffeegallery.com.