Out on the Town
Through Dec. 18 • Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
In this new touring show, Totem’s characters evolve through mind-blowing acrobatics and stunning visual displays, exploring the ties between species and the dreams and infinite potential of humanity.
Times and ticket prices vary. Grand Chapiteau at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. (800) 450-1480, www.cirqueduesoleil.com
1 • Montclair Village Holiday Stroll
Montclair Village stores stay open late to welcome shoppers and offer in-store entertainment and refreshments. Shop windows will be decorated for the holidays.
6–8:30 p.m., Montclair Village, 1980 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. (510) 339-1000, www.montclairvillage.com
1 • Zorro by Night
Watch your favorite Zorro movies and enjoy lively Spanish guitar music at this fundraiser for the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. Learn to dance flamenco, enter the costume contest and taste historical cocktails.
6–9 p.m., $30 and up. 2465 34th Ave., Oakland. (510) 532-9142, www.peraltahacienda.org
2 • Jack London Square Lights Up
Bring the family to see a preview of the parade floats and costumed characters that will be featured in the Oakland Children’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 3.
5–7 p.m, Foot of Broadway, Oakland. (510) 645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare.com
Dec. 2–Jan. 1 • Zoo Lights
Stroll through the zoo and see how the animals celebrate the holiday season with a fantastic display of LED lights in the shapes of candy canes, Nutcrackers and other holiday favorites. Closed Dec. 24–25.
5:30 p.m., $7.50 adults, $5.50 children. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org
2 • Accordion Babes
Enjoy an evening of music with the Bay Area’s finest accordion-toting ladies as they perform everything from waltzes to polkas to French rock.
8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door. Rhythmix Cultural
Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org
2–4 • A Broadway Holiday
Enjoy this holiday community chorus performance presenting the best songs from Broadway musicals.
8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $15. San Leandro Arts Education Center, 200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro. (510) 909-9516, www.curtaincallperformingarts.org
Dec. 2–Jan. 1 • The Wild Bride
Berkeley Rep presents this dance and musical version of a grown-up Grimm’s fairytale.
Times and prices vary. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org
2 • A Johnny Mathis Christmas
The legendary singer, who has sold over 350 million records worldwide, performs his greatest hits as well as holiday classics, along with a symphony orchestra.
8 p.m., $59.50–$99.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com
3–18 • Holidays at Dunsmuir House
Enjoy high tea, carriage rides, carolers, a kids’ zone and a tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays only, ticket prices vary. 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland. (925) 866-9559, www.trilogyticketing.com/dunsmuir
3 • Oakland Children’s Holiday Parade
This popular parade features tap-dancing Christmas trees, floats, marching bands, drill teams and special appearances by children’s characters including Snoopy, Miss Rosa and Clifford.
2 p.m., Broadway and 11th Street to 20th Street to Harrison Avenue, Oakland. www.americas-holiday-parade.com
3–20 • Unique Derique’s Fun-derful Holidaze
It’s a holiday show featuring youth jugglers, a Hambone body music team and hip-hop dancers.
2 pm., $10 adults, $7 under 12. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. (415) 282-3055, www.themarsh.org
3 • Celebrate in Alameda
The city becomes a winter wonderland with ice-skating from 1–5 p.m. and sleigh rides and crafts from 2–5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., a tree lighting ceremony will be held with local entertainers and a visit from Santa. Reservations need to be made by Dec. 1 for ice-skating times.
City Hall Parking Lot, Oak Street between Santa Clara Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, Alameda. (510) 747-7529, www.cityofalamedaca.gov
3–4 • Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus
The chorus kicks off the holiday season with music ranging from traditional to contemporary.
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., $12–$20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. (800) 706-2389, www.oebgmc.org
3–4 • Jingletown Art Walk
This thriving arts district known as Jingletown plans open studios for an annual holiday art show.
11 a.m.–6 p.m.,420 Peterson St. between the Park Street and Fruitvale bridges and adjacent to the Oakland Estuary. www.jingletown.org
3 • Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
This group, composed of different ethnicities and faiths, entertains with gospel music and holiday favorites.
7:30 p.m., $10–$45. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com
4 • Dance-Along Nutcracker
Kids n’ Dance invites children to dance along at this holiday show. Suitable for children ages 30 months to 8 years.
2 p.m. and 4 p.m., $11, under 2 free. 3840 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. (510) 531-4400, www.kidsndance.com
Through Dec. 4 • Annie
Berkeley Playhouse presents this timeless musical about an orphaned girl and her adventures finding a family.
