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December 2017

An original play by Michael T. Antonucci Based on the music of Linda Arnold This is the tale of Mrs. Robinson who is determined to win the Gingerbread House contest this year. But, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Triton Museum-Hall Pavilion
1505 Warburton Ave.
Santa Clara, CA  95050
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Sponsor: Santa Clara Players
Telephone: 408-248-7993
Contact Name: George Doeltz
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Select from Washington-grown Noble, Douglas, Fraser and Nordmann Firs that receive extra fresh cuts and go home with wet pieces of burlap on their ends.  9am-9pm Sat. and...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
1060 Pine Lane
Clayton, CA  94517
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Telephone: 925-672-5198
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Come enjoy nature and cut down your own tree in the East Bay Hills at this pretty spot offering firs, pines and pre-cut trees. 11am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday 9am-5pm Friday, Saturday...

Cost: $54.95 Monterey Pine, $64.95 Douglas Fir, $74.95-79.95 Noble and Nordmann Fir

Where:
Redwood and Miller Roads
Castro Valley , CA  94546
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Telephone: 510-889-1992
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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Become immersed within a large-scale, light-filled installation by FriendsWithYou, a fine art collaborative featuring Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The rainbow-inspired artists created...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and ages 8 and under FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Learn practical and effective methods to make life with children easier and more satisfying. Led by Julie King, author of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen.

Cost: $189-319

Where:
Dr. George Sugarman Swift Building
600 Fifth Ave.
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 415-491-7959
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Join us for a day-long festival, accessible for all families, celebrating Hanukkah and folktales, and filled with art-making, shadow puppets, dreidel playing, storytelling, and more. The Museum is...

Cost: 2 adults free with visitor 22 & under, on Family ArtBash Sundays

Where:
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Contemporary Jewish Museum
Telephone: 415-655-7800
Contact Name: Contemporary Jewish Museum
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“A great place to shop for unique Gifts” Enjoy an old fashioned shopping  experience as you are taken back through times gone by.  Over seventy booths of antiques and...

Cost: $8

Where:
Marin Center Exhibit Hall
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA  94903
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Join us for a morning of fun learning activities and music with Wornick teachers, especially for children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Co-sponsored by PJ Library®. Free admission. Lunch will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wornick Jewish Day School
800 Foster City Blvd
Foster City, CA  94404
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Sponsor: PJ Library
Telephone: 650-378-2611
Contact Name: Annie O'Donnell
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Save the Dates! La Bouquetiere Atelier Sale | Great Holiday Gifts at 50% Savings Open to the public • 10am to 5pm December 9-10 & December 16-17 Join us for champagne, hors...

Cost: Free

Where:
La Bouquetiere
539 Railroad Ave
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA  94080
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Sponsor: La Bouquetiere
Telephone: 650-228-2000
Contact Name: Mario Salas
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November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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All levels of skating ability can feel comfortable with 4,100 square feet of ice skating bliss returning for its fifth year at the South Shore Center!  New skaters can use Bobby the...

Cost: $11-17 ages 9 and up, $7-13 ages 8 and under, $8 Bobby The Seal

Where:
South Shore Center
523 South Shore Center
Alameda, CA  94501
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Telephone: 510-629-1423
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Pick out your perfect tree from a variety of fresh cut choices at this family businesses owned and operated by East Bay natives. Also located at the Bay Street Shopping Center, 5600 Shellmount...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
2153 Ferry Point
Alameda, CA  94501
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Telephone: 510-705-2352
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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Join us for a very special story time as author Constance Hale presents her beautiful picture book, ‘Iwalani’s Tree. Set in Hawaii, this lyrical story explores the unique bond between a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Helen Crocker Russell Library
1199 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA  94122
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Sponsor: San Francisco Botanical Garden
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The museum’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition opens today and is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly with newly commissioned artwork alongside rarely-seen butterfly...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Satisfy your sweet tooth at the St. Francis Sweet Boutique, where a delectable selection of freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men, holiday Parisian macarons...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Westin St. Francis - Landmark Lobby
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Enjoy this family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Second Sundays Family tours at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cantor Arts Center
Palm Drive, at Museum Way and Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA
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The museum offers short family-focused museum tours at 12:30pm, hands-on art activities outside and inside, and Art Boxes to check out for drawing in the galleries.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Anderson Collection
Stanford University
314 Lomita Drive
, CA
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Come have a fabulous time finding beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays at our special holiday shopping party in the Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall. Choose from a unique selection of gifts...

Cost: Free

Where:
UC Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Dr.
Berkeley, CA  94720
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Sponsor: UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Telephone: 510-643-2755
Contact Name: Nancy Rosenlund
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The Peter Pan Foundation invites you to its holiday original musical, 'Twas the Opening Night Before Christmas. 'Twas is a story about the magic of putting on a pageant during...

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students and seniors

Where:
Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Rd
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Sponsor: Peter Pan Foundation
Contact Name: Lisa Rodriguez
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
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Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
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Once Upon Your Mind is interactive, improvised storytelling. Using a storybook as a starting point, audience members of all ages are encouraged to participate in creating an original...

Cost: $10 adults, $6 children

Where:
All Out Comedy Theater
2525 Telegraph Ave.
Suite B
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: All Out Comedy Theater
Telephone: (510)761-7279
Contact Name: Colleen Breen
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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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Sundays, December 3, 10 & 31; Tuesday, December 26; Thursday, December 28; Friday December 29; 11am-3pm Every first and second Sunday and select school holidays from 11am-3pm, families can...

Cost: FREE with regular admission: free to $14

Where:
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Contemporary Jewish Museum
Telephone: 415-655-7800
Contact Name: Contemporary Jewish Museum
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Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles....

Cost: $15 adults, $10 children under 13

Where:
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave.
Alameda, CA  94501
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Sponsor: Rhythmix Cultural Works
Telephone: 510-865-5060
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Discover unique handmade holiday decorations and gifts; a portion of sales goes to art classes in West Contra Costa schools. Opens Sat., Nov. 18. 11am-7pm daily. Closes at 2pm...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hilltop Plaza
3500B Klose Way
Richmond, CA  94806
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Sponsor: El Sobrante Art Guild
Telephone: 510-619-8041
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Come visit MOAH as we host the Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO® Show Featuring festive holidays scenes in a miniature city! This is an exhibit everyone in the family can enjoy. Our Learning...

Cost: $3

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94302
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Sponsor: Museum of American Heritage
Telephone: 650-321-1004
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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Sunday, December, 2017 Bring your friends to the Osher Marin JCC for the biggest, best & FREE Hanukkah party in Marin! Enjoy dancing, arts & crafts, live music,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA  94903
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Sponsor: Osher Marin JCC
Telephone: 415-444-8080
Contact Name: Heidi Sanders
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Enjoy food, arts and crafts, dreidel playoffs, live music and more.

Cost: FREE; suggested donation of canned food

Where:
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 415-444-8000
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Families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit with Santa at the Danville Livery. Children can capture photo memories with Santa beginning November...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Danville Livery
802 Sycamore Valley Road West
Danville, CA  94526
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Sponsor: Danville Livery
Telephone: 800-762-1641
Contact Name: Kimberly Kelley
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Celebrate the holidays – Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center hosts its annual Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival in mid-December. This holiday tradition features local artists and crafts...

Cost: $6 adults, $4 kids, 2 and under FREE

Where:
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA
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A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
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Create a Stuffed Snowman to celebrate the season! Bring in old socks and we'll use buttons, scraps of fabric, and lots of ingenuity to make everlasting snowmen that you can leave up all year long!...

Cost: $6 + Adult Museum Admission

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Put on your fanciest hat, grab your teddy and join the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa for a special holiday tea experience. Littles and their beloved lovies can nosh on delectable finger...

Cost: 65

Where:
The Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA  94549
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Temple Beth Hillel 801 Park Central (Hilltop exit off I-80)  Richmond, CA 94803 510.223.2560 tbh@richmond.org www.tbhrichmond.org   Sunday, December 10, 2017 Noon...

Cost: ~$10/person

Where:
Temple Beth Hillel
801 Park Central
(Hilltop exit off I-80)
Richmond, CA  94803
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Sponsor: Temple Beth Hillel
Telephone: 151-022-32560
Contact Name: Arlene Lisby
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This program features antique tea settings, homemade sandwiches, sweets, tea, hot chocolate, live music and more. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bears.  Repeats at 3pm.

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children under 12 or $50 for one adult and one child

Where:
Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Ave.
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 800-838-3006
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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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Orinda Ballet Academy's "A Sweet Dream Nutcracker" . A  2-Act story ballet about a young girls adventurous dream about her beloved Nutcracker doll. Family and...

