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Upcoming Events Around Contra Costa County

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A list of upcoming November and December events in Contra Costa County and around the San Francisco Bay Area.  A ton of holiday themed vendor fairs, parades, tree lighting and more.

This is a “live” list and more events will be added throughout the month as they are made know. Also accepting events in November and December — please email [email protected]

November Events

Weekend Music & Show Briefs

A quick rundown of music and entertainment at local venues

Friday, Nov 17

  • Coco Wine Co (Brentwood) – Jeff Ricketts)
  • Knightsen Saloon – Margaret Niles
  • Hannah Nicole Vineyards – Double Shot
  • Retro Junkie – Emo Kids, tribute to Emo
  • Serendipity Cellars – Tim Cecchini

Saturday, Nov 18

  • 7:00 pm – Tomy Daivson Live at EL Campanil (Antioch)
  • 7:00 pm – Margaret Niles at WTF Restaurant (Oakley)
  • 7:00 pm – Maroon Vibes, a tribute to Maroon 5 at Retro Junkie (Walnut Creek)
  • 8:00 pm – Retroatcitve Band at CoCo Wine Co (Brentwood)
  • 8:00 pm – Epidemic Ales Comedy night (Concord)

Sunday Nov 19

  • 2:00 pm – Sunday Sessions at Smiths Landing (Antioch)

Tree Lighting

Photo by Hospice

Nov 5- Dec 8 — Annual Tree of Lights

Pleasant Hill, CA – Hospice East Bay is proud to be celebrating our Annual Tree of Lights! For 37 years these ceremonies have provided a way for families and friends to honor their loved ones and find solace in the symbolism of light as the names of their loved ones are read. Beginning on November 5th and running through December 8th, there will be ten ceremonies at locations throughout the East Bay. Each event will feature a reading of memorial names and a symbolic tree lighting. Please check the schedule below for specific ceremonies.

  • Danville  Friday, Nov. 17th, 5:30 pm at Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. Danville
  • Martinez  (also honoring US Veterans)  at Saturday, Nov. 18th, 5:30 pm Morello Avenue, north of Arnold Dr.
  • Alamo  Tuesday, Nov. 21st, 5:00 pm at Alamo Women’s Club 1401 Danville Blvd.
  • Orinda   Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 4:30 pm at Village Square by McCaulou’s
  • Lafayette   Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 4:30 pm at 21 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette **Ceremony to be held at Village Square by McCaulou’s
  • Moraga  Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 4:30 pm Moraga Country Club 1600 St. Andrews Dr. **Ceremony to be held at Village Square by McCaulou’s
  • Walnut Creek Monday, Dec. 4th, 6:00 pm at John Muir Medical Center, Main Entrance, Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek
  • Concord/Clayton  Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 5:00 pm at John Muir Medical Center Parking Lot, East Street & Almond Ave., Concord
  • Blackhawk  Friday, Dec. 8th, 5:00 pm at Blackhawk Road at Blackhawk Drive

For more information, visit their website: click here

tamale festival

Nov 17 – Brentwood PAL Tamale Festival

Join us at the Brentwood Police Activities League (PAL) Tamale Festival on November 17 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Enjoy great food, music and live auction and raffle items.  Proceeds benefit charitable giving we provide to youth in our community specifically our “Shop with a Cop” program. — For tickets, click here

Nov 18 & 19 – Antioch Cat Show

This is a 𝗙𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗬-𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗟𝗬 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗧 that is fun for all ages! 𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛 cats and kittens compete for Best in Show IN EACH of the 4 separate JUDGING RINGS each day! 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 cat coloring books for the first 100 children !C𝗔𝗧 𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗠𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧 around lunchtime, each day! See fancy cats dress up! The contest is for cats that are entered in the show.

  • 𝗖𝗔𝗧 𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗖𝗨𝗘: A great cat rescue meeting people with adoptable cats!
  • S𝗛𝗢𝗣𝗣𝗜𝗡𝗚 – We will have one large vendor with a large range of great cat products..

Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
1201 W 10th Street, Antioch, CA 94509

Saturday, November 18th, 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday, November 19th, 9 AM to 4 PM

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Credit/Debit/Cash – Adults $12 • Seniors (65+) & Children 5-12 $8 • Family of 4 (at least 2 kids) $35 FREE PARKING

Come see over 120 purebred and household pet cats compete for top cat in 4 different judging rings throughout each day. Meet Maine Coon Cats, Ragamuffins, Persians, Siamese, Devon Rex, Ragdolls, Bengals, and up to 30 other breeds!

