Holiday Happenings

December comes each year with such gusto! Before we know it, we will be tearing down the holiday decorations we so meticulously fashioned to our homes. Before you let the month pass you by, we thought you might want a nice list of some of the events taking place now both here in the Mid-Peninsula and the greater Bay Area.

Here are some local events:

Come and see the San Mateo High School Gym be transformed into a holiday production called the 2015 Holiday Festival of Dance. More than 500 dancers will perform. Tickets can be purchased at by calling 522-7444 or 522-7448. Cost is $12, children under 12 are free. Event is Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.

Nutcracker at the Fox. Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents this amazing show. It plays at the Fox Theater in Redwood City- December 19-21.

Come and enjoy the living Christmas story, Bethlehem A.D. This free play shows the Christmas experience 2,000 years ago. Redwood City, December 21-23

Don’t forget to lace up your ice skates and head on over to San Mateo on Ice. This rink will be in San Mateo, November 14-January 10.

Come and bring your toys to the Belmont Fire Department’s Toy Drive on Dec. 17. Santa Claus will be there to greet youngsters. The fun will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fire Station 14, 911 Granada St., Belmont. The Silicon Valley Ball will take place at Courthouse Square and Fox Theater this weekend on Saturday, Dec. 12. This black tie party is one you won’t want to miss. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.siliconvalleyball.com.

Looking for a place to ring in the New Year? Head to the Noon Years Eve Party at Hiller Aviation – San Carlos, December 31

Although a bit of a drive, you might want to check out some of these amazing holiday attractions:

Christmas in the Park – San Jose, November 27-January 1

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Santa Cruz, November 27-December 23

Holiday Circle of Lights – Oakland, December 1-January 1

Holiday Lights at Gilroy Gardens – Gilroy, December 4-30

Zoo Lights at San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco, December 4-30

Union Street Fantasy of Lights – San Francisco, December 5-31

Fantasy of Lights – Los Gatos, December 6-31

Christmas at Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, December 11-27 Santa Clara on Ice – Santa Clara, November 21-January 18 Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, November 4-January Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – San Francisco, November 4-January 18

And don’t forget to check our website tomorrow for THIS WEEK’S clue in our Eucalyptus Street Challenge. No winner has been announced for last week! ONE MORE DAY before the next clue comes out!