Cost: $20 Advance purchased, $25 at Door

Where:
Orinda Library Auditorium
26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA  94563
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Sponsor: Orinda Ballet Academy
Telephone: 925-254-2445
Contact Name: Patricia Tomlinson
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The Santa Clara Ballet Company's 44th annual production of Benjamin Reyes' full-length, traditional version of the Nutcracker ballet is a holiday family favorite with sparkling choreography...

Cost: $34 General Reserved Seating Adults

Where:
Santa Clara Convention Center Theater
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Santa Clara Ballet
Telephone: 650-518-9575
Contact Name: Prakash Darji
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Bring your own camera and take a picture of your little one with Santa. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas wish list.

Cost: FREE

Where:
East Japan Center Mall
1737 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-440-1171
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San Ramon Valley Dance Academy's production of Impressions of the Nutcracker incorporates multiple dance styles in a fast paced performance that follows the traditional story line of the...

Cost: $25 adults,$21 children/seniors

Where:
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd.
San Ramon, CA  94582
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Sponsor: San Ramon Valley Dance Academy
Telephone: (925)837-4656
Contact Name: San Ramon Valley Dance Academy
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Transition Palo Alto Holiday Share Faire  Sunday, December 10, 2017  1:00-3:00 PM   Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Rooms A6 and A7....

Cost: 0

Where:
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Rd
Rooms A6 and A7
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Sponsor: Transition Palo Alto
Contact Name: rani
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Guests will enjoy live holiday entertainment, including Holiday Festival Strings, Dickens Carolers, Steel Pan Band, Musical Toy Solider Guard and Merry Mariachi Band. Carolers will stroll...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Celebrate sea life with crafts. Every Sun. (not Dec. 24 or 31). 

Cost: $6 adults, $4 kids, 2 and under FREE

Where:
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA
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Youth Shakespeare is pleased to present the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens, performed in the round at our Houge Park Studio Theatre in San Jose. The story portrays the magical,...

Cost: $10

Where:
San Jose Clubhouse
15480 Union Ave
San Jose, CA  95124
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Sponsor: San Jose Youth Shakespeare
Telephone: 408-978-5516
Contact Name: Barbara Rumsby
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Want to get away from the winter blues this holiday season? Then come to the free Tropical Holiday Family Day at the Palo Alto Art Center on Sunday, December 10, 2-4:30 p.m. Join us for an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Sponsor: Palo Alto Art Center
Telephone: 650-617-3511
Contact Name: Ken Heiman
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Join us for our monthly family and friends AcroYoga experience! An all levels acrobatic practice with focus on safety, alignment & yoga basics. We are constantly busy with demanding...

Cost: $25 first adult, $15 second adult, $5 per child

Where:
Pro Martial Arts
236 E. Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA
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Come for activities and performances for all ages. Call for details.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-329-2366
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CHRISTMAS IN OZ  A New Musical About Old Friends   Christmas in Oz is an enchanting, full-length Broadway-style musical treat for the entire family, overflowing with...

Cost: $20 - $25

Where:
Chanticleers Theatre
3683 Quail Avenue
Castro Valley, CA  94546
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Listen to Prokofiev’s classic piece about a young boy who captures a wolf.

Cost: $25-79

Where:
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864-6000
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This holiday season, experience the beauty and splendor of San José Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” a San Jose tradition since 1966. Scott Johannes Krijnen, will lead the...

Cost: $38, $48, $58, $68

Where:
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 S Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: San José Dance Theatre
Telephone: 408-286-9905
Contact Name: Miriam Watson
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Join the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay’s annual celebration to play, learn, enjoy delicious latkes and a candle lighting. 

Cost: TBD

Where:
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch
1414 Walnut St.
Berkeley, CA  94709
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Telephone: 510-848-0237, ext. 142
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Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles is...

Cost: $25-$84

Where:
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA  94041
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Sponsor: SMUIN
Telephone: (650) 903-6000
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Teresa Lubarsky’s Healdsburg Ballet is please to premier a brand new story length ballet with it’s rendition of A Frozen Ballet. Racing to save their kingdom from being trapped in...

Cost: $15 - $22 Tickets available at: Brownpaperticket.com Healdsburg Ballet and at th

Where:
Raven Performing Arts Theater
115 North Street
Healdsburg, CA  95448
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Let’s go "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow” and to a galaxy far, far away! Come in from the cold for an afternoon movie music matinee. The December 10 Holiday Pops Concert features...

Cost: $8-$15

Where:
California Theatre
345 S. First St.
San Jose, CA
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Sponsor: El Camino Youth Symphony
Telephone: 650-213-7111
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The Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) is pleased to announce the opening of Guided Colors, a K-8 art exhibition at its ArtLab Gallery, from 3:00-5:30 pm on December 10, 2017. The exhibit...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Sponsor: City of Palo Alto
Telephone: 650.617.3504
Contact Name: Brittany Amante
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Catch the Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts Jazz Band and Flock of Flutes Annual Concert! The Jazz Band, directed by Max Pricco, will play contemporary jazz arrangements and a couple holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
Shadelands Art Center
111 N. Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Sponsor: Center for Community Arts
Telephone: 925-943-5846
Contact Name: Fernando Vesga Villalba
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The Peter Pan Foundation invites you to its holiday original musical, 'Twas the Opening Night Before Christmas. 'Twas is a story about the magic of putting on a pageant during...

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students and seniors

Where:
Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Rd
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Sponsor: Peter Pan Foundation
Contact Name: Lisa Rodriguez
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
Contact Name: Spin Communications
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Come enjoy a concert by the Foothill Symphonic Winds. Music Director David Bruce Adams will lead the band in a musical program of works for concert band and wind ensemble. From familiar tunes to...

Cost: $5 to $10

Where:
Cubberley Theater
4000 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Foothill Symphonic Winds
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San Ramon Valley Dance Academy's production of Impressions of the Nutcracker incorporates multiple dance styles in a fast paced performance that follows the traditional story line of the...

Cost: $25 adults,$21 children/seniors

Where:
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd.
San Ramon, CA  94582
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Sponsor: San Ramon Valley Dance Academy
Telephone: 925-837-4656
Contact Name: San Ramon Valley Dance Academy
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Music Director David Bruce Adams leads the Foothill Symphonic Winds in their fall concert, "Fantaisie Musicale." The band will perform "Children's March," by Percy Grainger,...

Cost: $5 - $10

Where:
Cubberley Theater
4000 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Foothill Symphonic Winds
Telephone: 650-969-0191
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Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents Ubi Caritas: Where There is Love, a joyous holiday concert celebrating the universal power of love. Among the pieces will be four settings of the Ubi Caritas text,...

Cost: $5-$25

Where:
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA  94109
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Sponsor: Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Telephone: 415-474-1608
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San Ramon Valley Dance Academy's production of Impressions of the Nutcracker incorporates multiple dance styles in a fast paced performance that follows the traditional story line of the...

Cost: $25 adults,$21 children/seniors

Where:
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd.
San Ramon, CA  94582
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Sponsor: San Ramon Valley Dance Academy
Telephone: (707)342-2514
Contact Name: Holly Morrow
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There’s a good reason why this has become a holiday tradition for many families. The train is decked out with lights and decorations inside and out on an hour-long ride through...

Cost: $30 coach, $50 first-class dome, $600 private caboose

Where:
Niles Train Station
37001 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA  94536
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The Santa Clara Ballet Company's 44th annual production of Benjamin Reyes' full-length, traditional version of the Nutcracker ballet is a holiday family favorite with sparkling choreography set to...

Cost: $34 General Reserved Seating Adults

Where:
Santa Clara Convention Center Theater
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Santa Clara Ballet
Telephone: 650-518-9575
Contact Name: Prakash Darji
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Visit the cemetery through New Year's Day for a holiday light exhibition featuring scenes from Santa's workshop and other holiday themes including a giant nutcracker solider,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94611
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Telephone: 510-658-2588
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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For local pet owners, the popular Pet Photo Night with Santa will occur on December 10 from 6 – 7  p.m. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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The Bothwell Arts Center will welcome back the Annual Celtic Christmas Concert and Gathering on December 10, 2017. A spirited community celebration filled with music, food and laughter, the event...

Cost: $18; $23 at the door.

Where:
Bothwell Arts Center
2466 8th Street
Livermore, CA  94550
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Sponsor: Bothwell Arts Center
Telephone: 925-447-2787
Contact Name: Anne Giancola
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December 9, 7:00pm; December 10, 4:00pm Bay Area Vocal Academy kicks off its public concert season with two sparkling holiday performances. The BAVA Artists will perform selections and scenes...

Cost: $5-20.

Where:
Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA  94114
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Sponsor: Bay Area Vocal Academy
Telephone: 415-723-2282
Contact Name: Rhoslyn Jones and Justin Montigne, Directors
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The Peter Pan Foundation invites you to its holiday original musical, 'Twas the Opening Night Before Christmas. 'Twas is a story about the magic of putting on a pageant during the Holiday...