You can sit and watch cats on the judging table, or walk around and visit with the cats between judging. No matter what time you arrive you’re bound to see your favorite breed being judged.

Nov 18-19:  Shop the Hops For the Holidays

November 18th and November 19th! 12-5pm both days! Save the date!  You wouldn’t want to miss this event. Free Entry & Family Friendly. Come Shop the Hops for the Holidays with us, at Homegrown Hops Brewing in Livermore (3000 Mines Rd) location.  Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause and donate a toy or two to Toys for Tots! This is a family and pet friendly event full of small business vendors to shop from, food, fun, games and brew. Stay warm by a fire pit or a heat lamp. Inside and outside tasting rooms now available at the venue.

Nov 18 – Brentwood Makers Market

Join us every third Saturday morning in Downtown Brentwood to shop our community market featuring a premier group of artisan makers, artists, and small businesses. Gather with family and friends as you experience complimentary kids’ activities, live music, themed photo ops, and family fun for everyone. When you’re done passing through The Makers Boulevard, be sure to shop and dine with the local restaurants, boutiques, and farms downtown. The Makers Boulevard is a proud partner of the Downtown Brentwood Coalition and the Pacific Coast Farmers Market, since 2021. To learn more about our events or how you can become involved, please visit our website today — www.themakersboulevard.com.

Nov 18 – Merry Makers at The Veranda

Tis’ the season to shop and support small. For one month only, take an opportunity to shop local handmade businesses and meet the makers behind the brands. From handmade jewelry, artwork, sewn creations, styled looks, custom pieces and more, it’s the perfect place to shop for that special person or pet on your holiday gift list! Select dates enjoy photos with special guest holiday characters and enjoy live local musicians later in the day for our “Merry Magical” hours.

Fun begins Sat. Nov. 18th and will last until Sun. Nov. 19th from 11AM to 7PM (Sat/Sun Only) Located outside across from the ice skating rink and in the lobby leading up to the Escape Room.

Nov 18 – Epidemic Ales Host Comedy Night

Time to get your crew together and join us for another Epidemic Ales Comedy Night hosted by Dave Coker! Saturday, November 18th @ 8 pm.  We’ll have two of our favorite seasonal beers back on tap:  DD-214 Unfiltered IPA & Guilty Pleasures Maple Pecan Pie Brown Ale! Whether you like your beer strong or sweet, we’ve got you covered. And whether you like your comedy witty or sarcastic, Dave’s got you covered with the following lineup!

Featured Comics:

  • Tito Gonzalez
  • Lillian Sam
  • Angel Castro
  • Drew Shafer

La Kura Food Truck is joining us this Saturday! If you haven’t had their Fried Chicken Sandwich or their Pastor, don’t miss out one more day! Epidemic Ales is located at 160 Mason Cir, Concord CA.

Nov18 – Craft Fest at Lesher Center for the Arts

Bedford Gallery’s Craft Fest brings local, independent makers and designers together for a unique- pop-up experience in the gallery from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm ! Join this FREE event to get your holiday shopping done early with one-of-a-kind, locally-made artisan goods. Located at 1601 Civic Center Dr Walnut Creek.

Nov 18 – Downtown Tracy Holiday Ornament Stroll

The Tracy City Center Association will host the annual Downtown Tracy Holiday Ornament Stroll on Saturday, November 18th from 2:00PM-7:00PM. Event attendees will receive an ornament from participating downtown businesses.

Come enjoy the festive Downtown Tracy atmosphere with holiday decorations and shopping! We encourage you to support small businesses in Downtown Tracy this holiday season. Tickets are NOT required to walk Downtown, shop, visit restaurants, etc. Tickets are only mandatory for collecting ornaments. This event has historically sold out quickly, so please purchase your tickets soon! Attendees must bring their Eventbrite tickets to the Downtown Tracy Plaza for check-in. Upon check-in you will receive a commemorative reusable tote bag and map/punch card.  Event is rain or shine. No refunds will be given. more info + tickets

Nov 18 – Dec 17: Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Holiday Party (San Francisco)

