Bay Area holiday events 2017: Tree lightings, Santa, teas and more

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  • Holiday Fest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, Harbor Bay Community Center and Temple Israel, 3195 and 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda. East Bay artisans will sell their wares. Gifts will include knitted goods, linens, jewelry and dolls. Free admission; .
  • Alameda South Shore Center Events: Nov. 24. Santa House opening at 11 a.m., followed by holiday performances by carolers at 2 p.m. and then live jazz music at 4 p.m. in the Center Court. Tree Lighting with Santa: 6 p.m. Nov. 24; Photos with Santa, Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Light the Menorah, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 16. Free. The Little Ice Rink, now through Jan. 15. 4,100 square feet of ice skating. For all ages and skill levels. 523 South Shore Center West.
  • Movie in the Park: 5:45 p.m. pre show festivities, 7:15 p.m. the movie, “Elf” will be shown, College of Alameda Gym, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. Seating provided. Free.
  • Alameda Sings Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave.
  • Christmas Tree Lane: Evenings, Dec. 2-31, 3200 block of Thompson Avenue. See an entire block of homes decorated with lights for the holiday. Santa also is on the lane to visit with children, weather permitting, from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 9-23, closer to the Fernside end of the street. Special groups will be performing, check the Christmas Tree Lane Facebook page for details. .
  • Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: 4:30-6:15 p.m. Dec. 2, Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. The annual Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony features performances from community groups followed by the tree lighting ceremony and The Mistletone’s Rockin’ Holiday Show. Free.
  • Alameda Sings Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Cardinal Point, 2431 Mariner Square Drive. The Alameda Community Chorus Concert celebrates the holiday season with song. Free. 510-747-7529,
  • Breakfast with Santa: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 9, Albert H. DeWitt Officer’s Club, 641 W. Red Line Ave. Join Santa for breakfast, arts and crafts, and pictures. Children must be accompanied by an adult and preregistration by Dec. 1 is required. Free-$18. 510-747-7529,
  • Santa’s Visit to Alameda Homes: 4:30-8:40 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Santa will make a special ten-minute visit to your child at home. Arrangements can be made for Santa to bring a gift. Note: Santa may not be able to speak to every child, if he visit a large party. $40. 510-747-7529,
  • Firefighters Toy Drive: Through Dec. 16. Alameda community organizations have partnered up for the 2017 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program to ensure all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank will receive age-appropriate holiday toys or gift cards for their children. Information and drop-off locations:
Decorated houses are seen on Thompson Avenue, known as
Decorated houses are seen on Thompson Avenue, known as “Christmas Tree Lane,” in Alameda, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)


  • Alamo Menorah Lightings: 5-6 p.m., Dec. 13, Alamo Plaza Shopping Center, Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Road. Menorah lighting, music, latkes, doughnuts and family fun. 925-937-4101,


  • Santa on Solano: Noon-4 p.m., Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, CHloe’s Closet, 1545 Solano Avenue. Photo with Santa, popcorn and treats. Free. 510-527-5358,


  • Reindeer Run: 8 a.m., check in, 9 a.m. start, Dec. 2, Wetlands Edge View Area Trail. This family-friendly 3 mile and 6.5 mile run is located benefits KHOPE International. Shirts and awards will be handed out to qualified participants. $37-$45.,


  • Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Dec. 1, First Street. Open House. Merchants keep their doors and serve seasonal refreshments. At approximately 6:30pm at the foot of First Street the public can view the lighting of the Christmas tree and enjoy Kris Kringle & The Mistletones. Attendees can enjoy open-air, horse-drawn carriage rides, $1-$3. Wine and beer station, 90 First Street. Holiday carolers dressed in period costume and other local musicians add to the festivities.
  • Teddy Bear Tea Party: 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Camellia Tea Room, 828 First Street. Costumed characters, storytelling, Christmas Carols and Santa. $49. Reservations: 707-746-5293.
  • Christmas Parade and Holiday Market: Dec. 9. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at First and D Streets and continues up First Street, ending at H Street. Featuring local marching bands, dancers, and Santa. Holiday Market hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Street between B and D streets, offering handcrafted and gourmet gift items.


