Christmas Past

Father Christmas

It can feel won­derful to put aside con­tem­po­rary hol­iday stress, sus­pend dis­be­lief, and step into Christmas Past. Here are a few sug­gested events in the Bay Area where you can visit a sim­pler time.

Christmas at Arden­wood
A Vic­to­rian style hol­iday! Visit the beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Pat­terson House, sing Christmas carols, search for the Yule log, and visit Father Christmas. Listen to live musical per­for­mances, puppet shows and enter the home-​​made ‘Christmas Cookie’ baking con­test. The day also includes an abun­dance of Christmas crafts, music, and country kitchen treats.December 1, 2012 10 AM — December 2, 2012 4 PM
Arden­wood His­toric Farm, Fre­mont
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The Dunsmuir-​​Hellman His­toric Estate
A Hol­iday Tra­di­tion
Vis­i­tors tour the mag­nif­i­cent 37-​​room man­sion with turn-​​of-​​the-​​century hol­iday dec­o­ra­tions. Stroll the lovely estate, indulge in the Adult or Children’s Hol­iday Teas, ride the romantic horse-​​drawn car­riage, be enter­tained by hol­iday per­formers, enjoy a light lunch or snack, and shop for hol­iday crafts. For the chil­dren: break­fast with Santa, pony-​​rides, hol­iday face-​​painting, and crafts.

Sat­ur­days & Sun­days, December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, and 15 & 16
2960 Per­alta Oaks Court, Oak­land
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Great Dickens Christmas Fair
And Vic­to­rian Hol­iday Party
The bustling streets of London, immor­tal­ized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living back­drop of your excur­sion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Vic­to­rian Christmas card come to life!

Five week­ends in 2012: Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23
10 AM ’til 7 PM.
Cow Palace, San Fran­cisco
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The Christmas Revels
The Celes­tial Fools
Pil­grims from all over Europe streaming towards the small Adri­atic vil­lage of Pros­ecco. It’s the 16th cen­tury and, led by the local Guild of Fools, vil­lagers are preparing for a great annual hol­iday pageant which will mark the turning of the year.

Per­for­mances are December 7, 8, & 9, and 14, 15, & 16.
Fri­days at 8 PM, Sat­ur­days & Sun­days at 1 PM & 5 PM
Oak­land Scot­tish Rite Center on Lake Mer­ritt
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Oak­land Ballet’s The Nut­cracker
A Very Spe­cial Winter Mix
From the bravery of an unlikely hero found in a Nut­cracker Prince to the charms cast by exotic, far­away places, Graham Lustig’s The Nut­cracker makes it easy to dream big. Expe­ri­ence an endearing mas­ter­piece with us and share in a rich and vibrant local tra­di­tion that has delighted audi­ences old and young for generations.

December 22, 23 and 24
Para­mount The­ater, Oak­land
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A Christmas Carol
Fea­turing a lively cast of dozens, gor­geous cos­tumes, and those deli­ciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area’s favorite hol­iday tra­di­tion returns with a sparkling, music-​​infused pro­duc­tion of A Christmas Carol. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your “hum­bugs” at the door!

December 1–24
Amer­ican Con­ser­va­tory The­ater
415 Geary Street, San Fran­cisco
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