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Top Tickets: December 21–27

Caroling, crafts, and meditation round out the holiday season.

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley


Winter Solstice Sound Bath
Welcome the beginning of sunnier days at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley’s winter solstice meditation event. Listening to the sounds of gentle gongs and crystal singing bowls within a grove of redwoods is the perfect way to clear your head and relax as the holidays set in. botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.



Holiday Caroling in Downtown Berkeley
Bring the whole family (furry friends included) to a candlelit evening of caroling through the streets of Berkeley, led by The Berkeley Community Chamber Singers. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and the first dozen carolers to arrive will receive special holiday hats! downtownberkeley.com. 


ZooLights at the Oakland Zoo. Photo by Reuben Maness.


Holiday Craft Workshop and ZooLights
Get crafty with gift-giving this year at the Oakland Zoo. Learn how to make your own ornaments and cards while enjoying tasty holiday treats. Afterward, check out the beloved ZooLights show and take a ride in a festively lit gondola. oaklandzoo.org.



A Lemony Snicket Holiday
Head to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek to see the California Symphony perform The Composer Is Dead, a musical murder mystery written by popular children’s author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and narrated by Broadway star Manoel Felciano. californiasymphony.org. —Morgan Mitchell


The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Photo by Bruce Damonte.


Contemporary Jewish Museum Community Day
If you’re looking for something fun to do on Christmas, consider taking a trip to San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. Admission-free and open all day, the museum will be hosting live music and interactive exhibits alongside its usual galleries. thecjm.org.



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