Arts and Culture



Throughout December, the Bay Area comes alive with family friendly holiday activities. From performances to scenic drives, there is so much to enjoy this holiday season.
Many concerts are held in San Francisco, including “A Classic Christmas,” performed by the San Francisco Symphony on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. The concert includes songs from “The Nutcracker” and highlights of Humperdinck’s storybook opera “Hansel and Gretel,” and concludes with the symphony’s holiday favorites.
Another great family play to attend is “Charlie Brown Live,” running from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23. It is performed at Davies Symphony Hall and live actors animate and choreograph the music.
From the opening carols and holiday songs to the curtain call at the end, this is a performance you won’t want
to miss.
Ice skating is another tradition to take advantage of in the winter. There is a local ice rink called Winter Lodge in Palo Alto that is complete with a hot chocolate booth and a warm fire, which creates festive ambience.
If your family has a day to spend in The City, you might opt for ice skating at Union Square and trying the peppermint bark at Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory.
One hassle-free way to celebrate the holiday season is a relaxed, scenic car ride. “Fantasy of Lights,” held in Vasona Lake County Park, is a drive to remember. Adorned with an extravaganza of Christmas lights and decor, this memorable mile-long drive costs $20 for one car. “Fantasy of Lights” is open Dec. 6 through Dec. 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., but is closed on Dec. 25.
Another fun activity is Great America’s “WinterFest,” a sure way to keep your family entertained for hours.
Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen are open for everyone to enjoy, and there is ice skating in front of the carousel.
There will be live shows, 20 rides open, and you can purchase scrumptious holiday eats and drinks throughout the event.
It is open Dec. 16 through Dec. 23, and Dec. 26th through the Dec. 30 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and costs $30 to get in.