Holiday happenings herald family fun

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Santa joins the crowd for the annual Holiday Barn Lighting at Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills.

Following is a roundup of local family-friendly events scheduled during the holiday season. From annual tree-lighting ceremonies to caroling and concerts, opportunities abound to catch the spirit of the season.

Holiday Bazaar

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18

Mountain View Senior Center

266 Escuela Ave.

The Mountain View Senior Center hosts a holiday bazaar featuring handcrafted items made by local seniors, a free raffle, live entertainment and a do-it-yourself craft table.

For more information, call 903-6330.

Festival of Lights Parade

6 p.m. Nov. 26

Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, a holiday tradition for more than 35 years, features colorful holiday-themed floats; local school marching bands; illuminated, costumed characters; and an appearance by Santa Claus, complete with sleigh and reindeer.

For more information, visit

Christmas at Our House

1:30-10 p.m. Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2

Burns Pavilion, St. Francis High School

1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View

The St. Francis High School holiday fundraiser includes more than 35 artisan vendors. The Dec. 1 event also includes a champagne reception, a "Student Holiday Spectacular" and a Christmas Gala; Dec. 2 features a high tea and musical entertainment by students.

For tickets and more information, visit

Holiday Tree Lighting

6-8 p.m. Dec. 1

Veterans Community Plaza

Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos Village Association hosts a Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony in Veterans Community Plaza, at the corner of Main and State streets. Festivities include holiday music, free train rides and visits with Santa.

For more information, visit

Holiday Barn Lighting

2-5 p.m. Dec. 3

Westwind Community Barn

27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills

Attendees can sample cookies, hot cider and wine; play seasonal games; make crafts; have their faces painted; take photos with Santa; ride a pony; and visit a petting zoo. Local student groups will perform holiday music. The barn is scheduled to light up at 5 p.m.

For more information, email srobustelli@

Community Tree-Lighting Celebration

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 4

Civic Center Plaza

500 Castro St., Mountain View

Santa Claus is slated to appear at this year’s Community Tree-Lighting Celebration in Mountain View. Revelers can enjoy holiday music, refreshments and festive lights. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to Community Services Agency.

For more information, call 903-6331 or visit

Warmest Christmas Traditions

3 p.m. Dec. 17

Mtn. View Center for the Performing Arts

Schola Cantorum hosts an interactive Christmas concert. The audience is invited to sing along to well-known carols and songs. Tickets are $31.

For more information, visit

Menorah Lighting

5 p.m. Dec. 17

Veterans Community Plaza

The annual celebration includes Hanukkah crafts, treats and live music. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

An Irish Christmas

7 p.m. Dec. 20

Mtn. View Center for the Performing Arts

Experience Christmas in Ireland through Irish music and dance performances. The show was previously featured on PBS. Tickets are $35-$60.

For tickets and more information, visit

Caroling in the Hills

7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 21

Los Altos Hills Town Hall

26379 W. Fremont Road

After drinks and treats, carolers bring holiday cheer to Los Altos Hills neighborhoods. Adults, children, seniors and members of surrounding communities are welcome to participate. Carolers are advised to bring a flashlight. In case of rain, caroling will be held at town hall only.

For more information, call 948-6455 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert

7:30 p.m. Dec. 22

Mtn. View Center for the Performing Arts

The audience is invited to join in with members of the multiracial, multicultural Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as they sing gospel arrangements of traditional holiday classics. Tickets are $36, with discounts available.

For tickets and more information, visit ❄

- Compiled by Christina Cheng

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