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Winter 2019: Performances for your holiday calendar

Catherine McGrathAlvaro Ponce/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High School Senior Catherine McGrath danced the Snow Queen in the Nutcrack last year and will embody the Sugar Plum Fairy this year.

From music and dance performances to tree-lighting ceremonies, family-friendly entertainment options abound during the holiday season. Following are a few highlights.

The Nutcracker - various dance studios

Nov. 22-24, Dec. 6-8

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

• Pacific Ballet’s performances of The Nutcracker are scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 22, 1:30 and 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 4 p.m. Nov. 24. Tickets are $30.

• Pacific Ballet also stages an autism/sensory-friendly performance, set for 1 p.m. Nov. 24. Tickets are $15.

• Pacific Ballet’s Children’s Nutcracker, Act 1, is slated 11 a.m. Nov. 23; Act II is scheduled 11 a.m. Nov. 24. Tickets are $15.

• Western Ballet performs The Nutcracker 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $33.

For tickets and more information, visit mvcpa.com.

Holiday Bazaar

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23

Mountain View Senior Center

The Mountain View Senior Center’s annual Holiday Bazaar features more than 50 vendors selling handmade items, local entertainment, food and a free raffle.

For more information, visit mountainview.gov.

 

Holiday Cooking Class

3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 23

Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills

The Kids’ Table class, designed for children ages 6-12, teaches participants how to prepare a meal from Thanksgiving leftovers and how to set a table.

Cost is $30.

To register and for more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.

 

Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s

The Christmas Ballet

2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30; 2 p.m. Dec. 1

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage

Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s "The Christmas Ballet" features classical selections set to popular carols alongside contemporary numbers set to pop favorites.

Tickets are $59-$93.

For tickets and more information, visit mvcpa.com.

 

 TheatreWorks’ Pride and Prejudice

Dec. 4 through Jan. 4; times vary

Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

Based on the novel by Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice" follows the romantic story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy as they discover the irresistible power of love.

Tickets are $25-$60.

For tickets and more information, visit theatreworks.org.

 

Los Altos Holiday Tree Lighting

6-8 p.m. Dec. 6

Veterans Community Plaza

The Los Altos Village Association’s free tree-lighting event includes music, refreshments and photos with Santa.

For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s 'The Secret Garden’

Dec. 6 and 7; times vary

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage

Having lost both parents to a cholera epidemic in India, young Mary Lennox leaves all she’s ever known behind to live at the mysterious Misselthwaite Manor with her even more mysterious uncle. With little to do, Mary explores the gardens, finding more than she bargained for.

Tickets are $11-$13.

For tickets and more information, visit mvcpa.com.

 

Los Altos Hills Holiday Barn Lighting

2-5 p.m. Dec. 8

Westwind Community Barn

The free barn-lighting ceremony features food and drinks, music, games, crafts, photos with Santa, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. The barn lights up at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 947-2518.

 

Mountain View Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Civic Center Plaza

The celebration includes music, refreshments and photos with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food for Community Services Agency.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 903-6331.

 

A Chanticleer Christmas

7:30 p.m. Dec. 11

Stanford Memorial Church

The San Francisco-based Chanticleer men’s choir performs a variety of works and carols.

Tickets are $64.

For tickets and more information, visit live.stanford.edu/calendar.

 

Bayer Ballet Company’s Snow Queen

7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage

The Snow Queen’s spell captures a young boy, and his best friend sets out to save him.

Tickets are $38-$53.

For tickets and more information, visit mvcpa.com.

 

Schola Cantorum’s Messiah Sing

7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MainStage

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley celebrates the season in Baroque style with its annual "Messiah Sing," with the audience joining in singing Handel’s oratorio.

Tickets are $26.

For tickets and more information, visit mvcpa.com.

 

Sean’s Music Factory’s Holiday Sing-Along

10:30 a.m. Dec. 18

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage

Sean’s Music Factory performs children’s music, encouraging the audience to sing along to holiday favorites. The concert is sponsored by the Mountain View Public Library.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

 

Caroling in the Hills

7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 18

Los Altos Hills Town Hall

After meeting for drinks and dessert, carolers travel to Los Altos Hills neighborhoods to bring holiday cheer to local residents. Adults, children, seniors and residents of surrounding communities are welcome to participate. In case of inclement weather, caroling will be limited to town hall.

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

 

 

Tomáseen Foley’s 'A Celtic Christmas’

7:30 p.m. Dec. 19

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

The variety show tells the story of Christmas Eve in a small farmhouse in Ireland. The production features traditional Irish tunes, dance and storytelling. Tickets are $52-$63.

For more information, visit mvcpa.com.

 

Los Altos Menorah Lighting

5 p.m. Dec. 22

Veterans Community Plaza

The annual free Menorah Lighting celebration includes Hanukkah crafts, treats and live music.

For more information, visit jewishlosaltos.com.

 

- Compiled by Christine Stevens

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