There is a lot to celebrate this weekend! Listen to festive stories and sing songs at the Hannukah Happening in San Francisco. Dream of Sugar Plum Fairies at “The Nutcracker” in Oakland. Share in the Kwanzaa Celebration with live music and art activities.

San Francisco

Hanukkah Happening
Join in a day of activities for the entire family! There will be story time, songs and movies. Enjoy the classic combo of Chinese food & latkes! You can bring your own menorah to light, and candles will be provided. Sun., 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

SFCJM Target Family Day
Enjoy a day of admission-free fun for all. In celebration of the exhibit “Houdini: Art and Magic,” families can make their own optical illusion spinning tops, watch a show by magician Jade and enjoy the rest of the museum too! Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Oakland Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Join Marie and her family and friends, including the Nutcracker, Rat King and Sugar Plum Fairies! Watch as they dance their way though this classic holiday tale. Every person must have a paid ticket for each show. A Sweet Dreams Party follows the 2:00 pm matinees, where you can meet the dancers and enjoy refreshments! A $12 separate ticket is required for that. Thur. – Fri., 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Sat., 11:00 am. Oakland. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Live Chanukah Music Jam
A food truck will play host to this year’s outdoor latke party! They’ll be selling hot fried potato latkes, served with applesauce and sour cream, sweet fried sufganiyot, hot apple cider and Kogel Mogel (egg nog) too. A group of Klezmer musicians will hold an impromptu jam session next to the truck on Christmas Day. Dancing is always encouraged! Sun., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Cookie Decorating & Story Time
Join in a morning of holiday stories and crafting! Listen to holiday tales, decorate gingerbread cookies and create holiday crafts, for a fun winter treat. Thur., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Larkspur. Free. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Kwanzaa Celebration
Join a joyous African-American celebration of family and community. Experience the rich traditions of Kwanzaa, featuring a celebration of African-American culture through hands-on art activities, and live music performances. There will be a traditional Kwanzaa altar on display in the Museum’s Entry Pavilion. Mon., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.


Chanukah Festival
Celebrate Chanukah in a big way! Join in the grand menorah lighting of a giant menorah. Listen to live music and enjoy latkes and jelly donuts. There will also be arts and crafts and live entertainment just for kids. Thur., 5:30 pm – 6:45pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Holiday LEGO Display (pictured)
Explore a variety of LEGO creations made by club members. Highlighting it all is Holidays in the Bay Area, a 12′ by 25′ train layout, incorporating multiple trains running through city, farm and suburban scenes. See how many Bay Area locales and structures you will be able to identify! Fri., 11:00 am – 3:30 pm. Palo Alto. $2 per non-member. Members free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

Photo credit: Bill Ward via Flickr