This holiday season, book a trip to Victorian London- in San Francisco. For only 5 weekends, November 18 through December 17, 2023, travel to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, an immersive adventure with hundreds of colorful characters from both literature and history. Meet Father Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig, or the Ghost of Christmas Present throughout four acres of Victorian theaters, pubs, and dance halls. Enticing aromas of cinnamon roasted almonds and hearty foods fill the air. Dozens of lamplit shops are filled to overflowing with handmade gifts. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a time traveler’s delight and one-of-a-kind way to celebrate the holidays. — tickets & info

Nov 18 – Foreverland at California Theatre (Pittsburg)

You won’t want to miss this electrifying performance! A tribute to Michael Jackson on the California Theatre stage for a limited time. Suitable for the entire family and something you won’t want to miss.  Tickets & Info – click here

Nov 19 —  8th Annual Winter Wine Walk & Tasting

The Annual Winter Wine Walk and Tasting Tour returns to Historic Downtown Brentwood. We are pleased to once again be partnering with the Contra Costa Wine Growers Association to bring award winning local wines to to this event. New for this year, enjoy local Art from the Art Guild of the Delta at select stops! Savor the tastes of Downtown, paired with delicious local wines while you explore and do some holiday shopping! Your ticket includes pairings at over 15 stops on your journey through Historic Downtown.  Grab your ticket today! Designated Driver tickets are available for $10.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, this event sells out quickly.  — tickets, click here

Nov 18 – Jessies Grove Winery Winesgiving Holiday Fair

Jessie’s Grove Winesgiving 2023 is coming up on November 18th from 12-7 p.m.! Experience 35+ vendors, tractor rides, great wine, face painting, and food trucks! Rock On Tap will be providing live music from 3-6 p.m. Feel free to bring your own chairs (or) visit our website to make a table reservation at jessiesgrovewinery.com. Wine by the bottle and glass will be available for purchase at 1973 W Turner Road in Lodi.

Nov 19 – McCauley Wine & Dine

McCauley will be serving its wines by the bottle, glass, and flight on from 12pm-3pm. We will have Hella Street Tacos on-site selling food and live music with Tim Cecchini. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available. Located at 2525 Sunset, Brentwood CA

Nov 19 Exotic Bird Mart & Expo Inc (Alameda County Fairgrounds)

The Exotic Bird Mart & Expo is landing at the Fairgrounds on November 11, 2023. See finches, conures, lovebirds, cockatiels, amazons, cockatoos, macaws & more. Shop hundreds of accessories and meet thousands of potentials sellers and buyers – 2005 Valley Avenue, Gate 8 or 12 Alameda County Fairgrounds & Event Center Pleasanton, CA. More info

5k run turkey trot

Nov 23 – Brentwood Turkey Trot

This is the 10th annual Brentwood Turkey Trot for Schools.  This 5K event benefits both the Brentwood Union School District and Liberty Union High School District athletic programs. The race is both in person and virtual—with the in person race being at the Streets of Brentwood (2455 Sand Creek Rd. Brentwood, CA) —  SIGN UP: www.brentwoodturkeytrot.org

Nov 23 – San Ramon: Bishop Ranch

Join us on Thanksgiving Day for the 2023 running of the Bishop Ranch Turkey Trot – our inaugural run! We will gather at Bishop Ranch City Center in San Ramon on the one day that it’s totally quiet there. The course is a flat, race on roads and walkways. Come and run or cheer. Or both!

Costumes are welcome, so break out your turkey suit and let’s go! Here are the ways to take part:

  • The Festive 5k starts at 8am. This is for runners of all ages. Young children can take part for free. Strollers and dogs are welcome. Finish with a smile on your face! This is a chip-timed race.
  • The TINY Turkey starts at 8:30 am and is a short run around City Center for children under 5. This is a 50-yard dash that’s very fun. Get your camera/cell phone ready!

This is a Scena Performance event.  Proceeds support Contra Costa Food Bank. To Sign up — click here

Nov 23 – Walnut Creek Turkey Trot

Join us Thanksgiving morning – Thursday Nov. 23rd from 8-10:30am – for the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot and celebrate our favorite Thanksgiving tradition!! Before you settle in for dinner on Turkey Day, enjoy a little exercise with your community!  Proceeds benefit the following charities:  Walnut Creek Education Fund, ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), Rise Paralysis Recovery, White Pony Express – Food Bank, Forma Kids Foundation. For more information, visit: https://raceroster.com/events/2023/76063/walnut-creek-turkey-trot

