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Top Tickets: December 26-January 1

This week, say hello to the new year with comedy and balloons, visit Sesame Street and watch the Peanuts gang onstage, and more.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage / Bankhead Theater


Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXVII

12/27, 12/28 Bid 2019 goodbye with Will Durst and friends during this comedy show that looks back at the biggest news stories of the year. The show will bring laughs to Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton on 12/27, and the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek the following evening. firehousearts.org, lesherartscenter.org.



Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic

12/28-12/29 This week, you can find the way to Sesame Street at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Elmo wants to join a magic show, but can’t do magic—and learns about the importance and impact of practice and determination. paramountheatre.com.



A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

12/29 Keep the Christmas spirit going after December 25 with the Peanuts ensemble at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. In this stage expansion of the holiday special, Charles Schulz’s beloved characters are reminded of the true meaning of the holiday season, as they put together their own Christmas play. lvpac.org.



Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony

12/29 Head to Bay Street for a Chanukah Celebration to close out the year. The evening, hosted by Chabad Emeryville, will include a twelve-foot menorah, live entertainment, kids’ activities, latkes, and more. baystreetemeryville.com.


Balloon Drop / Chabot Space and Science Center


Balloon Drop

12/31 Celebrate the new year with your young ones at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, as hundreds of brilliant balloons are dropped at different times across the afternoon to celebrate midnight around the world. chabotspace.org.




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