It’s the winter holidays with the sugared up young-uns under hoof, barn burstin with friends and relatives and likely some rainy days. Here are some ideas on what to do and where to you can take your herd. Check out their web sites for schedules and charges. COW wishes you a fun, joy filled and safe holiday!
Ballet San Jose
Family matinees thru December 26th (except Christmas day) at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose. According to the San Francisco Chronicle it is “one of the most entertaining versions of Nutcracker anywhere in the country,” and “A masterful approach to storytelling.”
San Francisco Ballet
The first ballet company to bring the Nutcracker tradition to America, San Francisco Ballet’s production is like no other. It is set in San Francisco during the 1915 World’s Fair.
The Santa Cruz Carriage Company conducts tours of Willow Glen Christmas lights and holiday displays starting at the Treehouse 1275 Lincoln Ave. San Jose.
Animated Christmas Light Show
5625 Lilac Blossom Lane, San Jose
Drive by and see an animated Christmas Light show which runs every night from 5:30PM to 10PM until Jan 6th. Tune your Radio to 101.5FM and watch from the comfort of your car.
Holiday lights by motorized cable car. A Holiday Lights Motorized Cable Car Tour, runs tours schedule on December 24th and 25. They’ll play holiday music, give you a complimentary Santa hat, tempt you with candy canes, and provide blankets to keep you warm on the tour.
Other local holiday lights. Check out Lights of the Valley web site for other locations.
Christmas in the Park
Until January first, free, at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, downtown San Jose. Christmas in the Park is a winter wonderland of family fun. A good place to visit Santa. Also there are rides for the kids and Downtown Ice is across the street.
Downtown Ice, San Jose. Skate in a circle of palm trees at the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink.
Skating in San Francisco. There are several places to ice skate in the City. You can skate under the stars near the waterfront throughout the holiday season at The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, now through January 2, 2010, including all day Christmas Day. Or try the indoor Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center which is open for public skating on December 25, 2010 during afternoon and evening hours.
The Holidays at the SF Zoo. See the animals get holiday toys and treats each weekend, December 21 through January 2, 2011. And you can get SF Zoo discount tickets in advance.
Curious George at Contemporary Jewish Museum. On December 25, admission is FREE for everyone from 11am to 5pm. Current exhibits include Curious George Saves the Day. Families can meet some of their favorite Curious George characters, make their own story boats, and listen to their favorite Curious George stories. Food, beverages, and other holiday treats will be available all day. Located at 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth streets) in San Francisco.
Beach Blanket Babylon Holiday Show. Beach Blanket Babylon is the world’s longest running musical revue. Its holiday special features a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees. Minors welcome on Sundays.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Through December 24th American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
The Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns to A.C.T. with a sparkling, music-infused A Christmas Carol.
San Francisco Symphony and Chorus Members: T’was the Night. Through December at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Circus Caberet in San Francisco. Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco will present Mittens and Mistletoe, a winter circus cabaret on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Circus artists of Sweet Can Productions will perform a lighthearted and funny variety show suitable for all ages, featuring the award-winning clown duet Coventry & Kaluza along with local circus acts.
Jewish/Asian with Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.The Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy offers “Jewish comedy on Xmas” in a Chinese restaurant setting. The New Asia Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Dec 23-26, 2010, 772 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133; 415-391-6666.
Conquering Time presents The Gift: a spectacle of story and song.
“The Gift” will feature dramatic readings from an original folktale by four local writers, set off by ten sacred hymns from the Russian Christmas tradition on Sunday, Jan 16 7:30pm at Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco.