Pirates Take Christmas is a revamped version of the swashbluckling/high-flying Vampirates show in October but with a more spirited storyline and a nice twist that we also did not foresee. For the Vampirates review, you can check out our Halloween Gauntlet page by clicking the link above. However, that is not to say that this dining experience isn't worth readying the sleigh for. Pirates Take Christmas offers something that has clearly been missing when it comes to theatre, performances and especially dinner theatre/dinner and a show. There are hardly any action-packed Christmas/Holiday adventure-centric shows out there. Sure there are staples: The Nutcracker, The Christmas Carol, and White Christmas; but none can offer as much action blended with comedy and acrobatic stunts as Pirates Take Christmas.

If you've seen Vampirates 2018, you will notice some similarities but it's not quite the same. Especially with added characters such as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus; both which have a significant role in this show. As a plus, Holly, the Magical Elf who was known as “The Christmas Elf” in this show also had a sizable role. There were similar battles, games, and competitions within the show but story line made it all worth it to get another fix of Pirates Dinner Adventure.

Early arrival is suggested as light bites are passed in the lobby area while guests wait for the pre-show 30 minutes ahead of the feature presentation. The pre-show, just like the Vampirates one; contains pertinent information to the story line. We can't wait to see what they have planned for their next seasonal show!

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The Americana at Brand officially rang in the Holiday season on Thursday night (11/15) with their official tree lighting hosted by DCapella and the cast of The Wallis/For The Record’s production of Love Actually Live and of course the man himself: Santa Claus. The event was standing room only and guests either found a spot facing the stage or watched from the projection screen alongside Barnes & Noble.

The celebration started with DAcapella opening the show, then the cast of Love Actually Live before Kris Kringle himself showed up to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The ceremony ended up with a bang: Love Actually Live's cast joined by Santa helped countdown the tree lighting which was immediately followed by a nice fireworks show atop of Barnes & Noble. Of course, snowfall could be seen and felt during a performance of “White Christmas” and during the tree lighting/firework finale. This was a great once-a-year event that brought the family and community together. What was an added plus was most of the businesses were still open so guests can indulge on hot cocoa and treats during the the duration of the ceremony.

We always appreciate Holiday events that start early in the season. It allows for less double-booking and a chance to experience other festivities. With that said, we recommend Sunday's holiday tree lighting at The Grove in Los Angeles; owned by the same group as The Americana at Brand. Though it may likely be crowded; it is an experience that money cannot buy.