Winter Break is here! Whether you are staying around town for the Holidays, having family in town, check out the weekend happenings! Make sure to follow us on FB & [email protected] social to stay updated! Is there an event you would like us to add? IF so, email: [email protected] **Check out Local Neighborhood Light Displays here!
Adoption Event, Pet Food Express, Blackhawk & Danville, 12/21.
Both locations, Blackhawk & Danville, are having Pet Adoption Events! Head down to Pet Food Express in Danville on 12/21, from 1 pm-5 pm. This is located at 11000 Crow Canyon Rd., Danville. Dogs of all ages are looking for their forever home! It’s not too late to save one of these precious pups in time for the Holidays! The Danville location is located at, 609 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville. This event is the German Shepard Rescue, from 11 am-2 pm.
Music in the Vines, McGrail Vineyards, Livermore, 12/22, 1 pm-4 pm.
Nick Tyrrell will be playing while you cozy up in McGrail Vineyards Barrel room. Located at 5600 Greenville Rd., Livermore. Wine will be available by the glass or bottle. Chef Anthony Scott will also be here selling a delicious lunch! The entry is complimentary. To register, click here!
Zoo Lights, Oakland Zoo, Now-1/5, 5:30 pm-9 pm.
Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy our dazzling Penguin Playground attraction featuring Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. Meet Santa every night between 12/6-12/23, from 6 pm-9 pm. More info & purchase tickets here!
LumiNight Lantern Festival, Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, Now-2/2, 5 pm-10 pm.
LumiNight presents One World. A Million Lights, a unique celebration of our planet’s most treasured wonders, wildlife, and nature that includes a Forest of a Million Lights, dinosaurs, Chinese Zodiac animals, the Great Barrier Reef, the story of Noah’s Ark, and more. Admission starts at $12. More info here!
Livermore Wine Trolly’s Family Lights of Livermore Tour, Livermore, 12/20-12/23, 6 pm & 7:30 pm.
Great for kids 2 and up! On 12/20 & 12/21, you will be riding in their new White Trolley with perimeter seating and USB ports near each seat! Hop on the Trolley and experience one of Livermore’s Favorite Holiday Traditions! Receive discounts at participating restaurants with your receipt. Pick up the Trolley in Downtown Livermore, 2350 Railroad Avenue – at Bus Stop near CREAM across the street from the Livermore Valley Parking Garage. No Alcohol Allowed. More info and purchase tickets here!
Livermore’s Adult Wine Trolly’s Lights of Livermore Holiday Show, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, & 12/23, 5:30 pm & 7 pm.
Join Concannon Vineyard and the Livermore Wine Trolley for a unique Holiday experience of lights, bites, and flights throughout the month of December! Begin at Concannon’s historic estate where they will host a private tasting reception of perfect wines for the holidays, assorted holiday desserts and lots of Holiday Cheer! This is a 21 & over event. Then embark on the Livermore Wine Trolley for a magical ride to Livermore’s most dazzling displays on a holiday tour unlike any other. Bottles of wine are available for purchase to enjoy on your Trolley ride through the festively decorated streets of Livermore. More info and purchase tickets here!
Santa Visits at the Danville Livery, Downtown Danville, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/24.
Story Time with Santa & Greenlee’s Bakery, Nordstroms, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 12/21, 11 am-1:30 pm.
Santa will be hosting story time & reading some of his favorite books in our kids department! 11 am & 1 pm. Greenlee’s Bakery will also be there with their Pop-up shop, from 9 am-5 pm. Enjoy their one of kind cinnamon bread!
Photos with Santa, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, Now-12/24.
Santa may be away from his house at various times throughout the season helping with special events. Santa’s Villa will be closed on Thanksgiving. Santa’s Villa is located in Center Court near the fireplace. Take photos with Santa at his beautiful waterfront villa! More info and pictures pricing here!
Santa Claus at The Alamo Farmers’ Market, Alamo, 12/22, 9 am-2 pm.
They will be having a toy drive c/o Mooney Heaton Homes and SF Firefighters so come on out and take a picture with Santa and drop off a toy and pick up some market goodies along the way!
Selfies with Santa at City Center Bishop Ranch: Santa returns to City Center Bishop Ranch! St. Nick will greet visitors in Alexander Square every Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm-6 pm, throughout the holiday season. Shoppers are invited to share holiday wishes and take complimentary Selfies with Santa.
Photos with Santa, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/24, 10 am-9 pm.
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his holiday home, located in the Lobby by True Food Kitchen.
(Breaks: 1-1:45pm & 4:30-5:15pm), on 12/24- 9am – 6pm (Break: 1-1:45pm).
Holiday Train Rides, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, 12/13-12/24, 12 pm-3 pm.
They are partnering with a non-profit organization that recycles used crayons to create new crayons to donate to children’s hospitals in the bay area. The rides may be rescheduled due to rain. $1 per ticket, all sales go to non-profit. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Stem Chef’s Holiday Party, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, 12/21, 10 am-12 pm.
Please join for a fun morning celebrating the holiday season with hot cocoa, cookies and oodles of activities. They will have face painting and puzzles and prizes! You can get some holiday shopping done while the kids have fun! This is a FREE event. You must register here!
Holiday Craft Market, Calicraft Brewing Company, Walnut Creek, 12/21, 12 pm-8 pm.
Inspired by European Christmas markets, they will have a lot of different festivities to get you in the holiday spirit. Along with the craft vendors, we will have over 5 food trucks, Holiday activities, and of course beer. Calicraft Brewing Company is located at, 2700 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek. This is a FREE event! Register here!
Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 12/22, 4 pm-6 pm.
Families are invited to join in the festivities which will include: live music with Jonathan Bayer, a bubble show, Latkah’s, face paint, chocolate gelt, donuts, & Chanukah crafts. This is a FREE event and is located at the Broadway Plaza in the event plaza.
European Model Train Exhibit, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, Now-1/5, 10 am-5 pm.
Visitors will marvel at the selection of locomotives, freight and passenger cars from various European countries as well as detailed scale versions of European landscapes including mountains, villages, bridges, farms, lakes, and industries which come alive when the trains travel through the layout. Admission is $5. More info here!
Elf Skate & Santa Social, The Veranda, Concord, 12/22, 3 pm-6 pm.
Santa’s Elves will be skating on the ice and talking all things Christmas and Santa’s workshop! You will also have a chance to meet Santa himself and take photos with him, so don’t forget to bring your camera! For hours and times of the Veranda Ice Rink, click here!
Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Skating Rink, Bishop Ranch, San Ramon, Now-1/5/20.
Hours/Price: Ticket prices are $12 per skater and $5 for skate rentals.
Construction Site on Christmas Night, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, SF, Now-12/29.
Down in the big construction site, Bulldozer, Excavator, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck and Crane Truck are giving their all to build a big new home for the fire trucks before Christmas. Will they make it? And what surprises are in store before they bid each other goodnight once more? Recommended for ages 3 and up. Address and Parking tips here! Purchase tickets here!
Symphonic Band Winter Concert, San Ramon Performing Arts, San Ramon, 12/22, 7 pm.
This family-favorite concert will feature all of your most heart-warming Christmas and Holiday songs to get you feeling festive! Celebrate the Holidays with The San Ramon Symphonic Band with Holiday Cheer. Buy your tickets early so you don’t get left out in the cold for this popular musical event. Purchase tickets here!
Cinderella: A Fairytale, Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette, 12/20 & 12/21.
Featuring original music, filled with humor, dance and a genuine love story, CINDERELLA: A Fairytale will appeal to audiences young and old. As we meet little Ella, her father is teaching his daughter the names and calls of all the forest birds. Excellent for all ages! 12/20, 8 pm show, 12/21, 2 pm & 8 pm show. Purchase tickets here!
Meenar Music Club, 349 Hartz Ave., Danville.
12/20- Jesters Band. Come out to the Meenar in Danville and enjoy a very diverse set of music. The setlist includes songs from Billy Idol, Santana, Bruno Mars, Prince, Pearl Jam and many more! No cover! From 9:30 pm-1:30 am.
12/21- Off the Record Band is playing!
12/22- Karaoke time!
McGah’s Pub & Pianos, 148 E. Prospect Ave., Danville.
12/20 & 12/21- Famous dueling pianists, Travis & Dave, are a high energy, sing-along, drink-along, fully interactive all-request show. Always a spectacularly fun and excellent alternative to the typical night out 9 pm-12:30 am.
Kick N Mule, 340 Hartz Ave., Danville.
12/20 & 12/21- Live DJ playing until 1 am! There will be a lot of dancing, so don’t miss out!
Cherry Pop! Xmas Bash, & Resident DJ, Retro Junkie, 2112 N. Main St., Walnut Creek.
12/20-Marigold Band, 90’s Alt-Rock covers. Resident DJ Billy Vidal spinning 80’s, 90’s, early 00’s throwback! Don’t forget they also have a game room with pool tables, pinball, arcade games! Also serving $4 pizza by the slice, from 8 pm-1 am. To book a VIP table, click here!
Dan’s Bar, 1524 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek.
12/20- The Spazmatics Band will be playing! 10 pm-1 am. They play cover songs from the 80’s!
SUNDAY BRUNCH SPOTS:
Albatross, Downtown Danville
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benedicts, frittata, waffles and more are highlights of the weekend brunch menu at Albatross. Pair with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary to help get the weekend off to a relaxing start.
Auburn Lounge, Downtown Danville
From 2 pm-5 pm, enjoy good music while having a drink on the patio! Make sure to verify on their website of Private Party closures.
Lokanta, Walnut Creek
What better way to spend a Sunday than having bottomless mimosas while eating a delicious Eggs Benedict or Short Ribs Hash? Brunch is from 10 am-3 pm, Bottomless Mimosas are $12 with an entree purchase.
Bridges, Downtown Danville
On Saturday & Sunday, from 11 am-2 pm, enjoy a delicious brunch and $4 mimosas! They have Jalapeno mimosas and Smashed Avocado toast!
The Peasant and the Pear, Downtown Danville
On Saturdays from 11:30 am-2:30 pm & Sundays from 10 am-2 pm, enjoy brunch! Enjoy their $5 Mimosas, Peasant Bloody Mary along with Cinnamon Fritters! Mention “Danville Social” and receive 15% OFF your check!
Dana’s, Danville Livery
This is a great spot to indulge in your Sunday morning brunch! They have an amazing Wild Red Crab Asparagus Omelet and Cinnamon Orange French Toast!
The Vine and Spirits, Downtown Danville
Watch Football Games on ALL 3 Big Screens, while enjoying Happy Hour ALL Day, or enjoy the sunshine in their beautiful outdoor seating area! Open 1 pm-8 pm.
McGah’s Pub and Pianos, Downtown Danville
Sunday Funday at McGah’s has $7 Mimosa Pitchers and McGah’s Signature Brunch Menu! Doors open at 9:30 am! NFL will be on the big screens! This is a great place to watch the games and enjoy brunch.