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December 2018

The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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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Enjoy a free family-friendly creative activity this holiday season at the Stanford Shopping Center and be a part of history! Stop by one of the "Voices of the Community" art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto , CA  94304
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Sponsor: Stanford Medicine
Telephone: (650) 497-7277
Contact Name: Thea Moreno
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The holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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Contact Name: Great Mall
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Walnut Creek based Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble is pleased to present this original tale, THE BIGGEST GIFT. Did you send your letter to Santa? Then why has he not received it? No letters – No...

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: 925-943-7469
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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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  The beloved Clover Sonoma mascot is going on tour for the holidays! Come see Santa Clo at your local grocery store to take pictures, enjoy free samples of Clover Sonoma eggnogs including...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nugget Markets
130 Browns Valley Pkwy.
Vacaville, CA  95688
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Sponsor: Clover Sonoma

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Where: Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City    Join Wornick and PJ Library for a morning of fun hands-on activities. For families with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wornick Jewish Day School
800 Foster City Blvd
Foster City, CA  94404-2228
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Sponsor: Wornick Jewish Day School
Telephone: 650-378-2611
Contact Name: Annie O'Donnell
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Move and shake to lively music with your little one at this kid-friendly hour-and-a-half dance party featuring the beats of DJ E.T. Hazzard.  Buy your tickets early; this event...

Cost: $7 ages 1 and up

Where:
Bay Area Children's Theatre
Dome Room
2162 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA   94611
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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At GIFTY 2018, dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best handmade pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA  94607
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Sponsor: The Crucible
Telephone: 510-444-0919
Contact Name: Natasha von Kaenel
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Ring in the holidays at Town Center Corte Madera with festive live musical performances by Marin Youth Symphony as well as a handful of local bands.   Everyone is also invited to enjoy free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Corte Madera Town Center
Telephone: 415-924-2961
Contact Name: Dee Dee Taft
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Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our kid-friendly gallery tours, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation a lively,...

Cost: $10-$15, Children 12 and under are free

Where:
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Asian Art Museum
Telephone: 415-581-3500
Contact Name: Zac Rose
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Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our kid-friendly gallery tours, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation a lively,...

Cost: Free with museum admission. Kids 12 and under are always free.

Where:
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Asian Art Museum
Telephone: 415-581-3500
Contact Name: Zac Rose
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Join San Jose Made and hundreds of craft makers, food producers, artists, designers and emerging brands for this year's San Jose Craft Holiday Fair! Over the course of two days on December...

Cost: FREE

Where:
San Jose Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA
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Bay Street is set to host Head West Marketplace, a monthly market from West Perro, showcasing more than 30 local artisans. From one-of-a-kind clothing to home décor, everyone is invited to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 415-380-8390
Contact Name: Dee Dee Taft
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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Bay Street is set to host Head West Marketplace, a monthly market from West Perro, showcasing more than 30 local artisans. From one-of-a-kind clothing to home décor, everyone is invited to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 415-380-8390
Contact Name: Dee Dee Taft
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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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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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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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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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Sponsor: Corte Madera Town Center
Telephone: 415-924-2961
Contact Name: Dee Dee Taft
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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If you can't get to LEGOLAND® over the holiday break, here's the Peninsula's version of the next best thing. Now in its 15th year, the Annual Holiday Extravaganza featuring...

Cost: $3 / person

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: MOAH, BayLUG, and BayLTC
Contact Name: Adam Williams
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HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR LOCALLY MADE GOODS AT CCA Join the shopping extravaganza featuring holiday gift items, all made in San Francisco by over 50 different SFMade vendors!   SFMade...

Cost: Free

Where:
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA  94107
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Sponsor: SFMade
Telephone: 415-812-4903
Contact Name: Pierre Coeurdeuil
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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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 each day.

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

Where:
Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission St.
San Rafael, CA
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Telephone: 800-838-3006
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About Sis Boom Bah!New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is thrilled to announce the September 2018 opening of an expansive exhibition that takes a deep dive into the long history of the town’s high...

Cost: Kids under 18 are Free. Adult $10/ Seniors, Educators, Military $6

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Sponsor: New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
Telephone: 408-354-2646
Contact Name: New Museum Los Gatos
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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: 510-238-6876
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Ring in the holidays with free festive fun at Bay Street. People and pets are invited to stop by Bay Street’s Center Plaza to visit and take FREE selfies with Santa Claus as well as enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 510-655-4002
Contact Name: Tharasa Athauda
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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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 (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles....

Cost: $15/Adult; $10/Kid (12 and under)

Where:
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave
Alameda, CA  94501
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Sponsor: Rhythmix Cultural Works
Telephone: 510-865-5060
Contact Name: Tina Blaine
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Ave of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 415-480-4239
Contact Name: Suzanne Santos
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Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA Theater
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The Firehouse Arts Center in partnership with award-winning ESSES Productions presents Branden & James in a special Holiday version of their hit show. The sensational vocal/cello/keyboard duo...

Cost: Reserved seat tickets: $18 - $28.

Where:
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Avenue
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search...

Cost: $40-100

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-327-1600
Contact Name: TheatreWorks
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A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In...

Cost: $35 - $65

Where:
Alcazar Theatre
650 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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The Firehouse Arts Center in partnership with award-winning ESSES Productions presents Branden & James in a special Holiday version of their hit show. The sensational vocal/cello/keyboard duo...

Cost: Reserved seat tickets: $18 - $28.

Where:
Firehouse Arts Center
4444 Railroad Avenue
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Sponsor: City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
Telephone: 925-931-4848
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An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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​Dr. Jindong Cai, Conductor DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Join Golden State Youth Orchestra at the beautiful California Theatre for the annual Holiday Pops Concert. Whether exotic, passionate or...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
California Theatre
345 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA  95113
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Opening Reception: Sunday, September 30, 3 – 5pm Admission:  Adults $5, Youth (13-17) $3, Children 12 and under are free, free for Bedford Gallery Members Gallery Hours: Tue –...

Cost: Admission: Adults $5, Youth (13-17) $3, Children 12 and under are free, free fo

Where:
Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
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Telephone: 925-295-1417
Contact Name: Bedford Gallery
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Bring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street.  Everyone is Invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy free hot apple cider and festive favorites from the Oakland...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 510-655-4002
Contact Name: Tharasa Athauda
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Traditional joyous dances of Guinea This class is accompanied by live drums. We break down each movement so it’s good for beginners. Adults and Children ages 7 and up are welcome A...

