It is that time of year again, kids under hoof, relatives and friends in town, and everyone on a sugar high. Here are some ideas on what to do and where to go that all your herd can enjoy. Have a fun, joy filled and safe holiday!
Holiday Open house at Woodside Fire! December 16th 7 to 9PM Three locations of fun, see Santa, visit with neighbors and you can help a less fortunate child with an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots!
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A Christmas Carol Wednesday, 12/16 at 2:00 p.m. at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA. What would Christmas be without Dickens Christmas Carol? This version is “music infused” and the Oakland Tribute said “This is a Carol built to banish ‘bah humbugs’ for years to come!”
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Santa Under the Holiday Lights Berkeley’s Fourth Street’s sky is alive with lights in the trees and music in the air. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa and his Elf from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday 12/19-Sunday 12/20, Monday 12/21-Wednesday 12/23.
Choral Christmas Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus Thursday, 12/17 at 8:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA. Featured works will include John Rutter’s Gloria, the sentimental Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well as a selection of traditional carols and sing-along for the audience.
The Little Prince Saturday, 12/19 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Building C at Fort Mason Center: Young Performer’s Theatre, San Francisco, CA. This classic is a very inspirational story enjoyed by children and grownups alike..
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Christmas in the Park Kids delight at San Jose’s Christmas wonderland in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. It is open through 12/24 with entertainment nightly. Admission is free.
2009 Train of Lights Through 12/27, experience the magic of the brightly decorated holiday train, covered with thousands of lights, as it winds through Niles Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride either from Fremont to Sunol or from Sunol to Fremont and return. Special charters are available as well. This annual fundraising event is presented to benefit Niles Canyon Railway.
Downtown Ice Located next to Christmas in the Park in the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. The rink will open 11 a.m. from 12/19 – 1/3.
Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show Saturday, 1/9 at 12:00 p.m. at San Jose State University: San Jose State Event Center, San Jose, CA The kids will enjoy Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy and Donald.
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Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale Admission is free at this Holiday Craft Fair which features over 150 of today’s finest indie-craft (independent designers, artists and craftspeople) and contemporary design talents. 12/19 and 12/20 from 11a.m. – 7p.m. at the Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion. Fort Mason Center: Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
Brian Setzer Orchestra ‘The 7th Annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza’ A special concert on Saturday, 12/26 at 8:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa. Widely credited with single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ’80s and swing in the ’90s), Setzer has created what the Los Angeles Times called “A show “whose sheer joy is irresistible!”..
The Nutcracker, San Jose COWs have the choice of two different highly touted productions. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed the San Jose Ballet Nutcracker as “The Bay Area’s Best” and “…one of the most entertaining ‘Nutcrackers’ anywhere in the country.” It is a whimsical and spectacularly colorful production.
The Nutcracker, San Francisco There will be six special performances of the Nutcracker for families at the San Francisco Opera House. Costumed characters will greet and have their pictures taken with children and families in the lobby for one hour prior to the performance. The first 500 children to arrive receive a special gift and at intermission, everyone will be treated to complimentary juice and cookies.