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Top Tickets: December 19-25

This week, take in a classic holiday ballet, enjoy a musical Hanukkah celebration, and immerse yourself in nature during a winter campfire.

Christmas with Anne Sofie von Otter / New Century Chamber Orchestra


The Nutcracker

12/20-12/22 The Ballet of East County in Brentwood presents their fifteenth annual season of The Nutcracker at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre. Watch as talented dance students from across the area bring the Tannenbaum Christmas party to life, during which Uncle Drosselmeyer gives Clara a magic nutcracker. brentwoodballet.org.



Christmas with Anne Sofie von Otter

12/20 The New Century Chamber Orchestra welcomes mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter during their performance of selections by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Irving Berlin, and others. Enjoy the soaring sounds at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley. ncco.org.



A Chanticleer Christmas

12/21 “The World’s Reigning Male Chorus,” according to the New Yorker, visits the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland to present their annual holiday lineup. Despite performing worldwide for four decades, Chanticleer calls San Francisco and the Bay Area home. chanticleer.org.



Summer Solstice Campfire

12/21 Park rangers at the John Muir National Historic Site—the home of the celebrated naturalist and Father of the National Park System—host a winter campfire, complete with crafts, music, and even a marshmallow roast. nps.gov/jomu.


Mostly Kosher / Bankhead Theater


Mostly Kosher

12/23 Join klezmer gypsy-rock band Mostly Kosher as they kick off Hanukkah with a singular take on Judaic and American cultural music at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. lvpac.org.




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