Cost: $15 (tips for drummers optional)

Where:
Quantum Martial Arts
2390 Mission St (at 20th)
Suite 305
San Francisco, CA  94110
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Telephone: 628-246-4766
Contact Name: Maria Young

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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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Seven youth and adult choral ensembles fill the audience with the holiday spirit.

Cost: $25-40; children half

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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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 800-819-5053
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The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco’s Winter Showcase features all four choruses of the organization singing solo and together with harp and cello. Music by Britten,...

Cost: $5-35

Where:
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA  94115
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Sponsor: Young Women's Choral Projects
Telephone: 415-312-7787
Contact Name: Kaneez Munjee
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A  yoga classes designed specifically for kids every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month September -December!  Along with yoga, each themed class is accompanied by other elements such as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Morgan Hill Library
660 W Main Ave,
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
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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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Described as a “nighttime spectacular of light and color,” the celebration of Chinese culture features hundreds of huge, handcrafted lanterns in a variety of themed displays that...

Cost: $18-23

Where:
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Gate 8 or Gate 12
Corner of Bernal and Valley Ave.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Telephone: 651-504-2000
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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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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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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Ave of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 415-480-4239
Contact Name: Suzanne Santos
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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search for...

Cost: $40-$100

Where:
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-463-1960
Contact Name: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning...

Cost: Adults $25, Student/Senior/Military $15

Where:
Northgate High School Little Theater
425 Castle Rock Rd
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
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Sponsor: Peter Pan Foundation
Contact Name: Joseph Torkildson
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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Brentwood's The Ballet Company of East County will present this holiday classic.  Fri., Dec. 14: 7pm Sat., Dec. 15: 3pm and 7pm Sun., Dec. 16: 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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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Don’t miss NBA All-Star Baron Davis’ pop-up winter wonderland featuring Black Santa merchandise, holiday sweets, festive workshops and visits with Black Santa and Mrs. C. Store...

Cost: Costs vary

Where:
Jack London Square
54 Washington St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-645-9292
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-480-4239
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The Playhouse presents The Ginerbread Man, a very special, interactive experience designed for the littlest audience members, where local high school performers bring a classic...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Avenue of the Palms
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 224-267-5363
Contact Name: Orlene Gentile
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Broadway heavy-hitters Alan Menken Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Little Mermaid and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) breathe new life into this musical adaptation of the...

Cost: $25-52

Where:
Hillbarn Theatre
1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA
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Telephone: 650-349-6411
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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-421-4222
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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 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

Cost: $30 adults, $14 ages 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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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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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. 8: 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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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-615-5555
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This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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Throwing it back to the big band stylings of the ‘30s and ‘40s, this musical brings the sounds of uptown New York to downtown San Jose for the holidays. With a cast of nine singers...

Cost: $38-48

Where:
Tabard Theatre
29 N. San Pedro St.
San Jose, CA
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
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Grab your flamingo and tumble into Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure, a Bay Area Children’s Theatre production for ages 5-12.  Weekends, Nov. 17-Jan. 6.. Show...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 ages 2-14

Where:
BACT’s Berkeley Theatre Center
2055 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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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: $39-420

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-616-6941
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
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Telephone: 415-749- 2228
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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This condensed version of the classic holiday ballet is designed for children ages 3-6.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
Studio One
1880 S. Grant St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 650-342-3262
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When a storm hits her farm, Dorothy and her dog are swept over the rainbow to a magical land.  Nov. 9-Dec. 23 1pm, 2pm and 7pm

Cost: $20-40

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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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-979-9608
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The holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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Contact Name: Great Mall
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Enjoy a free family-friendly creative activity this holiday season at the Stanford Shopping Center and be a part of history! Stop by one of the "Voices of the Community" art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto , CA  94304
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Sponsor: Stanford Medicine
Telephone: (650) 497-7277
Contact Name: Thea Moreno
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The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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Facilitated by Suzanne Bergeron -Relax with other parents as your children play safely in our playroom. -Share your parenting challenges in a supportive environment. -Listen to and learn...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Safe & Sound
1757 Waller Street
San Francisco, CA  94117
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Telephone: 415-668-0494
Contact Name: Russell Stephens
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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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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: 510-238-6876
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Teens 14-18 are invited to play with or compete against others in the library Tech Lab everyday afterschool hours.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Stressed on finals week? Mitchell Park Library has you covered. You can study in the library, or drop in for snacks and emotional support. There will be calming therapy dogs in the library you can...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 800-819-5053
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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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A  yoga classes designed specifically for kids every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month September -December!  Along with yoga, each themed class is accompanied by other elements such as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Morgan Hill Library
660 W Main Ave,
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
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High school yoga at Yama Kids Yoga will introduce yoga to teens (14-18yo).  We'll take them through beginning postures, but we'll also do inversions - headstands and handstands,...

Cost: $25

Where:
Yama Kids Yoga studio
2631 Ashby Ave
Ste. A
Berkeley, CA  94705
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Telephone: 650-520-1937
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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-421-4222
Website »

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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
Website »

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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 877-979-9608
Website »

More information

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: $39-420

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


Telephone: 415-865-2000
Website »

More information

MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
View map »


Website »

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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

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

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


Telephone: 800-510-1558
Website »

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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-480-4239
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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-615-5555
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
Website »

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Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-616-6941
Website »

More information

This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
Website »

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

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
View map »


Telephone: 415-749- 2228
Website »

More information

See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

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

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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
View map »


Website »

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Enjoy a free family-friendly creative activity this holiday season at the Stanford Shopping Center and be a part of history! Stop by one of the "Voices of the Community" art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto , CA  94304
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Sponsor: Stanford Medicine
Telephone: (650) 497-7277
Contact Name: Thea Moreno
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The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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 holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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Enjoy a day full of rides, entertainment, animal meet and greets, fun and more during ½ price off admission day.

Cost: $7

Where:
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA
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Drop in with your child, ages 1-6, for open studio time with guided STEAM activities provided by the staff. 

Cost: $14

Where:
Hands-On! invent. create. discover.
1411 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA  94709
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Telephone: 510-985-9222
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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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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: 510-238-6876
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer!It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto"Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake!.. Back by popular demand with a brand new panto following up from...

Cost: $25 - $50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer! It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto" Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake! Back by popular demand with a brand new panto...

Cost: $25 -50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Teens 14-18 are invited to play with or compete against others in the library Tech Lab everyday afterschool hours.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Stressed on finals week? Mitchell Park Library has you covered. You can study in the library, or drop in for snacks and emotional support. There will be calming therapy dogs in the library you can...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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A  yoga classes designed specifically for kids every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month September -December!  Along with yoga, each themed class is accompanied by other elements such as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Morgan Hill Library
660 W Main Ave,
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 800-819-5053
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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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Teens, get your "game on!"  Come hang out, meet people, and play Wii video games. Bring your friends! Wii video games for teens the third Tuesday each month in the Community...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Santa Teresa Branch Library
290 International Circle
San Jose, CA  95119
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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 Tuesday Family Night sessions between Dec. 18-Jan....

