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Top Tickets: December 6–12

A Dickens classic, suds and Santas, a children’s choir performance, and more are what’s in store this week.

Kevin Berne


A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ holiday classic returns to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Critics have called Center REP’s annual family-friendly production—which promises both timeless details and new surprises—“the Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.” centerrep.org.



It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette
Share some holiday cheer with the whole family at Lafayette’s Plaza Park. Snap a pic with Santa and his elves, join in on the tree lighting, eat sweet treats, sing along to classic tunes, and more. lafayettechamber.org/holiday.


Liz Lynch



Custodians of Beauty
Choreographer Pavel Zuštiak and his New York–based Palissimo Company make their West Coast debut at Zellerbach Playhouse in Berkeley with this immersive, dynamic piece, created in response to a 2009 speech by Pope Benedict XVI. calperformances.org.





Santa Brew Crawl
It’s time to get as jolly as ol’ Saint Nick at this beer progressive in downtown Martinez. Don that Santa suit or ugly Christmas sweater, and pop into Main Street's shops to sip on local craft brews. downtownmartinez.org.



Voices of the Angels … Sunset by Candlelight
Benicia-based children’s choir Voena—which recently returned from a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall—weaves an international and seasonal story with traditional holiday songs in Hebrew, Spanish, Gaelic, and other languages at Pleasant Hill’s St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. voena.org.

To see even more events happening this week, or to submit an event for consideration, visit Diablo’s Community Calendar. Follow Diablo on Twitter or Facebook, and sign up for the A-List e-newsletter so Top Tickets is delivered to your email inbox on Wednesdays. Questions? Comments? E-mail events@maildiablo.com.