It’s continuing to look a lot like the holiday season! Kids can create their own candy houses at the Conservatory Gingerbread Decorating event, and enjoy other sweet holiday treats at a Teddy Bear Tea. Tunes about dreidels and menorahs will be heard at the Chanukah Party Island Style and at the Dream Circle Holiday Concert.

San Francisco

San Francisco Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
Clara dreams that her gift of a toy nutcracker soldier comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical Kingdom of Sweets, in this two hour production created for families. Sat., 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $23 per advance ticket. $25 per ticket at the door. All ages. Event details.

Conservatory Gingerbread Decorating
Kids can sink their teeth into the holidays with this edible architecture project! Families will receive delectable building supplies including Graham crackers, frosting and candy treats, to construct the mini houses of their sweet dreams. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $10 per person, plus admission. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Chanukah Party Island Style
Families can put on their grass skirts, grab a dreidel and come party with other Members of the Tribe! The band Meshugga Beach Party will be singing, the tiki torch menorah will be burning and the kids will be playing! Sat., 5:30 pm. Alameda. $8 per person in advance. $10 per person at the door. Ages 5 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Chanukah Celebration with Robbo
Kids will love this concert by popular performer Robbo! Imagination and humor will be found in characters like the “Giant In My Closet,” and the superhero, “Blanket Kid!” There will be Chanukah craft projects and latkes too. Sun., 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.


Dream Circle Holiday Concert
This delightful and uplifting seasonal celebration will feature songs for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the Chinese New Year. Dream Circle is a dream line-up of Marin’s best loved entertainers for kids. Sat., 11:00 am. Sausalito. $7 per member. $16 per non-member. Ages 6 months & up. Event details.

Fairfax Holiday Event
Families can make wreaths, sing carols and share a potluck meal. Santa will be dropping by, and the Chamber of Commerce will be offering horse and buggy rides downtown too. Sun., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Fairfax. Free. All ages. Event details.


Festival of Trees
Families can vote for their favorite tree in a themed Christmas tree display. Kids can hear holiday music, create ornaments and enjoy hot cider and cookies. Santa Claus will be visiting as well! Sat., 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

Teddy Bear Tea
This will be an enchanted afternoon with pianist and storyteller Liz Bongiorno. Families will dine on finger sandwiches, holiday treats, tea and hot chocolate. Kids can bring a favorite teddy bear along to tea too! Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Menlo Park. $30 per adult. $20 per child. Ages 4 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

How is your family getting into the holidays this weekend?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of the Conservatory of Flowers