  • Artisans Holiday Open Studios: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 17 and Dec. 18-24, various locations. Over 100 artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops, creative spaces and galleries. An assortment of fine art and craft will be available. Free.
  • Tots Winter Carnival: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Live Oak Community Center, 1301 Shattuck Ave. Tots can stay and play at the city of Berkeley’s Winter Wonderland, with tot-friendly games, creative art station, prizes and light refreshments, and more. Tots must be accompanied by adults. $5. 510-981-6641,
  • Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, 1450-1500 Shattuck Ave. Bring boots and mittens to play in the snow. Visit with the Snow Queen, pony rides, make holiday crafts, arts and crafts vendors, hot cider and cookies.


  • Christmas Tree Lighting Event: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1, Community Center/City Park, 710 Second St. Festivities include music, singing, and a visit from Santa Claus, followed at 7 p.m. by the lighting of the Christmas tree. 925-516-5444,
  • Snowmen in the Park: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11-22, City Park, 710 Second St. Snowpeople and snow scenes will be on display daily with lighted snowman plots, music, and surprise activities for kids. For the main event on Dec. 16, snow will appear on the Christmas Tree and in the park. 925-516-5444,


  • Ainsley House Holiday Tea and Tours: Seatings at noon or 12:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 300 Grant Street. Holiday tea and tour. Tour admission: $50.



  • Ayers Elementary School Holiday Craft and Gift Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2, 5120 Myrtle Drive. 30 tables of vendors, unique crafts. Raffles. Free admission. 925-682-7686.
  • Historic Galindo Home Holiday Tours: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 1721 Amador Street. Visitors can tour the 10 rooms, including two parlors and a formal dining room and see 15 original pieces of Eastlake furniture all decorated for the holidays. $3.
  • Tree lighting, Mayor’s Sing-Along: 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road at Grant Street, downtown Concord. School choirs, community entertainment on stage, carriage rides, traditional tree lighting, holiday sing along.
  • What Sweeter Music – A Festival of Lessons and Carols: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 5562 Clayton Road. Story of Christ’s birth told through scripture lessons, choral arrangements of carols. Listen to 30-plus voice ecumenical choir, join in on favorite carols. Reception follows. Donations appreciated.
  • Super Holiday Boutique: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 3, Centre Concord, 529 Clayton Road. One-of-a-kind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Free holiday arts and crafts activities allowing kids to make keepsake presents.
  • Tree Lighting, Mayor’s Sing-Along and Santa’s Grand Arrival: Dec. 2, Todos Santos Plaza, at Willow Pass Road and Grant Street. 4 p.m. Santa’s arrival with onstage entertainment by school choirs at 5 p.m. and holiday sing-along, followed by tree lighting.
  • Gingerbread House Boutique: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 1721 Amador Avenue. Handcraft vendors, artisans and art, edible treats, gifts.
  • Live Drive-Thru Nativity: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15-16, Bethel Baptist Church, 3578 Clayton Road. Free. 925-798-7470,


  • Tree Lighting: 6 p.m., Dec. 1, Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Road. With music, caroling, holiday movie screening, refreshments, and a visit from Santa. Admissin is free but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or a new toy to the event. Items are donated to West Valley Community Services.


  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends through Dec. 17, including Nov. 24, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Avenue. 800 Victorian characters, from waltzing royals to scrappy chimney-sweeps, populate over three acres of twilight-lit shops, pubs, stages, and dance halls. This season’s event will debut an expansive new children’s area. $14-$30.


  • A Homemade Holiday: 4-5:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Danville Community Center, 420 Front Street. A holiday workshop for tweens, ages 8-12 to create homemade gifts. Refreshments will be served. No walk-ins. $9-$11. Registration:


  • Hometown Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25, Masonic Hall, 5050 El Portal Drive. Unique Holiday gift items.
Santa Claus waves to spectators as the Children's Light Parade makes its way along Main Street at the Holiday Frolic celebration in Martinez, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
Santa Claus waves to spectators as the Children’s Light Parade makes its way along Main Street at the Holiday Frolic celebration in Martinez, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)


  • Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting: 5:30-6 p.m. Holiday Parade, 6 p.m., Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade will begin at 53rd Street and Boyer Street, then march along Hollis Street, and end at City Hall on Park Avenue. Then head to City Hall for the Tree Lighting ceremony, music, dancing and more.


