The holiday fun kicks into high gear at Winterfest, located at the corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Technology Way in Brentwood. Enjoy ice skating, bounce houses and games before you select a Christmas tree from the lot. Skating is $10; tree prices vary. Winterfest is open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fun continues through Jan. 6. For more information, visit www.brentwoodwinterfest.com or call 925-516-7664.
Visits With Santa
Santa Claus stops by Somersville Towne Center, 2556 Somersville Road in Antioch, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Santa hosts his Sweet Retreat from 3 to 5 p.m. where his guests enjoy crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, games and loads of fun. For more information, call 925-778-5055 or visit www.somersvilletownecenter.com.
‘Christmas at the Biltmore’
Celebrate the season with the holiday play “Christmas at the Biltmore,” a heartwarming story about guests who spend their Christmas vacation at the luxurious Biltmore Hotel. Brentwood resident Steve Kinsella wrote the play. Performances, which run through Dec. 8, are held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Theatre at Edna Hill, 140 Birch St. in Brentwood. Tickets are available at The Gallery On Second, 741 Second St. in Brentwood. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Christmas Tree Lot
Hendrick’s Christmas Trees, based in Oregon, returns to Resurrection Ministries, 1275 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. The lot is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 10 while supplies last. Fresh cut Noble fir trees will be available in a variety of sizes. Proceeds from sales benefit the church. For more details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The City of Brentwood rings in the holiday season with the lighting of a 24-foot Christmas tree at City Park. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with musical performances and refreshments. The official lighting takes place at 7 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa. For more information, call 925-516-5444.
‘A Christmas Story’
Liberty High School Playmakers present “A Christmas Story” at 7:30 p.m. at the Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St. in Brentwood. Relive all your favorite scenes as Ralphie seeks the holy grail of all Christmas presents: a genuine Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle.
Christmas Tree Lot
Oakley Boy Scout Troop 152 holds its 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. 16. For hours and more information, call 925-625-5391 or visit www.troop152treelot.com.
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Brentwood Festival of Trees
Enjoy three days of Yuletide fun at the Shadow Lakes Event Center, 401 West Country Club Drive. Guests are welcome to enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, music and munchies while admiring – and bidding on – trees decorated by community organizations. Proceeds support local charities. For more information, visit www.brentwoodfestivaloftrees.org or call 925-206-5087.
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.
Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie performs the Christmas hula show “Laule’a” at 1 p.m. at Black Diamond Middle School, 4730 Sterling Hill Drive in Antioch. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 925-550-5656.
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 noon at Hannah Nicole Vineyards & Winery, 6700 Balfour Road in Brentwood. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.educationwins.org.
Oakley Tree Lighting
Join Oakley’s celebration of the season with the lighting of the city’s 30-foot Christmas tree. Festivities include performances by local children’s choirs, make-n-take crafts, games and free refreshments. Santa will be on hand for photo-ops with the kids, so bring your camera. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. at the Oakley Civic Center, 3231 Main St. For more information, call 925-625-7044.
Discovery Bay Parade of Lights
Celebrating its 10th season, the parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Discovery Bay Marina. The parade travels down Marina Road, turns left on Willow Lake Road, right on Riverlake Road, left on Sandpoint Road, left on Discovery Bay Boulevard and ends in the Discovery Bay Shopping Center. The Discovery Bay Lions host their Christmas tree lighting at the shopping center at 7:30 p.m. following the parade.
Antioch Lighted Boat Parade
Decorated boats glide down the Delta at 5:30 p.m. during this annual holiday event. Best-view locations are the Antioch Municipal Pier and along Second Street in the city’s historic downtown district. For more information, call 925-757-2226.
Bethel Island Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bethel Island welcomes the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Community Park. The Antioch High School Choir will perform and the Bethel Island Women’s Club will provide yummy treats and warm beverages. Santa arrives at 6 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 500 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood, presents its Christmas Gala Concert at 7:45 p.m. The program features sacred and secular solo, choral and instrumental works from various genres. Tickets are $15; doors open at 7:15. For more information, call 925-634-4154, ext. 112.
Brentwood Elementary Winterfest
Brentwood Elementary School, 200 Griffith Lane, hosts its annual Winterfest from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts, treats, visits with Santa and a holiday photo booth. Admission is free. For more information, call 925-784-6582.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Stage Right Conservatory Theatre, Inc. presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. in the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. in Antioch. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the saga of George Bailey, the everyman from a small town whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. George’s guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and show him what the world would be like without him. For ticket prices and additional showtimes, visit www.srctgrp.org or call 925-216-4613.
