City Center Bishop Ranch today announced a unique collection of holiday experiences and promotions, each designed to bring new, safe ways to share the season’s joys with everyone in the community.
Whether for the grand opening of the Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink, the center’s holiday diversions will attract and delight guests of all ages from early November through the end of the year. All the events and in-store promotions have been designed with safety precautions in mind while enhancing the holiday spirit – beginning with a 40-foot tree with thousands of lights in Alexander Square.
Children will once again have a chance to visit Santa in Alexander Square. And they’ll be invited to send letters to Santa via a special North Pole mailbox located not far from Santa’s perch.
“We’re eager to launch City Center’s colorful celebration of the holiday season,” said Alexander Mehran, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, owner of City Center Bishop Ranch. “We’re looking forward to providing each visitor with a fun, memorable, and safe holiday experience.”
The following experiences and promotions are planned:
Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Rink, November 17 to January 2
The grand opening of the Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink at City Center Bishop Ranch will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm. The opening will include remarks by Kristi Yamaguchi as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Always Dream Foundation. In addition, there will be skating and musical performances to celebrate the opening of the holiday ice rink.
The ice rink will be open from 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm daily, with online reservations required for opening night in order to allow for safe distancing in the rink. Visit www.citycenterbishopranch.com/ice_rink_open/ for details.
5 Days of Giving, November 24 to November 28
Guests will be able to make donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the local charity, Food Bank of Contra Costa, and Solano County. Bins will be set up in various locations throughout the center.
Thanksgiving Week Events
Though the kids might nominate Halloween as the start of the season, it begins for certain with events centered around a fun and safe Thanksgiving weekend.
The celebrations begin Wednesday, November 24, with the season’s giant, festive tree.
Nothing sparkles like those thousands of tiny lights. Plus, there will be a live musical performance in Alexander Square from 5 pm – 7 pm.
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26 from 5 pm – 7 pm, there will be another musical performance.
Cool strolling carolers, and captivating light dancers on the lawn with the performance.
Santa comes to town on Saturday, November 27, from noon – 4 pm.
Have the kids’ photos (and maybe even yours!) taken with Santa while maintaining a safe distance, as stilt holiday characters roam the Center and the Bubble Lady will circumambulate in her festive holiday finery. Rest assured, Santa and his helpers will be fully vaccinated.
**Santa will be back on Sunday, November 28 for another round of chats with the kiddos and of course the chance for photos.
**In addition to the Thanksgiving weekend visits with Santa, his jolly self will be back on each of the three weekends leading up to Christmas — December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.
Happy Hour Holidays, Every Wednesday Night in December
There will be plenty of chances to enjoy live holiday music and special holiday drinks from Fieldwork Brewing Company, Delarosa, Social-Affair, The Slanted Door, and The LOT. Eggnog, spiked hot chocolate and rum sparklers are just a few of the festive drinks on the restaurants’ menus. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm
City Center Bishop Ranch has implemented enhanced health and safety measures that meet or exceed current public health guidance from Contra Costa County, including increased cleaning procedures, contactless ticket purchasing at the Holiday Ice Rink, optional temperature screening at the concierge desk, the encouragement of social distancing, and much more.
About City Center Bishop Ranch
City Center Bishop Ranch, the lively open-air dining and shopping destination designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is at the heart of the evolving community that is Bishop Ranch. With its range of distinctive retail and quality restaurants – including The Slanted Door, LB Steak, and Fieldwork Brewing Company — along with Equinox Fitness, the luxurious LOT Cinema, and the inviting public square, City Center is a unique and ever-popular gathering place. From art and music events to a thriving farmers’ market, City Center is the destination for social and cultural experiences.
Beyond the charms and vitality of City Center, Bishop Ranch — long a quality home to businesses large and small — is today evolving to become that sought-after place where home, work, and leisure come together and allow for an integrated and ever enhanced quality of life.
Sunset Development is creating several architecturally distinctive residential communities within Bishop Ranch, eventually numbering some 5,600 homes. Also planned is a new boutique hotel, as well as restaurant and retail options throughout the various neighborhoods. Their locations within Bishop Ranch mean that people who work here will have the opportunity to live close to their place of employment, to shop and dine close to home, and to all but eliminate their commute.
City Center Bishop Ranch is owned and operated by Sunset Development Company. For more information, visitwww.citycenterbishopranch.com