  • Tree Lighting Celebration: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 25, Jelly Belly Visitor Center, 1 Jelly Belly Lane. See the lighting of a 32-foot Christmas tree. Santa, puppet shows, live music and character parade. Santa photos available after the ceremony until 8 p.m.
  • Brunch with Santa: 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Jelly Belly Visitor Center, 1 Jelly Belly Lane. Join Mr. Jelly Belly and friends for brunch and fun with Santa Claus. By reservation only.


  • Holiday Tree Lighting: 6-7 p.m., Dec. 6, Foster City Parks & Recreation, 650 Shell Blvd.


  • 16th annual Niles Festival of Lights Parade: 6 p.m., Nov. 24, Main Street. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m., followed by the parade at 6:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Open House: 5:30-8: p.m., Dec. 8, Patterson House, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard. With live music, Victorian inspired decorations and much more. $7-$8. 510-791-4196,,


  • Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown. Parade, Doggie Dress-Up contest, community organizations, performances by the Gilroy High Chamber Choir and Studio Three Dancers, tree lighting.


  • 18th annual Night of Lights: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 1, Main Street. Featuring a tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Plaza, a Parade of Lights, train rides carolers and musical entertainment, roasted chestnuts and activities for the kids.


  • Light Up the Season: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Hayward City Hall, 25151 Clawiter Road. Tree lighting ceremony, live performances, games and rides, ice skating, and letters to Santa. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will pose for pictures in front of the Christmas Tree. Free.


  • A Civil War Christmas – An American Musical Celebration: Nov. 30-Dec. 16, Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street. On a bitterly cold Christmas Eve of 1864, in Washington, D.C., in the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plan their gift-giving, while on the banks of the frozen Potomac a young rebel soldier is captured by a Union blacksmith; nearby John Wilkes Booth hatches a plot with conspirators; and an enslaved woman and her daughter become separated on their journey to freedom. Featuring hymns and carols of the period. $18-$30. 925-283-1557,
  • It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette: 4-6:30 p.m., Dec. 1, Plaza Park, downtown. Family-friendly celebration with tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts, and photos with the Town Hall Elves and Santa.


  • Home for the Holidays: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown. Lizzie Fountain will be transformed into a winter fun zone for children in 5th grade and younger. Holiday entertainment, merchant open house and carriage rides.
  • 22nd annual Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2. The parade route follows First Street from M Street to McLeod Street ending with Santa’s appearance and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
  • Ashbury Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue. All of Asbury’s vocal choirs, the Asbury Band, several instrumentalists and the Asbury Ringers will be performing. Asbury’s pipe organ will also be part of the evening’s musical offerings. The concert is open to the public. A free will offering can be made at the door. There will be a punch/coffee/milk and homemade cookie reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall. For more information call Jean Braun at 925-449-4168, the church office at 925-447-1950 or e-mail:
  • Livermore Shakespeare Festival: 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20, Swirl on the Square, 21 South Livermore Avenue. Festival artists present a reading of holiday stories. Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Visit from St. Nicholas, The Conversion of Hetherington and more. Small venue. Tickets includes performance, tapas place and one glass of wine. $40. 925-443-2273, https://shakespearesassociates.


