The winter entertainment is just warming up! Help a storyteller celebrate Chanukah at The Mystery of the Missing Candles in San Francisco. Have big fun skating on The Little Ice Rink in Alameda. Learn about songs from many cultures at the Dream Circle Holiday Concert in Sausalito.

San Francisco 

The Mystery of the Missing Candles
Solve a mystery and join in the fun! Just as she’s about to celebrate Chanukah, storyteller and clown Diana Shmiana discovers that her menorah is missing its candles! With the help of a wild and wonderful cast of characters, and lots of audience participation, Diana will embark on a magical adventure to track down the candles. Sun., 10:30 am. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Holiday Stroll & Sing-a-long
Go holiday caroling through the JAMaROO neighborhood! After singing, return to the studio for warm apple cider, holiday cookies and story time. Wear walking shoes, dress warmly and be festive! Sun., 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Fairy Winterland
For one week, Children’s Fairyland is transformed into a sparkling festival of holiday entertainment. Through songs and stories, arts and crafts, Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. After sunset, we turn on our fairy lights and transform Fairyland into a twinkling, enchanting realm of wonder. Fri. – Sun., 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Oakland. $8/non-member. $4/member. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.

The Little Ice Rink
Celebrate the grand opening of The Little Ice Rink! With 3000 square feet of ice skating bliss, this little ice rink has plenty of space for fun for everyone. Skate rentals are available, and as a special treat the Little House Cafe will be serving up hot and cold beverages and snacks! See website for regular hours. Fri., 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Alameda. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.


Farmer’s Market Holiday Party
Santa’s reindeer are coming to the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market!  Kids can have their photo taken in Santa’s sleigh along with his real reindeer! They can also write a letter to Santa, decorate cookies, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy Chanukah foods from the Old World Food Truck. There will be plenty of holiday tunes to sing and dance along to as well! Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

Dream Circle Holiday Concert
Join in this uplifting seasonal celebration, featuring songs for many winter holidays, including Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the Chinese New Year. Enjoy performances by some of Marin’s best loved children’s entertainers, and share in the true meaning and spirit of the holidays. You can explore and play at the museum before and after this 45 minute performance.  Sat., 11:30 am & 1:00 pm. Sausalito. $16/General. $7/Member. All ages. Event details.


The North Pole Review
Have a chillingly good time at this holiday puppet show featuring the Fratello Marionettes. Tickets are required. You may pick up your free tickets at the library’s Children’s Desk starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 15th.  Sat., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Burlingame. Free. All ages. Event details.

“Rudolph the Ugly Duckling”
“Rudolph the Ugly Duckling and Other Cracked Up Holiday Tales” will have you cracking up! Watch this fast-paced version of all your favorite holiday tales scrambled up with funny twists. Come see Rudolph, Frosty, personable pirates, and other zany characters. And the audience members will decide the order of the show, so it may never be the same twice!  Mon. – Thur., 11:00 am,  2:00 pm & 4:30 pm. San Ramon. $20/adult. $17/senior. $15/child. All ages. Event details.

–Rachel Teichman