Holiday Happenings

Dec. 8, 

Ice Skating Classes

Three-time figure skating world championship competitor Laura Carreon will teach ice-skating classes and private lessons at Brentwood on Ice, located in downtown Brentwood, from Dec. 2 to 30. The five-week sessions are designed to engage skaters as they explore the world of skating. For more information, call 925-325-5325 or email

Dec. 9

Lighted Boat Parade

The Discovery Bay Yacht Club will hold its annual Lighted Boat Parade. Participating boats will be divided into three categories, and each category will have a first-, second- and third-place award. For more information, visit

Breakfast with Santa

The Heritage Performing Arts Boosters will hold its 11th annual Breakfast with Santa, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. There will be performances by the Heritage jazz bands and varsity drum line along with small music combos. Pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and hot chocolate will also be served. For more information or tickets, call 925-354-1111 or email

Knightsen Holiday Boutique

The Town of Knightsen will hold a holiday boutique at Old River Elementary School, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will sell everything from Lularoe and Thirty-One to 4-H projects. For more information, call Leslie McKinney at 925-200-5858.

Dec. 10

Interfaith Christmas Choral Festival

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host its seventh annual Interfaith Christmas Choral Festival and Creche Exhibit, at 7 p.m., at 2350 Jeffery Way. Come and watch the Brentwood Community Chorus and others perform. Admission is free. For more information, contact Annette Beckstrand at or 925-437-4963.

Pet Pictures with Santa

Come take Fido or Fluffy’s picture with old St. Nick at Pet Food Express, 5829 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch, on Dec. 10 and 17. One digital photo costs $10 and two cost $15. Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP) receives 100 percent of the proceeds. For more information, call 925-431-8546.

Dec. 12

Pack for the Troops

Sponsored by the community and organized by Brentwood Auto Parts with Operation Creekside, this year’s fifth annual Holiday Pack for the Troops will take place at Veterans Hall, 757 First St., at 6 p.m. Volunteers of all ages are needed to pack donations for deployed troops. Military K-9 units will also receive packages. For more information, call Linda, Beth or Melissa at 925-634-3952 or email

Menorah Workshop

Chabad of the Delta invites the community to its Menorah Workshop at The Home Depot, 5631 Lone Tree Way, at 4 p.m. Participants will build their own menorahs. The workshop also includes a free worker’s apron and Chanukah treats. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. For more information, visit

Dec. 15

Choir Collaboration

The Brentwood Community Chorus will be collaborating with the Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir, at the St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a free reception afterward. For more information, contact Annette Beckstrand at or 925-437-4963.

“The Nutcracker” Ballet

The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without an evening at “The Nutcracker” ballet. And this year, The Ballet Company of East County is celebrating its 13th anniversary presentation of this Christmas classic that is sure to delight your entire family! Performances will be held at the beautiful El Campanil Theatre in Antioch, from Dec. 15 to 17. For showtime information or to purchase tickets, visit

Dec. 16

Willow Lake Boat Parade

Deck the docks with boughs of holly for the Willow Lake Boat Parade, at 5:30 p.m., with boats meeting at Drakes and Shell courts. For more information, contact Cameron Cross at or 925-980-8376.

Wreaths Across America

The third annual Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Brentwood Cemetery, 11545 Brentwood Blvd., in Brentwood, beginning at 9 a.m., rain or shine.  The public is invited to join in paying respects to veterans of all wars who are buried in this cemetery by laying a holiday wreath on each grave. To donate a wreath, contact Diane McLean at 925-858-9075 before Nov. 27.

Dec. 17

Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Join the community in a Chanukah menorah lighting, at 5:30 p.m., at 150 City Park Way, in Brentwood. The free family-friendly event is hosted by Chabad of the Delta and includes entertainment, doughnuts and latkes. For more information, visit

Dec. 29

Holiday Show

The Delta Gallery will hold a holiday show now through Dec. 29, at 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128. Original fine arts and crafts will be on display. You can also find jewelry, cards, gifts and classes. For more information, call 925-516-5935.