Cost: $8 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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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-421-4222
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

Cost: $30 adults, $14 ages 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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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-616-6941
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This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-480-4239
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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-979-9608
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-615-5555
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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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: $39-420

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
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Telephone: 415-749- 2228
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See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
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The holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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Enjoy a free family-friendly creative activity this holiday season at the Stanford Shopping Center and be a part of history! Stop by one of the "Voices of the Community" art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto , CA  94304
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Sponsor: Stanford Medicine
Telephone: (650) 497-7277
Contact Name: Thea Moreno
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The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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  The beloved Clover Sonoma mascot is going on tour for the holidays! Come see Santa Clo at your local grocery store to take pictures, enjoy free samples of Clover Sonoma eggnogs including...

Cost: Free

Where:
Draeger's Market
4100 Blackhawk Plaza Cir.
Danville, CA  94506
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Sponsor: Clover Sonoma

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Drop in with your child, ages 1-6, for open studio time with guided STEAM activities provided by the staff. 

Cost: $14

Where:
Hands-On! invent. create. discover.
1411 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA  94709
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Telephone: 510-985-9222
Website »

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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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December 16, 2017 - January 13, 2019; Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6 This December, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, a new family-friendly...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and under 9 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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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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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: 510-238-6876
Website »

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Boo! Hiss! Cheer! It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto" Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake! Back by popular demand with a brand new panto...

Cost: $25 -50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA Theater
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer!It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto"Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake!.. Back by popular demand with a brand new panto following up from...

Cost: $25 - $50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
Website »

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Teens 14-18 are invited to play with or compete against others in the library Tech Lab everyday afterschool hours.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Join us after school for lemonade, cookies, and a craft.   See full schedule at: https://www.craftifulstudio.com/workshops/?view=calendar&month=September-201

Cost: $10

Where:
Craftiful Make & Take Studio
1743 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Craftiful Make & Take Studio
Telephone: 669-230-3807
Contact Name: Kirsten Rowe
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Stressed on finals week? Mitchell Park Library has you covered. You can study in the library, or drop in for snacks and emotional support. There will be calming therapy dogs in the library you can...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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A  yoga classes designed specifically for kids every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month September -December!  Along with yoga, each themed class is accompanied by other elements such as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Morgan Hill Library
660 W Main Ave,
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Learn the basics to recording loops and making beats. This workshop will discuss creating and arming tracks, selecting patches, editing, and finally, releasing awesome DIY music. This program is...

Cost: FREE

Where:
South San Francisco Public Library
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA  94080
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Sponsor: South San Francisco Public Library
Telephone: 650-829-3860
Contact Name: South San Francisco Public Library
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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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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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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search for...

Cost: $40-$100

Where:
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-463-1960
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SJZ High School All Stars, conducted by Dr. Aaron Lington, perform as part of the Season of Hope series at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose. High School All...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-421-4222
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MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
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Telephone: 415-749- 2228
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
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Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization by bringing its profound spirit to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Shen Yun combines...

Cost: $80 and up

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

Cost: $30 adults, $14 ages 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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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Don’t miss NBA All-Star Baron Davis’ pop-up winter wonderland featuring Black Santa merchandise, holiday sweets, festive workshops and visits with Black Santa and Mrs. C. Store...

Cost: Costs vary

Where:
Jack London Square
54 Washington St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-645-9292
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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-979-9608
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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When a storm hits her farm, Dorothy and her dog are swept over the rainbow to a magical land.  Nov. 9-Dec. 23 1pm, 2pm and 7pm

Cost: $20-40

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 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: $39-420

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 Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-480-4239
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-616-6941
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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 holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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Enjoy a free family-friendly creative activity this holiday season at the Stanford Shopping Center and be a part of history! Stop by one of the "Voices of the Community" art...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto , CA  94304
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Sponsor: Stanford Medicine
Telephone: (650) 497-7277
Contact Name: Thea Moreno
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  The beloved Clover Sonoma mascot is going on tour for the holidays! Come see Santa Clo at your local grocery store to take pictures, enjoy free samples of Clover Sonoma eggnogs including...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lunardi's Market
2801 San Bruno Ave.
San Bruno , CA  94066
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Sponsor: Clover Sonoma

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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live, public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Redwood City and surrounding areas throughout California. Join us for a...

Cost: $60

Where:
The Old Spaghetti Factory
2107 Broadway
Redwood City, CA  94063
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company in San Francisco
Telephone: 888-643-22583
Contact Name: Skyler
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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December 16, 2017 - January 13, 2019; Wed-Thur 11-5, Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 10-6 This December, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, a new family-friendly...

Cost: $15.95 adults, $6.95 ages 9-17, members and under 9 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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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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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: 510-238-6876
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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About Sis Boom Bah!New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is thrilled to announce the September 2018 opening of an expansive exhibition that takes a deep dive into the long history of the town’s high...

Cost: Kids under 18 are Free. Adult $10/ Seniors, Educators, Military $6

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Sponsor: New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
Telephone: 408-354-2646
Contact Name: New Museum Los Gatos
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Facilitated by Katie Bilsky, Sophie Bigalke, Kelly Zane and Russell Stephens -Join us in the Playroom on Thursdays for music, movement, and stories! Playtime Together is the perfect bonding...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Safe & Sound
1757 Waller Street
San Francisco, CA  94117
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Telephone: 415-387-3684
Contact Name: Russell Stephens
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer! It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto" Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake! Back by popular demand with a brand new panto...

Cost: $25 -50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer!It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto"Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake!.. Back by popular demand with a brand new panto following up from...

Cost: $25 - $50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Teens 14-18 are invited to play with or compete against others in the library Tech Lab everyday afterschool hours.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Be creative at the library! Make cute penguins out of cotton balls. Perfect to hang up on your Christmas tree, to give to someone as a gift, or to just make for fun!

