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November 25, 2009 > Holiday Calendar - Enjoy the Season!

Holiday Calendar - Enjoy the Season!

Tree Lightings


Niles Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting
Annual tree lighting event is sponsored by the Niles Merchants Association. Special guests: Kristi Yamaguchi and family, storybook characters, parade, refreshments and Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information: (510) 792-8023,,

Friday, November 27
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Niles Blvd., Niles District
(510) 792-8023

Centerville Tree Lighting
Centerville's tree lighting is sponsored by the Centerville Business and Community Association. Raffle prizes, free cookies and hot chocolate, while supplies last. Live musical performance by 'What the Dickens.' Arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus by train at 4:44 p.m. For more information: (510) 790-9398,

Sunday, November 29
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Centerville Train Depot
37260 Fremont Blvd., Centerville District
(510) 790-9398

Warm Springs Tree Lighting
This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Warm Springs Tree Lighting, hosted by the Warm Springs Business & Community Association. There will be 3 bands from local schools and other seasonal entertainment. For more information contact Sandeep Saini at (408) 821-8107 or

Saturday, December 5
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Warm Springs Plaza at Mission Blvd., Warm Springs District
(408) 821-8107

Mission San Jose Tree Lighting
The annual Mission San Jose Tree Lighting is sponsored by the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce and features Santa, caroling, hot chocolate, & kids' activities. For more information: (510)-873-7701,

Saturday, December 5
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Old School at Mission Blvd. & Cedar Street, Mission District

Irvington Tree Lighting
Christmas on Bay Street & Tree Lighting
The Irvington Business Association event will feature caroling, refreshments and the tree lighting. Fun for the entire family. For more information: (510) 366-8130 or

Saturday, December 12
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Bay Street & Fremont Blvd., Irvington District
(510) 656-5375


City of Newark's Holiday Tree Lighting and Trees of Angels. The community is invited to join Mayor David Smith, City Council members and representatives from the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation for this special night, to kick off the holiday season. Caroling, refreshments and a special performance from the Memorial Advanced Choir. 'Trees of Angels' is Washington Hospital's annual campaign t raise funds for and increase awareness of local hospices. Angel ornaments and other items will be available for purchase. For more information call (510) 578-4437.

Monday, December 7
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Carl Pierce Memorial Tree, Newark Civic Center
37101 Newark Blvd., Newark
(510) 578-4437


Hayward Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring 'Light Up the Season,' the annual holiday in downtown Hayward. The celebration includes ice skating and a tree lighting in the City Hall Rotunda. Information: (510) 537-2424 or

Thursday, December 3
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
777 B Street, Hayward
(510) 537-2424


Holiday 'Let It Snow' Open House & Tree Lighting
This year marks the 22nd Annual Community Tree Lighting. Mingle with family and friends while enjoying festive holiday music, treats and the lighting of the Holiday Tree. For more information, call (408) 586-3210.

Monday, November 30
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Milpitas Community Center
457 E. Calaveras Ave., Milpitas
(408) 586-3210

Trees of Angels Hospice

The Trees of Angels Hospice will again host tree lighting events throughout the area in support of local hospice care. For more information contact Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation at (510) 791-3428, or email:

Tree Lighting, McDonald's Restaurant
Monday, November 30
6 p.m.
42800 Mission Boulevard at I-680, Fremont
(510) 791-3428

Tree Lighting and Union City Chamber of Commerce Mixer
Wednesday, December 2
5:30 p.m.
Nakamura Clinic
33077 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
(510) 791-3428

Children's Holiday Breakfast with Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald
Saturday, December 5
8:30 a.m.
Washington West Building
2500 Mowry Avenue, Fremont
Reservations are required.
$10 per person
Download a registration form by visiting
(510) 791-3428

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Newark
Monday, December 7
6:30 p.m.
Newark City Hall
37101 Newark Blvd., Newark
(510) 791-3428

Holiday Festivities Around Our Area

21st Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Newark Pavilion

Open to all those who would spend the day alone, or who do not have the resources, either money or shelter. Come and enjoy: a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, entertainment, children's crafts and fellowship. Transportation can be provided. For information call Tri-Cities League of Volunteers at (510) 793-5683 or check the website Donations of food, supplies, money, and volunteer time are most welcome.