Nov 25 – Brentwood Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Join Downtown Brentwood for a Holiday parade and tree lighting with the event beginning at 5:00 pm with a lighted parade.  Afterwards, come To The Tree Lighting at City Park After The Parade. For more information, visit the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce — click here

Nov 25 – Martinez Holiday Sparkle Sip & Shop & Tree Lighting

Participants will stroll downtown Martinez from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm tasting wine while shopping at our unique one of a kind downtown shops and businesses. Small businesses will offer specials, discounts, giveaways and more. Tickets are $45 Nov 1-24 and $50 the day of the event–only online. For tickets, click here

Join the City of Martinez for its Christmas Tree Lighting at the Main Street Plaza and presented by the Martinez Refining Company. The activities begin at 4:00 pm and run through 5:30 pm.

  • Snow Globe Photo Booth
  • Character appearances & photos with the Grinch and Cindy Lu Who
  • ACA-World Holiday Music 5-5:35PM

Nov 25 – Holiday Sip & Shop at Campos Family Vineyards

For the 8th year in a row… join Campos Family Vineyards for its Holiday Sip and Shop on Nov 25 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The Saturday after Thanksgiving, leave the leftovers at home, grab your family or your favorite shopping buddy and spend the day at Campos!  They will have a DJ! Food Trucks!, tons of local vendors! Also, the Sisters on the Fly will be returning this year with their vintage travel trailers!!!  This is an event you do not want to miss! – more information

Nov 25 – Cookies & Cocoa Sessions With Santa (Oasis Family Ranch Knightsen)

Enjoy a special cookies and cocoa Santa holiday experience. From crafting to decorating a Christmas tree, crafting ornaments, photos with multiple decorated backdrops, feeding farm animals and singing along to holiday hits, it’s a special holiday event not to be missed! Pre-registration required, no tickets sold at the door. Each guest receives one sugar cookie by Stacy’s Cakes and a special gift from Santa’s Workshop! Come with your friends or book a family session with us. This 3-hour holiday photography experience starts at 2PM! Limited reservations available!!! We have an indoor space on standby in case it rains. We can accept holiday craft makers interested in setting up products to sell within Santa’s Gift Shop. Contact us for shelf space reservations and pricing packages. RSVP — click HERE

Nov 25 – James Garners Cash Tribute at El Campanil (Antioch)

For the past 16 years, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s biggest hits with stunning accuracy in this not-to-be-missed musical event. This world-class tribute to the ‘Man in Black’ has been featured live in concert on PBS stations, and has even performed at Folsom and San Quentin Prisons where Johnny Cash recorded his biggest albums. The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Cash’s life and music, all set to his signature boom-chicka-boom sound. Enjoy all the hits from – “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and more! –- Info & tickets 

Nov 26 – Lite Up The Streets

Join the Streets of Brentwood on Sunday, November 26! Celebrate the start of the holiday season from 4-7 p.m. with:

  • Santa’s Arrival (set to arrive around 6 p.m.) 
  • A Night Of Community Entertainment 
  • Special Guests 
  • Tree Lighting 
  • PLUS Hundreds of *FREE Glow Items

Save your The Streets of Brentwood Receipts!*Select glow items available with $10 receipt from any The Streets of Brentwood retailers dated November 26. While supplies last. One item per receipt. Redeem receipts during event.

Nov 25 – Christmas On The Farm (Vacaville)

Join us Saturday November 25 9am-3pm and Sunday November 27, 9am-1pm.
The Holiday Season is fast approaching and what better way to find that unique and one of a kind gift than at the 8th annual Christmas On The Farm, Solano Counties Premier vintage, antiques and holiday show. Come spend the day shopping with our collection of select sellers who bring out only the best finds. First rate holiday shopping and kick off the season with some Christmas cheer. Free Admission, Free off street parking, public restrooms. Complimentary hot apple cider and coffee (7478 N Meridian Rd, Vacvaille) — More Info

Nov 30 – Oakley Christmas Tree Lighting

The City of Oakley is hosting its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30th, starting at 5pm. Join us at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main Street as we kick off the holiday season with this family-friendly event. Admission and parking are FREE and the event will take place rain or shine.

Civic Center Plaza will be adorned with lights and Christmas decorations. There will be free cookies and cocoa, arts & crafts for the children, live entertainment and more. Santa Claus will also be making a special visit!

Entertainment for the night will include performances by local organizations. We will gather around the live Christmas tree near the Veteran’s Memorial to watch the lights turn on at approximately 6:45pm.