Times vary, $17–$35. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org
3–4, 10–11, 17–18 • Santa on Solano
Bring the family to enjoy an afternoon of shopping and visits with Santa. Check website for exact location of Santa.
12 p.m.–4 p.m, Solano Avenue, Albany. (510) 527-5358, www.solanoavenueassn.org
6, 16, 20 • Santa at Play Café
Meet Santa, take free pics and bring a toy or canned food to donate to those less fortunate. All kids receive goodies.
11 a.m.–2 p.m., $10 per child. Play Café, 4400 Keller Ave., Oakland. (510) 638-3712. www.playcafellc.com
8–11 • Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt
Celebrate the holiday season on a water sleigh ride around Lake Merritt as you enjoy holiday caroling then return to the boating center for hot cider and cookies. Call for reservations.
Every half hour between 4–8 p.m. Thu.–Fri., every half hour between 3–8 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $6 per person. Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. (510) 238-2196, www.oaklandnet.com
9 • San Francisco Girls Chorus
Sing along and experience exhilarating holiday music with this acclaimed youth ensemble.
8–9:30 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at door, under 12 free. Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. (510) 271-1935, www.ctlcathedral.org
9–11 • Crèche Festival
See colorful scenes from the nativity created from hundreds of flowers and plants by Bay Area florists and by members of the parishes throughout the Diocese of Oakland in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Holiday concerts will also be held in conjunction with this three-day event. For a full schedule of times and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. (510) 271-1935, www.ctlcathedral.org
9–11 and 16–18 • California Revels
Celebrate Christmas in the court of King Arthur with Knights of the Roundtable, legendary creatures and spectacular costumes.
8 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, $19–$52. Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. (510) 452-8800, www.californiarevels.org
9 • Joe Bonamassa
Considered to be one of the world’s greatest guitar players, Bonamassa has toured with some great bands. His solo tour showcases his own style of blues-rock music.
8 p.m. $49–$99. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com
10 • Chanticleer Christmas Concert
Ring in the season with holiday songs performed by this Grammy-winning vocal ensemble.
8–9:30 p.m., $32–$54. Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. (415) 392-4400, www.chanticleer.org
10 • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah
Praised for his interpretations of Handel’s work, conductor Nicholas McGegan is known the world over for conducting the most moving and memorable performances of Messiah. Catch him here in Berkeley.
7 p.m., $30 and up. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
10 • Dave Koz: Smooth Jazz Christmas
The Grammy-nominated saxophonist is joined by other renowned artists in this performance featuring holiday favorites.
8 p.m., $59–$94. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
10–11 • Holiday Gift Sale
The Crucible opens the doors to allow the public to preview art classes and to purchase unique and affordable gifts made by more than 70 artisans.
Noon–6 p.m. Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun., 1260 Seventh St., Oakland. (510) 444-0919, www.crucible.org
10 • Alameda Holiday Home Tour
Shop at the holiday boutique and see some Alameda homes decorated in holiday finery. Proceeds benefit Alameda Family Services.
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., $30 advance, $35 day of event.
2325 Clement Ave., Alameda. (510) 629-6300, www.alamedaholidayhometour.info
10 • Santa on Webster
Give Santa your wish list and then enjoy an afternoon of crafts and Christmas cheer.
1–4 p.m., Pacific and Webster Streets, Alameda. www.westalamedabusiness.com
11 • Let Us Break Bread Together
The Oakland East Bay Symphony is joined by a selection of gospel choirs and choral groups in this annual holiday show.
4 p.m., ticket prices vary. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
14–23 • Fairy Winterland
Children’s Fairyland is transformed into a seasonal wonderland with rides, holiday shows and storytelling and more — all celebrating the winter holidays of many cultures including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
12 p.m.–7 p.m., $8 per person. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org
16 • Tori Amos
The popular American singer entertains with songs from her newly released Night of Hunters.
8 p.m., $45–$55. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
16–18 and 22–24 • Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
Finish your holiday shopping with handmade artisan gifts including pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, arts and crafts and more.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Dwight Way and Bancroft Way near the UC Campus, Berkeley. www.telegraphfair.com
16–24 • A Christmas Carol
This popular holiday musical is presented by Curtain Call Performing Arts and features a live orchestra.
