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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Family Holiday Entertainment in the Bay Area 2014

It's the most magical time of the year! If you haven't started booking up your holiday shows and experiences, now's the time. Here are some great events and performances in San Francisco. Of course there are plenty of holiday activities all over the bay, but this will give you a place to start.

What: Holiday Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
When: November 29-30; December 5-7, 13-14, 19-23. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $110 per guest, inclusive of tax and gratuity for both adults and children.
Details: Children bring their favorite stuffed animals to the Ritz-Carlton Terrace Room for holiday treats and this popular family show featuring an entertaining elf and his animated sidekick and a giant Teddy Bear. Each child will receive a teddy bear gift and photo with the giant Teddy Bear to take home. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.

What: Peter and the Wolf, Rita Moreno narrating
When: Saturday, December 14 at 1 and 4 p.m.

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin
Details: the program also includes an array of favorite holiday music for the entire family to enjoy. Performed by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
Tickets: here; $15-65. Half price for ages 17 and under

Home Alone: Feature film with the SF Symphony performing John Williams' score
What: Home Alone: Feature film with the San Francisco Symphony
When: Friday and Saturday, December 12-13 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin
Details: The movie plays and the orchestra performs John Williams' score
Tickets:  $12.50-80. Half price for ages 17 and under

What: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live with the San Francisco Symphony
When: December 19-24, various times
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin
Details: The West Coast premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live! Iconic Peanuts characters come to life in this colorful live-action performance, with animated backgrounds on the big screen, dancing, singing, and more—all with live accompaniment by the Symphony, Chorus, dancers, and narrators. Come early and enjoy a family-friendly reception. The lobbies will be filled with festive decorations and activities, including gigantic trees, holiday photo booths, and special Peanuts d├ęcor.
Tickets:  $12.50-75. Half price for ages 17 and under. Goldstar has half-price tickets for some of the seats here.

What: The MeshugaNutcracker
When: December 4-14, various times
Where: Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter Street
Details: blends Tchaikovsky's unforgettably beautiful holiday score with witty lyrics and traditional Jewish songs to create a musical treat that's perfect for the holiday season. Dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot and even the audience come together to tell charming stories that celebrate all that is Hanukkah.
Tickets: through Goldstar, $37.50. Through the box office here.

What: San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker
When: December 12-29, various times; they have 5 family performances, where the first 500 kids under age 12 get a gift, and everyone gets drinks and treats at intermission. Also, costumed Nutcracker characters will be available for photos prior to the performance.
Details: Did you know that the Nutcracker ballet originated in San Francisco in 1944? Come see the San Francisco Ballet’s production, set IN San Francisco. Recommended for kids 5 and older - not infants/toddlers please.
Tickets: prices vary

What: The Velveteen Rabbit
When: November 29-December 14, various times (some shows are already sold out)
Where: Yerba Buena Center, 700 Howard Street
Details: Dance company ODC presents its beloved production of The Velveteen Rabbit, a Bay Area holiday tradition for 28 years. With a sense of wit, charming music by Benjamin Britten, colorful costumes, and larger-than-life characters, it's the popular tale of the powerful relationship between a little boy and the toy rabbit who comes to life through his love.

What: A Christmas Carol - A.C.T.
When: December 5-13, various times
Nutcracker Under the Dome
About: A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky Christmas Eve.
Where: A.C.T., 415 Geary

What: Nutcracker Under the Dome
When: now through December 31, 2014
Where: Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market Street
Activities: Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic Dome comes to life each evening with a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular. This holiday season, San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker is the inspiration for this extraordinary visual experience crafted by local technology innovators, Obscura Digital.Light shows every half hour
Cost: free

Don't forget to look at holiday events on Goldstar - they offer up to 50% off on tickets and offer a lot of holiday events.  They have tickets to various Nutcrackers, Davies Symphony Hall events, the Velveteen Rabbit, A Christmas Carol and more.

What: Mommy and Me and Daddies, Too: “Celebrate the Season”
When: Tuesday, December 9, 10 a.m. to noon
Activities: Live entertainment from Andy Z, story time with Mrs. Claus, sampling from Happy Baby Brands, mini manicures from Lavande nail salon, a raffle from The Container Store, arts and crafts with Action Day Primary Plus, Balloon Animals and Face Painting and more!
Where:  CineArts Theatre lobby at Santana Row
Cost: Free

What: Serramonte Center’s annual holiday pajama party
When: Tuesday, December 9 at 5:30
Activities: Kids can attend the party in their PJs, and enjoy holiday music, festive crafts, treats, giveaways and more.
Where: Serramonte Center,  3 Serramonte Center Daly City

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