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WINTERFEST. Through Dec. 31. Great America
decks the park with amusing activities during its
annual WinterFest celebration. Ice skate in front
of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admire dazzling
displays of lights, watch live shows, experience
18 rides and take a peek at Santa’s workshop.
Take a yuletide journey through nine uniquely
themed areas throughout the park. Ticket prices
vary. Park opens at 10 a.m. daily, closing times
vary. Paramount’s Great America, Great America
Parkway, Santa Clara. 408/988-1776.
SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK IN UNION
SQUARE PRESENTED BY ALASKA AIRLINES.
Through Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Lace up your skates and head to the city for
outdoor skating in the bustling and festive locale
that is quintessential San Francisco. Safeway
Holiday Ice Rink’s roster of highly anticipated
events includes Drag Queens on Ice, Silent Skate,
Flashback Fridays, Learn to Skate mornings and
the Polar Bear Skate. Union Square Park, 333
Post St., San Francisco. 415/ 781-2688.
SANTA CRUZ HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRAIN. Dec.
1–2, 8–9 and 15–23, times vary. Board vintage train
MAKE MERRY THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
WITH OUR HANDY Holiday Guide TO THE
JOLLIEST OUTINGS AROUND THE BAY!
BY CAROLE BARROW
WILLIAMS HOLIDAY S OUL WITH VANESSA
Dec. 7–8, 7:30 p.m. This holiday season the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s powerhouse
vocals combine with acclaimed entertainer Vanessa Williams, famed for her chart-topping signature
hit, “Save the Best for Last.” Experience this electrifying performance of soul, jazz, and
Christmas classics, with plenty of vocal fireworks and foot-stomping energy. Tickets $25–$115.
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 415/864-6000.