For more information, call Alicia at (925) 625-7041 or email: [email protected]

Dec 30 – Walnut Creek Holiday Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting

Join Walnut Creek at Broadway Plaza on  November 30 from 5:30 – 8:30PM. Experience the excitement of an evening parade that ushers in the Holiday Season with a festive gathering of fun and entertainment.  The “Parade of Lights” is the highlight of Broadway Plaza’s holiday season kick-off and includes music, entertainment, and a special Tree Lighting Ceremony initiated by Santa Claus himself

Nov 30 – Lodi Parade of Lights

The Lodi Parade of Lights is back again! Have a fun family night out watching the bright lights of the Christmas parade float by and enjoying some yummy treats making this the official Christmas kickoff event of Lodi! This is an all volunteer event run by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi- and a Lodi tradition!  — more info

December Events

Dec 1:  Concord’s Annual Tree Lighting & Mayor’s Sing-Along

Concord’s Annual Tree Lighting and Mayor’s Sing-Along is back! The City will host this free family-favorite event on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Todos Santos Plaza

Families can take pictures with Santa, and kids will have a chance to feed Santa’s reindeer! Children are also welcome to write and mail letters to Santa, which will all receive a response from the jolly good fellow. For those who want to create a festive decoration, the Concord Art Association will be hosting a free, make-your-own holiday craft booth

People looking to pick up the perfect holiday gift can do some shopping at “Santa’s Village,” which will include handmade artisan goods, thanks to The Makers Boulevard

The event will also feature live performances by the Concord High Jazz Band and Orchestra, The HoneyTones Barbershop Group, Queen of All Saints children’s choir and cheerleaders, Westwood Elementary children’s choir, D’Ann’s Dance Academy, and a concert by Music & Market favorite, The 925 Band! Following the performances, Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister will lead the crowd in a sing-along and light the tree at 7:30 p.m

In addition, the Todos Santos Business Association will be sponsoring carriage rides for $5 a person, and hosting a Sip ‘n’ Stroll for $20! Local restaurants will provide tasty bites and drinks for people to enjoy as they explore the Plaza and soak up the holiday spirit. A list of participating businesses and a link to purchase Sip ‘n’ Stroll tickets is now available.

Dec 1: Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting (San Ramon)

A highlight of the holiday season is always the dramatic lighting of the City Center tree. This year’s holiday launch event comes at 6pm on December 1, with holiday music from the Monte Vista High School Band, SideNote a cappella singers, the story of The Nutcracker by Diablo Ballet, and Santa’s arrival in his red convertible T-Bird. After the performances, enjoy visits with Santa and roaming entertainers like jugglers and stilt walkers

Dec 1: Oakley Friday Night Bites

Food Trucks are back in Oakley!! The Foodie Crew is back with the Friday Night Bites gourmet food truck market every First Friday of the month starting January 6th 2023. This FREE to attend event will take place in the Main Street downtown area at Civic Center Park – 3231 Main Street – Oakley, CA There will be LIVE Music planned, courtesy of the City of Oakley, at the May, June, August, September and October events only. This is a Family-Friendly community event with a variety of yummy food and dessert trucks to choose from. Bring your friends, family, neighbors and/or your friendly dog on a leash and come on down to enjoy the food, and the festivities. • BRING A BLANKET OR LAWN CHAIR

Dec 1 – Nathan Ownes Tribute to the 3 Queens

What a spectacular show this will be! Stacy Carter as Diana Ross, Lea Sweets as Tina Turner, and Samantha Alexis as Aretha Franklin! Don’t miss this unforgettable night. The event is being held at the California Theatre in downtown Pittsburg at 9:00 pm. Tickets, click here

Dec 1: Campos Community Christmas Tree Lighting

UPDATE: This event is now SOLD OUT!

Join us for the Campos Community Christmas Tree Lighting event! Get into the festive spirit as we come together to celebrate the holiday season. The event will take place on Friday, December 01, 2023 at 6:00p at 3501 Byer Road, Byron, CA. Come and witness the magic as we illuminate the stunning Christmas tree. Bring your family and friends along for an evening of joy, laughter, and holiday cheer. There will be live music by Steve Hanson and Friends, delicious food trucks, and fun activities for all ages.

