It’s Thanksgiving Weekend and chances are you’re getting ready to dig into some turkey and pumpkin pie or maybe you’re already making delicious sandwiches from leftovers. This also means that the holidays are officially here and it’s time to clear your schedule for visits with Santa Claus, Sugar Plum Fairies and Charles Dickens.
PMCU O’side Turkey Trot
Get Festive at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
A cherished Bay Area holiday tradition, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party returns to the historic Cow Palace for five weekends. Each holiday season, the elves of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair magically transform over three acres of exhibition halls into the delightfully lively world of Charles Dickens’ London. Cheerful calls of street vendors meld with songs of holiday carolers; enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air; and inviting shops overflow with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. As they explore the theatres, pubs and winding lanes of Victorian London, guests are surprised and amazed at every turn by the vibrant street scenes and colorful characters out of Victorian life and fiction, including, of course, Mr. Dickens’ lively imagination. Fri.-Sun. Event details. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Rev it up at the SF Auto Show
It’s tanksgiving at the Moscone Center with the San Francisco Auto Show, where kids will be enchanted by all those things-that-go. With everything from electric to smart to luxury cars, this event is sure to dazzle your little racers. Special attractions include the Academy of Art’s classic car collection, hot rods, and motorcycles! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Will Fancy Nancy have a Splendiferous Christmas?
What could be fancier than Christmas? Find out in this children’s popular holiday play, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas at the Bay Area Children’s Theater. Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? This year, Nancy bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Meet Santa’s Reindeer on Bay Street
Bay Street offers a hub of festive activity this season, making it the perfect place to start and end holiday shopping. The streets will come alive with grazing reindeer for everyone to pet and feed; Charles Dickens carolers strolling and singing holiday favorites; and a special appearance by Santa who will pose for photos with children and hand out free candy canes. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Line up for this Turkey Trot
Before you sufficiently stuff yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie line up for San Jose’s famous Turkey Trot. There’s a 5K and 10K race for adults and kids but most kids will probably want to get in on the fun run and the kid’s zone. There are three race courses for kids. The first race for kids ages 2-3 is 75 yards, the second race for kids ages 4-5 is 400 yards and the third race for kids 6-7 is 600 yards. All participants receive a medal, t-shirt, water bottle and Potter the Otter books. The fun zone opens at 8:30 a.m. and the first kid’s race kicks off at 10 a.m. Thurs. Event details.
Surfing Santa is Coming to Town
You better watch out and you better get your flip-flops on because Surfing Santa Claus is coming to the beach. That’s right, Capitola by the Sea is expecting Santa and his reindeer to arrive by canoe, just as he does every year. Once Santa lands on the beach and settles inside his beach chair (what else?) kids can line up with their wishlists and tell Santa what they’ve done to deserve a little something special under the tree. Sat. Event details.
Go Fly a Kite with Mary Poppins
This holiday season, Hillbarn Theatre is dishing out a spoon full of sugar you won’t want to miss. That’s right, Mary Poppins, the magical high-flying musical in landing on the Peninsula. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins follows the story of young Jane and Michael who have sent many nannies packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of common sense – and a little bit of magic – she teaches the family members how to value each other again. This musical features favorite Mary Poppins tunes including “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chiminey.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Get Your Sugar Plums to the Nutcracker
What do dancing snowflakes, a snow queen, a mouse king and soldiers have in common? You’ve got it, The Nutcracker. The Pacific Ballet is delivering this classic holiday treat where Clara drifts off into a land of sweets. Families will be greeted by the cast as the enter the theater. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Let it Faux on this Realistic Ice Rink
The Bay Area Children’s Discovery Museum is debuting something cool this winter, an ice-less skating rink. While the ice may be missing (and maybe some icy bumps and bruises) the fun definitely is not. Here’s now it works. Children must come with socks and closed toed shoes. They strap on a pair of supplied ice skates and they can glide around the synthetic rink in Discovery Hall. Fri-Sun. Event details.
Ollie Gotta Do is Learn to Skate
Why drive four wheels when you can cruise on them instead? Now kids (and grown-ups) can learn to ride a skateboard in this beginners level class. All you have to do is come dressed in comfortable, athletic clothing and sturdy shoes but you’ll also need a board, helmet and pads. Snacks and water are provided. Rain cancels. Sun. Event details.
How many leftover turkey sandwiches have you eaten so far? Tell us in the comments below!
— Chantal Lamers