Cost: FREE

Where:
South San Francisco Grand Library
306 Walnut Avenue
South San Francisco, CA  94080
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Sponsor: South San Francisco Grand Library
Telephone: 650-877-8530
Contact Name: South San Francisco Grand Library
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The beloved Clover Sonoma mascot is going on tour for the holidays! Come see Santa Clo at your local grocery store to take pictures, enjoy free samples of Clover Sonoma eggnogs including Maple...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lunardi's Market
3503, 720 Blossom Hill Rd.
Los Gatos, CA  95032
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Sponsor: Clover Sonoma

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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 800-819-5053
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Join our Garden Club on Thursdays, 4pm-5pm October to December Together, we'll build and maintain California native habitat gardens tiny pollinators, local lizards, curious turtles, and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Guadalupe River Park Visitor Center
438 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA  95110
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Telephone: 408-298-7657
Contact Name: Michelle Domocol
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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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A  yoga classes designed specifically for kids every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month September -December!  Along with yoga, each themed class is accompanied by other elements such as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Morgan Hill Library
660 W Main Ave,
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
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Join us every Thursday to explore a different science craft.  Light refreshments will be served. See full schedule at: https://www.craftifulstudio.com/workshops/?view=calendar&month=September-201

Cost: $10

Where:
Craftiful Make & Take Studio
1743 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Craftiful Make & Take Studio
Telephone: 669-230-3807
Contact Name: Kirsten Rowe
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Described as a “nighttime spectacular of light and color,” the celebration of Chinese culture features hundreds of huge, handcrafted lanterns in a variety of themed displays that...

Cost: $18-23

Where:
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Gate 8 or Gate 12
Corner of Bernal and Valley Ave.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Telephone: 651-504-2000
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Enjoy sounds of the season from local youth performers while you stroll through the galleries or do some last-minute shopping in the Museum Store.​

Cost: $5

Where:
San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market St.
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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Ever been interested in being on TV, making your own TV, or Filmmaking? Come check out your local public access station! Our studio is full HD and ready to create community programming. Content...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midpen Media Center
900 San Antonio Rd.
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Sponsor: Midpen Media Center
Telephone: 650 494-8686
Contact Name: Sara Bennett
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Come pick up a free copy of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (while supplies last) or feel free to checkout the book from any peninsula library. Read the book, and then we will meet for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
South San Francisco Public Library
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA  94080
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Sponsor: South San Francisco Public Library
Telephone: 650-829-3860
Contact Name: South San Francisco Public Library
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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Drop in to this Thu. evening free-form sculpting event to work with low-fire clay and glazes. 

Cost: $10

Where:
ArtVale Gallery
3463 Champion St.
Oakland, CA  94602
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Playful People Productions Presents: The Marshmallow Incident   The Marshmallow Incident occurred a very long time ago… in the towns of Left and Right.  The towns were...

Cost: $15 attendees 12 and up, $10 children 11 and under, and $8 Children’s floor sea

Where:
Historic Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Playful People Productions
Telephone: 408-507-4572
Contact Name: Paige Keller
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Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music, celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season. Appropriate for all ages.

Cost: $25-60

Where:
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro St.
, AL
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Thursday, December 20 - 7:00pm, Friday, December 21 - 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Saturday, December 22 - 11:00am and 3:00pm Playful People Productions Presents: The Marshmallow Incident The Marshmallow...

Cost: $15 12+, $10 11 & under, $8 Children's floor seating; Door $18/12/8

Where:
Historic Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Playful People Productions
Telephone: 408-878-5362
Contact Name: Paige Keller
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Star of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell" Jackson Galaxy Heads to San Francisco on December 20 LITTER GENIE PRESENTS A PERSONAL AND IN DEPTH EVENING WITH THE...

Cost: $35-75

Where:
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA  94109
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Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Smuin
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Ave of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 415-480-4239
Contact Name: Suzanne Santos
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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search for...

Cost: $40-$100

Where:
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-463-1960
Contact Name: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
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t’s a concert. It’s a Circus. It’s an inspiration. Weaving the wisdom of beloved Persian poet Hafiz into their rich tapestry of unique harmonies, award-winning...

Cost: $22-75

Where:
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St.
San Francisco, CA
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This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-616-6941
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Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization by bringing its profound spirit to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Shen Yun combines...

Cost: $80 and up

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Avenue of the Palms
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 224-267-5363
Contact Name: Orlene Gentile
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-979-9608
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-421-4222
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-615-5555
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See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
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Telephone: 415-749- 2228
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When a storm hits her farm, Dorothy and her dog are swept over the rainbow to a magical land.  Nov. 9-Dec. 23 1pm, 2pm and 7pm

Cost: $20-40

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 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: $39-420

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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Don’t miss NBA All-Star Baron Davis’ pop-up winter wonderland featuring Black Santa merchandise, holiday sweets, festive workshops and visits with Black Santa and Mrs. C. Store...

Cost: Costs vary

Where:
Jack London Square
54 Washington St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-645-9292
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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

Cost: $30 adults, $14 ages 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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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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The holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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Kids will move, play games, sing, stretch, and balance to foster gross motor skills.  The program includes Animal Action, Alphabet Poses, Bean Bag Balance, Freeze Dance, and surprise game...

Cost: FREE

Where:
South San Francisco Public Library
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA  94080
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Sponsor: South San Francisco Public Library
Telephone: 650-829-3860
Contact Name: South San Francisco Public Library
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If you can't get to LEGOLAND® over the holiday break, here's the Peninsula's version of the next best thing. Now in its 15th year, the Annual Holiday Extravaganza featuring...

Cost: $3 / person

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: MOAH, BayLUG, and BayLTC
Contact Name: Adam Williams
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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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Please join us for our new weekly Book Passage storytime in our Sausalito store. Mari Allen, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to engage and delight. Storytime...

Cost: Free

Where:
Book Passage
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA  94965
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Sponsor: Book Passage
Telephone: 415-927-0960
Contact Name: Zack Ruskin
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Village Hub Holiday Party and Gift Faire The Village Hub Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 11am - 5pm   Enjoy a Village Holiday! Buy fabulous gifts, cards, jewelry, and art; grab lunch or...

Cost: free

Where:
The Village Hub @ Woodside Village Church
3154 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA  94062
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Sponsor: Village Hub
Telephone: 310-437-3766
Contact Name: Sabrina Maron
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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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: 510-238-6876
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About Sis Boom Bah!New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is thrilled to announce the September 2018 opening of an expansive exhibition that takes a deep dive into the long history of the town’s high...

Cost: Kids under 18 are Free. Adult $10/ Seniors, Educators, Military $6

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Sponsor: New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
Telephone: 408-354-2646
Contact Name: New Museum Los Gatos
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer!It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto"Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake!.. Back by popular demand with a brand new panto following up from...

Cost: $25 - $50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer! It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto" Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake! Back by popular demand with a brand new panto...

Cost: $25 -50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Ho ho ho and Fool La La! It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the Bay Area’s favorite Clown Prince of Fools, Unique Derique, returns to The Marsh San Francisco in this fifth annual zany...