Black Diamond Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” at the Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building, 250 School St. “The Nutcracker” tells the story of Clara and her Christmas dream about an adventure with the Nutcracker Prince. The show is filled with colorful costumes, elaborate props and a cast of 50 young dancers. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and children. For more information and show times, visit www.blackdiamondballet.org.
Breakfast With Santa
The Commons at Dallas Ranch, 4751 Dallas Ranch Road, hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast while the Divine Voices of Deer Valley High School performs songs of the season. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and receive a free photo with Santa. All toy donations benefit Toys for Tots. Admission is free. For more information, call 925-754-7772.
Bethel Island Lighted Boat Parade
The San Joaquin Yacht Club hosts its annual boat parade at 3 p.m. Festivities also include a dinner at the yacht club and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more information, call 925-625-1999 or visit www.sjyc.org.
Breakfast With Santa
Breakfast With Santa is held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Shadow Lakes Golf Club, 401 West Country Club Drive in Brentwood. The $10 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 e-mail email@example.com.
Discovery Bay Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade
Celebrate the holidays on the water at this annual event that draws hundreds of local participants each year. The event includes awards for top entries and culminates in a reception at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club. For more information, call 925-634-1210.
Brunch with Santa
Santa stops by Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St. in Oakley, to enjoy pancakes, eggs and bacon with his favorite East County friends. Registration is required through the City of Oakley. Seatings are held at noon and 2 p.m. Admission is $8.75 for adults; $6.75 for children. For more information, call 925-625-7044 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Campanil Theatre presents George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which features singers from all over East County and the Bay Area, climaxes in the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Unlike previous presentations of this composition, this performance is not a sing-along. Tickets are $12. For more information, visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
Antioch Women’s Club Holiday House Tour
The Antioch Women’s Club’s 58th classic holiday house tour, a fundraiser that benefits local charities and provides community scholarships, runs from noon to 4 p.m. A reception following the event is held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Humphrey’s on the Delta, 1 Marina Plaza. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour. For more information, call 925-779-1864 or 925-754-8771.
Chabad of the Delta, a Jewish outreach and awareness organization, invites the public to Brentwood’s third annual outdoor Chanukah Festival from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road. Held on the second evening of the eight-day holiday, the event features food, music and a fire-juggling show followed by the lighting of a 9-foot-tall menorah (Chanukah candelabra) that will stand for the duration of the holiday.
The Sparks Sisters, granddaughters of Discovery Bay residents Clinton and Bernadine Sparks, perform the free holiday concert “A Sparkling Christmas” at 7 p.m. in Delta Community Presbyterian Church, 1900 Willow Lake Road in Discovery Bay. Melody, 15, and Violet, 14, perform holiday hits such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” “Silent Night” and “Let It Snow.” For more information, visit www.thesparkssisters.com.
The Brentwood Community Concert Band hosts a holiday concert at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy per person to be donated to Toys For Tots. The event includes treats and a group sing-along. For more information, visit www.brentwoodconcertband.com.
The Brentwood Library hosts a holiday dance party for toddlers at 11:30 a.m. in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Kids can prance, jingle bells and shake like a bowlful of jelly during this fun family event. For more information, call 925-516-5290.
Antioch SDA Church, 2200 Country Hills Drive in Antioch, hosts a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. The Fountainview Academy performs holiday classics such as “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Breakfast With Santa
Diablo Valley Assembly 84 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls hosts its Breakfast With Santa fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the Antioch-Brentwood Masonic Hall, 521 W. Second St. in Antioch. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children 3 to 12. Pictures with Santa are available for $5. For more information, call 925-625-0747 or e-mail email@example.com.
Come see Santa arrive on the Polar Express at Sand Creek Crossing (aka Raley’s shopping center) in Brentwood. Festivities, which run from noon to 3 p.m., feature face painting, a magic show, holiday crafts, train rides and photos with Santa. For more information, visit www.sandcreekcrossing.com.
Visit With Santa
Prudential Realty, 3775 Main St., Suite G in Oakley, hosts a meet-and-greet with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a canned food item or a new, unwrapped toy for Prudential’s holiday food and toy drive and receive a free picture with Santa.
Lighted Boat Parade
The Willow Lake Lighted Boat Parade tours Discovery Bay at 5 p.m. Boats line up at upper Willow Lake and travel counter-clockwise around the lake. For more information, call 925-437-5641.
Winter Craft Time
The Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St., hosts winter craft time at 3 p.m. Children 5 to 11 are invited to stop by the library to make snowman hats. For more information, call 925-757-9224.
Recording artist Staci Frenes performs Christmas carols at 7 p.m. in Stories Bookshop, 629 First St. in Brentwood. Attendees enjoy holiday treats while being serenaded with songs of the season at this free show. For more information, call 925-513-5610.
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