30 Bay Area events and shows to celebrate the season


Garden of Lights 2021: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov.-Dec. 23, Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Stroll through 3.5 acres of mature cacti, succulents, and trees transformed into magical botanical sculptures and colored by thousands of lights. $ 8 to $ 24. ruthbancroftgarden.org

Ballet DiabloThe Nutcracker Suite: November 12-13, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. After the show, meet and mingle with the dancers at a reception at Massimo’s Ristorante across from the Lesher Center. $ 25 to $ 52. Broadcast from December 3 to 12, $ 40. diabloballet.org

La Selva Beach Holiday Fair and Library Opening Celebration: 10 am-4pm. November 13, 314 avenue Estrella, La Selva beach. To free. Browse handmade jewelry, art, pottery, books, bags, clothing, olive oil and vinegars, garden art, and home decor. Enjoy live music, magic, baked goods and food trucks. Santa Cruz Library: bit.ly/3nTB2Dl

GLIDE Annual Holiday JamWe always raise: 7 p.m. on November 18, The Masonic, 1111 California St., San Francisco. Listen to a benefit concert live, in person and broadcast live with Bobby McFerrin, Fantastic Negrito and the GLIDE Ensemble. app.mobilecause.com/e/SHSmbg?vid=n27z0

The Christmas ballet: 19 Nov-Dec 26, Walnut Creek, Mountain View, Carmel and San Francisco. This cheerful program features classic ballet and festive contemporary numbers to holiday tunes and incorporates ballet, tap dance, jazz and swing. $ 25 to $ 99. Find details on smuinballet.org.

  • Diablo Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite by Julia Adam.

  • Ragazzi Boys Chorus will lift their voices with festive holiday songs with the “Mysteries and Miracles” concert on December 12, 2021 at Old First Church in San Francisco. The Ragazzi Boys Chorus is seen here at a previous holiday concert.

  • Christmas Ballet Dance Smuin

  • Enjoy the Black Diamond Ballet’s Nutcracker from December 10 to 12 in Antioch.

  • Magic Castle Juniors 2021, photo by Scott Tokar

  • Bell Appeal will perform a variety of holiday songs at 1 p.m. on December 4 in Redwood City. After the concert, meet the bell ringers and learn how to ring a bell.

  • Mike McShane (Scrooge) (SFMT) – A RED CAROL

  • Maricahi Sol de Mexico “A Merri-Achi Christmas” –

Holiday Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20, San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. This annual show features local artists and their creations under the spectacular stained-glass dome. Entrance to the museum will be free on the day of the show. Art in the square: bit.ly/3q4YhwU

America’s Great Winter Festival: 26 November-Jan. 1, 4701 Great America Parkway, Saint Clare. Enjoy over 60 holiday rides and attractions, send letters to the North Pole, visit Santa’s workshop, bake cookies in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and go ice skating. Tickets start at $ 30. cagreatamerica.com/events/winterfest

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: 4-6 p.m. November 26, Lawn at Vista Collina, 850 Bordeaux Way, Napa. Enjoy Christmas carols, a seasonal-inspired craft market, and a visit from Santa, plus locally made beer and wine. Cellar pass: bit.ly/3q3ZULn

Holidays in Wine Country: 26 Nov-Dec 30. Healdsburg offers seasonal events focused on food, wine and centuries-old traditions. Enjoy festive decor and holiday lights at Healdsburg Plaza, holiday wine country walking tours, breakfast with Santa and more. cm.healdsburg.com/events

Holiday Festivities at Fairmont San Francisco: Gingerbread House Giant, November 27 during the holiday season. Discover the giant two-story gingerbread house adorned with hundreds of pounds of See sweets in the hotel’s grand lobby. Holiday tea, 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, November 26 to Jan. 2. (Tea not available December 2-3, 24-25). 950 Mason St., San Francisco. $ 89 to $ 149. fairmont-san-francisco.com/vacances

Holiday Radio Room – A Red Carol: Streaming from November 26 to January 9. The San Francisco Mime Group presents a militant new adaptation of the Dickensian classic as a radio play. Free (suggested donation of $ 20). sfmt.org

The Magic Panto Lamp: December 1-31, Presidio Theater, 99 Moraga Ave., Presidio de San Francisco. A holiday parody updates Aladdin’s story with humor, music, dance, and magic. $ 10 to $ 75. presidiotheatre.org/