21st Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Newark Pavilion
Thursday, November 26
12 Noon - 4 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Avenue, Newark
(510) 793-5683

8th Annual Karen Gordin Turkey Swim

Every Thanksgiving Day, the Hayward Plunge staff sets aside this day to raise money for the Karin Gordin Scholarship Fund. Karen was a lifeguard who was killed tragically in a car accident eight years ago. A scholarship is given in her honor to two individuals who are currently lifeguards and are in school working toward their goals.

8th Annual Karen Gordin Turkey Swim
Thursday, November 26
8 a.m. - 11a.m.
Hayward Plunge 24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward
(510) 888-0123
A minimum $4 donation is requested.

Wonderful Musical World of Christmas

Enjoy the season with festive holiday music at the historic McConaghy House, decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

Saturdays and Sundays
November 21 through December 27
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
McConaghy House
18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 581-0223

Admission: $5 adults, $3 for students/seniors/children. Free for Hayward Area Historical Society members.

Train of Lights

This beautifully decorated holiday train ride is a 'must do' for the holiday season!
Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 26

Niles Depot
37001 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Departure times: 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Sunol Depot
6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol
Departure times: 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Information: (925) 862-9063
To purchase tickets online:

General admission: $25 per person.
Seating is based on 'first aboard.'

Fremont Fire Department Holiday Food and Toy Drive

The Fremont Fire Department is beginning its Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Each holiday season, the Fremont Fire Department accepts donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys at all 10 Fire Stations, and the Fire Administrative Office. Tri-City Volunteers, Inc. distributes the received donations to needy families in the Tri-City area. This process is assisted by the efforts of Fremont Fire Department volunteers.

Holiday Food and Toy Drive
Friday, November 27 through Wednesday, December 23
Fremont Fire Department
3300 Capitol Ave., Bldg., A, Fremont
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(510) 494-4200

Kidango's 'Share While You Shop'

Visit the Kidango booth in the Sears Court of NewPark Mall on Saturday, November 28 where you can pick up a child's individual holiday wish to fulfill while you shop or donate a new gift item from the most requested gift list below. You'll help make a child's holiday season a little brighter with each item you donate.

Most requested gift items:
Sweaters (sizes 6 months - 5T), children's gloves, infant/toddler socks, books, legos, blocks, puzzles, art supplies, hand puppets, dress up clothes, soccer balls, dolls and toy cars.

Kidango's "Share While You Shop'
Saturday, November 28
12 noon - 6 p.m.
NewPark Mall, Sears Court
2086 Newpark Mall, Newark
Contact Kathleen Troyer at (510) 897-6943

Wreath Making at Shinn House

Learn how to make a live green wreath. Make one or more for the Shinn House and make one for your own home. Wire wreath frames and wire can be purchased for $5, or you can bring your own supplies.

Wreath Making at Historic Shinn House
Saturday, November 28
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
For more information call Joan at (510) 795-0891.

Milpitas Firefighter Holiday Toy and Food Drive

Share the joy of this holiday season with another family by donating a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item. Toy donations are being sought for both children and teens.

Milpitas Firefighter Holiday Toy and Food Drive
Tuesday, December 1 - Saturday, December 19
All food donations may be dropped off at the Milpitas Food Pantry, 196 S. Main Street. Toy donations may be dropped off at toy barrels located in all City buildings, or call (408) 586-2800 for additional barrel locations.

Food and Toy Giveaways
Saturday, December 19
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Spring Valley Bible Church
220 S. Main Street, Milpitas
Proof of Milpitas or Alviso residency is required along with identification of each dependent listed and proof of assistance. Pre-registration is preferred.
Contact: Milpitas Food Pantry (408) 946-5564 or Milpitas Fire Department at (408) 586-2800.

Festival of Trees in Milpitas

Thursday, December 3
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Second annual Festival of Trees hosted by The Milpitas Parks & Recreation Foundation.
Milpitas City Hall Rotunda
455 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 258-2370

Evening by the Lake

Yuletide Dinner and musical performance by the 'Encores on Wheels' orchestra. The evening includes a four-course dinner of Prime Rib and more; wine included. A sing-along of holiday songs will provide an opportunity for you to join in the fun.

Evening by the Lake
Friday, December 4
6 p.m.
$25 members
$28 non-members
Fremont Senior Center, Central Park
40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 790-6600
(510) 790-6619

Victorian Christmas at Shinn House

Spend time at the beautiful, historic Shinn House and admire the seasonal decorations and enjoy some treats.

