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Holiday Happenings in the Tri-Valley

Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit? Check out our listing of holiday celebrations, special performances, family photo opportunities, and the best spots to shop for gifts below!

Holiday Celebrations

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🎅 Santa Photos

🛍 Gift Shopping 

💡 Holiday Lights

Santa’s elves will be busy decorating the Civic Center parking lot and turning it into Dublin’s very own Winter Wonderland. Take a stroll through the decorated lot; grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks; enjoy music from our local school bands and choirs, and countdown as the tree is illuminated. Also, be sure to be on the lookout for a special guest from the North Pole. The parking lot opens at 5:30PM. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00PM.

Head to Carnegie Park in Livermore for an evening of holiday cheer. Shop for gifts, holiday treats, decor, and more from local makers, artists, and craft vendors. Expect a visit from Santa from 4:00PM – 7:00PM.

Featuring over 640,000 lights and returning for its 39th annual appearance in the Tri-Valley, Deacon Dave’s home is known far and wide as the largest Christmas light display in the Bay Area. 

The City of Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Celebration begins at 5PM with a parade of floats, marching bands, community groups & more! Then, around 6:45, the Mayor lights up the tree in front of the Museum on Main with a special appearance from Santa. 

The City of Livermore’s Sights & Sounds Parade will feature local businesses, marching bands, live music, light displays and of course, Santa! The parade route is First Street – Between “M” Street and McLeod Street. A tree lighting will follow the parade.

The City of Livermore’s Sights & Sounds Parade will feature local businesses, marching bands, live music, light displays and of course, Santa! The parade route is First Street – Between “M” Street and McLeod Street. A tree lighting will follow the parade.

🎅🛍Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide | Sunday, December 8th at 4PM
Visit the Ravenswood Historic Estate for a beautiful Victorian Christmas. Enjoy live music, talk with the Rangers, visit a unique holiday gift shop, and take a photo with Santa himself, all while touring the beautifully decorated grounds of Ravenswood. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

seasonal performances

Motown Explosion Christmas
Friday, December 3rd at 8PM | Bankhead Theater
Enjoy a 14-piece big band with 5 Singers and Master of Ceremonies Manee Valentine performing all your favorite “Original” hits.

Symphonic Sounds of the Season
Saturday, December 4th at 8:15PM | Bankhead Theater
Renew and restore your spirit, reconnect to your community with your very own Livermore-Amador Symphony as we return to the Bankhead Stage to celebrate a joyful season. Harpist Constance Koo joins us to perform Debussy’s beautiful and intimate Danses sacrée et profane. Each section of the orchestra shines in this vibrant concert.

Damien Snead: Joy to the World Tour
Sunday, December 5th at 3PM | Bankhead Theater
Multi-talented pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Damien Sneed’s work spans multiple genres. He has worked with a range of jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends including the late Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Lawrence Brownlee. 

🌟 The Nutcracker
December 11th-19th, Various Times | Bankhead Theater
Experience the magic of the Nutcracker. This annual Tri-Valley holiday event continues to enchant audiences of all ages, bringing Tchaikovsky’s well-known music and ballet to life with all of its elegance and beauty. Thrill to a stage filled with one magical Nutcracker, a swirl of lovely snowflakes, adorable mice, dancing soldiers and a glittering sugar plum fairy.

Jeff Boardes & Friends: A Soulful Christmas
Saturday, December 18th at 8PM | Firehouse Arts Center
Jeff Bordes & Friends return to the Firehouse Arts Center for their Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy a fun, fresh soulful twist on Christmas Favorites with a nod of Santa’s hat to Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima! Jeff Bordes and Friends will get you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes, and dancin’ in the aisles with Holiday Cheer!

Golden Follies Holiday Show
Saturday, December 11th at 2PM | Firehouse Arts Center
A Very “Follies” Holiday !  Raise your holiday spirits by joining The Golden Follies as these talented and energetic senior performers brighten the holiday season with A Very “Follies” Holiday!  Lively choreography, heartwarming music, Reindeers, Snowflakes, Christmas Trees, Bright Colored Packages, and more. 

Photo Credit: @dclewis via Instagram

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

🛍 San Francisco Premium Outlets
Each year the San Francisco Premium Outlets celebrates the holiday season with larger-than-life decor, perfect for quick photo ops with family in-between discounted spending sprees. 

🎅🛍 Stoneridge Shopping Mall
Don’t miss out on your chance to snap a photo with Santa at the Stoneridge Shopping Mall. See the link above for special pet photo opportunities. 

🎅🛍 Santa at the Livery 
Santa will be visiting the Livery Mercantile in Downtown Danville every weekend from 12-3pm as well as the Friday and Saturday before Christmas Day from 12-3pm. Stop by to shop for gifts and get your picture taken while you’re there. 

Moore’s Pumpkins & Christmas Trees
Family-owned and operated, this Christmas Tree lot has several cute photo opportunities for families. There is a fee for professional photography, but it’s waived with the purchase of a 6ft & above Christmas Tree.

Whim House

gift shopping

🛍 Whim House | Danville
Whim House offers an extensive selection of categories including rugs, pillows, serving and barware, fine table and bath linens, paint, outdoor furniture, candles, and personal care items. Many of their curated items are hand crafted, artisanal, and fair trade.

🛍 Lemon Gift Shop | Danville
Lemon was established in 2017 with the goal to have an amazing gift shop featuring high quality items, organic baby/spa items, gifts people really want to give and get & carry local California items.

🛍 Ella J Boutique | Danville
Perfect for the fashionistas in your family, Ella J has outfits and accessories for date night, wine tasting with the girls, or just getting into something comfy to run some errands.

🛍 Therapy Stores | Pleasanton
Specializing in a curated selection of handcraft gifts and items. Providing something for everyone: jewelry, accessories, housewares, books, games, kids & baby clothes, bath & beauty products, and gift cards.

🛍 American Harvest | Pleasanton
Charming store carrying unique, whimsical and creative gifts & treasures. Home to antiques, decor accessories, collectibles & gift items in a relaxed setting.

🛍 Creative Healing Center & Crystal Boutique | Livermore
Home to unique crystals, books, incense, sage, jewelry, stones, divination cards, candles, essential oils.

🛍 Uptown Girls Boutique & Salon | Livermore
Stylish boutique featuring trendy clothing and accessories, plus high-quality hair and make up.