Cost: $15-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved

Where:
The Marsh San Francisco
1062 Valencia Street
San Francisco , CA  94110
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Sponsor: The Marsh
Telephone: 415-282-3055
Contact Name: The Marsh
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Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA Theater
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Finger knitting is a fun, productive way to spend your free time when you need something to do. When you're finished, you'll have a beautiful rope of yarn that you can use in many different...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bascom Branch Library
1000 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA  95128
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Teens 14-18 are invited to play with or compete against others in the library Tech Lab everyday afterschool hours.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
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Kids and teens meet Friday after school to unwind, make new friends and play some fun games at the library. There's board games, video games, arcade basketball, ping pong, and so much...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hillview Branch Library
1600 Hopkins Dr.
San Jose , CA  95122
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Join us after school for lemonade, cookies, and a craft.   See full schedule at: https://www.craftifulstudio.com/workshops/?view=calendar&month=September-201

Cost: $10

Where:
Craftiful Make & Take Studio
1743 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Craftiful Make & Take Studio
Telephone: 669-230-3807
Contact Name: Kirsten Rowe
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Get the chance to be actors and actresses as you pretend you are characters set in a mythical world of dungeons and dragons. Every Fri.  

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rose Garden Branch Library
1580 Naglee Ave.
San Jose, CA
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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 800-819-5053
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A  yoga classes designed specifically for kids every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month September -December!  Along with yoga, each themed class is accompanied by other elements such as...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Morgan Hill Library
660 W Main Ave,
Morgan Hill, CA  95037
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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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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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Described as a “nighttime spectacular of light and color,” the celebration of Chinese culture features hundreds of huge, handcrafted lanterns in a variety of themed displays that...

Cost: $18-23

Where:
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Gate 8 or Gate 12
Corner of Bernal and Valley Ave.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Telephone: 651-504-2000
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Bring 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 free hot apple...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 510-655-4002
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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Millbrae Goes to the Movies!   Come join the Millbrae Recreation Department for a night of games, snacks and a FREE screening of Elf. This family-friendly event begins with games and snacks at...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. Dunstan School Gym
1150 Magnolia Ave.
Millbrae, CA  94030
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Sponsor: City of Millbrae Recreation Department
Telephone: 650-259-2365
Contact Name: Kyle Smith

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The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines celebrates more than a decade of outdoor ice skating by throwing it back to the musical hits of everyone’s favorite...

Cost: $18

Where:
union square
333 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
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Sponsor: Safeway Ice Rink at Union Square
Telephone: 415-296-0677

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The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines celebrates more than a decade of outdoor ice skating by throwing it back to the musical hits of everyone’s favorite...

Cost: $18

Where:
union square
333 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94108
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Sponsor: Safeway Ice Rink at Union Square
Telephone: 415-296-0677
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Visit the town of Bethlehem on the night that changed history. See shepherds, kings, angels, live sheep and camels, and a special baby.

Cost: FREE

Where:
1305 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-368-3821, ext. 1302
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Thursday, December 20 - 7:00pm, Friday, December 21 - 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Saturday, December 22 - 11:00am and 3:00pm Playful People Productions Presents: The Marshmallow Incident The Marshmallow...

Cost: $15 12+, $10 11 & under, $8 Children's floor seating; Door $18/12/8

Where:
Historic Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Playful People Productions
Telephone: 408-878-5362
Contact Name: Paige Keller
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer!It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto"Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake! Back by popular demand with a brand new panto following up from our...

Cost: $25 - $50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Ave of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 415-480-4239
Contact Name: Suzanne Santos
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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 kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Smuin
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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search for...

Cost: $40-$100

Where:
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-463-1960
Contact Name: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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This concert features Windham Hill founder, Will Ackerman, guitarist Alex DiGrassi, longtime artist Barbara Higbie, and Marin County-based guitarist Todd Boston.

Cost: $25-65

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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African-American Shakespeare Company presents CINDERELLA Directed by Mark Allan Davis An annual holiday treat, this timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the...

Cost: 25-45

Where:
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: African-American Shakespeare Company
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Over 70 local dancers will perform with the 52-piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra in the 17th season of dance company’s Nutcracker. Fri., 8pm. Sat.-Sun., 1 and 4pm.

Cost: $20.50 and up

Where:
Civic Auditorium
307 Church St.
Santa Cruz, CA
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Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization by bringing its profound spirit to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Shen Yun combines...

Cost: $80 and up

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
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Travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of Sweets as the Alameda Civic Ballet presents this journey of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.  Fri., Dec. 21: 7pm Sat.,...

Cost: $34-38 adults, $24-28 youth under age 18

Where:
Castro Valley Center for the Arts
19501 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA  94546
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Telephone: 510-337-1929
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Avenue of the Palms
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 224-267-5363
Contact Name: Orlene Gentile
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t’s a concert. It’s a Circus. It’s an inspiration. Weaving the wisdom of beloved Persian poet Hafiz into their rich tapestry of unique harmonies, award-winning...

Cost: $22-75

Where:
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: (800) 838-3006
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
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This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-616-6941
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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-979-9608
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-480-4239
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-615-5555
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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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Don’t miss NBA All-Star Baron Davis’ pop-up winter wonderland featuring Black Santa merchandise, holiday sweets, festive workshops and visits with Black Santa and Mrs. C. Store...

Cost: Costs vary

Where:
Jack London Square
54 Washington St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-645-9292
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This show features 17 hip hop artists from The Tribe and Poise’n. Instead of going to Candy Land in her dreams, Clara goes to Hip Hop Land.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-369-7770
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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-421-4222
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
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Telephone: 415-749- 2228
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

Cost: $30 adults, $14 ages 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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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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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: $39-420

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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When a storm hits her farm, Dorothy and her dog are swept over the rainbow to a magical land.  Nov. 9-Dec. 23 1pm, 2pm and 7pm

Cost: $20-40

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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WHAT: Bayfair Center rings in the holiday season with FREE live entertainment throughout the holidays. The entertainment groups will be strolling through the center spreading cheer. For...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 E. 14th St.
San Leandro, CA   94578
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The Plant Exchange is excited to announce ONE more 2018 Green Elephant Sale date, for all your last minute holiday gifts:   *Saturday, December 22nd – 9am-4pm   W H A T:...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Green Elephant Sale
445 30th Street
Oakland, CA  94609
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Sponsor: The Plant Exchange
Telephone: 510-866-8482
Contact Name: Odette Pollar
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The Artists, Poets, and Impresarios of the Late 1940’s in Sausalito When World War II ended in 1945, men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad came home and sought to create lives...