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors

Where:
Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Rd
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Sponsor: Peter Pan Foundation
Contact Name: Lisa Rodriguez
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Do you want to delight your friends and family to an extraordinary performance this Holiday season?  Look no further than The Los Gatos Ballet Nutcracker, ranked by Modern Luxury Silicon...

Cost: $25-55

Where:
Flint Center in Cupertino
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA  95014
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Sponsor: Los Gatos Ballet
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featuring a hummable...

Cost: 15

Where:
Poison Apple Playhouse
847 Arnold Drive
Martinez , CA  94553
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Sponsor: Poison Apple Productions
Telephone: 925-957-0773
Contact Name: Gina Roth
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Ragazzi Continuo presents Winter’s Warmth, a holiday concert series inspired by the myriad holiday traditions born out of light and warmth. In a journey from the wonder of Thomas...

Cost: Advance: $15-$20, Door: $15-$25

Where:
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
178 Clinton Street
Redwood City, CA  94062
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Sponsor: Ragazzi Continuo
Telephone: 650-342-8785
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Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles...

Cost: $25-$84

Where:
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA  94041
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Sponsor: SMUIN
Telephone: (650) 903-6000
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CIRCUS VERITAS Featuring the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants is a powerful cohesive circus performance from Kinetic Arts Productions, the Oakland circus company that has been bringing audiences...

Cost: Advance Discount Tickets: Starting at $24.50

Where:
Kinetic Arts Center
785 7th Street
Oakland, CA  94607
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Sponsor: Kinetic Arts Productions
Telephone: (510)444-4800
Contact Name: Victoria Angello
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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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More than 150 dance students plus professionals present this holiday favorite. Sun., Dec. 3. 1 and 4pm. Sat., Dec. 9. 3pm. Sun., Dec. 10. 1 and 4pm.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Woodside Performing Arts Center
199 Churchill Ave.
Woodside, CA
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Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-463-4930
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Cruise along a 50x80-foot ice rink on your skates when Martinez brings back this seasonal affair Nov. 18-Jan. 7, featuring regular hours and special events. Hours of operation Mon.-Thu....

Cost: $11-$14

Where:
Downtown Martinez
Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 925-228-3577
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Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
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Telephone: 800-510-1558
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From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
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This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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See the classic holiday ballet as envisioned by choreographer Julia Adam.  Performances are at 1pm and 5pm.

Cost: Call for ticket prices

Where:
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 415-453-6705
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Join friends and family at traditional Victorian tea luncheons in either the parlor or dining room of Shadelands Ranch with seatings at 11am and 1:30pm. Reservations required. A special...

Cost: $35 tea tickets, admission to Holiday Faire FREE.

Where:
Shadelands Ranch
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Telephone: 925-935-7871
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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-397-7000
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Enter a world of magic and join Clara as she celebrates with friends and family. Experience the suspenseful battle with the Mouse King. Travel to the magical realm of the Snow Queen and on to The...

Where:
Flint Center
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA
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When tiny, feisty Flory loses her fairy wings, she has to use all her resources to survive a garden of threatening creatures in this Bay Area Children's Theatre production for ages 8 and...

Cost: $26 adults, $20 ages 2-14

Where:
BACT Berkeley Center
2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Sponsor: Bay Area Children's Theatre
Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Glide into the winter season in a partially-enclosed ice rink for all ages and abilities in downtown Walnut Creek from Nov. 10-Jan. 15. Monday-Thursday   12pm-8pm...

Cost: $12-15 per person, includes skate rental.

Where:
Civic Park
1375 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Sponsor: Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Walnut Creek Downtown
Telephone: 925-935-7669
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This holiday tradition of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and will be open today through Dec. 31 allowing guests to enjoy shows and festive attractions, step...

Cost: $69.99 general, $49.99 children under 48 inches, under 2 FREE.

Where:
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive, SW
Vallejo, CA  94589
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Telephone: 707-644-4000
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Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
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Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-743-1454
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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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This performance tells the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince with stunning costumes, dazzling sets and music. Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. 

Cost: $32-65

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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  Known for their athleticism and passion, these dancers present this story about the enduring power of love.

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-978- 2787
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This annual Tri-Valley presentation of The Nutcracker will bring Tchaikovsky's music and ballet to life with elaborate sets, skilled dancers and beautiful costumes. Dec. 9-10: 2pm and 7pm...

Cost: $21-42

Where:
Bankhead Theater
2400 First St.
Livermore, CA  94551
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Telephone: 925-243-0925
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This popular musical will return to the Berkeley Playhouse depicting young, orphaned Annie in 1930s depression era New York determined to find the parents that left her on the city...

Cost: $25-40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-837-1931
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Follow the adventures of Charlie Bucket as he finds a winning ticket in a candy bar and becomes one of five lucky children to tour a mysterious chocolate factory in this Bay Area Children’s...

Cost: $26 adults, $20 children ages 2-14

Where:
Bay Area Children's Theatre Berkeley Center
2055 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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For select songs, a large flashing “Dance Along” sign signals audience members to tug their tutus on and pour on the dance floor to pirouette beneath the spotlight with the cast.

Cost: Check website for ticket prices

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-255-1355
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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Encourage your young naturalist's curiosity at Mini Monday, a special day of animal encounters, activities and crafts for kids ages 2-5 and an adult. 

Cost: $20 first child ($10 museum members), $6 each additional child ages 2 and older.

Where:
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA  94597
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Telephone: 925-935-1978
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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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Bring your family and friends to get moving on the ice at a public open skate, offered during multiple times daily throughout each month. Check website for times.

Cost: $11 ages 13 and older, $9.45 ages 12 and under; $4.75 skate rental

Where:
Oakland Ice Center
519 18th St.
Oakland, CA  94612
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Telephone: 510-268-9000
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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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This Christmas tree farm specializes in Nobel, Douglas, Grand and Turkish Firs and can be found all over California, including East Bay locations Antioch, Concord and Fremont. ...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
4000 San Pablo Ave.
Hercules, CA  94547
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Telephone: 408-393-6303
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
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Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
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A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe and supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Second Mon. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA
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his production showcases the high kicking antics of the Russian Trepak Dancers, the graceful ice skater Crystal Chandelier, and the dazzling acrobatic penguins.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rose Garden Branch Library
1580 Naglee Ave.
San Jose, CA
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Learn how to play the game and join in fun tournaments. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cambrian Branch Library
1780 Hillsdale Ave.
San Jose, CA
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
View map »


Telephone: 650-743-1454
Website »

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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
View map »


Telephone: 707-253-1324
Website »

More information

Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
View map »


Website »

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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
View map »


Website »

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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-379-8000
Website »

More information

Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
View map »


Telephone: 650-463-4930
Website »

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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-397-7000
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-837-1931
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This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
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Telephone: 800-510-1558
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From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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Cruise along a 50x80-foot ice rink on your skates when Martinez brings back this seasonal affair Nov. 18-Jan. 7, featuring regular hours and special events. Hours of operation Mon.-Thu....

Cost: $11-$14

Where:
Downtown Martinez
Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 925-228-3577
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  Known for their athleticism and passion, these dancers present this story about the enduring power of love.

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-978- 2787
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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Walk through 12 acres of trees to choose from six different varieties and cut your own; or pick out a pre-cut Noble, Douglas, Grand or Red Fir. Open seven days a week from the day after...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
6224 Silveyville Road
Dixon, CA  95620
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Telephone: 707-678-1823
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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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Judy Molyneux received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Then went on to teach art at Georgia Southern College.  When she arrived in Bolinas in the 70s, she opened her own gallery where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
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This Christmas tree farm specializes in Nobel, Douglas, Grand and Turkish Firs and can be found all over California, including East Bay locations Antioch, Concord and Fremont. ...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
4000 San Pablo Ave.
Hercules, CA  94547
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Telephone: 408-393-6303
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Bring your family and friends to get moving on the ice at a public open skate, offered during multiple times daily throughout each month. Check website for times.

Cost: $11 ages 13 and older, $9.45 ages 12 and under; $4.75 skate rental

Where:
Oakland Ice Center
519 18th St.
Oakland, CA  94612
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Telephone: 510-268-9000
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
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Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
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Join us at Bayfair Center in San Leandro for storytime with Muriel (http://www.forherstories.com/) every Tuesday from 11am to 12pm at the circle in front of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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Telephone: 510-357-6000
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Make art, design an invention or check out the 3D printer.

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Mix
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-557-4400
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Join us for our new Knit a Chunky Scarf Workshop with Cara Corey of Mary Marie Knits. Whether you're new to knitting or you once started a knitting project and never finished,...

Cost: $65

Where:
gather
541 Octavia St.
san francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: gather
Telephone: 415-799-7130
Contact Name: daisy mcclellan
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Hear beloved holiday classics, traditional carols and favorite themes.

