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The List: December

The East Bay cools down for the holiday season, with ice skating, twinkle lights, and a dance of the snowflakes.



Walnut Creek on Ice

11/11–1/16 Skate in a winter wonderland, when the outdoor ice rink returns to Civic Park. Take lessons before, and sip hot cocoa afterward. iceskatewalnutcreek.com.

Holiday Lights

Train of Lights

11/25–12/29 Journey through Niles Canyon on a train covered in twinkling lights. Reserve a spot in the Art Deco holiday lounge car for plush seats and hot drinks. ncry.org.


The Story of the Nutcracker

12/1–12/3 Contra Costa Ballet presents a kid-friendly one-hour narrated rendition of the classic ballet, with guest performances by dancers from Company C Contemporary Ballet. lesherartscenter.org.

Food and Wine

Holidays in the Vineyards

12/3–12/4 More than 30 Livermore wineries open their doors to holiday revelers for wine tasting, gourmet treats, live music, arts and crafts, and a toy drive for Toys for Tots. lvwine.org.


Christmas Revels

12/9–12/18 Celebrate the winter solstice with the lords and ladies of Camelot in this music and theater production at Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center. californiarevels.org.



12/12 The Contra Costa Wind Symphony presents seasonal favorites with members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. ccwindsymphony.org.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

12/21–12/31 Whoville comes to life in this musical production, starring the bitter, small-hearted Grinch, at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. shnsf.com.


Festivus Jubilee

12/23 Bay Area comedians perform at Bunjo’s in Dublin in honor of Festivus, a holiday created on Seinfeld. Be prepared for the Festivus pole, the airing of the grievances, and the re-gifting table. bunjoscomedy.com.


Orinda is the star of the small screen when Hercules Saves Christmas airs on Animal Planet December 3. Produced by San Ramon’s Derek Zemrak and filmed in Lamorinda, the film portrays a young boy’s quest to get on Santa’s nice list, with the help of a magical dog. herculessaveschristmas.com.

For more event picks, check out the Top Tickets blog every Monday at diablomag.com.


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