Around the Bay in December 2017

Take a peek! Your new best buddy might be staring out at you from the Macy's windows.

Published: December, 2017


Doggie in the Window

Take a peek! Your new best buddy might be staring out at you from the Macy’s windows. Bring your friends and family to visit the San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy’s Union Square through January 1. The colorful, artfully designed windows are filled with adorable, adoptable animals and make a great backdrop for your holiday photos. Making spirits bright for more than 30 years, this is one of the city’s most beloved and magical holiday traditions. Voted one of the top 10 places “to press your nose during the holidays” by USA Today, each year more than 300 animals find homes from the adoption center at Macy’s, and the SPCA raises about $100,000 in donations.


JLS Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holiday season at Jack London Square on Friday, December 1 with a festive tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront from 5 to 7 p.m. Both locals and visitors are invited to cozy up and be a part of this annual tradition that will also host festivities for the entire family, including a 55-foot Mount Shasta fir tree brightly lit with 5,000 sparkling lights, holiday musical entertainment from local Oakland musicians and more. Visitors can bike, ferry, BART or drive to Jack London Square.


Mad Hatter Returns to Vallejo

The City of Vallejo turns into a mad, mad world with the popular Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, parade and tree lighting on Saturday, December 2. The holiday festival attracts thousands to the historic downtown district with its whimsical and fire-shooting wonderland that turns the city into a fantasy world for children and adults alike. Soma, a sculpture created for Burning Man, will be on display with the fire-shooting Santa Gnome sculpture—both designed by the Flaming Lotus Girls. Another added attraction is the Steampunk Airship, a Victorian pirate ship with a helium multicolored balloon by the Airpusher Collective that was born and nurtured through the heart of Burning Man. Many award-winning lighted and fire-spewing mobile artist contraptions ride in the Mad Hatter Parade. The parade also features: a number of marching bands; dancing CAL Maritime Cadets with their beautifully dressed partners; and a number of Alice in Wonderland characters, including the celebrated Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Lion King and other surprises that come out of the rabbit hole from Wonderland. Wonderland Festival activities begin at 2 p.m. in Unity Plaza in downtown Vallejo with the Mad Hatter Parade starting at 4:30 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m. with a lighted boat parade at 6:30 p.m. The Empress Theater Mad Hatter After Party begins at 8 p.m. For more information, visit


Drag Queens on Ice

On Thursday, December 7 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., the fierce, fabulous and talented drag queens of the Bay Area are returning to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square for what has become one of the Bay Area’s most popular events of the holiday season, Drag Queens on Ice. Drag queens will don their most “gay apparel” for special holiday performances with Donna Sachet returning to serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The enchanting and exciting drag performers are sure to shine in a night full of lipstick and lip-syncing that is guaranteed to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance. Special guests for this year’s event include the return of the ever-popular Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. To celebrate this annual event and the 10th anniversary of the Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square, Humphry Slocombe will serve its commemorative limited-edition flavor “Chocolate Peppermint Death Drop,” an homage to the daring move known by both ice skaters and drag queens alike. The event is open to all ages and free to watch. Tickets to skate alongside the queens and have the best seat in the house for the performances are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at, or in person at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park, located at 333 Post Street in San Francisco.


Richmond Holiday Faire

Arts of Point Richmond is pleased to announce the 2017 Holiday Faire on Saturday, December 9, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center on 139 Washington Avenue in Point Richmond. Come and browse the artwork, crafts and books available for sale by members and enjoy some tasty homemade cookies. The faire is the place to find that perfect gift from a selection of jewelry, cards, paintings or drawings, photography, textiles, books by local writers and more. For more information, visit


Sausalito Open Art

The 49th Annual ICB Open Studios will be held in the historic ICB Building in Sausalito from December 1 to 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Around 100 artists open their studio doors to their collectors and the curious public. See artists work, talk about the process of creating and welcome you into the spaces where art is made. The ICB, located in the picturesque Marinship District at 480 Gate Five Road in Sausalito, has free parking and handicapped access on the Bay side. The event is free to the public. For more information, visit



Nutcracker for Kids

Choreographer Mark Foehringer and an ensemble cast give a contemporary twist on the classic holiday ballet with Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets on Dec 9-10 and 22-23 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Dec 16-17 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street in San Francisco. This is a unique 50-minute version of the Nutcracker specifically designed for families with young children. Tickets range between $20.50 and $42.50. For more information, visit



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