Cost: Starts at $43 for adults, starts at $20 for youth 6-17

Where:
Marin Center Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Raphael, CA
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Telephone: 415-473-6800
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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Come to a family skating session each Tuesday evening for all ages to practice their moves on the ice at a special rate. *There will be no Family Night sessions Dec. 20-Jan. 7. Daily...

Cost: $7 each skater, includes skate rental

Where:
Dublin Iceland
7212 San Ramon Road
Dublin, CA  94568
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Telephone: 925-829-4445
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Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Celebrate illuminating the darkness with candle lighting, storytelling, singing and festive treats.  4pm storytime, 4:30pm Hanukkah lighting and songs.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-292-1200
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-397-7000
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-837-1931
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This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-743-1454
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Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
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Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-463-4930
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Website »

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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
View map »


Telephone: 800-510-1558
Website »

More information

This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-345-7575
Website »

More information

From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
Website »

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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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Judy Molyneux received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Then went on to teach art at Georgia Southern College.  When she arrived in Bolinas in the 70s, she opened her own gallery where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
View map »


Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
Website »

More information

November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Website »

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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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Come join us under the sun ay Sunnyvale! Activities includes: Harvesting crops Feeding ducks, chickens, quails Weeding Watering plans Playdate on dirt mountains with regular...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Farm School
1055 Dunford Way
Sunnyvale, CA  94086
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Sponsor: Full Circle Farm School
Telephone: 650-069-01725
Contact Name: Lucia Campbell
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After Thanksgiving, the Smith Family Farm becomes a forest of fresh-cut Douglas and Noble Fir Christmas trees, and Santa Claus visits the holiday-themed barn for photos on weekends. Weekdays...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
4430 Sellers Ave.
Brentwood, CA  94513
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Telephone: 925-625-3544
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Families and Community volunteers together on this 11 acres community gardens. Activities include:  Feeding the ducks, chickens, quails Pulling our weeds Harvesting vegetables...

Cost: 0

Where:
Full Circle Farm School
1055 Dunford Way
Sunnyvale, CA  94086
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Sponsor: Full Circle Farm School
Telephone: 650-690-1725
Contact Name: Lucia Campbell
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Enjoy live musical entertainment, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon animals and more! Mommy & Me Kid’s Club meets in Center Court near Ross. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westgate Center
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA
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Bring your family and friends to get moving on the ice at a public open skate, offered during multiple times daily throughout each month. Check website for times.

Cost: $11 ages 13 and older, $9.45 ages 12 and under; $4.75 skate rental

Where:
Oakland Ice Center
519 18th St.
Oakland, CA  94612
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Telephone: 510-268-9000
Website »

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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
View map »

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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
Website »

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Get in the Holiday spirit at Wednesday Storytime! Featuring readings of books celebrating Chanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, plus themed activities & a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Books Inc. Mountain View
317 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA
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Sponsor: Books Inc.
Telephone: 650-428-1234
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
View map »


Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
Website »

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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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The museum’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition opens today and is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly with newly commissioned artwork alongside rarely-seen butterfly...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
View map »


Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
Website »

More information

A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
View map »


Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
Website »

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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Middle schoolers in grades five through eight can join an afternoon of crafting to make gifts for the holidays. Registration required. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Concord Library
Meeting Room
2900 Salvio St.
Concord, CA  94519
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Telephone: 925-646-5455
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Yoga means ‘connection’ in Sanskrit. In this fun community class with our experienced instructor Suzanne Zuber, kids, teens, and adults can connect and calm the busy mind and body with...

Cost: 8 for child / 10 for adult

Where:
YogaKula
1700 Shattuck Avenue
2nd floor
Berkeley, CA
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Sponsor: YogaKula
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There’s a good reason why this has become a holiday tradition for many families. The train is decked out with lights and decorations inside and out on an hour-long ride through...

Cost: $30 coach, $50 first-class dome, $600 private caboose

Where:
Niles Train Station
37001 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA  94536
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Telephone: 510-996-8420
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Learn about all the classes Menlo Park has to offer including dance, gymnastics, fitness, music, cooking, theater, martial arts and more.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Atherton, CA
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Telephone: 650-330-2223
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-837-1931
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Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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The annual performance series located in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph offers nourishment for your spirit by presenting a soul-satisfying multicultural musical event for everyone to enjoy...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-397-7000
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Celebrate illuminating the darkness with candle lighting, storytelling, singing and festive treats.  4pm storytime, 4:30pm Hanukkah lighting and songs.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-292-1200
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Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-463-4930
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
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Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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The first Nutcracker in the United States premiered in San Francisco in 1944. This favorite holiday production features snowflakes, dancing flowers and a little girl who dreams about a whole new...

Cost: $25-398

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
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Telephone: 800-510-1558
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Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-743-1454
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Judy Molyneux received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Then went on to teach art at Georgia Southern College.  When she arrived in Bolinas in the 70s, she opened her own gallery where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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    Acclaimed Local Family Friendly Theatre Company Presents A Holiday Classic!   Walnut Creek based Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble is pleased to present this original...

Cost: $14

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Sponsor: Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble
Telephone: 192-593-42133
Contact Name: Fantasy Forum
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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After Thanksgiving, the Smith Family Farm becomes a forest of fresh-cut Douglas and Noble Fir Christmas trees, and Santa Claus visits the holiday-themed barn for photos on weekends. Weekdays...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
4430 Sellers Ave.
Brentwood, CA  94513
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Telephone: 925-625-3544
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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On 4 very special Thursdays in December, over 1,000 pounds of snow is added to the river otter habitat at Aquarium of the Bay! Snow days are more than just a fun way to celebrate the season –...

Cost: $7-21

Where:
Aquarium of the Bay
Embarcadero at Beach St.
San Francisco, CA  94133
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Sponsor: La Rocca Seafood
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November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Babies, 0 to 12 months, and their caregivers are invited to join us for 20 minutes of songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, stories and BUBBLES. After storytime, parents and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Educational Park Library
1772 Educational Park Dr
San Jose, CA  95133
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
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Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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Facilitated by Katie Bilsky, Sophie Bigalke and Russell Stephens -Join us in the Playroom on Thursdays for music, movement, and stories! Playtime Together is the perfect bonding activity for you...

Cost: Free

Where:
TALK Line Family Support Center
1757 Waller Street
San Francisco, CA  94117
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Telephone: 415-387-3684
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Join in this annual lighting of the 9-foot menorah. Includes children’s activities and music.

Cost: FREE

Where:
900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA
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This Puppet Company performance features the music of Tchaikovsky and handmade puppets.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Belvedere Tiburon Library
1501 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA
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Telephone: 415-789-2665
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Celebrate Chanukkah, Wornick Style! Co-sponsored by PJ Library®. Free admission. Advance registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Reading Bug
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA  94070
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Sponsor: PJ Library
Telephone: 650-378-2611
Contact Name: Annie O'Donnell
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Join local author/illustrator Elizabeth Martin in coloring in a reindeer with water soluble crayons, then painting them and sticking them on a card.

Cost: FREE

Where:
North Beach Branch Library
850 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-355-5626
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Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will produce their Hanukkah Celebration at Stanford Shopping Center. The festivities are to include: arts and craft tables for children, live performances, a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Hundreds of thousands of LED lights will brighten Oakland's night sky along with a candy cane lane themed rides area, Christmas tree fun and a light show. *Closed Dec. 24-25.

Cost: $10 adults, $9 ages 2-14, under 2 FREE (not included with regular zoo admission)

Where:
Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-632-9525
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Hanukkah comes to Stanford Shopping Center! Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with a musical performance by Isaac Zones of Shamati, arts and crafts for the kids, dreidel games and a special...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center, Macy's Plaza
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Sponsor: The Oshman Family JCC
Telephone: 650-223-8700
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the lighting of the menorah at 6:15 pm, and then set off on an incredible 1-hour train ride on Roaring Camp’s vintage excursion cars adorned with...

Cost: $31 adult, $25 child

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, AL
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles...

Cost: $25-$89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: SMUIN
Telephone: (415) 912-1899
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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
View map »


Telephone: 707-253-1324
Website »

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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-379-8000
Website »

More information

Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
View map »


Telephone: 650-743-1454
Website »

More information

Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Glide into the winter season in a partially-enclosed ice rink for all ages and abilities in downtown Walnut Creek from Nov. 10-Jan. 15. Monday-Thursday   12pm-8pm...

Cost: $12-15 per person, includes skate rental.

Where:
Civic Park
1375 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Sponsor: Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Walnut Creek Downtown
Telephone: 925-935-7669
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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-397-7000
Website »

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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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Cruise along a 50x80-foot ice rink on your skates when Martinez brings back this seasonal affair Nov. 18-Jan. 7, featuring regular hours and special events. Hours of operation Mon.-Thu....

Cost: $11-$14

Where:
Downtown Martinez
Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street
Martinez, CA  94553
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Telephone: 925-228-3577
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
View map »


Telephone: 925-943-7469
Website »

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Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble will present this fun story of Tucker the elf and the toys as they set out to save Christmas.   Show times vary. For more information, go...

