Friday, November 25 Frozen: The Musical – San Francisco The Great Dickens Christmas Fair – Daly City Movie Night: Polar Express – Larkspur Family Fun Day – Santa Rosa Family Starlight Workshop – Oakland IlluminOdyssey – San Mateo Zoppe Circus – Redwood City WinterFest at Great America – Santa Clara
Saturday, November 26 Nutcracker Sweet Concert and Puppet Show – San Francisco Happy Birthday Charles M. Schulz – Santa Rosa Matilda the Musical – Berkeley Glowfari – Oakland Fun on the Farm – San Ramon Holiday LEGO Show – Palo Alto Cinderella by Opera San Jose – San Jose Winter Wonderland at the Boardwalk – Santa Cruz
Sunday, November 27 Glow at the Exploratorium – San Francisco The Velveteen Rabbit – San Francisco Marine Science Sunday – Sausalito Nutcracker Sweet Concert and Puppet Show – Berkeley and Palo Alto Kids Carnival at Hiller Aviation Museum – San Carlos Festival of Lights Parade – Los Altos Enchant at PayPal Park – San Jose Holiday Lights Train – Felton
San Jose Sharks - San Jose
San Francisco 49ers - Santa Clara
MOVIES THIS WEEKEND
Devotion. PG-13, 138 minsTheatrical - Wide. View more >>
Strange World. PG, 95 minsTheatrical - Wide. View more >>
Bones and All. R, 130 minsTheatrical - Wide. ...
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. PG-13, 139 minsTheatrical - Moderate. ...
Nanny. R, 97 minsTheatrical - Limited. ...
The Fabelmans. PG-13, 151 minsTheatrical - Limited.
Featured Holiday Events The Nutcracker by San Francisco Youth Ballet – San Francisco, December 3 & 4 The holiday magic continues as San Francisco Youth Ballet presents its 21st annual, full length production of “The Nutcracker.” It is geared toward families and a perfect introduction to classical ballet for children. Seats are reserved and “Supar Plum” VIP and “Clara’s Guest” admission includes a special gift for children and a character meet and greet 30 minutes prior to curtain. Buy your tickets early since this is a sold out production year after year.
Film with Live Orchestra: How the Grinch Stole Christmas – December 16 & 17 Join us at Davies Symphony Hall for a magical movie experience and family-friendly holiday treat: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Directed by Ron Howard with music by James Horner, this vibrant 2000 adaptation brings Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s tale to life, with plenty of laughs for audiences of all ages. Enjoy this festive film on the big screen like never before as the San Francisco Symphony performs the score LIVE to picture. Rated: PG
Santa Days at Filoli – Woodside, December 3-23 Santa flies to Filoli for Santa Days on December weekends. Snap a photo with him on his festive golden throne, and enjoy a hot drink and holiday treat on the Woodland Court.
CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey – A Dazzling Winter Light Experience for Kids – San Mateo, November 4 – January 16 Electrify your child’s imagination at CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey, a dazzling winter light experience for kids. Four levels of walls, floors and ceiling come alive with radiant, moving color. Carry a colorful lantern with you as you explore a world of luminescent wonder. Venture through a gleaming jungle of soft sculptures and under an illuminated canopy of fiber optic strands. Watch the mesmerizing motion of a glowing blossom-like sculpture as you control it’s changing appearance. Experience the wonder, beauty and excitement of CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey.
A Christmas Carol by Silicon Valley Shakespeare – San Jose, December 2-18 Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s inaugural performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will take audience members back in time with Ebenezer Scrooge as he literally walks down memory lane. Set against the expansive backdrop of History Park San José’s 14 acres of preserved and reproduced homes from a long-gone era, this immersive and walking production is a unique holiday experience for the entire family. Dress in your Dickens-inspired ensembles and be prepared to encounter A Christmas Carol like you have never seen it before!
Children’s Heritage Holiday – San Jose, December 10-18 Families are invited to come and enjoy crafts and activities throughout History Park. Families will also enjoy a visit with Santa Claus and performances from the Nutcrackers. Everyone can then stay for the first light show at 6:00 PM.
