Three Ways to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

Revels 2015Rouse your Christmas Spirit with these three uniquely-Bay Area holiday events.

Let Us Break Bread Together: Sinatra Style
At the Paramount Theatre
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4 PM

Celebrate the 100th birthday of an American Legend as part of the Bay Area’s beloved, non-traditional, holiday tradition. Maestro Morgan and the Oakland Symphony have annually re-defined the many meanings and traditions and voices of the holidays. In addition to holiday music from many cultures and observances, the afternoon will feature choral arrangements of Sinatra songs and guest artists including: Mt. Eden High School Choir, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oakland Symphony Chorus, Vocal Rush (Oakland School for the Arts), and the Kugelplex klezmer band.

The 30th Annual Christmas Revels: A Venetian Masque
At the Scottish Rite Theater on Lakeside Drive
December 11 through 13 & 18 through 20
Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays & Sundays from 1 PM & 5 PM

A grand festival celebrating the turning of the year.
It is the end of 1620 when a troupe of ragged Commedia dell’Arte players arrive in Venice. They are fleeing a less-than-successful European tour and are hoping for an upturn in their fortunes. The show brings together high and low art with vibrant costuming, multiple masks and annual Revels rituals as audience and performers join together in an uproarious Revels celebration of the turning of the year.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party
At the Cow Palace
Saturdays and Sundays December 12 & 13, and 19 & 20 from 10 AM to 7 PM

Enter the world of Charles Dickens and revel in a Victorian London where it’s always Christmas Eve, and the streets resound with celebrations of the Season! Lively calls of street vendors ring out above the crowd and mingle with holiday carolers; tempting aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air; enticing shops overflow with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.

To recreate old London town, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls are transformed into into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons.

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