December 2014/January 2015 87 Library culminates in the lighting of the Menorah. Free. Park Valencia, 355 Santana Row, San Jose. 408/551-0010. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Through Dec. 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Friday) and 2 p.m. (Sunday). Children and their parents will get a chuckle during this play about a couple that tries to put on a church Christmas pageant but struggles because of the cleverly awful cast of kids. Tickets $15–$38. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose. 408/679-2330. THE POPS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Put on your festive attire for this family show filled with laughter and cheer. The 2014 California Pops Orchestra presents jazzy holiday hits including “White Christmas,” music from Disney's "Frozen” and a carol singalong in its snazzy annual holiday performance. Tickets $15–$47. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. 650/856-8432. TRUCE … A CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE GREAT WAR Through Dec. 21, 8 p.m. (Thursday– Saturday) and 2 p.m. (Sunday). It’s been 100 years since the “Christmas Truce,” an impromptu cease-fire during World War I in which troops on both sides of the lines halted fighting. Watch the historical event played out on stage. Tickets $17–$35. City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. 408/295-4200. ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SCIENCE Through Jan. 4, times vary. Kids and adults can learn some science behind the holidays when Cal GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR Dec. 6–7, 13–14 and 20–21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take a step back in time to Victorian England. You’ll get a true feel of times gone by while walking the “streets” of the indoor city featuring store fronts, tea rooms, holiday carolers and lots more. Tickets $12–$30, free for children under 5. Cow Palace, Geneva Avenue and Santos Street, Brisbane. 800/510-1558. Academy converts into a winter wonderland. Meet two live reindeer named Yukon and Willow, be showered with snow “flurries,” check out a giant Snowman theater and take in jolly performances. Free with admission. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 415/379-8000. HAWAIIAN AIRLINES/KRISTI YAMAGUCHI DOWNTOWN ICE Through Jan. 11, times vary. Nothing says “holidays” like ice skating. Get into the spirit while gliding around this uniquely decorated outdoor rink surrounded by 32 glimmering palm trees. If the chilly air has you thinking about the islands, look around for information about discounted flights to Hawaii. Tickets $13–$15. 120 S. Market St., San Jose. 408/291-0525. n A CHANTICLEER CHRISTMAS Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. In what has become an annual tradition, this Grammy Awardwinning San Francisco ensemble brings its profound, peaceful sound to Stanford’s historic Memorial church. The choir group celebrates the story of Christmas with music ranging from classic carols to a Gregorian chant sung by candlelight to African-American spirituals. Tickets $60. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University. 650/724-2464.
South Bay Accent - Dec 2014/Jan 2015
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