Times vary, $10–$15. San Leandro Arts Education Center, 200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro. (510) 909-9516, www.curtaincallperformingarts.org
16-17 • Rachel’s Ballet Nutcracker
This group joins with the Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra
to present two free performances of the classic holiday ballet. Reserve tickets online.
7 p.m. Fri., 5 p.m. Sat., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4780 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. (510) 656-0920, www.rachelsballet.com
17–18 • Alameda Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker
Travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets in this holiday ballet show.
2 p.m., $18–$35. Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Avenue, Alameda. (510) 337-1929, www.alamedacivicballet.org
17 • San Francisco Boys Chorus
The Grammy Award-winning choir presents a selection
of popular holiday favorites.
8–9:30 p.m. $15–$35. Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. (415) 861-7464, www.sfbc.org
17–18 • Berkeley City Ballet’s Nutcracker
This elaborate production features more than 50 dancers along with beautiful costumes and sets.
1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., $15–$25. Jackson Theatre, Smith Center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (510) 659-6031, www.berkeleycityballet.org
17 • Mary Mary
Sisters Eve and Tina Campbell entertain with their blend of urban contemporary gospel music.
8 p.m., $25–$55. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
18 • Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions
Watch the Oakland Raiders take on the Detroit Lions in their only December home game.
1 p.m., ticket prices vary. O.co Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.coliseum.com
21 • Bob Seger
This iconic rock ’n’ roll artist returns to the Oracle Arena with his Silver Bullet Band in a show featuring both classic songs and new material.
7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary. 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.coliseum.com
22–24 • Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker
Enjoy these pre-Christmas performances on Dec. 22, 23 and 24.
Times vary, $20–$59.50. A Sweet Dreams party will be held after the matinee performances for a $12 fee. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com
31 • USS Hornet New Years’ Eve Party
Ring in 2012 dancing to classics from the Big Band era aboard this vintage aircraft carrier on an enclosed and heated hangar deck. View Bay Area fireworks from the flight deck (weather permitting) at midnight.
Call for time and ticket prices. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda. (510) 521-8448, ext.28, www.uss-hornet.org
31 • New Year’s Eve at Chabot Space & Science Center
Ring in 2012 with music and balloons — many filled with prizes — dropping from the ceiling. Reservations recommended as this event typically sells out.
Various times, $4 per child plus admission, $15.95 adult, $11.95 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7373, www.chabotspace.org
31 • All Star Comedy Jam
Shaquille O’ Neal hosts this New Year’s Eve show featuring a variety of talented comedians.
11 p.m., $55–$125. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
31 • Family New Year’s Eve Party
Enjoy a celebration for all ages featuring “quiet rooms” for sleepy preschool partiers and a countdown for each American time zone at this museum of fun featuring arcade games, magic shows and more.
8 p.m.–12:30 a.m., $15 per person. 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org
Lawrence Hall of Science
It’s your last chance to walk among realistic-looking prehistoric robotics at the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit that ends Jan. 1. The hall is open daily Dec. 19–30, except Dec. 25.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $17 adults, $14 students, $11 ages 3–6, under 3 free. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. (510) 642-5132, www.lawrencehallofscience.org
Great jazz artists perform nightly at Yoshi’s, the Japanese restaurant also known for delectable sushi and fantastic cocktails. Sunday afternoons feature specially priced family matinees with top performers. Show times and prices vary.
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
This small, intimate venue routinely invites artisans, musicians and aspiring crafters and authors for monthly events.
1223 Park St., Alameda. (510) 865-2385, www.juliestea.com
Oakland Museum of California
This dynamic local museum combines art, history and natural science to tell the stories of California and its people. Love and Loss: Dia de los Muertos exhibit runs through Dec. 11; photos from the Oakland-Berkeley fire of 1991 are on exhibit through Feb. 12; and A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey runs through Jan. 22.
11a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., Thu., Sat. and Sun. and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.; $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free for children under 8 and free for all on the first Sundays of each month. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org
Celebrate winter break and the holiday season at Playland with special activities and family fun including arcade games, magic shows and more. Open weekends throughout the year and daily during the week of Dec. 26–Jan. 1.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adult, $10 children under 14.
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org
Golden State Warriors
Cheer on the East Bay’s basketball team at the Oracle Arena against the Timberwolves (Dec. 3), Raptors (Dec. 10), Spurs (Dec. 12), Bulls (Dec. 26), Knicks (Dec. 28) and Nuggets (Dec. 30).
All games start at 7:30 p.m. 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.nba.com/warriors