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Top Tickets: November 28-December 4

This week, the world comes alight at the Ruth Bancroft Garden and the Alameda County Fairgrounds, the Dublin Arts Collective offers crafted gifts, and the Livermore Shakespeare Festival and Contra Costa Civic Theatre perform holiday productions.

Garden of d'Lights Kelley Lotosky of Let's Spread Beauty


Garden of d’Lights

11/30-12/29 Spend an evening at Walnut Creek’s Ruth Bancroft Garden, as they use magical lasers and lights to illuminate a breathtaking cacti and succulent paradise. Be sure to check out the new Coit Family Visitor and Education Center while you’re there. ruthbancroftgarden.org.




Its A Wonderful Life / Contra Costa Civic Theatre


It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

11/29-12/15 After you’ve had your fill of turkey, head to Contra Costa Civic Theatre to get in the Christmas spirit with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, the classic story of George Bailey, who, one Christmas Eve, discovers what life would be like if he’d never been born. ccct.org.




LumiNight Lantern Festival

11/29-2/2 Celebrate the majesty of the planet and the natural world through hundreds of lantern sculptures at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The enormous lighted works of art are crafted by Chinese artisans and comprise an eight-acre wonderland. alamedacountyfair.com.



Dublin Art Collective Holiday Boutique

11/30, 12/1 Join local artists in Dublin at KeyPoint Credit Union to get your Christmas shopping done in advance. In addition to the variety of ceramics, paintings, photographs, jewelry, and sculptures that will be for sale, three local authors will be on hand to discuss and sign their books. thedublinartcollective.wordpress.com.



Holiday Readings at Swirl on the Square

12/4, 12/11, 12/18 The Livermore Shakespeare Festival celebrates the season with staged readings of holiday favorites. Savor delicious tapas and wine in an intimate venue during the performances. livermoreshakes.org.


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