Holiday Happenings

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Friday, Dec. 2

Brentwood Tree Lighting

The City of Brentwood presents its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, at the community center and City Park, 35 Oak St. Sponsored by the city and the Brentwood Neighborhood Committee, the event will feature music, singing, hot drinks, goodies and visits with Santa. The tree lighting will take place promptly at 7 p.m.

Leer Vineyards Tree Lighting

Leer Vineyards presents the Campos family’s inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting, at 6:30 p.m. This free event features photos with Santa, Allison’s Art Bus and Cupcake Truck, live music, carols and wine. Please bring a warm coat or blanket to donate and enter a drawing for a gift basket. Leer Vineyards is located at 3501 Byer Road, in Brentwood. For more information or tickets, call 925-308-7963.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Visit with Santa

Smith Family Farm and Special Kids Foundation present the 10th-annual Visit With Santa at 4430 Sellers Ave., in Knightsen, from 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern Contra Costa County special kids and their families are invited to spend quiet time with Santa. Special Kids volunteers will take a 4x6 photo of you and your child with Santa in the barn, free of charge. The farm will be open exclusively for special kids until 10 a.m. For more information, visit

“A Christmas Story”

Liberty High School’s Playmakers presents “A Christmas Story,” at 850 2nd St., in Brentwood, from 2 to 4 p.m. The story follows the trials and tribulations of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, a child in small-town Indiana during the late 1940s, and his obsession with the Red Ryder air rifle he desperately hopes to get for Christmas. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, email

Christmas Art Show

CR Framing and Gallery presents its fifth-annual Christmas Art Show, from Dec. 3 through 22, at 700 Harvest Park Dr., in Brentwood, with a reception on Dec. 3, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 925-634-7742.

Monday, Dec. 5

A musical celebration

Toys for Tots presents “A Holiday Musical Celebration,” at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., at 7 p.m. The event features the Brentwood Concert Band, Celebration Ringers, Brentwood Flute Choir, middle school students and retirees. Admission is a toy donation or monetary contribution to Toys for Tots.

Friday, Dec. 9

Appalachian Winter

St. Anne Catholic Church hosts the Byron United Methodist Church and Delta Community Presbyterian Church choirs performing “Appalachian Winter: A Cantata for Christmas,” at 2800 Camino Diablo, in Byron, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 925-634-1411.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Stage Right Conservatory Theatre, Inc. presents, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St., in Antioch, Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children 10 and under. Seniors pay $5 for matinee performances. For more information, call 925-216-4613 or visit

Night of Giving

Kiwanis and Rotary Club of the Delta present A Night of Giving, benefiting the Salvation Army, at Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Road, in Antioch, at 6 p.m. The event features dinner, dancing, wine tasting and live music courtesy of the Brentwood Big Band. Tickets are $75 each. For more information, contact Randall Clarke at 916-335-7593 or

Holiday Basket Blessing

Byron United Methodist Church presents the blessing of 100 Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection holiday baskets, at 1461 Byron Highway, in Byron, at 10 a.m. The holiday baskets will be distributed to those battling cancer, providing some holiday cheer. For more information, call Sue Sharp at 925-634-1948.

“Christmas Caroled”

The Brentwood Theater Company presents a choral presentation of Christmas music, “Christmas Caroled,” at Delta Gallery, 2485 Sand Creek Road, in Brentwood, on Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, at 2 p.m., and on Dec. 9 and 16, at 7 p.m. The holiday musical features Christmas classics, as well as not-so-traditional Christmas songs. Admission is free and open to everyone. For more information, email or call 925-437-6360.

Saturday, Dec. 10


Black Diamond Ballet Theatre presents “Nutcracker,” at the Pittsburg Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., in Pittsburg, on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., and on Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. For more information or tickets, visit or call 925-754-9833.

Breakfast with Santa

Heritage High School hosts Breakfast with Santa and jazz performances, featuring the Heritage jazz bands, photos with Santa and a pancake breakfast, prepared by the Rotary Club. Support the Brentwood Community Chest by bringing canned food or a new, unwrapped toy. Tickets are $10. For guaranteed seats, purchase in advance. For more information or tickets, email, call 925-354-1111 or visit

Monday, Dec. 12

Snowmen in the Park

Brentwood’s Parks and Recreation Department presents Snowmen in the Park, from Dec. 12 through 22. There will be photo opportunities available every night from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music, lighted snowman plots and snow on the Christmas tree. To register for a snowman plot for $16 per entry, visit

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Holiday Pack for the Troops

Brentwood Auto Parts and Operation Creekside present the fourth-annual Holiday Pack for the Troops, at 757 1st St., in Brentwood, at 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to participate in the packing, as well as donations for the holiday boxes. Suggested donation items include nuts, granola bars, powdered drink mixes, fruit snacks, hand warmers, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, socks, hand written thank-you notes and more. Monetary donations to cover shipping costs are also welcome. For more information, call 925-634-3952 or email

Friday, Dec. 16

“The Nutcracker”

The Ballet Company of East County presents “The Nutcracker,” at El Campanil Theatre, 602 West 2nd St., in Antioch, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 18, at noon and 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $16 to $20. For more information or tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit

Tuesday, Dec. 20

An Irish Christmas

The California Theatre presents “An Irish Christmas,” at 351 Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg, at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 925-427-1611.