When you’ve had all the eggnog you can drink, finished putting up all your decorations and lit the last candle, and you’d like to get out and soak up the spirit of the season, COW has some ideas for you and your loved ones!
First up, if you’re looking for a theater performance to take out-of-town relatives to, what could be better than ACT’s A Christmas Carol? The classic holiday tale of redemption lives again under the direction of Domenique Lozano. No humbugs here – just the joy of great theater.
Another unforgettable holiday performance is the Nutcracker Ballet. There’s several versions of this going on around the Bay, but San Francisco Ballet’s interpretation is special. Running through the 27th, the Ballet’s Nutcracker has a unique vision set in San Francisco during the 1915 World’s Fair.
If you’re a Disney nut (and who isn’t?), the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio is showing twice-daily screenings of ‘Christmas with Walt’ through the end of the month. Just short of an hour, the documentary is narrated by Diane Disney Miller – Walt’s daughter – and has scenes from many of his movies, music from Disney’s Dixieland band, and clips of Disney family home movies.
If the holidays are getting just a little too sweet for you, David Sedaris’ tale of working as the department store elf Crumpet has a way of cutting through the sugar. David Sinaiko performs ‘The Santaland Diaries’ at the Eureka Theater through the 28th.
Rounding out our list of live performances, may we recommend that your heart grow three sizes by going to see ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’? The Golden Gate Theater is putting on the musical through the end of the year.
If outdoor events are more your thing, we’ve got some suggestions for you:
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (which used to be Marine World) has its Holiday in the Park event running through the 31st. Animal shows, an artificial-snow ski slope, music and a holiday buffet are just some of the attractions this year!
Also fun for those who love animals is the SF Zoo’s holiday events. Along with Zoo Camp to keep children entertained and learning the week after Christmas, the Zoo also has educational programs and a skating rink during the holidays.
The merchants at Fisherman’s Wharf would love to have you visit this holiday season, with their ‘Holiday Lights and Sights’ program. http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/fishermans-wharf/holiday-lights-sights-at-the-wharf
If you find your way to San Jose, be sure to check out San Jose Christmas in the Park at Plaza de César Chávez. Featuring a fair-like atmosphere of food and diversions, the annual event also plays host to dozens of lit-up Christmas tree and the wonderful Downtown Ice outdoor skating rink and rides for the kids!
After all that, you might just want to slow down and take in the view of some beautiful lights. We’ve got two suggestions for you: The Fantasy of Lights, a mile and a half of outdoor wonderment in Los Gatos. Their website describes it as, “The mostly animated larger-than-life displays, the special sounds of holiday music piped through your own car radio and the sights and sounds of an erupting Volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, Santa Shooting Hoops, a pen of playful penguins, blazing cannons, Tunnels of lights, and a 90 ft winking, twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout the ride.”
There is also the Bay Area tradition of ‘Christmas Tree Lane’ – Fulton Street in Palo Alto – a whole street of intricately decorated homes that have been wowing us since 1940!
Of course, it is also traditional to settle down in front of the TV on Christmas Eve or Christmas day and watch ‘A Christmas Story’ on TBS.
What ever you do, we wish all COWs a happy and safe holiday!!