Victorian Christmas at Shinn House
Saturday, December 5
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 6
Noon - 4 p.m.
Friday, December 11
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Shinn Historic House
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
For more information call Joan at (510) 795-0891.

Ballet Petit - 'The Nutcracker Ballet'

Saturday, December 5
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6
7 p.m.

Chabot College Theatre of Performing Arts
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

Adults: $20, Children: $16, Seniors: $16
For tickets: Call (510) 324-4988

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra and Yoko's Dance & Performing Arts Academy present 'The Nutcracker Ballet'

Saturday, December 5
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6
2 p.m.
Smith Center, Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont

Tickets: Children $20, Adults $43 or $48 based on seat location.
Box office: (510) 794-1659

Pancake Breakfast and Tow Truck Parade

Bridges Band of Brothers in conjunction with the California Tow Truck Association is having a pancake breakfast and Tow Truck Parade on Saturday, December 5 from 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Breakfast is $5 per person and children five and under are free. There will be live music for entertainment.

At 9 a.m. the California Tow Truck Association will be rolling in with 50 trucks that will wrap around the Bridges Church. Each family is encouraged to bring the donation of one toy for a local homeless child or child in need that will be distributed through City Serve.

Pancake Breakfast and Tow Truck Parade
Saturday, December 5
7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. - Tow Truck Parade
Bridges Community Church
505 Driscoll Road, Fremont
Contact: (510) 651-2030

$5 per person/children 5 and under free
Toy donation requested for City Serve.

Pet Photo with Santa Paws

Get a free photo with Santa. Donate to Petco's Tree of Hope fundraiser (November 7 - December 24) and five percent will be donated to Furry Friends Rescue.
Saturday, December 5
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 12
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pet Photo with Santa Paws
3780 Mowry Avenue, Fremont
(510) 742-0573

Breakfast with Santa

Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast and a visit from Santa! You and your family can start off the holiday season by having fun and giving back to the community. In celebration of the special partnership with the Milpitas Firefighters and Dave & Buster's, receive a free photo with Santa when you bring an unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item. Please purchase your tickets early, as space is limited. For information call: City of Milpitas Parks & Recreation Services at (408) 586-3210.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Dave & Buster's at Great Mall
940 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas
$10 per child (0-13 years), $8 per adult (14+ years)
(408) 586-3210

Holiday Concert with the Gerry Winn Singers

Being enthusiastic to serve the community, the Gerry Winn Singers will brighten up the holiday season with their beautiful voices in a free concert. The singers are all students of Gerry Winn, a local voice coach and represent a cross-section of ages and abilities.

Holiday Concert with the Gerry Winn Singers
Saturday, December 5
1:30 p.m.
Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1401
This concert is free of charge and no registration is required.

Christmas at Ardenwood

Celebrate the holiday season in Victorian style! Visit the beautifully decorated Patterson House, sing Christmas carols, search for the Yule log, and visit Father Christmas. Listen to live musical performances and enter our home-made 'Christmas Cookie' baking contest (bring your cookies & recipe with you). The day also includes an abundance of Christmas crafts, music and country kitchen treats.

Christmas at Ardenwood
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
Fee: $8/adults, $6/seniors (62+ yrs.), $5/children (4-17 yrs.), children 3 yrs. & under are free.
(510) 544-2797

Holiday Anime Faire

Holiday gift making, ornaments, cards and more. Anime films, guest manga and anime artists and holiday shopping galore. Admission fee includes two activity tickets and a chance to win fabulous door prizes.

Holiday Anime Faire
Teen Center at Central Park, Fremont
Saturday, December 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$5 in advance/$8 at door
(510) 494-4344

Crippsmas Place

See wonderful holiday displays and decorated houses adorned with festive lights!

Donations support six organizations:
Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments), HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, Kidango 'Gifts from the Heart' program and Adopt an Angel (Alameda County Child Protective Services.) Free candy canes handed out on Wellington Place.

Crippsmas Place
Saturday, December 5 - Saturday, December 26
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Information: (510) 821-5579
Directions and details at

Christmas Tea, Sponsored by Niles Merchants Association

Enjoy a formal tea served at a private home decorated for the holidays. This is an annual fundraising event for The Festival of Light Parade.

Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location address will be given when ticket is purchased.
$20 per person

Tickets on sale at Morning Glory Antiques, 37313 Niles Blvd. and Lost in the Attic, 37663 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-8023 - Niles Merchants Association

Patterson House - A Christmas Evening Open House

Enjoy the elegant Victorian splendor of the Patterson House, all lit up for the holidays.

