Celebrate the winter holidays through music, stories, crafts and treats! Create a graham cracker greenhouse at a Gingerbread Workshop in San Francisco. Listen as ballet dancers in costume tell a tale during a Nutcracker Story Time in Danville. Get creative at an Anthropologie Craft Hour in Burlingame.

San Francisco

Gingerbread Workshop
Back by popular demand is this winter workshop for the whole family. Use delectable building supplies, including graham crackers, frosting and candy treats to construct the greenhouse of your dreams. Take it home for the holiday table, or eat it on the spot! This sweet event supports efforts to keep the historic Conservatory itself frostily whitewashed.  Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $10. per kit plus admission. All ages. Event details.

Dance Along Nutcracker
Everyone’s a star at the Dance-Along Nutcracker. Here you dance to your own choreography, as the band performs favorites from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. This year, Clara and her Nutcracker take a trip through a psychedelic groovy Peter Maxx world, punctuated by music from the 60s, with the Rat King as the Leader of the Pack. Everyone gets to be a prima ballerina at this performance!  Sun., 11:00 am & 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $25 per adult. $16 per child & senior.  All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Nutcracker Story Time
Get in the holiday spirit with the Diablo Ballet as their costumed dancers read the story of The Nutcracker! Have your photo taken with Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker himself! Prima Ballerina Club members who show their membership cards will receive a special surprise! You may sign up for the club at the event too. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Danville. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Sound of All of Us
This family friendly event is a fundraiser for Temple Beth Abraham’s pre-school and Hebrew school music programs, and also for music programs in Oakland schools. Music will include: Jewish, folk, ragtime, opera and jazz, along with a performance by Three Ring Circus, featuring Jonathan Ring of the San Francisco Symphony, and his sons. There will be kids’ activities including face painting, making Chanukah cards and playing with musical instruments and beach balls. Gourmet latkes, sandwiches and drinks will be sold. Sun., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Oakland. $25/Adult. Kids free. All ages. Event details.


Winter Celebration Campfire
Celebrate the winter solstice and learn about traditional solstice celebrations from around the world. Gather around the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs and roast marshmallows for s’mores by moonlight. Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the event. Baby carriers are suggested for children 4 and under. Sat., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Sausalito. $12/Person. All ages. Event details.

Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza
Have a field day making an extravagant holiday house with yummy treats! Let your imagination run wild as you create the most delightful gingerbread house on the block, covered with candy canes, gumdrops, frosting and other treats. Don’t miss this sweet holiday event! Sat. – Sun., 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Sausalito. $40/Kit for a non-member. $30/Kit for a member. All ages. Event details.


Nutcracker Puppet Show
This is a great introduction to this classic holiday tale, as told by The Puppet Company. Come see a nutcracker brought to “life” as a puppet! Light refreshments will be served, and reservations for the show are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The show also plays at 1:00 pm.  Sat., 10:00 am, 11:30 am & 1:00 pm. Palo Alto. $15/Non-member. $10/Member. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Anthropologie Craft Hour
Make a holiday craft with Anthropologie style! While the kids craft, parents get uninterrupted shopping time in the same store! While kids create something to give or keep, parents can be on the lookout for clothing items to give or keep all for themselves! Holiday shopping just got a little easier! Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Burlingame. Free. Ages 5-10. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Family Brunch with Santa
Bring your family and celebrate the season in style at a Holiday Family Brunch with Santa! Enjoy a delicious and fun meal including omelet and dessert stations. You can also decorate cookies, and take pictures with Santa. Mimosas are included for the parents! Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Sun., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Sonoma. $45/Adult. $20/Child under 11. All ages. Event details.

Green Eggs & Ham Family Concert
Pianist Lara Downes is joined by winners of the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition and members of the Davis High School Chamber Orchestra, in a performance of composer Rob Kapilow’s “Green Eggs and Ham.” Kapilow’s ensemble piece combines the zaniness of Seuss’s text with a refreshing musical score that includes jazz, pop and modern music styles. This show is directed by renowned Broadway choreographer Mindy Cooper, and features young actors trained through the Mondavi Center Theater Workshop program. Sun., 10:00 am & 3:00 pm. Davis. $35/Adult. $18/Child & student. All ages. Event details.