When, where: Friday to Dec. 12, Westin Verasa Hotel
Highlights: This inaugural event will pair top chefs with some of the world's foremost truffle scientists. In addition to tastings, attendees will have the opportunity to tour a truffle orchard in Sonoma.
Cost: From $15 to enter the marketplace to $925 for a three-day pass.
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIF.
Night of Lights
When, where: Dec. 18, Canyon Lodge
Highlights: Ski slopes come alive with fireworks and a torchlight parade.
Cost: Free; for rooftop view, $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 7 to 12.
Info: (760) 934-2571, http://www.mammothmountain.com
The Christmas Revels
When, where: Dec. 18 and 19, Lobero Theatre
Highlights: This winter solstice celebration involves more than 60 Victorian-costumed revelers performing songs and silliness.
Cost: Tickets start at $25; $15 for seniors and students; $12 for children
Info: (805) 963-0761, http://www.santabarbararevels.org
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
When, where: Dec. 23-26, New Asia Restaurant
Highlights: Jewish comedy and Chinese food come together to provide an alternative form of entertainment during the holiday season.
Cost: $62 for dinner-show tickets; $42 for cocktail-show tickets
Info: (415) 522-3737, http://www.koshercomedy.com
LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZ.
When, where: Dec. 31, Main Street
Highlights: Celebrate the arrival of 1-1-11 without the frosty weather or expensive plane tickets. Four bands, fireworks and lights will accompany the ball drop.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; VIP packages, $75
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