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Top Tickets: November 23–29

Dancing, music, and gift shopping bring the holidays into full swing this week.

Contra Costa Ballet


Contra Costa Ballet’s The Nutcracker
11/23–11/27 Bring the kids to the Lesher Center for the Arts for this fun and family-friendly rendition of The Nutcracker, starring an ensemble of youth performers and professional guest artists. lesherartscenter.org.



Illuminate SF Festival of Light
As the days grow shorter, San Francisco’s nights grow brighter with this citywide installation of light and color. Take a free tour, or download a self-guided itinerary and explore the city’s winter garden of de-lights. illuminatesf.com.



Macy’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
After a long day of Black Friday bargain hunting, take a little time to enjoy the holiday spirit during the lighting of the Christmas tree in San Francisco’s Union Square. The merry event includes live performances as well as a visit from Santa Claus. unionsquareshop.com. —Colin Bean



Fifth Annual Holiday Youth Music Festival
The City of Pleasanton and the Firehouse Arts Center host this annual fest featuring performers in elementary through high school. Hear traditional and contemporary holiday favorites from Tri-Valley youth bands, choirs, and soloists. firehousearts.org.



Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at this art exhibition and craft fair. Browse hundreds of local artisans’ workshops showcasing handmade clothes, accessories, and home décor; or attend a class and learn to make your own handicrafts for loved ones. berkeleyartisans.com.

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