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 holiday season is here, and Great Mall, one of the largest premiere shopping and entertainment destinations in Northern California, is hosting several festivities for the whole family to enjoy....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great Mall
447 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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CURIODYSSEY’S ILLUMINODYSSEY A WINTER LIGHT EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS November 2 - January 6 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. November 2, December 7, January 4, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Electrify your...

Cost: $9.50-$13.50

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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  Family yoga is an introduction to yoga class, with a mixture of yoga games, postures, music, meditation, and fun. Our hope is that this yoga class will give families an opportunity to...

Cost: $25/family

Where:
Yama Kids Yoga studio
2631 Ashby Ave
Ste. A
Berkeley, CA  94705
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Telephone: 650-520-1937
Contact Name: Beth Houghton
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This exhibit connects art and science through Ray Troll’s colorful renderings and paleontologist Kirk Johnson’s research to paint a picture of land and creatures from thousands of...

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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Would you like to introduce your children to the amazing world of chess? Or do your children already know how to play chess and would benefit from ongoing challenges?   Come join us every other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bascom Branch Library
1000 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA  95128
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Telephone: 408-808-3077
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Would you like to introduce your children to the amazing world of chess? Do your children already know how to play chess and would benefit from ongoing practice and challenges?  Join us...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bascom Branch Library
1000 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA  95128
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Sponsor: San Jose Public Library and Bay Area Chess
Telephone: 408-808-3077
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Ring in the holidays at Town Center Corte Madera with festive live musical performances by Marin Youth Symphony as well as a handful of local bands.   Everyone is also invited to enjoy free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA  94925
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Sponsor: Corte Madera Town Center
Telephone: 415-924-2961
Contact Name: Dee Dee Taft
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Y_bsdDv3:stanford-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA  94304
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If you can't get to LEGOLAND® over the holiday break, here's the Peninsula's version of the next best thing. Now in its 15th year, the Annual Holiday Extravaganza featuring...

Cost: $3 / person

Where:
Museum of American Heritage
351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: MOAH, BayLUG, and BayLTC
Contact Name: Adam Williams
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Head over to Westgate Center for your photos with Santa. Check website for time and prices. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.   

Cost: TBA

Where:
Westgate Center - Center Court by Ross
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA  95129
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Santa Claus is coming to town! On these Saturdays, Filoli features special programming for the whole family, but especially the young at heart! Special features include: The opportunity to...

Cost: Included with admission: $22 adults, $11 children 5-17, under 5 FREE

Where:
Filoli
86 Canada Rd.
Woodside, CA  94062
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Sponsor: http://www,filoli.org
Telephone: 650-364-8300
Contact Name: Filoli
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It's Santa photo time! Reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see Santa by visiting: https://www.santasfastpass.com/scheduling/Yeps4KXZ:stoneridge-shopping-center

Cost: Free

Where:
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA  94588
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Visit Santa and have photos taken at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center as this candy palace becomes a winter wonderland. A professional photographer will be onsite, but feel free to bring your own...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA  94533
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Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy Company
Telephone: 1-800-953-5592
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Celebrate the holidays with songs, stories and a holiday card craft.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Excelsior Branch Library
4400 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-355-2868
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WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday season from November 17th through December 24th....

Cost: 24.99 to $49.99

Where:
Bayfair Center
15555 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA  94578
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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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Sponsor: Corte Madera Town Center
Telephone: 415-924-2961
Contact Name: Dee Dee Taft
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Ring in the holidays with free festive fun at Bay Street. People and pets are invited to stop by Bay Street’s Center Plaza to visit and take FREE selfies with Santa Claus as well as enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 510-655-4002
Contact Name: Tharasa Athauda
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All ages are welcome to drop by and play with Lego blocks. Creations will be displayed at the front of the library for one week.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Pinole Library
2935 Pinole Valley Road
Pinole, CA  94564
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Telephone: 510-758-2741
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Celebrate winter by using puff paints to create extended images of your favorite snowy day activities. Kids will create their own puff paints and use them to make cool 3D images! Every Saturday...

Cost: $8 Materials Fee + Adult Museum Admission

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
Contact Name: Brie Pena
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The exhibit features a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes, and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by.

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
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  The story of Juana Briones is a tale of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy – the hallmarks of Silicon Valley. Juana Briones was an early entrepreneur who owned several...

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
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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: 510-238-6876
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Explore ancient Egypt’s fascinating view of the afterlife through our collection of human and animal mummies, canopic jars, and funerary boats and models.  Discover colorful and precious...

Cost: Included with admission: $5-9, under 5 FREE.

Where:
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
1664 Park Ave.
San Jose, CA
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Saturday, December 22 at 1pm and 5pm, and Sunday, December 23 at 1pm Oakland Ballet Company presents its ninth annual production of Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker, returning to Oakland's...

Cost: $24-97, discounts available for seniors, 12 & under, groups of 10+

Where:
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Oakland Ballet Company
Telephone: 510-893-3132
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Experience holiday magic at Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. Join Marie and her charming Nutcracker Prince as they battle the King of the Rats and then get swept away by dancing...

Cost: $22-97

Where:
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Oakland Ballet Company
Telephone: 510-893-3132
Contact Name: Leah Curran
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Ave of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 415-480-4239
Contact Name: Suzanne Santos
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer! It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto" Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake! Back by popular demand with a brand new panto...

Cost: $25 -50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Boo! Hiss! Cheer!It is our fifth PantoSF year with "Sleeping Beauty the Panto"Its 2018 were are not sleeping! We are wide awake!.. Back by popular demand with a brand new panto following up from...

Cost: $25 - $50

Where:
Custom Made Theatre
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: Panto SF
Contact Name: Patricia Miller
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Ho ho ho and Fool La La! It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the Bay Area’s favorite Clown Prince of Fools, Unique Derique, returns to The Marsh San Francisco in this fifth annual zany...

Cost: $15-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved

Where:
The Marsh San Francisco
1062 Valencia Street
San Francisco , CA  94110
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Sponsor: The Marsh
Telephone: 415-282-3055
Contact Name: The Marsh
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Santa Clara Ice at Central Park is proud of bring ice skating back to Central Park from November 19, 2019 - January 21, 2019! Santa Clara Ice is your winter home for fun. Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM...

Cost: $10 - $15 per person

Where:
Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95051
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Sponsor: Silicon Valley Power and City of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 408-615-3140
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Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA Theater
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Children can now buddy up with a furry friend and read one on one from a favorite book. For Kindergarten through 5th grade. Each 20 minute session is with a specially trained therapy dog and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milpitas Library
160 N. Main St.
Milpitas, CA  95035
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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search...