  • Festival of Lights Parade: 6 p.m. Nov. 26, State and Main streets. The parade features illuminated floats, twinkling walking storybook characters, city officials, school marching bands and Santa with his sleigh and reindeer.
  • Gingerbread House Exhibit: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 2 and Dec. 1; 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Dec. 2; 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, Hillview Community Center, Room 2, 97 Hillview Ave. View Gingerbread houses created by residents of all ages. Free. 650-947-2790,


  • Annual Tree Lighting: 4:45-6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Town Plaza Park, West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. followed by Santa’s arrival. Free.
  • Fantasy of Lights: Walk-thru, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3, drive-thru, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5-20 (closed Dec. 25), Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road. 1.5 miles of animated light displays. $5-$50. Must purchase tickets in advance.
Saratoga resident Polina Niedle holds up her daughter Ellie Taraschansky, 1, for a closer look at the glowing christmas tree during the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony and Celebration of Light in Dec 2016.  The Saratoga City Council and the Ministerial Association decided on Oct. 4 that a “Celebration of Light” event will be held on Dec. 16, independently of Saratoga’s tree-lighting ceremony the Friday after Thanksgiving.  (George Sakkestad/Staff Photographer)
Saratoga resident Polina Niedle holds up her daughter Ellie Taraschansky, 1, for a closer look at the glowing christmas tree during the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony and Celebration of Light in Dec 2016. (George Sakkestad/Staff Photographer)


  • Martinez Arts Association Holiday Boutique: Dec. 1-17, Old Train Depot, north end of Ferry Street. Unique handmade gifts and treats from local artisans and craftspeople. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
  • Holiday Frolic: 3-9 p.m. Dec. 1, various downtown locations. Themed activities, crafts, games, hot cocoa with Frosty, tree lighting, children’s light parade, ugly sweater contest and more.
  • St. Christopher’s Guild Christmas Lunch and Boutique: 11 a.m. Dec. 5, Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road. Browse Country Kitchen (homemade treats), White Elephant treasures, Christmas luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. 925-348-6309.
  • Santa Beer Crawl: Check-in 1 p.m. Tasting 2:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Bring ticket to be redeemed for tasting glass, passport/map and wristband to Creek Monkey Tap House, 611 Escobar St. Sample more than 20 local craft beers inside downtown businesses. Seasonal costumes and ugly Christmas sweaters encouraged. Must be 21 older. $25-$30. $35 at event if available.


  • Holiday Tree Lighting: 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 1, Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive. Ring in the holiday season with live entertainment, free hot cocoa, an appearance from Santa and the lighting of the holiday tree. Held rain or shine. Free.
  • Breakfast with Santa: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 2, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. Activities include a pancake breakfast, holiday crafts, visiting and picture taking with Santa. Reservations required. $5-$7. $1 off ticket price with donation of an unwrapped toy for the Firefighter Toy Drive.


  • Milk and Cookies with Santa: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Milpitas Community Center, 457 East Calaveras Boulevard. $5-$7.50.


  • Live Nativity: 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 2, Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane. Members of the community take on the roles of Mary and Joseph, the three Wise Men, shepherds, Roman soldiers and angels. Additional activities, music and refreshments in Fellowship Hall. The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and reflection. Free.


  • Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley events: Warmest Christmas Traditions, 3 p.m. Dec. 17. This family-friendly event includes an audience sing-along, and a surprise visit at concert’s end. $18-$31. 51st annual sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. From treasured arias to the “Hallelujah” chorus, with a 25-piece chamber orchestra led by Music Director Gregory Wait, is the Bay Area’s oldest annual Messiah Sing. Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door. $18-$26. Both events held at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street. 650-903-6000,


  • Holiday Arts Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape Drive. Over 40 local artists will be selling their artwork and colorful crafts. Food and snacks will be available all day. Free admission. 415-388-8319,


