As the holiday season gets into full swing, you may be looking for ways to celebrate the season in your area. Here are some great activities, concerts, fairs and Christmas events suitable for the whole family occurring in the East Bay this December.
A Christmas Carol
Stage One Theatre
39375 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560
Dates: Select days now through December 9
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has been a holiday classic since it was published in 1843. The story of Scrooge and his visions of Christmas Past, Present and Future have captured the imaginations of generations of children. The versions performed as plays have been popular for nearly as long. This December, the actors at Stage One Theatre in Newark will be performing “A Christmas Carol” the first two weekends of the month.
A Holiday Tradition 2012
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA 94605
Dates: Select days now through December 16
For three weekends, the historic Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate in Oakland will host its annual holiday open house and fair. The mansion, built in 1899, sits on 50 beautiful acres. Visitors can take a tour of the mansion, stroll the grounds, ride on a horse-drawn carriage and shop at the gift shop or for crafts at the Carriage House. Activities for kids include a pony ride, face painting and a breakfast with Santa.
Date: December 14
Love to sing? Why not join in on a sing-along performance of Handel’s “Messiah?” This holiday favorite is often performed for the Christmas season. The Tri-Valley’s Valley Concert Choral will be hosting a Sing-it-yourself “Messiah” on December 14, including the classic Hallelujah Chorus from the “Messiah.” If you’re not a do-it-yourself singer and would rather leave it to the experts, Valley Concert Chorale is also performing a “Holiday Songs of Joy” concert on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.
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37001 Mission Blvd.
6 Kilkare Road
Dates: Select days now through December 30