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker candies: December 4-19, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco. This 50 minute version of “The Nutcracker” was designed for families with young children. $ 22.50 to $ 44.50. mfdpsf.org/nutcracker-sweets

Driving through Dickens’ London: December 4 to 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. Enjoy a taste of the Great Dickensian Christmas Fair from the comfort of your car, from famous fairground fare and handcrafted gifts to multiple paintings of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and two live music stages continuous dance and comedy. $ 25. dickensfair.com

Holiday concert: 1:00 p.m. December 4, San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Bell Appeal will perform a variety of holiday songs. After the concert, meet the bell ringers and learn how to ring a bell. To free. historysmc.org

Studios open in winter: 11 am-5pm December 4-5, ICB Building, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. Browse the work of over 100 Bay Area artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, fiber artists, printmakers, animators, and jewelers. To free. Eventbrite: bit.ly/2YbWvP6

Help is on the way for the XX – Feliz Navidad holidays: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. December 5, Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., San Francisco. This holiday celebration includes holiday music and an after-party with the cast. $ 45 to $ 2,500. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3BGGq1K

Cool Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. Enjoy a jazz concert with festive holiday songs. $ 29. hammertheatre.com

Black Diamond Ballet’s – The Nutcracker: December 10-12, El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. Enjoy the show, then browse the Nutcracker shop and refreshments for adults and children in the lobby. $ 20- $ 35. El Campanil: bit.ly/31uujZ9

A merry little Christmas cabaret: Live in person and live December 10-19 (on demand December 20-31), Tabard Theater, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose. Enjoy this holiday musical with the Nineteen Jazz Orchestra of San Jose. $ 19 to $ 48. tabardtheatre.org/

San Francisco Ballet – The Nutcracker: December 10-30, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Enter little Clara’s reverie and step into a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes and a kaleidoscope of over 150 dancers. Starting at $ 19. sfballet.org

San Jos̩ Dance Theater РThe Nutcracker: December 10-12, 17-19, Le San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Enjoy an enchanted world of elegant sugar plums, a battle between brave soldiers and menacing mice, waltzed flowers and a new extra-large Christmas tree that grows over 200 feet. $ 20 to $ 95. sjdt.org/le-casse-noisette

Merry Christmas Achi: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 11, Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San José. Join Mariachi Sol de Mexico and her 13-piece ensemble in a happy holiday celebration. hammertheatre.com

Ragazzi Boys Chorus – Mysteries and Miracles: 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. This holiday concert will feature precious Christmas gems and contemporary festive pieces to celebrate the holidays. Also available to stream online. $ 20 to $ 25. ragazzi.org

Holiday Concertos – Bach, Corelli and more: December 17-19. Voices of Music returns to the stage with its signature holiday program of virtuoso concertos, including Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 performed by Rachell Ellen Wong. 7 to 9 p.m. December 17, Palo Alto First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto; 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. December 18, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley; 8-10 p.m. December 19, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco. $ 50 to $ 55. voicesofmusic.org

A Celtic Christmas: December 17, Rio Theater de Santa Cruz and December 22, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Tomáseen Foley recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas on a remote farm in his hometown of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland in the 1950s. $ 35 to $ 63. tomaseenfoley.com/tours

“Jingle + Mingle” at the Wine Train: To celebrate the holidays, the Wine Train will offer holiday-inspired cocktails and mulled cider in addition to a gourmet multi-course meal from the train’s culinary team. Enjoy holiday music and singing singers outside the station from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 18 and 19, December 23 and 24, 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. winetrain.com/daily-tours/gourmet-express

New ballet – The Nutcracker of San José: December 18-22, California Theater, 345 S 1st St, San Jose. This joyful production transports the beloved tale to San José at the turn of the century. For younger audiences, New Ballet will also offer “The San Jose Nutcracker,” shorter one-act performances that provide a delicious introduction to the world of dance. Starting at $ 25. newballet.com

San Francisco’s real nutcracker teaSaturdays and Sundays through December (except December 25), noon to 4 p.m., 1100 Market St. but the hotel entrance is 45 McAllister St., San Francisco. This holiday event includes afternoon tea service and a Nutcracker to-go gift. Children’s tea with hot chocolate will also be available. $ 35 to $ 55. properhotel.com/san-francisco/happenings

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