  • Montclair Village Holiday Stroll: 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Montclair Village, 2000 Mountain Boulevard. The 15th annual Montclair Village Holiday Stroll features Santa’s procession, stores open late with special offers and discounts, photos with Santa, trolley rides around the Village, performances by local school choirs and churches, arts and crafts for kids, and much more. Free.
  • Tree Lighting at Jack London: 5-7 p.m., Dec. 1, foot of Broadway. Holiday musical entertainment from local Oakland musicians, the lighting of a 55-ft. Mount Shasta fir tree brightly lit with 5,000 sparkling lights and more. 510-645-9292,
  • Zoolights: 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 1-Jan. 1. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. Festively-lit gondolas, laser light shows, candy cane lane-themed Adventure landing with rides, Outback Express train, Santa and more. Closed Dec. 24-25. $10.
  • Urban Air Market events: Make Your Own Holiday Gift, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Happy crafting hour will include 20 DIY stations, providing everything needed to create screen-printed wrapping paper and flower pressed cards to artisan body products, terrariums, and one-of-a-kind accessories. $10. Holiday Show, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3. Featuring Sustainable Fashion Alliance and Fair-Trade USA approved brands, this socially-conscious holiday market is a one-stop-shop for purchasing ethically-made gifts that give back. Free. Both events will take place at 55 Harrison in Jack London Square. Registration: and
  • Jingletown Winter Art Walk: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, Suite 32. Beyond Landscapes, a group show of landscape inspired art that will include abstract, traditional, and non-traditional works in a variety of media, including photography, painting, drawing and watercolor. Smaller works will be included in the exhibit to provide opportunities for holiday offerings.
  • Deck the Hulls: 5:30 p.m., Dec. 2, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway. 40th annual Celebration of Light. Bay Area boaters start the holiday season by decorating their boats of all sizes and cruise the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Parade route is from the Oakland/SF Ferry to Grand Marina. View from either the Oakland and Alameda waterfront or your favorite Estuary restaurant,
  • Photos with Santa and Holiday Remembrance: Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave. Christmas music, complimentary refreshments and holiday spirit. Start with a visit and photos with Santa, then decorate a holiday remembrance tree and commemorate family and friends who are no longer with us. The afternoon ends with a blessing and tree lighting. RSVP requested. Free. 510-658-2588,
  • USS Potomac: Santa Cruises, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Cruise with Santa and his elves. $10-$35 adults. Fa-La-La Cruise, 7-9 p.m., Dec. 16. Celebrate the season with Christmas carols, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a two-hour bay cruise. Ages 18 and over. USS Potomac, Jack London Square. $65-$120. 510-627-1215,
  • Fairy Winterland Celebration: Noon-7 p.m., Dec. 15- Dec. 23, Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue. Featuring live performances celebrating holidays from various cultures, appearances by Santa Claus, special decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free holiday treats, cider and hot cocoa, and more. $10. 510-452-2259,


  • Christmas Tree Lighting: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 2, City Hall, 3231 Main St. Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Make-n-take crafts for kids, cookies, booths and games. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa.
Ginger bread men stand in front of a ginger bread house at Christmas in the Park Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)
Ginger bread men stand in front of a ginger bread house at Christmas in the Park Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)


  • Stanford Shopping Center Holiday Events: Caring Santa, 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 19, 8:-9:30 a.m. Dec. 3. Registration:; Breakfast with Santa, 8-10 a.m. Dec. 2; Hanukkah Celebration, 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 14; Happily Ever Laughter, Nov. 24-Dec. 24; Holiday Music Program: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 24-26 and Saturday and Sundays through Dec. 24. For more information, visit For ongoing updates and upcoming event information, follow Stanford Shopping Center on Instagram and Twitter at @stanfordshops or Facebook at . Events held at: 660 Stanford Shopping Center.
  • Artifactory Holiday Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 1-3. Hoover House, 1120 Hopkins. Fine crafts by local artists, refreshments. Free. 650-625-1736,
  • Annual Holiday Lego Show Pop-Up Exhibit: 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 8-Jan. 14, (closed on Dec. 24), Museum of American Heritage, Frank Livermore Learning Center, 351 Homer Avenue. $3. 650-321-1004,


  • Tree Lighting Ceremony: Music begins at 5 p.m., tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 1, John Buckley Square, Railroad Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate courtesy of Steeltown Coffee while listening to holiday music throughout the park. 925-252-4842,
  • Pittsburg Holiday Parade and Peppermint Playland: Dec. 9. Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Railroad Avenue, starting at Eighth Street and ending on Fourth Street. Peppermint Playland: Noon-3 p.m., John Buckley Square, Railroad Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. With crafts, jumpy houses, magic show and a visit from Santa. 925-252-4842,
  • Nutcracker: 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Creative Arts Building, Pittsburg High School, 250 School St. Full-length production by Black Diamond Ballet Theatre. $10-$20.
  • California Theatre Events: “All Thru the Hale” – A Hawaiian Christmas, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16. A visit by Hawaiian Santa, performance of the Macadamian Nutcracker Suite, Little Tahitian Drummer Boy and more. $30. An Irish Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Christmas in Ireland with dance, song and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season. $25-$40. Christmas Time is Here, 2 p.m., Dec. 17. Familiar and not so familiar holiday songs sung in native languages as you journey around the world and learn some local customs. $16-$25. 351 Railroad Avenue.


