Saturday, Nov. 13
CORTONA PARK HOLIDAY FAIRE
All are welcome to the third annual event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cortona Park Senior Living, 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-240-0733 or visit www.cortonapark.com.
Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14
The event runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Faire showcases quality arts and crafts, local businesses and community services, and features a carnival, food and beverages, a kids’ zone and cookout contest. Admission is $5 and parking is free at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch. For additional information, call 925-757-4400.
Friday, Nov. 19
HOSPICE OF EAST BAY TREE OF LIGHTS
Hospice of the East Bay invites the public to the 24th annual ceremony at 4 p.m. in Somersville Town Center, 2556 Somersville Road in Antioch. The celebration honors beloved friends or family members. This year’s tree lighting is dedicated to the memory of Lamont Campbell, longtime resident of Antioch and much-loved staff member of Hospice of the East Bay.
Saturday, Nov. 20
BRENTWOOD HOLIDAY PARADE & CRAFT FAIR
The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce’s 28th celebration of the season begins at 3:30 p.m. at The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road. In addition to the parade, tree lighting at 6:30 and an appearance by Santa, the event includes a craft fair featuring items from local vendors and nonprofits. The Kids Helping Kids Christmas tree lot will be open for business, as will the Holiday on Ice outdoor skating rink. For vendor, booth or parade information, call 925-634-3344.
HOLIDAY ON ICE
Brentwood’s popular outdoor skating rink, returning for the third year, is open seven days a week through Jan. 17. Come glide on a magnificent covered and lighted rink – a true winter wonderland. For hours and prices, call 925-513-1702.
HOLIDAY GIFT AND CRAFT FAIRE
The Brentwood Senior Citizens Club hosts its inaugural Holiday Gift and Craft Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane. The Faire showcases an array of unique gift items and decorations, including clothing, Christmas decorations and elegant holiday trees. For additional information, call 925-516-4266.
Friday, Nov. 26
BOY SCOUT TREE LOT
Oakley Boy Scout Troop 152 launches its third annual Christmas tree lot at 3460 Main St. (behind Scheer Home Systems). The scouts offer quality Noble and Douglas fir trees for sale, as well as fresh wreaths and charming ornaments. Delivery is available. For hours and more information, call 925-625-5391.
Saturday, Nov. 27
RED MEN & POCAHONTAS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
The annual holiday boutique, sponsored by Oakley’s Red Men & Pocahontas service organization, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The boutique features crafts, collectibles and baked goods, plus scrapbooking and beauty products. For vendor information, call 925-625-1102.
Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4
Resurrection Ministries, 1275 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood, presents its annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of feasting and merriment appropriate for children 7 and older. Tickets are $35. For reservations and tickets, call 925-240-5119 or 925-634-5180.
Friday, Dec. 3
BANC CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
The Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee (BANC) invites you to its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Brentwood Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Highlights of the free event include music, hot drinks, tasty treats and a visit from Santa. The 24-foot Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m. BANC will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items and new pajamas for all ages. For more information, call 925-516-5366.
Saturday, Dec. 4
DISCOVERY BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS & TREE LIGHTING
The seventh annual event showcases more than 200 lighted floats and vehicles. Thousands of spectators turn out each year for this holiday spectacular, which begins at 3 p.m. with a visit from Santa at the Discovery Bay Marina. The parade begins at 5 p.m. from the Boardwalk Grill parking lot and concludes at the Discovery Bay Shopping Center, followed by the tree lighting. For more information, call 925-408-8332.
LUHSD HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Hosted by the Liberty Union High School District Education Foundation, the tour visits homes lovingly decked out in old-world finery and festive holiday décor. To join the tour, meet at Hannah Nicole Vineyard, 6700 Balfour Road in Brentwood, at noon. Following the tour, participants are invited to return to the winery for an evening of live and silent auctions, prize drawings, refreshments and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.educationwins.org.
OAKLEY TREE LIGHTING
Join Oakley’s celebration of the season in an evening of festive entertainment including performances by local children’s choirs. The event features make-n-take crafts, games and free refreshments. Santa will be on hand for a visit and photo-ops with the children – bring your camera. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. at the Oakley Civic Center, 3231 Main St.
Sunday, Dec. 5
DISCOVERY BAY HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Discovery Bay Community Presbyterian Church presents its 2010 Holiday Home Tour, spotlighting some of the community’s most festive homes. Participants meet at the church, 1900 Willow Lake Road, at 12:30 p.m. The event concludes with music, refreshments and door prizes. Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit the church’s community projects. For more information, call 925-513-1939 or 925-634-0184.