Cost: $14

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
View map »


Telephone: 800-510-1558
Website »

More information

This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
View map »


Telephone: 707-253-1324
Website »

More information

Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-345-7575
Website »

More information

The annual performance series located in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph offers nourishment for your spirit by presenting a soul-satisfying multicultural musical event for everyone to enjoy...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
View map »


Website »

More information

Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
Website »

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The first Nutcracker in the United States premiered in San Francisco in 1944. This favorite holiday production features snowflakes, dancing flowers and a little girl who dreams about a whole new...

Cost: $25-398

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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This popular musical will return to the Berkeley Playhouse depicting young, orphaned Annie in 1930s depression era New York determined to find the parents that left her on the city...

Cost: $25-40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Celebrate illuminating the darkness with candle lighting, storytelling, singing and festive treats.  4pm storytime, 4:30pm Hanukkah lighting and songs.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-292-1200
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-837-1931
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-463-4930
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From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
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Judy Molyneux received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Then went on to teach art at Georgia Southern College.  When she arrived in Bolinas in the 70s, she opened her own gallery where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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Come enjoy nature and cut down your own tree in the East Bay Hills at this pretty spot offering firs, pines and pre-cut trees. 11am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday 9am-5pm Friday, Saturday...

Cost: $54.95 Monterey Pine, $64.95 Douglas Fir, $74.95-79.95 Noble and Nordmann Fir

Where:
Redwood and Miller Roads
Castro Valley , CA  94546
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Telephone: 510-889-1992
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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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    Acclaimed Local Family Friendly Theatre Company Presents A Holiday Classic!   Walnut Creek based Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble is pleased to present this original...

Cost: $14

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Sponsor: Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble
Telephone: 192-593-42133
Contact Name: Fantasy Forum
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Wear your ugly holiday sweater for photos with Santa. 

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
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November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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The only outdoor storytime in the East Bay! Join our librarian-trained storytellers every Friday at 10:30 or 3 at the Emerald City Stage for readings, songs, movement, and play!

Cost: Free with park admission ($10)

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA  94610
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Sponsor: Children's Fairyland
Telephone: 510-652-4159
Contact Name: Nancy Friedman
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
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Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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Come visit MOAH as we host the Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO® Show Featuring festive holidays scenes in a miniature city! This is an exhibit everyone in the family can enjoy. Our Learning...

Cost: $3

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94302
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Sponsor: Museum of American Heritage
Telephone: 650-321-1004
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A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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Join us in celebrating the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. You'll enjoy stories, crafts, special performances, a...

Cost: $10 general, $5 Fairyland members

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA  94610
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Sponsor: Children's Fairyland
Telephone: 510-652-4159
Contact Name: Nancy Friedman
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Celebrate the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali and Chinese New Year. There will be stories, magic, crafts, a festival of lights and more. 

Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA  94610
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Telephone: 510-238-6876
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Celebrate the winter holidays of many cultures at Children's Fairyland: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. You'll enjoy stories, crafts, special...

Cost: $10 general, $5 Fairyland members

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA  94610
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Sponsor: Children's Fairyland
Telephone: 510-652-4159
Contact Name: Nancy Friedman
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This lot is at a new location this year and has more than 300 trees from Washington and Oregon ranging in size from 2-14 feet. 

Cost: $19.99 and up

Where:
9 Wyoming St.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Telephone: 925-558-5680
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Meet at the greenhouse to seek caterpillars and eggs on the milkweed plants and then look for monarch butterflies in the nearby forest. 

Cost: $6 adults, $4 ages 4-17, under 4 FREE.

Where:
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.
Fremont, CA  94555
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Telephone: 510-544-2797
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Kids up to 17 are invited to show the world how talented they are with a 5-minute or less performance.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Portola Branch Library
380 Bacon St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-355-5660
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STEAM projects include building coding tree ornaments, snowflake art and making a toy dreidel. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Almaden Branch LIbrary
6445 Camden Road
San Jose, CA
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There’s a good reason why this has become a holiday tradition for many families. The train is decked out with lights and decorations inside and out on an hour-long ride through...

Cost: $30 coach, $50 first-class dome, $600 private caboose

Where:
Niles Train Station
37001 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA  94536
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Telephone: 510-996-8420
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Think fractured fairytales meets Big Bang Theory! Dorktales at the Dragon is a family-fun, story time series of goofier versions of favorite classics adored by generations. Suitable for all ages,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Dragon Theatre
2120 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA  94063
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Sponsor: Dragon Theatre
Telephone: 650-493-2006
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Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese, and Latin American winter festivities. Enjoy half-price admission, expanded...

Cost: Half-off for adults, +$4 for special exhibitions; 18 & under free

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA  94607
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Sponsor: Oakland Museum of California
Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Learn about the diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area including Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Balinese and Latin American festivities at this special Friday Nights @ OMCA with...

Cost: $7.50 adults, ages 18 and under FREE.

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8459
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The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department invites you to our Indoor Holiday Movie series! Bring a blanket and enjoy time with family and friends for a classic holiday movie shown on our...

Cost: 0

Where:
Burlingame Recreation Center
850 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA  94010
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Sponsor: Burlingame Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 650-855-7300
Contact Name: Burlingame Parks and Recreation
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the San Francisco waterfront in the oldest and largest boat parade on San Francisco Bay.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Best viewing locations: Pier 39, Aquatic Park, Marina Green, Crissy Field
San Francisco, CA


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Gather around the piano to share music and holiday cheer, led by performers from 42nd Street Moon. Festive drinks will be available for purchase.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Presidio Officers Club
50 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-561-4323
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles...

Cost: $25-$89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: SMUIN
Telephone: (415) 912-1899
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CHRISTMAS IN OZ  A New Musical About Old Friends   Christmas in Oz is an enchanting, full-length Broadway-style musical treat for the entire family, overflowing with...

Cost: $20 - $25

Where:
Chanticleers Theatre
3683 Quail Avenue
Castro Valley, CA  94546
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Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes and more. Morris’ alternative take...

Cost: $40–$135 (prices subject to change)

Where:
Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
Berkeley, CA  94720
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Sponsor: Cal Performances
Telephone: 510-642-9988
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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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Chill out on the ice when you head to a public skating session, held daily throughout the month at varying times. Check website. 

Cost: $10-13 adults, $8-11 ages 12 and under

Where:
Vacaville Ice Sports
551 Davis St.
Vacaville, CA  95688
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Telephone: 707-455-0225
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Follow the adventures of Charlie Bucket as he finds a winning ticket in a candy bar and becomes one of five lucky children to tour a mysterious chocolate factory in this Bay Area Children’s...

Cost: $26 adults, $20 children ages 2-14

Where:
Bay Area Children's Theatre Berkeley Center
2055 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble will present this fun story of Tucker the elf and the toys as they set out to save Christmas.   Show times vary. For more information, go...

Cost: $14

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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This annual Tri-Valley presentation of The Nutcracker will bring Tchaikovsky's music and ballet to life with elaborate sets, skilled dancers and beautiful costumes. Dec. 9-10: 2pm and 7pm...

Cost: $21-42

Where:
Bankhead Theater
2400 First St.
Livermore, CA  94551
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Telephone: 925-243-0925
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Celebrate illuminating the darkness with candle lighting, storytelling, singing and festive treats.  4pm storytime, 4:30pm Hanukkah lighting and songs.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-292-1200
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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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Take a magical trip with Santa Claus, reindeer, lovely music and seasonal delights. Dec. 15-17, 19-23, 26-31.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard at Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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This popular musical will return to the Berkeley Playhouse depicting young, orphaned Annie in 1930s depression era New York determined to find the parents that left her on the city...

Cost: $25-40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
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The annual performance series located in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph offers nourishment for your spirit by presenting a soul-satisfying multicultural musical event for everyone to enjoy...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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The San Jose Nutcracker is a classical holiday ballet unique to our home town. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, it tells the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker, while...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
Hammer Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk
San Jose, CA
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This holiday tradition of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and will be open today through Dec. 31 allowing guests to enjoy shows and festive attractions, step...

Cost: $69.99 general, $49.99 children under 48 inches, under 2 FREE.

Where:
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive, SW
Vallejo, CA  94589
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Telephone: 707-644-4000
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Brentwood's The Ballet Company of East County will present this holiday classic.  Fri., Dec. 15: 7pm Sat., Dec. 16: 3pm and 7pm Sun., Dec. 17: 12pm and 4pm

Cost: $16-20

Where:
El Campanil Theatre
602 W. Second St.
Antioch, CA  94509
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Telephone: 925-757-9500
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Come and watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
705 Front St.
, CA
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When the Snow Queen’s spell captures a young boy, his best friend sets out on a quest to save him. A journey filled with whimsy and intrigue, friends and foes, this beautiful original youth...

