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Even though it may not feel like it yet, the holidays are just around the corner. And with the holidays come fun traditions and lots of activities for families to enjoy together.

Brentwood is lucky enough to have two outdoor ice-skating rinks where families can skate, drink hot cocoa and enjoy the twinkling lights while listening to the rumble of the Zamboni. Brentwood on Ice will open its downtown ice skating rink Saturday, Nov. 17. The rink is located downtown across from the Brentwood City Park and will be open daily through Jan. 13. The Big Chill Ice Rink will also kick off Saturday, Nov. 17, located at The Streets of Brentwood and open daily for your skating enjoyment.

A new holiday event taking place this year is the City of Brentwood’s inaugural Deck the Park Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Get in the holiday spirit by purchasing and decorating a live Christmas tree, which will be on display in City Park. Register for your tree by Nov. 15 through the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department, either online or at the community center. Trees are 6-feet tall and available for $40 for families, individuals, schools or community groups. Commercial businesses, companies and retail stores can purchase an 8-foot tree for $80 to decorate and show their community pride. Business trees include a sign with company logo. All entries include power, string lights and fencing placed around the decorated trees. Just bring your imagination and decorations to complete the scene.

Don’t forget the holiday tradition of attending “The Nutcracker” ballet at the El Campanil Theatre in downtown Antioch. Tickets for this magical ballet are currently on sale for performances Friday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 16. Show times can be found and tickets can be purchased on the El Campanil website at www.elcampaniltheatre.com. Local dancers from The Ballet Company of East County are spending hours rehearsing and perfecting their roles to bring the magic of this holiday favorite to life.

– Compiled by Michele Chatburn

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