Patterson House
Friday, December 11
5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Patterson House at Ardenwood Farm, Fremont
Children 5 and under Free, Adults and Seniors $5 in advance/$6 day of event, Youths ages 6 - 17: $3 in advance/$3.50 day of event.
For information call (510) 791-4196

Hawaiian Holiday Christmas Concert

Aloha! To honor Hawaii's newly canonized saint, Saint Damien de Veuster of Molokai, you are all invited to a Hawaiian Holiday Christmas Concert sponsored by St. Anne's Aloha Ke Akua Choir and the Northern California Kaleponi Strings Ukulele Group.

This concert will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church, 32223 Cabello Street (at Dyer) in Union City on Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Spiritual as well as contemporary Hawaiian Christmas music, dances, and prayer will be performed. There will be a surprise for the keikis. Boys and girls, come and bring your parents, aunties and uncles, grandmas and grandpas for a special tropical treat. Admission is free. Try something new, come, join us and enjoy a warm Hawaiian Island Christmas Holiday.

Hawaiian Holiday Christmas Concert
Friday, December 11
7 p.m.
St. Anne's Catholic Church
32223 Cabello Street, Union City
Free admission
(510) 471-7766

Niles Home Tour

Enjoy stylishly decorated homes in historic Niles and a plentiful reception with holiday entertainment. This is a driving/walking tour of Niles homes, decorated for the holidays. $15 advance ticket, $20 day of event.

Niles Home Tour
Saturday, December 12
12 noon - 5 p.m.
Tour starts at Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
$15 advance ticket/$20 day of event
(510) 742-9868
Niles Main Street Association: Email:

Alma Via Holiday Open House

Dessert buffet, refreshments, holiday music and optional tours of the community. Alma Via is an assisted living and dementia care community, open since October 2005.

Alma Via Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 12
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
33883 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City
(510) 489-3800

Rotary Holiday Home Tour

Tour four homes in Glenmoor, Kimber Park and Mission Hills
Benefit for Rotary charities

Rotary Holiday Home Tour
Sunday, December 13
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$35 per person (includes hors d'oeuvres and desserts)
Home Pros: 1-(800) 756-7767

Holiday Pops Concert benefiting Toys for Tots

Tri-Cities League of Volunteers and the Newark Art Council present their Annual Holiday Pops Concert benefiting Toys for Tots featuring the Newark Symphonic Winds under the direction of Richard Wong. Enjoy all your favorite holiday music. The donation of a new toy to be distributed to Tri City children, is requested for admission.
Doors open at 1 p.m. Complimentary intermission refreshments. For information call (510) 793-5683 or check the website

Holiday Pops Concert benefit for Toys for Tots
Sunday, December 13
2 p.m.
MacGregor School Auditorium
35753 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 793-5683
Admission: A new toy for distribution to needy children

Snow-Much-Fun 6th Grade Dance

This is a party for 6th graders only. Billiards, DJ music, ping pong, dance contest, air hockey, movies, snacks, and photo booth.

Friday, December 18
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Teen Center, 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Central Park in Fremont
$10 in advance/$12 at door, if not sold out
(510) 494-4344

'Alice in Wonderland'/ 'Through the Looking Glass'

Park and Recreation's Children's Repertory Theatre perform adaptations of these Lewis Carroll children's classics.

Saturday, December 19
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 20
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

$15 per person

'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass'
Niles Veterans Hall
37154 2nd Street, Fremont
For information call: (510) 494-4322

New Year's Eve Party

Stand-Up Comedy by Samson Koletkar, Live ICC Karaoke Music, Dance Performances by Mona Sampath Dance Company students, Dancing to the Music of DJ Andy Atta and Dhol by Paul, Midnight Champagne Toast and Balloon Drop.

Kids Entertainment: Enjoy Pizza, Magician, Special Entertainment & Kids Dance Floor
Cocktail Reception with a Daiquiri Bar: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner with Live Cooking Stations: 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Entertainment: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dancing: 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Hosted Bar All Night

New Year's Eve Party
Thursday, December 31
7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas.
(408) 934-1130

Adults: $99; Children: $39 (Ages 2 -12yr), Tables of 10: $900

Community organizations are invited to send (mail, fax or email) information about their holiday celebrations and events for free inclusion in our Holiday Calendar. Please call (510) 494-1999, fax (510) 796-2462 or email

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