Make your holiday memorable this season. Decorate cookies with the kiddos,share a toast with friends, fill a stocking with something fabulous! And let's not forget a visit with Mr. Scrooge! Descanso Gardens has a month-full of activities to make the season bright.
- Botanic Bling, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Boddy House: Ring in the holidays with flair! Winter Botanic Bling, Descanso's trunk show of fabulous botanic-themed jewelry and accessories, returns. Expect fabulous finds, many handmade or one-of-a-kind, perfect for gift giving. A host of independent vendors and craftspeople are expected to participate. Don't forget to pick up a little special something for yourself! Just to make the shopping extra merry, professional stylist and TV celebrity Mark-Alan Harmon will be on hand for two presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. He will interact with audience members and give tips on using accessories for optimum pow! Free with admission.
- Patina Belgian Beer Tasting, Friday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m., Boddy House: Belgium is home to more than 150 breweries, from the micro to the major! Sample some of these distinctive brews, perfectly paired with savory foods. $50. Reservations online at www.patinagroup.com/descanso.
- "A Christmas Carol," Saturday, Dec. 8 & 15, 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Boddy House: California Shakespeare Ensemble stages a reading of the Dickens classic. Make a new family tradition and enjoy this heartwarming tale of redemption. $15. Tickets on sale starting Nov. 1 at www.ticketweb.com.
- Santa's Brunch, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Van de Kamp: Enjoy a visit with the man in red and a gourmet breakfast created by the chefs of Patina. Bring a camera: Santa will be available for photos as well. Children will decorate cookies. Two seatings both days. $46 nonmembers; $38 members; $19 children 4 to 12; free 3 and younger. Reservations required: www.patinagroup.com/descanso. Reservation deadline: Dec. 11.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011. The Gardens are open daily except Christmas Day. Admission is $8 adults, $6 senior/students, and $3 children 5 to 12. Children under 5 enter free. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Information: www.descansogardens.org
or (818) 949-4200.
About Descanso Gardens:
Established as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $3 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visitwww.descansogardens.org. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.