  • Light up the Night: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 29, Crescent Drive, downtown. Join Santa, others in lighting up downtown Pleasant Hill for holiday season. Holiday crafts fair, carriage rides, caroling, Studio A Dancers on Plaza Stage, free hot chocolate, cookies, merchant giveaways, more. Tree lighting 6 p.m. 925-671-5229.
  • Carols and Lullabies: 8 p.m. Dec. 1, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Drive. Featuring “Christmas in the Southwest” with harp, guitar, marimba; three settings of “Ave Maria,” “A Spotless Rose,” “Alleluia,” more. Also carol sing-along. $5-$65. 925-680-7089,
  • Super Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 2, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive. One-of-a-kind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Free holiday arts and crafts activities allowing kids to make keepsake presents.
  • Christmas by Candlelight: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Faith Lutheran Church, 50 Woodsworth Lane. Presented by Tapestry, a vocal and handbell ensemble. Enjoy the joy of a Tapestry performance while being pampered with a pre-performance sherry hour, a gourmet catered dessert during the performance, and a wine raffle. $25.
  • Diablo Valley College Art Department Holiday Studio Sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, Diablo Valley College, Art Department Building, 321 Golf Club Road. Ceramics, photography, print sales.


  • 5th annual Holiday Youth Music Festival: 6 p.m. Nov. 25, 4444 Railroad Avenue. Full of Holiday themed songs, some traditional, some with pop variations, this year’s Holiday YMF not only includes bands and solos, but also the 2nd annual performance by the Firehouse Arts Center Youth Chorus. $5-$10. 925-931-4848.
  • Pleasanton Community Concert Band Holiday Concert: 1:40 p.m. Nov. 26, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Featuring music less familiar, or less frequently performed or heard. Songs, carols and dances from the British Isles, Russia, Italy, Israel and America. Donations appreciated. 925-846-5897,
  • Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Main Street. Parade with the Balloon Platoon, marching bands, animal groups, hot rod clubs and more. Immediately after the parade there will be musical entertainment on the main stage at the Museum on Main Street followed by the tree lighting and a special visit from Santa.


  • Hometown Holidays: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2, Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. Festive parade, live entertainment, special musical performances, a visit from Santa, real falling snow and more. There will be activities for all-ages including the Children’s Festival and carnival. Holiday Train arrives at 6:15 p.m. Free.


  • 47th annual KPFA’s Craneway Crafts Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 1414 Harbour Way South. Over 180 artisans original and quality handworks in all media. Live entertainment in a festive food court. $8-$12.


  • Shops At Tanforan Events: Sensory Friendly Santa Event, 8-10 a.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. Santa welcomes children of all ages and abilities. Families with children with all spectrums of special needs will experience the time-honored tradition of a Santa visit, in a comforting environment prior to public hours. Free. Reserve a time: Paws and Claus, 4 p.m. to close, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Dogs and cats only. 1150 El Camino Real.


  • Night of Holiday Lights: 5-8:30 p.m., Dec. 1. Downtown Laurel Street. Lighting Festivities, intersection Laurel and Cherry. Kids’ Carnival Rides, Festive Lights and Snow, Carolers, Arts & Crafts and more.


