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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Happenings in the Bay Area

Children's Holiday Party at Allied Arts Guild

What: Puppet show, casual food, table games, and a visit with Santa. For children ages 4-8 accompanied by adults. Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful Menlo Park historic garden and shopping area that looks like a Spanish square, with artists studios and cafe, which benefits sick kids at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.
When: December 6, 2009 at 3:00
Cost: $25 per person
RSVP: (650) 322-2405

San Francisco Family Travel Tips

Children's Fairyland Winter Celebration
What: Fairy Winter Wonderland featuring live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, daily Santa appearances, decorations & thousands of twinkling lights, rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free holiday treats, cider and hot cocoa, and more
When: December 11-20, noon to 7:00
Cost: free with admission ($7/person over age 1)

What: Children's Theater Holiday Program - whether you're celebrating Christmas, the Solstice, Chanukah, Diwali, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, or the Chinese New Year, the Fairyland Children's Theatre Program sends out a message of peace, joy and light in its annual holiday show.
When: December 6th, 12:30pm & 3:00pm
Cost: free with admission ($7/person over age 1)

Hillsdale Shopping Center - Multiple Events
What: Tree Lighting Ceremony (plus performance by Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo, crafts for kids and a visit from Santa. Children will also receive free jingle bells to help ring in the festivities)
When: Friday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m.

What: Photos with Santa (photos for purchase, plus free gift just for visiting Santa). Mondays-Tuesdays nights, 6-8 p.m., kids get a free cookie from Mrs. Field's while visiting Santa.
When: Saturday, November 21 – Thursday, December 24

What: Pet photos with Santa - or adopt a cat/dog.
When: November 25 – December 16 (Wed & Sun) from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Hillsdale Shopping Center, 60 31st Ave., San Mateo

Bay Area Discovery Museum
What: 14th Annual Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza
--Weekends December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20
--Weekdays December 21, 22 & 23
11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.
Cost: $25 per gingerbread kit. Pre-registration required.

What: Holiday concert with Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Cindy Cohen and Christopher Smith
When: Saturday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14 (includes Museum admission)
RSVP: online
What: Annual Kwanzaa Celebration (art projects, theater and more)
When: Saturday, December 26 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free! Includes museum admission & performances

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