Dec 2: Holiday Market at Brentwood City Park

Market in the Park returns 12/2/23 at the Brentwood City Park As always, free admission and open to the public! Join us for our first ever holiday market downtown Brentwood! Shop from 30+ local artisans

  • Free story corner and crafts with Brentwood Liberian
  • Sing with Princess Elsa
  • Face Painting
  • Enjoy holiday music with DJ Jack Grinch
  • Hang out with Liyah Lou Who

Mark those calendars! December 2nd from 9-1pm, we’ll be bringing holiday cheer, gift magic, and more!

Dec 2: Holiday Delites Sip & Shop Artisan Fair

Join the Celebrate Antioch Foundation on Dec 2nd from 1pm – 5pm for its Annual Sip & Shop Artisan Faire! This event will be held at the Riverfront in Downtown Antioch on G Street Antioch, CA. This Family Friendly Event Includes Music, Wine & Beer, Food and Over 30 Artisan Vendors! Great Way to Knock Out That Christmas Shopping List While Supporting Local and Handmade Artisans!

The City of Antioch Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony to Follow 4pm -7pm So You Can Stick Around and Enjoy All the Holiday Festivities! Great Family Fun with Free Entry & Free Parking.

Dec 2 – Knightsen Hometown Holiday

The Knightsen Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting being held on December 2 in downtown Knightsen. The festivities will also include a holiday gift market, food trucks, and a visit from Santa Clause. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at 2:30pm, with the parade beginning at 4pm, in downtown Knightsen, on Knightsen Avenue. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together with local organizations, and surrounding communities, to highlight the importance of Knightsen’s 125 years of agricultural heritage.  For more information, click here


Dec 2 – Santa Coming to Buchanan Field Airport in Concord

Concord, CA – Contra Costa County Public Works’ Buchanan Field Airport will have a special visitor on Saturday, December 2, 2023.

From his arrival at 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Santa will give children an opportunity to get their picture taken with him at the atrium inside the Concord Plaza Hotel, located at 45 John Glenn Drive. There will be no charge for the photos, but Santa and his helpers will be accepting monetary donations for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to help those in need in our community.

For more information, please visit the Buchanan Field Airport website at: www.contracosta.ca.gov/9944/Santas-Jolly-Landing-at-Buchanan-Field

Dec 2 – Pleasant Hill Light Up the Night

Downtown Pleasant Hill will shine bright on December 2, 2023, as the City celebrates the annual Light Up the Night event.

This fun family event commemorates the start of the holiday season with several fun activities, including music, dancing, crafts, train rides, Christmas tree lighting, visits with Santa, hot chocolate, and more.  Light Up the Night will occur from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 2 on Crescent Drive in downtown Pleasant Hill.

Dec 3: Lafayette Holiday Celebration

A popular Lafayette holiday tradition, 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚 𝐖𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 is designed as a time to share holiday cheer as we celebrate this wonderful community we live in. Presented by the Lafayette Chamber, and sponsored by the Dana Green Team and Branagh Development, we invite everyone to enjoy the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights along Mt. Diablo Blvd. this holiday season and to join us for the 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚 𝐖𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 3, 2023 4:30𝐩𝐦-6:30𝐩𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞’𝐬 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐳𝐚 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤. Santa arrives at approximately 5:00pm. Tree lighting at 6:00pm. Live performances, photos ops and food for purchase.

Free to attend, learn more at https://lafayettechamber.org/holiday.

Dec 3: McCauley Estate Vineyards Wine & Dine

Wine & Dine at our beautiful estate on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon! We will be serving our wines by the bottle and glass, & flight on Sunday, December 3rd from 12pm-3pm. We will have Hella Street Tacos on-site for purchase and live music with Steve Hanson. For our Vino Olivo Club Members, our 4th quarter wine club pick up will be held during this time. Don’t worry, if you miss the pick up our olive store, McCauley Olive, is open 7 days a week and is prepared for your pick up. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available.  Located at 2525 Sunset Rd, Brentwood CA

Dec 9: Pittsburg Holiday Parade

The 2023 Pittsburg Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 11:00 am in Old Town Pittsburg. The annual Holiday Parade will once again feature Peppermint Playland, various dignitaries and elected officials from the City of Pittsburg and our local community. For more information, click here

Dec 9: 47th Annual Holiday Run for Health

We are very excited to bring back the Kiwanis Holiday run at Contra Loma Regional Park (1200 Fredrickson Lane, Antioch). This year will be the 47th running of this event. We have partnered with Rotary Club of the Delta to make sure we bring a high-quality event. We have worked to provide a better course, and lots of medals. We also hope our school’s challenge will be bigger than ever. There will be a medal to the top five runners in every age category, as well as cash prizes and trophies to our top three High school, middle school, and elementary schools.

