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SantaCon 2018 at Union Square in San Francisco Dec 8th

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SantaCon 2018:

Union Square
333 Post St, San Francisco
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
12:00pm | Free

Thousands of Santas will take over SF city all day tomorrow. If you’re donating a toy, go to Union Square where Tom DiBell will be collecting toys at noon. If you’re bar hopping, come to Santacon Central at OMG: Official Dance Party: No Cover.


WomenSing Winter Reflections Concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hill Dec 12th

WomenSing Winter Reflections Concert:

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Dr, Pleasant Hill
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
8:00pm | $28

In this concert, not only will we sing songs celebrating Christmas, but also songs that inspire us to look deep into our souls and ponder life. Join WomenSing in an exploration of winter wisdom from sacred and secular traditions found in an ancient Greek Orthodox hymn, an Aboriginal songline, a soft Jewish Shabbat eve tune, a contemporary interpretation of early Chinese philosophy from the I Ching (noting encouragingly that even in the darkness there is light because “when the sun goes, the moon comes”), and a unique rendition of “In the Bleak Midwinter”, by American composer Frances McCollin, whose blindness in early childhood caused her to see colors when hearing music.


It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette at Plaza Park Dec 7th

It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette:

Plaza Park
Plaza Way, Lafayette
Friday, December 7th, 2018
4:00 – 6:30pm | Free

Fun, family-friendly celebration – tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts — and this Santa’s “sleigh” is Lafayette’s historic fire truck, Old Betsy!

Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops with the Town Hall Elves, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Santa is scheduled to parade along Golden Gate Way on Lafayette’s treasured Old Betsy fire engine, along with a police escort. This caravan will start from the Lafayette Historical Society and arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30 p.m. A must-not-miss for the little ones!
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Breakfast with Santa Benefit at Sideboard Lafayette on Dec 9th

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Use discount code HOHOHO to get 25% off tickets now!

Breakfast with Santa:

Sideboard Lafayette
3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
8:30 – 10:00am | $49

Santa has arrived in Lafayette … and this year he’s staying for breakfast! Celebrate the holidays with a special pancake Breakfast with Santa benefiting the Lafayette Historical Society.

Enjoy a private meet and greet with Father Christmas as you savor off-the-menu pancakes, and a choice of freshly squeezed orange juice or pour over coffee courtesy of Sideboard, the site of Lafayette’s original Pioneer Store. At your table, learn more about Lafayette’s past through historical photos, bring to life a special kids’ coloring sheet and bid on a variety of silent auction items with all proceeds going to the Lafayette Historical Society.

Families also receive an annual family membership to the Lafayette Historical Society through 2019 (value $50).


Italian Christmas Market Dec 1st & 2nd at Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco

Italian Christmas Market:

Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center, Building C, San Francisco
Saturday, December 1st – Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Choose the perfect Christmas gift for your family and friends, such as artisanal Italian food and wine, unique handmade jewelry, Italian fashion and accessories, art objects, and several unique craft items, all made by Italian artisans.

The Mercatino will also feature Il Caffè delle Forchette, a fun spot to enjoy Italian coffee, pastries, and savory bites.


Holiday Stroll in Downtown Walnut Creek Dec 7th

Holiday Stroll:

Water Light Public Plaza
1501 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Friday, December 7th, 2018
5:00 – 9:00pm | Free

Join us for an evening of merriment featuring merchant open houses, extended shopping hours, sips & savors, caroling, live music, Ugly Sweater Contest, Santa & Friends, plus carriage rides.

Local merchants will offer discounts, specials and refreshments.


A Night of Ecstatic Chanting with Jai Uttal at Indigo Yoga in Walnut Creek Dec 15th

A Night of Ecstatic Chanting with Jai Uttal:

Indigo Yoga & Pilates, Studio One
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
7:00 – 9:00pm | $45 ($55 day of event)

Grammy Nominated Jai Uttal is returning with Ben Leinbach and Lucia Lilikoi for A Night of Ecstatic Chanting here at Indigo Yoga!

Bring in the holiday season with Jai Uttal in a wave of invocation and celebration with singing and dancing. This will be a night to remember and cherish. Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space — digging into the heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence.

Embark on a vocal journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. With call-and-response group chanting and storytelling, Jai Uttal creates a space of invocation, prayer, and heartfelt expression.


Handcrafted Holiday Sale at Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek Nov 30th – Dec 2nd

Handcrafted Holiday Sale:

Shadelands Art Center
111 N. Wiget Ln, Walnut Creek
Friday, November 30th – Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Shop beautiful handmade ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, prints, and much more – all by Community Arts teaching artists and students! The first 50 shoppers on each day will receive a free tote bag! Join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 30 as we kick off our Holiday Sale with an evening of drinks, appetizers, craft-making and entertainment!


Camp Fire Benefit at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette Nov 30th

Camp Fire Benefit:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir Lafayette
Friday, November 30th, 2018
8:00pm | $$$ Donation

An evening of acoustic music with all proceeds going to the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. On the bill currently are Leftover Dreams (Tony Marcus and Patrice Haan), The Quitters (Glenn Houston and Stevie Coyle), Teresa Tudury, Tricia Hellman Gibbs and possibles Mark Goldenberg and Corinne West. Bring your checkbooks and great fistfuls of cash … no credit card donations can be taken.