Cost: $38-53

Where:
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St.
, AL
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-397-7000
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Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-743-1454
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From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
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The first Nutcracker in the United States premiered in San Francisco in 1944. This favorite holiday production features snowflakes, dancing flowers and a little girl who dreams about a whole new...

Cost: $25-398

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-865-2000
Website »

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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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This features 17 hip hop artists from the Tribe and Poise’n joined by dancers from Peninsula Ballet Theatre. Fri., Dec. 15:7pm. Sun., Dec. 17: 6pm

Cost: All seats $35 until Dec. 1; then check website for prices

Where:
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-369-7770
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
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Telephone: 800-510-1558
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-463-4930
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Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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When tiny, feisty Flory loses her fairy wings, she has to use all her resources to survive a garden of threatening creatures in this Bay Area Children's Theatre production for ages 8 and...

Cost: $26 adults, $20 ages 2-14

Where:
BACT Berkeley Center
2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Sponsor: Bay Area Children's Theatre
Telephone: 510-296-4433
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This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
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Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa's Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join us on Saturdays from November 25th through December 23rd...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Kollar Chocolates
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA  94599
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Explore what remains of the once-bustling mining operations in the hills above New Almaden on this 4-mile hike. Meet at the Wood Road entrance off Hicks Road. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
21785 Almaden Road
San Jose, CA
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Select from Washington-grown Noble, Douglas, Fraser and Nordmann Firs that receive extra fresh cuts and go home with wet pieces of burlap on their ends.  9am-9pm Sat. and...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
1060 Pine Lane
Clayton, CA  94517
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Telephone: 925-672-5198
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Come enjoy nature and cut down your own tree in the East Bay Hills at this pretty spot offering firs, pines and pre-cut trees. 11am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday 9am-5pm Friday, Saturday...

Cost: $54.95 Monterey Pine, $64.95 Douglas Fir, $74.95-79.95 Noble and Nordmann Fir

Where:
Redwood and Miller Roads
Castro Valley , CA  94546
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Telephone: 510-889-1992
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Judy Molyneux received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Then went on to teach art at Georgia Southern College.  When she arrived in Bolinas in the 70s, she opened her own gallery where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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The variety of fresh trees sold here keep shoppers coming back to this local business year after year. Also located across from the Grand Lake Theatre Nov. 20-Dec. 24 at 503 Park...

Cost: Varies by tree type and size.

Where:
5609 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA  94609
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Telephone: 510-635-2773
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Bring the children to our Corte Madera store on Monday mornings for a story time with bounce! There’s no better way to start the week than with picture books, songs, rhymes and some jumping...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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    Acclaimed Local Family Friendly Theatre Company Presents A Holiday Classic!   Walnut Creek based Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble is pleased to present this original...

Cost: $14

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Sponsor: Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble
Telephone: 192-593-42133
Contact Name: Fantasy Forum
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All levels of skating ability can feel comfortable with 4,100 square feet of ice skating bliss returning for its fifth year at the South Shore Center!  New skaters can use Bobby the...

Cost: $11-17 ages 9 and up, $7-13 ages 8 and under, $8 Bobby The Seal

Where:
South Shore Center
523 South Shore Center
Alameda, CA  94501
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Telephone: 510-629-1423
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Eat a pancake breakfast, then enjoy a visit with the Jolly Old Elf and have fun with arts and crafts, a photo booth and holiday movies.

Cost: FREE

Where:
San Carlos Community Center
601 Chestnut St.
San Carlos, CA
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Telephone: 650-802-4114
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Become immersed within a large-scale, light-filled installation by FriendsWithYou, a fine art collaborative featuring Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The rainbow-inspired artists created...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and ages 8 and under FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-318-8400
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Jose-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
5160 Cherry Ave
San Jose, CA  95118
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Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Telephone: 669-234-5700
Contact Name: Gina Meacham
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  Stanford Shopping Center has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Home & Hope, to offer gift wrapping services in Center Pavilion. They will be collecting donations in an effort...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Stanford Shopping Center. You can reserve your magical...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Playland-Not-at-the-Beach will be open each day (except Christmas) for the last two weeks of the year for special activities and family fun!

Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors and children ages 14 and under

Where:
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
10979 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA  94530
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Telephone: 510-592-3002
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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Stoneridge Shopping Center. Children can whisper...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Stoneridge Shopping Center
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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November 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018* Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays) Open until 8 p.m. on November 10, December 1, December 5 *Exhibition closed...

Cost: $9.50-$12.50

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
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Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers;...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sonoma County
Sonoma County, CA


Sponsor: Farm Trails
Telephone: 707-837-8896
Contact Name: Samantha Harmon
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Come join us under the sun ay Sunnyvale! Activities includes: Harvesting crops Feeding ducks, chickens, quails Weeding Watering plans Playdate on dirt mountains with regular...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Full Circle Farm School
1055 Dunford Way
Sunnyvale, CA  94086
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Sponsor: Full Circle Farm School
Telephone: 650-069-01725
Contact Name: Lucia Campbell
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Become part of Sausalito’s very own attraction known around the world! We have a variety of volunteer positions that are suited for people just like you!  Greet visitors, lead tours,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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Save the Dates! La Bouquetiere Atelier Sale | Great Holiday Gifts at 50% Savings Open to the public • 10am to 5pm December 9-10 & December 16-17 Join us for champagne, hors...

Cost: Free

Where:
La Bouquetiere
539 Railroad Ave
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA  94080
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Sponsor: La Bouquetiere
Telephone: 650-228-2000
Contact Name: Mario Salas
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Local children’s musician and Kindermusik educator Miss Melissa Ayote shares songs, stories and sign language.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Copperfield's Books
999 Grant Ave.
Novato, CA
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Telephone: 415-721-1929
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The Little Folkies Family Band is celebrating the holidays in Noe Valley! Little Folkies Family Band will be spreading holiday cheer by performing Little Folkies original songs, a collection of...

Cost: 15

Where:
Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez St
San Francisco , CA  94114
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Sponsor: Little Folkies
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Families with young children up to age 5 who have developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs can socialize and play with tactile and sensory toys.  Registration is...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA  94538
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Telephone: 510-745-1421
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Ring in the holidays with festive fun at Town Center Corte Madera. From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free photos with Santa, as well as free holiday gift-wrapping services...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Telephone: 415-924-2961
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The museum’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition opens today and is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly with newly commissioned artwork alongside rarely-seen butterfly...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE

Where:
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Dec 16, 11am and 1 pm Join us for a fun-filled morning with Louis Pearl, the amazing Bubble Man. Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic,...

Cost: $20 Public | $18 Members and J-Pass holders | $15 Children of All Ages

Where:
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Sponsor: The Oshman Family JCC
Telephone: 650-223-8700
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My Very First Nutcracker is a special one hour classical ballet presentation of The San Jose Nutcracker suitable for our youngest audiences, including children and toddlers of all...

Cost: $12.50 and up

Where:
Hammer Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk
San Jose, CA
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Satisfy your sweet tooth at the St. Francis Sweet Boutique, where a delectable selection of freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men, holiday Parisian macarons...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Westin St. Francis - Landmark Lobby
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
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The musicians will celebrate Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday. The one-hour show will also feature audience participation and a Q&A.

Cost: $5-23

Where:
SFJAZZ Center
Miner Auditorium
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 866-920-5299
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Sing along with your favorite Christmas carols as the toys of St. Nicholas' workshop lead you on an extraordinary journey, filling children, young and old, with the joys of the season. Festive...

Cost: $5 to $25

Where:
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
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Sponsor: Grace Cathedral
Telephone: 415-749-6300
Contact Name: Patsy Barich
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Come visit MOAH as we host the Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO® Show Featuring festive holidays scenes in a miniature city! This is an exhibit everyone in the family can enjoy. Our Learning...

Cost: $3

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94302
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Sponsor: Museum of American Heritage
Telephone: 650-321-1004
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Feel free to bring your current knitting project. If you are just getting started, supplies will be provided. Children under 10 are welcome with an adult. Registration required. 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cambrian Branch Library
1780 Hillsdale Ave.
San Jose, CA
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(Begins Friday, September 8) Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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Venture into the complex history of inventing America by viewing electrical artifacts ranging from 1880s to 1950s. Learn about the American ingenuity in the 20th century that sparked rivalries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94031
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Telephone: 650-321-1004
Contact Name: Logan
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Join us every Saturday morning at 11am for our Barnes & Noble National Storytime, featuring storybooks, activities and more!

Cost: FREE

Where:
Barnes & Noble Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop Space #1420
San Jose, CA  95122
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Telephone: 408-270-9477
Contact Name: Michael Koller

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Clara cordially invites children ages 4 through 12 to join her for a tea party prior to the December 16th and 17th Nutcracker performances. This sparkling sit down affair will include tea...