  • Ghirardelli Square events: 53rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 24, West Plaza and Fountain Plaza. Face painting, henna and caricatures, live music, snow, Santa and more. Light the Menora, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 16, Upper Plaza and Fountain Plaza. Children’s activities, music and lighting of the menorah by Rabbi Peretz Mochkin. Location: 900 North Point Street.
  • 555 California Street All Star Holiday Culinary Kickoff: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29, corner of California and Kearny streets. An evening of gourmet food and wine under the largest holiday tree in the Bay Area. Held in a starlit tent, the event will feature some of the Bay Area’s top chefs and wine country’s top vintners, as well as appearances by your favorite local sports celebrities. Benefitting All Stars Helping Kids Fire Zone Relief Project. $249.
  • Union Street’s annual Fantasy of Lights Celebration: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 2. Celebrating the season with thousands of twinkling white lights illuminating the Victorian houses and shops along Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner and Fillmore Street between Union and Lombard. Entertainment on every block, collecting toys for needy children, pictures with Santa and Merchant open house.
  • Holiday Heroes: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. Holiday wonderland for families, children and more than 300 underserved children and their families. 4:30-6 p.m. on the field VIP reception. Main reception takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the Club Level, with a Teen Hangout reserved for 11-15-year-olds, arts and crafts, holiday cookie decorating, teddy bear stuffing, video games, mascots, athletes and more. $35-$25,
  • Holiday Market: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Zinc Details, 1633 Fillmore Street. Shop for one-of-a-kind goods from a select group of twenty-plus Bay Area artisan makers and designers. Free admission.


  • Christmas in the Park: 9 a.m.-midnight, Nov. 25-Jan. 1, Cesar Chavez Park, South Market Street. The park officially opens at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 with the Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony. The park features 40 musical and animated exhibits, daily live entertainment and a food court. Admission is free but a $1 donation is requested.
  • San Jose Woman’s Club Seventh annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party: 2-5 p.m. Nov. 26, 75 South 11th Street. For children and adults, Docorations, light refreshments, and live music will be provided. $5-$25.
  • 30th annual World Italian Opera Christmas Concert: 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 425 North Fourth Street. 6-7 p.m. boutique and no host cocktails. 6:45-8 p.m. Holiday buffet. 8:15 p.m. concert. $38-$44.
  • Dog Day at Christmas in the Park: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 2, Cesar Chavez Park, South Market Street. Bring your special hound to visit with Santa inside the Santa House.
  • Hands-on History Days: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 2, History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue. Stroll through History Park, listening to carolers and engage in kid-friendly activities. Have photo taken with Santa.$8.
  • Holiday Bubbly Walk: 2-5 p.m., Dec. 2, Downtown Willow Glen, Lincoln Avenue. An afternoon of shopping and sipping bubbly. $40-$55.
  • Menorahs and Miracles: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way. Celebrate your own culture or learn about the cultural traditions of you neighbors. Music, food and crafts. $14-$15. 408-298-5437,
  • Breakfast with Santa: 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9, Fairmont’s Club Regent Room, 170 South Market Street. Enjoy a breakfast buffet while surrounded by holiday cheer. Kids can participate in several arts and crafts projects as Santa makes his way around the room. Ticket price includes ice skating at Downtown Ice and a four-pack of rides at Winter Wonderland for both kids and adults. $20-$60.
  • Christmas Flamenco Juerga: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave. Hosted by the Flamenco Society of San Jose. With musical arrangements composed of dance, song, guitar and percussion in the spirit of the holidays. Special guest appearance by the Flamenco Society Dance Academy. $15-$25.
  • Downtown Ice: Through Jan. 15, 120 South Market Street. Open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday; noon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday. During the winter break, the rink is open 11 a.m.-midnight daily. Special hours apply to the holidays. $10-$17.


  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration and “It’s A Wonderful Night: 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 1, Estudillo Plaza, 1301 East 14th Street and Joaquin Plaza, Joaquin Avenue. Holiday entertainment, dancers and singers, holiday games, cookie decorating, interactive arts and crafts for kids and horse-drawn carriage rides. In addition to these festivities, holiday movies will also be playing outdoors all night. 510-281-0703,