Many people have put a lot of work together to make this event happen, none more important than former race director Paul Schorr. This summer, Paul passed away but not before teaching all of us about every task needed for a great event.

We hope you join us for the 47th Annual – Kiwanis/ Rotary – Paul Schorr Memorial Holiday Run and walk for health. Do it for the Health of It! Sign Up: click here

Dec 9: Walnut Creek on Ice

Walnut Creek on Ice is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Bay Area! Open Dec. 9 – Jan. 16th.

Dec 9: Merry Makers Winter Faire (Concord)

Join us for the Merry Makers Winter Faire at Todos Santos Plaza in Downtown Concord, CA! Shop unique holiday handcrafted and custom made gifts, holiday gift sets, meet and greet with characters and jam to the holiday beats brought to you by “The Grinch Who DJ’d Xmas”

Interested vendors may inquire to pop-up with us at www.thebombshellgroupinc.com

Dec 9 – Santa Beer Crawl

Dust off your Santa suits and ugly Christmas sweaters because it’s time to head to Martinez for some holiday cheer! Downtown Martinez & Co. hosts the annual Santa Beer Crawl on the streets of Martinez. Come join the jolliest bunch of Santas this side of the bay as they walk around the downtown corridor of Martinez, sampling craft breweries stationed participating small businesses along Main Street from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Dec 9 – Sweet Pea’s 10th Winter Wonderland (Vacaville)

Sweet Pea’s 10th Anniversary Winter Wonderland Market is being held Saturday, December 9th 10-2 at 891 Alamo Drive in Vacaville. This event will feature Christmas shipping, Santa and elves.  It will also feature live music and 70+ vendors, activities and more.  Sip on hot chocolate as you stroll through Winter Wonderland filled with holiday merchants Santa’s Helpers have been hard at work to create an old time shopping market, with carolers, elves, candy canes and Santa himself.  Winter Wonderland opens Rain or Shine. Sweet Peas Winter Wonderland is Pet-Friendly. Free Entry & Parking. As a small family business we are committed to strengthen and grow our community

Bass Fishing

the team of Jim Larosa and Bob Young

Dec 10 — Hook, Line & Sinker Bass Fishing Tournament

Hook, Line & Sinker has announced their 2023-204 Tournament schedule which includes 6 dates plus a Tournament of Champions. All events will be held at Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island and begin at first light. Hook, Line & Sinker is located at 3100 Main Street, Ste 260 in Oakley CA. (925) 625-2441.

For more information or updated information, visit them on Facebook.

Dec 10 – Chanukah Community Festival & Grand Menorah Lighting

Join Chabad of the Delta on Dec 10 at 4:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Center for the biggest Menorah & Chanukah Festival in East Contra Costa! All are welcome and this is a free event.

  • Epic Magic Entertainment with Nathaniel
  • Giant Menorah Lighting with Dignitaries
  • Live Chanukah Music
  • Chanukah Donuts
  • Latkes
  • Chocolate Gelt
  • Chanukah Craft
  • Festival Indoors, Lighting Outdoors
  • Win Chanukah Gifts
  • Security Presence
  • Free Fidget Dreidel for the first 50 Children

Chanukah this year starts at nightfall on Dec 7, 2023. All donations are appreciated! More info, click here

Dec 14 – Brentwood Santa Crawl

They say you should dress for the job you WANT. Whelp, as far as we are concerned Santa may have the dream job. Join us for a festive evening in Downtown Brentwood at Santa Crawl, presented by Erickson Realty Group and Dress in your Holiday Best!

The Downtown Brentwood Coalition is a nonprofit made up for small businesses, nonprofit partners and service organizations. We love bringing the community together in downtown and we’d love your support for this fun night out!

VIP Passes are on sale now on Eventbrite! Details can be found on our website. Find the link in our Instagram bio, on the Facebook event page or here: https://www.brentwooddowntown.com/santacrawl

Stay tuned for a list of items we are collecting at this event on behalf of a couple amazing local efforts from two nonprofits: the Brentwood Regional Community Chest and Hijas del Campo! Pass Proceeds will support vibrancy, vitality and preservation efforts and programs in Historic Downtown Brentwood.

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