Holiday Light Displays Holidays at the Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, November 16 – December 31 Christmas in the Park – San Jose, November 21 – January 1 Holiday Lights – Watsonville, November 25 – December 25 Garden of d’Lights – Walnut Creek, November 25 – January 8 Blinky’s Illuminated Holiday Drive-Thru – San Jose, November 26 – January 1 Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Santa Cruz, November 25 – December 23 Holiday Tree Walk – Felton, November 25 – December 18 Christmas at Temple Hill – Oakland, November 25 – December 31 Entwined – San Francisco, December 1 – March 12 History Park’s Heritage Light Show – San Jose, December 9-18 Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru – Los Gatos, December 3-30 Christmas Tree Lane – Palo Alto, December 10-31
Amusement Parks & Zoos Glowfari – Oakland, November 11 – January 29 Boardwalk Winter Wonderland – Santa Cruz, November 24 – January 1 Six Flags Holidays in the Park – Vallejo, November 25 – January 1 Winterfest at Great America – November 25 – January 1 Holidays at Gilroy Gardens – November 25 – December 31
Holiday Parades Lighted Tractor Parade – Geyserville, November 26 Festival of Lights Parade – Los Altos, November 27 Lighted Parade and Santa Claus – Half Moon Bay, December 2 Lighted Yacht Parade – Alameda, December 3 Lighted Tractor Parade – Calistoga, December 3 Children’s Holiday Parade – Los Gatos, December 3 Lighted Boat Parade – Santa Cruz, December 3 Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks – Sausalito, December 10-11 Christmas Parade and Holiday Market – Benicia, December 10 Parol Lantern Parade – San Francisco, December 10 Lighted Boat Parade – San Rafael, December 17
Tree Lighting Events Embarcadero Center Lighting and Carnival – San Francisco, November 18 Lighting of the Plaza – Sonoma, November 19 Winter Lights Tree Lighting Celebration – Santa Rosa, November 25 Christmas Tree Lighting and Decorating – Half Moon Bay, November 25 Holiday Carousel Lighting – San Francisco, November 26 Jelly Belly Tree Lighting Ceremony – Fairfield, November 26 Holiday Tree Lighting – San Anselmo, December 3 Civic Center Tree Lighting – San Francisco, December 7 Pier 39 Holiday Tree Lighting – San Francisco, November 22 – January 8
Santa Visits Santa’s Riverboat Arrival – Petaluma, November 26 Breakfast with Santa – Cupertino, December 3 Santa Arrives by Helicopter at Hiller – San Carlos, December 3 Santa Weekends at Filoli – Woodside, November 19 – January 8
Holiday Crafts Kids Craft Fair – Santa Cruz, December 3 Fun on the Farm Holiday Crafts – San Ramon, December 3, 10, 17 Holiday Crafts Day at Randall Museum – San Francisco, December 10 Gingerbread Doghouse Workshop – Santa Rosa, December 17 & 18
Other Holiday Events & Activities Glow at The Exploratorium – San Francisco, November 17 – January 29 Train of Lights – Fremont and Sunol, November 18 – December 28 Walnut Creek Model Railroad Holiday Show – Walnut Creek, November 18-27 ‘Tis the Season for Science – November 18 – January 8 Dickens Christmas Fair – Daly City, November 19 – December 18 Holiday Sing-Along – San Francisco, December 2 Hometown Holiday Celebration – Pleasanton, December 3 Bah Humbug 5K Run & Kids Dash – San Ramon, December 3 Winterfest – Ross, December 3 Holiday In – San Francisco, December 3 Holiday Train – San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara – December 3 Mill Valley Winterfest – Mill Valley, December 4 Deck the Hall – San Francisco, December 4 Holly Jollypalooza – Pacifica, December 4 Holiday Train – San Francisco, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Menlo Park, December 4 Montclair Holiday Stroll – Oakland, December 8 Hometown Holidays Celebration – Redwood City, December 10 German Holiday Market – Mountain View, December 10 Winter Wonderland at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, December 11 Toy Trains – Santa Cruz, December 15-24 Holiday Movie Night: Elf – Half Moon Bay, December 16 Calistoga Holiday Village – Calistoga, December 17 Bethlehem A.D. – Redwood City, December 21-23
Performances: The Nutcracker Diablo Ballet – Walnut Creek, November 11-12 Hip Hop Nutcracker – Oakland, November 17 Contra Costa Ballet – Walnut Creek, November 25-27 Pacific Ballet – Mountain View, November 25-27 Nutcracker Sweet with Puppet Company – San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, November 26 & 27 South Valley Dance Arts – Morgan Hill, December 2 & 3 Ballet Petit – Hayward, December 3 San Francisco Youth Ballet – San Francisco, December 3 & 4 Ballet America – Redwood City, December 3 & 4 Nutcracker Sweets – San Francisco, December 3-18 Western Ballet – Mountain View, December 9-11 Petaluma School of Ballet – Rohnert Park, December 9-11 San Jose Dance Theater – San Jose, December 9-18 San Francisco Ballet – San Francisco, December 8-27 Marin Ballet – San Rafael, December 10 & 11 Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre – Santa Cruz, December 10 & 11 Ramon M0reno School of Dance – Atherton, December 10 & 11 Black Diamond Ballet – Antioch, December 10-18 Valley Dance Theatre – Livermore, December 10-18 Ballet Company of East County – Oakley, December 15-18 Peninsula Ballet Theatre – Redwood City, December 16 & 17 New Ballet – San Jose, December 16-18 Stapleton Ballet – San Rafael, December 17 & 18 Berkeley City Ballet – Berkeley, December 17 & 18 Santa Cruz City Ballet – Aptos, December 17 & 18 Dance-Along Nutcracker – San Francisco, December 17 & 18 Hip Hop by Peninsula Ballet Theatre – Redwood City, December 17 & 18 Oakland Ballet – Oakland, December 17 & 18 Los Gatos Ballet – Saratoga, December 20-22
