Santa’s Arrival — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Santa and friends will make their way from the North Pole to the Danville Livery on weekends until Christmas! Bring your camera and capture your visit with Santa! The festivities will also include face painting, balloon artistry and carriage rides. Danville Livery, 440 Sycamore Valley Road. For more information visit www.danvillelivery.com.
Sleeping Beauty — 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. A sleeping princess, a spellbound prince and more fairies than you can shake a wand at! Come join the San Ramon Community Theater in “Sleeping Beauty.” You will not want to miss this quirky adaptation of the popular tale! Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. Tickets range from $17 to $22 and can be purchase at www.SanRamonPerformingArts.com or call 925-973-3343.
Holiday Cheer — 7:30 p.m. The Blackhawk Chorus will be joined by the Golden Gate String Quartet to present beautiful songs of the holiday season. Dougherty Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for children. Call 925-973-3343 or online at www.sanramonperformingarts.com.
The Christmas Story — 7 to 9 p.m. The Trinity Church presents a dramatization of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in a “drive-through” format comprising six scenes with live actors and animals. The presentation is free and everyone in the bay area is invited. Trinity Church, 557 Olivina Ave., Livermore. 925-858-9109.
Home for the Holidays — 7:30 p.m. Music of Christmas around the world will abound at the San Ramon Symphonic Band Concerts. The band is comprised of 55 talented musicians led by conductor Larry Colon. Bring the entire family for a fun filled evening of music. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. Tickets are $6, children under 12 free. For more information call 925-973-3343 or go to www.sanramon.ca.gov.
“The Nutcracker” — 2 and 7 p.m. The Valley Dance Theatre presents a full-length production of The Nutcracker. Preperformance festivities will include carols by Cantabella Children’s Chorus and Harmony Fusion Chorus at select performances. Bankhead Theatre, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $38, $29 and $25 for adults and $19 for students 17 years and younger. 925-373-6800.
Holiday Gift-Wrapping — Noon to 4 p.m. Girl Scout Troops 31545 and 31149 fundraiser event. The girls will be available to wrap your gifts beautifully in handmade, eco-friendly, uniquely-created designs with an old-fashioned holiday flair! and donations will help them earn income for their international Girl Scout travel trips. Rick’s Picks, 719A Main, Pleasanton.
Menorah Lighting — 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join Livermore mayor and community leaders for the lighting of the Livermore Menorah with musical entertainment, dancing, and traditional holiday jelly doughnuts and latkes. Outside of the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.
Pleasanton Double Racing Festival — 6:30 a.m. registration, 8:15 a.m., 14K and 8K starts, 10:45 a.m. Kids Cup “Double Racing, Double for short, is a two stage running challenge. Participants first run the longer stage, take a halftime break and then run the second stage. Times are combined for scoring. Participants must complete both stages to get a result. It is running with a halftime. Benefiting the Pleasanton Partnership in Education Foundation this Christmas-themed running even is for the entire family. The festival offers runners three distance options: 15K Double (10K + 5K), 8K (5K + 3K) and one and a half mile Kids Cup Double (one mile + half mile). Start and finish Hart Middle School, 4433 Willow Road, Pleasanton. Registration for the 15K/$45, 8K/$40 and kids cup 1.5 mile/$15. For more inforamtiom and registration visit: www.doubleroadrace.com/pleasanton/signup.php.
Hanukkah Menorah Parade — 6 p.m. The first Menorah parade featuring 10 Menorah-adorned vehicles parading through the streets of Pleasanton. Escorted by the Pleasanton Police Department, the parade will depart from Chabad of the Tri Valley, 1258 Quarry Lane, Pleasanton and loop its way through town arriving at 915 Main Street where an outdoor nine foot Hanukkah Menorah will be kindled with music and traditional holiday doughnuts and potato latkes.
Holiday Gift-Wrapping — Noon to 4 p.m. Girl Scout Troops 31545 and 31149 fundraiser event. The girls will be available to wrap your gifts beautifully in handmade, eco-friendly, uniquely-created designs with an old-fashioned holiday flair! and donations will help them earn income for their international Girl Scout travel trips. Prim, 520 Main Street. Pleasanton.
San Ramon Menorah Lighting — 6 p.m. Hanukkah, is highlighted by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the eight night holiday. Hanukkah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. Whole Foods, 100 Sunset Drive, San Ramon.
Photographer Ding Hong Wu — 3 p.m. Internationally acclaimed human figure photographer Ding Hong Wu will speak at the Pleasanton Library. Wu will share his experiences and techniques while showing his exquisite photographs and the stories behind them. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue. Free. 925-931-3404.