Cost: $35

Where:
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: Bay Pointe Ballet
Telephone: 650-835-1035
Contact Name: Bruce Steivel
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The exhibition tells the rich and complex stories of the first Asian laborers arriving along the Gulf and Eastern American seaboards throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. From there, it tells...

Cost: Free

Where:
Los Altos History Museum
51 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA  94022
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Sponsor: Los Altos History Museum
Telephone: 650.948.9427
Contact Name: M. Whitehorn
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A provocative exhibition that examines the work of Latino artists who explore the depths of political discourse, process and the ideology of democracy. The artists in this exhibition incite...

Cost: 0

Where:
MACLA
501 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95112
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Sponsor: MACLA
Telephone: 408-998-2783
Contact Name: Sharon Benitez
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Create holiday cards to send to your friends and family by making your own stamps, cards and envelopes. 

Cost: $6

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Celebrate the winter holidays of many cultures at Children's Fairyland: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. You'll enjoy stories, crafts, special...

Cost: $10 general, $5 Fairyland members

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA  94610
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Sponsor: Children's Fairyland
Telephone: 510-652-4159
Contact Name: Nancy Friedman
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Families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit with Santa at the Danville Livery. Children can capture photo memories with Santa beginning November...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Danville Livery
802 Sycamore Valley Road West
Danville, CA  94526
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Sponsor: Danville Livery
Telephone: 800-762-1641
Contact Name: Kimberly Kelley
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Create holiday cards to send to your friends and family! We'll make our own stamps and learn to create amazing cards to go with them, then we'll add handmade envelopes! Cost: $6 Material Fee for...

Cost: $6 + Adult Museum Admission

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Celebrate the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali and Chinese New Year. There will be stories, magic, crafts, a festival of lights and more. 

Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA  94610
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Telephone: 510-238-6876
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Join us in celebrating the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. You'll enjoy stories, crafts, special performances, a...

Cost: $10 general, $5 Fairyland members

Where:
Children's Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, CA  94610
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Sponsor: Children's Fairyland
Telephone: 510-652-4159
Contact Name: Nancy Friedman
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Liberty Gymnastics will be hosting An Elf Christmas to benefit the Monument Crisis Center In Concord, CA. Enjoy watching our tots and our our school age children perform. A visit from Santa Claus...

Cost: $2 with donation $3 without

Where:
Liberty Gymnastics
2330 Bates Ave
Ste A
Concord, CA  94520
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Sponsor: Liberty Gymnastics
Telephone: 925-687-8009
Contact Name: Terri Nuno
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This fun holiday event includes an opportunity to meet Santa and take a family picture (bring your camera!) and a book for every child (while supplies last). 

Cost: FREE

Where:
Alum Rock Branch Library
3090 Alum Rock Ave.
San Jose, CA
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Guests will enjoy live holiday entertainment, including Holiday Festival Strings, Dickens Carolers, Steel Pan Band, Musical Toy Solider Guard and Merry Mariachi Band. Carolers will stroll...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Experience the magic of this holiday tradition. Sat., Dec. 16. 1 and 5:30pm.

Cost: Call for ticket prices

Where:
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 415-473-6800
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Liberty Gymnastics will be hosting An Elf Christmas to benefit the Monument Crisis Center In Concord, CA. Enjoy watching our tots and our our school age children perform. A visit from Santa Claus...

Cost: $2 with donation $3 without

Where:
Liberty Gymnastics
2330 Bates Ave
Ste A
Concord, CA  94520
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Sponsor: Liberty Gymnastics
Telephone: 925-687-8009
Contact Name: Terri Nuno
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Teen Ugly Sweater Party Celebrate the season by creating your own outrageous holiday sweater. Bring a sweater, we’ll supply the uglification supplies and snacks. Then join the fashion...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weekes Branch Library
27300 Patrick Avenue
Hayward, CA  94544
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Sponsor: Hayward Public Library
Telephone: 510-293-5065
Contact Name: Rob Spitzel, Teen Librarian
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Join a ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Bay Model Visitor Center
Telephone: 415-332-3871
Contact Name: Bay Model Visitor Center
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Bruce Steivel’s classic Nutcracker returns this year with live music by Bay Pointe Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Derek Tam. Filled with adventure, audiences of all ages will enjoy Clara’s...

Cost: $20-$60

Where:
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: Bay Pointe Ballet
Telephone: 650-835-1035
Contact Name: Bruce Steivel
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Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes and more....

Cost: $40–$135 (prices subject to change)

Where:
Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
Berkeley, CA  94720
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Sponsor: Cal Performances
Telephone: 510-642-9988
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Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles...

Cost: $25-$89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: SMUIN
Telephone: (415) 912-1899
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A fun afternoon to learn what Solstice is through stories, games, music, and crafts of the season. Make a beeswax candle, a traditional clove pomander, contribute to the wish chain to decorate our...

Cost: $20 adult and child

Where:
Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, AL
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CuriOdyssey's new exhibit "The Nature of Patterns" opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA  94401
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Sponsor: CuriOdyssey
Telephone: 650-342-7755
Contact Name: CuriOdyssey
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Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this holiday season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. For the first time ever, Bay Street has launched an all-new Santa...

Cost: Pricing Varies.

Where:
Bay Street
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Take the family to a concert with the San Ramon Community Chorus featuring a wide variety of holiday music and dance, all culminating with a special visit from Santa! 

Cost: FREE

Where:
San Ramon Community Center
12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA  94583
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Telephone: 925-973-3343
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Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Telephone: 510-655-4002
Contact Name: Spin Communications
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Dec. 16, 2017 - 3pm + 7pm - 2 Shows Kellan D. Baker recreates the roles of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and a host of supporting characters in this solo tour de force, infusing tragedy,...

Cost: $39-$49.

Where:
Montgomery Theater
271 S Market St
San Jose, CA  95113
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Sponsor: West Coast Performing Arts Presenters
Telephone: 310-941-0948
Contact Name: Mark Conrad
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In Magic Tree House: Space Mission, a mysterious "M" sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with...

Cost: 7.00

Where:
De Anza College Planetarium
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA  95014
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Ring in the holidays with angelic voices accompanied by bells! Join the Young Women’s Choral Projects for their annual Holiday Showcase Concert. The virtuosic professional handbell ensemble,...

Cost: $5-$35

Where:
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA  94115
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Sponsor: The Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco
Telephone: 415-312-7787
Contact Name: Kaneez Munjee
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Enjoy live music, Israeli dancing, glow-in-the-dark crafts and games, a Hanukkah gift shop, candle lighting  and wine tasting.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA
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Telephone: 650-212- 7522
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There’s a good reason why this has become a holiday tradition for many families. The train is decked out with lights and decorations inside and out on an hour-long ride through...

Cost: $30 coach, $50 first-class dome, $600 private caboose

Where:
Niles Train Station
37001 Mission Blvd
Fremont, CA  94536
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Telephone: 510-996-8420
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Need a night off to get some of that holiday shopping finished?  Need a night off period?  Let your kids have fun, while you take some quality time for yourselves! It’s a win-win at...

Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA  94605
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Telephone: 151-063-29525220
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Join the Halls Valley Astronomical group for a night of star gazing. You’ll have a chance to look through a variety of telescopes and ask questions about the night sky.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Joseph D. Grant County Park
18405 Mt. Hamilton Road
San Jose, CA
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Hundreds of thousands of LED lights will brighten Oakland's night sky along with a candy cane lane themed rides area, Christmas tree fun and a light show. *Closed Dec. 24-25.

Cost: $10 adults, $9 ages 2-14, under 2 FREE (not included with regular zoo admission)

Where:
Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-632-9525
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Enjoy the holiday lights as you listen to holiday music in your car. Closed Dec. 25. 

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Bruce Steivel’s classic Nutcracker returns this year with live music by Bay Pointe Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Derek Tam. Filled with adventure, audiences of all ages will enjoy Clara’s...

Cost: $20-$60

Where:
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo , CA  94401
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Sponsor: Bay Pointe Ballet
Telephone: 650-835-1035
Contact Name: Bruce Steivel
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See young Beatrice as she goes on an adventure through the enchanted woods where she encounters penguins, reindeer and other animals. 

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Campbell Heritage Theater
1 W Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA  95008
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Telephone: 408-866-2700
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Come see our full length ballet, A Winter Wonderland. Join our young heroine Beatrice as she goes on an adventure through the enchanted woods where she encounters penguins, reindeer, and other...

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Campbell Heritage Theater
1 W Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA  95008
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Telephone: 408-866-2700
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CHRISTMAS IN OZ  A New Musical About Old Friends   Christmas in Oz is an enchanting, full-length Broadway-style musical treat for the entire family, overflowing with...

Cost: $20 - $25

Where:
Chanticleers Theatre
3683 Quail Avenue
Castro Valley, CA  94546
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Dec 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm In partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled...

Cost: $7-$18; youth, senior discounts.

Where:
Amador Theater
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes and more....

