The List: December
Warm up winter with local wines, Christmas carols, and a satirical look at the year’s headlines.
Walnut Creek on Ice
(11/12–1/13) Bundle up, and head to the East Bay’s only open-air outdoor ice rink for a free skate sesh, group lesson, or couples skate. iceskatewalnutcreek.com.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: the Creation of a Classic
(11/15–4/14) To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Disney’s first feature film, San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum exhibits 200 conceptual drawings and character studies. waltdisney.com/snow-white.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
(12/1) This rousing 60-member choir will get you in the holiday spirit, with hymns, spirituals, and traditional Christmas carols, at the Paramount Theatre. oigc.org.
Food and Wine
Holidays in the Vineyards
(12/1–12/2) More than 40 Livermore Valley wineries celebrate the season, with tasting room parties featuring special wines, live music, and crafts. lvwine.org.
Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War
(12/14–2/8) Marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Walnut Creek Library hosts a nationally touring exhibit and a variety of events, such as a December 14 open house featuring period fashion, music, and artillery, and a Lincoln impersonator. wclibrary.org.
The Hard Nut
(12/14–12/23) Think you know The Nutcracker? Mark Morris Dance Group’s offbeat interpretation returns to Berkeley, with men in tutus, G.I. Joe soldiers, and 1970s suburbia sets. calperformances.org.
Big Fat Year End Kiss Off XX
(12/26–12/28) Bid 2012 adieu, with a satirical look at the year’s headlines by Emmy-nominated Will Durst—in Berkeley, Livermore, and Walnut Creek. willdurst.com.
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