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FRIDAY, December 20th – SUNDAY, December 22nd


HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE 

Saturday, December 21, 2019 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
1820 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo

Deck the Halls and come celebrate with Coyote Point Yacht Club, in conjunction with San Mateo Parks and Coyote Point Marina as we present the 3rd annual lighted boat parade. This fun, free, family-friendly event starts at roughly 5:30 p.m, with boats parading through the marina and into the channel (exact route will be determined at a later date). After the parade, come join us inside the club for festive holiday treats and music, plus two very special guests arriving by boat. Dinner will be available at the yacht club (children’s meal available). Learn more


THE GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR

Saturday & Sunday, December 21-22, 2019 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London –  an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Cries of street vendors hawking their wares ring out above the bustling crowd. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with Christmas gifts. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays. Learn more


GLOW: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

December 18 – 31 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St, San Francisco

Celebrate the holidays with us and excite your atoms at Glow, our annual festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows celebrating the close of the year. Bask in the mesmerizing gleams of special installations and kinetic sculptures, take a shine to illuminating exhibits, and show your sparkle with scintillating activities. Learn More 


HIP HOP NUTCRACKER

Friday & Saturday December 20-21, 2019, 8:00 PM
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City

If you missed the last three years of HIP HOP Nutcracker do not do it again. Every seat sold out and the audience only wanted one thing: MORE! Tchaikovsky music still reigns supreme with several new twists and reimagining brought to life by choreographers Alee Martinez and Issac ‘Stuck’ Sanders. Co-Founders and directors of The Tribe and Poise’n both Martinez and Sanders have a rich dance and hip hop history. They mix the iconic pieces of the story and Tchaikovsky’s score (with some added twists) and create explosive hip-hop dance. Learn More


NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY? WINE NOT!

Friday, December 20, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
SPARK Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco

The Holidays can be a stressful time for all of us… For one night, forget long shopping lines, complicated meals you’ll probably overcook, forced smiles, and political tensions around the table – National Sangria Day is here for a holiday miracle! Take back your December with bottomless holiday-inspired sangrias, DJ’d music so you can jingle bell rock to your favorite bops, and 12 food trucks sleighin’ gourmet eats. Whether this is your last hoorah before friends scatter or you’re fortifying for the days to come, SPARK has got you covered! Learn More


The 10th Annual Chanukah Festival

Sunday, December 22, 4:00 PM
Courthouse Square 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Join us for our TENTH Annual Chanukah Festival as we will light a giant DECADE RECAP MENORAH! Plus we will have all the good entertainment, music, latkes and donuts and the amazing time that we always have!Including Miniature Golf on the Square* and a CHANUKAH GELT DROP! Learn more


Bethlehem AD: Living Christmas Experience

Saturday, December 21, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
305 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City

Bethlehem AD is an entertaining and educational re-creation of the event that defines Western Civilization and changed the dates of history. The public walks through the ancient town of Bethlehem at their own pace and along the way interact with colorfully costumed villagers portraying life as it was lived 2000 years ago. Learn more


LIGHTS ON ICE Chanukah in Burlingame

Sunday, December 22, 5 pm to 6 pm,
No charge; please RSVP for location at chabadnp.com/4550568.

Celebrate Chanukah in Burlingame, featuring an Ice Carved Menorah, Hot Latkes & Jelly Doughnuts, live performance by the Saul Kaye Band, and Selfie with the Dreidel-Mascot. Kids will enjoy fun in the (imported) snow, Grand Gelt Drop and crafting a Menorah of Kindness. Grand Ice Menorah Lighting at 5:30 PM. Learn more


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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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