Cost: $40–$135 (prices subject to change)

Where:
Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800
Berkeley, CA  94720
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Sponsor: Cal Performances
Telephone: 510-642-9988
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Smuin makes the holidays sizzle with its annual yuletide celebration of dance, The Christmas Ballet. With a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz, this joyous showcase of styles...

Cost: $25-$89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: SMUIN
Telephone: (415) 912-1899
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CIRCUS VERITAS Featuring the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants is a powerful cohesive circus performance from Kinetic Arts Productions, the Oakland circus company that has been bringing audiences...

Cost: Advance Discount Tickets: Starting at $24.50

Where:
Kinetic Arts Center
785 7th Street
Oakland, CA  94607
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Sponsor: Kinetic Arts Productions
Telephone: (510)444-4800
Contact Name: Victoria Angello
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When tiny, feisty Flory loses her fairy wings, she has to use all her resources to survive a garden of threatening creatures in this Bay Area Children's Theatre production for ages 8 and...

Cost: $26 adults, $20 ages 2-14

Where:
BACT Berkeley Center
2055 Center Street
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Sponsor: Bay Area Children's Theatre
Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Find a variety of trees along with mistletoe, wreaths, living potted pines and more. Also located at 523 49th St. in Oakland and 10496 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito.  Call or visit for...

Cost: Cost varies

Where:
1367 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94702
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Telephone: 415-512-5148
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Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Sun.-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm. Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour...

Cost: $12 general, $7 under 9. Skate rental $5

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza
Adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center
Across from Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-837-1931
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Celebrate illuminating the darkness with candle lighting, storytelling, singing and festive treats.  4pm storytime, 4:30pm Hanukkah lighting and songs.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-292-1200
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This is a 50-minute production of the classic ballet designed for small children and their families. All the favorite characters will perform in colorful costumes to live chamber music...

Cost: $20.50-42.50

Where:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture
Cowell Theater
Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $25-135

Where:
Geary Theater
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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The orchestra performs John Williams’ charming and delightful score live while the popular holiday movie is shown on the screen. Sat., Dec. 16. 7pm. Sun., Dec. 17. 2pm.

Cost: $69-166

Where:
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-864- 6000
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This features 17 hip hop artists from the Tribe and Poise’n joined by dancers from Peninsula Ballet Theatre. Fri., Dec. 15:7pm. Sun., Dec. 17: 6pm

Cost: All seats $35 until Dec. 1; then check website for prices

Where:
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-369-7770
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The first Nutcracker in the United States premiered in San Francisco in 1944. This favorite holiday production features snowflakes, dancing flowers and a little girl who dreams about a whole new...

Cost: $25-398

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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This popular rink is celebrated its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when...

Cost: $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental

Where:
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-781-2688
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Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble will present this fun story of Tucker the elf and the toys as they set out to save Christmas.   Show times vary. For more information, go...

Cost: $14

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at hundreds of costumed characters in music halls, pubs and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas gifts. Enjoy...

Cost: $30 adults. $14 children 5-12, under 5 FREE

Where:
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA
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Telephone: 800-510-1558
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Brentwood's The Ballet Company of East County will present this holiday classic.  Fri., Dec. 15: 7pm Sat., Dec. 16: 3pm and 7pm Sun., Dec. 17: 12pm and 4pm

Cost: $16-20

Where:
El Campanil Theatre
602 W. Second St.
Antioch, CA  94509
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Telephone: 925-757-9500
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This pop-up boutique features freshly baked decorative cookies, orange-scented shortbread, gingerbread men and rice crispy treats for purchase. 11am-4pm on weekends.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-397-7000
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This rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Session start every even hour.

Cost: $15, includes skate rental

Where:
Central Park
50 E. Fifth Ave.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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Each day between Dec. 1 and 24 will highlight merchant events and specials and will feature live holiday entertainment. There will be visits with Santa, hayrides, live reindeer, carolers and live...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Noe Valley neighborhood
24th Street
San Francisco, CA
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From the producers of The Lion King, this professional musical production is filled with beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. No children under 5 allowed.

Cost: $45-184

Where:
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 888-746-1799
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This production features custom-designed sets and costumes and live music. This is a traditional take on the classic fairy tale. Sat., Dec. 16. 2 and 7pm. Sun., Dec. 17. 2pm. Tea parties with...

Cost: Performance is $20-60. Tea party is $35

Where:
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N. Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA
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Telephone: 800-595-4849
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Choreographed by Bay Area dance legend Carlos Carvajal, this show features 125 characters in sumptuous costumes. Sat., Dec. 16. 1pm and 4pm. Sun., Dec. 17. 2:30pm.

Cost: All seats $35 until Dec. 1; then call for prices

Where:
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-369-7770
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Old McDonald leaves her farm, takes a boat to the city and meets interesting people, including the butcher, the baker and the postman. For ages 6 months to 3 years.

Cost: $15

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum Annex
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Check website for hours.

Cost: $15 per person; includes skate rental

Where:
Northgate Mall
Oak Tree Plaza
5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 707-253-1324
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This annual Tri-Valley presentation of The Nutcracker will bring Tchaikovsky's music and ballet to life with elaborate sets, skilled dancers and beautiful costumes. Dec. 9-10: 2pm and 7pm...

Cost: $21-42

Where:
Bankhead Theater
2400 First St.
Livermore, CA  94551
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Telephone: 925-243-0925
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The tradition of professional ballet in San Jose continues with a full company of Russian dancers direct from Moscow featuring principal dancers Oksana Bondareva and Andrei Bolotin,...

Cost: $38 and up

Where:
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet in the original “Great Race,” circling the globe in an 1870s alive...

Cost: $35-60

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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See this classic, presented by Center REPertory, brimming with music and dance, special effects and scary ghosts.   Show times vary. For more information go...

Cost: $28-42

Where:
Lesher Center for the Arts
Hofmann Theatre
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-943-7469
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The San Jose Nutcracker is a classical holiday ballet unique to our home town. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, it tells the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker, while...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
Hammer Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk
San Jose, CA
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The annual performance series located in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph offers nourishment for your spirit by presenting a soul-satisfying multicultural musical event for everyone to enjoy...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Grab a pair of ice-skates and enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees at Downtown Ice. 

Cost: $13-17

Where:
Circle of Palms
120 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Chill out on the ice when you head to a public skating session, held daily throughout the month at varying times. Check website. 

Cost: $10-13 adults, $8-11 ages 12 and under

Where:
Vacaville Ice Sports
551 Davis St.
Vacaville, CA  95688
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Telephone: 707-455-0225
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Come and watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
705 Front St.
, CA
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This holiday tradition of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and will be open today through Dec. 31 allowing guests to enjoy shows and festive attractions, step...

Cost: $69.99 general, $49.99 children under 48 inches, under 2 FREE.

Where:
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive, SW
Vallejo, CA  94589
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Telephone: 707-644-4000
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Quick Links:  USHERING  STUDENT MATINEES AUDITIONS 2017-2018 Main Stage Season Tickets go on sale September 6! East of the Sun and West...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Filoli will host activities and programs geared to families. Santa will make an appearance, Mrs. Claus will read under the tree in the Reception Room and there will be family-themed music....

Cost: Included with admission: $20 adults, $10 students, under 5 FREE

Where:
Filoli Estate
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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This popular musical will return to the Berkeley Playhouse depicting young, orphaned Annie in 1930s depression era New York determined to find the parents that left her on the city...

Cost: $25-40

Where:
The Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-845-8542, ext. 351
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Follow the adventures of Charlie Bucket as he finds a winning ticket in a candy bar and becomes one of five lucky children to tour a mysterious chocolate factory in this Bay Area Children’s...

Cost: $26 adults, $20 children ages 2-14

Where:
Bay Area Children's Theatre Berkeley Center
2055 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Catch falling snow flurries inside the museum, enjoy festive live performances and glide around a new holiday ice rink with friends and family in the East Garden. There will also be a Snowman...

Cost: Admission is $35.95 adults, $25.95 for ages-411, $30.95 for ages 12-17. Tickets

Where:
California Academy of Science
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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Blending the magic and tradition of The Nutcracker with the inspiration of Frank Capra’s 1940s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life, this production celebrates what is most cherished...

Cost: $28-55

Where:
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-743-1454
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When the Snow Queen’s spell captures a young boy, his best friend sets out on a quest to save him. A journey filled with whimsy and intrigue, friends and foes, this beautiful original youth...

Cost: $38-53

Where:
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St.
, AL
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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San José at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cesar Chavez Park
One Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Adapted from Ludwig Bemelman’s delightful book, this musical features Madeline and her friends embarking on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 children

Where:
Palo Alto Chldren's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 650-463-4930
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Take a magical trip with Santa Claus, reindeer, lovely music and seasonal delights. Dec. 15-17, 19-23, 26-31.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard at Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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