December 2013 Newsletter
December is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area with festivals, concerts, theater performances, nature activities and lots of holiday fun!
Below are just some of the many fun events happening in the Bay Area this month. Visit our Special Events and Holiday Fun pages for a complete list of family-friendly activities.
Have a wonderful December in the Bay Area and Happy Holidays!
The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet America ~ Redwood City, December 6 & 8
Don’t miss Ballet America’s production of The Nutcracker, the Bay Area’s most family-friendly performance of this beloved ballet. One hundred local dancers will perform alongside seasoned professionals on Friday, December 6th at 7 pm. and Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City. Affordable, at $18-$39 per seat, and enchanting -- for young and old alike. Tickets at www.balletamerica.org or Fox Box Office: 650-369-7770. Sugar plums and snowflakes await you!
San Francisco Zoo Lights ~ San Francisco, December 6-30
’Tis the season to enjoy San Francisco Zoo Lights! Come take a moonlight meander through the Zoo as it sparkles with cheer: Make your way from Entry Village Plaza to the new Elinor Friend Playground for some magical playtime under the stars. See Santa’s reindeer, enjoy hot cocoa and enjoy the holidays as you stroll through select areas of the Zoo. Dates and times: December 6-7 & 13-14; 4-6 pm.; December 20-23 & 26-30; 4:30-8 pm.
Angelina Ballerina the Musical ~ Santa Cruz, December 7 & 8
Coming to Santa Cruz for one weekend only! December 7 & 8, 11 am and 1 pm shows both days at the Rio Theatre. A show for children ages 3-10, for boys and girls alike and the grownups who bring them. This 50 minute show completely delights audiences with nine musical numbers. This is the only Bay Area and Central Coast stop for this limited tour! Reserve tickets now and save 10% with promo code BAKFAB.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas ~ San Jose, December 6-15
Based on the cherished 1954 holiday film, White Christmas has the charm and nostalgia to warm the cockles of, even, old Scrooge’s heart December 6-15. Filled with the glorious music of Irving Berlin, this production will whisk audiences away to a Vermont lodge, where two Army veterans set their sights upon two gorgeously harmonizing sisters. Twists, turns, and a cavalcade of surprises greet them upon arrival. Carol your way to www.cmtsj.org/tickets to make your holiday season Merry and Bright at the Montgomery Theater.
San Francisco Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker ~ San Francisco, December 14 & 15
This magical, full-length version of The Nutcracker features Bernadette Torres and Carlo DiDio, former Principals California Ballet Company, performing with amazing guest talent and students of the San Francisco Youth Ballet. This 2-hour production is geared toward families and is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to this holiday ballet tradition. The first 200 children go home with a Nutcracker gift bag and there will be photo opportunities after performances. Tickets $24 in advance & $26 at the door (Child and Adult). For more information visit http://www.sanfranciscoyouthballet.org
A Year with Frog and Toad by Bay Area Children's Theatre ~ Berkeley, Mill Valley, San Francisco & San Ramon, November 17-January 9
Come celebrate friendship in glorious song, as our heroes, Frog and Toad, hop through a season of comic adventures with their animal friends. Nominated for three 2003 Tony awards including Best Musical, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD is adapted from the beloved Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel.
Gingerbread Architecture at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, December 21-23
Let your imagination run wild as you create the most delicious gingerbread house on the block. Our experienced gingerbread helpers will give you construction and decorating tips and supply you with icing, candy canes, gumdrops and all the treats you will need. Don’t miss the sweetest fundraiser of the holiday season.
Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel ~ San Francisco, through March 23, 2014
Featuring the art of Arnold Lobel (1933–1987), author and illustrator of some of the most beloved children’s books produced since the late 1960s, this exhibition highlights a magical world animated by a talking frog, a mouse, a kangaroo, and other colorful creatures. Subtly reflecting upon human foibles in his charmingly rendered stories and illustrations, Frog and Toad includes one hundred original illustrations and works on paper.
Astronomy Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium ~ Cupertino, December 7, 14, 21
Visit the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College on Saturday evenings to enjoy planetarium shows especially for children. Shows include Magic Treehouse Space Mission, The Little Star that Could, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket and more.
Family Concerts & Performances
CSMA Community Concert - Mountain View, December 5
Children's Concerts at La Pena - Berkeley, December 7, 14, 28
Music for Families with the SF Symphony - San Francisco, December 7
AndyZ at Studio Grow - Danville, December 14
Dream Circle Holiday Concert - Sausalito, December 14
The Snow Queen by San Jose Rep - San Jose, November 27-December 22
The Elves and the Shoemaker by Tabard Theatre Company - San Jose, November 29-December 15
Merry Christmas Strega Nona by PYT - Mountain View, December 6-7
The Princess and the Frog by Palo Alto Children's Theatre - Palo Alto, December 7-8
Madeline's Christmas by CTC - Sunnyvale, December 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22
Arts & Crafts
Family Art Day at Triton Museum - Santa Clara, December 7-8
Drop-In Family Art Workshop at OMCA - Oakland, December 8
Make Art Workshop at the Museum of Craft and Design - San Francisco, December 7, 14
Holiday Nature Crafts - Berkeley, December 14
Community Free Day at CJM - San Francisco, December 25
Animals & Nature
Reindeer Romp at the Zoo - November 24-January 1
Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm - Muir Beach, December 1
Exploring Baltimore Canyon - Kentfield, December 7
Science Safari: Gifts of Winter - Los Gatos, December 14
Family Night Hike & Campfire - Sausalito, December 14
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy - San Francisco, December 28
Science & Technology
Marine Science Sunday - Sausalito, December 8, 22
Star Stories at Chabot - Oakland, December 21
Aviation Adventure Day at Hiller - San Carlos, December 23, 30
Lighted Yacht Parade - Alameda, December 7
Lighted Tractor Parade - Calistoga, December 7
America's Children's Holiday Parade - Oakland, December 7
Christmas Parade and Holiday Market - Benicia, December 14
Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade - San Francisco, December 14
Parol Lantern Parade - San Francisco, December 14
Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival - San Francisco, December 1
Mill Valley Winterfest - Mill Valley, December 1
Holiday Frolic & Snow Park - Martinez, December 6-8
Hometown Holidays - Redwood City, December 7
Union Street Holiday Festivities - San Francisco, December 7
Christmas at Ardenwood - Fremont, December 7-8
Holiday on the Farm - San Ramon, December 7 & 14
Snow in Berkeley? - Berkeley, December 8
Children's Holiday Festival - San Jose, December 14
Fantasy of Lights - Los Gatos, November 29-December 31
Christmas in the Park - San Jose, November 29-January 1
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo - Oakland, November 29-January 5
Holiday Lights at Gilroy Gardens - Gilroy, December 7-30
McLaren Lodge Tree Lighting - San Francisco, December 5
Tree Lighting at the Presidio - San Francisco, December 6
Tree-Lighting, Sing-along, and Santa - Concord, December 7
New Year's Eve Celebrations
Family New Years Eve Party at Playland - El Cerrito, December 31
Ring in the New Year Balloon Drop at Chabot Space and Science - Oakland, December 31
Noon Years Eve Party at Hiller Aviation Museum - San Carlos, December 31
Noon Years Eve at Children's Discovery Museum - San Jose, December 31
Noon Years Eve at Bay Area Discovery Museum - Sausalito, December 31