FRIDAY, DEC. 9
Pizza with Santa
Pizza is on the menu – in the company of Santa – at Laurel Elementary School, 1141 Laurel Road in Oakley, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event also includes pictures with Santa, a bake sale, a basket raffle, cookie decorating and crafts. For more information, call 925-625-7090.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Stage Right Conservatory Theatre performs “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center on Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18. Based on the 1946 film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a holiday classic that tells the story of George Bailey as he experiences what life would be like if he were never born. For tickets and show times, visit www.srctgrp.org/shows.
Holiday On Ice
Brentwood’s popular outdoor skating rink, back for the fourth year, is open seven days a week through Jan. 16. Skaters can glide on a lighted ice rink protected from the elements by a magnificent tent. For hours and prices, call 925-513-1702 or visit www.brentwoodholidayonice.com.
Christmas Tree Lot
Oakley Boy Scout Troop 152 hosts its fourth annual Christmas tree lot at 3460 Main St. (behind Scheer Home Systems). The Scouts provide quality Noble and Douglas fir trees for sale, as well as fresh wreaths and charming ornaments. Delivery is available. The lot remains open through Dec. 18. For hours and more information, call 925-625-5391.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DEC. 9 AND 10
“The Little Match Girl”
Delta Children’s Ballet Theatre presents “The Little Match Girl” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 and available at the ballet studio, 300 G St. in Antioch, online at www.deltachildrensballet.org or by phone at 925-754-9833.
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
Special Kids Visit with Santa
Smith Family Farms, 4430 Sellers Road in Brentwood, opens its holiday barn exclusively to special-needs children and their families from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, call 925-516-9690 or visit www.spkids.org.
Don’t exclude your pets from celebrating the holidays. Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization has invited Santa to Pet Food Express, 5829 Lone Tree Way in Antioch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet with your four-legged friends and pose for pictures. For more information, visit www.eccchalo.org.
Holiday Pet Photos
Delta Animals Safe Haven invites families and their pets to PetSmart, 5879 Lone Tree Way in Antioch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for photos with Santa Claus. Photo-ops are also scheduled for Dec. 11. For more information, visit www.deltaanimalssafehaven.org or call 925-219-0151.
Discovery Bay Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade
This annual event draws a flotilla of festively decorated boats and hundreds of observers along the town’s inlets. Awards are conferred on the top entries, and the event culminates in a reception at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club. For more information, call 925-516-7286.
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast With Santa is held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane. The $8 admission includes a pancake breakfast, visit with Santa and coloring activities. Registration is required. To order tickets, visit Tummies to Tots, 3860 Balfour Road in Brentwood, or call 925-516-0832.
Breakfast with Santa
Santa stops by Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St. in Oakley, to enjoy breakfast with his favorite East County friends. Registration is required through the City of Oakley. Seatings are held at 9 and 11 a.m. For more information, call 925-625-7044 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bethel Island Lighted Boat Parade
The San Joaquin Yacht Club hosts its annual boat parade at 4 p.m. Festivities also include a dinner at the yacht club and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more information, visit www.sjyc.org.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DEC. 10 AND 11
Holiday Film Festival
This cinematic Christmas stocking is loaded with retro-cool presents of all kinds. It also supports the local Toys for Tots campaign. CineLux Delta Cinema Saver, 641 First St. in Brentwood, hosts a holiday film festival at 11 a.m. The fest includes two holiday cartoons and the presentation of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” a 1968 mixture of sci-fi, Christmas cheer and childish slapstick. The film is rated PG. For more information, call 925-240-7335.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
Holiday House Tour
The Antioch Women’s Club hosts its 57th annual classic holiday house tour, featuring five historic homes in Rivertown and three local businesses, from noon to 4 p.m. A reception from 2:30 to 5 p.m. is held at the Veterans Building on the corner of E and Sixth streets in Antioch. The $25 admission may be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour. For more information, call 925-777-1831 or 925-565-9120.
Brentwood Community United Methodist Church, 809 Second St., presents Lead Me Back to Bethlehem, a rediscovering of joy, peace and love of Christmas, at 7 p.m. Admission is free to this musical celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. People of all faiths are welcome. For more information, call 925-634-3093.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
The Edna Hill Middle School band and choir perform seasonal songs at 7 p.m. at the Theatre at Edna Hill, 140 Birch St. in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-513-6440.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers visit St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch, at 7:30 p.m. for a candle-lit evening of music for Advent and Christmas. There is no charge for admission. For more information, call 925-756-7628 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Ira Book leads a Hanukah workshop and service at the Cortona Park Senior Living Community, 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DEC. 17 and 18
The Brentwood Children’s Ballet Theater presents “The Nutcracker,” the timeless holiday tale of a girl’s dreams brought to life, at noon and 4 p.m. at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre. Following the performance, audience members are invited to bring their children up on stage for a photo with one of the cast members. Bring your own camera; the charge for the photo-op is $8. For more information and tickets, visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com or call 925-757-9500.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
The City of Oakley hosts a fun, holiday-inspired workshop filled with games and arts and crafts at 1250 O’Hara Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is appropriate for children ages 3 to 11. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 925-625-7041 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Summerset Singers give a holiday concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane. The program includes traditional Christmas carols, Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” and many other inspirational selections. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $8.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18
Delta Patriots and Cheer hold a holiday market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delta Patriots Cheer Facility, 144 Continente Ave., Suite 170 in Brentwood. Local crafters and vendors offer a diverse array of festive goodies perfect for anyone on your shopping list.
SUNDAY, DEC. 25
Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, 913 Sunset Drive, hosts a Christmas breakfast and gift giveaway at 9 a.m. Worship services commence at 8 and 10 a.m. Immediately following breakfast, any child in need will be provided a Christmas gift. For more information, call 925-522-2017 or visit www.gbfofantioch.org.