  • Bah Humbug! 5k Run and Walk: 9 a.m. Dec. 2. Run begins and ends at San Ramon Community Center at Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. The Bah Humbug! Is a chip timed race on a 3.1 mile flat, family friendly course. Come in costume. Costume awards give for: most grinch-like, best holiday spirit, and best group theme. Awards given to the first three finishers in each age division. Bring a can of food to be donated to the Contra Costa County Food Bank. $35.
  • Glass House Museum Holiday Tours: 1 p.m., Dec. 2, Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard. See a magical Victorian Christmas come to life on a special holiday tour of the Glass House Museum. After tour, children can visit the activity room to make their own Christmas calling card to take home. $5 payable at the door with credit card only.
  • Fun on the Farm-Victorian Christmas Card: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9, Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Road. Have a traditional holiday family experience including visits with our Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old fashioned ornament making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment and refreshments.
  • Impressions of the Nutcracker: 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10; Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road. Presented by San Ramon Valley Dance Academy. $20-$25. 925-837-4656,
  • Holiday Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 16, San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Wide variety of holiday music and dance culminating with a special visit from Santa Claus. Free.
  • Sing-Along Messiah: San Ramon Arts Council’s Sing-Along Messiah performance and four choral workshops for those wishing to practice. Workshop rehearsals: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Performance: 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Both rehearsals and performance at San Ramon Community Center, Fountain Room, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. $10., 925-997-8771.


  • Santa Clara Chorale Presents Vivaldi’s Gloria: 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 4 p.m. Dec. 10, 500 El Camino Real. The Chorale collaborates with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra Quartet for both concerts. 408-883-4722,


  • 18th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Murphy Avenue. Holiday activities and entertainment, visit with Santa Claus, and more.
The Shadelands Museum is the scene of the 28th Annual Holiday Tea and Faire Wednesday Dec. 9, 2009 in Walnut Creek Calif. Hand crafted items by 35 local vendors will be on display throughout the historic house as well as a three-course tea luncheon. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff)
The Shadelands Museum is the scene of the 28th Annual Holiday Tea and Faire Wednesday Dec. 9, 2009 in Walnut Creek Calif. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff)


  • Mad Hatter Holiday Festival: Dec. 2, Downtown. Dancing horses, craft and food vendors, children’s rides begins at 2 p.m. in Unity Plaza at JFK library, 505 Santa Clara Street. Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. at Georgia Street and Sonoma Boulevard, Tree lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m. at JFK Library and Lighted Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Free Photos with Santa, 6-8 p.m.; Christmas caroling, 7-7:30 p.m., Bay Area Stage and Acoustic Music, 7:30-8 p.m. and official Mad Hatter After Party with Live Music, 8-11 p.m., Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street.


  • “The Nutcracker”: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 25; 2 p.m. Nov. 25-26; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 26, Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive. Family friendly holiday production. $28-$38.
  • Annual Holiday Faire: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 10, Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Shop for handcrafted items and gifts from dozens of vendors in the historic Walnut Creek house. Free admission.
  • Victorian Holiday Tea: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 10, Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Enjoy a three-course luncheon that includes scones, homemade lemon curd and a. secret tea blend in the historic home’s parlor or dining room. $35 per person. Groups are welcome. Also, this year a champagne tea will be held at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $45 per person. 925-935-7871 for reservations.
  • Broadway Plaza Holiday Parade of Lights: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30, Broadway Plaza Street, Walnut Creek. Parade of Lights, retailer open house. Following parade, Santa lights Christmas tree.
  • Light One Candle: 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue. Presented by Tapestry Handbell and Vocal Ensemble.
  • Carols and Lullabies: 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. Featuring “Christmas in the Southwest” with harp, guitar, marimba; three settings of “Ave Maria,” “A Spotless Rose,” “Alleluia,” more. Also carol sing-along. $5-$65. 925-680-7089,
  • Bg Craft Fest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive. Local makers and designers handmade crafts, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, home goods, artisanal foods, clothing, and more.
  • Junior League of Oakland East Bay – Give Shop, Sip Holiday Shopping Event: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2, Downtown. Tickets include discounts and wine and beer tastings at participating stores. $30-$50.
  • The Day Shall Dawn – Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Avenue. Cantare Con Vivo’s annual holiday concert. Chorale, chamber ensemble, youth choirs and orchestra. $10-$42.50.

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