Holiday Happenings in Silicon Valley


Silicon Valley communities delight our locals and visitors alike with holiday festivities throughout the month of December. Here is a list of holiday events (ordered by date) for you to enjoy with your families, long standing friends and new, soon to become friends.


Santa Photos at Stanford Shopping Center

Daily until Saturday 12/24 | 5-8 PM
660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Holiday photos with Santa.  Bring along your holiday wish list!

Pink Martini’s Holiday Spectacular

Wednesday 12/7 | 7:30 PM
Bing Concert Hall
327 Lasuen Street, Stanford

Featuring China Forbes and NPR’s Ari Shapiro, the Pink singers and players perform selections of the holiday album ‘Joy to the World’, newly discovered holiday gems and Pink Martini classics. The Pink artists make the holidays sparkle with witty, eclectic, often surprising interpretations of beloved songs.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday 12/10 | 8:30-10:30 AM
Mountain View Senior Center
266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View

A dream come true...breakfast with Santa and his elves! Delicious catered breakfast plus holiday themed performances, craft activities and photos with Santa. An added bonus, Santa will read holiday stories in the Winter Wonderland Corner.


Saturday 12/10 | 10:30 AM-12 PM
Gamble Garden
1431 Waverly Street, Palo Alto

Great for Grinch and everything Seussical fans! Reading of the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” face painting, holiday treats.

A Christmas Carol

Saturday 12/10 | 1:30 PM
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View

A live stage performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’, created especially for ‘Stories on Stage’  by Dexter Fidler, will delight audiences of all ages. Ebenezer Scrooge, the stingiest, meanest man in London, will transform into the most generous, loving man when he’s visited by the ghosts of three spirits on Christmas Eve.

Heartfelt Season 2016 Bravissimo Dance Studio

Saturday 12/10 | 5-7 PM
Canada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

This unique dance production takes the lead character, Suzy, from her holiday house party with magicians, doves, dolls, snake charmers, gifts, Santa and the Grinch to the North Pole with the North Pole Fairy, elves, and reindeer at Santa’s Workshop. Suzy learns the true meaning of Christmas through a showcase of dances from around the world.

Light in Winter: San Francisco Choral Artists

Saturday 12/10 | 8-10 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto

Known for its stunning performances and eclectic programming, the renowned San Francisco Choral Artists celebrate the rare convergence of Hanukah, Christmas and the Solstice with music ancient and modern, beloved and new.  Works by Barber, Dufay, Kodaly, Lassuis, Nixon, Poulenc, Puerling and others will be featured. 

Y-Studs Concert

Sunday 12/11 | 4:30-5:30 PM
Oshman Family, JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

New York City’s Y Studs, a talented Jewish A Cappella group of mostly Yeshiva students and alums, offers a highly energetic afternoon of entertainment filled with songs, dance and laughter.

Pet Photo Night with Santa at Stanford Shopping Center

Saturday 12/11 | 6:30-8 PM  
660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

A must for every loving pet owner! Reserve your spot for your pet’s photo with Santa now.

Christmas Divas Live! A Christmas Cabaret Extravaganza

Sunday 12/11 | 7:30-9:30 PM
863 Main Street, Redwood City

Holiday favorites with sass to celebrate the season with harmony, laughter and a “healthy amount of shade.”

A Chanticleer Christmas

Wednesday 12/14 | 7:30 PM
Memorial Church
450 Serra Mall, Stanford

The virtuosic Chanticleer male ensemble celebrates the season with Gregorian chants, ancient polyphony, African spirituals and holiday carols known the world over. An intergenerational tradition for over two decades, Chanticleer gifts our community with a holiday performance not to be missed. 

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Friday 12/16 | 7 PM
Fox Theater
2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City

The Peninsula Ballet Theater brings Tchaikovsky’s beloved “The Nutcracker” into the future with this hip hop remix. Innovative musical and dance interpretations features all star dancers from The Tribe and Poise’n. 

Gryphon Carolers

Saturday 12/17 | 7 PM
Canada College Main Theater
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

The Gryphon Carolers, a Peninsula based vocal ensemble of 35 voices for 35 years, offer a concert of unique songs and original arrangements that focus on world unity.  Heart warming, toe tapping music from all parts of the world will inspire us to hope, dream and imagine a world at peace.

DIY Holiday Crafts

Tuesday 12/20 | 4:30-6:30 PM
Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, this afternoon of craft making for your family and friends is just in time for the holidays. All supplies are provided. All creations are yours to keep.

Hanukkah Holiday Lunch and Concert Featuring Richard Glazier

Tuesday 12/20 | 11:30 AM
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

A festive holiday lunch with traditional foods, stories and blessings will be followed by a concert by award winning pianist, Richard Glazier.  Recognized as a leading authority on the music of George Gershwin, Glazier will perform works by Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and the Gershwin brothers, Ira and George. Glazier, a musical wizard, weaves behind the scenes commentary, anecdotes, and stories into the music and grounds us in the rich cultural heritage of early 20th century America.

Oy, Humbug!

Saturday 12/24 | 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Dragon Theater
2120 Broadway Street, Redwood City

The Curtains Cabaret performs a burlesque and variety show that celebrates winter holidays that Christmas forgot. An alternative to standard jingle bells fare, celebrating the season with song, tap, bellydance, burlesque, and aerial silks and hoop.

New Year’s Eve’s Eve

Friday 12/30 | 8 PM-12:15 AM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

The 33rd annual New Year’s Eve’s Eve show features the Joe Sharino Band and singing sensation Lisa Taylor.  This event is just like New Year’s Eve with festive decorations, party favors, great music and the countdown to midnight.  This celebrations is for all out, double dose New Year’s revelers.  

Celebrate this holiday season! May it be filled with joy for you, your friends, and family!