Cost: $40-100

Where:
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-327-1600
Contact Name: TheatreWorks
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Golden State Youth Orchestra Mid-Season Auditions Musicians ages 6-18 are invited to audition for Golden State Youth Orchestra! Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) invites...

Cost: $25 audition fee

Where:
GSYO Office
4055 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
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Sponsor: Golden State Youth Orchestra
Telephone: 650-665-9046
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Bring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street.  Everyone is Invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy free hot apple cider and festive favorites from the Oakland...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bay Street Emeryville - Center Plaza
5616 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA  94608
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Sponsor: Bay Street Emeryville
Telephone: 510-655-4002
Contact Name: Tharasa Athauda
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Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train....

Cost: TBA

Where:
Gilroy Gardens
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA  95020
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 Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour between 4-11pm. There are fireside movies at...

Cost: FREE with purchase of food and beverage; reservations suggested

Where:
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Ave.
East Palo Alto, CA
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Telephone: 800-819-5053
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Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holiday season? Join the fun with our puppet extravaganza  from  Fratello Marionettes.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rose Garden Branch Library
1580 Naglee Ave.
San Jose, CA  95126
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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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Experience holiday magic at Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. Join Marie and her charming Nutcracker Prince as they battle the King of the Rats and then get swept away...

Cost: $22-97

Where:
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94612
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Sponsor: Oakland Ballet Company
Telephone: 510-893-3132
Contact Name: Leah Curran
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Described as a “nighttime spectacular of light and color,” the celebration of Chinese culture features hundreds of huge, handcrafted lanterns in a variety of themed displays that...

Cost: $18-23

Where:
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Gate 8 or Gate 12
Corner of Bernal and Valley Ave.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
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Telephone: 651-504-2000
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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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Visit the town of Bethlehem on the night that changed history. See shepherds, kings, angels, live sheep and camels, and a special baby.

Cost: FREE

Where:
1305 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-368-3821, ext. 1302
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Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. All...

Cost: $20/car

Where:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
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 The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center, located on 175 acres in the Silicon Valley,...

Cost: $15-27

Where:
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA
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Thursday, December 20 - 7:00pm, Friday, December 21 - 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Saturday, December 22 - 11:00am and 3:00pm Playful People Productions Presents: The Marshmallow Incident The Marshmallow...

Cost: $15 12+, $10 11 & under, $8 Children's floor seating; Door $18/12/8

Where:
Historic Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave
San Jose, CA  95126
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Sponsor: Playful People Productions
Telephone: 408-878-5362
Contact Name: Paige Keller
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Ave of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 415-480-4239
Contact Name: Suzanne Santos
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December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's youth musical...

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 kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot...

Cost: $25-$91, Terrace & Orchestra

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA  94103
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Sponsor: Smuin
Telephone: 415-912-1899
Contact Name: Smuin
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African-American Shakespeare Company presents CINDERELLA Directed by Mark Allan Davis An annual holiday treat, this timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the...

Cost: 25-45

Where:
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94102
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Sponsor: African-American Shakespeare Company
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An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search for...

Cost: $40-$100

Where:
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA  94301
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Sponsor: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Telephone: 650-463-1960
Contact Name: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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Over 70 local dancers will perform with the 52-piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra in the 17th season of dance company’s Nutcracker. Fri., 8pm. Sat.-Sun., 1 and 4pm.

Cost: $20.50 and up

Where:
Civic Auditorium
307 Church St.
Santa Cruz, CA
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MACLA's most visible and popular exhibition takes inventory of the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. A cross-generational survey of art by...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MACLA
500 S. First St.
San Jose, CA  95113
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Get ready for a full-force, non-stop show of thrilling feats at Circus Bella’s winter spectacular, KALEIDOSCOPE. Circus Bella has been performing free circus in the parks all over the Bay...

Cost: $39, $55, $150

Where:
Mersea Meadow
699 Avenue of the Palms
San Francisco, CA  94130
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Sponsor: Circus Bella
Telephone: 224-267-5363
Contact Name: Orlene Gentile
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See Santa’s reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint and enjoy dazzling light displays. Then take a spin on the carousel set to holiday music.

Cost: Included with admission: $23 adults, $17 children 4-14, under 4 FREE

Where:
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-753-7080
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This 50-minute performance features danced storytelling with live music.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Cowell Theater
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-345-7575
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This year’s event features snow flurries, a hands-on polar themed exhibit, a festive ice rink, live performances and a Snowman Theater.

Cost: Most activities included with admission: $35.95 adults, $30.95 youth ages 12-17,

Where:
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-379-8000
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Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.   November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018...

Cost: $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
, CA
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Visit the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, decked out in Edwardian holiday splendor, for mansion tours, a high tea on Sun., Dec. 9, brunch with Santa on Sun. Dec. 16, family photo sessions, a...

Cost: $12-22 general, high tea $15-55, Santa brunch $15-35

Where:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland , CA  94605
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Telephone: 510-615-5555
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Take a holiday adventure into Victorian London and marvel at 800 costumed characters in music halls, pubs, theaters, dance parties and more. Dozens of lamp-lit shots will be stocked with Christmas...

Cost: $30 adults, $14 ages 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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Bring a can of food and bowl a game for free. All donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to fee local families. Does not include shoe rental.

Cost: FREE,.

Where:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Don’t miss NBA All-Star Baron Davis’ pop-up winter wonderland featuring Black Santa merchandise, holiday sweets, festive workshops and visits with Black Santa and Mrs. C. Store...

Cost: Costs vary

Where:
Jack London Square
54 Washington St.
Oakland, CA  94607
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Telephone: 510-645-9292
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Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting, a nutcracker and cookie decorating, plus visits...

Cost: $80, $75 with unwrapped toy donation

Where:
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
999 California St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-616-6941
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Sing-along hosts “Anna” and “Elsa” will be live onstage to guide the crowd in getting ready for the winter season by reliving the magic of Disney’s animated...

Cost: $19

Where:
Montgomery Theater
271 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA
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Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

Cost: Included with admission: $14.95.

Where:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA
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Telephone: 415-339-3900
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In this annual tradition, children dine on hot chocolate and teddy bear cookies and sandwiches while being entertained by an elf and a giant teddy bear. Each child receives a teddy bear gift and...

Cost: $130

Where:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-296-7465
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Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

Cost: $75

Where:
Filoli
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA
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Telephone: 650-364-8300
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The pop culture phenomenon School House Rock comes to the stage! Featuring the classic songs of the Emmy-Award winning series, including Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction,...

