Storytelling is in full swing this weekend! The tale of a magical and famous Christmas Eve will be told through dance at the City Ballet School’s Nutcracker, and at the Marin Ballet Nutcracker. Historical stories will be told at Tales of Olympus, and at the Community Hanukah Festival of Light.

San Francisco

Family Wreath Making Workshop
Everyone can choose from a large selection of greens, cones, berries and ribbons to create their own wreath along with talented floral designers. Warm apple cider and cookies will add to this festive afternoon. Sat., 1:00 pm –3:00 pm. San Francisco. $40 per non-member wreath. $35 per member wreath. All ages. Event details.

City Ballet School’s Nutcracker
Students ages six to nine-years-old will perform this beloved holiday production.This performance will feature choreography by former dancers with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. Sat., 2:00 pm. Sun., 7:00 pm. San Francisco. $20-$35 per person. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Tales of Olympus
Kids can journey, with Bay Area Children’s Theatre, to the top of Mount Olympus! This upbeat musical romp will introduce them to the intriguing adventures of ancient Greek gods and goddesses, both familiar and obscure. Sat., 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm. Sun., 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm. Berkeley. $20 per adult. $17 per senior. $15 per child. Age 5 & up. Event details.

Community Hanukah Festival of Light
Families can enjoy latkes, menorah-making, arts and crafts and storytelling. Kids will like  singing and dancing along with Isaac Zones too. They will be collecting new or gently worn athletic shoes to donate to the World Wear Project. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Berkeley. $5, suggested donation. All ages. Event details.


Marin Ballet Nutcracker
Marin Ballet’s 50th Anniversary season will open with 200 dancers ages 8-18 performing in this annual full-length production. This year the student dancers will be joined by guest artists from the Memphis Ballet and Diablo Ballet. Sat., 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm. San Rafael. $40 per adult. $25 per child & senior. All ages.  Event details.

Mill Valley Winterfest Celebration
This event will include the famous snow slide, holiday singers and a holiday costume contest. Kids can watch the tree lighting ceremony at dusk and see Santa Claus arrive in a vintage fire engine. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Mill Valley. $3 per person. $10 per four people. $20 per ten people. All ages. Event details.


Sleeping Beauty & the Beast
San Carlos Children’s Theater and Adelante Spanish Immersion School will present a fairy tale turned upside down! Prince Charmless, on a quest to save Princess Rose, befriends Puss ‘N Boots, a snarling Snow White and a very lonely Beast. Fri., 7:00 pm. Sat., 7:00 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm. Redwood City. $8 in advance. $10 at the door. $15 reserved. All ages. Event details.

Bear in Mind Storytime
In conjunction with the museum’s Bear in Mind exhibit on California grizzly bears, kids are invited to bring their teddy bears, and listen to bear stories being told. Snacks will be served. Sat., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Los Altos. Free. All ages. Event details.

Which of these events looks like a win-win for your fam this weekend?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of the City Ballet School