Performances: A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol by ACT – San Francisco, November 30 – December 24 A Christmas Carol by Silicon Valley Shakespeare – San Jose, December 2-18 A Christmas Carol by Center Rep – Walnut Creek, December 8-22
Performances: Other Holiday Performances Frog and Toad – San Francisco & Berkeley, November 17 – January 15 Frozen – San Francisco, November 18 – December 30 Christmas with C.S. Lewis – San Francisco, November 18-20 Just Dance Academy Winter Performance – San Rafael, November 22 Nutcracker Sweet Concert and Puppet Show – San Francisco, November 26 The Velveteen Rabbit – San Francisco, November 26 – December 11 Nutcracker Sweet Concert and Puppet Show – Berkeley and Palo Alto, November 27 Once Upon a Christmas – Walnut Creek, December 2-3 PAAM Holiday Spectacular – San Francisco, December 3-4 Carols in the California – San Jose, December 10 Peter and the Wolf – San Francisco, December 11 Holiday Pops – San Rafael, December 13 A Chanticleer Christmas – Several Locations, December 11-23 The Snow Queen by Bayer Ballet – Mountain View, December 17-18
New Years Celebrations Balloon Drop at Chabot Space and Science Center – Oakland, December 31 Noon Years Eve Party at Hiller Aviation – San Carlos, December 31 Noon Years Eve at Happy Hollow – San Jose, December 31 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! – Santa Rosa, December 31
Holiday Ice Rinks Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – San Francisco, November 2 – January 16 Ice at the Veranda – Concord, November 4 – February 14 San Mateo on Ice – San Mateo, November 11 – January 8 Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Rink – San Ramon, November 11 – January 8 Brentwood on Ice – Brentwood, November 18 – January 8 Enchant at PayPal Park – San Jose, November 25-January 1 Walnut Creek on Ice – Walnut Creek, December 9 – January 16
Featured Winter Camps
Winter Art Camps at Art School of San Francisco Bay ~ Mountain View and San Jose Not just unique works of art. Not only strong portfolio pieces. Our students bring home a whole new set of skills that helps them to improve their performance dramatically. We support each creative individual, gently guiding through all steps of creative process. Camps’ and workshops’ themes: Manga, Fan Art, Comic, Landscape and Portrait studies, Digital painting and 3D modeling, Animation, Art History and many more. Beginner and advanced level. Details & registration: www.artschoolsfbay.com
East Bay SPCA Animal Camp ~ Dublin and Oakland East Bay SPCA Animal Camp is the purr-fect fit for 1st through 5th graders who are passionate about pets, want to make a difference for shelter animals, or just need a little experience before adding a furry friend to the family. Two sessions of camp are available (9am-3pm daily) at both our Dublin and Oakland Adoption Center.
TechKnowHow® LEGO and Coding Camps – Cupertino, Palo Alto, San Francisco Winter Break tech programs for ages 5-17. Teachers work with students featuring projects in LEGO® Design and Engineering, LEGO Masters Competition, Minecraft Adventures, Intro to Coding with Scratch, Python Coding, and more! Weeks of December 20 and 27. Small group sessions let kids participate, ask questions, and engage with others! www.TechKnowHowKids.com or call us with questions at (650) 638-0500.
Brainvyne Holiday LEGO Camp – Palo Alto Enroll your LEGO® enthusiast to come enjoy a week playing with thousands of LEGO®. The camp includes exciting activities involving LEGO® gears, axles, battery packs and LEGO® robotics. Children are grouped by age and will learn the fundamentals of simple machines through play. Prepare for an enriching yet fun week under the supervision of experienced and caring BrainVyne Staff.
Berkeley Playhouse Holiday Camps – Berkeley Fun-filled Thanksgiving Week and Winter Break musical theater camps for grades K-6. Get ready for your children to safely explore, create, socialize and learn at Berkeley Playhouse.
Mocha Winter Camps – Oakland Join us for innovative, hands-on arts activities for children and youth, ages 5-12. At MOCHA Art Camps, we immerse our campers in thematic artistic mediums where they can work within a structured environment while being free to test the limits of their imagination while they investigate and examine. Each camp is designed to put the camper in an environment where play, creativity and expression, innovation, and exploration is validated through the process of making art.
More Winter Camps KidztoPros Holiday Camps – Several Locations Legarza Sports – Several Locations Monkey Business Camp – Berkeley Crowden Winter Strings Camp – Berkeley No Limits Holiday Camp – Corte Madera Liv and Chui Art Studio Winter Camp – El Cerrito Trackers Bay – El Cerrito Head Over Heals Athletic Arts – Emeryville Legends Baseball Winter Camp – Menlo Park Steve & Kates – Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Mateo Studio 4 Art – Novato, San Rafael Adventure Camps – San Francisco Kids Art Camp – San Mateo Wild Winter Camp at Lindsay Wildlife Experience – Walnut Creek