Cost: $12-14

Where:
Palo Alto Children's Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
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Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

Cost: $119, $89 under 12

Where:
Laurel Court Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-979-9608
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This family show features colorful giant puppets and is inspired by Eric Carle’s stories Dream Snow, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and A Very Hungry Caterpillar. Recommended for...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 children

Where:
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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Great America celebrates all things winter with this month-long celebration. Ice skate in front of the iconic carousel, enjoy magnificent light displays, take a walk through Santa’s workshop...

Cost: $26 and up

Where:
Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA
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Grab your flamingo and tumble into Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure, a Bay Area Children’s Theatre production for ages 5-12.  Weekends, Nov. 17-Jan. 6.. Show...

Cost: $28 adults, $24 ages 2-14

Where:
BACT’s Berkeley Theatre Center
2055 Center St.
Berkeley, CA  94704
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Telephone: 510-296-4433
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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: $39-420

Where:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-865-2000
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Combine and design with nature’s loose parts in Bill’s Backyard to take part in an ever-changing collaborative art project. Meet the artist, Zach Pine, on Nov. 24, Dec. 14, Dec. 29-30...

Cost: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free.

Where:
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA  95110
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Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization by bringing its profound spirit to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Shen Yun combines...

Cost: $80 and up

Where:
Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA
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A three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history. Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or...

Cost: $6-10, under 18 FREE

Where:
New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU
106 E. Main St.
Los Gatos, CA  95030
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Telephone: 408-354-2646
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This show is set to holiday tunes and features an array of dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and swing. A highlight is Santa Baby featuring a 42-foot-long feather boa.

Cost: $25-89

Where:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-912-1899
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The San Jose Nutcracker takes place in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, and featuring the voices of Ragazzi Premiere singers, it tells the...

Cost: $19 and up

Where:
SJSU Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA
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The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech...

Cost: $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE

Where:
Pier 15
Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-528-4444
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Travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of Sweets as the Alameda Civic Ballet presents this journey of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.  Fri., Dec. 21: 7pm Sat.,...

Cost: $34-38 adults, $24-28 youth under age 18

Where:
Castro Valley Center for the Arts
19501 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA  94546
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Telephone: 510-337-1929
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Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often isolates people from one another than freeing them.

Cost: $54-45

Where:
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 877-924-7783
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t’s a concert. It’s a Circus. It’s an inspiration. Weaving the wisdom of beloved Persian poet Hafiz into their rich tapestry of unique harmonies, award-winning...

Cost: $22-75

Where:
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: (800) 838-3006
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This show features 17 hip hop artists from The Tribe and Poise’n. Instead of going to Candy Land in her dreams, Clara goes to Hip Hop Land.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-369-7770
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When a storm hits her farm, Dorothy and her dog are swept over the rainbow to a magical land.  Nov. 9-Dec. 23 1pm, 2pm and 7pm

Cost: $20-40

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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This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing Christmas trees. Expect spoofs of pop culture and...

Cost: $30-155

Where:
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-421-4222
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This full-length holiday ballet features 125 costumed characters.

Cost: Call for prices

Where:
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
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Telephone: 650-369-7770
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Bay Area artists Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra collaborate for their first large-scale exhibition that explores feminist and anti-capitalist themes and  challenges viewers to step back and...

Cost: Admission $8-10, children under 5 FREE

Where:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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Telephone: 831-429-1964
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The Tilden Park Carousel becomes a winter wonderland with Santa, nutcrackers, holiday music and more. 5-8pm Mon-Thu. 11am-8pm Fri.-Sun. 

Cost: $2 per ride

Where:
Tilden Park Merry Go Round
Central Park Drive and Lake Anza Road
Berkeley, CA  94708
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Telephone: 510-559-1004
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This production features a cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes and spooky ghosts.

Cost: $15-200

Where:
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
San Francisco , CA
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Telephone: 415-749- 2228
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This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more. Shows are Thu-Sun. Check website for times.

Cost: $39-150

Where:
Near Mersea Restaurant
699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
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Telephone: 415-480-4239
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    2018.12.01
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Stanford Shopping Center

    Enjoy a free family-friendly creative activity this holiday season at the Stanford Shopping Center and be a part of history! Stop by one of the...

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    11:00 AM - 1:45 PM @ Bayfair Center

    WHAT: Bayfair Center invites children and their families to visit with Santa Claus to share their wish lists and all the magic of the holiday...

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    Teens 14-18 are invited to play with or compete against others in the library Tech Lab everyday afterschool hours.

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    Stressed on finals week? Mitchell Park Library has you covered. You can study in the library, or drop in for snacks and emotional support. There...

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    2018.11.17
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

     Apres, an elegant outdoor lounge, emulates a cozy mountainside retreat with apres-ski cuisine and drinks. There will be snow fall every hour...

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    2018.10.28
    6:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Montalvo Arts Center

     The world premiere exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, opens this Sunday, October 28, at Montalvo Arts Center,...

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    2018.12.04
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Vasona Lake County Park

    Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday lights display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops...

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    2018.12.14
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    December 14-23, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney...

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    All Day @ Laurel Court Restaurant

    Walk through this two-story gingerbread house to a tea with holiday entertainment. Check website for times.

  • Filoli Holiday Tea

    2018.11.20
    All Day @ Filoli

    Taste the special Filoli holiday blend and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and holiday treats. Check websites for days and times.

  • Cirque du Soleil’s Volta

    2018.11.15
    All Day @ AT&T Park

    Inspired in part of the adventurous spirit of street sports, this show  combines acrobatics and music while exploring how technology often...

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum Iceless Skating Rink

    2018.12.01
    All Day @ Bay Area Discovery Museum

    Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on this rink. 9am-1pm weekdays. 9am-5pm weekends.

  • Animation

    2018.09.26
    All Day @ MACLA

    Make friends as you explore the importance of images, sounds, and graphics while creating your own animated projects.

  • Beach Blanket Babylon Holiday Extravaganza

    2018.11.18
    All Day @ Club Fugazi

    This long-running musical parody features iconic holiday characters like Christmas King. Louis, Mr. Peanut Santa and a chorus of tap-dancing...

  • Children's Magical Tea

    2018.12.01
    All Day @ Intercontinental Mark Hopkins

    Tea sandwiches, scones and a kid-friendly buffet and dessert buffet are on the menu for this annual tea. There will be balloons, face painting,...

  • American Conservatory Theatre: A Christmas Carol

    2018.12.06
    All Day @ A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

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

  • Circus Bella: Kaleidoscope

    2018.11.30
    All Day @ Near Mersea Restaurant

    This Bay Area circus celebrates diversity and color and features aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns...

  • Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

    2018.12.03
    All Day @ Pier 15

    The magical world of storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata returns to the Exploratorium for the third year in a row. Watch these...


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